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Create Your Own Blackboard Open Content

There is a variety of content you can create through Blackboard Open Content, which can then be posted to your Edline class page. The Blackboard Open Content online help does detail how to create each type of content, so please review any details of individual types of content. This section briefly describes how to add the information, post the content to Edline, and set any additional configurations to be used in your Edline classes.

How to Create Content in Blackboard Open Content for Your Edline Class Pages

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Creating & Publishing Blackboard Open Content

This section steps you through the basic instructions for adding content, publishing the information, and setting any additional configuration for the content to appear in Edline.

  1. Select Go to Blackboard Open Content from the My Edline menu while on your class page.

    --OR--

    Select Blackboard Open Content Content from the Add Item Pallet.

  2. Click Create from the Dashboard.
  3. Select the type of content to create.
    • Page — You can create your own page using Blackboard Open Content and publish the information to Edline. A Page is similar to creating a Document in your Edline website. 
    • File You can upload a file for your page using Blackboard Open Content and publish the information to Edline. You can also upload a file directly using Edline. 
    • Link — You can create a link to another website using Blackboard Open Content and publish the link to Edline. You can also create links directly using your Edline class website.
    • Collections — You can create a collection (an organized group of content using folders) with Blackboard Open Content. 
    • Quizzes — You can create quizzes using Blackboard Open Content and publish the information to your Edline class page.
    • Assignments — You can create online homework drop-box using xpLor and publish the information to your Edline class page. 
    • Discussions — You can create discussions using Blackboard Open Content and publish the information to Edline, or you create an Edline discussion directly in your class page. 
    • Importing Common Cartridge — You can create content by importing existing information from the Common Cartridge format. Importing Common Cartridge is a quick way to create quizzes and online assignments.
  4. After you are finished creating the content, you can set the copyright, sharing features, metadata, and any standards.
  5. Click Publish for the Publish Resource page.
  6. In the Add this Resource to the Following area, select the Edline classes and folder for the published information.

    The Courses list will display all your class pages. Select all the classes you want to add the information to.

    Select where on the class pages to publish the information from the list in the Section/Topic/Folder box. For example, you can choose the Assignments folder. This folder will default to the location in Edline where you launched Blackboard Open Content.

    When you publish content from Blackboard Open Content to your Edline class page, the content is automatically available to your students. You can restrict the content if you are not ready for students to access the information by changing the visibility settings in your Edline class page.

  7. Click Finish and View. The content must be published before you can set any additional commenting or assignment options.
  8. Click the Activity Settings File:en-us/Edline/030_Teacher/050_My_Class_Page_Content/130_xpLor_Content_in_Edline/070_Create_Your_Own_xpLor_Content/cf-activity-settings.jpg icon to set the full discussion or assignment options. You can determine if the assignment will be graded, and can determine who can read discussion posts, whether or not the posts should be approved, or if quiz or assignment questions and answers should be randomized.

    Any discussions, quizzes, or online assignments created in Blackboard Open Content will be set with the options configured in the Activity Setting page. There will be no additional commenting or grading configurations to be set within Edline.

  9. Check User custom settings to view and set the different options available for the content. Select the options you want to apply to your content. To learn more, see the Blackboard Open Content online help.
  10. Select the classes to apply the settings to, and click Apply.
  11. Click Close when finished.

From within Edline, you can add the content to your class calendar. To learn more, see Post Blackboard Open Content items to Your Edline Class.

How to Create Collections

Collections are an organized group of resources that may consist of an entire course or a smaller unit with content, quizzes, and other resources created in Blackboard Open Content. For example, you can have a collection for the fifth grade science course, an entire unit on photosynthesis, or break-up your text book chapters into collections with supporting videos, assignments, and quizzes. This section briefly steps you through creating a collection in Blackboard Open Content.

