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

Prepare Your Course

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.

Make Your Course Available (set by default)

  1. Select Customization and then Properties in the Control Panel area.
  2. In Set Availability, choose Make Course Available, and select Yes.
  3. Click Submit.

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.