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Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs

From: Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

Video: Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs

When you log in to Blackboard, at the top of each page will be a series of tabs and sub-tabs. Now, your institution can customize these tabs, their locations. In this case, we have got our tabs on the left-hand side, but some institutions put them over on the right side. Some put them in the middle of the screen. They can also customize the colors. They can even customize the words that appear on the tabs. And depending on what options your institution is licensed, your institution can also create their own tabs, like say a tab for the Library or for Blackboard help.

Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs

When you log in to Blackboard, at the top of each page will be a series of tabs and sub-tabs. Now, your institution can customize these tabs, their locations. In this case, we have got our tabs on the left-hand side, but some institutions put them over on the right side. Some put them in the middle of the screen. They can also customize the colors. They can even customize the words that appear on the tabs. And depending on what options your institution is licensed, your institution can also create their own tabs, like say a tab for the Library or for Blackboard help.

In this case, we are going to focus on two main tabs here: there's My Institution and there's Courses. My Institution is a leftmost tab, regardless where the tabs are located on your screen, and it's usually the tab that opens by default when you log in to Blackboard. Some institutions choose not to call this My Institution. They may call it home or something like that. Or I might want to say of My State University. However, I probably don't want to do that if My State University has a mystateuniversity.edu web portal.

So we have got a tab here called My Institution, whatever it's called in your institution doesn't really matter. It's going to be the default home tab when you get into Blackboard and on this tab you're going to notice that there are some modules. These are boxes that contain common tools that you'll be using within your course. You will be using these and your students will be using them. So we've got the Tools panel, Common Tools. We've got My Announcements, My Calendar, My Courses--that shows you all the courses in which you are enrolled--and then My Organizations.

Your institution also has the ability to completely customize this. They can change where these modules appear. They can change the colors. They can also actually create their own modules. So your screen may look a little different than this, but that's okay. The other thing I want to show you is I have got a sub-tab here called Notifications Dashboard. Let me click on that. Some institutions leave this on; others turn it off. This is a sub-tab and it's available if your institution licenses the Blackboard Community System. There are four modules, or boxes, on this page that give you information.

Needs Attention tells you about assignments, tests, surveys that your students have submitted. Alerts really only works if you use Blackboard's Early Warning System. That's really a topic for a more advanced Blackboard title. What's New shows you submitted assignments, tests, discussion board posts. To Do is always going to be blank for instructors because there's nothing for you to do as an instructor to earn a grade in the class. To Do is these are things I have to do to earn a grade.

You aren't going to get a grade in this course, so there's never any assignment you have to turn in or submit, or homework that you have to turn in for a grade. You are the one who is doing the grading, so your To Do list is always going to be empty. So that's the My Institution tab. Let me show you another tab. There is something called Courses. Courses is pretty much only course information. There's a Course Search box. There's a list of courses you're teaching. Some institutions have a course catalog. This is very much like the My Institution tab without any of the extra modules.

It's only the things you need to know about courses. You'll notice here, by the way, I have one more tab. It's called Community. This is optional. Not every institution is going to have this, but if your institution licenses the Blackboard Community System this is a way for you to access non-course course sites, and that may sound a little confusing, but think like a Blackboard course, but not for an academic course, but rather for a committee or a club. This is actually a feature that your institution has to license from Blackboard to be able to make this available.

Let me go back to the My Institution tab. The other thing I want to show you--this is true throughout the system--is this top bar. This remains the same for most tabs, even when you're within your course, although there is a setting your institution could use to minimize this bar a little bit inside of your courses. And the top left-hand thing in the top bar is the logo and in fact, if you click on the logo or the name of your school, pretty likely it's going to take you back to the main page for your Blackboard login. Or once you are logged in, it'll actually take you to My Institution tab.

Next thing over is your name. Now, some institutions may show your name; some institutions do not. If you don't see your name here, that's not a big thing. It's perfectly fine if it's missing. Next thing over is My Places. If I click on My Places, it actually opens up a little pop-up window. My Places allows you to do a few things. For example, you can change the default text size or contrast settings for your browser and for what displays on your screen. Some campuses will allow you to edit your own personal information. Click on this and check. If you have questions about it, check with your institution's help desk. And it also shows you a list of all of your courses.

So not only are you going to be able to see your courses through My Courses or the Courses tab, it also shows up through My Places. The other thing we've got up here in this top bar is a Home tab, and it's just like clicking on the State University logo--it just takes you back to My Institution. Depends on how your institution is set up. Help is actually going to probably take you to your institution's help page for Blackboard. Or it will take you blackboard.com and their help pages. And then finally, Logout while actually log you out of the system.

So the big thing to remember is that when you log in to Blackboard at the top of each page will be a series of tabs and sub-tabs, and to return back to the Home tab from anywhere within Blackboard, you can click on the My Institution tab, you can click on the logo for your school, or you can click on Home.

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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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