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PDF format - Blackboard Information
About the User Guide
Welcome to Blackboard Learn™! Blackboard Learn offers a robust set of tools, functions, and
features for learning. Besides the features that are included as part of the Blackboard Learn,
there are numerous additional tools that can be added to Blackboard Learn as Blackboard
Building Blocks.
This user guide details the tools and functions included with the platform from the User or general
user perspective. Other guides detail the construction, personalization, and management features
for Instructors and System Administrators.
The flexibility of Blackboard Learn means that not all the tools and functions that are available are
documented in this guide. Building Blocks allow System Administrators to add a variety of
materials, tools, and functions to Blackboard Learn. Individual Building Blocks are not
documented in this guide. Contact your System Administrator for assistance with a Building
Block.
The tools and functions documented in this manual may not be available to users or only
available in certain areas of Blackboard Learn. System Administrators, Leaders, and Instructors
can personalize the availability of most aspects of the platform.
Guide Conventions
To make this guide easier to use a number of conventions appear throughout.
S ym b o l
Description
[r]
Required field.
B o l d t yp e
A button or field name.
Courier font
Text that users should type.
Steps
Tasks users should perform.
Using this Guide
This guide is best used as a reference. It is not necessary to read from beginning to end.
Guide Updates
This guide is updated periodically. Check the Publication Date to ensure that it is the most recent
copy.
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Part One: Introduction
Part One Contents
This part reviews the basic information needed to get started using Blackboard Learn. Part One
includes the following sections:

Welcome to Blackboard Learn

Gateway

Working in Blackboard Learn
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Welcome to Blackboard Learn
Overview
The following are some things to keep in mind when using Blackboard Learn:

System Administrators have the ability to disable certain tools within the application.
If you encounter tools that you are unable to access contact your System
Administrator.

The openness of Blackboard Learn allows Instructors, Leaders and Administrators to
be very creative. The names for items in Blackboard Learn may differ from those in
the documentation.

Building Blocks allows Institutions to integrate external applications, tools, content,
and services into Blackboard Learn.
The Blackboard environment
The Blackboard environment includes:

a page header that displays information about the current screen,

a control frame that allows quick access to common areas,

an action bar to manage the contents of a screen, and

a menu area containing options that can interact with the screen.
Page Header
The page header displays information about the current screen; its purpose is to orient the user.
Control Frame
The Control Frame contains navigation elements that allow the user to access the Institution
home page, access the help, and logout.
Action Bar
The Action Bar provides actions such as Copy, Move, Delete and any functions relating to the
screen.
Menu Area
The Menu Area contains navigation elements that allow the user to access specific areas of a
course or other parts of Blackboard Learn. The Menu Area changes depending upon where the
user is in Blackboard Learn.
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Tabs
Blackboard Learn - Course Delivery and Blackboard Learning System–Basic Edition include two
common tabs for users:

My Institution: The My Institution tab contains tools and information specific to each
user’s preferences. Tools and information are contained in modules. Users can add
and remove modules from their My Institution tab. The System Administrator may
restrict access to or require specific modules.
 Courses: Users click on a link from the Courses tab to access a Course.
Users have access to the following tabs with Blackboard Learn - Community Engagement:

My Institution: See definition above.

Community: The Community tab lists Organizations specific to each user, the
Organization Catalog for the Institution, and Institution Discussion Boards. Users click
on a link from the Community tab to access an Organization.

Services: The Services tab contains links to other institutional offerings outside of
Blackboard Learn - Course Delivery. The links are set by the System Administrator.
In addition, Blackboard Learn - Community Engagement enables the Institution to create custom
tabs and present different tabs to users based on Institution Roles.
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How Courses Work
Overview
Course and Organizations function in the same way. The Organization Leader and the Course
Instructor uses the same tools to provide an online environment. Organizations are available with
the Blackboard Learn - Community Engagement, while Courses are available with Blackboard
Learn - Course Delivery.
A Course consists of the Course Menu or Organization Menu and a content frame. The Menu
links users to content and tools. The content frame displays content and tools.
Instructors and Leaders
Course Instructors manage all of the tools and content related to Courses; Organization Leaders
manage all of the tools and content related to Organizations.
Functions
The table below includes information on the components of a Course. The names of the areas
can be changed by the Instructor, Leader or the System Administrator.
Area
Description
Staff
Information
Staff Information provides background and contact information on
Instructors, Teaching Assistants and Leaders.
Content Areas
Content Areas can contain a wide-range of content items including:
Assessments, Assignments, Learning Modules, and multimedia files.
Communication
The Communication area allows users to:
External Links

read and post Announcements

send and receive Email and messages

open Discussion Boards

use Collaboration Tools such as Chat and Virtual Classroom

view Blogs and Journals

view Roster
 view Group pages
External Links connect users to learning materials outside of the
Blackboard Learn.
Tools
Tools that can be used in the Course: Address Book, Calendar, Glossary,
Homepage, My Grades, Personal Information, Tasks, User Manual,
Course Objectives, Course Portfolios, Scholar Course Home and My
Scholar Home.
Course Map
Navigate through a collapsible tree directory.
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Gateway
Overview
The Gateway page welcomes users and provides a login button to access Blackboard Learn.
Users must have a valid Username and password to login.
Note: Cookies must be enabled within the Web browser. Users may also login through a button
on the header frame or a special portal module if the Gateway page does not appear.
Functions
The following may appear on the Gateway page.
Function
Description
Login
Users can
login to
Blackboard
Learn.
Change Text Size
Displays
assistance in
changing the
size of the text
displayed in
the browser.
High Contrast
Changes the
display to
assist low
vision users.
View Course Catalog
Browse the
Course
Catalog.
Create a New Account
Create an
account on
Blackboard
Learn.
Preview as Guest
Preview
Blackboard
Learn without
using a system
account.
Secure your Password
Passwords enable access to personal information. To maintain security do not share passwords
with others.
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In this section
This section includes the following topics.
Topic
Description
Entry Page
Describes the page used to
logon to Blackboard Learn.
Lost Password Page
Details how to obtain a new
password.
Course Catalog
Describes the Catalog.
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Entry Page
Users login to Blackboard Learn from the Entry page. Click Login on the Gateway page to
access the Entry page.
Note: Users may be immediately directed to the My Institution tab. If so, Users may
also login through a button on the header frame or a special portal module.
Fields
The table below details the entry fields on the Entry page.
Field
Description
Account Login
Username
Enter the Username.
Password
Enter password. The password and Username must be entered exactly to login.
The maximum number of characters in a password is 32. Passwords are case
sensitive.
Functions
The table below presents the functions available to users on the Entry page.
To . . .
click . . .
view Blackboard Learn without logging in
as a user
Preview as Guest.
create an account
Create a New Account.
obtain a new password
Forget your password? to open the Lost
Password page.
login
Login after entering Username and password.
make accessible
Change Text Size or High Contrast to change
the display.
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Lost Password
Overview
Users must complete the Lost Password page to obtain a new password. Users will create a new
password based on instructions received in an email. Users must enter information in all the fields
in the Username Option section or all of the fields in the Email Address Option section.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Lost Password page.
1.
Enter the URL for the Blackboard Learn into a Web browser.
2.
Click Login.
3.
Click Forgot Your Password?
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Lost Password page.
Field
Description
Username Option
First Name
Enter first name.
Last Name
Enter last name.
Username
Enter Username. This field is case
sensitive.
Email Address Option
First Name
Enter first name.
Last Name
Enter last name.
Email
Enter email address.
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Catalog
Overview
The Course Catalog lists all Courses offered at the Institution in defined categories such as
semester and subject matter. The Organization Catalog lists all Organizations at the Institution in
defined categories, such as Organization type or semester availability.
The Catalog allows users to search for Courses or Organizations via keyword or a specific
category. The links in the catalog display Instructor information and a Course description. Users
may also be able to enroll, preview, or log into a Course depending on how the Institution
customizes Blackboard Learn.
Note: The System Administrator may choose to use a different Catalog or no
catalog at all.
Find this page
Click Browse Course Catalog from the Gateway page. Or, login and open the Courses tab or
the Communities tab.
Functions
The table below details the available functions on the Catalog page.
To . . .
click . . .
search for a Course
Go to display all courses.
perform advanced
search
Use the drop-down selection lists to limit the search by
parameters.
browse the Catalog
the hyperlink of the category or Courses to view.
View a Course as a Guest
Users are able to browse the catalog and preview Courses as a guest. Click on the link to a
Course to view it as a Guest. Guests do not have access to the entire Course.
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Note: The Instructors determine whether Users are allowed to preview a Course
prior to enrollment. Thus, this option may not be available for all Courses
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Working in Blackboard Learn
Overview
This section discusses how to navigate and enter text in Blackboard Learn.
In this section
This section includes the following topics.
Topic
Description
Navigation
Move throughout Blackboard Learn.
Language Packs
Set a language preference for an individual user.
Course Menu
Navigate within a Course.
Course Map
Navigate within the tree directory of a Course.
Searching for Users
Locate information about other users.
Entering Text
Input information.
Text Editors
Input information using the Text Editor.
Link to File
Include a link to a file in the Text Editor.
Insert Multimedia File
Add a multimedia file to the Text Editor.
About Spell Check
Overview of the Spell Check Feature.
Using Spell Check
Check the spelling of items in a text block.
Math and Science Notation Tool
Overview of the Math and Science Notation Tool.
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Navigation
Only the material in the content frame changes when moving to a new area or page. The tabs
and header frame are always available for quick access to those navigation features.
N a vi g a t i o n
Tool
Description
Tab
Click a tab to open it.
Button
Click a button to navigate to a page within Blackboard Learn. Some
buttons lead to areas outside ofBlackboard Learn. Buttons also execute
functions.
Link
Click a hypertext link to access another Web page within the Blackboard
Learn. Links can also open Web sites outside of Blackboard Learn.
Breadcrumbs
Click one of the hypertext links that appear in the bread crumbs to access
that page. The bread crumbs appear at the top of pages to go back to the
previous page that led to the current page.
Linking to a Course
To link to a Course, copy the URL from the address bar in the Web. Links can be posted inside or
outside Blackboard Learn. Users are prompted for authorization before accessing the Course.
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Language Packs
About Language Packs
Language Packs present Blackboard Learn using language and cultural norms matched to
different audiences. Language Packs are defined at the system level, the Course level and finally
at the user level.
At the system level, the Administrator defines one language pack as the system default. This is
the language that appears when no other language packs are specified at the Course level or at
the user level.
At the Course level, the Instructor can set a language pack and enforce it. When a language pack
is enforced, all users see that language pack. If the language pack is not enforced, and a user
has a preferred language pack associated with their account, the user’s language pack
preference overrides the Course language pack.
At the user level, individuals may select their preferred language pack.
Set a Language Pack Preference for a User
Follow these steps to set a language pack for a user.
1.
Click Personal Information. This is tool is available in the Tools module.
2.
Click Change Personal Settings.
3.
Select a language pack from the drop-down list.
4.
Click Submit.
Spell Check and Language Packs
The Spell Check tool supports English (United States), English (Great Britain), French, and
Spanish. The Spell Check tool does not work with other language packs. If Spell Check does not
recognize the language pack it uses a supported dictionary.
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Course Menu
About the Course Menu
The Course Menu appears on the left side of a Course and contains links to materials and tools
within the Course. The Instructor can customize the style of the Course Menu and the content
and tools available to users.
The size of the Course Menu frame may be expanded or collapsed. Click the arrow icons to
collapse theCourse Menu so it is out of sight or expand it to its fullest size. The Course Menu may
also be displayed in a separate window by clicking the appropriate icon.
The Course Menu can be displayed as a List of options or as a Folder tree. The List view
contains text links that lead to Course materials and tools. The Folder view uses icons and
expandable folders to access content and tools.
Use the List View and Folder View icons to change the display.
Instructors can determine the default view of the Course Menu, so these options may be
unavailable.
View New Content
When content is added to the Course Menu or the Course Map it takes 20 minutes for it to cache;
this means that new content in the Course Menu and Course Map does not appear for 20
minutes. To view content within the first 20 minutes it has been added click Refresh.
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Course Map
About the Course Map
The Course Map is a collapsible tree directory that is used for navigation within a Course. The
Course Map may be opened from the Course Menu. The Content Map, similar to the Course
Map, is available within Virtual Classroom sessions.
Display the Course Map
The Course Map allows users to navigate within a Course. It may be opened from the Detail View
and the Quick View of the Course Menu. Select Course Map in the Tools Panel on the Course
Menu to open the Course Map. All available content appears within the Course Map.
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Searching for Users in a Course
Use the User Directory in the Tools panel to search for a particular user within a Course.
How to Search for Users
1.
Click Tools in the Course Menu.
2.
Click Roster.
3.
Use the following parameters to search for users:

First Name

Last Name

Contains

Equal to

Starts with

Not blank
4.
Enter text in the search field.
5.
Click Go.
Note: The ability to find other users is limited by the personal settings of each
user. Individuals may opt out of the Roster and user directory.
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Entering Text
Overview
By default, Blackboard Learn formats text to 12-point, left-justified Arial. Any other formatting
must be done with HTML tags or using the Text Editor.
Text Editor Options
The following options are available in most text entry boxes in the Blackboard Learn:
Format
Option
B e h a vi o r
Smart
Text
Automatically recognizes a link entered in the text box. Smart text recognizes
the ENTER key as a paragraph tag and accepts HTML tags as well. Smart Text
also prompts to load images if an image source tag appears.
Web addresses entered as URLs are converted to links. The URL must begin
with "http://" and there must be a space before the "http://" to distinguish it from
the previous word.
If an image tag, <IMG>, is entered in Smart Text, the Blackboard Learn
automatically prompts to upload the image.
Plain
Text
Displays text as it is written in the text area. Plain text does not render HTML
code. HTML code appears as text. Equations do not work in Plain Text.
HTML
Displays text as coded by the user using Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML)
tags.
File names
Blackboard allows the use of all characters in file names. However, the user's operating system
and browser may limit the types characters accepted.
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Text Editor
About the Text Editor
Smart text, Plain text, or HTML may be used in the Text Editor. Options at the bottom of the box
allow the user to switch format at any time.
Smart text should be used if the intent is to display the text in the exact way that it is typed in.
Line breaks, tabbing, and other keyboard formatting are retained with Smart text. Text written with
HTML tags display as rendered text; for example, if a word is typed with bold tags the word
appears in bold. Do not use Smart Text to display the actual HTML tags.
Plain text strips any formatting from the text, except for line breaks. The result is completely
unformatted text. This may be useful if the user needs to do a lot of copy and pasting of the
content, or if the intent is to display code information. For example, if the user wants to show how
to write something in HTML, Plain text should be used to retain the HTML tags in the content.
Plain text does not work with MathML or the equation editor. Changing a text box that includes a
mathematical formula to Plain text will make the formula unreadable.
The HTML option should be used if the user knows HTML and opts to type HTML tags into the
Text Editor. The result will be content formatted by the HTML tags used.
Preview shows the user how the formatted text appears when rendered in the browser. Features
that appear in the Text Editor may include WebEQ, MathML, and SpellCheck.
The Text Editor has three rows of buttons. Each of these rows may be collapsed by using the
arrows to the left of the row.
Note: The Administrator has the right to turn off the Text Editor, require users to
opt in, and control the availability of the features (Spell Check, WebEQ, MathML,
HTML Validation). Not all users will see all features.
When using Blackboard Learn - Content Management, the third row options of
the Text Editor provide a Browse to Content Collection field. The Text Editor
allows the user to create content that includes links to items in their Content
Collection.
F i r s t R o w B a s i c Ac t i o n s
Font Style
Select a style for the text. The options correspond to standard HTML Style
types, such as H1, H2, and H3.
Font size
Select the size of the text.
Font face
Select the font face.
Bold
Make selected text bold.
Italics
Make selected text italics.
Underline
Underline the selected text.
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F i r s t R o w B a s i c Ac t i o n s
Strike through
Strikes through the selected text.
Subscript
Make selected text subscript.
Superscript
Make selected text superscript.
Align left
Align text to the left.
Align Center
Align text in the center.
Align Right
Align text to the right.
Ordered list
Create a numbered list or add a numbered list item.
Unordered list
Create a bulleted list or add a bullet list item.
Decrease
Indent
Move text left.
Increase
Indent
Move text right.
S e c o n d R o w Ad d i t i o n a l B a s i c A c t i o n s
Spell Check
Select the ABC checkmark to open Spell Check.
Cut
Cut the selected items.
Copy
Copy the selected items.
Paste
Paste copied or cut content.
Clear
Formatting
Clears all formatting of the selected text.
Undo
Select the circular arrow pointing to the left to undo the previous action.
Redo
Select the circular arrow pointing to the right to redo the previous action.
Hyperlink
Add a hyperlink. Types include: file, ftp, gopher, http, https, mailto, news,
telnet, and wais.
Create Table
Add a table.
Horizontal
Line
Add a horizontal line.
Font Color
Specify the color of the text.
Highlight
Text
Add a highlight color to the selected text.
WebEQ
Editor
Open the WebEQ Equation Editor icon (x2) to add an equation. Equations
cannot be added to a cell in a table. Instead, create the equation outside the
table and then cut and paste the equation into the cell.
MathML
Editor
Open the MathML Equation Editor icon (√x ) to add an equation.
HTML View
View the HTML code that is generated by the Text Editor. Users may also
edit the HTML in this view. If HTML is added or changed in this view, click
Submit to view the change in the Text Editor.
Preview
Preview the content as it will be seen by end users.
Markup
Validation
Validate the HTML code in the Text Editor.
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The following table includes a description of some options specific to each type of file attachment.
T h i r d R o w F i l e At t a c h m e n t Ac t i o n s a n d S p e c i a l O p t i o n s
Attach file
Add a file to the text area. The Insert Content Link window appears.
Browse: select a file from the local machine
Link to Content Collection: select an item or folder from the Content
Collection (if available)
Specify Source URL: provide a URL where the item is located.
Name of Link to File: providing a descriptive name of the content is
helpful for the user. This allows the user to read the link in context,
rather than read the name of the file itself.
Attach image
Add an image to the text area. The Insert Image window appears.
Click Browse to locate the image file or enter a URL in the Specify
Source URL field.
Set Width and Height: leaving these fields blank renders the image in
its original size.
Image Target URL: the URL entered here makes the image a link.
When users click the image, they go to this URL.
Alt text: Alternate text is important for accessibility. Alternate text
describes the image if it is not displayed or cannot be viewed.
Attach MPEG/AVI
Add MPEG/AVI media content to the text area. The Insert MPEG file
page appears.
Click Browse to locate the MPEG/AVI file or enter a URL in the
Specify Source URL field.
Set Width and Height: the default width and height provided are
standard sizes for MPEG/AVI content, but may be altered.
Engage the AutoStart and the Loop options.
Choose whether or not to display the Controls and their size.
Enter Alt Text for accessibility.
Add QuickTime
Add Apple QuickTime media to the text area. The Insert QuickTime
File page appears.
Click Browse to locate the QuickTime file or enter a URL in the
Specify Source URL field.
Set Width and Height: the default width and height provided are
standard sizes for QuickTime content, but may be altered.
Engage the AutoStart and the Loop options.
Choose whether or not to display the Controls and their size.
Enter Alt Text for accessibility.
Add Audio
Add an audio file, such as .mp3 or .wav to the text area. The Insert
Audio File window appears.
Click Browse to locate the audio file or enter a URL in the Specify
Source URL field.
Engage the AutoStart and the Loop options.
Choose whether or not to display the Controls and their size.
Enter Alt Text for accessibility.
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T h i r d R o w F i l e At t a c h m e n t Ac t i o n s a n d S p e c i a l O p t i o n s
Add
Flash/Shockwave
Add Macromedia Flash or Shockwave media to the text area. The
Insert SWF File page appears.
Click Browse to locate the Flash file or enter a URL in the Specify
Source URL field.
Set Width and Height: the default width and height provided are
standard sizes for Flash content, but may be altered.
Engage the AutoStart and the Loop options.
Choose whether or not to display the Controls and their size.
Set Quality: quality options are provided to allow the user to choose
between highest quality vs. highest performance. The highest quality
media takes the longest time to load in a browser.
Enter Alt Text for accessibility.
Other Options
Path
Displays the HTML tagging based upon the cursor position within the
text area. Can be collapsed by using the arrow to the left of the row.
Save as Reusable
Object
Click the checkbox to save this text as a Reusable Object. Reusable
Objects are content items that can be used across the Content
Collection and can be made available for use in other courses.
Content Collection
location
Click Browse to select a folder within the Content Collection to store
this Reusable Object.
Attaching files in the Text Editor
Warning: Users have the option of attaching different types of files to the
Text Editor. Do not copy and paste a file from one text box to another; this
causes errors.
Missing image detection in the Text Editors
Missing Image Detection functionality is available on the Add Item page under the following
scenarios when a user:

