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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.
On a select few Blackboard tabs and sub-tabs, and within your Blackboard 9 courses, you may see modules, little boxes that contain information. Your institution is going to set up a default set of modules, and where they are going to laid out on the page, but you may be able to personalize those modules, where they show up, what color they are, and so forth. To move a module, click and hold your mouse over the module's title bar and drag it to its new location and let go. For example, I want to take My Announcements, I want to move My Announcements to the right-hand column. Click and hold my mouse. Just drag it over.
Again, I'm just clicking on the title bar, moving it where I want to put it. I have the ability to move it anywhere on the page, so long as my institution has enabled this feature. I also have the ability to minimize this module, in other words, not close it but just kind of smush it down so I don't see all the contents. Far right-hand side in the module title I might see a Collapse My Announcements Module button, and that actually minimizes the module. The content is still there; it's just kind of smushed. If I want to see it again, I just click on that button again.
Some modules can be closed, for example My Calendar here. I might decide that I don't want to have that on my My Institution tab. Click on the X in the far right-hand corner of the module title. In this case, it's close My Calendar module. When I click on that it's going to pop up a message saying, you know you're about to remove that. It's going to be deleted. What that means is is it's going to be permanently removed from your tab until you go and add it back. So, yeah sure, there it is. It's gone. Your institution may also give you the option of adding your own modules, so you can customize this page.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you're on the correct tab or sub-tab. In this case I am on My Institution, not the Notifications Dashboard. And then I am going to click on Add Module. Again, your institution may have disabled the feature. That's perfectly fine, but if it's on, click on Add Module. What you are going to do now is choose the modules that you want to add to your page. In this case, I am going to add the calculator. Now, this screen may look a little different than what you'll see on your institution's version of Blackboard, but the concept is still the same.
Find the module that you want to use, or want to add-- in this case, I am going to add the calculator. If you're using an older version of Blackboard, you'll need to click the check box to left of the module and then click on Submit. And then, once you've added the module, you are going to back to the place where you added it. In this case, I am going to go back to My Institution tab. Now remember, we added this calculator to My Institution, not to Notifications Dashboard, and the calculator is right there. If I wanted to move the Calculate over to the right, I could; move the Calculator over to left. I can.
Absolutely there. So that's the good news. You can customize the look and feel of your Blackboard My Institution tab by moving, collapsing, closing, or adding modules, and this works on the Notifications Dashboard, and even on your Course homepage. Now for the bad news: your system administrator may need to reset your modules back to the default layout whenever there is a major system upgrade, or the administrator needs to add a new module in the same place on everyone's screen. Fortunately, if your layout gets reset, it's easy for you to change it back.
You can even change the color scheme, which we'll talk about in the next movie.
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