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Your instructors can add different types of content to your courses, such as files, text, assignments, images, multimedia, and links. They can organize content in folders, learning modules, and lesson plans.
You access course content from links on the course menu. Links that hold content are called content areas. For example, an instructor may add a content area that contains a week's worth of course material. Week 1 may include content such as readings, assignments, a discussion, and a link to website. Select an item to open it.
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This table describes the types of content that your instructors can add to courses.
Each item may appear with an icon to denote its content type. Your institution may choose a different set of icons than shown here.
If you see a menu with alternative file versions, your institution uses Blackboard Ally to offer alternative download options of your course's content. To learn more, see Ally help for students.
|Item||An item is a piece of content such as a file, image, or text. Your instructor can include a description and attach files, images, video, and audio.|
|Assignment||Instructors use assignments to assess your mastery of course content and objectives. Your instructors often assign grades to assignments.|
|Survey||Instructors use surveys for polling purposes, evaluations, and to assess your knowledge at that point in time. Surveys aren't graded.|
|Test||Instructors use tests to assess your mastery of course content and objectives. Your instructors often assign point values to questions in the test. Your answers are submitted for grading.|
|File||A file appears as a page within your course or as a separate piece of content in a separate browser window.|
|Audio||An audio file may play when you open the page and continue to play until you pause it or navigate away from the page.|
|Image||Images appear on the page.|
|Video||Videos appear on the page. You have controls to pause, play, and adjust the volume.|
|Web link||Select the web link to go to a website or resource.|
|Learning module||A learning module is a content container. You navigate through the content from a table of contents. Your instructor can add all types of content, such as text, images, multimedia, assignments, and tests.|
|Lesson plan||A lesson plan is a content container. A lesson plan can contain lesson profiles, instructional objectives, and the content items you need to complete a lesson.|
|Syllabus||A syllabus may contain course information, objectives, grading information, instructor contact information, dates, and textbook information.|
|Course link||A course link is a shortcut to an item, tool, or area in a course for quick access to relevant materials.|
|Content folder||A content folder is a content container. Instructors can use folders and sub-folders to group related material, such as a "Week 1 Case Studies" folder inside the "Week 1 Assignments" folder.|
|Blank page||Instructors can include files, images, and text together on one page. Select the title to view the content. No description appears.|
|Module page||A module page is a specialized content page that presents content in boxes, such as on a course Home Page or the page you see after you log in. You can keep track of tasks, tests, assignments, and new content created in your course.|
|Tool||Instructors can add a shortcut to a specific tool in your course, such as the discussion board, blogs, or groups. Or, if the Tools link appears on the course menu, you can access all available tools from the Tools page.|
|Flickr® Photo||You can view photos and images from their website.|
|SlideShare Presentation||You can view slide presentations, documents, or Adobe PDF portfolios from other websites.|
|YouTube™ video||You can view online videos from their website.|
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Instructors can limit which content items you see based on date, time, individual users, course groups, and your performance on graded items.
For example, your instructor restricts access to the next assignment until you complete a test. Your instructor can also require that the assignment doesn't appear until you complete the test and score at least 70 percent.
Ask your instructor about content that you think may not appear for you but should. You might have to meet specific criteria.
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Review status allows your instructor to track interaction with specific content items. Review status sometimes affects when you can see additional content.
For example, your instructor enables review status for an article. The release of a test is contingent upon your review of the article. After you mark the article reviewed, the test appears.
A Mark Reviewed option appears with items chosen by your instructor. After you review one of the items, select the option to mark it as Reviewed.
You can switch between Reviewed and Mark Reviewed if you want to go back to a content item and review it again. Your instructor only views the current setting. If you mark an item as Reviewed, then switch to Mark Review, your instructor doesn't see that the item was marked Reviewed at any time.
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At the top of the page, you can open frequently used tools. Select the icons to check the course calendar, drop in on class discussions, access your grades, and send a message. When you're finished, select the Content icon to return to all the content your instructor has made visible.
If content is available on a future date, you'll see the item in the content list with that date. You can't open it, but you're alerted so you know what work is ahead. For new discussion activity in an assignment, test, or discussion, you'll see an activity indicator.
Your instructor's name and picture appear. Select the Roster to view everyone enrolled in your course. If your instructor uses the attendance feature, you can access your records from the Details & Actions panel.
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This table describes the types of content that your instructors can add to courses.
|Assignment||Instructors use assignments to assess your mastery of course content and objectives. Your instructors often assign grades to assignments. Instructors can also create assignments for groups of students.|
|Test||Instructors use tests to assess your knowledge. Instructors can also create tests for groups of students.|
|Link to discussions||Instructors can provide a link to a discussion near related content. For example, you might be asked to read a file and then respond in discussions.|
|Document||Instructors can create a page or "handout" and add text, audio, video, files, and images. Based on the settings or what the browser allows, audio, video, and image files can appear inline.|
|File||Select a file title to download it.|
|Audio||Audio files appear inline or open in new windows or tabs. You have controls to pause, play, and adjust the volume.|
|Image||Images appear inline or open in new windows or tabs.|
|Video||Video files appear in inline or open in new windows or tabs. You have controls to pause, play, and adjust the volume.|
|Link||Select the link to go to a website or resource.|
|Folder||A folder is a content container. Instructors can use folders and sub-folders to group related material, such as a "Week 1 Case Studies" folder inside the "Week 1 Assignments" folder. Folders make materials easier to find and reduces scrolling.|
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If content is available on a future date, your instructor can choose to show the item in the content list with that date. You can't open it, but you're alerted so you know what work is ahead.
Content may not be available until you complete other coursework and earn a certain grade. Your instructor sets up access rules and can choose to show you the rule. For example, if you need to earn 75 points or more, you may notice this rule on the Course Content page next to the content or folder. Select the lock icon next to the piece of content to view the access rule.
Your instructor can choose to set up multiple access rules. You need to satisfy all access rules before the content is available to you.