pastes HTML with a broken image into the HTML view of the Text Editor

pastes HTML with a broken image into the Text Editor and selects the HTML option
 pastes HTML with a broken image into the Text Editor selects the Smart Text option
Missing image detection functionality does not apply when a user:

pastes HTML with a broken image into the Text Editor and selects the Plain text
option

pastes HTML with a broken image into the Text Editor

uploads an HTML file with a broken image from the third row of the Text Editor
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
links to an HTML file in the Content Collection with a broken image (either via the third
row of the Text Editor or as a URL in the Text Editor).
Keyboard Shortcuts for the Text Editor
The Text Editor supports the following keyboard shortcuts:
Note: If the shortcut keys that move selected items one character left, right, up, or
down are used, the object being moved will be absolutely positioned. An absolutely
positioned element is determined by pixels, so moving it up once will move it up one
pixel.
K e yb o a r d S h o r t c u t s
Movement
RIGHT ARROW
Move one character to the right.
LEFT ARROW
Move one character to the left.
DOWN ARROW
Move down one line.
UP ARROW
Move up one line.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move right one word.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move left one word.
END
Move to the end of the line.
HOME
Move to the start of the line.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move down one paragraph.
CTRL+UP ARROW
Move up one paragraph.
PAGE DOWN
Move down one page.
PAGE UP
Move up one page.
CTRL+HOME
Move to the beginning of the text.
CTRL+END
Move to the end of the text.
Selection
SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Extend the selection one character to the right.
SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Extend the selection one character to the left.
CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT
ARROW
Extend the selection right one word.
CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT
ARROW
Extend the selection left one word.
SHIFT+UP ARROW
Extend the selection up one line.
SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Extend the selection down one line.
SHIFT+END
Extend the selection to the end of the current line.
SHIFT+HOME
Extend the selection to the start of the current line.
SHIFT+PAGE DOWN
Extend the selection down one page.
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SHIFT+PAGE UP
Extend the selection up one page.
CTRL+SHIFT+END
Extend the selection to the end of the document.
CTRL+SHIFT+HOME
Extend the selection to the beginning of the document.
CTRL+A
Select all elements in the document.
Editing
BACKSPACE
Delete the selection. Or, if there is no selection, delete the
character to the left of the cursor.
CTRL+BACKSPACE
Delete all of a word to the left of the cursor.
CTRL+C
Copy the selection.
CTRL+V
Paste cut contents or copied contents.
CTRL+X
Cut the selection.
DELETE
Delete the selection.
INSERT
Toggle between inserting and overwriting text.
CTRL+Z
Undo the most recent formatting command.
CTRL+Y
Re-do the most recent undone command.
CTRL+F
Find text.
SHIFT+F10
Display the context menu. This is the same as a right-click.
Formatting
CTRL+B
Toggle bold formatting.
CTRL+I
Toggle italic formatting.
CTRL+U
Toggle underlining.
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Link to File Attachment
Overview
Users may include a link to a file attachment from the Text Editor editor.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Insert Content Link to File window:
Field
Description
Select Content Link
Browse
Click Browse to locate a file.
OR Specify
Source URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. For
example: http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.
Content Link Options
Name of Link
to File
Enter the name of the link that users click to access the attached file.
Launch in New
Window
Select Yes to have the file open in a new separate window. Select No to
have the file open in the content frame.
Alt Text
Enter text that appears when a pointer hovers over the link. Alternate text
is important for accessibility.
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Insert Multimedia File
Overview
Users may add the following multimedia files when authoring content in the Text Editor.

Image

MPEG or AVI MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Groups) files are audio-visual files in a
digital compressed format. AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is Microsoft’s file format for
storing audio and video data.

QuickTime QuickTime is a video and animation system that supports most formats,
including JPG and MPEG. Users with a PC will require a QuickTime driver to view
QuickTime files. Macintosh users do not require this driver.

Audio

Flash or Shockwave. Adobe Flash and Shockwave files support audio, animation
and video; they are also browser independent. Browsers require specific plug-ins to
run Flash and Shockwave files.
The following table explains which button in the Third Row of the Text Editor is used to add
different file types.
F i l e a t t a c h m e n t t yp e s
Attach file
.doc, .exe, .html, .htm, .pdf, .ppt, .pps, .rtf, .tiff .txt, .wmf, .wpd, .xls,
.zip
Attach image
.gif, .jif, .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, .wmf
Attach MPEG/AVI
.asf, .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .wmv
Add Quick Time
.qt, moov, .mov
Add audio
.aiff, .asf, .au, .mpe, .mp3, .ra, .ram, .rm, .wav, .wma, .wmv
Add
Flash/Shockwave
.swf
The options to control how a multimedia file displays, such as should it loop, should the controls
display, will not be available after the file has been inserted. To edit these options, use the HTML
view and edit the options directly.
Image Fields
The table below details the fields on the Insert Image page:
Field
Description
Select Image
Browse
Click Browse to locate a file.
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Field
Description
OR Specify
Source URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system.
Image Options
Set the Width
Enter the width of the image in pixels.
Set the Height
Enter the height of the image in pixels.
Image Target
URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system.
Launch in new
window
Choose whether to display the image in a new window.
Border
Choose a border for the image. If None is chosen there will be no border
around the image.
Alt Text
Alt Text is displayed if the image does not display and is read by screen
readers. It is important to include for accessibility.
MPEG or AVI Fields
The table below details the fields on the Insert MPEG File page:
Field
Description
Insert MPEG File
Browse
Click Browse to locate a file.
OR Specify
Source URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system.
MPEG File Options
Set the Width
Enter the width of the video in pixels.
Set the Height
Enter the height of the video in pixels.
AutoStart
Select Yes to start playing when the page is opened. Select No to let
users start playing manually after opening the page.
Loop
Choose whether the file repeats continuously.
Controls
Select the size of controls to appear to users. Controls must be
available if users are to start the video manually.
Alt Text
Alt Text is displayed if the image does not display and is read by screen
readers. It is important to include for accessibility.
QuickTime Fields
The table below details the fields on the Insert QuickTime File page:
Field
Description
Insert QuickTime File
Browse
Click Browse to locate a file.
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Field
Description
OR Specify
Source URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system.
QuickTime File Options
Set the Width
Enter the width of the video.
Set the Height
Enter the height of the video.
AutoStart
Select Yes to start playing when the page is opened. Select No to let
users start playing manually after opening the page.
Loop
Choose whether the file should repeat continuously.
Controls
Select to display controls.
Alt Text
Alt Text is displayed if the image does not display and is read by screen
readers. It is important to include for accessibility..
Audio Fields
The table below details the fields on the Insert Audio File page:
Field
Description
Insert Audio File
Browse
Click Browse to locate a file.
OR Specify
Source URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system.
Audio File Options
AutoStart
Select Yes to start playing when the page is opened. Select No to let
users start playing manually after opening the page.
Loop
Choose whether the file repeats continuously.
Controls
Select to display controls.
Alt Text
Alt Text is displayed if the image does not display and is read by screen
readers. It is important to include for accessibility.
Flash or Shockwave Fields
The table below details the fields on the Insert SWF File page:
Field
Description
Insert SWF File
Browse
Click Browse to locate a file.
OR Specify
Source URL
Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system.
SWF File Options
Set the Width
Enter the width of the Flash file.
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Field
Description
Set the Height
Enter the height of the Flash file.
AutoStart
Select Yes to start playing when the page is opened. Select No to let
users start playing manually after opening the page.
Loop
Choose whether the file repeats continuously.
Set Quality
Select the quality of the images that will appear to users. Note that the
better the quality of an image the larger the file. Larger files take longer to
open.
Alt Text
Alt Text is displayed if the image does not display and is read by screen
readers. It is important to include for accessibility.
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About Spell Check
Overview
The Spell Check feature supports a full English dictionary, a supplemental word list configured by
the System Administrator, and custom word lists that are stored as a cookie on a user’s local
machine. The spell check feature is available wherever users can enter blocks of text. It is also
available as a module with Blackboard Learn - Community Engagement.
Word lists
Misspelled words are determined by the following three sources:

Spell Check Dictionary: A full English dictionary that includes words that are not
flagged for correction. The dictionary is the only source for suggestions. This
dictionary cannot be edited.

Supplemental Word List: A list of additional terms added by the System
Administrator that do not appear in the default dictionary.

Personal Word List: This word list is stored as a cookie on each user’s local
machine. Words are added to this list using the Learn function. The words in the
personal word list are not flagged for correction. These words are not included as
suggestions for misspelled words.
Extensive personal word lists may slow performance of the Spell Check tool.
Personal Word List and Cookies
The personal word list is stored as a cookie on the user’s local machine. The cookie is not user or
installation specific. Therefore, a user’s word list is available to them whenever they are using
Spell Check as long as they are on the same local machine. If another user logs onto the same
machine, that user will have the personal word list stored on that machine applied to Spell Check.
For example, if a user creates a personal word list on a computer in the computer lab, this word
list will be available to all users who use this computer in the lab. The user may not take this word
list with them to a different computer.
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Using Spell Check
Overview
When Spell Check is launched, it reviews the text block and sequentially brings up any words it
does not recognize for review.
Functions
The table below details the functions available with Spell Check.
To . . .
then . . .
replace the occurrence of
a word with a correction
or suggestion
enter a correction in the Replace With field or select a
suggestion from the list. Click Replace to change the word in the
text to the word in the Replace With field. If the misspelled word
appears later in the text block it is flagged again for correction.
replace every occurrence
of a word in the text with
a correction or suggestion
enter a correction in the Replace With field or select a
suggestion from the list. Click Replace All to change every
occurrence of the word in the text with the word in the Replace
With field.
ignore the word and not
make a correction
click Ignore. The word is not changed. If the word appears again
in the text block it will be flagged for correction.
ignore every occurrence
of the word in the text
block
click Ignore All. The word is not changed and Spell Check will
not flag it for correction again in the text.
teach Spell Check to
recognize the word as
correct
click Learn. The word is added to the personal word list that
resides on the local machine accessing the Course. Whenever
Spell Check is run from that local machine the word will be
recognized and not flagged.
close the spell check
click Finish.
Recognized errors
Note how Spell Check handles the following circumstances:

Double words are recognized as errors.

Irregular capitalization is not recognized as an error.

Initial capitalization at the beginning of sentences is not checked.

Words in ALL CAPS are checked for spelling errors.

Words that contain numbers are recognized as errors.

A word that appears in the supplemental or personal word list must be entered as a
correction during a spell check (these words do not appear as suggestions). The
Spell Check tool must be run again to verify that the word is spelled correctly.
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Math and Science Notation Tool – WebEQ Equation Editor and
MathML Editor
The Math and Science Notation Tool (WebEQ Equation Editor) is a general purpose equation
editor. The Math and Science Notation Tool enables users to use mathematical and scientific
notation. Users can add equations, edit existing equations, and move equations within the
Equation Editor. All of the Equation Editor symbols are based on MathML, a markup language for
math on the Web. MathML is a subset of XHTML.
Users may receive a pop-up box when launching WebEQ that asks the user to trust an applet
provided by Design Science, the maker of WebEQ. If users click Always, the pop-up no longer
appears on that computer when launching WebEQ.
For best performance on a Windows® operating system, use Internet Explorer 6.0 or above.
For best performance on a Macintosh®:

Mac OS X v10.2 (or a later version)

Install the MRJPlug-in. http://homepage.mac.com/pcbeard/MRJPlugin/
Note: Similar to the Collaboration Tool, the Java 2 Run Time Environment 1.3.1_04
or higher is required to use the Math and Science Equation Editor. See the
Collaboration Tools topic for additional information.
MathML Equation Editor
The MathML Equation Editor functions in the same way at the Math and Science Notation Tool.
Instead of opening with the symbol buttons, a blank text box appears where users can enter XML.
Functions
The table below details how to access the Equation Editors.
To . . .
click . . .
access the WebEQ Equation Editor
the Math and Science Notation Tool icon.
insert XHTML
the MathML Equation Editor icon.
Adding and Editing Equations
Once an equation has been created it can be copied and used again or copied and Edited using
the Notation Tool features.
Functions
The table below describes the functions available in the Math and Science Notation Tool.
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To . . .
then . . .
create a name for
the equation
enter a name in the Equation Name: field.
create an equation
use the equation symbols available on the keyboard or in the toolbar
to create equations.
modify an existing
equation
select the equation from the Edit Equation: drop-down list. The
equation appears in the Editor. Click Edit to save the changes.
submit the equation
and its name
click Submit.
Tip: If an equation is more then one line or uses a large font size, the equation may
be cut off when it appears on the page. Add an empty line after the final line in the
equation to prevent this error.
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Part Two: Courses
Courses include content and tools for teaching, collaborating, and learning. This part includes the
following sections:

Content

Communication

Tools
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Content
Overview
The names of the areas in a Course are configured by the Instructor or the System Administrator
and may differ from the names shown in this section. The function of each area will not change
even if the name and purpose of the area is different. The Instructor or the System Administrator
may not make all of these areas available. The Course Areas that are available to Users make up
the Course Menu that appears in the frame on the left side of the Course.
In this section
This section includes the following topics.
Topic
Description
Course Content
Areas
Provides information on how materials and information are
presented.
Course Content
Gives detailed information on the functions available when viewing
content.
Assessments
Provides information for taking Assessments and reviewing the
results.
Assignments
Explains how Assignments are accessed and submitted to the
Instructor.
Learning Modules
Provides information on how to navigate within a Learning Unit.
Course Cartridges
Provides information on Course Cartridges and how to access
Cartridge content.
External Links
Explains how to access external links.
About Mashups
Explains how Mashups can be used within your course work.
Using Mashups
Explains the process of adding Mashups to your course work.
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Course Content Areas
About Content Areas
Course Content Areas may contain a variety of learning materials. Instructors use these areas to
present information that is relevant to their Courses. Instructors can also add Assessments and
Learning Modules to any content areas.
Navigating within Content Areas
Instructors have unlimited options when designing Content Areas. However, navigating through
Content Areas is a structured, easy-to-follow process. Content Areas are arranged as a series of
nested folders. Each folder can contain items and other folders. Each folder includes the name of
the folder, bread crumbs, and items and subfolders the Instructor has included in that folder.
Click the appropriate folder in the bread crumbs to go back to a previous folder or to the
beginning of the Content Area. Click the link in a folder to open an item or to open a subfolder.
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Course Content
Content Visibility
Instructors may set up rules for content items that limit the availability based on date and time,
individual users, Course Groups, and Grade Center scores and attempts. This means that the
content displayed in the Course Menu or Content Areas may change over time. For example, if a
file is made available after a Test is complete, the file only appears in a Content Area after a
Student completes the Test. The following are some examples of how content is released:

Date and time – An item may be made available for only one week or after a certain
date. For example, lecture notes may be made available after the date of the lecture.

