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									           Getting Started with
                    Blackboard

                  A hands-on workshop




                    Faculty Support Services
Academic Technology Services & User Support
            Cornell Information Technologies
TABLE OF CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION.............................................................................. 1 
    GENERAL INFORMATION AND SUPPORT .............................................................. 2 

GETTING STARTED .........................................................................3 
    OBTAINING A BLACKBOARD ACCOUNT ............................................................... 3 
    REQUESTING A BLACKBOARD SITE ................................................................... 5 
    TOUR THE BLACKBOARD PORTAL ...................................................................... 6 
    INSIDE THE CONTROL PANEL ......................................................................... 8 

SITE SETUP .................................................................................. 11 
    GIVING YOUR COURSE A NAME AND DESCRIPTION ................................................ 11 
    SETTINGS.............................................................................................. 11 
    CATEGORIZING YOUR COURSE ...................................................................... 12 
    CONTROLLING ACCESS TO YOUR COURSE .......................................................... 13 
    STAFF INFORMATION ................................................................................. 15 
    ANNOUNCEMENTS ..................................................................................... 16 

ADDING COURSE MATERIALS ....................................................... 18 
    ABOUT CONTENT AREAS ............................................................................. 18 
    ADDING CONTENT ITEM BY ITEM .................................................................... 20 
    ADDING WEB RESOURCES ........................................................................... 22 

ORGANIZING CONTENT ................................................................24 
    USING FOLDERS ...................................................................................... 24 
    COPYING/MOVING FOLDERS AND CONTENT ........................................................ 25 
    COURSE LINKS ........................................................................................ 26 
    REORDERING CONTENT............................................................................... 28 

COURSE ENROLLMENT .................................................................. 29 
    OVERVIEW OF USER ROLES .......................................................................... 30 
    ADDING USERS TO YOUR SITE ....................................................................... 30 
    MODIFYING USER PROPERTIES ...................................................................... 32 
    REMOVING USERS FROM YOUR SITE ................................................................ 32 

MORE INFORMATION AND SUPPORT ............................................34 
                          Introduction

                          Blackboard is a course management tool for instructors who want to
                          deliver part or all of their course materials and instruction online.
                          Accessible via any Web browser, Blackboard course sites provide many
                          useful administrative and interactive communication features which allow
                          for file-sharing, online assessments, discussion boards and collaborative
                          group work. Instructors have the ability to customize their course sites as
                          their individual needs dictate.

                          Formatting Conventions

                                 Throughout this document you’ll see various symbols and specially
What you see…
…isn’t always what               formatted text. Here’s what it all means:
you get! The pictures,
or “screen shots” in              • General instructions and hands-on activities are laid out in
this document were                  numbered lists, like this:
taken using Windows
XP and IE 6.0.                           1. Log into the Blackboard system.

Depending       on  the                  2. Click on the Control Panel button.
operating system and
browser you’re using,                    3. and so on…
your screen may look
slightly different.
                                  • Menu commands are written in the form, Menu > Submenu >
                                    Submenu. For example, the instructions “choose Edit > Copy”
                                    would translate into the following action:




                                  • Important words or phrases are formatted in bold text.
                                  • Text formatted in a different font is text that you need
                                    to type. In some of the hands-on activities, you may be asked
                                    to type a URL in the address bar of a browser, or to type a
                                    passage into a text box.
                                  • Folder and file names are formatted in italics.


                                                 A sidebar with a hazard icon represents a
                                                 cautionary note.

                                                 A sidebar with the Cornell University logo
                                                 represents a Cornell policy note.


                                                 A sidebar with a push pin icon represents a
                                                 tip or best practice note.




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General Information and Support

      Many forms of assistance are available to you when you have
      questions about using or maintaining your Blackboard site.

       • Visit http://atc.cit.cornell.edu/blackboard, our Cornell
         Blackboard web site, for announcements, tips, and other helpful
         documents.
       • If you have any comments or questions, please send an e-mail
         to the Academic Technologies support staff at
         atc_support@cornell.edu
       • You may also search the Blackboard manual, located in the
         Support section of the Control panel.




