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Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows teachers how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. Plus, learn how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration on forums and between groups. Existing users will also appreciate the last-minute guide to working with the latest version of the program, Blackboard 9.1 service pack 13, in seven easy steps.
We've successfully logged in the Blackboard. The first thing you're going to notice is that this version might look a little different than the one used by your institution. They have different colors, different logo, different tab placement. That doesn't matter. Look for the my courses module. Now, this is not a complete list of every course on Blackboard. It's just a customized list of courses in which you are enrolled as an instructor, teaching assistant, course builder, grader, or student. Click the course you're teaching.
To upload a file, look for something called content course documents, something like that. I've got something called content here. You'll know you're in the right place if you see the words it's time to add content. There are two ways for you to upload a file to Blackboard, two quick ways. I'm going to hover my mouse over Build Content. There's a huge list here but we're really going to focus on the top two. If I click on Create Item I can attach a file, plus some descriptive text.
If I click on Create File, there's no descriptive text or instructions, just the file. I'm going to choose this first one, Create Item. Now, the name is required, that's what that orange star means. So I'm going to do cognitive art. (SOUND). I'm going to scroll down. This text box is not required. But it's actually kind of helpful. So I'm going to give my students some instructions in here. And there are two ways on this page to attach a file.
I'm going to show you the old school way. In a later movie, we'll come back and show you the newer way. I'm going to click Browse my Computer. This is exactly like attaching a file to an email message. Browse My Computer on my desktop in the exercise files folder I have a power point presentation called cognitive art. If you don't have access to the exercise files, don't worry. You can use any file you want. I'm going to click on Open, and there it is. If I didn't want to attach it, I can click on Do Not Attach. It gets rid of it. I can keep going, and add more files.
I want to talk about some important rules, though. And then notice that the file name here is called cognitiveart.pptx. Make sure that your file names only include standard characters, like letters a to z. Numbers zero to nine. But no slashes, no question marks, no pound signs or any sort of special characters, you can't use those. If you have a Mac, make sure that you add the file extensions like. docx for Microsoft word documents,. pdf for Adobe Acrobat files.
The Mac OS does not add file extensions by default. And some students on PCs may not be able to open your files unless you add the file extensions. Also be aware that many institutions place limits on the size of files that you can upload so don't be uploading really huge files. I'm done here, actually. I don't want to worry about the standard options. I'm just going to click on Submit. What this is doing, it's going to copy the file from my computer up to Blackboard. I'm not making a link from my computer. I'm actually making a copy of the file up onto Blackboard.
So that's how to click on Build Content and Item. Let's show you the second way, Build Content File. I'm actually just going to call this PowerPoint presentation. I'm going to click Browse my Computer. I'm going to find that same PowerPoint presentation, click on Open. I can actually select a different file if I want to, notice that there's no text box here. Remember if I go Build Content File, it's just the file itself. There's no helpful text. I'm going to scroll down, skip everything else, and click on Submit.
And that allows me to upload yet another file to Blackboard. What does this look like from a student's point of view? Click Edit mode in the top right hand corner, off. That's what your students are going to see exactly, when you turn this back on. Two more things. I can go and rename these by just clicking on Edit. I can do that down here as well. Click on Edit, and back into that. And the other thing to remember is that, in some screens within Blackboard. Go back into this one.
You may actually be able to get some more information about how to use that particular tool by clicking on More Help. That opens up a popup menu. I'll point this out throughout the movies when this is available. I'm going to click on Cancel here. So that's how to add files from your computer to Blackboard. Now that we've got files in our course, we need to communicate with our students. And we're going to start talking about that in the next movie.
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