.Blackboard Instructor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What kind of information should I put in the Course Documents area?

You may choose to add information such as daily notes, handouts, presentations, and/or any supplemental information you use for your classes.

To add items to Course Documents:
1) Click on the Control Panel.
2) Under Content Areas choose Course Documents.
3) Choose Add Item.
4) Name the file from the default drop-down list or specify your own name.  You may also choose to give a brief description of the file in the Text box.
5) Under Content Attachments, locate your file by clicking on Browse.
6) Open the file, then give it a name. 
7) Choose create a link to this file, display media file within the page, or unpackage this file.
8) Under Options, be sure the content is visible by choosing “Yes”.
9) You may also choose to track the number of views by your students and set specific dates for availability (not setting a date will allow the file to be available indefinitely).

How do I manage and organize all of the files I have in Course Documents?
All documents can be organized into folders much like you organize folders in your word processing files and presentations.  If you have a great deal of information, we recommend that you organize it through creating files.  You may choose to organize information by subject heading, chapter, handouts, slides, etc.  For example, math teachers may choose to organize their content by chapter as these classes tend to be sequential; English teachers may choose to organize their content by subject area; and history teachers may choose to organize their material by dates.

To organize your material into folders:
1) Click on the Control Panel.
2) Under Content Areas choose Course Documents.
3) Choose Add Folder.
4) Give the folder a Name and set the Availability (if needed).  Click on OK.
5) From the list of items in your Course Documents, scroll down to the Folder and begin the process adding information by repeating the steps from “To add items to Course Documents.”

What formats should I use when sharing documents with my students?
Generally, you can use any type of word processor, presentation software, or html editing program to share documents with your students.  It is recommended that you save your documents as a web page (.htm or .html), .PDF (portable document format), or .RTF (rich text file) to enable students to view them across platforms and programs.  You may also instruct your students to download Microsoft’s free viewers for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

What if I need to edit a document that I’ve already placed on Course Documents?
Unfortunately, Blackboard does not act as a document editor.  You will need to make the changes on your original file, remove the old file from Blackboard, and add the new file with the changes again.

To upload a document with changes:
1)  Click on the Control Panel.
2)  Under Content Areas choose Course Documents.
3)  Locate the file to be replaced and choose Modify.
4)  Scroll down to Content Attachments.  Under Current Attached Files, choose remove.
5)  After the “old” file is removed, add the updated file by choosing Browse and locating the new file.
6)  Give the new file a name, choose to create a link to this file, display media file within the page, or unpackage this file (only if it needs to be changed as well).
7)  Make sure the content is visible and update the dates for availability (if needed).

I no longer need a file that I have on Course Documents.  How do I get rid of it?
You may remove any files you have placed on Course Documents by:
1)  Click on the Control Panel.
2)  Under Content Areas choose Course Documents.
3)  Locate the file to be replaced and choose Remove.  You will be prompted to be sure you want to remove the file.

Questions/Comments to Blackboard Coordinators

Florissant Valley: afoster@stlcc.edu

Forest Park : lelliott@stlcc.edu

Meramec : jpande@stlcc.edu


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