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Blackboard has a built-in course calendar that lets you post information about course events, meeting times, assignment due dates, test times and the like. Like the Contact tool, it's kind of buried within your site. Let me get into our course and I can if I were a student, and notice I've got Edit mode off, I am going to click on Tools and I'll click on Course Calendar and this is what the Course Calendar looks like from a student's point of view. But as an instructor, I want to have an Edit mode on. I am actually going to scroll down and go into the Course Tools and click on Course Calendar.
Notice that the default view is a daily view, or I can view it by week, I can view it by month, even view it by year if I want to, and I have the ability to jump to a certain date. Let me go back to View Day though. So let's create a new course event. Let's actually remind the students about the test that's coming up on Thursday at 10 am. So it's going to ask me to type in the event name. This is required, and my tip, include the course name in the event title.
The reason why is the students are going to be able to see your event not only within your course calendar, but within Blackboard's master calendar as well. Unfortunately the master calendar doesn't tell you from which calendar this came. The students might see something saying test on Thursday, but they are not going to know from which course this is coming. So I can do EDUC 100 Test on Thursday. I can go down here and type something in the Event Description. In this case I am going to leave it blank.
I'm going to scroll down and click the Event Date. This is required. Remember the test is going to be on Thursday, so I am going to choose Thursday. I'm going to have an Event Start Time and End Time. Now the Event Start Time and End Time do have to be different. There's no way to create an event that starts at 10 am. and ends at 10 am. There has to be a difference between the two. There is also no such thing as an all day event, unless you wanted to go beginning of the day and end of the day.
So I have set the event time, I click on Submit, and nothing shows up. Well, the reason why is it's a Thursday event and it's Sunday. If I click on View Week you can see that it now shows up here on the calendar. The other thing is if I go into My Institution it shows up on My Calendar here. Remember that it doesn't actually add the name of your course on this big master calendar. That's the reason why I type the name of the course here.
So that's a quick look at the course calendar in a nutshell. Remember to get into the calendar, access your course, scroll down, click on Course Calendar and then click on Create Course Event. To go and edit an event you have already created, just like almost anything else you've done in Blackboard, click the button with the two downward facing chevrons to the right of the item and click Edit.
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