Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite

Overview

User Manual

Tasks

The Tasks page organizes projects (referred to as Tasks), defines task priority, and tracks task status. Instructors and organization leaders can post tasks to users participating in their course or organization.

From the Tools Box users can view all of their tasks, including those from the courses and organizations 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 menu users view Tasks for that specific course or organization.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Tasks page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

on the course menu.

Tasks.

OR

Select

Tasks

in the Tools box of a common area.

Functions

The table below details the functions available on the Tasks page.

To . . .

sort the list of tasks add or modify a task

click . . .

the drop-down arrow and select a task category.

Categories include:

All Tasks

My Tasks

Tasks by course

Add Task

or

Modify

to access the Add / Modify Task page for a particular task.

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remove a task

Remove

to remove a task. A box will appear asking to verify that a task should be removed. This action is irreversible. the task to view details. view the details of a particular task

View task details

Click on a task from the Tasks page to view course task details. The task details display:

 the task name the due date the task priority the task status a description of the task

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Add / Modify Task

Overview

The Add or Modify Task pages allow users to create and modify personal tasks. These pages function in a similar manner. The difference being, the Add Task page opens with empty fields and the Modify Task page opens with populated fields. To modify a task, click

Modify

.

Note:

The only tasks that can be added or fully modified by the user are personal tasks created by that user. Users may adjust the Status for Tasks created by an

Instructor or organization Manager.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to find the Add Task or Modify Task page.

Step 1

Step 2

Click

Tasks

in the Tools box.

Click

Add Task

or

Modify

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Add Task page.

Field

Task Information

Task Title:

Description

Enter the title of the task.

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Description:

Due Date:

Task Options

Priority:

Status:

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Enter a description of the task. The following options are available:

 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 will also prompt to load images if

 an image source text is used when adding smart text as part of a content item.

Plain text: Displays text as written.

HTML: Displays text as coded using HTML tags.

√ x: Opens the WebEQ Equation Editor .

<  >x: Opens the MathML Equation Editor .

ABC: Opens Spell Check .

Preview: Opens the text as it will appear to the user.

Select the date the task is due from the drop-down list.

Click the drop-down arrow and select date values or click the icon to select a date from the calendar interface.

Select a priority. The options are:

Low (task appears with a blue arrow pointed down)

Normal

High (task appears with a red arrow pointed up)

The selected priority appears on the Tasks page.

Select a status. The options are:

Not started

In progress

Completed

The selected status appears on the Tasks page.

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