Groups – An item may be available to users in one Group and not another, or it may
be available at a different times to users in different Groups.

Individual users – An item may be made available only to an individual user.

Grade Center attempt - An item may be made available only after Students have
completed an Assessment.

Grade Center score – An item may be made available to all users who receive
above or below a specific score on an Assignment.
Review Status
Review Status allows the Instructor to track user review of specific content items and may affect
the release of additional content. Once the Instructor enables the tool for an item, each Student
tracks their progress. For example, the Instructor may enable Review Status for an article added
to a Content Area and may make the release of a Quiz contingent upon the Student reviewing the
article. Once the Student marks the article Reviewed, the Quiz appears.
A Mark Reviewed button appears on the item when it is opened. After reviewing the item, select
this button to mark it as Reviewed.
Note: This button may be selected to toggle between Reviewed and Mark
Reviewed. The Instructor only views the current setting; so if the item is marked
Reviewed, then switched to Mark Review, the Instructor does not see that the item
was marked Reviewed at any time.
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Assessments
About Assessments
An Assessment is a Test or Survey. Assessments can be found in any Content Area, Content
Area folder, or Learning Module.
Tests can be used to assess the knowledge of users. The Instructor assigns point values to
questions. Student answers are submitted for grading, and the results are recorded in the Grade
Center.
Surveys can be used for polling purposes and evaluations. These assessments are not graded.
There are many types of questions that can be included in an Assessment.

Multiple Choice: Allows a number of choices with one correct answer. Indicate the
correct answer by selecting a radio button.

True / False: A statement with the option to choose either true or false. True/False
answer options are limited to the words True and False.

Fill in the Blank: A statement that requires an answer to complete it. Answers are
evaluated based on an exact text match.

Multiple Answer: A number of choices with one or more correct answers.

Matching: Two columns of items where each item in the first column must be
matched to an item in the second column.

Ordering: A question that requires users to provide an answer by selecting the
correct order of a series of items.

Essay: A question where the answer must be entered in a text box.

Calculated: Contains a formula with a number of variables. The correct answer can
be a specific value or a range of values.

Calculated Numeric Response: Resembles a fill-in-the-blank question except a
number is entered to complete the statement. The correct answer can be a specific
number or within a range of numbers.

File Response: Uploaded files are used to respond to the question.

Hot Spot: A specific point on an image is used to indicate the answer.

Fill in Multiple Blanks: Multiple responses are inserted into a sentence or
paragraph.

Jumbled Sentence: A sentence with a number of variables within it.

Opinion Scale / Likert: A rating scale used to measure attitudes or reactions.

Short Answer: Similar to Essay questions; answer length is limited.

Either / Or: A statement with a pre-defined choice of two answers (Yes/No, On/Off).

Quiz Bowl: An answer appears; the users respond with a who, what, or where
question to respond.
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Grading questions
The majority of questions in Assessments are auto-graded, meaning that Instructors assign a set
number of points to each question when the Assessment is created. Users may find out their
score on an Assessment immediately after completing it if all questions are auto-graded and the
Instructor releases this information.
Essay questions, file response, and short-answer questions are not auto-graded, meaning that
Instructors must grade these questions manually. After an Assessment is submitted, the
Instructor reviews these questions and manually enters a score. If an Assessment contains these
question types the Grade for the Assessment is not immediately available after the Assessment is
submitted.
Take an Assessment
Assessments are located within Content Areas in a Course. Follow the steps below to begin
taking an Assessment:
1.
Locate an Assessment in a Course Content Area and click the link associated with it.
2.
Click Begin to take the Assessment.
3.
Instructors may choose to have users enter a password to begin taking an Assessment. If
necessary, enter the valid password and click Submit to begin the Assessment. The
Assessment continues to prompt for a valid password until the correct one is entered.
If the Assessment is timed, the remaining time appears in the bottom of the browser.
Warning: It is important that users do not use the Back button in the
Browser during an Assessment. This may cause loss of data.
Feedback and Grades
The performance results received by the user after completing a Test depend on the options
selected by the Instructor. For example, the Instructor may only show the final score for one Test,
while for another Test the final score and correct answers are displayed. Feedback includes one
or more of the following:

The final score for the test

The answers users submitted

The correct answers
 Feedback for the questions
To access Feedback and Grade information, select the Test in the Content Area or use the View
Grades Tool.
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Multiple Assessment Attempts
Users may be allowed to take an Assessment multiple times. If multiple attempts are allowed it is
noted at the top of the Assessment. The Instructor may also set a limit on the number of attempts
- which will also be noted at the top. A link to take the Test again appears if the Test is re-opened.
The Instructor determines if one or more of the test attempt scores are recorded in the Grade
Center.
Force Assessment Completion
Users must complete the Assessment the first time it is launched if Force Completion is enabled.
If Force Completion is enabled it is noted at the top of the Assessment. Students may not exit the
Assessment and continue working on it at a later date. The Save button is available for Users to
save the Assessment as they work through it, but they may not exit and re-enter the Assessment.
Backtrack Prohibited
Users may not go back to questions they have already answered if backtracking is prohibited. If
backtracking is prohibited it is noted at the top of the Assessment. When taking an Assessment
that does not allow backtracking, an error appears if attempting to use the Back button within the
Assessment.
Warning: It is important that users do not use the Back button in the
Browser during an Assessment. This may cause loss of data.
Assessment Presentation
Instructors have two different options for presenting Assessments: all-at-once and one-at-a-time.
All-at-once Assessments present all of the questions at the same time. The following options are
available while taking this type of Assessment:
Function
Action
Store answers
Select Save All Answers. A Saved icon appears in the Question Status
Indicator. Answers may be changed after they are saved.
Finish the
Assessment
Select Save and Submit. A confirmation, then receipt page appears that
states the Assessment has been completed.
One-at-a-time Assessments present questions separately; only one question appears on the
screen. Users decide when they are ready to move onto the next question. The following options
are available while taking this type of Assessment:
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Function
Action
Navigate
through
questions
Use the navigation arrows (<<, <, >, or >>). The Question/Section
Indicator describes the current location in the Assessment and the overall
number of questions. If backtracking is prohibited these arrows do not
appear.
Save answers
Select Save All Answers. Questions answered up to this point are saved.
Finish the
Assessment
Select Save and Submit. A confirmation, then receipt page appears that
states the Assessment has been completed.
About Question Completion Status
The Questions Status Indicator is a tool to provide users with a quick up-to-date look at their
progress (complete or incomplete questions) in an assessment at all times. The Save button next
to each question provides a visual reminder to save your progress periodically.
Completion status of assessment questions is displayed at the top of the page when taking an
assessment.
The status of which questions have been answered is displayed at the top of the page, just below
the Instructions.
When answering a question and moving on to the next question in a question-by-question
assessment, the status box is edited on the next page to show that the previous question was
answered. If you do not answer a question and move on to the next page in a question-byquestion assessment, the status box will show on the next page that the previous question was
not answered. Navigate between questions by clicking on the question number in the status
indicator.
When taking an all-at-once assessment (an assessment where the questions all appear on the
same page), click Save Answer to save a specific question without scrolling to the bottom of the
page to save. Saving either a single question or all of the questions that have been answered
(with the Save All Answers at the top or bottom of the page) changes the status indicator to
show which questions have been completed.
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Assignments
About Assignments
Assignments list the name, description, and attachments for class work. Students complete the
Assignment in a separate file and send it back to the Instructor. They can include comments for
the Instructor if they choose. Assignments may be individual or given to every member of a
Course Group.
Submitting an Assignment
On the Upload Assignment page, Students can add comments and specify files to attach.
Follow the steps below to submit an Assignment:
1.
Select the Content Area from the Course Menu that holds the Assignment. For example,
the Assignments area.
2.
Click the name of the Assignment. The Upload Assignment page appears.
3.
Complete the Assignment Materials text box if necessary.
4.
Click Browse My Computer and select a file to attach.
5.
Enter a Link Title. If the field is left blank, then the file name becomes the link.
6.
Complete the Comments field if necessary.
7.
Click Submit when the page is complete.
Instructors may create Assignments where Students do not need to attach files to complete them;
Students can submit an Assignment without attaching a file. If Submit is selected, and no files
are listed to attach, the Assignment is submitted and is no longer available to the Student to
complete.
If the same file is attached to an Assignment more than once, the file name of the duplicate will
automatically include a numeric suffix. For example, History_assignment1.doc.
Warning: Be careful in cases where files must be submitted to complete the
Assignment! Assignments can only be submitted once.
More about working with Assignments

Assignment Files are listed under Assignment Information. You may need to open or
view a file added by your Instructor.

The do not attach option will appear next to an uploaded file. If you have selected an
incorrect file, you can remove it with this option.

The Save as Draft option is available if you need to return to the assignment at a later
time. This option will save the comments and files on the page. You must click Submit to
complete the assignment.
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See also

Submit Group Assignment
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Submitting Group Assignments
Through the Submit Assignment page, users can submit their work to satisfy Group
Assignments. Group Assignments are accessed from the Assignments page like individual
assignments.
Prerequisites and Warnings
Be aware of the following when submitting work for a Group Assignment:

The grade that is given for the final assignment is given to every member in the group.

Prior to submission, clicking Save as Draft saves Assignments within the Course Group
area.
Note: Assignments may be submitted in three ways: by entering the appropriate
text in the Submission text box, by attaching a file from a local drive or from the
Content Collection or by using both of these fields together.
How to Submit Work for a Group Assignment
1.
Select the Content Area from the Course Menu that holds the Assignment. For example,
the Course Documents area.
2.
Click the name of the Assignment. The Upload Assignment page appears.
3.
Complete the Submission field if necessary.
4.
Click Browse for Local File or Browse for Content Collection Item and select a file to
attach.
5.
Enter a Name of link to file. If the field is left blank, then the file name becomes the link.
6.
Click Attach File.
7.
Complete the Comments field if necessary.
8.
Click Submit when the page is complete.
In Step 4, files may also be uploaded from the Blackboard Learn - Content
Management. Select Browse next to Copy file from Content Collection to
choose a file.
See Also

About Course Groups
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Learning Modules
About Learning Modules
Learning Modules enable Students to follow a structured path for progressing through content.
Sequential Paths
The sequential path may be enforced or Users may be allowed to access any item at any time.
For example, the Instructor may set up a Learning Module on World History. This unit walks users
through a series of articles about World History, displays media files, and finally presents an
Assessment about the information covered. Students must move through the contents in this
order if the sequential path is enforced. If the sequential path is not enforced users would be able
to view the material in any order.
Navigate within Learning Modules
To move from page to page within the module click the right and left arrow buttons on the top
right of the content area. Example: The button will appear next to the text, "Page 1 of 8".
Note:The name of a folder or sub-folder will count as a page. For example, if the Learning
Module contains two folders, each containing one file, there will be a total of 4 pages.
It is also possible to navigate by clicking the name of the page in the Table of Contents instead of
clicking the forward or back arrow buttons.
Using the Table of Contents
The Table of Contents displays next to the Course Menu on the left hand side of the page. It can
also be moved below the Learning Module content area.
There are three display options available via three buttons on the header of the Table of
Contents. The buttons display icons for each of the following actions.

Minimize

Maximize
 Move to the bottom or the left.
To move the Table of Contents to the bottom of the page, click the button with the arrow pointing
down. To move the Table of Contents back to the left, click the left-facing arrow. The move to the
left option will reposition the Table of Contents to the left of the content area.
Note: Instructors can organize the Table of Contents however they see fit. The Table of Contents
can be displayed by roman numerals, numbers, or letters or any combination of the three.
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Course Cartridges
About Course Cartridges
Instructors have the option of using Course Cartridge content in their Courses. This content is
created by publishers and is available for Instructors to download. When Students access this
content within a Course, they are prompted for an Access key. Cartridge content often includes:

Slides

Documents

Quiz questions

Lists of relevant links
Access a Course Cartridge
When Students attempt to access Course Cartridge content the first time, they are prompted for a
key. Access Keys are obtained from the publisher. Keys may be found in the Course text book or
on the publisher’s Web site. Once the key is entered, the content is available.
After the key has been entered once, the Student can open any content in the Course that comes
from the Course Cartridge.
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External Links
Overview
External links access outside Web sites. Usually these links provide content consistent with the
objective or area of study. Users can access these links directly from a Content Area. Instructors
determine whether External Links open within the Content Frame or in a new window.
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About Mashups
Mashups allow you to add content that is pulled from an external Web site to your work. This
content is used in a variety of ways within a Course: a standalone piece of content, part of a test
question, a topic on a Discussion Board, or as part of an assignment.
Mashups are added through the Text Editor. Adding a Mashup using the Text Editor means that
you can put Mashups in places where users can interact with the content, such as in Test
Questions, Discussion Boards, and Blogs.
Mashups are displayed in the following ways:

Embed: The Mashup displays directly on the page.

Thumbnail View with Player: A small picture of the Mashup displays on the page with
controls to launch it.

Text Link with Player: A link to the Mashup is displayed on the page. Click the link to
launch the Mashup.
Example
You are writing a journal entry for your Film class and you want to point out your favorite scene to
your professor. After describing the scene you can include a clip from YouTube to point out some
of the finer details.
See How to Use Mashups in your Work for more information.
Default Mashup Types
These are three default Mashups included in Blackboard Learn. Other sources are added as
Building Blocks. Blackboard Learn supports adding content from the following sources:

Flickr: a site for viewing and sharing photographic images.

Slideshare: a site for viewing and sharing PowerPoint presentations, Word documents,
or Adobe PDF Portfolios.

