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Blackboard Content Editor

The content editor allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, tables, and attach different types of files to create content. The editor appears throughout the system as the default editor.

Adding Links to the Course Menu

The Course Menu is the (usually dark blue) navigational menu on the lefthand side of the screen inside a Blackboard course. It provides quick links to various content areas and tools inside your course, and by default includes links to your Announcements, Faculty Information, Syllabus and Course Documents content areas. You can add other content areas, links to other content areas or links to tools to this menu and customize it in a number of different ways, depending on your needs.

Copy Course Content

Many types of content within a course can be duplicated and used multiple times within the same course. Once an item has been copied, it can be placed in any area within your course and edited, changed, or deleted without affecting the original item. This is a useful way of creating a single template course format and then duplicating it multiple times as you build out the entirety of your course, or presenting the same (or similar) material at different time-points within the course.

Content Collection

The Content Collection is your access point to all files that you have access to in Blackboard. Understanding how your course and personal content collections function can streamline the process of managing the content of your courses.

Course Design Best Practices

The “usability” of a website refers to how easy a site is to use for the people visiting it. While Blackboard presents a layout and template that you as the instructor can’t change much, there are many aspects of your course usability that are well within your control. These four videos cover the most important tips and potential pitfalls associated with Blackboard usability.