Once your course has been made available in Blackboard, you can begin adding content. For the best Blackboard experience, we currently recommend using the Firefox browser to avoid certain frustrating known issues. Check to make sure your browser and settings are compatible with Blackboard here.
Getting to Blackboard
- You can access Blackboard directly by going to ualearn.blackboard.com
- Log in with your MyBama username and password.
- Bookmark this link or create a desktop shortcut for easy access!
- You can access Blackboard through MyBama from a few locations:
- The More… link at the top of MyBama reveals a Blackboard button that leads you to the My Institution page in Blackboard.
- In the Faculty, Academics, and Student tabs, the Blackboard Learn module provides links to individual courses in Blackboard.
- Once you are in Blackboard, select a course. You will begin at your course entry point, which by default is the My Alerts page until content is added to the Course Homepage.
- Make sure Edit Mode is On.
- Click on Course Home Page in the course menu.
- Here you can add files to share content with your students. Choose Build Content from the content area menu, then File. File creates a link in the content area that opens a document. PDFs are ideal for read-only type documents such as syllabi and schedules.
- Name your file in the text box, then click Browser My Computer to find your file. In this case, we are uploading a syllabus. Click submit after you have chosen your file.
- We recommend the default File Options. Opening the file in a New Window can be problematic for screen reader applications, making the content inaccessible.
- Content Alignment requires Goals to be set at an institutional level. Please contact CIT if you are interested in this feature.
- In the Standard Options section, you can determine whether the file will be visible to students, track the number of views and specify when the file will be available.
Add a Link to the Menu
To make your course easier to navigate, link to the most important documents or areas in your course menu.
- Click on the plus sign (+) right above the top left corner of the menu.
- Select Course Link from the dropdown menu.
- Choose Browse to open a map of your course. Navigate to the link destination in the pop-up window, in this case we click on the Syllabus uploaded to the Course Homepage. Name the link, select the Available to Users checkbox, and click submit.
- You can link to any area in your course in this way, so if you organize your course by weeks, for example, you can link to each of those areas in the menu.
- You can also add Tool Links this way, so you can provide a shortcut to discussion boards or exams.
Menu Item Settings
- Checking the “Available to Users” box will make the Content Area visible to your students. If you do not select this box, a gray square to the right of the link/content area indicates that it is not available to students (indicated in image by number 1). A gray square with a line through it indicates that there is nothing in the Content Area yet (2).
- The dropdown arrow next to the menu item name opens a menu allowing you to rename the link, show it to students (if it has the grey box next to it), permit observers (this is a role often used for student athlete advisors), or remove the link.
- When you hover over a menu item, a grey slider button appears to its left. Click on this and drag to move a link up or down in the menu.
- To see how students view your course, use Student View. This can be especially helpful to check that your course links and assignments are available to students. If you don’t see them in student view, check your settings. If you are using adaptive release for a specific student or group, student view will not work unless the corresponding Demo User is also added to the exceptions or group.
- Demo user is the fake student associated with Demo User, who also appears in the grade center after using student view for the first time. You can use Demo User to check grade calculations, and My Grades.
- To use Student View, select the Go To Student View button in the top right corner of your course, near Edit Mode.
- No editing features will be available while in student view.
- To return to your normal instructor experience, Select Go To Teacher View from the top right of course while in student view.