Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I make my Blackboard Learn course available to my students?
All Blackboard Learn courses are unavailable by default. Until the instructor makes the course available, the course will not be visible to students. You can tell when a course is unavailable because the text "(not currently available)" will appear to the right of the course name in the My Courses module. Also, inside your course on the left side of the Navigation Bar, which is near the top of your Blackboard page, will be the message "(Course is unavailable to students)."
Step 1: Go to the Home Tab page and the My Courses module which has a list of your courses. Click on the title of the course you want to make available. The entry page of the course will appear.
Step 2: Go to the Control Panel located on the lower left side of the screen. Click the Customization link. A drop down menu will appear.
Step 3: On the drop down menu, click the Properties link. The Properties page will open on the right side of the screen.
Step 4: On the Properties page scroll down to the Set Availability section. Click the button to the left of the word Yes, then click the Submit button on the upper right side of the screen.
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2. How can I see my course like my students see it? (Student Preview)
Blackboard has a new (Oct. 2014 update) feature called "Student Preview." It allows you to click an icon shaped like an eye at the top right side of the page and be enrolled in your Blackboard course as the Preview Student. You will be able to see and do what your students do in your course. This includes viewing files, turning in Assignments and taking Tests. When you are finished with the Preview Student, you just click the icon again and you will be removed as the Preview Student. You will have the choice of keeping the Preview Student and all data or of deleting the Preview Student and all data.
Click here for more information on the Student Preview feature from the Blackboard Help webpage.
3. How do I copy the content of one course to another within Blackboard Learn?
Step 1: Go to the "Home Tab" page and the "My Courses" module. Click on the title of the "Source" course you want to copy the content from. The entry page of the course will appear.
Step 2: On the Entry Page go to the Control Panel located on the lower left side of the course page. Click the "Packages and Utilities" link. A drop down menu will appear.
Step 3: On the drop down menu, click the "Course Copy" link. The "Course Copy" page will appear.
Step 4: On the "Course Copy" page go to the "Select Copy Options" section. Click the "Browse" button to the right of the "Destination Course ID" text box. A pop-up will appear.
Step 5: On the pop-up Box, scroll to find the destination course for your content to be copied to. There may be more than one page of courses. The latest courses will appear on the higher numbered pages. Click the dot to the left of the desired course. Then click the "Submit" button on the lower right side of the pop-up box. The "Course Copy" page will reappear.
Step 6: On the "Course Copy" page go to the "Select Course Materials" section. Click the check box to the left of the words "Content Areas." This will check all of the check boxes beneath "Content Areas." If there is a "Content Area" you do not wish to copy, uncheck the box to the left of it.
Underneath the "Content Areas" section is a list of Blackboard Tools you may have created content with. Check the box to the left of all the Tools that have content you want to copy. Warning: checking the Announcements, Blogs or Journals tools will copy all of the postings from the source course. This copied material will then have to be deleted in the destination course manually. The Discussion Board tool allows you to choose whether you want to copy just the first post for each thread or to only copy the Forums without the posts. The author of the posts will show as "Anonymous" in the destination course.
If you have created Assignments, Tests or graded Blogs, Journals and Discussions Boards be sure to check the box next to Grade Center Columns and Settings.
Be sure to check the box next to Tests, Surveys and Pools if you have created any you wish to copy.
After you have checked all of the Tools you want copied, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the "Submit" button on the lower right side.
A green Success Banner will appear at the top of the screen. An email will be sent to you at your @slu.edu address when the copy is complete.
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4. How do I add Teaching/Graduate Assistants, Graders, and Co-Instructors to my Blackboard Learn course?
An email from the instructor's @slu.edu email address should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name of the course and the Course ID, the name of the person(s) to be added to the course, their SLU Net ID, their Banner ID and the role that they should be assigned to. Roles are: Instructor, Teaching Assistant and Course Builder.
If a staff member needs access to multiple courses, an email from the Department Chair or Program Director should be sent from their @slu.edu email address to email@example.com and include the list of courses with the Course Name and Course ID the person(s) are to be added to, their SLU Net ID, their Banner ID and the role that they should be assigned to. Roles are: Instructor, Teaching Assistant and Course Builder.
Even though Instructors and Teaching Assistants can see the Grade Center on the Control Panel by default, the students cannot. For students to see their grades, the "My Grades" tool Must be added to the Course Menu or on a Content , Content Folder of Learning Module. The students can also see the My Grades tool in the My Blackboard Tool and by clicking on the "My Blackboard Grades" link in the Tools and Links module on the "Home" tab. Students can only see their own grades.
Step 1: Go to the "Home" tab page and your "My Courses" module. Click on the title of the course you want to make the My Grades tool appears in. The entry page of the course will appear
Step 2: On the "Course Menu" on the upper left side of the screen, click the "Add Menu Item" icon (looks like a plus sign). A drop down menu will appear
Step 3: On the drop down Menu click on the words "Tool Link." A popup window will appear.
Step 4: On the popup window, type in a name for the "My Grades" tool, then click the down arrow to the right of the word "Announcements" in the "Type" box. A drop down menu will appear. Click on the "My Grades" link. You will be returned to the popup window.
Step 5: On the popup window, check the box to the left of "Available to Users" so that the student can see the link on the "Course Menu.| Next click the "Submit" button. The "Course Menu" will reappear.
Step 6: The "My Grades" tool will appear at the bottom of the "Course Menu" list. To move it up or down in the list, hober over the link you wish to move. A narrow striped bar with an up/down arrow will appear on the left of the link. Click and hold the bar and then drag the link up or down the list to where you want it.
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