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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.
To hide courses from appearing on your My Courses list, click the flower icon in the right-hand side of the My Courses title bar and then uncheck both the Course Name in column one and the Announcements, column four, for the courses you no longer want to appear under My Courses. Let's slow down and show that again. You may have noticed that I've been cheating. My Courses list only has two current semester courses, and that's pretty, but it's not really realistic.
Let me log out and get into a more realistic account. This is a little more like what you're going to see, every course you've ever taught, going back to the Cretaceous period. This gets to be a little annoying and downright confusing. Which one of these is my current semester course? It gets a little frustrating. Well, it turns out you can customize to My Courses module so that it only displays the courses that you want to see. If you click the flower icon, you're going to see a list of all the courses in which you're enrolled, but I'm going to scroll down here and I'm going to choose only those courses that I want to show up.
So what I'll do is I'll uncheck the courses I want to hide. I am going to uncheck both the course name, column one, and the announcements for the courses I no longer want to show up. You're not deleting the courses. They will still be there for you on the Curses tab. And you're not hiding the courses from your students. You'll still need to go to Properties in your course's Course Management area to do that. You're just cleaning up your My Courses list. So in this case, let me uncheck just all my 2009 courses--that was so long ago-- and we'll get rid of all the check boxes, and then go to the top of the page or the bottom of the page.
There is a Submit button in the top-right or the bottom-right corner. In this case, I'll click on Submit, and all of my 2009 courses are gone. Now let me give you a tip from the early days of Blackboard 9. When you go into My Courses, it's actually a smart idea to uncheck everything. The reason for that is, in the early versions of Blackboard 9, if you unchecked just a few things, you ended up getting sort of a weird display in My Courses.
Now they've fixed that bug in later versions, but the idea actually makes sense to me, going through and just kind of flushing the deck, clearing everything out and then clicking on Submit, so you start with a blank My Courses list, and then going back and turning on only those courses you want. In this case, we'll turn on my Instructional Design and Educational Technology course. I am also going to have to turn on Announcements for that. That's the fourth column. You don't see a column header; you just kind of have to know it's the fourth column.
Scroll back up and click on Submit. Now, those other courses aren't gone. I'm still in those other courses. If I ever need to see them, I can click on the Courses tab at the top of any Blackboard page and there is that course list of all the courses that I'm teaching. All I did was I modified the My Courses list to just show me the courses that I wanted to see.
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