When updating a collection in Blackboard Open Content, some of the changes will not be updated in your class page. For example, changes to the title of your collection and any titles of the content will not be updated in your class page, however, the links in your class page will still open the appropriate content in Blackboard Open Content. If you add any more content to a collection in Blackboard Open Content it will NOT be added automatically to your Edline class page. You will need to create a link to the new information.

  1. From your class page in Edline, create a folder for the collection content.

    To learn more, see Add a Folder.

  2. Access Blackboard Open Content and create the collection:
    • After creating the folder, click the Add Item icon and select Blackboard Open Content from the Add Item Pallet.
    • Click Create from the Blackboard Open Content Dashboard to access the Create page.
    • Click Collection to begin creating your content.
  3. Set the collection details:
    • Type the name of the collection in the Title box.
    • Type a summary about the collection in the Description box.
    • Add a Logo Image for the collection.
    • Click Save.
  4. Search for or add content to your collection. You can create or search for assignments, quizzes, lectures, whatever content you need.
  5. Save the content to the collection:
    • Click Add, and select Add to Collection.
    • Select the content and click Add.
  6. Access the Collection Editor page and save the collection to your class page in Edline:
    • Click Add, and select Add to Course.
    • Select the folder you created on your Edline class page from the Section/Topic/Folder box.
    • Click Add to save the collection to your class page.

How to Create Quizzes in Blackboard Open Content

The quizzed create in Blackboard Open Content can be automatically synched to your Edline gradebook if your school used GradeQuick Web or My Gradebooks. This section briefly steps you through creating a quiz in Blackboard Open Content. Click Quiz from the Create page to begin creating your content.

  1. On the Quiz Editor page, type the Title for the quiz.
  2. Type the Student Instructions.
  3. Select either Assessment for graded quizzes or Practice Exercise for practices quizzes from the Activity Type box.
  4. Select Use Custom Settings to set your Quiz Options:
    • You can determine whether students can completely review a finished quiz, see the grade only, or not allow students access to the quiz from the Review Mode box.
    • Set the date for the quiz in the Beginning and Ending boxes. You will still need to set the calendar dates in Edline.
    • Set the limits for students, scramble the answers or questions, and whether or not students can create comments.
  5. Select the type of question to add by clicking on of the following buttons:
    • Essay/Short Answer — Enter the question and the answer, and determine whether the student should answer in a single line box, or as HTML content.

      Tip: For each question type, you can set the Grading options for extra credit; the Feedback options if you want to inform students what questions are correct or wrong; and the Organize options which allow you to set different standards or assign different grade-levels per question.

    • Fill in the Blank — Type your question, and wherever you want the answer to be, move your cursor to that spot click the Answer Box button. The box will be added where you need it. Type the correct answer in the box. Determine if answer boxes should be displayed at the end of a question, or whether or not the order of answers matter to the score.

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    • Multiple Choice — Type the question and the choices. Select the correct choice. You can add more than the four default choices, and determine whether or not multiple choices can be selected, and whether or not the choices should be scrambled.
    • True/False — Type the question and select the correct answer by marking True or False.

      After you create your quiz questions, you can update the number of points a student can earn on each question.

  6. Click Publish when you are finished creating the quiz.

    In the Add this Resource to the Following area, select the Edline classes and folder for the published information.

  7. The Courses list will display all your class pages. Select all the classes you want to add the information to.

    Select where on the class pages to publish the information from the drop-down list in the Section/Topic/Folder box. For example, you can choose the Assignments folder. This folder will default to the location in Edline where you launched Blackboard Open Content.

    When you publish content from Blackboard Open Content to your Edline class page, the content is automatically available to your students. You can restrict the content if you are not ready for students to access the information by changing the visibility settings in your Edline class page.

