After you build course areas, such as content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders, you create content within them. All of the items and course areas, except Content Areas, are edited and managed in the same way. By clicking a content item’s action link and accessing the contextual menu, you can change settings, modify availability, create metadata, and turn on options such as review status, adaptive release, and statistics tracking. You can also copy, move, and delete content. You can drag content to new positions in the page and hide content details to save screen space.
Click an item's action link to access the contextual menu. You can change settings, modify availability, create metadata, and turn on options such as review status, adaptive release, and statistics tracking. You can also copy, move, and delete content.
Use the drag-and-drop function to reorder links in the course area.
Alternatively, use the Keyboard Accessible Reordering tool in the action barend definition> to reorder the links.
Click Hide Details to collapse the description and save screen space.
Click Show Details to expand the item’s description.
Content appears in the course area in the order it was added, but you can rearrange items for logical presentation.
Reorder items using the drag-and-drop function—a double-tipped arrow or handle—to move them into place. Alternatively, reorder items using the Keyboard Accessible Reordering tool on the action bar.
In a course area with several items and descriptions, you have to scroll to see the entire page. Each assignment, test, folder, and content item can have a text description and attached files which make the page longer. You can use the Hide Details function to collapse the descriptions and save screen space. A collapsed description remains collapsed even after logging out and logging in again.
The student view of the course area is not affected. Students do not have the ability to collapse descriptions.
To change the name, description, appearance, options, or availability for a folder, learning module, lesson plan, or content item, you need to edit the item. Most course areas and items are edited in the same way.
Note: Content Areas are edited with a different method. See How to Manage Content Area Links.
Alternatively, while viewing a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, you can click the action link next to the title at the top of the page to access the contextual menu.
You can edit an item’s settings to make it unavailable to students or to apply Date and Time Restrictions to control when it appears. You can also apply Adaptive Release to an item to control which users can access it and when they can access it.
Availability of items is set on an item-by-item basis. Entire course areas can also be made unavailable. For example, if you edit a Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or folder and select No for Permit Users to View this Content, the course area is no longer visible to users. This means that all items within the unavailable course area are also unavailable to users, regardless of their individual availability settings. Therefore, the display of an item to users is contingent upon the availability of its parent folder.
Items in an unavailable course area are not visible to users in that location. However, users are able to access those items if additional links to them exist in different course areas. For example, if you have an available URL in course area A that you copied to course area B, the link exists in both locations. If you make course area A unavailable, users can still access the URL in course area B. Links to tools behave in the same way. If you link to a Discussion Board forum in course area A and make course area A unavailable, users can still access the Discussion forum by going directly to the Discussion Board by using a link in a different course area or the Course Menu.
Select Adaptive Release and set criteria that must be met for the item to be released to users. To learn more, see Controlling the Release of Content.
Note: Content Areas are made unavailable with a different method.
You can copy and move course areas such as folders, learning modules, and lesson plans from one area or course to another area or course. If copying or moving between courses, the instructor must be enrolled in both courses.
Note: Content Areas are copied with a different method. To learn how to copy, see Copying Courses.
A copied course area is not removed from the original location in the course. A moved course area is removed it from its original location.
You can copy and move content to organize and rearrange your course material. For example, if your course area contains a large number of items, organize them with folders to help users navigate your content. If you create folders after the items, you can move items to the new folders.
Note: See the preceding section for information about copying and moving content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders.
Some content items have copy and move restrictions. For example, Course Links can only be copied or moved to another area within the same course. Assignments, tests, and surveys cannot be copied, but can be moved within the same course.
For items that cannot be copied, such as a test, survey, or assignment, the Copy option does not appear in the item’s contextual menu.
If a course area contains items that cannot be moved to another course, such as a test, the option to move it to another course does not appear on the Move page.
A copied content item is not removed from the original location in the course. A moved content item is removed it from its original location.
Folders, learning modules, lesson plans, and content items are deleted in the same way. Be aware that sometimes this means the content is permanently removed from the system.
