Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Part Three:

Blackboard Academic Suite

Portal Features

Overview

The user interface tabs are used to navigate throughout the

Blackboard Academic

Suite

. Tabs appear in the header frame of the user interface and are used to navigate to content-rich Web pages. Tabs contain links to courses and organizations, modules of content, user tools, and external links to additional services and content.

The tabs available in the user interface depend on the product that the institution is using.

Blackboard Learning System

: The user interface includes the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. Modules may include information that is pulled from the

Blackboard Learning System

, such as Announcements and the Calendar.

Blackboard Learning System

– Basic Edition: The user interface includes the

My Institution tab and the Courses tab. Modules may include information that is pulled from the

Blackboard Learning System

, such as Announcements and the Calendar.

Blackboard Portal System

: All tabs are available in the user interface, including the My Institution tab, the Course tab, the Community tab, and the Services tab. Modules may include information that is pulled from the

Blackboard

Learning System

, such as Announcements and the Calendar, and also information from outside sources, such as external Web sites.

Part Three Contents

This part of the

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

includes the following chapters:

 Chapter 6 –

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Portal System

Tabs

 Chapter 7 – Modules

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Chapter 6 -

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Portal

System

Tabs

Overview

Within the

Blackboard Learning System

, there are two core tab areas; the My

Institution tab and the Courses tab. The

Blackboard Portal System

adds the

Community tab, the Services tab, and any other tab areas created by the school.

System Administrators also have the option of adding tabs specific to their institution.

In this chapter

This chapter contains the following sections:

Section Function

My Institution Tab Contains tools and information in modules that can be

Courses Tab customized for each user ’ s preference.

Lists courses specific to each user as well as the Course

Community Tab

Services Tab

Catalog for the institution

Lists organizations specific to each user, the Organization

Catalog for the institution, and institution-wide Discussion

Boards

Contains links to other institutional offerings outside of the

Blackboard Academic Suite

.

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My Institution Tab

The My Institution common area contains tools and information specific to each user ’ s preferences. Tools and information are contained in modules, which users can add and remove from their My Institution common area.

While users can choose which modules appear, the Administrator may restrict access to or require specific modules. With the

Blackboard Portal System

, modules on the My

Institution Tab can present and interact with content outside the scope of

Blackboard

Learning System

courses.

Customization

Users can customize the content and layout of the My Institution area. After customization, the My Institution area displays the desired settings when a Student logs in again.

In this section

This section includes information on the following topics.

Section

Customizing

Content

Institution Tab

Layout

Editing, Minimizing and Removing

Content

Function

Customize the modules that will appear on the My

Institution area.

Customize the color and placement of the modules on the

My Institution area.

Edit, minimize, and remove modules from the My Institution area.

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Customizing Content

Overview

From the My Institution common area, Students are able to access Institution Tools, courses, organizations and content from outside sources. Students can customize the modules that will appear on their My Institution area. Content such as the news, weather, and sports and other items are presented in modules that can be customized from the Institution Tab Content page.

Note:

The Modules chapter contains Information about the types of modules available in the

Blackboard Learning System

. Basic Modules are available with

Blackboard

Learning System

and

Blackboard Learning System

- Basic Edition. Basic Modules and

Advanced Modules are available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the My Institution Content page.

Step 1

Step 2

Open the My Institution common area.

Click

Content

on the upper right hand corner.

Functions

Check the boxes next to those modules you would like to have appear in the My

Institution tab, click

Submit

. Modules with a red check have been selected by the

System Administrator and cannot be changed. Modules that display information from an outside source, such as weather and news, are referred to as channels.

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My Institution Layout

Overview

From the My Institution area, Students are able to access Institution Tools, courses, organizations and content from outside sources. Students can customize the color and placement of the modules on their My Institution common area through the My

Institution Layout page.

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Editing, Minimizing and Removing Content

Overview

Editing content

The Pencil icon located at the top of each module allows the user to edit the content of that specific module.

Minimizing

The

Blackboard Learning System

allows users to edit, minimize, and remove modules from the My Institution area unless a module has been set as required by the System

Administrator.

The minus (-) button located at the top of each module allows the user to minimize the individual modules.

Removing

The remove icon located at the top of each module allows the user to remove the individual modules. Click

Remove

and a confirmation receipt will appear when the process is completed. Modules that do not have a remove icon have been set by the

System Administrator and cannot be changed.

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Courses Tab

The Courses common area enables users to access courses they are instructing, courses they are participating in, and the Course Catalog. Users can also search for courses, and access tools and links that are configured by the Administrator.

In this section

This section includes information on the following topics.

Topic

Course List

Description

Explains how to access courses you are instructing or participating in.

Discusses browsing and searching the Course Catalog. Course Catalog

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Course Listing

Overview

The Courses common area enables users to access courses they are instructing, courses they are enrolled in, and the Course Catalog. The user can access all courses they are participating in from the Course List. Click on a course to access the course

Web site for that course.

