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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.
If you're like many instructors, you probably teach more than one Blackboard course each academic term, because of that you may find yourself performing the time-consuming task of bouncing from course to course throughout the term to do things like enter grades or upload new files. For example, let me get into the Grade Center of this first course. I'm going to scroll down, get into the Grade Center. Got Jayden Brown as my first student in this course and I can enter grades. In previous versions of Blackboard, if I wanted to go to the Grade Center of another course I'm teaching I would have to leave this course by clicking the My Institutional Courses tab, open the other course, and then manually navigate to where I need to be. That's lots of steps and lots of time.
This all changes in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 or later. SP8 and SP9 have what they call course to course navigation that let's you jump from one place in a course to that exact same place in another course. Let me show you what I mean. Depending upon the default theme your institution uses, the breadcrumb trail at the top of the page is going to show either the name of your course or just a house icon. To the right of that, click the Action button, the button with either one or two downward facing chevrons and you don't actually have to hold your mouse over to see this button, and choose the course you want to go to.
So I've got Jayden Brown in this first course, let me go to this second course, the 66 course. I'm now in the Grade Center of my 66 course, before the 3766. If I want to go to the Grade Center of my 67 course, there I'm in the Grade Center of my 67 course. I'll show you this again, go into Announcements, I'm in the Announcements in the 43765 section, I'm in the Announcements section of this other course. One another neat feature of SP8 and SP9 is at least in this default theme the breadcrumb trail specifically tells you if your course is available to students.
Remember, to make a course available, just go to Customization properties, set available, but the big new feature is that in SP8 and SP9 you can now jump from one place in the course to that exact same place in another course you've recently accessed by clicking the Action button in the breadcrumb trail, and then choosing the course you want to go to.
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