If you’ve logged into Blackboard recently, you might have noticed that the Winter session and Spring 2015 courses have been made available. For those that teach many courses and even just those who are teaching the same course in the Spring as they did in the Fall, it might difficult to find the course link you’re looking for to navigate to. The following instructions will guide you through organizing your Course List so that it will be easier to find the course you’re looking for.
- On the Courses tab click on the Gear that appears when you move your curser over the title bar of the Course List module.
- To organize your courses by term, in the Terms section click on the Group by Term checkbox.
- You can further organize the terms by sorting the terms. Click on the Up/Down arrow button to open the Reorder menu. Click on the up/down carats to move the terms into the arrangement you want. Click Submit to save.
- If you only want to display the current term, uncheck the Show Term checkbox next to any term you don’t want displayed. NOTE: Remember to check off the box the next semester.
- Also, for a nice clean look, uncheck the Expand Term checkbox.
- For those that aren’t using Blackboard Learn for for all their courses, you might want to make your traditional courses not appear in your Course List and leave only the online ones. In the Edit Course List section, you can check/uncheck fields that you don’t want to see for each course. If you uncheck all of the fields for a course, the course will not be shown in your Course List. NOTE: Remember which courses you make un-viewable in case you need to access them at a later date. You will have to return to this area to make them viewable.
- Once you are done selecting the options to organize your Course List, click on Submit to save your changes.
Archive your Course!
At the end of each semester it is strongly advised that each instructor archive their Blackboard courses that contain any user interactions. Archived courses are saved as ZIP files and the process does not delete the courses from the Blackboard system. Please visit Blackboard’s help site for more detailed information at: http://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_14/Instructor/090_Course_Content/020_Reuse_Content/020_Export_and_Archive_Courses
There is also a short video tutorial reviewing the archive process and can be accessed through Open SUNY’s Training Course Repository at: * http://wiki.sln.suny.edu/display/SLNKB/Archiving+Your+Blackboard+Course
* Please note that the video was made before Blackboard Learn was upgraded this past August. Although the basic content of the video has not changed some of the settings may be slightly different.
Did you know…?:
OIT created an in-house video of how to copy course content between courses. The basic steps outlined in this video is also useful for copying fall 2014 course content into blank spring 2015 course templates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St7DGd6Zk9g&index=4&list=PLw9XzD6fe1Uc6KLqaoEezgTj5HM9mU0LS
Are you planning to use one of Pearson’s MyLab or Mastering tools for one of your courses? If yes, did you know you can now integrate it within your Blackboard Learn course? With a few simple steps, you can create your Pearson’s MyLab course in Blackboard Learn!
But you’ve been using MyLab for years without Blackboard Learn so why integrate them now?
- Single Sign-on Access to Pearson’s MyLab tools for both you and your students through Blackboard
- Grades from Pearson’s MyLab sync automatically into Blackboard’s Gradebook
- All the tools that Blackboard has to offer side-by-side with your Peason’s MyLab content
Click here for the instructions on using Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering with Blackboard Learn
Click here for a flyer to hand out to your students on how they can access their Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering content through your Blackboard Learn course.