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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.
In this title we're going to be using a version of Blackboard that may look a little different than what you're used to seeing at your institution. In fact, we're running Blackboard 9.1. That's been available since March 2010, and we're actually running a version of the call Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 5 that's been available since late April 2011. Your institution may be running an older version, and that's perfectly fine. I'll make sure to point out what is new or different. With relatively few exceptions, so long as your school is running some version of Blackboard 9.1, you should be able to do almost anything you see in these movies.
Your institution's help desk can tell you what version of Blackboard they're running. What exactly is different between what you see now and what your institution has running on their Blackboard? Well, institutions have the ability to completely customize Blackboard. The first thing you're going to notice that's probably different is that the Login screen is different at your institution than what you see here. We're using the default color scheme and layout, but campuses have the ability to completely customize this page. Your campus's Login page may not look anything like this. That's perfectly fine.
Once you get into Blackboard, you're going to notice probably a completely different color scheme. Your institution has the ability to change the logo, the color, the layout, even the modules, these little boxes. They have the ability to add and remove those. So it's going to look a little different that way, and once you get into the courses, the courses themselves might look a little different as well, because your institution might have a different landing page, or a starting page. They might have different menu items, but that's perfectly fine. Just because what you see in these movies doesn't exactly match what you see on your institution's Blackboard site, don't let that throw you.
For the most part, Blackboard is Blackboard. As I said, with relatively few exceptions, so long as your school is running some version of Blackboard 9.1, you'll be able to do almost anything you see in these movies.
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