Build Your Course: 1, 2, 3...GO!
Even if you are new to online instruction, course structures enable you to create a course in a short amount of time. Use a course structure's course menu links, instructions, and content examples to jump-start your course organization and create a meaningful learning experience for students.
After completing three basic steps, your course will be ready for students.
Before you begin, you can export or archive your course before adding a course structure to ensure you have an original version. To learn more, see Exporting and Archiving Courses.
A selected course structure's content is added to your course and does not replace existing menu items and content. You can delete unnecessary items.
Select a course structure on the Teaching Style page.
If the Select Course Structure section is not visible, your institution has disabled it.
To revert, click Existing Menu in the course structures' list and click Use This Structure. No changes are made to your course if Existing Menu is selected.
Alternatively, select a course structure in the pop-up Quick Setup Guide. If your Blackboard administrator has enabled it, the pop-up window appears each time you enter your course until you disable it at the bottom of the window. Or, you can access the pop-up window using the following steps.
If the Choose a Course Structure section is not visible, your institution has disabled it.
To revert, click Existing Menu in the course structures list and click Use This Structure. No changes are made to your course if Existing Menu is selected.
If you browse and select a different course structure from the list after clicking Use this Structure and opt to Include content example, the Include content examples for phrase does not update until a new course structure is applied.
Add only one structure to a course. Adding more than one course structure in the same course can result in duplicate menu items and content. To prevent this, create or request an empty course to experiment with additional course structures.
For detailed descriptions of each course structure, see Selecting a Course Structure.
Including a course structure's content examples populates your course with items appropriate to the course structure type. The content examples are intended to be edited for your own use and are designed to inspire both experienced and novice Blackboard Learn instructors.
|Include Sample Contents||Content Included|
|Yes||If you decide to include content examples, your course will contain: |
Users who are familiar with Blackboard Learn can include content examples to see samples of course material and explore new tools and features.
When you add a course structure to your course, a folder named "sample_content" is added to your course's storage repository, to course files or the Content Collection. The folder contains the files used in the course structure's examples. If you already have folders in Course Files or the Content Collection, the "sample_content" folder appears in an "ImportedContent" folder. If you add multiple course structures to the same course, additional "ImportedContent" folders appear.
|No||If you have experience using the features in Blackboard Learn and are comfortable building different types of material in your course, you can exclude content examples. |
If you do not include content examples, the course structure's course menu links are added, but provide empty areas where you can create content.
If you want to include the course structure's content examples, select the Include content examples check box. If you have content in your course, the course structure's content appears also.
After selecting a course structure, you can customize your course. The following checklist provides the essential tasks for preparing your course for students.
Change Edit Mode to ON to reveal editing features.
You can rename, reorder, delete, hide, and add course menu links as needed. Deleting a content area link from the course menu is a quick way to delete an entire area as well as the items within it. However, the content area and all items within it are permanently deleted. This action is final. If you are unsure, hide the content area instead.
If a tool link on the course menu does not work, the tool is not enabled. You can delete the link or ask your institution to enable it.
If you did not include content examples, the course structure's course menu links provide empty areas where you can create content.
To learn more, see Course Menu.
After your course menu is organized, you can upload files from your computer, edit existing content, and create new content and tool links. Using a wide variety of content types and tools provides a rich, interactive learning experience for your students.
To learn more, see Creating Content in a Course Area.
When you add a course structure with content examples to your existing course, the content examples appear in addition to the existing content and are unavailable to students. You can edit, move, copy, or delete any of the content.
As you are building your course, if you are still developing some content or do not want students to see it, make it unavailable.
To learn more, see Editing and Managing Course Areas and Content.
Be sure to preview your content as a student. In the upper right of your course, change Edit Mode to OFF to see the student view.
If you include a link to a tool in a content area, the tool’s content must be made available before students can access it.
If an item is visible that you do not want students to see, change Edit Mode to ON and make the item unavailable or delete it.
If possible, log in as a mock student so you can experience the course exactly as a student does. Work through your course content and activities, and try out the tools. You may find something is not functioning as you want, helping you resolve issues before students encounter them.