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Profiles

A profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, and instructors. In your Blackboard profile, you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and anything else you want to share with other users.

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.

Calendar

The Calendar is a quick way to provide students with dates for course related events. Course Calendar events appear to all members of the course. The calendar displays a consolidated view of all institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events for a user.

Student Preview

As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.

Contacts

Use the Contacts tool to add profile information about yourself and other staff (Faculty Information) for your students. You can provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in your course.

People Tool

The People tool is a single location where you can find and connect anyone with a user profile. These connections can be made through existing connections, such as a course you are enrolled in or through new connections you decide to make.

Spaces

A Space is a group that you can easily and quickly create to collaborate with other users. For example, you can create a space for a final exam study group, your athletic team, or any other special interest. Spaces are not the same as organizations. Anyone can create and manage spaces.

Achievements

The Achievements tool allows instructors and course designers to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates. Students can see which rewards they’ve earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn.