ITS suggests the following start of semester activities involving Blackboard:
Option A: Export and Import Course Materials. If you wish to replicate a previously taught course, follow these instructions to export content from the previously taught course and import it into your new blank course shell. Upon successfully importing materials into the new course shell, you should check the import log (via the email confirmation that the import is complete, or on the Import Package/View Logs screen by clicking the linked name of the ImportFile...) for any warnings or errors. Then, you must review and update the new course for the new semester.
Be sure to:
- Recreate all imported Turnitin Assignments, with new date settings, since imported Turnitin Assignments will not function properly in the new course shell.
- Delete duplicate course navigational items. Note that your copied navigational items will generally appear beneath the default course navigational items that were in the course at the time it was created.
- Review the imported Grade Center, deleting any duplicate columns, removing columns for assessments that will no longer be used, creating columns for new assessments, and reviewing the Total and/or Weighted Total columns to be sure they are accurate for the new course.
- Edit all imported Discussion Boards in order to 1) associate your name (rather than Anonymous) as the creator of any instructor created discussion thread prompts, and 2) to delete Anonymous threads imported from discussion boards where students could create their own threads.
In addition, review and update:
- Course syllabi
- Course calendars
- External links
- Due dates (These appear in "My Grades" and also trigger "Notifications" in the "To Do Module.")
- Tool availability (Note: Hiding a tool here makes it unavailable everywhere in the course.)
- Adaptive Release rules
Option B: Build a Course Anew. If you are teaching a course for the first time using Blackboard or have simply decided it is best to start with a clean slate, you will be building your course anew.
- Open your new course shell by clicking on the link to the new course shell to open it. This will generate the folder that will hold all of your instructional materials for that course in the Course Content folder on the My Content tab.
- Add your syllabus, contact information, and textbook information under the "About This Course" content area of the course.
- Organize your instructional materials into folders, learning units or lesson plans by chapter, week, concept, etc., and add them under the "Course Materials" content area of the course. Include links to the appropriate content, assessments, and tools to help your students meet the specified learning objectives. See the Blackboard 9.1 Tool Guide for assistance in choosing the right Blackboard tool.
- Review the Tools link in the Course Menu. "Hide Links" to those tools you will not be using. Note that hiding a tool here makes it unavailable everywhere in the course.
- Customize the Course Menu. Add Tools and Content areas that you will be using and delete those that you will not be using.