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Build your Course Structure
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You may find the following resources useful: Familiarise Yourself with Blackboard eLearning Essentials You can self-enrol onto these courses at http://blackboard.manc hester.ac.uk

Build your Course Structure ........................................................................... 1 Introduction..................................................................................................... 1 Administration................................................................................................. 1 Planning the structure of your course ............................................................. 1 Creating your structure in Blackboard ............................................................ 2 Adding Learning Modules ........................................................................... 2 Moving Files within a Learning Module ....................................................... 3 Adding your Learning Modules to your Home Page ....................................... 4

Introduction
This guide will assist you in structuring a new Blackboard course through the use of Learning Modules. Depending on how you wish to create your course you may like to view other resources on Exporting WebCT modules and Importing WebCT modules into Blackboard. These and other resources are available from www.manchester.ac.uk/elearning

Administration
How To Guides
The following resources will also be of use to you: How to Manage Your Files How to Get Started with Assessments How to Get Started with Discussions These and other guides are available from www.manchester.ac.uk /elearning

Before you can start to build your content into Blackboard there are a number of administration functions that need to be completed. When entering a blank course you are provided with a list of tools that are available to use, you should tick the tools that are most appropriate to your course (recommended: Learning Modules, Discussions, and Assessments). Please note, do not tick all tools.

Planning the structure of your course
Providing that you have a well planned structure for your course, it is not difficult to get your course running. This training resource assumes that you have created your course content and course structure, have uploaded your course files (see ‘How to Manage Your Files’) and have thought about the most appropriate organisational delivery. An appropriate pre-planned structure to your course is essential to an eLearning resource; it is advisable to avoid simply adding all course resources to the front page and to use Learning Modules to organise content.

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Creating your structure in Blackboard
After considering the previous points you can start to create your own Blackboard course and notify your eLearning team so that they can provide assistance if required.

Adding Learning Modules
Learning Modules allow you to build your course structure. 1. Click Learning Modules in the left hand menu.

2. For every learning module you wish to create, click the Create Learning Module button.

3. You will be taken to the page where you can assign properties of your learning modules. 4. Click Save. 5. You will see your new Learning Modules on your Learning Module page.

Figure 1 Learning Modules listed on the Learning Modules page

6. To see the options available to you, click the Action Menu button . This shows you the options such as Preview, Edit Properties and Go to Learning Module.

7. Click Go to Learning Module, you will see options to Add Files and Add Content Links. Use these buttons to find the course files that you may have added in “How to Manage Your Files”, and your discussion boards/assessments that you require in this Learning Module.

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Figure 2 Options available to add files and content to a Learning Module

You can add various file types to a Learning Module e.g. PDF, HTML, Spreadsheets. You can also add content links e.g. to Discussion boards and Chat rooms.

Moving Files within a Learning Module
Once you have added your files and information to the Learning Modules, you can re-arrange your files by ticking the file you wish to move and clicking the Move button next to the position you wish to move it to.

Figure 3 Moving files within a Learning Module

Complete the above for all of your learning modules.

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Adding your Learning Modules to your Home Page
Now that your learning modules have been created, you need to add a link to them from the home page. 1. Click Course Content on the Course Tools menu to return to your home page. 2. You will see several buttons at the top of the page. 3. Click the Add Content Link button and choose the Learning Module that you wish to add to your front page.

Figure 4 Adding the Learning Module to the Home Page

Now that your learning module appears on the front page of your course (fig 5), you can add other Learning Modules and links. You can also change the properties of the Learning Module (such as changing its icon) by clicking the Action Menu button. Alternatively you can edit the page layout by clicking the Page Options button.

Figure 5 Learning Module appearing on the Home Page

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