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                          Getting Started


                          Obtaining a Blackboard Account


                                Requesting an Account

                                 In a Web browser, go to http://blackboard.cornell.edu.
                                 Click the “New User: Get an Account” link on the right side of the
                                 page.




                                 Click the “Create a Blackboard user account” link.




What about people
who don’t have a
NetID?

If you have students
(or others involved in
your course) who do
not have a NetID,
they will not be able
to create their own Bb
account. They’ll need
to get a GuestID first,          The User Account information screen will appear. In most cases,
and then ATC support             the information will be prefilled. When you have verified that it is
will do the rest.




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                                 correct, click submit.




                                 You will receive a confirmation screen saying that your account
                                 has been created.

                                Logging In

                                Blackboard uses Kerberos for authentication so, in order to access
                                any Blackboard sites, you must log in with your NetID (or GuestID)
                                and Kerberos password.

                                 In a browser, go to http://blackboard.cornell.edu
                                 Click the Login button. If you haven’t already logged in, the
Choosing a browser               CUWebLogin screen will appear.
For best results, we
recommend that you
use Internet Explorer
6.0 or Netscape 7.0.
Blackboard does not
officially support such
browsers as Mozilla,
Opera, and Safari.




                                 Enter your NetID (or GuestID) and Kerberos password in the
                                 spaces provided.
                                 Click OK.




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       You are now logged into Blackboard. Every Blackboard user,
       including both students and instructors, has a personalized view of
       the Blackboard system (sometimes called a “portal”).



Requesting a Blackboard Site

       In a Web browser, go to http://blackboard.cornell.edu. Sign in
       through Kerberos if you haven’t already done so.
       Click the “Create a Blackboard course shell” link




       You will be asked to confirm that you have read and agreed to the
       copyright information presented. When you click Proceed, you will
       be taken to the Create Blackboard Course Shell screen.
       Fill in the Course ID, Course Name, Instructor’s Last Name,
       Semester, and Year.




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       Click Submit. A confirmation request page will appear.




       If everything looks correct, click Confirm. A screen will come up
       saying that your Blackboard course shell is now active.




Tour the Blackboard portal




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       Your “My Courses” page
                         Click on the My Courses tab any time to return
                         to your My Courses page.
       Your My Courses page will display a personalized greeting, list the
       courses that you are teaching or taking (as well as any
       announcements and calendar events for each course), and give
       you access to other personal tools and information. This is a
       convenient starting point for faculty and students to access all
       Blackboard information relevant to them.


       Find Blackboard Courses at Cornell
                             Click on the All Blackboard Courses tab to
                             find a list of all the courses currently on the
                             Blackboard system at Cornell.
       Use the Course Catalog links to browse through available sites by
       school and department, or use the Course Search box to search
       for a specific course.




       Access your Course Sites
                                         The My Courses panel will
                                         display any courses you are
                                         currently teaching or taking.
                                         This is your passport to any
                                         Blackboard courses in which you
                                         are participating.
                                         Click on the course name to
                                         enter the course site.




       Manage your Personal Tools
                            Announcements
                            Displays all of the announcements related to
                            courses in which a user is participating.

                            Calendar
                            Displays events for all the courses in which
                            the user is participating; Allows users to add
                            personal events, and customize their
                            calendar view.




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                             Tasks
                             Users can view course-related tasks and add
                             their own personal ones.

                             View Grades
                             Provides students with the ability to view
                             their grades for your course (if you’re using
                             the student grade book tool) and others.

                             Personal Information
                             Allows users to change their privacy options,
                             and provides links to instructions for
                             changing their Kerberos password.



       Logging Out

       To log out of the Blackboard system, click the Logout button (      )
       at the top of the page. Be sure to close your browser window!




Inside the Control Panel

      When your course site was created, you were given an empty shell
      to start with. Now, you can begin customizing the site and adding
      content. All of your site editing and administration is done from
      within the Control Panel, a part of the site that only instructors and
      other users with administrative privileges can see. In the Control
      Panel, you can determine how you’ll organize your site and where
      your instructional materials will be stored. You can also use the
      Control Panel to post announcements and staff information, collect
      student work, enter grades, participate in class discussions and
      chat sessions, and manage users.

