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This presentation provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a course page on Blackboard, link LibGuide to Blackboard, and upload documents and videos to the page. ...

This presentation provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a course page on Blackboard, link LibGuide to Blackboard, and upload documents and videos to the page.

Presented by Chella Vaidyanathan on January 25, 2009 at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Conference for the Joint Meeting of the WESS Germanists' and Social Sciences and History Discussion Groups.

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    • Library Instruction and Services through Blackboard Chella Vaidyanathan History, Political Science, U.S. Govt./International Docs. Librarian University of Miami Libraries 2009 ALA Midwinter Conference , Jan. 25 2009
    • Library Instruction & Services via Blackboard • Promoting library services • Great for library instruction sessions • Useful for teaching long-distance learners • Easy to link to subject specific LibGuides for European History, Asian Studies, etc.
    • Library Instruction & Services via Blackboard (continued) • Links to discipline-specific information and visual resources can be added to Blackboard • BB Discussion Board is a good place to teach about information literacy concepts outside of class • It is also an excellent tool to initiate discussions among students
    • Logging into Blackboard • At the Univ. Miami Libraries, librarians have system administrator rights • Therefore, it easy to log into any course and create a course page for that class • Go to your university’s BB page • www.courses.miami.edu • Enter your user name and password
    • Accessing Course Pages & Library Support Tab • Click on “systemadmin” tab and select “courses” • Search by “instructor name” • Click on the course number (e.g. HIS 241) • You can also search by course ID (e.g. POL347) • On the left side of the screen, you will see a “library support” tab • At UM, we have a customized tab. If you don’t have one, create it! 
    • Creating a Library Support Tab • Click on “control panel”(located at the bottom left side of the screen) • Choose “manage course menu” and click on “add content area” • Type the name of the content area – “library support/services” • Then hit “submit” and voila, you have created a “library support tab” • Go back to the main course page by clicking on the course title at the top right
    • Creating Library Content for Class (continued) • On the left side of the screen, you will see a “library support” tab • Click on the “library support” tab and then, click on “edit view” (located on the right side of the screen) • Then, click on “modify” (located on the right side of the screen) • A text box will appear on your screen where you can copy and paste contents
    • Creating Library Content for Class (continued) • A text box will appear on your screen where you can copy and paste contents • After you are done with copying and pasting, hit “submit” • All your contents should be available on the library support page
    • Linking LibGuide & Other Resources • You can easily link the LibGuide and any other websites that the class needs • Click on the “library support” tab and then, click on “edit view” (located on the right side of the screen) • Then, click on “modify” (located on the right side of the screen) • Click on “external link” at the top (globe sign)
    • Linking LibGuide & Other Resources (continued) • Click on “external link” at the top (globe sign) • Type the title or name of the LibGuide or website • Copy and paste the URL • Scroll down and hit “submit” • You can also specify options for display and upload MS Word attachments to this page
    • Uploading MS Word Documents • To upload your handout (MS Word doc), scroll down to the second section of your BB page • This should be listed as quot;2 Content” • Hit the “browse” button and select the document that you would like to upload from your C drive or desktop • Then hit “submit” • Your handout should be uploaded to the library support page 
    • Uploading Video Clips from YouTube to Blackboard page • If you would like to upload a video from www.youtube.com, then click on “<>” button on the top of the text box (make sure to check for copyright information) • Select a video from www.youtube.com that you would like to have on your course page • After selecting a video, look for the HTML source code. This should be available in the “embed” column
    • Uploading Video Clips from YouTube to Blackboard page (continued) • Copy and paste the source code into your text box in BB and then hit “submit” (at the bottom of the BB page) • Click “OK” • Then, click on “library support” to see your video 
    • Conclusion It is also easy to track usage statistics for • LibGuides and other resources/websites via your Blackboard page Both students and faculty love the library • support tab on the course page It provides easy access to information and • research resources