After requesting a course site, these are the first essential steps to design your course in Blackboard Learn.

It is recommended you complete these tasks (if applicable) prior to the start of your course. Most faculty choose to do these at least two weeks before the start of the semester.

Copying a course site with child courses grouped

You will need to retrieve the information for the child course sections that are to be grouped with your parent course site. This provides the Service Desk with the clearest and most concise information in order to efficiently and accurately process these requests.

  1. Acquire all the parent > child information from the University Class Schedule within the Faculty Link.
    Example: For a 2015 Fall CAS WR 100 section A1 course that will be grouped with sections A2, A3, A4, etc., the section A1 course is the parent and all other sections are the child courses of that parent course site.
  2. Take this parent > child information and uses it within the Blackboard Learn support form. Click the Copy a site tab and then, within that tab, select the Copy using One Help box.
  3. Any courses in Blackboard Learn that you are listed as an instructor will show up in Step #1, Copy From, in the list of radio buttons. Select the radio button for the course that you would like to have copied as the source material for your new course site.

    Note:You can click the Search for another course site button if you don’t see your course listed in Step #1.

  4. In Step #2, Copy To, input the parent course (future semester destination course) information.
  5. Still in Step #2, click the Group with Another Section link to bring up a new set of text boxes for the child section(s) to be grouped with this parent course site and fill in the required information for the child section(s).
  6. If not populated automatically, add the new course title in the New Course Title text box.
  7. Click the Submit button.

Make Your Course Available

Please Note: New Blackboard Learn course sites and course copies are set to unavailable by default to prevent students from accessing course materials before the class starts.
  1. Log into Blackboard and under My Courses, click the link for the course you wish to enter.
  2. Go to the course’s Control Panel on the left.
  3. Click on Customizations.
  4. Click on Properties.
  5. For item number 3, Set Availability, set the radio button to Yes.
  6. Click the green Submit button (located at the top and bottom of the page).

There is also a video in our online documentation showing these steps under Check Your Course at http://www.bu.edu/tech/teaching/lms/blackboard/instructors/videos/getting-started/.

Select the Course Entry Point

  1. In the Course Menu, click on the down-pointing chevron to the right of the Home Page link and select Show Link.
  2. In the Control Panel area, click Customization and then select Teaching Style.
  3. Scroll down to Select Course Entry Point.
  4. Change the Course Entry Point to Home Page.
  5. Click Submit.

Turn Off Unnecessary Tools

  1. In the upper-righthand corner of your course, make sure the Edit Mode toggle is set to ON.
  2. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  3. Click Hide Link next to the tools that you will not use in this course.
  4. To view the Tools that will be available to students, switch Edit Mode to OFF.

Design Your Course

Modify Your Course Menu
  1. With Edit Mode set to ON, click the + button at the top of the Course Menu.
  2. Select the item you would like to add. (The choices are detailed below.)
  3. Type in a Name and add any other necessary information.
  4. Check  Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.
Available Course Menu Options:
  • Content Area - This area can contain many different types of content including Tests, Assignments, Folders, links to multimedia content, etc.
  • Module Page – Customizable pages that can contain any number of interactive elements such as a dictionary, calculator, or information including grades, tasks, and alerts.
  • Blank Page – Pages that use the text editor for content that will appear on the page.
  • Tool Link - Access to specific tools within the course.
  • Web Link - Link to an external website.
  • Course Link – Direct link to another area in the course.
  • Subheader – Clarify relationships between Course Menu items. These are text only and, when inserted, a Divider appears above them.
  • Divider - Organize your Course Menu into distinct sections.
Upload Banners
  1. Select Customization in the Control Panel area.
  2. Click on Teaching Style and scroll down to select Banner.
  3. Click Browse and select the image you would like to use.
  4. Click Submit.
Select a Course Structure
  1. Select Customization in the Control Panel area of your existing course.
  2. Click Teaching Style.
  3. In the Select Course Structure area, select the name of the Course Structure you would like to use.
  4. Preview the structure on the right side of the screen and click Use This Structure if you are sure you would like to make the changes
  5. Click Submit.
Select a Course Theme
  1. Select Customization in the Control Panel area of your existing course.
  2. Click Teaching Style.
  3. In the Select Course Theme area, select the theme you would like to use.
  4. Click Submit.