The tools listed below are all "Building Blocks." Building Blocks are tools created by companies, universities, and independent developers to extend the functionality of Blackboard. Note that the Blackboard online "Help" links will never contain information about these tools since they are not actually Blackboard products.
Instructors can enter "Student Preview" within any course to see assignments, tests, and other content as a student would see it. The "Student Preview" button is circular icon, which resembles the shape of an eye, located near the "Edit Mode" button at the top-right corner of the course screen. Upon clicking the "Student Preview" button, instructors can explore the course as a student.
By clicking the "Student Preview" button again, instructors can exit that view. At this point, instructors will be prompted to either save student preview data (recommended for viewing/testing assignment submissions and My Grades), or delete the preview data (recommended if instructors do not want to see any saved data, such as a test submission). If instructors choose to save student preview data, it will be saved in the Grade Center as the instructor's e-ID_previewuser. Ex: jsmith_previewuser. This data can be removed later by entering student preview again, and choosing to delete the data upon exiting.
Faculty may prefer to use the "Add Test Student" method for viewing a course as a student. Please refer to the Add Test Student tutorial for step-by-step instructions for creating and managing your "Test Student" account.
The external Links Checker verifies that links to external web sites located within a course are valid, not broken. The tool does not repair broken links, but it does allow instructors to "Hide" the broken links from students until they can be repaired.
The Notifications Dashboard contains four basic modules that give information to users based on their enrollment and their role in the system. For all users, each course contains a Notification Dashboard specific to that course. Instructors can customize the notifications that appear on this page, as well as opt to have email notifications sent to their account.
The page displays these modules:
What content is displayed
The following items can generate different notifications:
Edit Notifications Settings Panel
From within your course, in the module, click Edit Notifications Settings to locate the Edit Notifications Settings page. This page displays General Notification Settings.