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Accessing your course and uploading files


Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

Video: Accessing your course and uploading files

Accessing your course and uploading files provides you with in-depth training on Education + Elearning. Taught by Patrick Crispen as part of the Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 8s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 24s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 15s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 54s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 50s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 27s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 18s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 1s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 56s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Accessing your course and uploading files
Video Duration: 5m 40s6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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Accessing your course and uploading files provides you with in-depth training on Education + Elearning. Taught by Patrick Crispen as part of the Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Education + Elearning
Patrick Crispen

Accessing your course and uploading files

Once you log in to Blackboard, the next step is to access your course and upload files. Now, the version of Blackboard that we are using right now might look a little different than what you're used to at your institution, and we've got different colors, a different logo. Our tabs are over on the left-hand side. Your campus might have the tabs in the middle, or the right-hand side. That's perfectly fine. What you want to do is you want to look for the main tab, the first tab that opens when you log in to Blackboard--in this case it's called My Institution. Some other campuses call it the Home tab. You want to be in the main tab.

And on that tab you are going to see these boxes, these modules. There's Tools, My Announcements, My Calendar, My Courses, My Organizations. You want to look for a box called My Courses. My Courses, it's going to show you a list of all the courses in which you are enrolled as an instructor, a teaching assistant, a course builder, a course grader, or a student. Now if you don't see the course that you are teaching right now--it just doesn't show up in My Courses-- contact your helpdesk immediately. They can help you figure out where that course went.

But we've found the course that I am want to get into, which is my Educational Technology course. To access a course, under My Courses, click on the hyperlink for that course. This opens up the course homepage. Now, this page also might take a few seconds to load. What ends up happening is you have a little bit of JavaScript running, and some campuses actually have a different homepage. You might land in an announcements page or a content page. That's perfectly fine. Over on the left-hand side, you are going to see a course menu. Again, the course menu might look different at your institution, and you can customize this later-- we'll talk about that.

But for now, we want to upload a file. So what you want to do is find one of the content areas in your course menu into which you can upload the file, usually called Content, some campuses call it Course Document. In this case we've got something called Content. Now, in older versions of Blackboard, you'd actually have to upload files by going to the Control panel. In Blackboard 9, what you do is you click on where you want to go. So if I want to add content, I click on Content. This opens up the Content folder. There's a button bar across the top of the page, and if you're running Blackboard 9, not 9.1 but 9, you are going to see the first button that says Create Item.

You want to click on that. We are in 9.1, so we want to click on Build Content > Item. It's going to ask us to type in a name for what we are going to upload. This is required. That's what that star stands for. So I am just going to call it the Cognitive Art, which is a PowerPoint presentation I am going to give to my students. I can, in this textbox--and this is optional--type instructions for my students like, "Please review prior to class." That's completely optional. Again, I've got formatting commands there if I want to go a little further.

I am just going to scroll down, and now I need to find the file that I want to upload to Blackboard. And you are going to know this that this is an awful lot like uploading a file or attaching a file to an email message. We are going to Browse My Computer, and on my Desktop I've got a folder called Exercise Files. I am going to double-click on that. I am going to take the PowerPoint presentation and click on open, and there it is. Now, if I wanted to, I can go and keep adding more files. I click on Browse My Computer and Upload Files.

This is kind of the old-fashioned way to upload files. We'll show you a newer way a little later on. Remember that when you get to this page, the Name is absolutely required. You are going to go and, in the attachments, browse your computer, look for the file or files, that you want to upload. Make sure that file names follow Internet rules. In other words, if you have a Mac, make sure that you add the file extensions like a .DOC for a Microsoft Word document, .PDF for an Adobe Acrobat file, and make sure that you don't have any special characters in it.

Also, please be aware, some campuses limit the size of files that you can upload to Blackboard. This keeps you from uploading very, very large videos. As long as it's a small PowerPoint presentation or Microsoft Word document, that's fine. If you run into a file size limitation, you'll know it when you upload it, and you need to talk to your helpdesk to find a better way to break this file into a smaller chunk, or find another place to store it. So in this case we've got this presentation, the Cognitive Art PowerPoint. I am going to ignore the options. We'll get to that in a later movie, and just click on Submit.

Now this might take a few seconds because what it's doing is it's copying this file from My Computer and putting it onto Blackboard. And guess what? We're done. We've now uploaded a file from my computer to Blackboard. So let's go through this one more time really, really quickly. I'll show you how to do it. What you do is click on the My Institution tab, or the Home tab, whatever the main tab is. Look for the course that you are teaching, click on the name of the course, click on the content area somewhere on the left-hand side--could be course document, could be content.

If you have Blackboard 9, what you are going to do is click on Create > Item. Blackboard 9.1, you are going to click on Build Content > Item. You're going to have to type in a name. The name is absolutely required, so I'll type this as number Two. The text box here is completely optional, just extra information for your students. Scroll down, browse your computer. In this case, I will take my descriptive_statistics and then click on Submit. That submits the file up to Blackboard.

To see what this looks like from a student point of view, click the Edit mode switch in the top right-hand corner. That puts you into Student mode, and you can see exactly what your course looks like from a student's point of view, for the most part.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/09/2012. What changed?
A: This update adds 7 new movies in the "What's New in Blackboard 9.x SP8 and SP9," on topics such as course themes, new and improved assessments, and other new features found in service packs 8 and 9.
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