How do I make my course available to students?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about making your course available.

Below the course menu, set your course availability here:

Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability

  1. In the Set Availability section, select Yes or No.
  2. Optionally, when you make a course available, you can choose one of these options in the Set Course Duration section:
    • Continuous (default) to leave the course available without a specified start or end date.
    • Select Dates to choose a start and/or end date.
    • Days from the Date of Enrollment to specify a specific length of time users have to access the course after they enroll. This option is best for self-paced courses.
  3. Select Submit.

You can control when your course is private—or unavailable—to your students.

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How do I create content?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating content.

Ready to add content to your course? You create your individual pieces of content in content containers: content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders. In a content container, you create content from menus for content items, tests, assignments, and links to tools.

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Can I hide course content from students until I'm ready?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about hiding content.

Yes. As you create content, you can set its availability. You can make content unavailable to students until you're ready for them to view it. You can also limit which content items students see based on date, time, individual users, course groups, and their performance on graded items.


What types of content can I add?

Some of your options depend on your institution's administrative settings, but typically you can add files, audio, video, syllabi, links, and folders.

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ULTRA: How do I create content?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating content.

Your course creation starts on the Course Content page. You'll find it's easy to discover features and complete actions.

Add content. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. You can also expand or create a folder and add content. Create new content, upload something you already have, or add content from external sources or from another course.

Create: Add documents, links, folders, discussions, assignments, and tests. A panel opens and you can choose the content type you want to add.

Upload: Select Upload to browse for files on your computer or drag files from your desktop onto Upload. They will appear in the content list. Students select a file title to download it. You can also expand or create a folder and upload files. Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

Copy Content: Select Copy Content to copy an entire course or select items from the Ultra courses you teach. Want to copy an entire Original course or import a course package? Select the More options icon next to the Books and Tools link and select the Import Content option.

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Content Market: You can discover and add content and tools from external sources. Access valuable learning materials from Blackboard's partner publishers, such as Macmillan and Jones & Bartlett.

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Cloud Storage: You can instantly connect to multiple web apps where you store files, such as OneDrive® and Google Drive™. You may choose multiple files from cloud storage to add to your Course Content page in one action. The files you add are copies. If you make a change to a file in cloud storage, you need to upload a new copy in your course.

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Content Collection: Add files from your institution's shared repository. You can store and find content in personal, course, and institution folders in the Content Collection. If you stored files from other courses in the Content Collection, you'll be able to easily find and add them.

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Control what students see. Students can't access your content until you decide to show it, but you can always see it. Select an item's visibility to change it. You might show only the first week of content—and keep the rest hidden as you refine it. Have fun! Experiment! You can also create rules to release content based on date, time, or how a student performs on other items in your course. When you create these rules, you can choose whether the item is visible to students before they have access.

With your keyboard, tab to the visibility list and press Enter to open the menu. Use Alt/Option + the up and down arrows to select an option.

Organize with folders. You can create two levels of folders to organize your content. Students won't get lost looking for materials, and your content is easier to manage. Also, students can navigate easier on smaller screens when they don't have to search for materials. Optionally, add folder descriptions to help students understand what content you have included in them. After you already have two levels of folders, you can't create a third level or upload a folder into the second-level folder.

Reorder content easily. Point to an item to reveal its management functions. Select the Move icon and drag the item to a new location in the list.

With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location, move an item into an expanded folder, and move a folder into another expanded folder.

  1. Tab to an item's move icon and press Enter to activate move mode.
  2. Use the arrow keys to choose a location and press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

Edit and delete content. In an item's row, select the menu to access the Edit and Delete functions. You can make changes or delete an item from your course. If you delete a folder that has content, the content is also removed from the Course Content page.

Add goals and standards. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. After you successfully upload a file to your course, you can align one or multiple goals. Students won't be able to see the goals you align with a file.

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ULTRA: How do I make my course available to students?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about making your course available.

From the list where your name appears, select the Courses link to access your course list. Point to a course card and open the menu to change your course availability.

You can make your course private while you add or experiment with content, and then open it to students when you're ready. Students see private courses in their course lists, but they can't access them.

You can also change your course from private to open on the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Can I hide course content from students until I'm ready?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about hiding content.

Yes. As you create content, you can set its availability. You can make content unavailable to students until you're ready for them to view it. You can also limit which content items students see based on date, time, and performance on other graded items.

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