The Blackboard Learn environment allows you to easily navigate, provide content, edit items, and change options that affect how users interact with the interface.
You can read this page in its entirety, or click the Table of Contents icon in the upper right and choose a topic that interests you.
Your institution may disable this feature.
To learn about user interface features available to all users, see Navigate a Course.
The course menu appears on the left side of your course window. It is the cornerstone for the organization and navigation of your course. You create links on the course menu to present tools and materials to users. You can customize its appearance and order the links.
The course menu appears in a list view, which displays only the top level of course materials. You can choose buttons or text for your links. To change the style of the course menu, see Select the Menu Style.
Click the Display Course Menu in New Window icon to view the course materials as a directory tree in a new window. Users can expand the view to show the hierarchy of course navigation.
Your institution can restrict options to maintain a consistent style for all courses. This can include making some tools unavailable or setting permanent course area names.
Create an uncluttered course menu to maintain efficient navigation for your users, and try to limit the number of links included in the course menu. Use content areas to hold related items and give your course organization and structure.
The following table lists the types of content and tools you can include on the course menu. You can also include subheaders and divider lines to help visually organize the links for your users.
|Content area||Content areas are the top-level course areas. They hold all of your course materials. You create, link, and manage them on the course menu. After you create a content area, you add content to it, such as online lectures, multimedia, tests, and communication tools. To learn more, see Create Course Areas for Content.|
|Blank page||The blank page tool allows you to include files, images, and text as links on the course menu. Include blank pages on the course menu for critical information, as too many links on the course menu can overwhelm students. Remove blank pages from the course menu as soon as the information is no longer needed.|
|Tool link||Create a link to an available tool in your course, such as the calendar or journals. You can also create a link to the Tools page.|
|Course link||Create a shortcut to an existing area, tool, or item in a course.|
|Web link||Create a link to a URL to provide quick access to a resource on the internet.|
|Module page||Create a module page and choose the individual modules to include. The modules can be tools, such as a calculator, or the modules can display information, such as grades, alerts, and tasks.|
|Subheader||A subheader is unlinked text. You can group related links under a subheader to help users find information quickly.|
|Divider||A divider is a line that visually divides the course menu to help users find information quickly. After you create it, you can move it to the appropriate position.|
You can organize and rename the course menu links to make them easier for students to use.
Throughout Blackboard Learn, items that are acted upon by a user have a contextual menu associated with them. You access the contextual menu by clicking the arrow next to an item's title. The contextual menu contains options for many components in Blackboard Learn, such as content items, course menu links, or Grade Center columns. The options in the contextual menu vary depending on the component.
The following options are common to many items in Blackboard Learn. If an option does not appear, you cannot perform it on that item.
These options will vary depending upon the type of item and a user's role. The following list is not comprehensive.
The Control Panel appears below the course menu and provides access to all course administration. Use the arrows next to each link to expand or collapse the area. The Control Panel is only available if you have one of the following course roles: instructor, teaching assistant (TA), grader, course builder, or administrator.
The Control Panel is comprised of the following areas.
|Files or Content Collection|| |
Each course has its own Course Files area accessed in the Files section of the Control Panel. With Course Files, you have access to all files from a central location inside the course. Course Files is relative to the course, so only content for the course is stored there. Content is not shared across courses taught by the same instructor. To learn more, see Course Files.
If your institution licenses content management, the Content Collection is available through this area. With it, institutions have a common content repository where users can share content. Therefore, you can add content to your course from other courses and from your computer, and manage it through the Content Collection. The section heading Content Collection appears instead of Files in the Control Panel. To learn more, see Content Collection.
|Course Tools||Contains all the available tools that are added to your course. To learn how to control which tools are available here, see Course Tool Availability.|
|Evaluation||Provides links to course reports, the Retention Center, and the Performance Dashboard. Use these tools to view information about student activity and content usage, and to be notified about performance based on criteria you create. To learn more, see Course Reports, Retention Center, and Performance Dashboard.|
|Grade Center||Provides links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, default smart views of the Grade Center, and any smart views you create. Smart views appear in an indented list in the Full Grade Center section. To learn more, see Smart Views.|
|Users and Groups||List, enroll, edit, and remove users from your course. Create formal groups of students to collaborate on work. To learn more, see Course Groups.|
|Customization||Control enrollment options and guest and observer access. You can change the properties of your course, such as its name, availability, and language pack. You can use the Quick Setup Guide and Teaching Style page to modify the appearance of your course. Change tool availability to control which tools are available in your course and which users have access to them. To learn more, see Enrollment Options, Guest and Observer Access, Course Properties, Languages Other Than English, Course Style Options, and Course Tool Availability.|
|Packages and Utilities||Import, export, and archive a course, check course links, copy all or part of the course, and move selected files to Course Files or the Content Collection (when available). To learn more, see Import Course Packages, Export and Archive Courses, Check Course Links, Copy Courses, Move Files to Course Files.|
|Help||Offers online documentation.|
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 or how many items appear on the Needs Grading page.
The default is 25 items per page and the maximum number of items is 1,000 per page. 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.
By default, a link to the course's Home Page appears in the course menu, but your institution can change this. It contains modules that inform you of course events and notifications. The modules function similar to the modules on the My Institution tab. You can use the links in modules to navigate to areas in your courses and add, delete, and rearrange modules. To learn more, see Modules.
Your institution can rename modules and determine which are available.
The Home Page is often the default course entry point, which means this is the first page students see when they enter your course. To learn how to change the page, see Select the Course Entry Point.
To edit the Home Page's settings, access its contextual menu next to the title above the action bar. For example, change the setting to enable users to personalize their Home Pages.