You can structure and design your Blackboard course area to encourage student engagement and optimise your face-to-face teaching.
Each Blackboard course has a default course menu, which is the starting point for organising the course structure and is located on the left of your screen. The course menu is applied to all new courses created in Blackboard to increase consistency across modules. However, you can customise it to reflect your specific module structure. Please see the TEL guide Customising a course menu to find out more.
You can start organising your course materials and activities by editing the course menu and creating content folders.You can then use these to add various types of content, such as Blackboard ‘items’, assignments, file attachments, multimedia, and links to tools and activities. Please see our step-by-step guides on the Blackboard Help for Staff site.
You can also add and embed multi-media content, including videos from Box of Broadcasts (an archive of TV and radio programmes from over 65 channels).
It is important for your course structure to be as clear and accessible as possible. If you’re teaching on more than one module, make sure there is consistency in terms of layout and style where possible.
As the ‘module instructor’ you’re in control of what content is available to students at any time. You can use the ‘Hide’ function and Adaptive Release to ensure students see content that is relevant to the right students at the right time.