Deleting a course area, such as a content area learning module, lesson plan or folder permanently removes that container. For example, deleting a learning module permanently removes the learning module container as well as its Table of Contents.
Items within the container may not be permanently deleted, depending on the item type:
Tip: You can make a course area or item unavailable instead of deleting it. If there are items in a course area that will be permanently deleted that you want to retain, consider moving them to a different course area that is not available to students before deleting the course area.
Metadata stores information about a content item, including bibliographic, lifecycle, and copyright information. Metadata allows content to be imported from and exported to other applications that use IMS (Instructional Management Systems) standards, creating interoperability for learning content.
The information provided in metadata cannot be tracked or reported on. It can only be viewed on the Content Metadata page as reference information for the content item. You can view and edit metadata for a content item.
Note: The Blackboard administrator at your school controls whether this tool is available. If this tool is not available, you can contact your administrator to discuss its status.
There are four types of metadata that can be added to an item:
Note: When instructors attach items from the Content Collection to a course, they can select associated metadata from the Content Collection to display with the linked item in the content area. The Content Collection metadata cannot be modified.
Item statistics provide you detailed usage information about your content, such as how many times the item was viewed and when it was accessed. Statistics Tracking can be enabled at any time, and will begin collecting data from the moment it is enabled. If users access an item before Statistics Tracking is turned on, their access is not recorded.
Note: If users are unenrolled, their data will be deleted from all course statistics. To retain their statistics, change their availability to No rather than unenrolling them.
Statistics Tracking is a type of Course Report for individual content items. To obtain Course Reports on overall user activity as well as activity in content areas, forums, and groups, go to the Control Panel, expand Evaluation, and select Course Reports.
The report displays three sections of data:
The Access by Date section displays information for all enrolled users. Access information for system guests and unenrolled users (previously enrolled users who were deleted from the course) is displayed under the guest user. Observer access to content items is not tracked.
When Review Status is enabled for an item, there are benefits for you and your students. You can check who has reviewed the item, and you can use Review Status as Adaptive Release criteria. Students can use Review Status to keep track of their progress, especially if students review content in a non-linear fashion.
A Mark Reviewed button appears on the item when users access the course area. After reviewing the item, users select this button to mark it Reviewed. You can check the item's Review Status on the User Progress page.
If the Review Status tool is disabled by you or an administrator, the Mark Reviewed buttons on the items are no longer shown. If Review Status is enabled again, the Mark Reviewed buttons reappear and any data associated with Review Status, such as an individual’s progress, is restored.
Note: The Blackboard administrator at your school controls whether this tool available. If this tool is not available, you can contact your administrator to discuss its status.
Note: Review Status settings and information are included during a full course copy with users and during archive and restore operations. Review Status settings and information are not saved during a copy of course materials into a new course or existing course or for exporting and importing.
You can check whether students can access your content items. If you have made a content item unavailable, the User Progress page indicates that the item is not visible to users. The User Progress page also lists Adaptive Release rules that affect the visibility of an item. If Review Status is enabled for an item, you can check which students have reviewed it and when they reviewed it.
Note: The Blackboard administrator at your school controls whether the Adaptive Release and Review Status tools are available. If these tools are not available, you can contact your administrator to discuss the tools’ status.
An open eye icon in the Visibility column indicates the item is visible to users. An eye with a slash icon indicates the item is not visible to users because of an Adaptive Release rule or the item’s availability settings.
The existing Adaptive Release rule that affects visibility of the item is listed under the page title. They type of rule is listed in parentheses. Click the rule name to edit it. To learn about rules, see About Adaptive Release.
A check mark in the Reviewed column indicates the item has been reviewed and the student has clicked the item’s Mark Reviewed link. An unselected circle indicates the item has not been reviewed.
The date and time of the review are listed in the Date Reviewed column.
Review Status is also available in the Performance Dashboard. To learn more, see Using the Performance Dashboard.
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