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Course Catalog

Overview

Users can access the Course Catalog from the Courses common area. The Course

Catalog allows them to view all courses offered by their institution that are categorized in the catalog. The catalog organizes Courses into categories. Users can browse through the categories and subcategories or use the search function to locate a course. The search function will only look for courses that are available in the Course

Catalog.

The image below is an example of the Search function in the Course Catalog.

Functions

The table below describes the available functions on the Browse Course Catalog page.

To. . .

search for a course

click . . .

the text box, enter the course keyword, then click

Go

. the advance search option. complete a search by Course ID or description, or to list all courses in the

Catalog browse course categories the hyperlink of the desired category.

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Community Tab

The Community common area allows the user to perform organization searches, view organization listings, and participate in community-wide Discussion Boards.

Note:

The Community tab is only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

In this section

This section includes information on the following topics.

Section

Organizations

Description

Lists the organizations available at the institution and explains the Organization Catalog.

Communicate with fellow organization members and classmates by posting messages on particular topics.

Create Discussion Boards on topics of interest that others can access and reply to.

Community

Discussion Boards

Create Community

Discussion Boards

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Organizations

Overview

Organization Web sites, accessed through the Community tab, offer similar features as course Web sites. Organization members can view information about the organization posted by the organization Manager, such as Announcements, Calendar events,

Discussion Boards and Rosters.

Note:

Organizations are only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Organization list

The Organization List, located in the Community common area, provides users with a listing of all the organizations in which they are a member. Any user can serve as the manager of an organization.

Function

If the

Blackboard Portal System

is configured by the institution to allow requests for organizations, users can send a request to the System Administrator to add an organization to the Institution ’ s current organization listing.

Click

Request

and an email message to the System Administrator will appear. 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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Functions

Follow the table below to use the functions available on the Organization Catalog page.

To . . .

view an organization in a predefined

click …

the hyperlink of the category. category browse organizations

Browse Organization Catalog

.

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Community Discussion Boards

Overview

Community Discussion Boards allow the user to communicate with fellow organization members and classmates by posting messages on particular topics.

For more information on this topic see Discussion Board in the Courses section.

Note:

Community Discussion Boards are only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Functions

The table below details the functions available from the Community Discussion Boards.

To . . .

access a

Discussion Board create a new

Discussion Board the Discussion Board link.

Create

click . . .

. The Create Discussion Board page will appear. This option is made available by the System Administrator.

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Create Community Discussion Boards

Overview

Discussion Boards allow the user to communicate with other users by posting messages on particular topics. Users may create Discussion Boards on topics of interest. This function allows users to create Discussion Boards for others to access and reply to. This option is made available by the System Administrator.

Note:

Community Discussion Boards function in the same way as course Discussion

Boards .

Find this page

Follow the steps below to find the Community Discussion Boards.

Step 1

Step 2

Note:

This page is only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Open the Community common area.

Click

Create

in the Discussion Board area.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Create Discussion Board page.

Field

Board Information

Board Name:

Board Description:

Board Options

Select Icons:

Description

Enter the Discussion Board name

Enter the Discussion Board description

Click the drop-down menu to select an icon associated with the Discussion Board.

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Services Tab

The Services common area allows users to view external links to the various services provided by the institution. The institution ’ s System Administrator establishes these services.

Note:

The Services tab is only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Find the Services common area

Login and click the Services tab.

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Chapter 7

Modules

Modules are packets of content that appear on the My Institution Tab or Module tabs.

They are made available by the System Administrator. Modules allow users to view information from within

Blackboard Learning System

, such as Calendar events and

Courses. Information from outside, such as news, the weather, and other Web sites can be presented to modules through the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Note:

Basic modules are available in all of

Blackboard Learning System

products.

Advanced modules are only available in the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Note:

See the topic on Customizing Content for information on how to personalize the modules that appear on My Institution tab.

Module Types

The following table describes the different types of modules that may be found in the

Blackboard Academic Suite

.

Module

Basic Modules

Description

Basic modules pull information from within the

Blackboard Learning System

. For example, the My Calendar module includes events on the user ’ s Calendar for a particular day and links to their My Calendar page, where the user may modify their Calendar events.

Advanced Modules

Channel Module

Channel modules stream content from an outside source

URL Module

into a

Blackboard Learning System

module. The module content is updated at intervals. Examples of Channel modules include weather modules and news modules.

URL modules display Web page content from outside of

Blackboard Learning System

. The URL of the Web page is entered by clicking the link.

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Opinion Poll

Module

Multiple Choice

Poll Module

User Manual

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 modules present a question with multiple answers. Users will see the question as well as options for selecting one of the answers. After users select an answer, they will 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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Delegated Module Admin

Overview

Administrators may give a user administrator privileges for one or more modules. If a user has administrator privileges for a module a

Module Admin

button will appear at the top of the My Institution page. When selected, the Delegated Module Admin page will appear, enabling the user to open and modify those modules they have administrator privileges for.

Functions

Select

Content

to modify the content within a module, such as the links or HTML it includes. Select

Properties

to modify the title, description and availability of the module.

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