YouTube: a site for viewing and sharing online videos.
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Communication
Overview
Users are encouraged to communicate with fellow classmates, Instructors, and Leaders as part of
the learning process. The Communication area allows users to:

Read and post Announcements

Send Email and Messages

Access Blogs

Access Journals

Access Discussion Boards

Access Collaboration Tools

Review the Roster

Access Course Group Pages
Note: Instructors and System Administrators have the option to disable these
features. Also, if the Instructor chooses, some of these tools may also appear
directly in the Course Menu.
In this section
This section includes information on the following topics:
Topic
Description
Announcements
Messages for Courses and system-wide announcements.
Send Email
Send email to other participants.
Discussion Board
Engage in asynchronous on-line conversations with others.
Collaboration
Tools
Participate in real time lessons and discussions.
Roster
Search a participant Roster and view lists of Users, Instructors and
Teaching Assistants associated with a specific Course.
Messages
Communicate with other users in a Course.
Blogs
Users within a Course group can post to the Blog and add comments to
existing posts. Instructors can also comment on posts.
Journals
Users can post messages to the Instructorand the Instructor, in turn, can
comment.
Wikis
Users can collaborate on content within their Courses.
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Send Email
Overview
Users can access email functions for through the Send Email page. Users can send email to the
following people in a Course:
Group
Description
All Users
Sends email to all users in the Course.
All Groups
Sends email to all of the groups in a specified Course.
All Student Users
Sends an email to all Students in the Course.
All Teaching Assistant
Users
Sends email to all of the Teaching Assistants in a specified
Course.
All Instructor Users
Sends email to all of the Instructors for a specified Course.
All Observer Users
Sends email to all Observer users in the Course.
Single/ Select Users
Sends email to select users.
Single/ Select Groups
Sends email to select Groups.
Single/ Select Observer
Users
Sends email to selected Observer users.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Send Email page:
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
3.
Click Send Email.
Users can also access the Send Email feature for all of their Courses through the Tools Module
on the My Institution tab.
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Send Email to Users
Functions
Send Email enables users to send email to fellow classmates, Instructors, other users, and
Groups within a Course.
Note: Recipients of each email will not see the email addresses of other recipients.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Send Email page.
Field
Description
Enter Message Details
To
Recipients display in this field. If the email is intended for a select audience, an
interface for selecting users appears. The interface does not appear if an email
is intended for all users.
To select user to receive an email, highlight the users in the Available to Select
column and click the arrow to move them to the Selected column. A back arrow
is available to move a user out of the recipient list.
Click Invert and highlighted users are no longer highlighted and those users that
are not selected will be highlighted.
From
The sender's email address is automatically displayed in this field.
Subject
Enter the subject of the email.
Message
Enter the body of the email. A copy of the message is sent to the sender. A
receipt page appears after the message is sent listing all recipients. The receipt
page does not confirm that users received the message! It only confirms that the
message was sent.
The message may use HTML-encoding. The message displays according to the
recipients mail settings. If HTML message types are supported, the HTML
appears. If not, the message appears as plain text.
Add Attachments
Attach a
File
Click the link to add attachments. Select Browse and navigate to the file to be
attached to the email. After adding one file, the option to attach another file
appears.
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About the Discussion Board
Overview
The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. The
Discussion Board is made up of Forums that may appear anywhere in the Course but are also all
centrally located in the Discussion Board tool. Course Groups can have their own Discussion
Boards.
Students usually participate in Forums with no administrative privileges. However, a Student may
be granted some Forum administration privileges within a Group.
Discussion Board Terms
The table below outlines the terms used to describe Discussion Board features.
Term
Definition
Thread
The initial post and the entire series of replies to that post within a
Discussion Board Forum.
Thread Detail
The page that displays the threaded view of all posts in a thread along with
the selected post.
Post
A Discussion Board entry posted to a thread or used to start a thread. Also
used as a verb to refer to the act of submitting a post.
Forum Role
A role type that is assigned to members of the Discussion Board for each
Forum and enables specific privileges within the Forum. A user may have
one role per Forum. However, a user’s role in separate Forums may differ.
Blocked
A Forum Role that blocks the user from accessing the Forum.
Reader
A Forum Role that grants the user the rights to read the contents of a
Forum. Users with this role may only view content and cannot add or
respond to posts.
Participant
A Forum Role that grants the user read and write privileges in the Forum.
Grader
A Forum Role that grants the user Participant privileges as well as the
Grading privileges for the Forum.
Moderator
A Forum Role that grants Participant privileges as well as the ability to
modify, remove, and lock posts. If a Moderation Queue is used, the
Moderator may also approve or reject posts in the queue.
Manager
A Forum Role that grants all privileges.
Grade Forum
The process of assigning a Grade to a user for their performance in a
Forum.
Grade
Thread
The process of assigning a Grade to a user for their performance in a
thread.
Rate Post
The process of evaluating a post based on a fixed, 5 point scale.
Collect
The process of selecting one or more posts or threads for inclusion on a
page that can be sorted, filtered, printed, and saved as a document. The
collection is gathered into a format that can be sorted, filtered, printed, and
saved as a document that can be viewed in a browser.
Flag
A mark used to call attention to the post.
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Term
Definition
Copy Forum
The process of creating a clone of a Forum or the Forum settings in the
same discussion board or in another discussion board in the same Course.
Save Drafts
The act of saving a post as a draft.
Published
Post
A post that has been submitted and, if necessary, approved by a moderator.
Post Position
The position of a post in a thread relative to the other posts.
Draft
A post that has been saved for future editing.
Locked
Thread
A thread that is visible for reading but cannot be Edited. Users may not post
to a locked thread.
Unavailable
Thread
A thread that is hidden and inaccessible to all users except Forum
Managers.
Hidden
Thread
A Thread that is locked and not visible by default. Users may view hidden
threads by enabling the Display Hidden Threads feature.
Moderation
Queue
A list of posts that must be approved before they appear in the Discussion
Board.
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View and Organize Discussion Board Content
Forums can appear throughout a Course. Each group may also have a private Discussion Board
with Forums available only to those users that are a part of the group. All Forums that are not a
part of a group are accessible from various points in the Course or by going to the Discussion
Board tool. The Discussion Board tool centralizes all of the Forums in the Course.
Users can adjust how many items are displayed on the Discussion Board by using Edit Paging
Options.
How to search for specific text in the Discussion Board
A search function resides in a area above the Forum list.
1.
Click Search.
2.
Enter a search term in the Search field.
3.
Select an area to search in from the drop-down list.
4.
Enter date and time to limit search, if desired.
5.
Click Go.
Note: Remember to click both the Before and After checkboxes to enable the
selected dates and times.
Thread Status
The Forum Manager can change the status of a thread to one of the following:

Published: A published thread is available to users.

Locked: Users may read the thread but not make any additions or modifications.
Locking a thread allows Grades to be assigned without users updating or changing
posts.

Unlocked: Unlocking a thread allows users to modify and add to the thread.

Hidden: Hidden messages cannot be viewed by users, but can be managed by
Forum Moderators. Use this status to hide outdated threads and make relevant
content easier to find.

Unavailable: Unavailable threads are only visible to forum managers. Even then,
Forum managers must choose to view these threads. Making threads unavailable
means users can no longer view the thread.
Follow these steps to change the status of a thread:
1.
Open a Forum in the Discussion Board.
2.
Select threads.
3.
Choose a new status for the selected threads using the Change Status to: dropdown list.
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Forum View
The Forum view lists the threads in the Forum and includes several options for displaying and
managing threads. The Forum can be viewed in one of two contexts: Tree View or List View. This
choice remains in effect until the user changes it; it can be changed at any time these choices are
available above the Action Bar.
Tree View
The Tree View presents the thread starter messages and their child messages. The child
messages can be expanded and collapsed by using the plus/minus icon next to each message.
Unread threads and posts are displayed in bold type. When a thread starter message has unread
children, then the thread starter message is displayed in bold if its children are collapsed.
A search function and an action bar that includes the following functions are available at the top
of the page:
Function
Purpose
Thread
Initiate a new thread.
Delete
Delete the selected posts from the Forum. Deleted posts cannot be restored.
Use the unavailable function to completely hide posts from users without
actually deleting the threads.
Collect
Gather selected posts onto one page where they can be sorted, filtered, or
printed.
Set Flag
Mark a post for later attention. This is only displayed in the Tree View.
Clear Flag
Delete a flag applied to a post. This is only displayed in the Tree View.
Mark
Read
Click to mark selected messages as read.
Mark
Unread
Click to mark selected messages as unread.
List View
The List View presents the list of threads in a tabular format. The threads can be sorted by
clicking the carat at the top of each column:
List View
Column
Description
Checkbox
Allows for individual thread selection.
Set Flag
Displays an indicator for any thread that contains flagged posts.
Subscription
Click to receive an email alert when a post is edited or a user posts a
reply. Click again to stop receiving email alerts.
Displays the user’s subscription status for each thread.
This is available only if subscriptions are enabled.
Thread
Displays the title of the thread.
Author
Displays the author of the thread.
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List View
Column
Description
Date
Displays the date and time the thread was posted.
Status
Displays the status of the thread.
Tags
Displays any tags that have been applied to the thread. This is visible only
if tags have been enabled.
Unread Posts
Displays the number of unread posts in the thread. This number is a link
leads to a Collections page that contains all unread posts.
Total Posts
Displays the total number of posts in the thread.
Posts within the thread are viewed by clicking on the hyperlinked name of the thread in the
Thread column.
Action Bar
The functions at the top of the page include a Display option to show threads of different status
and a search function. Unread threads and posts are displayed in bold type. There is also an
action bar that includes the following functions:
Function
Which
View?
Purpose
Add Thread
Both
Views
Click to add a thread.
Delete
Both
Views
Click to remove any selected threads from the
Forum.
Collect
Both
Views
Gather selected threads onto one page where
posts can be sorted, filtered, or printed.
Set Flag
Tree View
Mark a post for later attention.
Clear Flag
Tree View
Delete a flag applied to a post.
Mark Read
Both
Views
Click to mark selected messages as read.
Mark Unread
Both
Views
Click to mark selected messages as unread.
Subscribe/Unsubscribe
Both
Views
Click to subscribe or unsubscribe to the thread.
Grade Forum
Both
Views
Click to assign a Grade to a particular Forum
(Graders or Managers only).
This appears only if grading is enabled for this
Forum.
Change Status to:
List View
Update the availability status of the selected
threads.
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Thread View
Clicking on a thread in a Forum brings up the Thread Detail. The thread view is divided into three
parts. Post viewing and management functions appear at the top of the page. The middle of the
page displays a list of posts, with replies nested underneath the thread starter message. The
bottom of the page displays the current post. Unread posts are displayed in bold type.
The following options are available when viewing a thread:
Feature
Description
Action Bar
Collect
Group posts into a filterable, sortable view that is useful for
printing or saving.
Set Flag
Mark a post for later attention.
Clear Flag
Delete a flag applied to a post.
Mark Read
Click to mark selected messages as read.
Mark Unread
Click to mark selected messages as unread.
Subscribe/Unsubscribe
Click to receive an email alert when a post is edited or a user
posts a reply. Click again to stop receiving email alerts.
This is available only if subscriptions are enabled.
Message List
Arrange View Buttons
Three buttons at the top corner of the message list provide
different display options:
Swap Up/Down. This option moves the message list above or
below the post on the Thread Detail page.
Hide/Restore. This option hides the message list or restores
the previous view.
Maximize/Minimize. This option displays all of the messages
in the message list in a scrollable format (including their
children), or minimizes the list.
Select Threads
Select each thread using the checkboxes or the select all
unselect all options. Selected Threads are included in Action
Bar operations.
Previous Thread/Next
Thread
Click these options to navigate through the threads in the
Forum.
Refresh
Click to refresh the thread; new messages published since the
page was loaded are displayed.
Selection Drop-Down
Use this drop-down list to select all the messages on this page,
unselect all the messages on this page, or switch the previous
selection.
Expand/Collapse
Messages
Click the plus/minus icon next to each message to expand
(plus) or collapse (minus) the parent message and all of its
children.
Current Post
Reply
Generate a response to a post.
Quote
Click to insert the text of the current post into a reply to that
post.
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Feature
Description
Edit
Change the content of the post.
Delete
Delete the post. Removing a post also deletes all the replies to
that post.
Previous Post/Next Post
Click these options to navigate through the posts in the thread.
Overall Rating
Select a score for the post on a 1 to 5 scale. This is only
available if rating has been enabled.
Show Parent Message
Click to display the text of the parent message.
This is only available for reply messages.
Hide Parent Message
Click to hide the text of the parent message.
This is only available for reply messages.
Note: Rating is an Enterprise License option.
Collect
Collect posts to gather them into a filterable, sortable, and printable format. Collecting posts is a
good way to organize them for quick reading, printing, or saving. The following options are
available on the Collect page:
Feature
Description
Action Bar
Print Preview
Click to view then print selected messages.
Mark Read
Click to mark selected messages as read.
Mark as Unread
Click to mark selected messages as unread.
Tag Text
Enter tag term and then click Add.
Filter
Author
Select an author from the drop-down list to display messages created
only by that author.
Status
Select a status from the drop-down list to display only messages that
have that status.
Read Status
Select a Read Status from the drop-down list to display only messages
that correspond to that Read Status.
Tags
Select a tag from the drop-down list to display only messages that have
that tag.
This is only available if tagging has been enabled.
Message List
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Feature
Description
Selection DropDown
Use this drop-down list to select all the messages on this page, unselect
all the messages on this page, or switch the previous selection.
Sort by
Select one of the following options to sort the messages on this page:
Author’s First Name
Author’s Last Name
Date
Subject
Thread Order
Overall Rating
These options remain in effect throughout a browser session.
Order
Choose between Ascending and Descending sort order from this dropdown list.
These options remain in effect throughout a browser session.
Individual Message Options
Tags
Displays tags applied to this message.
To add tags: click Add, enter the name of the tag in the text box, and
click OK.
To remove tags: click the “X�? icon next to the tag.
Reply
Click to create a reply to this message.
Quote
Click to create a reply to this message that contains the text of the
original message.
Mark as
Read/Unread
Click to mark this message as read or unread.
Tagging Messages
Tags allow message grouping based on key words or terms independent of thread or thread
status. Forum managers can create and apply text labels of their own choosing to messages in a
Forum; other Discussion Board users can read, filter, and search messages using the tags, but
cannot create new ones.
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Initiate a Thread
Overview
Threads are a series of posts related to a similar topic. When creating a Forum, the Forum
Manager has the option of allowing or not allowing users to start threads. If threads are graded,
users cannot start threads. Generally, the purpose of the Forum will dictate whether or not users
can start threads. A moderated, graded Forum used to evaluate Student performance will usually
be tightly controlled. In this case, it would not be appropriate to allow users to create threads.
Other Forums are designed for users to share opinions and thoughts on tangential or unrelated
topics. In this case, it is safe to allow users to create threads and spark discussions.
Start a Thread
Follow these steps to start a thread.
1.
Open a Discussion Board Forum.
2.
Click Create Thread in the action bar. The Create Thread page appears.
3.
Enter a Subject and a Message. It is also possible to attach files to the post.
4.
Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post. Click Submit to create the thread.
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Respond to a Discussion Board Post
Overview
Threads grow as users respond to the initial, and subsequent, posts. Replies build on one
another to construct a conversation.
Reply to a Post
Follow these steps to reply to a post.
1.
Open a thread in a Forum.
2.
Find a post.
3.
Click Reply for that post.
4.
Enter a Subject (if different than the default) and a Message. It is also possible to attach
files to the post. Only one file can be added using the Attachment function below the text
box. When using the Text Editor, multiple files may be added.
5.
Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post. Click Submit to create the thread.
6.
The post appears in the thread underneath the original post.
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Subscription
Overview
A Discussion Board user in a Forum with subscriptions enabled at the Forum level can subscribe
or unsubscribe to the Forum at the thread list level or the tree view. A user in a Forum with
subscriptions enabled at the thread level can subscribe or unsubscribe to the thread.
In a thread subscription Forum, users are able to identify at a glance the threads they are
subscribed to in the thread list and the message detail page.
Subscribe to a Forum or Thread
Open a thread and follow these steps to subscribe:
1.
Select the top-level message in the thread.
2.
Click Subscribe in the Action Bar. A subscription icon appears next to the Thread
title.
Unsubscribe from a Forum or Thread
Open a thread and follow these steps to unsubscribe:
1.
Select the top-level message in the thread.
2.
Click Unsubscribe in the Action Bar. The subscription icon disappears from view.
Subscription Notification
Discussion Board users receive email alerts once new messages are posted to a thread or
Forum. These messages can contain either a link to the new message itself or a link and the text
of the new message. Users who are not logged in to Blackboard Learn receive a subscription
alert with a reply link. Clicking the link accesses the new message (after logging in to the system).
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Manage a Group Forum
Overview
Discussion Boards give Students the freedom to share their thoughts and opinions on class
topics with other users. Groups within a Course may have private Forums that are managed by
the Students in the group.
Security Settings
The following settings are available when creating a Forum to ensure that content is appropriate.
Setting
Description
Allow anonymous posts
If this feature is turned off users are identified by their
username whenever they post a reply. Making members
accountable for the content that they post is a deterrent for
users that wish to post inappropriate content.
Be careful when disabling this feature as there are
instances where learning can benefit from anonymous
posts, particularly when discussing sensitive topics If this
feature is enabled, the Forum cannot be graded.
Allow authors to remove
own posts and Allow author
to modify own published
posts
Members are deterred from posting inappropriate content if
they do not have control of the content once it is posted.
Allow members to create
new threads
Preventing members from starting threads helps focus their
posts on the topic.
Force moderation of posts
Moderating posts requires that all posts are reviewed by a
responsible party before the content is shared with the
class.
Moderate a Forum
Set up a moderator on the Manage Forum Users page. Otherwise, the Forum manager must take
responsibility for approving posts.
Follow these steps to moderate Forum posts.
1.
Open the Forum.
2.
Click Moderate Forum. The Moderate Forum button only appears in the action bar if the
user has a Forum Role of Manager or Moderator.
3.
The Moderation Queue appears with a list of posts that are awaiting approval. The posts
appear in chronological order. Those at the top have been in the queue for longer than
those at the bottom.
4.
Click Moderate for a post. The Moderate Post page appears displaying the message.
5.
Select Publish or Return. If returning the post, add a message to the author explaining
why the post is being returned and some suggestions for editing the post so it is
appropriate for the discussion.
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6.
Click Submit. If the post is approved it is shown in the Forum. If the post is not approved,
it will only appear to the author and the Moderator in the Forum. The post is marked
returned and the Moderator comments when returning the post will appear as a reply.
Prevent a User from Posting
There may be an instance where a user should not be allowed to post at all because of past
history of inappropriate posts or if the user has not been participating in discussions throughout
the term. Assign a user the Forum Role of Reader if the user is allowed to view the Forum but not
add content. Assign a user the Forum Role of Blocked to prevent the user from accessing the
Forum.
Define a User’s Role in a Forum
Follow these steps to assign a user a role in a Forum.
1.
Open the Discussion Board.
2.
Click Manage for a Forum.
3.
The Manage Forum Users page appears.
4.
Select a role for users from the drop-down list. The default value is Participant.
Participants can read and post but have no administrative privileges.
5.
Click OK.
Manager
Managers have full control over the Forum. Managers can change the Forum settings, moderate
posts, and assign grades. The role of Manager should only be assigned to the Course Instructor
or someone with similar responsibilities. Users with a Course role of Instructor or Teaching
Assistant are granted this Forum Role by default. A Student must be appointed the Manager of a
Course Group unless the Instructor is a member of each of their Course Groups.
Moderator
Moderators review posts before they are made available to all users in the Course. Moderators
may also delete and modify all posts in any Forum, even if the Forum does not use the
Moderation Queue. Make sure that Moderators are responsible and understand the criteria for
appropriate posts. Users with a Course role of Course Builder are granted this Forum Role by
default.
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Collaboration Tools
Overview
The Collaboration Tools allow users to participate in real-time lessons and discussions.
Examples of these sessions include real-time, online discussions, TA sessions, and live question
and answer Forums. Archives of previous sessions are also available for review. Guest speakers
can also lead sessions using the Collaboration Tools. Users can search for and join Collaboration
Sessions and view session archives.
Course Groups can also use the Collaboration Tools for private sessions open only to Course
Group members.
Collaboration Tools
The following Collaboration Tools are available.
Tool
Description
Virtual
Classroom
Users engage in a real-time discussion with other users, access the Web,
and engage in question and answer sessions. Users may also access the
Whiteboard to display text and images.
Chat
Chat is part of the Virtual Classroom. It can also be accessed separately.
Chat allows users to open just the chat function.
Java Plug-in
The Java 2 Run Time Environment is required to use the Collaboration Tools. The plug-in may
be downloaded from the page that appears when a user joins a Collaboration Session.
Find this page
1.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
2.
Click Collaboration.
Functions
The following table describes the functions available from this page.
To . . .
click . . .
filter the sessions listed
on the page
the arrow next to the drop-down list and select the type of session
to display and click Go:
Show All – The default filter that displays all of the
Collaboration Sessions.
Active Sessions – Displays all of the sessions that
are in use.
Session with Recordings – Displays completed
sessions that have an archive.
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To . . .
click . . .
Future Sessions – Displays sessions that are
scheduled to take place in the future.
search for a session
the Session Name, Start Date, or End Date option and then
enter a value in the field. Click Search.
enter a session
select Join from the contextual menu next to the session.
access the Recordings
for a session
select Recordings from the contextual menu for the session.
Session Recordings
User Roles
There are two roles available for users in Collaboration Sessions: Passive and Active. The
Session Administrator controls user access and functional during a Collaboration session by
assigning Passive or Active roles. For example, Session Administrators determine which users
can chat, send private messages, or ask questions during a session by assigning specific Access
Rights to the different roles. The User icon appears in the Role column next to those Users who
are Active.
User roles can change throughout the Collaboration Session. Users who are Passive, but would
like Active rights, can signal the Session Administrator by clicking the hand icon. The Session
Administrator then makes the user Active.
Macintosh and the Collaboration Tool
For those users that wish to use Safari, be aware that Pop-Up Window Blocking must disabled.
Accessible Collaboration Tool
An accessible version of the Collaboration Tool is available.
A link to this version appears when Join is selected on the Collaboration Sessions page. This link
opens the Accessible version of the Collaboration Tool. Links to items that appear in the Virtual
Classroom, such as items in the Course Map and Group Browser, will appear in this version.
Documents created on the Whiteboard may be viewed if the Session Administrator takes a
snapshot. A link is created to the snapshot for users to view.
The sound of a door opening or closing is audible to all participants when a user enters or leaves
a session through the accessible version.
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Virtual Classroom
Overview
Users can ask questions, draw on the whiteboard, and participate in breakout sessions from the
Virtual Classroom. The Session Administrator establishes which tools in the Virtual Classroom
users can access.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Virtual Classroom.
1.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
2.
Click Collaboration.
3.
Select Join from the contextual menu next to a Virtual Classroom session.
Virtual Classroom Areas
The table below details the areas of the Virtual Classroom.
Part
Function
Menu Bar
Allows the Session Administrator to control the Virtual Classroom. This
includes managing participation, monitoring breakout sessions, and ending
the session.
Classroom
Tool box
Includes all of the tools used during the Virtual Classroom session. This
includes searching for Web sites, asking and answering questions, utilizing
the Whiteboard, and accessing the Course Map.
Chat
Allows users to compose messages, raise their hands to ask questions, and
activate private messages.
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Virtual Classroom Menu Bar
Overview
Only users with Active privileges have access to the options on the Menu Bar. The functions
available in the Menu Bar include:

