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Organization and Adding Content

Blackboard offers a variety of ways to organize content in your course site. Good course design allows students to easily locate the information they need. You may choose to organize by topics, sections or weeks. To contain each topic/section/week's materials you can use a Content Folder or a Learning Module. 

  • Learning Modules present content to students in the form of a notebook. There is an integrated Table of Contents that lists everything the instructor adds to the Learning Module.
  • Content Folders resemble computer file folders. Once a folder is created, content and subfolders may be added to it.

Learning Modules and Content Folders can be added and edited in any Content Area (Course Documents, Assignments, etc.). Learning Modules and Content Folders are shells in which other types of content, such as files, are added and stored. If the parent module or folder is made unavailable to students, the items within it are also unavailable.

A good basic unit for adding content is an Item. Items can be added to either a module or folder. An item can contain text, attached files, web links, images, and more. Descriptive text can be added as well.

For more information about Organization and Adding Content, select from the following:

Create a Content Area

If you're not copying content from a previous Blackboard course you can start by creating a content area which is a new page in your course with a corresponding left menu link. The content area is where you can add new Items, Folders, Learning Modules, etc. You can create as many content areas as you need.

  1. Put your cursor on the plus symbol in a circle at the top of the left menu
  2. Select the first option Content Area.
  3. Enter a name (Course Content, Assignments, Syllabus, etc.)
  4. Click the checkbox Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.

The new content area is created at the bottom of the upper part of the left menu. You can drag it by the left edge to reposition if desired. Click on the new left menu link to enter the content area.

How to Create an Item
  1. Open a course area, such as a Content Area, Learning Module, or folder.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. On the Action Bar, point to Build Content to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Item from the Create pull down menu column.
  5. On the Create Item page, type the item’s Name.
  6. The default color is black. If you select a different color for the name be sure it can be easily read. If meaning is attached to the color we recommend including descriptive text in the textbox that describes the color meaning to students with visual disabilities.
  7. Type instructions or a description in the Text box. Format the text using the Text Editor functions, if needed.
  8. Attach a file if desired. Click Browse My Computer to locate your file, or drag and drop your file from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area.
  9. Select Yes to Permit Users to View this Content.
  10. Select Yes or No for Track Number of Views.
  11. Limit the availability of the item with Display After and/or Display Until dates if desired.
  12. Click Submit.

How to Create a Folder
  1. Open a Content Area(Assignments, Course Documents, etc.)
  2. Confirm that Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Put your cursor on Build Content.
  4. Select Content Folder.
  5. Enter a name for the Folder.
  6. Add a description and limit availability if desired.
  7. Click Submit.

Create a Learning Module
  1. Access a Content Area (AssignmentsCourse Documents, etc.)
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Put your cursor on Build Content .
  4. Select Learning Module.
  5. On the Create Learning Module page, type the Name. Optionally, type instructions or a description in the Text box. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text.
  6. Under Availability, select the Yes option to make it available to users.
  7. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields if you want to limit availability. 
  8. Decide if you want to select Yes to Enforce Sequential Viewing of the Learning Module. This makes students work through the material in one specific order and does not allow students to navigate with the table of contents.
  9. Select Yes to force the Learning Module to Open in New Window.
  10. If you want to track views, select Yes for Track Number of Views.
  11. Select Yes to Show Table of Contents to Users.
  12. Select the type of Hierarchy Display from the drop-down list.
  13. Click Submit.

Edit a Learning Module
  1. Put your cursor on the Learning Module's name.
  2. Select Edit from the contextual menu.
  3. Make changes to the settings.
  4. Click Submit.

How to Delete a Learning Module
  1. Put your cursor on the Learning Module's name.
  2. Select Delete from the contextual menu for the Learning Module.
  3. Select OK to confirm the deletion. This action is final and cannot be undone.

Additional Resources from Blackboard:

Blackboard Video: Adding Content to a Learning Module ».

For more information about Learning Modules, visit Blackboard's Create Learning Modules ».

For more information about Items, Content Folders, and Learning Modules visit Blackboard's Create Content ».

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