  8. Click Finish when done.
  9. To synchronize the grades from the online quiz to your Edline gradebook, complete these steps through your class page:
    • Click on the Blackboard Open Content icon of the quiz to access the Modify Blackboard Open Content Resource page in Edline.
    • Select Yes in the Sync with gradebook box to synchronize the grade on the assignment to the gradebook. Setting this option to Yes will cause the grade for any submitted document to be entered into the gradebook when the gradebooks are opened. The column will be created automatically before any grades are uploaded and it will be locked, so the teacher will not be able to manually alter grades in the gradebook for this item.
    • If the teacher needs to enter a grade manually, such as when a student is exempted or a grade is adjusted, change Sync with gradebook to No. Once the sync function is turned off, the column is unlocked and the teacher may alter grades or enter codes. It is advisable not to turn the sync function back on.
    • Click Save and Return when finished.

    Teachers, Blackboard Open Content bases all assignments, tests, and quizzes at 100 points. So if you normally setup an assignment in your Edline gradebook to be worth only 10 points, Blackboard Open Content will change this value to 100.

Randomize Questions for Quizzes in Blackboard Open Content

Many teachers request the ability to change the order of both the questions, and for multiple choice questions, the answers. The Quiz Options does include two choices allowing you to randomize the questions and answers.

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  1. Select Use Custom Settings to access the Quiz Options.
  2. Select Scramble Question Order to randomize the quiz questions.
  3. Select Scramble Choices to randomize the quiz answers.

How to Create Assignments in Blackboard Open Content

You can create an online assignment drop-box using Blackboard Open Content. This section briefly steps you through creating the drop-box.

Some of the steps for drop-boxes require you to access the assignment through your class page to re-enter Blackboard Open Content.

Teachers, Blackboard Open Content bases all assignments, tests, and quizzes at 100 points. So if you normally setup an assignment in your Edline gradebook to be worth only 10 points, Blackboard Open Content will change this value to 100.

  1. Click Assignment from the Create page to begin creating your content:
    • Add the Title for the drop-box.
    • Type the Instructions for your students.
    • Click Publish when ready to publish the drop-box.
  2. In the Add this Resource to the Following area, select the Edline classes and folder for the published information. The Courses drop-down list will display all your class pages. Select all the classes you want to add the information to.

    Select where on the class pages to publish the information from the drop-down list in the Section/Topic/Folder box. For example, you can choose the Assignments folder. This folder will default to the location in Edline where you launched Blackboard Open Content.

    When you publish content from Blackboard Open Content to your Edline class page, the content is automatically available to your students. You can restrict the content if you are not ready for students to access the information by changing the visibility settings in your Edline class page.

  3. Click Finish when done.
  4. From the Edline breadcrumbs, click on the location of the new assignment drop-box.
  5. Click on the assignment to re-launch Blackboard Open Content.
  6. Click the Activity Settings cf-activity-settings.jpg icon to access the drop-box options.
  7. Select the User custom settings option to view and set the different options available for the content. Select the options you want to apply to your content.
  8. Select the classes to apply the settings to, and click Apply.
  9. Click Close when finished.
  10. To synchronize the grades from the assignment to your Edline gradebook, complete these steps through your class page:
    • Click on the Blackboard Open Content icon next to the name of the assignment to access the Modify Blackboard Open Content Resource page in Edline.

      Teachers, Blackboard Open Content bases all assignments, tests, and quizzes at 100 points. So if you normally setup an assignment in your Edline gradebook to be worth only 10 points, Blackboard Open Content will change this value to 100.

    • Select Yes in the Sync with gradebook box to synchronize the grade on the assignment to the gradebook. Setting this option to Yes will cause the grade for any submitted document to be entered into the gradebook when the gradebooks are opened. The column will be created automatically before any grades are uploaded and it will be locked, so the teacher will not be able to manually alter grades in the gradebook for this item.
    • If the teacher needs to enter a grade manually, such as when a student is exempted or a grade is adjusted, change Sync with gradebook to No. Once the sync function is turned off, the column is unlocked and the teacher may alter grades or enter codes. It is advisable not to turn the sync function back on.
    • Click Save and Return when finished.

How to Create Discussions in Blackboard Open Content

You can create an online discussion using Blackboard Open Content. This section briefly steps you through creating the discussion. 