View - Choose an option for viewing Personal Messages in the Virtual Classroom.

Clear - Clear the session display.

Breakouts - Create a breakout room for a group of users.
View
Select Show in-line to view private messages within the chat area. Select Show in separate
frame to view private messages in a separate window.
Clear
Clear erases the users chat display.
Breakouts
Select the checkboxes for the users who will participate in the Breakout session. Users may only
join a Breakout session if they are selected by the creator of the Breakout session.
Users who enter a Breakout session are still active in the main Virtual Classroom Session. If a
Breakout session is closed users are still active in the main session. Breakout sessions default to
the same settings as the main session.
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Virtual Classroom Tool box
Overview
If granted access to these tools by the Session Administrator, users can use the Whiteboard,
access Web sites, and view the Course Map.
The Classroom Tool box appears on the left side of the Virtual Classroom. To begin using items
in the Tool box click the name of the tool.
Tools
The following tools are available in the Classroom Tool box.
Tool
Description
Whiteboard
Enables users to present different types of information as they would on a
whiteboard in a classroom.
Group
Browser
Enables users to collaboratively browse the Web.
Map
Enables users to browse the Course Content while they are in a Virtual
Classroom.
Ask Question
Enables users to ask questions during the session.
Question
Inbox
Enables users to answer questions submitted by other users during a
session.
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Virtual Classroom Whiteboard
Overview
The Whiteboard enables users in a Virtual Classroom to present different types of information as
they would on a whiteboard in a classroom. Using the tools in the Whiteboard Tools palette, users
can draw images, type text, and present equations. The Session Administrator determines
whether this function is made available to users.
Note: Only users who have privileges (assigned by the Instructor) can access the
Whiteboard.
Functions
The table below details the tools available for use on the Whiteboard.
To . . .
click . . .
select an item
the Arrow tool. Then click on an item for selection. The following may be
performed on selected items:
Enlarge: Click one of the small black boxes that surround the
item and drag it to the desired size.
Move: Click the item and move it to the desired location.
Cut: Click the Whiteboard item. Then click the Cut icon.
Copy: Click the Whiteboard item. Then click the Copy icon.
Paste: Click the Whiteboard item. Then click the Paste icon.
Delete: Click the Whiteboard item. Click on the selected
object. Then click the Delete icon.
Group items: Click the Whiteboard items. Then click the
Group icon.
Ungroup: Click a Whiteboard item in a group. Then click the
Ungroup icon.
Bring front: Click the Whiteboard item. Click on selected
object. Then click the Bring to front icon.
Bring back: Click the Whiteboard item. Click on selected
object. Then click the Send to back icon.
Select all figures on the Whiteboard: Click the Selects all
Figures icon.
draw free hand
the Pen tool. Choose the color of the pen in the Fill Color drop-down list.
enter text using
the keyboard
the text tool (T) then the Whiteboard area. A Whiteboard Text Input box
appears. Type the text in the box and click Insert. Use the options in the
Tools palette to select color, font, and size.
draw a straight
line
the Slanted Line tool.
highlight
the Pointer.
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To . . .
click . . .
something with
an arrow
draw a square
the Square tool. Choose the color of the square from the Fill Color dropdown list.
draw a circle
the Oval tool. Choose the color of the circle from the Fill Color dropdown list.
input an equation
The Math and Science Equation Editor icon (∑). The Equation Editor
appears. Input the equation and click Insert Equation.
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Virtual Classroom Group Browser
Overview
The Group Browser enables users to collaboratively browse the Web. This tool opens a URL that
is viewable by all users. URL's used in the session are recorded in the archive if one is created.
The Session Administrator determines whether this function is made available to users.
Note: Only users who have an Active role can access the Group Browser.
Functions
The table below details the available functions in the Group Browser.
To . . .
click . . .
open a Web site
type the URL in the Enter Address field.
choose where to
display the Web
site
Display To Class to display the window in the Whiteboard or click
Preview in New Window to open the Web site in a new browser window.
The preview window is only displayed to the user that opened it.
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Virtual Classroom Content Map
Overview
The Content Map enables users to browse the Course while in a Virtual Classroom. By default,
the Session Administrator has access to operate the Map. Users must have Active privileges to
use the Content Map in a Virtual Classroom.
Functions
The table below details the available functions in the Content Map.
To . . .
click . . .
display an element on the
map to all users
the Content Area in the Map and select Display To Class in
the drop-down list.
display an element on the
map in a separate window
the Content Area in the Map and select Preview in New
Window in the drop-down list. The new window is only visible
to the User who opens it.
refresh the Map during a
Collaboration Session
Refresh Tree in the drop-down list. This edits the Map to
match the Course Menu .
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Asking a Question in the Virtual Classroom
Overview
Users are able to ask questions during the session. As users submit questions during the session
the Session Administrator can view and respond to them.
Note: Only users who have an Active role can ask questions.
Ask a Question
To ask a question, select Compose in the Ask Question area. Enter the question in the text box
and click Send.
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Virtual Classroom Question Inbox
Overview
Questions from users are sent to the Question Inbox during the Virtual Classroom session. The
Question Inbox is used to manage and respond to questions during a Collaboration Session.
Note: Only users who have an Active role can access the Question Inbox.
Function
The table below details the functions available in the Question Inbox Tool.
To . . .
click . . .
respond to a question
the Username in the From list and click the Respond to
Question icon. The Respond to Question pop-up window
appears.
delete a question
the Username in the From list and click the Delete icon.
view only questions that
have not been answered
the checkbox next to Show unanswered only.
Respond to Question fields
The table below details the fields on the Respond to Question pop-up window.
Field
Description
Question
Question that was submitted.
Response
Enter the response to the question.
Private
Select this check box to make the response to the question private. If marked
private, the response is only sent to the person who submitted the message.
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Chat
Overview
The Chat allows the users to interact with each other using a text-based chat. Chat is part of the
Virtual Classroom. It can also be accessed separately.
Note: Some of the functions in the chat are limited to those users with an Active role
Open a Chat
1.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
2.
Click Collaboration.
3.
Select Join from the contextual menu next to a Chat session.
Send a Private Message
Users can send private messages to each other if the Session Administrator enables this tool in
the Session Controls. Private messages are not recorded or archived.
Note: Only users who have an Active role can send Private Messages.
Functions
The table below details the functions available in the Chat.
To . . .
then . . .
enter a message for
the class to read
type the message in the Compose field. Click Send. The message
appears in the chat area. There 1000 character limit for chat
messages.
become an Active
user
click the hand symbol. A hand appears next to the Username. The
Session Administrator clicks on the hand to make the user Active.
view user information
Select a Username in the Participant list and then click User Info.
send a private
message to a user
Select a Username in the Participant list and then click Private
Message.
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User Information
Overview
The User Information pop-up window displays personal information about a user such as name,
email address, and any other information the user has chosen to add to their profile.
Click User Info in the Chat area and the User Information pop-up window appears.
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Session Recordings
Introduction
Session Recordings allow users to review the discussions and questions raised during a
Collaboration Session. Sessions are listed by date. Recordings created by Groups using
Collaboration Tools can be deleted by any Group Member.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Session Recordings page.
1.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
2.
Click Collaboration.
3.
Click Recordings next to a Collaboration Session.
Functions
The table below describes the functions available on this page
To . . .
click . . .
search for an Recording in
the Collaboration Session
the Recording Name or Date Created option in the Search
by: field. Enter the name of the recording or the date it was
created. Click Search.
open an Recording
the recording in the Recording Name column.
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Roster
Overview
Users can search the Roster and view a list of Users in the Course.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Roster page.
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Select Tools on the Course Menu.
3.
Click Roster from the Communication area.
Search
The Roster contains a search function. Users can search using different variables.
Functions
Individuals can control their listings in the Roster by changing their privacy settings to opt out of
the display of their names.
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Recordings
Introduction
The Session Recordings page allows Group members to change the name and availability of a
Recording.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Archive Properties page.
1.
Click My Groups on the Course Menu.
2.
Select a Group.
3.
Click Collaboration.
4.
Select Recordings from the contextual menu for the session.
Open a Recording
Select the recording date and time from the contextual menu for the appropriate Recording.
Edit a Recording
1.
Select Edit from the contextual menu for the appropriate Recording.
2.
Enter a name in the Recording Name field.
3.
Choose whether to Permit Participants to View Recording.
4.
Click Submit.
Delete a Recording
Select Delete from the contextual menu for the appropriate Recording. Click OK to confirm the
deletion.
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Messages
Overview
The Messages feature gives each Course a private and secure system for communication that
functions similar to email. However, Messages cannot be sent or received outside of the users in
the Course.
Messages are usually accessed through the Tools area of a Course. Although, as with most
features, the Instructor can restrict access or change the layout of the Course Menu so that
Messages are accessible directly.
Find this page
Follow these steps to open the Messages feature.
1.
Click Tools from the Course Menu.
2.
Click Messages.
Functions
The table below details the functions available on the Messages page.
To . . .
click . . .
create a new message
Create Message. The Compose Message page appears.
Click To, Cc, and Bcc to add Recipients to the message.
Enter a Subject.
Enter a message in the Body Text Editor.
Click Submit.
open the Inbox to see
delivered messages
Inbox. The Inbox folder opens with messages received.
view messages that
you sent
Sent. The Sent folder opens with a list of messages sent.
add a new folder
Create Folder. Folders can be used to organize messages. Note
that the System Administrator may turn off the ability to add folders.
change the name of a
personal folder
Edit next to a personal folder. It is not possible to modify the Inbox
folder or Sent folder.
delete personal
folders
the check box next to each folder that will be deleted. Then click
Delete Folder in the action bar. The folders, and any messages in
the folders, are deleted.
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Message Folder
Overview
Folders store messages and provide access to functions for creating and organizing messages.
The Inbox folder and Sent folder include these functions.
Find this page
Follow these steps to open a folder, including the Inbox folder or Sent folder.
1.
Click Tools from the Course Menu.
2.
Click Messages.
3.
Click a folder name.
Functions
The table below details the functions on the Messages page.
To . . .
click . . .
read a message
the link that appears in the subject column for the message. The View
Message page appears.
compare and send
a new message
Create Message
delete messages
the checkbox for each message to delete. Click Delete in the Action
Bar to delete the messages.
sort messages
the carat above each column to sort by that column.
mark messages as
unread
the checkbox for each message to mark as unread. Click Mark Unread
to change the selected messages to unread. Unread messages appear
with a closed envelope icon.
mark messages as
read
the checkbox for each message to mark as read. Click Mark Read to
change the selected messages to read. Read messages appear with
an open envelope icon.
move a message
click Move from the contextual menu for the message and select a
Personal Folder from the drop-down list.
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View Message
Overview
When reading a message there are several options on the View Message page. The options for
responding to a message are functions common to email programs: Reply, Reply All, and
Forward.
Note: The ability to attach files to email messages is controlled by the
Administrator.
Find this page
Follow these steps to open a message.
1.
Click Tools in the Course Menu.
2.
Click Messages.
3.
Select a folder.
4.
Click the link in the subject column for a message.
Functions
The table below details the functions available on the View Message page.
To . . .
click . . .
view an attachment
a link in the Attachment field. Links only appears if there are files
attached to the message.
reply to the sender
Reply. A Compose Message page appears with the sender of the
message already populated in the To: field. Note that other users
may be added to the message.
The text of the message is already populated with the text of the
original message. Additional text may be added.
reply to the sender
and all other
recipients
Reply All. A Compose Message page appears with the sender and
all other recipients of the message already populated in the To: field.
Note that other users may be added to the message.
The text of the message is already populated with the text of the
original message. Additional text may be added.
send a copy of the
message to someone
else
Forward. A Compose Message appears with the text of the
message in the Body field.
move the message to
a personal folder
Move. The Move Message page appears.
delete a message
Delete. The message is deleted.
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To . . .
click . . .
print a message
Print. The message is printed using the Web browser's print
settings.
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Create Message
How to Create a Message
1.
Click Tools from the Course Menu.
2.
Click Messages.
3.
Click Create Message.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Compose Message page.
Field
Description
Recipients
To
Use the multi-select tool to choose recipients for the message.
Cc
Carbon Copy
Use this function to send the message to those users that may be
interested in the message but are not the primary recipients.
Bcc
Blind Carbon Copy
Use this function to send a copy of the message to those users that
may be interested in the message but are not the primary recipients.
When using Bcc, other recipients do not know that the users listed in
the Bcc field are receiving the message.
Compose Message
Subject
Enter a short title for the message.
Body
Enter the text of the message. The standard text editor is available
when entering text.
Attachment
Upload
Attachment/
Include
Attachment
Click Browse to select a file to attach to the e-mail message. If the
message is a reply or a forward, you have the option of including the
original attachment.
The ability to upload and include file attachments is controlled by the
System Administrator.
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Move Message
Overview
Messages can be moved from any folder to a personal folder. Using personal folders is a good
way to organize messages so they are easy to find later. Use the Move Message function to
move messages from one folder to another. Messages cannot be moved to the Sent folder or the
Inbox folder.
Find this page
Follow these steps to open the Move Message page.
1.
Click Tools from the Course Menu.
2.
Click Messages.
3.
Click a folder to view the messages in that folder.
4.
Select a message or messages and click Move.
Fields
The table below describes the fields on the Move Message page.
Field
Description
Messages to Move
This section displays a list of the messages that are moved to the destination folder.
Select a Folder
Select a Personal
destination folder
Select a personal folder from the drop-down list. This is the folder
where the messages are stored. Click Submit. The messages are
deleted from the old folder after they have been moved to the new
folder.
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Create Folder
Overview
Personal folders can be created to help organize messages. Personal folders are only for storing
messages. Messages received always appear in the Inbox folder first and messages sent always
appear in the Sent folder first. Once a message appears, it can be moved into a personal folder.
Find this page
Follow these steps to open the Add Folder page.
1.
Click Tools from the Course Menu.
2.
Click Messages.
3.
Click Create Folder from the Action Bar.
Fields
Enter the name of the new personal folder in the Name field and click Submit to create the folder.
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About Course Groups
The Course Groups feature allows Instructors to create groups of students within a Course.
These Course Groups have their own area in the Course to collaborate. These spaces are
equipped with tools that can assist in this collaborative process: Blogs, Journals, file sharing and
Group Assignments.
Course Group Tools
The following tools can be made available to a Course Group:
Course Group
Tool
Description
Group Blog
Users within the group can post to the Blog and add comments. Instructors
can enable the Blog tool for use only within the Course Group, or can grant
the public access to the Blog.
Calendar
The Calendar tool allows users to view events by day, week, month, or
year. Upcoming and past events can be viewed and organized into
categories.
Collaboration
Users within the group can participate in real-time lessons and discussions.
Group
Discussion
Board
The Group Discussion Board is an area where Course Group members
can post messages and replies Instructors can use this tool to encourage
discussions of course material outside of the classroom. This Discussion
Board is available only to Course Group members, not to the entire course.
File Exchange
Users and Instructors can use this tool to upload documents to the Course
Group area and organize them through the creation of folders in which their
items are stored. Users can access this material from within the course.
Instructors have access to all folders in their course.
Send Email
All members of a Course Group can send email messages to selected
members or the entire group. These messages are internal to the Course
Group, they are not available to anyone outside the group.
Group Journal
Instructors can assign a private Journal to each user in a group to allow
private communication between the Instructor and the User.
Group Tasks
The Group Tasks page organizes projects or activities (referred to as
tasks) by defining task priority and tracking task status.
Group Wiki
The Group Wiki page is an area where Course Group members can
collaborate on content.
See also

