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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Posted in BB9 Essentials

How to Add an Interactive Tool to a Learning Module

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Interactive Tools

Interactive Tools

Links to Interactive Tools such as Discussion Boards, Blogs, and Chat sessions can be added to Learning Modules.

  1. Open the Content Area that contains the Learning Module.
  2. Click the name of the Learning Module to open it.
  3. Point to Add Interactive Tool and select one of the tools.
  4. Create a link to the main tool page OR Create a link to a specific area within a tool; select an existing one or create a new one.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Type the Link Information.
  7. Determine the Availability of the tool.
  8. Select Yes to Track Number of Views.
  9. Determine the Date Restrictions of the tool.
  10. Click Submit.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

How to Add Test, Surveys, and Assignments to a Learning Module

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Add Test, Surveys, and Assignments

Add Test, Surveys, and Assignments

How to Add Tests, Surveys, and Assignments to a Learning Module

Tests, Surveys, and Assignments can be added to a Learning Module.

  1. Open the Content Area that contains the Learning Module.
  2. Click the name of the Learning Module to open it. Click the name of the folder or subfolder, if necessary.
  3. Point to Create Assessment and select Test, Survey, or Assignment from the drop-down list.
  4. If the Test, Survey or Assignment is already created but not deployed it will show up in the list, otherwise you will need to complete the requirements for the selected Assessment type.
  5. Click Submit.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Create a Learning Module

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Learning Module

Learning Module

Learning Modules are used to organize content and related course materials in a Table of Contents. The Learning Module is a shell to which other types of content, such as files, are added.

  1. Access a Content Area within your course.
  2. Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Point to Build Content menu on the Action Bar to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Learning Module.
  5. On the Create Learning Module page, type the Name. Type instructions or a description in the Text box.
  6. Under Availability, select the Yes option to make it available to users.
  7. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to limit availability.
  8. Select Yes option if you want to Enforce Sequential Viewing of the Learning Module.
  9. Select Yes to force the Learning Module to Open in New Window.
  10. Select Yes if you want to Track Number of Views.
  11. Select Yes to Show Table of Contents to Users.
  12. Select the type of Hierarchy Display from the drop-down list.
  13. Click Submit.

To change a Learning Module’s settings:

  1. Select Edit from the contextual menu for the Learning Module.
  2. Make changes to the settings.
  3. Click Submit.

Deleting Learning Modules

  1. Select Delete from the contextual menu for the Learning Module.
  2. Select OK to confirm the deletion. This action is final and cannot be undone.

Adding Content to a Learning Module

After a Learning Module is created, content is added to it. As you add content to the Learning Module, a link to each Content Item appears in the Table of Contents. Set the sequence of the items by dropping and dragging them into place. How to Add Content to a Learning Module.

Add Content to a Learning Module

Add Content to a Learning Module

  1. Open the Content Area that contains the Learning Module.
  2. Click the name of the Learning Module to open it.
  3. Point to Build Content and select one of the items, such as a file or URL.
  4. Enter the necessary information for the item.
  5. Click Submit.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

Using Web Folders to upload Content

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To be able to quickly add multiple files to course content use the Setup Web Folder function of Blackboard.

First log into Blackboard and go to the course content area Control Panel> Content Collection.

You will see your course name at the top left of the screen. You will have the option to upload file, create HTML, or Create Folder. On the right of the screen you will see the Setup Web Folder button.

Click “Setup Web Folder” Button on the right of the screen. The Using Web Folders window will appear. The Current Web Address will be highlighted in yellow. You may want to highlight and copy this address for the next part of the setup.

Content Collection

Content Collection

The following these steps will be provided to create the web folder in Windows 7.

  1. Open Start > Computer.
  2. In the empty area at the bottom of the right-hand pane, right-click and select Add a network location.
  3. The Add Network Location Wizard will open. Click Next.
  4. When asked where you want to create the network location, select Choose a custom network location. Click Next.
  5. When asked for the location of your website, type the current Web Address listed at the top of Using Web Folders. Click Next.
  6. When prompted to enter a username and password, type your Blackboard Learn username and password. Click OK.
  7. You will be prompted to enter a name for the location. Enter a name and select Next.
  8. On the Completing the Add Network Location Wizard page, click Finish.
  9. The web folder will open. It will now be listed in Computer under Network Location.

Once you have completed these steps go to Start> Computer and see your web folder for BridgeValley Online.

You can now click and drag files and folders from your computer into the Web folder. Once you move files into the Web folder they will instantly appear in your course area.

Linking Files to a Blackboard Course

  1. Navigate to the course where you would like to link the file.
  2. Select the area where you will want the link to appear.
  3. From the action bar, select Build Content > Item or File.
  4. Click the Browse Content Collection button and navigate to the desire file.
  5. Click the Radio Button to select one or more files.
  6. Click Submit when finished.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

Download the Course Grade Book in BlackBoard

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Full Grade Center

Full Grade Center

Some faculty find in much easier to work off-line with the Blackboard Grade Books. One of the advantages is the ability to work with a familiar program such as Excel. You can use the formulas and methods you are familiar with to calculate the final grades. To download a copy of the Blackboard Grade Book, use the following steps:

  • Log into BlackBoard and access the course
  • Go to Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center
  • On the right side of the screen click the button Work Offline> Download
  • On the Download Grades Page select the following options
    • Full Grade Center
    • Comma and No
    • My Computer
    • Submit
  • Click the Download Button
  • The file will be download as a CSV file and should appear in your My Downloads folder.
  • The file will have a name similar to this “gc_1095.201501_fullgc_2014-11-20-11-47-12” GC (grade center), Course CRN, Year and Term, Fullgc (full grade center), date and time of the download.”
  • The file can be opened in Microsoft Excel

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

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