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Module Descriptions

The following table provides descriptions for modules and suggestions for implementing them for your institution.

Module Descriptions
Category: My Blackboard
Alerts This module displays notifications and warnings for courses that users are enrolled in. Notification Collection must be enabled. On the Administrator Panel, in the Tools and Utilities section, select Notifications to enable Notification Collection.
Bookmarks This module displays links identified by a user. A user can add a maximum of three links.
Content Collection: Bookmarks This module displays the bookmarks created by a user in Content Collection.
Content Collection: Interfolio Module This module links to the Interfolio Inc website.
Content Collection: My Content This module displays user My Content folders in Content Collection.
Content Collection: My Portfolios This module displays user portfolios.
Course List This module displays the course information for courses users are enrolled in. Edit the content to choose to show Course Name, Course ID, Instructors, Announcements, Tasks, and Calendar Events.
Courses: Quick View This module displays links to courses that users are enrolled in.
My Accounts This module contains all the tools necessary for users to manage their transaction accounts.
My Announcements This module generates announcements based on a user's role and enrollments.
My Courses This module displays links to the courses that users are enrolled in.
My Organizations This module displays information for organizations that users are enrolled in. Edit the module content to suit your institution. Edit the module description to match the content attributes selected.
My Outcomes Evaluations This module generates a list of submissions that are pending evaluation.
My Tasks This module displays tasks that are created by a user and instructors for the courses a user is enrolled in.
Needs Attention This module displays notifications for all of the items that need their attention for the courses they are enrolled in. Notification Collection must be enabled. On the Administrator Panel, in the Tools and Utilities section, select Notifications to enable Notification Collection.
Report Card This module displays a user's grades based on the courses they are enrolled in.
To Do This module generates a report of what is due and past due for courses a user is enrolled in.
Tools My Accounts This module displays links to course tools, such as Calendar and My Grades.
Tools My Institution This module displays links to course tools, such as Calendar and My Grades.
What's New This module displays notifications of what is new in a user's enrolled courses. Notification Collection must be enabled. On the Administrator Panel, in the Tools and Utilities section, select Notifications to enable Notification Collection.
Category: Campus Information
Accessibility This module displays information and access to resources on accessibility. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Alumni Affairs This module displays links to information regarding Alumni Affairs. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Arts and Culture This module displays links to information regarding arts and culture. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Athletics This module displays college athletic team information. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Campus Bookstore This module displays links to information regarding the Campus Bookstore. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
College Information This module displays key contact information for the institution. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Course Catalog This module displays the top-level categories of the course catalog and selected secondary categories. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Course Search This module displays a search tool that enables a user to search for courses created in the system.
Cultural Events This module contains information regarding cultural events. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
FAQ's This module displays answers to questions commonly asked by students and prospective students. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Featured Courses This module displays information about a featured course. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Honor Council This module displays a message from the Honor Council. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Human Resources This module displays Human Resources links and information. Edit module content to suit your institution.
Information Technology Services This module displays information and links for Information Technology Services. Edit module content to suit your institution.
Institution Discussion Boards This module displays links to institution discussion boards.
Library This module displays links to online library resources and library information. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Library Services This module displays library resource links and information. Edit module content to suit your institution.
Mobile Learning Update This module displays updates from Mobile Learn. The updates are on new devices and capabilities that allow users to access their courses, content and organizations from their smartphones and tablet computers.
Organization Catalog This module displays the top-level categories of the organization catalog and selected secondary categories. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Organization Search This module is a search tool that enables a user to search for organizations created in the system.
Parking This module displays links to information regarding parking. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Policies and Procedures This module displays links to institution policies and procedures. Edit module content to suit your institution.
Privacy Policy This module displays links to institution privacy policy information and resources. Edit module content to suit your institution.
School Newspaper This module displays links to the institution newspaper headlines. Edit the module content to suit your institution. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Women's Center This module displays links to events and services sponsored by the Women's Center. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Category: Student Life
Book Swap Meet This module displays links to books available for trade with contact information. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current. Add the delegated administrator contact information to the list of links for users to contact with information on books they want to trade.
Debate Society This module displays information and updates from the Debate Society. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Dining Services This module displays links to information regarding the dining services. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Local Housing This module displays links to local housing available. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current. Add the delegated administrator to the list of links for users to contact with local housing information.
Residence Life This module displays links to information regarding living in campus housing. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Ride Share This module displays links to rides available for users to share with contact information. Add a Delegated Administrator to keep this content current. Add the delegated administrator to the list of links for users to contact with information on rides they are posting or looking for.
Student Association This module displays links to information regarding the student governing body. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Student Health This module displays links to information regarding student health services. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Student Information This module displays administrator messages to students. By default, this module is only available to student role.
Summer School This module displays by default the admission requirements and course catalog for summer school. Additional information can be added. Edit module content to suit your institution.
Category: Student Services
Bursar This module displays information and updates from the Bursar's Office. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Career Center This module displays information from the Career Center. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Financial Aid This module displays information on financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Job Listings This module displays up-to-date listing of available jobs. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Registrar This module displays information and updates from the registrar. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Services This module displays information regarding institution services. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Study Abroad This module displays information regarding study abroad programs. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Volunteer Opportunities This module displays links to volunteer opportunities. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Category: Faculty and Staff Resources
Contacts This module displays administrator messages to staff. By default this module is only available to the role of staff.
Content Collection: Course Content This module displays the Content Collection folder for the courses that users are enrolled in.

