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Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs

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Video: Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs

Now that you're familiar with Blackboard's layout--the tabs and the modules--the next step is for you to become familiar with your course layout. So let's access a course. Under My Courses, I'm going to click on this course that I'm teaching. It's going to open up the page. The first thing I want you to notice is that at the very top of the screen, that sort of red bar, that sort of stays the same as what we've seen earlier. Now, the one thing I want you to notice here, down the left-hand side you've got this course menu. This course menu is actually one of the most powerful tools, and we'll spend a lot of time talking about this.

Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs

Now that you're familiar with Blackboard's layout--the tabs and the modules--the next step is for you to become familiar with your course layout. So let's access a course. Under My Courses, I'm going to click on this course that I'm teaching. It's going to open up the page. The first thing I want you to notice is that at the very top of the screen, that sort of red bar, that sort of stays the same as what we've seen earlier. Now, the one thing I want you to notice here, down the left-hand side you've got this course menu. This course menu is actually one of the most powerful tools, and we'll spend a lot of time talking about this.

The big thing to remember here is that it's completely customizable. We'll talk about that next chapter. But this is what the students click on to access your course content, and for the most part, this is what you click on to add content, unlike earlier versions of Blackboard where you had to go to a control panel to add content. In Blackboard 9 and 9.1, to add information or content, click on where you want to put it. So if I actually want to add content to the course, I am going to click on Content and then add the content there.

One other thing to notice about this course menu is there are boxes here to the right where it says Information and Content and if I hold my mouse over it, it says, "This link has no content," just to make sure that students aren't seeing content areas that are empty. As long as an area is empty, Blackboard automatically hides it from the students. However, once you add content to one of these areas, Blackboard will automatically make it available to the students. So empty items are automatically hidden from the students, and you can also manually hide menu items under Contents. We'll talk more about that at the beginning of the next chapter.

One thing I want to show you at the very top of the course menu. You've got different views. By default, we're in a list view, but to the right of it there is a button and if I click on it, it opens up a folder view. This folder view will actually allow me to expand or collapse a tree structure and show me all the files that are within my course site at once. I can also click on this little button here, which is Display Course menu in a Window, and it opens it up in a pop-up menu, and I can get in the information that way. I usually spend most of my time in the list view.

One other thing to point out-- let me click here on the Home Page. So we've got the navigation, this course menu on the left-hand side. This right-hand side where it says Home Page, that's sort of the content frame, and this is where the content goes. So if I click on Information, I've got an information content frame. If I click on Content, I've got a content frame. Let me click back on the homepage, and you might notice that in this case the course home is our default course entry page. Now your system administrator may change that, and in fact, you can change that.

We'll show you how to do that in the next chapter. There are some modules on this page. Some of them you've seen before, some of them are new. I am going to scroll down and actually see, there is a What's New module. What's New shows you submitted assignments, tasks, discussion board posts, and there is a button here I want to point out. Anytime you're in Blackboard and you see a button with two downward-facing chevrons, that always means either edit or more--in this case more--and it shows me that I have the option to expand or collapse the list of the assignments, tasks, or discussion board posts that my students have turned in.

The other thing I want to point out is there is a To Do module here, and this one causes a lot of confusion. The To Do module is for students only. It will always be blank for instructors, because To Do only shows you what you need to do in order to earn a grade in the class, in other words, when you have to submit an assignment or take a test or post a discussion board post. In other words, the To Do list is always going to be blank for faculty members and instructors, simply because it only shows what you need to do to earn a grade in your course.

As an instructor, you don't have to do anything to earn a grade. You don't have to take a test or submit an assignment. Therefore, your To Do module is always, always going to be empty. I can also, on this page, because these are modules, I can move the modules around, just like I could on the My Institution tab. I can add a course module. I can actually change the custom color on the page, the color palette. This works just like the My Institution tab. I also want to show you that I've got something here. I've got the name of my course, and it shows me that I'm on the course home- page, and this is called the breadcrumb trail.

The breadcrumb trails, as you navigate deeper into your Blackboard course, Blackboard is going to show you where you are in your site with this breadcrumb trail. And you can click on the links in this breadcrumb trail to bounce up the chain. Or in this case, if I click on the name of the course on the far left-hand side of this breadcrumb trail, it takes me back to whatever my default course entry page is, in this case the homepage. We're going to talk about the Edit Mode switch in the next movie.

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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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