      To access the Control Panel:
      Click on your course link from the “My Courses” page. Click the
      Control Panel button (               ) on the left of the screen, just
      beneath the course menu.

      Note: The Control Panel button only appears if a user is assigned a
      role with administrative access, like an instructor or a teaching
      assistant. Your students will not see the Control Panel button.




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      The Control Panel is broken up into six sections: Content Areas,
      Course Tools, Course Options, User Management, Assessment, and
      Support.

       • Content Areas
         Add course materials to your site, as well as web references,
         assignments and quizzes; Upload text, image, and multimedia
         content in a variety of file formats.
       • Course Tools
         Add course-related announcements, calendar events, and tasks
         to your site; update contact information for faculty and TAs;
         send email; participate in class discussions; and collect/send
         files via the digital drop box.
       • Course Options
         Customize your site menu, color scheme and navigation, enable
         and disable Blackboard tools, add a banner image to your main
         page, and control access to your site.
       • User Management
         Enroll students and staff in your site, change user privileges,
         and assign students to groups.
       • Assessment
         The Test Manager allows you to build assessments using
         multiple choice, true-false, and open-ended questions. You can
         use these assessments to review content and quiz themselves
         on course materials or as formal quizzes and exams. You can
         provide students with immediate feedback, based on their
         answers.

          The Survey Manager is used to create surveys incorporating a
          variety of items, including drop-down menus, radio buttons,
          check boxes and open ended questions. Surveys are not graded
          but the data is available for you to view.

          The Pool Manager allows you to build collections of questions
          from which your assessments may draw. Use a Pool for your




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          questions if you want to build a quiz of random questions, or if
          you want to be able to reuse questions in multiple quizzes.
       • Support
         Search the help manual, email the System Administrator, and
         visit the support page on the Blackboard web site.




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                           Site Setup

                                 □    Where will your site be listed in the course catalog?
                                 □    Who will have access to your site?
                                 □    How will students enroll in your Blackboard course?
                                 □    Setting up Staff Information and Announcements


                           Giving your Course a Name and Description

                                 The course name and description of your site will appear in the
                                 Blackboard course catalog, and can be used to search for your site.

                                 To modify your course name and description:

                                  In the Control Panel, under Course options, click on the Settings
                                  link.
                                  Click on the Course Name and Description link.
Keep it simple!
                                  Use the spaces provided to add or modify your course name and
Any special characters
and formatting (such              description.
as accented letters,
symbols, bullets or
HTML) in your course
name or description
may generate errors
when you view your
My Courses page.

For this reason, we
recommend that you
avoid using text from
other sources (e.g.,              Click the Submit button to save your changes.
Word docs or web
pages) in your course
name and description.             Your course name and description, along with the names of all
Instead of doing a                instructors, will appear in the Blackboard course catalog.
“copy     and    paste”,
simply type the text
directly into the boxes
provided.




                           Settings

                                 Your Blackboard course shell comes with the following default
                                 settings, which can be changed in the Settings area of Course
                                 Options. See below for specific instructions on changing these
                                 settings.

                                      •   Course Availability: Available



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          •   Guest Access: Off

          •   Course Duration: Continuous

          •   Enrollment: Instructor Only

          •   Category: None

          •   Course Entry Point: Announcements

          •   Observer Access: None

          •   Set Language Pack: only English is available


Categorizing Your Course

      The Blackboard course catalog is organized by College or School
      and Department, rather than appearing as one long list. To ensure
      that students will find your course sites in the catalog, you need to
      make sure they are categorized appropriately.

      To categorize your site:

       In the Control Panel, under Course Options, click on the Settings
       link.
       Click the Categorize Course link.




       Select the appropriate department from the list (don't select a
       college or school).




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       Click the Add button (       ) to the right of the list of
       departments.
       If your course is cross-listed, repeat steps 3-4 for each
       department.
       Click OK when finished.



Controlling Access to your Course

      There are three settings that allow you to control access to your
      Blackboard course web site: course availability, guest access, and
      enrollment options.


      Course Availability

      While your site is “under construction,” or when you are not
      teaching the course, you can limit access to the site so that only
      instructors and users with administrative privileges can get in.

      To view and change the course availability:

       In the Control Panel, under Course Options, click the Settings link.
       Click Course Availability.
       Choose No to make the course unavailable.