Some of the steps for discussions require you to access the discussion through your class page to re-enter Blackboard Open Content.

You can also create a discussion directly on your Edline class webpage.

  1. Click Discussion from the Create page to begin creating your content.
  2. Add the Title for the discussion.
  3. Type the Instructions for your students.
  4. Click Publish when ready to publish the drop-box.
  5. In the Add this Resource to the Following area, select the Edline classes and folder for the published information. The Courses list will display all your class pages. Select all the classes you want to add the information to.

    Select where on the class pages to publish the information from the list in the Section/Topic/Folder box. For example, you can choose the Assignments folder. This folder will default to the location in Edline where you launched Blackboard Open Content.

When you publish content from Blackboard Open Content to your Edline class page, the content is automatically available to your students. You can restrict the content if you are not ready for students to access the information by changing the visibility settings in your Edline class page.

  1. Click Finish when done.

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  2. From the Edline breadcrumbs, click on the location of the new discussion.
  3. Click on the hyperlinked name of the discussion to re-launch Blackboard Open Content.
  4. Click the Activity Settings File:en-us/Edline/030_Teacher/050_My_Class_Page_Content/130_xpLor_Content_in_Edline/070_Create_Your_Own_xpLor_Content/cf-activity-settings.jpg icon to access the discussion options.

    The discussion grades are not synced to the Edline gradebook. You will need to manually add the discussion as an assignment and all grades.

  5. Select the User custom settings option to view and set the different options available for the content. Select the options you want to apply to your content.
  6. Check the classes to apply the settings to, and click Apply.
  7. Click Close when finished.

Using the About Section

The About area available on any content you create or use in Blackboard Open Content and allows you to update any sharing or copyright policies you want. You can also set the data to allow the content to be easily found in searches — set the grade level, any search tags, and the standards covered by the content.

The About area will be set with the defaults you set in My Blackboard Open Content Settings feature. Type a description about the content in the Short Description box. This information will help other teachers to find this content.

Depending on how your district/school administrator configured the Blackboard Open Content data for your school, you may not have access to change all these fields.

Sharing/Restricting Your Blackboard Open Content

Many teachers leave the default settings for the Copyright and Sharing details. To update your content's copyright information, click Edit in the Copyright box. Most schools leave the copyright information to the default.

  • To update who can access your content, click Edit in the Sharing field. You can restrict the information to only members of your school, or to a specific teacher, or to a specific channel. You can also set the information to not being accessed by anyone.
  • Determine whether or not you want other teachers to add tags, grade-levels, or standards to your content.
  • Determine whether or not you want other teachers to add the content to different channels.
  • To include your content to a channel that you subscribe to or that you manage, select the channel from the list in the Channel box.

Setting Grade Levels, Metadata, and Standards for Content in Blackboard Open Content

Applying specific categories to your content will make it easier for other teachers to find your materials.

  • Select the Grade-Levels for your content from the list.
  • Type the different tagging categories to add to you content in the Tags box.

    For example, you can enter Math, Algebra, Pythagorean Thorium in the tag so when a teacher searches by those words, the content will be found.

  • Select any core or state Standards that are filled by the content you created.

How to Create Your Own Channel

You can create your own channel to group content that you want to share with others in your field of study. You might want to create a channel for all the science teachers in your school, or you might want to have a channel for any science teacher on a global basis. 

Channels cannot be added to your Edline class page, but the content available in a channel can.

  1. Click Create under the Channels section from the Blackboard Open Content Dashboard.
  2. Type the Title of the channel.
  3. Type the details about the channel in the Description box.
  4. Add a Logo Image for the channel.
  5. Update who can access the channel in the Sharing area.
  6. Determine whether other teachers can contribute content or only view content.
  7. Enter your contact information — name, email, and phone number.
  8. Select the Grade Level for your channel.
  9. Add any Tags to include in your channel for searching capabilities.
  10. Click Save when finished.

After you create a channel, you can add any content to it.