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BlackBoard Learn Basics
Office of Learning &Technology
Purdue University North Central
We will cover:
The “big picture” and getting started with your
Adding folders, web links, and files to you course
Arranging the sidebar menu
Dealing with StudentView and course availability
Modifying color themes and banners
It is not a bad idea to start out with pen and
paper and map out your course
What materials should be in there?
What order do you want students to find
What activities are you planning to do with
assignments/projects, discussions, etc.)?
Do not try to do everything at once – there’s
no right way to put together a course online
You also do not need to do all of the “fancy
stuff” right away – start with familiar tools
first to lay the groundwork
Look to your learning objectives, and the rest
may come together easier than you think!
Audience: who are the learners?
Behavior: what do you want to be able to
observe them doing?
Condition: under what conditions will they do
Degree: to what degree must they perform to
For example: After the course, students will be
able to discuss at least three major outcomes
from the American Civil War, including social and
Faculty new to BlackBoard may ask, but there is
no easy answer – every course is different
But, there are some fundamentals that will help
students find their way:
Course Calendar with due dates
“Class Café” or Q&A discussion board for general help
Lecture notes or introductions to units
Assignments and/or quizzes
Links to useful resources or readings
Adding a Folder
Adding aWeb Link
Adding a File
Rearranging Menu Items
Adding a Menu Item
Hiding/Showing a Menu Item