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Advanced Course Settings

How Do You Set More Advanced Course Configurations?

While adding a new course, an administrator can complete any advanced settings for a course, such as file limit sizes for a course, the theme setting for a course, or the format for the course. You can also set outcomes tied to the course for reports, enable course completion, and determine who can access the course.

These settings are also available through the course administration, which may be accessible to instructors.

If you are not already on the Edit course settings page, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the course page.
  2. From the Administration block, select Course administration, and then Edit settings.

​How to Edit Course Settings

  1. Update any of the General information about the course:
    • Update the name of the course as it is to appear on your site in the Course full name box.
    • Update the abbreviated name of the course as it is to appear in your site navigation in the Course short name box.
    • Update the Course category if needed. The category may be the course subject category, such as Science.
    • Determine whether or not the course will be Visible in the website course list.
    • Update the first week of the course in the Course start date box.

      This date will be the first day of log files for the course activities.

    • If you normally upload courses, update the Course ID number from your external tool.
  2. Update the course Description as necessary:
    • ​Update the full Course summary as a description.
    • Update image in the Course summary files box.

      This file will be displayed with the Course summary in the institution's course list.

  3. To set any educational standards tied to the new course, configure any standards in the Outcomes area:

    When an outcome set is associated to a course, then its outcomes can be mapped to content and can be included in outcome reports.

    • Click Select outcome set.
    • Select the standard category for your institution from the Choose an outcome set list.
    • Select the subject for the outcome from the All subjects list.
    • Select the education level of the students from the All education levels list.
    • Click OK.
  4. Update the Course format:
    • Select the Format of the 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. To learn more, see Course Formats.

    • Select starting Number of sections to include in the course.

      This value is needed for specific course formats. For example, if using the Weekly format, select the number of weeks.

    • Select how Hidden sections will 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 you want to show students non-class weeks as unavailable, or if you 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 will not even know that the section or activity in the course exist.

    • Determine if the Course layout will be set to appear with the whole course on one page, or divided into several webpages.
  5. Update the course Appearance:
    • Select a specific webpage theme for the course from the Force theme list.

      This list will contain the different webpage design themes available for you institution.

    • Blackboard recommends leaving the Force language option to Do not force. If a course is forced to a specific language, students will not be able to view the course in their own selected language.
    • If you want to set the number of News items to show on a course, select the number of items from the list. If set to 0 (zero), the latest news items will not be displayed.
    • Determine whether or not to Show gradebook to students in the course.
    • Determine whether or not to Show activity reports in the course.
  6. Update the Maximum upload size in the Files and uploads area.

    Select the largest size for a file that can be uploaded to the course.

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  7. Determine if the Completion tracking feature will be available in the course.
  8. Determine the Guest access to the course:
    • Select whether or not to Allow guest access to the course.
    • Type a Password guests must enter before accessing the course to further restrict which guests can access the course.

      To view the password, select Unmask.

  9. Update the Groups section to determine the 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.

      ​If set, all activities in the course group will also be set with the same Group& mode option.

  10. Update the names of the user roles for this course in the Role renaming area.

    For example, instead of the role, Teacher, your institution may use Instructor or Professor.

  11. Click Save changes when finished.