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Selecting a Course Structure

Course structures are predefined course materials such as course menu links, instructions, and content examples that you can add to your course to begin the design process quickly.

  • A selected course structure’s content is added to your course and does not replace existing menu items and content in your course.
  • A selected course structure's links appear at the top of your course menu.
  • You can edit or delete course structure content in the same way as other created or imported content.
  • The optional content examples are guidelines for creating your own course material. This content is set to unavailable so that students cannot view it.

You can export or archive your course before adding a course structure to ensure you have an original version. To learn more, see Exporting and Archiving Courses.

Adding a course structure does not replace existing course menu items and content. The course structure's content is added to the existing content and course menu in your course, and you can delete what is not needed.

You can use any theory or model for teaching in Blackboard Learn because it is open, flexible, and centered on enhancing student achievement. Blackboard offers five categories of course structures you can use as a launching pad to create your course, organize content, share knowledge, and build communities.

Select a course structure from the list to learn more about the pedagogy, tools, and content types used to meet its teaching goals.

Course Structure Types
Focus on Activity Focus on Communication Focus on Content Focus on Systems Focus on Time


Case Study

Conference Session



Experiential Learning

Lab Format

Project Format

Cooperative Learning

Guided Discussion

Social Learning

Web 2.0

By Chapter

By Lecture

By Lesson

By Module

By Subject

By Topic

By Unit




Blackboard Classic

Blackboard Learn - Default



Open Source 1

Open Source 2

WebCT 1

WebCT 2