       Click Submit.

       Now, in My Courses, you’ll see the word “unavailable” appear next
       to the course name. As the instructor, you will still be able to
       enter the site and make changes in the Control Panel, but the link




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                                 will be disabled for enrolled student users. Also, unavailable
                                 courses will not appear in the course catalog.
                                 When the course is ready for the public, set the availability back to
                                 Yes.



                                Guest Access (site-wide)

                                Guest users on the Blackboard system can access course sites at
                                the instructor’s discretion. By default, site-wide guest access is
                                disabled when your course is created, but you can enable it if you
                                choose to do so. When site-wide guest access is turned off, a guest
                                user will not be able to see any part of your site.

                                To view and change the site-wide guest access setting:

                                 In the Control Panel, under Course Options, click the Settings link.
                                 Click on the Guest Access link.
                                 Choose No to keep guest users from accessing your site.

                                 Note: If you only want disable guest access to specific sections of
                                 your site, change the “Allow Guest Access” setting for those
                                 sections on the Manage Course Menu page instead.
                                 Click the Submit button.

                                Enrollment Options

                                You or your administrative staff can manage course enrollments, or
                                you can allow users to enroll themselves in your course.

                                Enrollment by Instructor or Administrator
                                While enrolling each student individually is time consuming, this
                                feature is handy for special circumstances in which a student is a
                                late addition to the class, or for adding administrative staff and
By default…                     TA’s to the site (see page 3 for instructions).
Enrollment is set to
“Instructor/Admin” for
all new sites.
                                Student Self-Enrollment
                                This option allows students to enroll themselves in your site. When
What this means is, if          self-enrollment is enabled, students will be able to browse the
you’d like students to          course catalog and click the Enroll button that appears next to your
enroll themselves in
your site, you or your
                                course. You can limit the enrollment period by entering start
support staff must              and/or end dates for enrollment.
change the enrollment
settings in the Control         Note: Even if Student Self-Enrollment is enabled, instructors will
Panel.
                                still be able to enroll users from the control panel.


                                To view/change the enrollment settings for a site:

                                1. In the Control Panel, under Course Options, click Settings.

                                2. Click the Enrollment Options link.



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      3. Choose the desired enrollment option and related settings.

          • To enable student self-enrollment, choose the Self
            Enrollment option. You may choose to select a start and/or
            end date for the enrollment period, or to require an access
            code.

          • To disable student self-enrollment, choose the
            Instructor/Admin option. You may choose to allow interested
            students to send enrollment requests to you via email.

      4. Click the Submit button to save your changes.




Staff Information

      The staff information section is a place where instructors can post
      information about themselves, teaching assistants, guest speakers,
      and others involved in the course. This includes campus and email
      addresses, office hours, pictures and personal web sites.

      To add a staff profile:

       In the Control Panel, under Course Tools, click the Staff
       Information link.

       Click the Add Profile button (          ).
       In the “Profile Information” section, fill the appropriate name and
       contact information.
       (optional) In the “Options” section, click the Browse button to
       locate a profile image.




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       (optional) In the Personal Link box, type the complete URL for the
       staff member’s personal or professional web page.

       Keep in mind that, in order for the link to work, you’ll need to
       enter the complete address--http:// and all.


       Click the Submit button.




Announcements

      You can use announcements to remind students about assignments
      or due dates, and notify students of room changes or class
      cancellations. They can also be used to highlight new content on
      your site, or to communicate other date/time-specific information.

      Announcements are organized by date and displayed on the main
      page of your course site. Students can use the tabs on the main
      page (shown below) to filter the announcements.




      When you create an announcement, you can specify when and for
      how long it will be displayed. You can make some messages
      permanent and others restricted by date.




      To add an announcement:

       In the Control Panel, under Course Tools, click the Announcements
       link.

       Click the Add Announcement button (                       ).
       In the Subject box, type a subject for your message.
       In the Message box, type the body of your message.
       Set the display options for the announcement.
            • To post the announcement without any date restrictions,
              leave the Options section as it is.
            • To make the announcement “permanent”, choose Yes as
              shown below.




            • To display the announcement for a certain amount of time,
              use the Display After and/or Display Until options.



