Blackboard Faculty Manual - Course Panel

Step 4: Adding the syllabus and other course information

Please check out more information on using Carroll's Blackboard by clicking into the Faculty Bb Resource tab after you login to Bb. 

4.1 Adding the syllabus as a single item

  • Locate and click into "Syllabus" in Content Area of the control panel.
  • Click “Add Item”
  • The table below details the fields on the Add Content and Modify Content pages.

Field

Description

Name: Select a name that best describes the content that is being added.
Or specify your own name: Enter a customized name for the information being added.
Choose Color of Name: Click Pick to select an alternate test color for the name of the item. The default color is black.
Text: Enter text into the field by either typing directly into the box or copy and paste text from another source.
Content Attachments
File to Attach: Click Browse to locate a file on your computer. Double click on the file location. You’ll notice that the file name will now appear in the text box to the left of the word Browse.
Name of Link to File: If you want, enter the name of the link that Students click to access the attached file.
Options: Primarily you want to focus on these items
Do you want to track number of views? Select Yes to indicate that the system is to track the number of times a user accesses this item. Use the Course Statistics page to view a comprehensive report.

Select No to indicate that the number of times this page is accessed will not be tracked.

Choose date restrictions Select the range of dates that the content will appear using the drop-down lists or click the icon for a calendar interface.

To display content from a date forward, select a date in Display After but do not check Display Until.

To display content from a set date until a future date, select a date in Display After, check Display Until and select a date.

Do you want to make content visible? Select Yes to indicate that the item will be available for viewing when a user accesses the Content Area. Select No to indicate that the item will not to be available.

4.2 Creating a folder for course information (including the syllabus).
Use this feature when you want to group together related pieces of information.

  • Select and click into a content area (for example, Course Information)
  • Click “Add Folder”
  • The table below details the fields on the Add/Modify Folder page.
Field Description
Name: Select a name that best describes the content that is being added.
Or, specify your own name: Enter a customized name for the information being added.
Choose Color of Name: Click Pick to select an alternate test color for the name of the item. The default color is black.
Text: Enter text into the field by either typing directly into the box or copy and paste text from another source.
Options
Choose date restrictions Select the range of dates that the folder will appear using the drop-down lists or click on the icon for a calendar interface. If a folder is not available those files located inside the folder will also be unavailable. Unavailable folders will not appear in the Course Map.

To display content from a date forward, select a date in Display After but do not check Display Until.

To display content from a set date until a future date, select a date in Display After, check Display Until and select a date.

Do you want to make the folder visible? Select Yes to indicate that the item is to be available for viewing when a user accesses the Content Area. Select No to indicate that the item is not to be available.
  • Next, you will need to click into the folder and add items (such as the syllabus) as in the previous section.

4.3 Adding links to a web page (external links) outside of your Blackboard course

  • You can add links either in the course content areas (example, course documents) or in the External Link area.
  • Select a Content Area (example, External Links) in the Course Control Panel.
  • Click Add URL or Modify next to an existing course link.
  • The table below details the fields on the Add URL or Modify URL page.

External Link Information

Name: Select a folder name from the drop-down list.
URL: Enter the Web address to the link.

When adding a URL, you must include http:// in the address so that Bb will recognize it as a webpage.

Description: Enter a description of the Folder

Options

***Launch item in external window? Select Yes or No to indicate if this item should open in a separate browser window. Please be aware that if you select for a separate browser window to open that most users who have a pop up blocker installed will not be able to see the window.
Do you want to track the number of views? Select Yes to indicate that the system is to track the number of times a user accesses this item. Use the Course Statistics page to view a comprehensive report.

Select No to indicate that the number of times this page is accessed will not be tracked

Do you want to add metadata? Select Yes or No to indicate if metadata will be used.

Metadata is data about the added item, such as ownership, resource format, and copyright information.

Do you want to make External Link Visible? Select Yes or No to make the content visible to Students.

If No is selected, none of the information entered on this page will appear to Students.

 

Watch videos:

Adding Folders at http://blackboardsupport.calpoly.edu/content/faculty/Video/Faculty_Videos/FacAddingFolders.html

Adding Item at http://blackboardsupport.calpoly.edu/content/faculty/Video/Faculty_Videos/FacAddingItems.html (Part1) and http://blackboardsupport.calpoly.edu/content/faculty/Video/Faculty_Videos/FacAddingItems2.html (Part 2) (California Polytechnic State University)

 

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