Post an Announcement in Your Course
Announcements will appear in the Announcements module on your institution home page and on the course home page (if the default home page is retained). You can also designate announcements as the home page if you so desire. You can also opt to email announcements to each individual in the course. This option uses the uab.edu email address imported in the course roster.
Send an Email to your Course Roster
The email tool sends an email to designated class participants from your uab.edu account to the participants’ uab.edu accounts. The message does not reside in blackboard, it is sent from Outlook or other email client, and responses to that email will come into your email client inbox.
If you use this feature, you may want to create a folder for you course in your email client and set up a rule to drop email from course members into that folder. This will help you organize emails from several different courses. You can select from the following lists or select individual users
The Course Home Page
Now we're at your course home page. If you've never edited any item in a course shell before, you'll see this view, containing 3 major components:
- The course menu
- The content frame
- The control panel
Click here if you want to learn more about the course home page. But, if you just have some very specific needs, we'll address some essentials here:
IF all you want to do is….
Click on on any of the above to get started.
Course Materials Overview
This section contains material that is directly linked to content covered in each of the four Blackboard Learn courses offered through UAB's Instructional Technology department.
Click one of the course icons below to access a matrix that links each topic contained in the course to help resources in the instructor manual, the Blackboard online help manual, and/or this website.
If you don't know where to start, click here
Course File Organization
Online course materials and activities can be organized in a number of different ways. The framework and structure will vary depending upon the educational goals and instructional preferences of the instructor. Some major organizational categories include:
- Chronologically by week.
- By chapters in the textbook being used.
- By units or modules based upon subject-specific concepts or theories
- By complexity of the content or ideas being introduced.
- By some combination of the preceding approaches
The identification of a framework will allow you to organize a course map. Once you've done this, the next step is to create a folder and sub-folder structure on your computer that mirrors the organizing framework you have identified in your course map. The prep work building the course map will help you save time when building your course.
This folder structure will make it easier for you to find and keep track of your content. You can mirror this folder structure in Blackboard Learn's Content Collection area, which will make it easy for you to find and links to your various content files in your course. For example, if you have decided that you will organize and group the content in your course based on lessons organized by week, you should begin by creating a folder on your PC labeled with your course title, then create sub-folders labeled with each weekly lesson title within this folder.
Best Practices for Courses Using Bb Learn
This section offers some simple things you can do to help ensure students can access your content in your courses, and to allow you to use Blackboard Tools (links to the left). It also offers some ideas on extending Blackboard's value as a learning environment.
Just as in the classroom, there are many paths to exchanging ideas that teachers and learners can explore in the online environment. The links below offer some tips from faculty at other institutions on getting the most out of Bb Learn.
Audio and video standards for online content (PDF)
Reviewing a Course Moved from Vista (PDF)
Getting Started with the Course Environment (PDF)
Exploring Tabs (PDF)
Modify Your Course Menu (PDF)
Customize Your Course Environment (PDF)