Starting the Semester
Keep in Mind
The following are some things to keep in mind when using Blackboard Learn:
- Your school may disable certain tools within the application. If you encounter tools that you are unable to access, contact your school.
- The openness of Blackboard Learn allows Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> instructorsA user who is developing, teaching, or facilitating a class. The information and tasks directed at this audience require access to a course's Control Panel in Blackboard Learn. <end definition>., leaders, and administrators the option to customize the interface. The names for some items in Blackboard Learn may differ from those that you see in the documentation.
- Building Blocks allow your school to integrate external applications, tools, content, and services into Blackboard Learn. Building Blocks are integrated in such a way that they appear in the interface like any other tool you can use.
For information about supported web browsers and operating systems, see Browser Support.
Contact your school's computing help desk for information on which version of Blackboard Learn your school is using, as compatibility varies by version.
Blackboard Mobile Learn can be used on a variety of mobile devices, including BlackBerry®, Android™, and iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Contact your school's computing help desk for information on whether your school has made Blackboard Mobile Learn available.
Learning Your Way Around
Page header: The area at the top of the screen that contains the tabs, access to My Blackboard, and the link for Logout.
Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. If your school licenses Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>community engagementIf your school licenses community engagement, your school can build vibrant online communities. These capabilities foster online communities and build greater connections between teachers and students both during and after class. If you are an administrator, the capabilities available on your system are listed in the upper-right corner of the Administrator Panel after Products. If your school has licensed community engagement, "Community Engagement" will be listed. If you are an instructor or a student, you will have a Community tab. <end definition>., the My Institution tab, Community tab, and Services tab are available. In addition, community engagement enables your school to create custom tabs. The Blackboard administrator at your school can rename the tabs. To learn more, see My Institution Tab.
Course-to-Course Navigation: Use the course-to-course navigation feature to access all courses you are enrolled in. Click the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>Action LinkClick the Action Link icon to access the contextual menu containing options for many components in Blackboard Learn, such as content items, Course Menu links, or Grade Center columns. The options in the contextual menu vary depending on the component. <end definition>. next to the course title and select another course from the contextual menu. For example, if you are viewing the Discussion Board in one course and select another course from the contextual menu, you are taken to that course's Discussion Board. In addition, breadcrumbs track the most recently visited pages within a course.
Course Menu: The panel on the left side of the interface contains links to all course content, such as Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>Content AreasA top-level container that contains links to content an instructor has added to the course, such as lecture notes, assignments, and tests. Content areas appear as links on the course menu. <end definition>., individual tools, web links, course links, and module pages. To learn more, see Course Menu.
More About the Page Header
The Blackboard Learn user interface is made up of components that allow you to easily navigate, enter data, edit items, and change options within Blackboard Learn. After logging into Blackboard, you will "land" on the My Institution page. Pages and the tabs that you access can be renamed by your school. Tabs that are visible depend on what capabilities your school has licensed.
If your school licenses community engagement and you are a member of a club or organization, that club has the capability to create their own tab for club business within Blackboard Learn.
The page header always contains the tabs and the Global Navigation. Notice that even within a course, the page header remains the same.
Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab, and the Courses tab. If your school licenses community engagement, the My Institution tab, Community tab, and Services tab are available. In addition, community engagement enables your school to create custom tabs and present different tabs to users based on Institution Roles.
Global Navigation and My Blackboard: The Global Navigation provides users with quick and easy navigation to a variety of places within Blackboard Learn. Tasks available from the Global Navigation include changing your password and editing personal settings. To learn more, see About My Blackboard.
Logout: You can use Logout to exit from Blackboard Learn.
Printing Course Content
Because Blackboard Learn is web-based, printing is handled through your web browser, or, if the content is an attached file such as a Microsoft® Word document, through that program.
Most browsers have a "Help" option explaining more about printing.
If you need assistance printing course content, contact your school'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 determine how many forums appear on the main Discussion Board page.
The default is 25 items per page and the maximum number of items is 1,000 per page. Clicking Show All displays all items and causes the other controls to disappear. For performance, the items per page should not be greatly expanded.
Use the following steps to edit the paging options.
- Click Edit Paging.
- Type a number in the Items per page text box. If the number is greater than the total number of items, then all items appear. If the number is less than one, then one item appears.