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       Click the Submit button to create the announcement.




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Adding Course Materials

      □   Which course materials do you want to deliver on-line?
      □   How will the material appear? As text, images, or links to files?
      □   Do any of your existing materials need to be digitized or
          converted into a Web format?
      □   Will all the materials be posted on the Web at the beginning of
          a course or updated regularly during the semester?
      Content areas are places to add and organize your course
      materials, as well as web references, assignments and quizzes.
      Here, you can upload text, image, and multimedia content in a
      variety of file formats.




About Content Areas


      Editing your Content Areas

      You can access all of your content areas through the Control Panel,
      or with the “Quick Edit” feature. Quick Edit is handy for testing and
      proofreading your content, because it allows you to edit on the fly,
      without having to navigate through the Control Panel.

      To use Quick Edit:

       As you browse through the content areas of your course site, you
       should see an Edit View link appear in the top right corner of the
       page.




       Click the Edit View link to edit that section of the content area.
       When you’re finished adding and modifying content, toggle back to
       the public view of the site by clicking on the Display View link.




       Check your work and test your links in Display View.




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      Overview of Content Types

      There are several different types of content to choose from in
      Blackboard. All content areas are created equal, so you’ll see the
      following options in each and every content area of your site.

                  Item
                  An item is an all-purpose type of content that allows
                  instructors to add text content and upload materials in
                  a variety of file formats.

                  Folder
                  A folder can be used by instructors to group related
                  information. Folders can be nested inside other folders
                  to create a hierarchy.

                  External Link
                  An external link will take users from announcements
                  and content areas in your site to other web sites.

                  Course Link
                  A course link will take users from one place in your
                  site to another. Course links are useful for connecting
                  related information and creating a more web-like
                  structure in your site.

                  Test
                  A test is created in the Test Manager but, in order to
                  give the test to your students, you’ll need to “deploy”
                  it, or place it in one of your content areas.

                  Learning Unit
                  A learning unit allows instructors to bundle pieces of
                  content (text, multimedia files, assessments, etc.) into
                  discreet, multi-page modules and set a linear path for
                  users to progress through those modules. Blackboard
                  automatically generates a table of contents for each
                  learning unit, as well as navigation buttons to take
                  users from page to page.

                  Assignment
                  Assignments are tied to the gradebook. When creating
                  an assignment, instructors type instructions, specify a
                  point value and attach files if necessary. Students
                  submit their work for each assignment by attaching
                  files and adding comments, similar to the digital drop
                  box. Then, from the gradebook, instructors can view
                  submitted work and send individual feedback to
                  students.




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                           Adding Content Item by Item

                                 The course materials you choose to put on your Blackboard site
                                 may include a syllabus, readings, assignments, readings, lecture
                                 notes, presentations, lab instructions, and more. Using the Add
                                 Item button, content can be posted to your site in several different
                                 ways—as text, an embedded image or media file, an HTML
As you develop                   document, or as a file that can be downloaded, viewed and printed.
your site content…
Typing text directly             To add an item:
into Blackboard may
seem like the quickest            In the Control Panel, under Content Areas, click on the content
way to develop your
                                  area where you’d like to put the item.
content, but it may be
inconvenient later on.
Not only is it difficult          Click the Add Item button (          ).
to print, but there is
no easy way to export             Choose or type a name for the item.
the content for safe-
keeping or for off-line
editing.

We recommend that
you type the content
(especially large docs)
in a word processing              In the Text box, type or paste text for the item.
program like Microsoft
Word. Then copy and
paste the text, or
upload the entire file
to Blackboard.

Always keep a local
copy of your work as
a back-up!




                                      This is optional, but you can use the Text area for short
                                      amounts of content, to describe the file you've attached, give
                                      instructions, or note the date that the file was last updated.

                                  If you have a file to upload, click the Browse button. Otherwise,
                                  skip to step #10.




                                      Common formats for course materials include:

                                       • Word documents (.doc)
                                       • Adobe PDF documents (.pdf)



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            • Excel spreadsheets (.xls)
            • PowerPoint presentations (.ppt)
            • Graphics (.jpg, .gif)
            • Video clips (.mov, .wmv, .mpg)
            • HTML files (.htm, .html)


       Navigate to the drive and/or folder on your computer where the
       file is stored.
       Select the file and click Open.
       In the “Name of Link to File” box, type the text you want to
       appear as the link to your file (if applicable).




