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Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting

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Last chapter we focused on how to navigate your course site. This chapter we're going to show you how to customize your course site to make your course site yours. And the best place to start is with the Course menu. This is what your students click on to access your content, and for the most part, this is what you click on to add content. Unlike earlier versions of Blackboard, you don't go to the control panel to add content. To add Information, like say a syllabus, you'd probably click on Information. To add content like a PowerPoint presentation, probably click on Content.

Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting

Last chapter we focused on how to navigate your course site. This chapter we're going to show you how to customize your course site to make your course site yours. And the best place to start is with the Course menu. This is what your students click on to access your content, and for the most part, this is what you click on to add content. Unlike earlier versions of Blackboard, you don't go to the control panel to add content. To add Information, like say a syllabus, you'd probably click on Information. To add content like a PowerPoint presentation, probably click on Content.

Now the menu names may be different on your institution's version of Blackboard, but the concept is identical. How do you rename an item? For example, I've got Information here, and I might want to make the word Information be-- I don't know--Syllabus. To the right of the menu item's name, click the button with the two downward-facing chevrons. Remember, in Blackboard buttons with two downward-facing chevrons always mean either edit or more. In this case, we've got more. And we want to rename this, so I am going to click in Rename Link and type in a new name.

You want to type something short but descriptive. Don't get carried away. In this case, I'll just type Syllabus. And notice to the right, I've got two options. I can actually say, nope, I did it wrong and cancel it, or I can click on the green check box and it says Save. In this case, I click on Save. Now notice that it still says Information here. What I have to do is I have to reload the page. If I click on Syllabus, it now says Syllabus on the right-hand side. Now we've got these two items, Syllabus and Content. These are content areas that are empty.

By default, Blackboard hides empty content areas from the students. But if I were to go in and add content to it, these areas would be visible to the students. Some other tools are always going to be available, discussions groups, tools, help. I can actually show you that's true by turning Edit Mode off, and notice that I am now in Student Mode. Those tools show up. But what if I'm going to be doing a discussion and I decide that I don't want my students to actually get into discussions until week four of the course. Well, you can hide a menu and its contents from your students, but not from you-- you still have access to it.

What you want to do is, say I want to hide Discussions. I'm going to, to the right of the Discussions, click the button with the two downward-facing chevrons. I am going to choose Hide Link. Again, Hide Link doesn't delete it, all it does is it hides the students from being able to get into it until I'm ready to make it available. You can see that there is a new icon here saying hide link. This is different from hidden because it's empty. This is hidden because I say so. I don't want anybody to see this until I'm ready to turn it back on.

How do I turn it back on? Well, I just click on the button with the two downward-facing chevrons and click on Show Link. So we showed you how to rename a link. We showed you how to hide a link. Let's talk about deleting a menu item. To the right of a menu item that you want to delete--in this case I'm going to delete Syllabus. I am going to click on Syllabus, and I'm going to click on Delete. Now, a word of warning: there is no undo. If there is content in here, that's going to go away.

Well, technically these files are going to be in course files, but everything else you create in here is going to be gone, the links and other things like that. So when I click on this, anything that I've got that is in this folder and anything that points to this is going to be broken. Probably I want to be very careful in clicking on Delete. In this case it's empty. I don't have anything pointing to it. So I click on Delete. It's going to give you a message saying, 'You know, if you just want to make it unavailable, hide it. That's a better idea. Are you really sure you want to delete it?' Yeah, in this case I do. It's gone, and there it is.

So I've now removed my Syllabus, and we're back to the Course homepage. One point that I need to point out: don't delete the course entry page, in other words, the page you first see when you get into the course, usually Course home or homepage. You don't want to delete that yet. Later in this chapter, I'm going to show you how to change the first page users see when they access your course. Deleting the current course entry point without first setting a new entry point could cause the course not to work the way you think it should work.

So hold off on deleting the course entry point for now. Let's also talk about reorganizing our Course menu. To reorganize any item on the Course menu, click the up and down arrow to the left of the item. In this case, I want to have Tools above Groups. Click on Tools and just drag it to its new location, kind of a Web 2.0 interface here. Remember, this is your Course menu. Your institution has a default look and feel, but you can now customize this to your heart's desire. So that is how to rename, to hide, to delete, and reorganize the Course menu.

In our next movie, we'll show you how to add new items to your Course menu.

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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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