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Working within Blackboard

Module by: Robin Bartoletti. E-mail the author

Summary: Working within Blackboard

Course Menu

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When you enter your Blackboard course you are presented with a list of links in the navigation menu on the left side of the page. Instructors can modify these links by changing the link names or eliminating unused links. The Course Menu may contain any of the following types of links:

Folders that hold course information such as Course Documents

Specific items such as a course syllabus

External Links which link to URL's outside of the course

Course Links which link to other areas within the course

Links to course tools, such as the Discussion Tool

You might be interested in reading Using the Course Information Menu and

Manage Course Menu, resources found in TWU ID, a set of resources for TWU distance educators.

Content Areas via the Visual Text Box Editor

The Visual Text Box editor appears with a menu that looks similar to that of a Microsoft Word document when adding items, folders and discussion. You can type your text into it and format it. You can copy text and paste from plain text word processors, such as Notepad or Wordpad, and format it. You can insert tables, images, and multimedia.

Tip: White space is sometimes just as important as the elements that make up a web page. White space is the empty space in between the components on the page - in the margins, between columns, etc. If information is dense on a page, it can be made more readable by adding more white space. To add white space between lines in the Blackboard Visual Text Box Editor, simply hit the <enter> key one or two times at the end of a line.

Tip: You can make different sections of your text stand out by using varied background colors. You must use a table (with invisible borders) to do this. Just copy the following code, filling in the color code of your choice. An example of what the results will look like is shown directly below the code. See browser safe color chart at Cookwood.com. You can replace the #DDDDDD with any suitable color code from the chart.

<table COLS=1 WIDTH="100%" bgcolor="#DDDDDD"><tr><td>Enter text here</td></tr></table>

You may want to see the Visual Text Box Editor How to and FAQand If you Want to Paste Text from Another Application resources found in TWU ID, a set of resources for TWU distance educators.

Course Banner

A Course Banner can be used to personalize the design of your Blackboard course. There are many ways to create course banners including: Using software such as Photoshop to combine text and graphics to create an interesting course banner; Using simple banner creation sites such as http://www.3dtextmaker.com , http://cooltext.com/ and http://www.flamingtext.com/start.html .

Course entry Point

When a user enters a Blackboard course, the first page they see is the course's “entry point”. By default this is set to be the announcements page. If you wish you may change your course's entry point to be a different menu item within your course.

You might be interested in reading the Course Entry Point and Adding a course Banner resources found in TWU ID, a set of resources for TWU distance educators. Note: this will open a new window to make it easier for you to return to this course.

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Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

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