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Working with modules

From: Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

Video: Working with modules

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.

Working with modules

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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  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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