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Course Default Settings

Administrators can configure default settings to apply to any newly created or uploaded course within the entire site. Instructors and other administrators can make changes at the course level for their own courses. Use the default settings to have the most used configurations in place.

Updates to the default settings don't affect existing courses — only newly created courses.

Configure course default settings for the site

Steps: Administration > Site administration > Courses > Course default settings

You can pre-define the settings most used by instructors at your institution. Instructor can update the setting for their own courses.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Course default settings.
  2. On the Course default settings page, determine if the courses are Visible in the website course list.
  3. Complete the default settings for the Course format:
    • Select the default Format of a new course page.

      This setting must be a valid course format plugin name, such as Weekly format, Folder View format, Single activity format, or Topics format.

    • Type the Maximum number of sections to include on the course page.

      ​This value is needed for specific course formats. For example, in the Weekly format, this number would be the number of weeks in the course. In a Topic format, this number would be the number of topics included in the course.

    • Type the starting Number of sections to include in new courses.

      This value is needed for specific course formats. For example, if the majority of course in your institution are 10 weeks in length, than in the Weekly format, you may want to set this number to 10.

    • Select how Hidden sections appear to students. Options include:

      Hidden sections are shown in collapsed form — Displays the section as unavailable to the student (gray-out). This option may be useful if most instructors want to show students non-class weeks as unavailable, or if instructors want to hide specific content such as quizzes but let them know quizzes are a part of the course.

      Hidden sections are completely invisible — Hides the section completely. Students won't know that the section or activity in the course exist.

    • Determine if the default Course layout is set to appear with the whole course on one page, or divided into several webpages.
  4. Complete the default settings most used by instructors for the course Appearance:
    • If you want to set a specific language as the default for new courses, select one from the Force language list.

      Blackboard recommends leaving the Force language option to Do not force. If a course is forced to a specific language, students are not able to view the course in their own selected language.

    • If you want to preset the default number of News items to show on a course, select the number of items from the list. If set to 0 (zero), the news block is not displayed.
    • Determine whether or not to Show gradebook to students in the courses by default.
    • Determine whether or not to Show activity reports in the courses by default.​
  5. In the Files and uploads area, determine the default Maximum upload size for any file being uploaded to course. This option helps you limit the size of uploads to the site.
  6. In the Completion tracking area, determine if the Completion tracking feature is enabled by default in courses.
  7. In the Groups section, determine the default settings for groups within courses:
    • Determine whether or not to allow sub-group creation in courses through the Group mode list.

      Options include —​ No groups; Separate groups where members can only see their own groups; and Visible groups where each member can only work in their own group but can see other groups.

    • Determine whether or not to Force group mode.
  8. Select Save changes.