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Blackboard Learn Environment

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The following are some things to keep in mind when using Blackboard Learn:

  • Your school may disable certain tools within the application. If you encounter tools that you are unable to access, contact your school.
  • The openness of Blackboard Learn allows Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> instructors <end definition>., leaders, and administrators the option to customize the interface. The names for some items in Blackboard Learn may differ from those that you see in the documentation.
  • Building Blocks allow your school to integrate external applications, tools, content, and services into Blackboard Learn. Building Blocks are integrated in such a way that they appear in the interface like any other tool you can use.

Browser Compatibility

For information about supported web browsers and operating systems, see Browser Support.

Contact your school's computing help desk for information on which version of Blackboard Learn your school is using, as compatibility varies by version.

Blackboard Mobile Learn can be used on a variety of mobile devices, including BlackBerry®, Android™, and iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Contact your school's computing help desk for information on whether your school has made Blackboard Mobile Learn available.

Learning Your Way Around

Blackboard environment

Item corresponding to the image above Page header: The area at the top of the screen that contains the tabs, access to My Blackboard, and the link for Logout.

Item corresponding to the image above Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. If your school licenses Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>community engagement <end definition>., the My Institution tab, Community tab, and Services tab are available. In addition, community engagement enables your school to create custom tabs. The Blackboard administrator at your school can rename the tabs. To learn more, see My Institution Tab.

Item corresponding to the image above Course-to-Course Navigation: Use the course-to-course navigation feature to access all courses you are enrolled in. Click the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>Action Link <end definition>. next to the course title and select another course from the contextual menu. For example, if you are viewing the Discussion Board in one course and select another course from the contextual menu, you are taken to that course's Discussion Board. In addition, breadcrumbs track the most recently visited pages within a course.

d_ball.png Course Menu: The panel on the left side of the interface contains links to all course content, such as Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>Content Areas <end definition>., individual tools, web links, course links, and module pages. To learn more, see Course Menu.

Item corresponding to the image above Content frame: The larger area of the screen adjacent to the Course Menu that displays the selected Content Area, tool, or material.

Item corresponding to the image above Action Bar: The rows at the top of the content frame, containing page-level actions, such as Create Thread in the Discussion Board or Submit in the Assignment tool.

More About the Page Header

The Blackboard Learn user interface is made up of components that allow you to easily navigate, enter data, edit items, and change options within Blackboard Learn. After logging into Blackboard, you will "land" on the My Institution page. Pages and the tabs that you access can be renamed by your school. Tabs that are visible depend on what capabilities your school has licensed.

Example:

If your school licenses community engagement and you are a member of a club or organization, that club has the capability to create their own tab for club business within Blackboard Learn.

The page header always contains the tabs and the Global Navigation. Notice that even within a course, the page header remains the same.

Blackboard Learn page header

Item corresponding to the image above Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab, and the Courses tab. If your school licenses community engagement, the My Institution tab, Community tab, and Services tab are available. In addition, community engagement enables your school to create custom tabs and present different tabs to users based on Institution Roles.

Item corresponding to the image above Global Navigation and My BlackboardThe Global Navigation provides users with quick and easy navigation to a variety of places within Blackboard Learn. Tasks available from the Global Navigation include changing your password and editing personal settings. To learn more, see About My Blackboard.

Item corresponding to the image above Logout: You can use Logout to exit from Blackboard Learn.

Printing Course Content

Because Blackboard Learn is web-based, printing is handled through your web browser, or, if the content is an attached file such as a Microsoft® Word document, through that program.

Most browsers have a "Help" option explaining more about printing.

If you need assistance printing course content, contact your school's computing help desk.

Paging Options

You can edit the paging options to specify how many items appear on a page in Blackboard Learn. For example, you can determine how many forums appear on the main Discussion Board page.

The default is 25 items per page and the maximum number of items is 1,000 per page. Clicking Show All displays all items and causes the other controls to disappear. For performance, the items per page should not be greatly expanded.

Use the following steps to edit the paging options.

  1. Click Edit Paging.
  2. Type a number in the Items per page text box. If the number is greater than the total number of items, then all items appear. If the number is less than one, then one item appears.
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