       Choose the appropriate action from the Special Action menu.




            • Create a link to this file (the default option) will create a
              link to the file you’re uploading.
            • Display media file within the page will embed the file in the
              page, rather than linking to it. This saves your students a
              click, but can only be used for images, animated graphics,
              Flash movies, and video or audio clips.
            • Unpackage this file allows you to upload a zip archive (.zip)
              containing a collection of documents that all work together,
              such as an HTML version of a PowerPoint presentation. If
              you choose this option, you’ll be prompted to point to the
              main file, or index, after you submit the form.


       Select the appropriate options.




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            • The make the content available option allows you to add
              the material but keep it from being visible to the students.
            • The track number of views option records statistics about
              how many times the item is accessed. Statistics can be
              summarized by user, by date, by day of the week, or by
              time of day.
            • When you add content items to your course, you may not
              want students accessing them right away. You can use the
              date restrictions to specify the time period (by date and
              time) that they’ll be available, or visible, to students. That
              way, you won’t have to go back into the control panel to
              activate or deactivate the item later on—Blackboard will do
              the work for you.


       Click the Submit button to add the content item to your site.


      To modify an item:

       From the Control Panel, navigate to the content area where the
       item is located.

       Click the Modify button (        ) to the right of the item you want
       to modify.
       At this point, you can add or edit text, upload additional files, or
       adjust options.
       Click the Submit button to save your changes.


       Managing an Item:

       Options available to you if you click the Manage button (              )
       include Adaptive Release and Statistics Tracking. Information
       about Adaptive Release can be found in the appendix.



Adding Web Resources

      One of the advantages of using a Web-based course management
      system like Blackboard is that you can integrate your course
      materials with links other online resources. Links to other web
      sites, or URLs, can be used to supplement course material, support
      class activities, or provide sources for research assignments.




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                                To add an external link:

                                 From the Control Panel, navigate to the content area and folder
Why launch in an                 where you’d like to create the link.
external window?
There are a couple of
reasons for opening              Click the Add External Link button (                    ).
your web resources in
a separate window:
                                 In the Name box, type a title for the web resource.
                                 In the URL box, type or paste the complete address of the web
First, the web site
you’re linking to may            page.
not be designed to fit
inside the Blackboard
                                 In the description box, type a description for the resource.
frameset. Navigation
or important content             This is optional, but the description is a good place to tell your
might be cut off.                users a little bit about the site, highlight things to look for, or give
Second, the nature of
                                 instructions for where to click.
your Bb activity might           Decide whether to launch the item in an external window.
require your students
to have your site and            Click the Submit button to create the link.
the    web    resource
open simultaneously.

If you choose not to
launch in an external
window, and there are
no identifying features
(like a logo) on the
page, you can use the
description field to
credit the author or
owner of the site.




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Organizing Content


Using Folders

      Folders in your course site function in the same way as folders or
      directories on your hard drive; you can use them to group related
      documents and information. You will want to create folders and
      use them to organize the many documents you place on your
      course site. This will help you locate documents more quickly when
      editing, and it will make the site easier for students navigate.

      To create a folder:

       In the Control Panel, under Content Areas, click on the content
       area in which you’d like to create the folder.

       Click the Add Folder button (           ).
       Choose one of the presets from the Name menu, or type a name
       in the box below.
       In the Text box, describe the contents of the folder. This is
       optional, but it will help your students know where to go in the
       site.
       Click the Submit button.


      To add content to a folder:

       From the Control Panel, navigate to section of your site where the
       folder is located.




       Click on the folder name to move to display the contents of the
       folder.




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       Check the “breadcrumb trail” near the top of the screen to make
       sure that you are inside the appropriate folder.




       Once you are inside the folder, you can add, modify or remove
       content items as needed.




Copying/Moving Folders and Content

      If you decide to reorganize your materials after you’ve created and
      uploaded them, you can use the Copy feature to move or copy the
      items to another location in your course. You can even copy
      materials to other courses (if you have instructor privileges).

