How do I access content in my course?

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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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Types of content

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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 different sets of icons.

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.

Description of content types
Icon Content Type Description
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 knowledge 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 knowledge 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.

What if I don't see some content?

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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.


Can I show I've reviewed content?

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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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Vaihtoehtoisten tiedostomuotojen näyttäminen

Eikö näytä tutulta? Saat lisätietoja vaihtoehtoisten tiedostomuotojen näyttämisestä siirtymällä Ultran ohjeeseen.

Oppilaitoksesi määrittää, mitkä työkalut ovat käytettävissä.

Jokaisella opiskelijalla on omat oppimiskykynsä ja -mieltymyksensä. Kun ohjaajasi tarjoaa entistä helppokäyttöisempää sisältöä, kukin opiskelija voi valita itselleen parhaiten sopivan muodon. Jos oppilaitoksessasi on käytössä Blackboard Ally, ohjaajasi voi varmistaa kurssisi sisällön helppokäyttöisyyden kaikille opiskelijoille työkalun avulla.

Kun ohjaajasi liittää tiedostoja kurssille, Ally luo vaihtoehtoiset muodot tiedoston alkuperäisen version pohjalta. Jos alkuperäinen tiedosto on esimerkiksi PDF-tiedosto, Ally luo samasta sisällöstä äänimuotoisen tiedoston, sähköisen pistekirjoitusversion ja ePub-version. Nämä muodot tarjotaan alkuperäisen ohella, jotta löydät kaiken kätevästi yhdestä sijainnista.

Luotavat vaihtoehtoiset muodot riippuvat alkuperäisestä tiedostotyypistä. Jos et näe toimintoa vaihtoehtoisten muotojen lataamiseksi, Ally ei ole käytössä kyseisellä kurssilla tai tiedosto ei ole tuettu sisältötyyppi.

Etsi kurssilla oleva tiedosto. Valitse tiedoston vieressä olevasta valikosta Vaihtoehtoiset muodot. Valitse tarpeisiisi parhaiten soveltuva versio! Tallenna vaihtoehtoinen muoto laitteellesi valitsemalla Lataa.

Lisätietoja kurssin sisällön vaihtoehtoisista muodoista


ULTRA: Access content in a course

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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 you can access content on a future date, your instructor can 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.

When someone contributes to a conversation or a discussion, an activity icon appears next to the item's title on the Course Content page.

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.

You can upload files to web apps that run in the "cloud" and aren't installed on your computer, such as OneDrive®.

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ULTRA: Types of content

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about types of content.

This table describes the types of content that your instructors can add to courses.

Description of content types
Icon Content Type Description
Assignment Instructors use assignments to assess your knowledge 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.
Journal Instructors can use journals to communicate privately with you and can grade your contributions.
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.
SCORM Instructors can add web-based content packages from academic publishers or instructional designers. SCORM packages open in a new window and may count for a grade.
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.
No icon Learning module Modules let you navigate from one content item to the next without distractions or extra clicks. A learning module keeps you focused on the lesson or concept.

ULTRA: What if I don't see some content?

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If you can access content on a future date, your instructor can 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.

You may need to complete other coursework and earn a certain grade before you can access an item. Your instructor sets up access rules and can choose to show you the rule. For example, if you need to earn 80 points or more, you'll see a lock icon on the Course Content page next to the content or folder. Select the link below the item to view the access rule.

Your instructor can set up multiple access rules. You need to satisfy all access rules before you can access the content.


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ULTRA: Vaihtoehtoisten tiedostomuotojen näyttäminen

Eikö näytä tutulta? Saat lisätietoja vaihtoehtoisten tiedostomuotojen näyttämisestä siirtymällä Originalin ohjeeseen.

Oppilaitoksesi määrittää, mitkä työkalut ovat käytettävissä.

Jokaisella opiskelijalla on omat oppimiskykynsä ja -mieltymyksensä. Kun ohjaajasi tarjoaa entistä helppokäyttöisempää sisältöä, kukin opiskelija voi valita itselleen parhaiten sopivan muodon. Jos oppilaitoksessasi on käytössä Blackboard Ally, ohjaajasi voi varmistaa kurssisi sisällön helppokäyttöisyyden kaikille opiskelijoille työkalun avulla.

Kun ohjaajasi liittää tiedostoja kurssille, Ally luo vaihtoehtoiset muodot tiedoston alkuperäisen version pohjalta. Jos alkuperäinen tiedosto on esimerkiksi PDF-tiedosto, Ally luo samasta sisällöstä äänimuotoisen tiedoston, sähköisen pistekirjoitusversion ja ePub-version. Nämä muodot tarjotaan alkuperäisen ohella, jotta löydät kaiken kätevästi yhdestä sijainnista.

Luotavat vaihtoehtoiset muodot riippuvat alkuperäisestä tiedostotyypistä. Jos et näe toimintoa vaihtoehtoisten muotojen lataamiseksi, Ally ei ole käytössä kyseisellä kurssilla tai tiedosto ei ole tuettu sisältötyyppi.

Etsi kurssilla oleva tiedosto. Valitse Vaihtoehtoiset muodot -latauskuvake. Valitse tarpeisiisi parhaiten soveltuva versio! Tallenna vaihtoehtoinen muoto laitteellesi valitsemalla Lataa.

Lisätietoja kurssin sisällön vaihtoehtoisista muodoista