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Course FAQs

How do I make my course available to students?

Below the course menu, set your course availability here:

Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability

  1. In the Set Availability section, select Yes or No.
  2. Optionally, when making a course available, you can choose one of the following options in the Set Course Duration section:
    • Continuous (default) to leave the course available without a specified start or end date.
    • Select Dates to choose a start and/or end date. 
    • Days from the Date of Enrollment to specify a specific length of time users have to access the course after enrolling. This is the best option for self-paced courses.
  3. Select Submit.

You can control when your course is private—or unavailable—to your students.

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How do I create content?

Ready to add content to your course? You create your individual pieces of content in content containers: content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders. In a content container, you create content from menus for content items, tests, assignments, and links to tools.

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Can I hide course content from students until I'm ready?

Yes. As you create content, you can set its availability. You can make content unavailable to students until you're ready for them to view it. You can also limit which content items students see based on date, time, individual users, course groups, and their performance on graded items.

What types of content can I add?

The short answer: a lot! Some of your options depend on your school's administrative settings, but typically you can add files, audio, video, syllabi, links, folders—you name it. 

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ULTRA: How do I create content?

Your course creation starts on the Course Content page. You'll find it's easy to discover features and complete actions.

Add content. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. You can also expand or create a folder and add content. Create new content, upload something you already have, or add content from external sources or from another course.

Create: Add documents, links, folders, discussions, assignments, and tests. A panel opens and you can choose the content type you want to add.

Upload: Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

Content Market: You can discover and add content and tools from external sources. Access valuable learning materials from Blackboard's partner publishers, such as Macmillan, Jones & Bartlett, and Chegg Study.

Copy/Import: Copy an entire course or select items from one of the courses you teach. You can also copy files from OneDrive and import a course package to add its content.

Visibility: Students can’t access your content until you decide to show it. Select an item's visibility to change it. Have fun! Experiment! Each item displays whether it is visible or hidden to students.

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ULTRA: How do I make my course available to students?

From base navigation, select the Courses link to access your course list. Point to a course card and use the lock icon to change your course availability. You can make your course private while you add or experiment with content, and then open it to students when you're ready. Students see private courses in their course lists, but they can't access them.

You can also change your course from private to open on the Course Content page.