      To move or copy content:

       In the Control Panel, under Content Areas, click on the content
       area that contains the item you’d like to copy.
       Navigate to the content item.
       Click the Copy button to the right of the item. The Copy/Move
       page will appear.
       Scroll down to the Destination section of the page.
       If you are moving or copying the content to another course,
       choose the appropriate course name from the Destination Course
       menu. This menu will display all of the courses for which you have
       instructor or administrator privileges.




       Click the Browse button to select a destination.
       Choose the section or subfolder where you’d like to place the item
       and click Submit. The path to that location will appear in the
       Destination Folder box.
       Decide whether to “Remove item after copy”.



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                                       • If you are making a copy of the item, choose No.
                                       • If you are moving the item, choose Yes.
                                  Click the Submit button.
                                  Test the site to make sure the content is in the desired location.



                           Course Links

                                 You can create course links to take users from one place in your
                                 site to another. Course links can help you guide students through
                                 the content in your site, create a more web-like structure, and can
                                 be used in announcements to highlight new content.

                                 To add a course link from a content area:

                                  In the Control Panel, navigate to the content area and folder
Course links only go              where you’d like to create the course link.
so far…
You cannot create a
course link directly to           Click the Add Course Link button (                   ).
files (like PDFs) that
you have uploaded,
                                  In the Name box, type a title for the course link.
only to the Bb content            (optional) In the Text box, type a description for the link.
items with which they
are associated.                   Scroll down to the “Course Link” section of the page and click the
This means that, if
                                  Browse button.
you’ve uploaded a file
using the “link to file”
option, users will still
have to click on that
link to view or print
the file.


                                  The Blackboard course browser will open in a small window.




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       Click the name of the section, folder or document you want to link
       to. Use the + or – signs to expand / contract folders if necessary.




       Click the Submit button. You should now see the path to the
       syllabus in the Link Location box.
       Click the Submit button to create the course link.
      To add a course link from an announcement:

      Once you’ve uploaded lots of course content and the semester is
      underway, it will be hard for students to tell what’s new and what’s
      not. This is a handy way to point out new or updated files that
      you’ll like them to see.

       In the Control Panel, under Course tools, click the Announcements
       link.
       Click the Add Announcement button.
       In the Subject box, type a title for the announcement.
       In the Message box, type the text you’d like to appear in the
       announcement.
       In the Options section, adjust the display settings and add date
       restrictions if necessary.
       Scroll down to section 3 on the page and click the Browse button.




       The Blackboard Course Browser will open in a small window.




       Use the expand ( ) and collapse ( ) buttons to navigate through
       the site structure.
       Click the radio button to the left of the section, folder or document
       you want to link to.




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       Click the Submit button. You should now see the path to the
       syllabus in the Link Location box.
       Click the Submit button to create the announcement.



Reordering Content

      Once you have added multiple documents and folders to a section,
      you may wish to reorder the items.




      Notice the numbers to the left of each document and folder name.
      These numbers control the order in which the items will appear on
      the page. Each number has a pull-down list associated with it that
      you can use to reorder the items.




      Notice that when an item is moved, the other items get bumped up
      or down one position on the list, but do not change their order.




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Course Enrollment

      □   How do you enroll users in your site?
      □   What should you do if a person does not have a Blackboard
          account?
      □   How can you give TAs and administrative staff access to the
          control panel?




      Every Blackboard user is required to have his or her own username
      and password to access courses. Blackboard accounts grant course
      site access privileges to users based on their role in a course. A
      single user may have different roles in different courses; for
      example, an undergraduate could be a student in one course, but
      need access to the Control Panel as a TA in another course.
      Anyone from Cornell or outside the University may use a guest
      account, but they can only browse unsecured areas of Blackboard
      courses.




