Courses vary in design depending on the instructor and the institution, but some common elements exist.
Student View of the Course Environment
- Page header: The area at the top of the screen that contains the tabs, your avatar, access to the global navigation menu and My Blackboard, and Logout. The page header elements remain the same regardless of where you are in Blackboard Learn.
- Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. To learn more, see My Institution Tab and Courses Tab. Your institution can rename tabs.
If your institution licenses content management, a Content Collection tab is available. If your institution licenses community engagement, the Community and Services tabs are available.
- Course-to-course navigation: Use this feature to access all courses you are enrolled in. Access the contextual menu next to the house icon to go to another course. Next to the house icon, use the orientation bar to access previous pages you visited recently.
- Course menu: The access point for all course content. Instructors determine which links are available here.
- Content frame: The larger area of the screen next to the course menu that displays the selected content area, tool, module page, or material. Instructors choose the page that appears here when you enter a course.
- Action bar: The rows at the top of the content frame, containing page-level actions, such as Create Thread in the discussion board.
The course menu is the panel on the left side of the interface that contains links to all top-level course areas. Instructors can also provide links to the tools page, individual tools, websites, course items, and module pages. Instructors control the content and tools available on the course menu.
Instructors can customize the style of the course menu. They can change the color, add subheaders and dividers, and choose buttons or text for the links. These customizations create variations in the look and organization of your courses.
- For the course menu design, instructors can use text only or labeled buttons for the links.
- Open the course menu in a separate window. The detached menu always displays course materials as a directory tree. You can expand the view to show the hierarchy of course navigation and move the window wherever you want.
- Refresh your view.
- Expand or collapse the course menu frame by moving your mouse pointer near the border and clicking the arrow. When you collapse the course menu, you have more room to view content.
While inside one of your courses, you can conveniently access all of the courses you are enrolled in. Access the contextual menu next to the house icon. Click another course title. If the same page you are currently viewing in the course exists in the next course, that is where you will land. The most recently visited course is listed first.
For example, if you are viewing the announcements page in one course and click another course in the contextual menu, you are taken to that course's announcements page.
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Double-click the video to enlarge the viewing area.
By default, a link to a course's Home Page appears in the course menu, but your instructor or institution can change this. The Home Page contains modules with information about course events and notifications. The modules function similar to the modules on the My Institution tab. Use the links in modules to navigate to areas in your courses, and add, delete, and rearrange modules. To learn more, see Modules.
Your institution can rename modules and determine which are available.
Printing Course Content
Blackboard Learn is web-based, so printing is handled through your web browser in most cases. If the content is an attached file, such as a Microsoft® Word document, that program handles the printing.
Most browsers have a "Help" option explaining more about printing.
If you need assistance printing course content, contact your institution's computing help desk.
You can edit the paging options to specify how many items appear on a page in Blackboard Learn. For example, you can decide how many forums appear on the main discussion board page.
Show All displays all items and causes the Next Page and Previous Page controls to disappear. For best performance, do not use Show All with a very large number of items.
Use the following steps to edit the paging options:
- Click Edit Paging.
- Type a number in the Items per page box.
- Click Go.