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Accessing your course and uploading files

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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.

Accessing your course and uploading files

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.

This opens up the course home page. This may take a little while to load. What's going on is, behind the scenes, Blackboard is loading a handful of JavaScript modules. The default course entry page shows modules, but some institutions change this so that the entry page is An announcement or a content page. You can do that yourself. We'll talk about that later. On the left-hand side of the page, notice that there's a course menu. Your institution might customize this and you can too. For now though, we want to upload a file.

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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  1. 8m 1s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 12s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.1 versions and campus customizations
      2m 27s
  2. 24m 42s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 10s
    3. Creating announcements
      3m 41s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 59s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 9s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      2m 52s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 42s
  3. 22m 43s
    1. Navigating Blackboard
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing Blackboard
      3m 29s
    3. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 21s
    5. Toggling the edit mode
      1m 35s
    6. Hiding and unhiding the course menu
      1m 36s
    7. Touring course management
      4m 53s
  4. 22m 7s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 54s
    2. Adding new menu items
      4m 36s
    3. Managing tools
      2m 31s
    4. Using course themes
      2m 57s
    5. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      7m 9s
  5. 11m 51s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 2s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      5m 10s
    3. The pitfalls of unenrolling
      2m 39s
  6. 56m 30s
    1. Organizing content into folders or structures
      4m 34s
    2. Attaching files
      9m 29s
    3. Using the content editor
      5m 31s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      7m 49s
    5. Recording webcam videos with Video Everywhere
      7m 47s
    6. Linking to an external web resource
      5m 22s
    7. Linking to an internal course file
      3m 0s
    8. Making content available to students
      5m 39s
    9. Copying and moving content
      7m 19s
  7. 25m 43s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      3m 52s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      2m 17s
    3. Changing the default letter-grading schema
      5m 29s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 41s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 5s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 19s
  8. 39m 26s
    1. Color coding the Grade Center
      3m 54s
    2. Adding columns to the Grade Center
      2m 54s
    3. Managing columns in the Grade Center
      4m 57s
    4. Creating grading periods
      5m 54s
    5. Creating categories
      3m 32s
    6. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      5m 26s
    7. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      3m 38s
    8. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      4m 12s
    9. Uploading student grades
      1m 22s
    10. Changing grades
      3m 37s
  9. 18m 46s
    1. Creating assignments
      8m 23s
    2. Downloading assignments
      3m 43s
    3. Inline grading
      6m 40s
  10. 49m 18s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      2m 51s
    2. Creating an empty test
      4m 0s
    3. Choosing the question settings
      5m 55s
    4. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 0s
    5. Creating true/false questions
      4m 4s
    6. Creating essay or short answer questions
      5m 11s
    7. Creating fill-in-the-blank questions
      7m 23s
    8. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      6m 19s
    9. Reusing questions
      5m 35s
  11. 36m 54s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      10m 27s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      5m 47s
    3. Creating mobile compatible tests
      5m 43s
    4. Viewing the student results and question item analysis
      5m 58s
    5. Regrading tests
      4m 2s
    6. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      4m 57s
  12. 18m 3s
    1. Sending emails
      5m 50s
    2. Creating announcements
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      7m 52s
  13. 24m 5s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      9m 23s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      7m 18s
    3. Moderating forums
      2m 40s
    4. Rating posts
      1m 57s
    5. Grading discussions
      2m 47s
  14. 13m 34s
    1. Creating groups
      9m 15s
    2. Creating group assignments and assigning grades
      4m 19s
  15. 8m 17s
    1. Using Blackboard Mobile Learn
      6m 53s
    2. Next steps
      1m 24s

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