A user role must be given permission to view the folders.

Content Collection: Institution Content This module displays the Content Collection folder for the institution.

Users must have the appropriate permission to view content.

Content Collection: Organization Content The Content Collection folder for organizations that users are enrolled in.

Users must have the appropriate permission to view content.

Faculty Information This module displays administrator messages to faculty. By default, this module is only available to the role of faculty.
Faculty Research This module displays links to information regarding faculty research. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Faculty Senate This module displays faculty senate links and information. Edit module content to suit your institution.
Pending Outcomes Artifacts and Portfolios This module links to the outcomes dashboard.
Professional Development Opportunities This module displays information regarding professional development opportunities. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Category: Toolbox
Calculator This module displays a calculator tool.
Choose a Language Pack This module displays available language packs to a user on the login page.
Content Collection: Search Content Collection This module displays a tool that allows users to search Content Collection.

Users must have the appropriate permission to view content.

Content Collection: Workflows This module displays a dashboard for Content Collection workflows.
Course Creation This module displays a tool that allows users to create institution courses by default. Another option is to allow users to email requests for course creation. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Course Creation Wizard This module displays a tool that allows users to create courses using a step-by-step process.
Dictionary This module provides access to a dictionary.
Discussion Board Creation This module allows users to create institution discussion boards by default. Another option is to allow users to email requests for discussion board creation. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Guest Deposit This module displays a deposit tool for the eCommerce system.
Hot Links, Community This module displays a list of links specific to the Community tab where the module appears, and must be managed from the tabs tool. This is different from a link module, which shows the same set of links no matter which tab the module appears on.
Hot Links, Courses This module displays a list of links specific to the Courses tab where the module appears, and must be managed from the tabs tool. This is different from a link module, which shows the same set of links no matter which tab the module appears on.
Hot Links, My Institution This module displays a list of links specific to the My Institution tab where the module appears, and must be managed from the tabs tool. This is different from a link module, which shows the same set of links no matter which tab the module appears on.
Hot Spots, Courses This module displays images or snippets of HTML specific to the Courses tab where the module appears, and must be managed from the tabs tool. This is different from an image or HTML module, which shows the same content no matter on which tab the module appears.
Hot Spots, Community This module displays images or snippets of HTML specific to the Community tab where the module appears, and must be managed from the tabs tool. This is different from an image or HTML module, which shows the same content no matter on which tab the module appears.
Hot Spots, My Institution This module displays images or snippets of HTML specific to the My Institution tab where the module appears, and must be managed from the tabs tool. This is different from an image or HTML module, which shows the same content no matter on which tab the module appears.
Login Here This module displays a login screen to users when they are not logged in. Used only with Direct Access.
Maps This module displays the MapQuest tool for users to create maps.
Notes This module displays a text field where users can create notes that are saved as links. Users can edit notes.
Observer Gateway This module generates a list of users assigned to another user to observe.
Organization Creation This module allows users to create institution organizations by default. Another option is to allow users to email requests for organization creation. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
Search the Web This module displays a Google search tool.
Textpad This module displays an area users can edit using HTML.
Thesaurus This module provides users with access to a thesaurus.
To Do This module generates a report of what is due and past due for courses a user is enrolled in.
Category: News and Events
Horoscopes This module links to horoscopes generated by Astrology.com.
Movie Showtimes This module displays a field where users enter their zip code to receive movie showtime listings.
Professor Spotlight This module displays the achievements by faculty. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Staff Spotlight This module displays the highlights of outstanding staff performance. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Student Spotlight This module displays the highlights of achievements by students. Add a delegated administrator to keep this content current.
Time This module links to the weekly news and features from Time magazine.
TV Listings This module displays local TV listings from Zap2it based on the user's zip code.
Weather This module links to weather.com which displays local weather based on a user's city or zip code.
Category: Help and Support
IT Help Desk This module displays links to IT help desk information. Edit the module content to suit your institution.
IT Training Opportunities This module displays links to resources that will provide users with an opportunity to learn more about the uses of information technology.
On Demand Help and Learning Catalog This module displays links to the student and instructor video playlists on YouTube.
Module Description