Creating Course Groups
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About Course Group Tools
Instructors can determine the tools are used within a course Group or a set of Groups. Available
Course Tools include the following:
Course Group
Tool
Description
Group Blog
Users within the group can post to the Blog and add comments. Instructors
can enable the Blog tool for use only within the Course Group, or can grant
the public access to the Blog.
Calendar
The Calendar tool allows users to view events by day, week, month, or
year. Upcoming and past events can be viewed and organized into
categories.
Collaboration
Users within the group can participate in real-time lessons and discussions.
Group
Discussion
Board
The Group Discussion Board is an area where Course Group members
can post messages and replies. Instructors can use this tool to encourage
discussions of course material outside of the classroom. This Discussion
Board is available only to Course Group members, not to the entire course.
File Exchange
Users and Instructors can use this tool to upload documents to the Course
Group area and organize them through the creation of folders in which their
items can be stored. Users can access this material from within the course.
Instructors have access to all folders in their course.
Send Email
All members of a Course Group can send email messages to selected
members or the entire group. These messages are internal to the Course
Group, they are not available to anyone outside the group.
Group Journal
Instructors can assign a private Journal to each user in a group to allow
private communication between the Instructor and the User.
Group Tasks
The Group Tasks page organizes projects or activities (referred to as
tasks) by defining task priority and tracking task status.
Group Wiki
The Group Wiki page is an area where Course Group members can
collaborate on content.
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Using a Sign-Up Sheet to Join a Course Group
Users can choose a Course Group to join by using a sign-up sheet that is provided by the Course
Group creator. The creator has the option of displaying the members of a Course Group to help
users choose which Course Group to join.
How to Use a Sign-Up Sheet to Join a Course Group
1.
Click Users and Groups on the Control Panel.
2.
Click Groups.
3.
Click Sign Up for the appropriate Course Group.
4.
Click Sign Up.
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Group Collaboration Sessions
Overview
The Group Collaboration Sessions have all of the same features as those in the Course. All
Group members are Session Administrators in Group Collaboration Sessions. Therefore, all
Group members can manage sessions and access all of the available tools.
Note: The Collaboration Tools topic includes information on the Collaboration Tool
features.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Group Collaboration Session page.
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
3.
Click My Groups and select a Group.
4.
Click Collaboration.
Functions
The table below details the Session Administrator features available when managing Group
Collaboration Sessions.
To . . .
click . . .
create a new Collaboration Session
Collaboration Session. The Create Collaboration
Session page opens.
change the name, availability, or tools
used during the session
Manage next to the session. The Edit
Collaboration Session page appears.
delete a session
Delete next to the session. This action is
irreversible.
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Create/Edit Collaboration Session
Overview
Group Collaboration Sessions are created on the Collaboration Session page. Groups can
schedule sessions for specific dates and times. The Create Collaboration Session page and Edit
Collaboration Session page function in a similar manner. The Create Collaboration Session page
opens with empty fields while the Edit Collaboration Session page opens an existing session.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Create Collaboration Session page.
1.
Click My Groups on the Course Menu.
2.
Select a Group.
3.
Click Collaboration.
4.
Click Create Collaboration Session.
Note: Existing sessions can be edited by selecting Edit from the contextual menu
for the appropriate session.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Create Collaboration Session page.
Field
Description
Name Your Session
Session Name
Enter the name of the new session.
Schedule Availability
Select Date(s) of
Availability
A Start and End date and time for the Collaboration Session can be set
but is not required. If these are not selected then the session is always
open and available for users.
Click the Start After check box to choose a date and time
to begin the Collaboration. Select the date by choosing
from the drop-down lists next to the date or by clicking the
calendar icon and selecting the date. Select the time to
begin the session from the drop-down lists.
Click the End After check box to choose when the session
ends. Select the date by choosing from the drop-down lists
next to the date or by clicking the calendar icon and
selecting the date. Select the time to end the session from
the drop-down lists.
Available
Select Yes to make the session available.
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Field
Description
Collaboration Tools
Choose a
collaboration tool
for this session
Select Virtual Classroom or Chat.
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File Exchange
Overview
The File Exchange function allows users within a Group to exchange files. The File Exchange
page displays shared files and also includes an option to add files.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the File Exchange page.
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Groups from the Communication area.
3.
Select a Group.
4.
Click File Exchange.
Functions
Click Add File to upload files for Group members to view or modify. Click Remove to remove a
file. Any user in the Group may remove any file from the File Exchange.
The table below details fields on the Add File page.
Field
Description
File Information
Name
Enter the title of the file.
Attach File
Enter the location of the file or click Browse and select the
file to upload from your computer.
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Group Menu
Overview
Group Collaboration Sessions have additional Session Manager features including a Record
menu to create session recordings and an End option to end a session. All group members have
access to these features.
Record menu
The sessions created in Groups can be recorded and saved. Recordings can be started, stopped,
and paused during the session. A session can have more than one archive. The table below
explains the buttons that appear on the Record menu.
End
This tool ends the Collaboration Session. Click End on the Menu Bar to end a session.
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Submitting Group Assignments
Through the Submit Assignment page, users can submit their work to satisfy Group
Assignments. Group Assignments are accessed from the Assignments page like individual
assignments.
Prerequisites and Warnings
Be aware of the following when submitting work for a Group Assignment:

The grade that is given for the final assignment is given to every member in the group.

Prior to submission, clicking Save as Draft saves Assignments within the Course Group
area.
Note: Assignments may be submitted in three ways: by entering the appropriate
text in the Submission text box, by attaching a file from a local drive or from the
Content Collection or by using both of these fields together.
How to Submit Work for a Group Assignment
1.
Select the Content Area from the Course Menu that holds the Assignment. For example,
the Course Documents area.
2.
Click the name of the Assignment. The Upload Assignment page appears.
3.
Complete the Submission field if necessary.
4.
Click Browse for Local File or Browse for Content Collection Item and select a file to
attach.
5.
Enter a Name of link to file. If the field is left blank, then the file name becomes the link.
6.
Click Attach File.
7.
Complete the Comments field if necessary.
8.
Click Submit when the page is complete.
In Step 4, files may also be uploaded from the Blackboard Learn - Content
Management. Select Browse next to Copy file from Content Collection to
choose a file.
See Also

About Course Groups
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Course Tools
Overview
Tools appear throughout Blackboard Learn. Users can access tools from inside a Course or from
a tab. The Instructor determines which Tools are available in the Course. The System
Administrator selects the Tools that are available from tabs.
In this section
This section includes the following topics.
Topic
Description
Address Book
Save contact information.
Glossary
A link to a glossary of terms for the course.
User Manual
A link to an online version of the Blackboard User Manual.
Personal
Information
Manage personal data and privacy settings.
Calendar
Manage events for Courses, personal events, and system-wide events.
My Grades
Check Grades for a Course.
Tasks
Organizing tasks, defining task priorities, and tracking task status.
Course
Objectives
View the measurable criteria used to assess performance in the course.
Course
Portfolios
A link to Portfolios that are shared with the course.
My Scholar
Home
A link to a personalized Scholar page.
Scholar Course
Home
The Blackboard Scholar page offers users to register with Blackboard
Scholar and to turn external links into Blackboard Scholar bookmarks.
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Announcements
Overview
Users and Course Group members can view important messages from Instructors in the My
Announcements module. Announcements are organized and displayed by:

system

course
 view all Course announcements
Announcements are available through the Tool Module (panel) on the Institution Tab and inside a
Course in the My Announcements module.
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Personal Information
Overview
Users manage personal data and privacy settings from the Personal Information page. Changes
to Personal Information are reflected system wide.
Functions
The following functions are available from the Personal Information page.
Function
Description
Edit Personal
Information
Edit personal information as it is displayed to other users.
Change Password
Change your account password.
Personalize My Places
Choose links to display in the My Places module.
Change Personal
Settings
Enable the Text Editor, Language Pack, CD-ROM drive and page
instructions.
Set Privacy Options
Set the options to display personal information.
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Edit Personal Information
The information that appears in an account profile can be Edited on the Edit Personal Information
page. Changes made on the Edit Personal Information page are reflected throughout Blackboard
Learn. For example, if the user changes their first name, the new first name appears in all
Courses they are enrolled in.
How to Edit Personal Information
Select Edit Personal Information from the Personal Information page. Make changes to the
appropriate fields and click Submit.
Fields
The table below details the entry fields on the Edit Personal Information page.
Field
Description
Personal Information
First Name [r]
Edit the first name.
Middle Name
Edit the middle name.
Last Name [r]
Edit last name.
Email [r]
Edit email address.
Student ID
Edit User ID as defined by the Institution.
Other Information
Gender
Edit gender.
Birth date
Select birthday by clicking on the drop-down arrow and selecting date
values.
Education
Level
Edit education level.
Company
Edit company.
Job Title
Edit job title.
Department
Edit department.
Street 1
Edit address.
Street 2
Edit any additional address information.
City
Edit city.
State/Province
Edit state or province.
Zip/Postal
Code
Edit ZIP code or postal code.
Country
Edit country.
Web site
Edit the URL of the user’s personal Web site. When adding a URL, do so
as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or
blackboard.com
Home Phone
Edit the home phone number of the user. The phone number displays
exactly as entered.
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Field
Description
Work Phone
Edit the work phone number of the user. The phone number displays
exactly as entered.
Work Fax
Edit the fax number of the user. The fax number displays exactly as
entered.
Mobile Phone
Edit the mobile phone of the user. The phone number displays exactly as
entered.
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Change Password
Overview
Account passwords can be changed from the Change Password page. Due to security, it is
recommended that users do not use common personal information as their password, such as
their name or nickname. It is recommended that users change their passwords periodically to
ensure security.
Find this page
Select Change Password from the Personal Information page.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Change Password page.
Field
Description
Change Password
Password [r]
Enter a new password for the account. The password must be at least one
character and contain no spaces.
Verify
Password [r]
Enter the password again to ensure accuracy.
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Change Personal Settings
The Change Personal Settings allows users to manage the Text Editor, Language Pack, CDROM drive and the display of page instructions throughout the system.
Click Submit when all changes have been made.
How to Manage the Text Editor
The Text Editor allows users to create content through a simple editor. If this feature is enabled,
users have additional features available to them when entering content in many text boxes
throughout Blackboard Learn. See the Text Editors topic for additional information.
Click On to enable the Text Editor.
How to Select a Language Pack
Language Packs present Blackboard Learn using language and cultural norms matched to
different audiences. Language Packs are defined at the system level, the Course level and finally
at the user level.
Select a User Language Pack from the drop-down list.
How to Manage Personal Information
A CD-ROM drive must be identified to Blackboard Learn before External Content files can be
accessed. Users must set the CD-ROM drive each time they want to upload files from a CD.
Function
Description
CD-ROM (for PC)
Click the drop-down arrow and select the drive letter that maps to the
drive.
CD-ROM (for
MAC)
Enter the CD-ROM drive location.
How to Manage Page Instructions
Page Instructions are brief explanations of the features of a particular page.
Click Yes to show the Page Instructions for every page in the Bb. Click No to prevent the Page
Instructions from being displayed.
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Set Privacy Options
Overview
The Set Privacy Options page allows users to choose the information they would like to make
publicly available. This information appears in Rosters and Group pages. Users may also select
to make this information available in the User Directory. If an email address is not made available
it does not appear in the Roster, Group pages, User Directory, the Collaboration Tool or in any
other part of the application.
Find this page
Select Set Privacy Options from the Personal Information page.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Set Privacy Options page.
Field
Description
Email address
Select this check box to make the email
address visible to other users.
Address (Street, City, State, Zip,
Country)
Select this check box to make address
information visible to other users.
Work Information (Company, Job Title,
Work Phone, Work Fax)
Select this check box to make work information
visible to other users.
Additional Contact Information (Home
Phone, Mobile Phone, Web Site)
Select this check box to make additional contact
information visible to other users.
List my information in the User
Directory
Select this check box to list your profile
information visible to other users.
Do not allow students to email me
Select this check box to prevent other course
members from sending messages.
Do not display my name in the roster
Select this check box to prevent your name
from being displayed in the course Roster.
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Personalize My Places
My Places provides users with quick and easy navigation to a variety of places within Blackboard
Learn. This feature is accessed by clicking the My Places link at the top of the page and contains
a customizable set of links to frequently accessed information and tools. Users can upload an
avatar which can be used to represent the user throughout Blackboard Learn. Avatars are
displayed in My Places, Blogs, Journals, and within Notifications Modules (including What's New,
Needs Attention, To Do, and Alerts).
How to personalize My Places
1.
Click the My Places link at the top of the page.
2.
Click Personal Information.
3.
Click Personalize My Places.
How to upload an Avatar
Avatar images should be no larger than 150 pixels by 150 pixels.
1.
Select Use custom avatar image.
2.
Click Browse for Local File.
3.
Select the avatar image file and click Open.
4.
Click Submit.
How to select My Places Links
1.
2.
Select the check box for any of the following links to be displayed in My Places:

My Courses: To limit the list to the most recently visited courses, type a number
in the Show only courses visited since: days field. The default is 30 days.

My Organizations: To limit the list to the most recently visited organizations,
type a number in the Show only organizations visited since: days field. The
default is 30 days.