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                            Overview of User Roles

                                   Role         Privileges

                                   Guest        The user is able to view certain areas of the site (if
                                                you enable site-wide guest access), but cannot
What’s the deal
with Observers?
                                                participate in discussion boards or other class
Observer is a system                            communications. Also, guests cannot access tests,
role, which means it                            surveys or the student gradebook.
can only be assigned
by our Bb system                   Student      The user is able to access all available course
administrators, not by
instructors.                                    materials, resources and assessments, as well as any
                                                tools that you’ve enabled.
An observer is tied to
a specific Blackboard              Grader       The user is able to access all areas under
user, and can monitor
                                                Assessments, as well as selected Course Tools
that user’s activity in
a site. The role is                             (Announcements, Course Calendar). Graders can also
used mainly in K-12                             view a list of enrolled users and have the ability to
settings, specifically in                       modify the properties of student users.
cases where parents
want to monitor their
child’s participation.
                                   Course       The user is able to add content to the site through the
                                   Builder      Content Areas and Course Tools on the Control Panel.
When managing your                              Course builders can also create tests and surveys.
Bb tools and course
menu in the control                Teaching     The user is able to control all aspects of the course
panel, you may see
an “Allow Observer…”
                                   Assistant    through the course Control Panel, but won’t be listed
option. Just know that                          as an instructor in the course catalog.
the observer role is
not currently in use at            Instructor   The user is able to control all aspects of the course
Cornell.                                        through the course Control Panel.




                            Adding Users to your Site


                                  Enrolling Users

                                  If a person already has a Blackboard user account, you can enroll
                                  that user in your site. This is the first thing to try when you need to
                                  add a user to your site.

                                  To enroll a user:

                                   In the control panel, under User Management, click Enroll User.
                                   Enter the person's last name, NetID or email address in the
                                   Search box, and choose the appropriate "Search By" option.




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       Click the Search button. You will see a list of all the matching
       users in the system.




           If you get the message "None Found", or if the person you're
           looking for isn't there, check to make sure that the search
           criteria you entered is correct and/or try modifying your
           search. If you still cannot find that person in the system, they
           probably do not have a Blackboard account. They’ll need to get
           one before you can enroll them in your site (you can refer
           them to the instructions on page 3).

       Check the "ADD" box for the user(s) you wish to enroll in your
       site.




       Click the "Submit" button. You’ll see a message similar to the one
       below, confirming that the user(s) have been enrolled in your
       course.




           You have just enrolled the user in your site as a student. To
           change the user’s role, refer to the “Modifying User Properties”
           section below.




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      Batch Enrollment

      If your course has a large number of students, you will not want to
      create user accounts individually. You can allow your students to
      enroll themselves in your site by adjusting the Enrollment Options
      (see page 3 for instructions), or you can use Blackboard’s batch
      enrollment feature. This allows instructors to enroll multiple
      students in a single step. To do a batch enroll, you’ll need to
      upload a special file.

      Upon request, the Academic Technologies staff can get your course
      roster from the University Registrar and create the file for you.
      Contact atc_support@cornell.edu for more information about the
      batch enrollment process.


Modifying User Properties

      When you enroll users in your site, their role is set to “student” by
      default. If a user is a TA or administrative staff member who needs
      access to the control panel, you’ll need to change their role in the
      site.

      To modify a user’s role:

       In the control panel, under User Management, click on the
       List / Modify Users link.
       Click the Search button to see a list of all the users enrolled in
       your site, or enter the appropriate search criteria.
       Find the user in the results list and click the Properties button to
       the right of their name.
       Scroll down to the Role and Availability section, and select the
       desired role.




           The “Teacher’s Assistant” role is recommended if the user
           needs full access to the control panel, but should not appear as
           an instructor.

       Click the Submit button.


Removing Users from your Site

      When a student drops your course or when the semester is over,
      you may need to remove users from your site.

      To remove a user:




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       In the Control Panel, under User Management, click the Remove
       Users from the Course link.
       Click the Search button to see a list of all the users enrolled in
       your site.




       Click the check box to the left of any user you’d like to remove
       from the site.




       Type Yes in the box provided.




       Click the Submit button. The following message will appear.




       Click OK to remove the users.




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More Information and Support

Many forms of assistance are available to you when you have questions about using
or maintaining your Blackboard site.
Visit http://atc.cit.cornell.edu/blackboard, our Cornell Blackboard web site, for
announcements, tips, and other helpful documents.
If you have any comments or questions, please send an e-mail to the support staff at
atc_support@cornell.edu
You may also search the Blackboard manual, located in the Support section of the
Control panel.




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