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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 see what your course looks like from a student point of view, access the course and then in the top right-hand corner, click the Edit mode switch off. To return to Instructor view, click the Edit mode switch back on. So, why would you want to do this? Well, one of the most common things that instructors wish they could do in Blackboard is to see what their courses look like from a student's point of view. The Edit mode switch in the top-right corner of your courses makes that possible, sort of.
When you click the Edit mode switch off you're in a fake student mode. You're not seeing it as a particular student, but rather is a generic fake student. What you see on your screen is almost exactly what your students see, with the exception of the Course Management links in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Notice, by the way, in our Course menu, the menu is different. The Information and Content sections, which are empty, are missing, because those were automatically hidden from students until content is placed in them. The other thing to remember is just as your students cannot make any changes to your course, when Edit Mode is off, you're logged out.
You can't make changes. However, click that Edit mode switch back on and all of Blackboard 9's instructor functions instantly become available to you. Then notice in the Course menu, Information and Content is back. And if you find that you cannot make changes in your course, make sure that the Edit mode switch is on.
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