Content Collection: Bookmarks

Outcomes System Places
Click Submit.
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Set Text Editor Options
Overview
The Text Editor allows users to create content through a simple editor If this feature is enabled,
users have additional features available to them when entering content in many text boxes
throughout Blackboard Learn. See the Text Editors topic for additional information.
Note: The Text Editor editor is only available to Windows Operating System users
with Internet Explorer Version 5.x or a later. System Administrators also have the
option of turning off the Text Editor editor, Spell Check, Web EQ and MathML for all
users. Users without the Text Editor have access to alternate Text Editor Options.
Find this page
Select Set Text Editor Options from the Personal Information page.
Fields
Select Enable to turn on the Text Editor.
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Calendar
Overview
The Calendar tool allows users to view events by day, week, month, or year. Upcoming and past
events can be viewed and organized into categories.
When the Calendar is accessed outside of a Course, users view all items on their Calendar and
have the options to add and modify personal events. When the Calendar is accessed through a
Course only those calendar items that relate to the specific Course appear.
Find this page
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
3.
Select Calendar.
4.
Select Calendar from the Tools module.
OR
How to Create a Personal Event
1.
Click Create Personal Event.
2.
Enter the Event Name.
3.
Enter a Description.
4.
Use the Date field to select a Event Time.
5.
Use the Time field to select an Event Time.
6.
Click Submit.
How to Delete an Event
1.
Navigate to the date of the event to delete.
2.
Click View Day.
3.
Select Delete from the contextual menu for the event.
How to View a Specific Date
1.
Click Jump To.
2.
Enter a date in the Select a date field (using the mm/dd/yyyy format) or use the Calendar
button to select a date.
3.
Click the Month, Week, or Day button to Select the type of view.
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View Grades
Overview
Users can check their Grades within a Course by clicking View Grades outside of a Course. All
Courses are listed. Users can select which Course to access and are taken to the My Grades tool
within that Course. Users can also click My Grades from the Tools page within a Course.
The My Grades page includes information, subject to the permission of the Instructor, on the
following:

The user’s average Assessment Grade.

The total number of points the user has accumulated.

Details about each Assessment.

Information about the class average on each Assessment.

Grade weighting. This is the relative importance of the item when determining a final
Grade.

Information on the Grades for multiple attempts (where multiple attempts are available
for an Assessment)
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the My Grades page.
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Tools on the Course Menu or Organization Menu.
3.
Select My Grades.
1.
Select View Grades from the Tool Panel.
OR
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Tasks
Overview
The Tasks page organizes projects (referred to as Tasks), defines task priority, and tracks task
status. Instructors can post tasks to users participating in their Course. Tasks can also be
assigned to all members of a Course Group.
From the Tools module users can view all of their tasks, including those from the Courses they
are participating in, tasks posted by the System Administrator and their personal tasks. Users can
create their own tasks and post them to the Tasks page. When Tasks is accessed through the
Course users view Tasks for that specific Course.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Tasks page.
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
3.
Select Tasks.
1.
Select Tasks from the Tool module.
OR
Functions
The table below details the functions available on the Tasks page.
To . . .
click . . .
add a personal task
Create a Personal Task.
change the status of a
particular task
select the tasks and click Status to select the current status: Not
Started, In Progress, and Complete.
delete a task
Delete to remove a task. A box appears asking to verify that a task
should be deleted. This action is irreversible.
edit a particular task
click Edit from the contextual menu for a particular task.
sort the list of tasks
the drop-down arrow and select a task category. Categories
include:
All Tasks
My Tasks
Tasks by Course
View task details
Click on a task from the Tasks page to view Course task details. The task details display:

the task name
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
the due date

the task priority

the task status

a description of the task
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Create / Edit a Personal Task
Overview
The Create Personal Task pages allow users to create and modify personal tasks.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to find the Add Task or Edit Task page.
1.
Click Tasks in the Tools module.
2.
Click Create Personal Task.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Add Task page.
Field
Description
Task Information
Task Name
Enter the name of the task.
Description
Enter a description of the task.
Due Date
Select the date the task is due.
Task Options
Priority
Select a priority. The options are:
Low (task appears with an arrow pointed down)
Normal
High (task appears with an exclamation point)
The selected priority appears on the Tasks page.
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Address Book
Overview
Users can store contact information in the Address Book. The Address Book is empty until the
user enters contacts. Users must enter a profile for anyone they wish to add to their address
book, even if the contact is a Blackboard Learn user.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Address Book.
1.
Click Address Book from the Tools module.
Search Fields
The Address Book contains a search function at the top of the page. Users may search using
different variables selected from the search tabs.
Functions
The table below details the functions available on the Address Book page.
To . . .
click . . .
create a contact and add it to the
Address Book
Create Contact. The Add Contact page appears.
edit a contact
Edit in the contextual menu for a contact.
delete a contact
Delete in the contextual menu for a contact. This
action is irreversible.
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Create or Edit Contact
Overview
Users create Contacts for their Address Book from the Create Contact page. Contacts can be
created for any person, including people outside of the Institution, from the Add Contact page.
The Edit Contact page contains the same fields as the Add contact page and allows the user to
edit a profile. Contacts can be added from within a Course by the Instructor.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Add Contact page.
1.
Open a Course.
2.
Click Tools on the Course Menu.
3.
Select Address Book.
4.
Click Add Contact. OR
1.
Click Address Book from a tab.
2.
Click Add Contact.
To edit a contact's information, select Edit from the contextual menu.
Fields
The table below details the fields that may appear on the Create or Edit Contact page. Fields can
be changed by the System Administrator.
Field
Description
Personal Information
First Name [r]
Enter the contact’s first name.
Last Name [r]
Enter the contact’s last name.
Email
Enter the contact’s email address.
Other Information
Company
Enter the contact’s company.
Job Title
Enter the contact’s job title.
Address
Enter the contact’s address.
Address
(cont.)
Enter any additional address information.
City
Enter the contact’s city.
State/Province
Enter the contact’s state or province.
Zip/Postal
Code
Enter the contact’s ZIP code or postal code.
Country
Enter the contact’s country.
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Field
Description
Web Site
Enter the URL of the contact’s personal Web site. When adding a URL,
include the HTTP protocol. For example: http://www.blackboard.com
Home Phone
Enter the home phone number of the contact. The phone number displays
exactly as entered.
Work Phone
Enter the work phone number of the contact. The phone number displays
exactly as entered.
Work Fax
Enter the fax number of the contact. The fax number displays exactly as
entered.
Mobile Phone
Enter the mobile phone of the contact. The phone number displays exactly
as entered.
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User Directory
Overview
The User Directory lists users. A search function at the top of the page creates a list of users.
Click on a listed user’s email address to send an email.
Users only appear in the User Directory if they indicate that they wish to be included on the Set
Privacy Options page.
Find this page
To open the User Directory, click User Directory on the Tool panel.
Search Functions
The User Directory contains a search function at the top of the page. Users can search using
different variables selected from the search menus.
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About Blogs
Users within a Course group can post to the Blog and add comments to existing posts. Instructors
can also offer comments and grade individual posts.
Blogs are an effective means of sharing knowledge and materials created and collected the group
with the rest of the course.
See Also

Creating Blog Posts

Creating Blog Comments
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Creating Blog Posts
Users can create blog posts that can be commented upon. Instructors can use blog posts to
provide structure for discussions on class topics and other issues.
How to Create a Blog Post
1.
Click Tools on the Course menu.
2.
Click Blogs.
3.
Select a blog to open.
4.
Click Add Blog Entry.
5.
Enter an Entry Title.
6.
Enter the text in the Entry Message text box.
7.
Click Browse for Local File to attach a file to the entry.
8.
Click Post Entry.
OR
Click Save Entry as Draft to save the entry for later posting.
Viewing Drafts
Blog Entries can be saved for later posting by clicking Save Entry as Draft. These drafts can be
viewed by clicking View Drafts from the main blog page.
See Also

About Blogs

Creating Blog Comments
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Creating Blog Comments
Instructors and users can enter comments on blog posts if comments are allowed.
How to Comment on a Blog Post
1.
Open a blog.
2.
Click Comment for the appropriate post.
3.
Enter a comment in the Comment field.
4.
Click Add.
See Also

About Blogs

Creating Blog Posts
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Editing and Managing Blogs
Users can edit basic properties of the blog, including the name, instructions, availability,
participation, and user permissions. Users can also delete their own blogs.
How to Edit a Blog
1.
Open a course.
2.
Click Communication from the Tools area.
3.
Click Blogs.
4.
Click Edit View.
5.
Select Edit from the contextual menu for the blog.
6.
Make changes.
7.
Click Submit.
How to Delete a Blog
1.
Open a course.
2.
Click Communication from the Tools area.
3.
Click Blogs.
4.
Click Edit View.
5.
Select Delete from the contextual menu for the blog.
How to Change the Availability of a Blog
1.
Open a course.
2.
Click Communication from the Tools area.
3.
Click Blogs.
4.
Click Edit View.
5.
Click the checkbox next to the appropriate blog.
6.
Select Available or Unavailable from the Actions drop-down list.
Troubleshooting Blog Management
If...
Then...
a blog is deleted while users are posting
the blog and all comments are deleted
a blog is made unavailable while users
are posting
the blog remains visible to the Instructor in Edit
View but is not displayed to users
the Allow Users to Edit and Remove
Entries setting is changed
entries remain but users cannot edit them
the Allow Users to Remove Comments
setting is changed
comments remain but users cannot edit them
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See Also

About Blogs

Creating a Blog

Creating Blog Posts

Creating Blog Comments
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About Journals
Instructors can assign a journal to each user in a Course or Course Group that is accessible by
only them and the user in order to communicate privately with the Instructor. Users can post
messages to the Instructor and the Instructor, in turn, can comment. Instructors can allow Journal
entries to be read by the rest of the users in a Course. Instructors can grade Group Journals and
apply the grade to every member of the Course Group.
See Also

Creating Journal Entries

Creating Journal Comments
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Creating Journal Entries
Instructors and users can create and post Journal Entries or save them in draft form for later
posting.
How to Create a Journal Entry
1.
Open a Journal.
2.
Click Add Journal Entry.
3.
Enter an Entry Title.
4.
Enter the text in the Entry Message Text Editor.
5.
Click Browse for Local File or Browse for Content Collection item to attach a file to
the Journal entry.
6.
Click Post Entry to post the Journal entry.
OR
Click Save Entry as Draft to post the entry later.
Viewing Drafts
Journal Entries can be saved for later posting by clicking Save Entry as Draft. Draft Journal
Entries can be viewed by clicking View Drafts on the main Journal page.
See Also

About Journals

Creating Journal Comments
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Creating Journal Comments
Instructors and users can create comments to Journal Entries if commenting is allowed.
How to Comment on a Journal Entry
1.
Open a Journal.
2.
Click Comment for the selected entry.
3.
Enter a comment in the Comment field.
4.
Click Add.
See Also

About Journals

Creating Journal Entries
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Editing and Managing Journals
Instructors and Users can edit basic properties of the Journal, including the name, instructions,
availability, participation, and user permissions. Instructors can also delete their own Journals.
How to Edit a Journal
1.
Open a course.
2.
Click Communication from the Tools area.
3.
Click Journals.
4.
Click Edit View.
5.
Select Edit from the contextual menu for the Journal.
6.
Make changes.
7.
Click Submit.
How to Delete a Journal
1.
Open a course.
2.
Click Communication from the Tools area.
3.
Click Journals.
4.
Click Edit View.
5.
Select Delete from the contextual menu for the Journal.
How to Change the Availability of a Journal
1.
Open a course.
2.
Click Communication from the Tools area.
3.
Click Journals.
4.
Click Edit View.
5.
Click the checkbox next to the appropriate Journal.
6.
Select Available or Unavailable from the Actions drop-down list.
Troubleshooting Journal Management
If...
Then...
a Journal is deleted while users are
posting
the Journal and all comments are deleted
a Journal is made unavailable while
users are posting
the Journal remains visible to the Instructor in Edit
View but is not displayed to users
the Allow Users to Edit and Remove
Entries setting is changed
entries remain but users cannot edit them
the Allow Users to Remove
comments remain but users cannot edit them
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If...
Then...
Comments setting is changed
See Also

About Journals

Creating Journal Entries

Creating Journal Comments
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About Wikis
A Wiki is a collaborative tool that allows students to contribute and modify one or more pages of
Course related materials. The Wiki page is an area where users can collaborate on content.
Users within a Course can create and edit Wiki pages in the Course or within a Course Group.
Instructors and students can offer comments and the Instructor can grade individual work.
Wikis are an effective way to contribute and modify one or more pages of related material.
The following options are available when working with Wikis:

Create a Wiki Page

Edit Wiki Content

Link to other Wiki Pages

Comments

My Contribution
Create a Wiki Page
1.
Access the Wiki from either the Course or from the Group page.
2.
Click Create Wiki Page.
3.
Provide a name and enter content in the text editor.
4.
Click Submit to finish your work.
Edit Wiki Content
1.
Access the Wiki you would like to edit.
2.
Click Edit Wiki Content.
3.
Make your edits in the text editor.
4.
Click Submit to save your work.
Link to other Wiki Pages
Links to other Wiki pages can only be created when at least two pages exist. The link icon
appears in the text editor of the page you are working on.
1.
Select the icon from the text editor.
2.
Select the Wiki page you want to link to.
3.
Renaming the link is optional.
4.
Click Submit.
Comments
Opening the Comments box provides you with space to enter your comment. Click Add when you
are finished. To view all the comments, expand the Comments link.
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My Contribution
Click My Contribution to view all of your edits. All pages and versions that you have modified are
listed. To see your specific changes, choose to compare versions under User's Modifications.
Page Versions displays that version without annotated changes.

Versions: To see your specific changes, choose to compare versions under User's
Modifications. Click a link in the Page Version column to view the version without
annotated changes.

Words Modified: Words modified includes any word added, deleted, or edited.

Page Saves: A page save refers to any time Submit is clicked on the Edit Wiki page
regardless of whether or not content has been changed.
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Part Three: Portal Features
Part Three Contents
Part Three: Portal features cover the basic tabs and modules that come with Blackboard Learn as
well as the more sophisticated features included with Blackboard Learn - Community
Engagement. This part includes the following sections:

Tabs and Modules

The Community Tab and Organizations

eMarketplace and MyAccounts
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Tabs and Modules
Overview
There are two core tabs in Blackboard Learn; the My Institution tab and the Courses tab.
Blackboard Learn - Community Engagement includes the My Institution tab, the Community tab,
the Services tab, and the ability to add custom tabs. Tabs are defined by the System
Administrator. Users have some control over the style and content of modules. Modules are
content or tools that appear in tabs.
In this section
This section contains the following sections:
Topic
Function
My Institution Tab
View modules, tools, Courses.
Modules
Describes modules that may be added to tabs.
Customize Tab Modules
Customize the appearance, placement and content of the
modules on the My Institution area.
Editing, Minimizing and
Removing Content
Edit, minimize, and remove modules from the My Institution
area.
Notifications Dashboard
The Notifications Dashboard displays notifications for
changes to items in three different modules.
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My Institution Tab
Overview
The My Institution tab contains tools and content. Several modules include content pulled from
Courses specific to each user. Note that the System Administrator can rename tabs.
While users can choose which modules appear, the Administrator may restrict or require
modules.
In some instances, users may have access to several tabs that contain modules. These
additional tabs include the same features for customizing the content and layout of modules.
Note: Modules can be moved by using the mouse to drag and drop them in
different positions. See Modules for more information.
Customization
Users can Personalize the content and layout of the My Institution tab. After Personalization, the
My Institution area displays the desired settings when a User logs in again.
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Modules
Overview
Modules are packets of content that appear on tabs. Modules allow users to view information
from such as events, announcements, and a list of their Courses. Administrators can also present
more advanced modules, such as news channels or tools using Blackboard Learn - Community
Engagement.
Module Types
The following table describes the different types of modules that may be found in Blackboard
Learn.
Module
Description
Basic Modules
Basic modules pull information from Blackboard Learn. For example, the My Calendar module
includes events on the user’s Calendar for a particular day and links to their My Calendar
page.
Advanced Modules
Channel
Module
Channel modules stream content from an outside source into a module. The
module content is upgraded at intervals. Examples of Channel modules
include weather modules and news modules.
URL Module
URL modules display Web page content. The URL of the Web page is
entered by clicking the link.
Opinion Poll
Module
Opinion Poll modules ask a question and give users a chance to enter a full
response in a text box. The module also displays some of the recent
responses to the module.
Multiple
Choice Poll
Module
Multiple Choice Poll modules present a question with multiple answers.
Users see the question as well as options for selecting one of the answers.
After users select an answer, they see the results of the poll to date within
the module. The only way to see the results of a poll is to vote.
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What's New? Module
About the What's New? Module
The What's New? Blackboard Learn module reports on additions and changes to Course content.
The What's New? module displays the number of new items for each content type and links to a
details page for each Course. The module displays items going back 7 days. The content types
that are reported in the module are:

