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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.
I'm here in the Week 2 folder, and I am going to do something we haven't done before: I am going to take an item and I am going to hide it from my students. I am going to make it so that not a single student in the course will be able to see the Descriptive Statistics. So let me click here and go to Edit. I am going to scroll down and down in the last part, where it says, "Permit users to view this content," it's set to Yes right now. That means the students can see it. But if I click it to No, I want you to see what happens. Well, nothing.
It's still there, but actually, no, it isn't. The availability now says the item is not available. I can still move it around. I can still, if I want to, move it back down to where it came from. I can click it. I can go and edit it again. But let me show you this from a student's point of view. If I turned Edit Mode off, I'm in Student Mode, and it's gone. The Descriptive Statistics does not show up, and will never show up.
So if you say Permit users to view this content, and you say No, that means that the item is available to you but is not available to the students. They will never ever see it. What you need to do to make sure that you haven't accidentally hidden files from your students that you really want them to see, every now and then turn Edit Mode off. Just make sure all the files are there. And if they are not, chances are it's because you've said Permit users to view this content to No for certain items.
You can tell because it says Availability, Item is not available. To make it available again, click the button with the two downward-facing chevrons--that's always meaning Edit. I am going to scroll down, and Permit users to view this content, click Yes and click Submit. And the file is now available to the students. I can prove that by clicking Edit Mode off, and there is the file again.
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