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Linking to an internal course file


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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

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To link from one part of your Blackboard course to an area, tool, or item that already exists within your Blackboard course, make sure Edit Mode is on, click the content area where you want to add the link--in this case I am going to go into Week 2--and then click Build Content, and at the very bottom, click Course Link. Let me explain what we are talking about here. I'm going to go back into Course Documents. You may remember in our Week 1 folder we've got a bunch of items, and I have got Week 1 Files. I have got the Theory into Practice hyperlink. I've got a JAWS_citylights.mp3.
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    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 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    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 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  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 28s
    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 19s
  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 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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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
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Linking to an internal course file

To link from one part of your Blackboard course to an area, tool, or item that already exists within your Blackboard course, make sure Edit Mode is on, click the content area where you want to add the link--in this case I am going to go into Week 2--and then click Build Content, and at the very bottom, click Course Link. Let me explain what we are talking about here. I'm going to go back into Course Documents. You may remember in our Week 1 folder we've got a bunch of items, and I have got Week 1 Files. I have got the Theory into Practice hyperlink. I've got a JAWS_citylights.mp3.

I want a link from my Week 2 folder back to my Week 1 Files. In other words, I want my students in my Week 2 folder to see a hyperlink. They are going to click on it, leave the Week 2 folder, and come into the Week 1 folder and see the Week 1 files. So, let's try that. I am going to go into the Course Documents--I am going to use the breadcrumb trail here--I am going to go into my empty Week 2 folder, I am going to click on Build Content, and at the very bottom, I am going to click on Course Link. By the way, this is not something that you will see under Create Item if you are using Blackboard 9; you have to be on Blackboard 9.1 to see this menu. Click Course Link.

And I am now going to browse for that item, and I am going to choose the Week 1 files in my Week 1 folder. And what I am doing now is I am in effect creating a hyperlink, but it's a hyperlink that's not taking me outside of my course, but to something else within my course. So the location here is going to be Course Documents/Week 1/Week 1 Files. I can scroll down. There's a description here. I can say, do I want my students to see this now? Yes. Or later? No.

Do I want to track the number of views? I always say Yes. I am going to click on Submit. And what I have now is a link from my Week 2 folder that when I click on, takes me to my Week 1 folder and that content there. It just keeps you from having to re-upload the files over and over again. So if you have content in one area of the course that you want to link to from another, all you need to do is go into the area where you want to add the link, click Build Content, and create a course link.

There are some problems with this. Problem number one, if you link to a tool or item that is no longer available at its original place--in other words, something that's hidden from the students-- it's not going to be visible here either. And you can't link from course to course. You can't have a student say, oh, I want to have it link from this course to another course. Blackboard is kind of a walled garden. You have to stay within your course. You can't go link to another course on the Blackboard course site. I do want to show you one other alternative.

There is a way besides doing these sort of internal hyperlinks that allows you to use content that you've already uploaded again and again in the course, without you having to upload it again and again in the course. So I am going to click on Build Content. I am going to create an item. I will come back and enter the name in a minute, even though it's required. And instead of browsing my computer for a file I am going to browse my course.

This is going to show you a list of files that you've already uploaded. You might actually see the same file over and over and over again because you've uploaded it multiple times. For example, in my Week 1 folder I uploaded the JAW_citylights three times. So I have got that file three times in my course site. But in this case, let's actually just link to the descriptive statistics file. So what I'm doing now is the file already exists in Blackboard. I don't have to upload it again.

It's there in what we are going to talk about a little later, called the Content Collection or Course Files, depending on what version of Blackboard you are running. So I can link to a particular file that already exists on my course site that I have already uploaded. I am going to click on Submit, and now I'll have to go up here and type in the name, which would be Descriptive, Descriptive Statistics, and I can scroll down. Again, I have got the ability here to track the number of views. I could go back up here, add some more information here in the text edit.

I can add a question. I can add a prompt. I can add extra instructions. I can attach other files from my computer or the course, but in this case we are just going to link to the descriptive_statistics excel spreadsheet. I am going to click on Submit, and now I've added a link to that file, and I didn't have to upload it because it's already there on Blackboard. Remember that once I've added this here, I can always move items up and down by clicking the up-and-down arrow on the left side of the item. And if I ever need to go back and edit anything, remember that if you see a button with downward- facing chevrons that means Edit or More. I am going to click on Edit, and I will be able to get this.

And finally, let me just show you what this looks like from a student's point of view. Turn Edit Mode off. I'm in the Student Mode, and this is what this link looks like from a student's point of view. If they click on this, they go back to the Week 1 folder. If they click on this, they will actually download the file. So Browse Course is actually a neat introduction to what we're going to be talking about in the Content Collection. So when we were here and we were, instead of browsing our computer, we were browsing our course.

In fact, this whole concept of browsing course files rather than browsing your computer is a great introduction to something called the Content Collection, or Course Files. We are going to talk about that in two movies, but first let's talk about making content available to students.

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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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