Assessments

Assignments

Blogs

Content
 Discussion Board posts
The What's New? module reports content that is made available to the entire Course. Adaptive
Release Content that becomes available to an individual user after certain criteria are met is not
reported in the What's New? module.
The What's New? module reports changes once a day. Users see what has changed the first
time they log in for the day. Any changes made after the user logs in are not displayed in the
What's New? module until the next day unless the user clicks Refresh.
Users only see updates for a Course if the Course is available and the user is a participant in the
Course.
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Customize Tab Modules
Overview
Users can personalize the color and placement of the modules.
How to customize tab module layout
1.
Open the My Institution tab or another module tab.
2.
Click Layout on the upper right hand corner.
The table below describes the functions available on the Customize Layout page.
To…
click…
add a module
Add Module.
change where the
modules appear on the
tab
the arrows to move them up and down on the page or move
them from one panel to another or drag and drop using the
mouse.
remove a module from
the page
the remove icon. Modules with an asterisk next to them (*) are
required and cannot be deleted.
change the style of the
modules
a theme to choose a color and style for the modules.
How to customize tab module content
1.
Open the My Institution tab or another tab with modules.
2.
Click Content on the upper right hand corner.
3.
Check the boxes next to those modules to appear on the tab.
4.
Click Submit.
Note: Modules with a red check are required and cannot be changed.
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Customize Tab Layout
Overview
Users can personalize the color and placement of the modules.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Customize Layout page:
1.
Open the My Institution tab or another module tab.
2.
Click Layout on the upper right hand corner.
Function
The table below describes the functions available on the Customize Layout page.
To…
click…
change where the modules
appear on the tab
the arrows to move them up and down on the page or move
them from one panel to another.
remove a module from the
page
the remove icon. Modules with an asterisk next to them (*)
are required and cannot be deleted.
change the style of the
modules
a theme to choose a color and style for the modules.
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Customize Tab Content
Overview
Users can personalize the modules that appear on some tabs.
Note: The Modules topic contains Information about the types of modules available.
Find this page
Follow the steps below to open the Tab Content page.
1.
Open the My Institution tab or another tab with modules.
2.
Click Content on the upper right hand corner.
Select Modules
Check the boxes next to those modules to appear on the tab. Click Submit. Modules with a red
check are required and cannot be changed.
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Editing, Minimizing and Removing Module Content
Overview
Users can edit, minimize, display in a separate window and remove modules from a tab area
unless the module is required.
Editing Content
Click the Manage Module Settings icon located at the top of each module to edit the content of
that specific module.
Minimizing
Click the minus (-) button located at the top of each module to minimize a module.
Opening in a New Window
Click the dual-window icon located at the top of each module to open it in a separate window.
Removing
Click the remove icon (x) located at the top of each module to remove the module. Click Remove
and a confirmation receipt appears when the process is completed. Modules that do not have a
remove icon are required and cannot be removed.
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Notifications Dashboard
The Notifications Dashboard displays notifications for changes to items. These notifications are
displayed in three different modules. The following items can generate different notifications:

Content item

Course information

Assignments

Assessments

Blog entries

Surveys

Journal entries

Discussion Board posts

Grade changes

Early Warning System rules

Group information
 Announcements
For Blackboard Learn - Enterprise license users, the Notifications Dashboard displays in each
course, and only displays notifications for that Course.
For Blackboard Community System-licensed users, the Notifications Dashboard also displays in
the My Institution area and displays notifications for all Courses.
Display Modules
The notifications are categorized in two modules.
The following table explains each module, its notifications and layout.
Module
Information and Appearance
To Do
The What's Past Due area displays any Assessment, Assignment, or Survey that
has past its Due Date with no submission by the user.
The What's Due displays information about any Assessment, Assignment, or
Survey that contains a Due Date.
What's
New
The Communication area displays the number of unread Discussion Board posts
for each forum, the unread Blog entries, and the unread Journal entries.
The Materials area displays any updated, submitted, or created items, such as,
Tests, Assignments, Announcements, Surveys, and so on.
Instructor Modules
Notifications for these items are categorized in three modules.
The following table explains each module, its information and layout:
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Module
Information and Appearance
Needs
Attention
Any submitted item by a user for review or grading by the Instructor.
Categories of the possible notification types:

Grade Tests: the tests and the corresponding users who have
submitted the tests.

Grade Assignments: the Assignments and the corresponding users
who have submitted the Assignments.

Alerts
What's
New
Grade Surveys: The Surveys and the corresponding users who
have submitted the Surveys.
The Past Due area displays any Assessment, Assignment, or Survey
that has past its Due Date with no submission by the user.
The Early Warning System area displays any rule and the list of users
who have violated that rule.
The Communication area displays the number of unread Discussion
Board posts for each forum, the unread Blog entries, and the unread
Journal entries.
The Materials area displays any updated, submitted, or created Content,
Tests, Assignments, and Surveys.
Specific Feature or Item Notification Behavior
The following table clarifies the information that displays for specific features or items:
Item
Important Information
Group
For any Group, submissions by the Group will be viewed by the
Instructor as a Group submission, and not as notifications of
submissions by each individual user in the Group.
Discussion Board
The number of unread posts for a Course is displayed. Clicking
on the number will navigate the user to the Discussion Boards
main page.
Blog
The number of unread Blog entries for a Blog is displayed.
Clicking on the number will navigate the user to the Blog.
Journal
The number of unread Journal entries for a Journal is displayed.
Clicking on the number will navigate the user to the Journal.
Assessments or
Assignments with Multiple
Attempts
The most recent attempt information and link will display.
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The Community Tab and Organizations
Overview
The Community tab provides access to Organizations and system-wide discussion boards.
Note: The Community tab is only available with Blackboard Learn - Community
Engagement.
In this section
This section includes information on the following topics.
Topic
Description
Organizations
Describes Organizations.
Community Discussion
Boards
Communicate with fellow Organization members and
classmates through discussion boards.
Create Community
Discussion Boards
Create a Discussion Board and add it to the Community Tab.
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Organizations
Overview
Organizations are online environments for clubs or groups at the Institution. Organizations have
the same features for presenting information and communicating with other users that are found
in Courses.
Note: Organizations are a feature included with the Blackboard Learn - Community
Engagement. Organizations may not be available at all Institutions.
Organization List
The Organization List, located in the Community tab, provides users with a listing of all the
Organizations in which they participate. Any user can serve as the manager of an Organization.
Create Organization
Users can send a request to the System Administrator to add an Organization. Note that the
System Administrator may not allow any user to request an Organization.
Click Request and an email message to the System Administrator appears. Enter the name of
the Organization to add to the current listing and provide a brief description of the Organization.
Click Send.
Organization Catalog
The Organization catalog provides a listing of all the Organizations at the Institution.
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Community Discussion Boards
Overview
Community Discussion Boards appear on the Community Tab. Community Discussion Boards
function the same as Discussion Boards in Courses.
For more information see Discussion Board.
Functions
The table below details the functions available from the Community Discussion Boards.
To . . .
Click . . .
access a Discussion
Board
the Discussion Board link.
create a new Discussion
Board
Create. The Create Discussion Board page appears. This option
is made available by the System Administrator.
See Create Community Discussion Boards for more information.
choose the Discussion
Boards to view
A page listing all available Discussion Boards appears. Select the
desired Discussion Boards and click Submit.
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Create Community Discussion Boards
Overview
This function allows users to create Discussion Boards for the Community tab. This is done
through the Discussion Board Creation module.
Note: The Administrator may allow users to email Discussion Board requests
instead of making the creation option available. In this case, a Click here to send a
request email link appears in the Discussion Board module. Select the link to send
an email request.
Find this page
1.
Open the Community tab.
2.
Click Create in the Discussion Board module.
Fields
The table below details the fields on the Create Discussion Board page.
Field
Description
Board Information
Name
Enter the Discussion Board name.
Description
Enter a description.
Board Options
Select
Icons
Click the drop-down menu to select an icon associated with the Discussion
Board.
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eMarketplace and MyAccounts
Overview
This section covers the features for purchasing products from the eMarketplace and managing a
Campus Card through MyAccounts.
In this section
This section includes the following topics.
Topic
Description
Purchase an Item from the
eMarketplace
Describes the process for buying goods and services.
MyAccounts Module
Introduces the MyAccounts module.
Deposit Funds into an Account
Explains how to add money to a Campus Card.
Deposit Funds into Another
User's Account
Explains how to add money to another user's Campus
Card.
View Account Statements
Describes how to view a Campus Card account statement.
View Balance and Transaction
History
Describes how to view the balance and transaction history
of a Campus Card account.
Report Lost or Stolen Cards
Explains how to report a missing Campus Card.
Suspend a Card
Explains how to suspend use of a Campus Card.
Email Notifications
Describes how to automatically send notices based on
account status.
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Purchase an Item from the eMarketplace
Purchasing Items and Services
Each available item in the eMarketplace has an Add to Cart button. Some items also require the
user to enter additional information. For example, the user may need to enter a size and color if
purchasing a T-shirt from the store. When a user decides to purchase a product, they must first
enter any required information and then click the “Add to Cart” button. The item is then added to
the Shopping Cart, an abbreviated version of which is displayed in the left menu column of the
eMarketplace.
When the user has selected all of the items they wish to purchase, the user must click the
Checkout button in the menu column Shopping Cart. This will direct the user to the full Shopping
Cart page. On this page, the user can edit the quantities of each item, remove items from the
cart, continue shopping, or proceed to the Checkout screen. The user enters their billing
information on the Checkout page. Once Checkout is completed, the user may view and confirm
their order details one last time on the Order Confirmation page, which also includes the sales
tax. Once the final confirmation takes place, a pre-authorization transaction is initiated. If the
user’s credit card or Campus Card account has sufficient funds for the transaction, the order is
placed and the user receives a confirmation e-mail for the order and awaits fulfillment from the
Vendor.
Purchase an Item
Follow the steps below to purchase an item from the eMarketplace.
1.
Open the eMarketplace Tab.
2.
Browse for an item to purchase.
3.
Some items require input. If there are instructions for input, such as specifying a size or
color, enter that information in the provided field.
4.
Click Add to Cart. The item now appears in the shopping cart.
5.
Click Checkout from the Shopping Cart tool that appears on the left of the page. To go
back to the eMarketplace before making a purchase, click Continue Shopping.
6.
Review the contents of the Shopping Cart, make any changes and click Proceed to
Checkout.
7.
Complete the Billing Information and Payment Information.
8.
Click Submit.
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MyAccounts Module
About the MyAccounts Module
The MyAccounts module can provide any of the following account functions, if enabled by the
either the Community System or Card Office Administrator and enabled by user:

View Account Balances: This function displays the balances of each card account
directly on the MyAccounts module. It provides a quick way for users to check their
account balances. As with all account functions, users can disable this feature to
prevent anyone from viewing their account balances.

View Transaction History: Allows end users to view their past card transactions,
including both debits and deposits. Depending on the length of time designated in the
Blackboard Transaction System for storage of transaction information prior to
archiving, this section can show anywhere from a few days to a few months worth of
transactions. Users can filter transactions by various criteria, including date range and
account.

View Account Statements: Allows end users to view and print Reg-E Formatted
statements. These statements may not be fully compliant with Regulation E, which
governs the implementation of statements for online financial transactions, but they
do contain all of the information required by this regulation.

Deposit Funds: Allows end users to deposit funds directly into card accounts in the
Transaction System.

Report Lost or Stolen Card: This account function is available only with the
Blackboard Transaction System – UNIX Edition. If available, this feature allows users
to report their card lost or stolen, placing a freeze on any usage of the card. Users
must contact their Card Office to obtain and activate a new card.

Suspend Card: This account function is available to both Unix and Windows editions
of the Blackboard Transaction System. It allows users to temporarily suspend usage
of their card, if for example, they are unable to locate their card but believe they will
find it. Since there is generally a fee associated with obtaining a new campus card,
this feature is commonly used to give the user time to locate their card without risking
fraudulent usage of the lost card.

E-mail Notifications: This function allows users to request e-mail notifications when a
new account statement is available or when each of their account balances drop
below certain levels.
About the Guest Deposit Module
The Guest Deposit module contains three form fields: First Name, Last Name, and one other
identifier field. The third identifier field is determined by the Administrator. This setting allows the
administrator to select a value, such as the Card Number or Student ID, which the system should
use to identify the account into which a guest deposit should be made. If Student ID is selected,
for example, the depositor must enter the account user’s First Name, Last Name, and Student ID,
in the Guest Deposit Module before proceeding with the deposit.
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Upon submitting the form fields in the Guest Deposit Module, the user’s account information is
retrieved and the depositor is directed to the Guest Deposit page. On this page, the depositor
selects the user’s account into which the deposit should be made and enters the billing
information and the amount of the deposit to be made into the account. Currently, only credit
cards are accepted as payment methods for a deposit into a card account. If the credit card
transaction is authorized, funds are automatically transferred.
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Deposit Funds into an Account
About depositing funds
The MyAccounts feature allows users to easily deposit funds into their account using a credit
card.
Deposit funds into your account
Follow the steps below to deposit funds into your account:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the MyAccounts Module.
2.
Select Deposit Funds. The Deposit Funds page appears.
3.
In Section 1, most of the user information is auto-populated. Verify that this is the correct
information for the cardholder, and then click the Account drop-down list to select the
account in which to deposit funds.
4.
Complete Section 2 with all of the credit card information.
5.
Specify the amount you would like to add in Section 3, Deposit Amount. Dollars and
cents may be entered in this field.
6.
Click Submit.
7.
A message appears stating that a convenience fee will be charged to add funds to the
account may appear. Click OK to proceed.
Note: The user may click Cancel when the convenience fee alert message appears.
This stops the transaction; the Deposit Funds page is displayed.
8.
A confirmation receipt page appears when the transaction is complete. Click OK on the
receipt page.
9.
The user receives an email from the system confirming the transaction.
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Deposit Funds into Another Users Account
About depositing funds
The MyAccounts feature allows other system users and Guests to deposit funds into other user’s
account. For example, parents may deposit funds into a Student’s account; or a student may
deposit funds into another student’s account.
Note: The Administrator must make the Guest Deposit module available.
Deposit funds into another user’s account
Follow the steps below to deposit funds into another user’s account:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the Guest Deposit Module.
2.
Complete the required fields in the Guest Deposit module and click Deposit Funds. The
Deposit Funds page appears.
3.
In Section 1, the user’s information is listed. Click the Account drop-down list to select
the account in which to deposit funds.
4.
Complete Section 2 with all of your credit card information.
5.
Specify the amount you would like to add in Section 3, Deposit Amount. Dollars and
cents may be entered in this field.
6.
Click Submit.
7.
A message appears stating that a convenience fee will be charged to add funds to the
account. Click OK to proceed.
Note: The user may click Cancel when the convenience fee alert message appears.
This stops the transaction; the Deposit Funds page is displayed.
8.
A confirmation receipt page appears when the transaction is complete. Click OK on the
receipt page.
9.
The user and the person who made the deposit receive an email from the system
confirming the transaction.
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View Account Statements
About account statements
Users may view and print account statements for MyAccounts. These statements are Reg-E
Formatted, meaning they contain certain information mandated by the Federal Reserve.
View and print account statements
Follow the steps below to view and print account statements:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the MyAccounts Module.
2.
Under Account Statements select the statement you wish to review using the dropdown menu and click Go. The statement appears.
3.
Select Print Statement at the top of the page to print this statement.
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View Balance and Transaction History
About account statements
Users may view their current balance and view all transactions associated with the account. They
may also filter the transactions they view to view items by date range or account.
View transaction history
Follow the steps below to view account transaction history:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the Online Card Office Module.
2.
Select Transaction History in the module. The Transaction History page appears. All
transactions for the past thirty days are automatically displayed.
3.
To view transactions during a different date range, select an option from the Filter by
Date Range drop-down list and click Go.
4.
To view transactions for a specific account, select an option in the Filter by Account
drop-down list and click Go.
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Report Lost or Stolen Cards
About Lost or stolen cards
If a card is lost or stolen it should be reported through the system. When a card is reported lost or
stolen it is canceled and all activity on the card is frozen until a new card is issued.
Note: Reporting a card lost or stolen does not automatically result in a replacement
request for a new card. This must be taken care of offline with the campus card
office. A charge for issuing a new card may apply.
Report lost or stolen cards
Follow the steps below to report a lost or stolen card:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the MyAccounts Module.
2.
Select Report Lost or Stolen Card. A confirmation page appears.
3.
The confirmation page states “Are you sure you want to report this card lost or stolen?”
Click Yes. The card is deactivated.
4.
A receipt confirmation page appears.
5.
The user receives an email from the system confirming that the card has been
deactivated.
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Suspend a Card
About suspending a card
Suspending a card freezes all card transactions without canceling the account. This option may
be used is a user misplaces the card and they would like to freeze transactions on it until it is
found. Note that suspending a card does not prevent deposits from being made to the account.
Note: Once a card is suspended the user must reinstate the card through the
campus card office. Cards may not be unsuspended online.
Suspend a card
Follow the steps below to suspend a card:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the MyAccounts Module.
2.
Select Suspend Card. A confirmation page appears.
3.
The confirmation page states “Are you sure you want to suspend activity on this card?”
Click Yes. The card is suspended.
4.
A receipt confirmation page appears.
5.
The user receives an email from the system confirming that the card has been
suspended.
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Email Notifications
About email notifications
Email notifications may be enabled to send notices if the balance is low or that a statement is
available.
Enable email notifications
Follow the steps below to set up email notification:
1.
Navigate to the tab with the MyAccounts Module.
2.
Select Email Notifications. The Email Notification page appears.
3.
Select the check box next to Email when a new Account Statement is available to be
notified of new statements.
4.
Select the check box next to Email when an account balance drops below to be
notified of a low balance in an account. Enter the amount in whole dollars (do not include
cents) in the field at the end of this option. An email is sent when the balance of any
account falls below this amount.
5.
Click Submit.
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