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Blackboard: Tips For How To Set Up A Course

a quick walkthrough on suggestions of how to set up a course.

  • Step 1

    • Uploading content

      • The most time intensive hurdle that any professor will encounter when creating their Blackboard environment is uploading their content. Uploading documents and creating folders take time. There isn’t an easy way to do it either. It often involves a lot of repetitive tasks and generally is a good place to start.

        • (Suggestion: students statistically like their Blackboard environments to be clear cut and uniform. If you can, try to create Content Folders going by weeks. This would mean that Week 1 has it’s own Content Folder, full of everything that the student will need for that week.)

  • Step 2

    • Creating Assignments/Tests/Discussion forums

      • Assignments, tests, and discussion forums can be complex just as they can be simple. It depends on how you want to use them. They are still part of your content but they have other aspects attached to them such as points attributed or due dates that require a more careful look. Creating a test can at times be just as intensive as uploading content.

        • (Suggestion: be sure to review settings on tests with the Academic Services team if you are new to them. There are confusing aspects inside of it that can misleading)

  • Step 3

    • Grade Book

      • The grade book is the last step in the process because it uses all of the materials that you have uploaded or created prior. You can add columns for items that are not in Blackboard such as participation. You can create categories that separate assignments. For instance, if you used assignments but called them "essay quizzes", you could rename them that and create a column for them.

        • (Suggestion: review your gradebook with Academic Services and be sure to look through Knowledge Base for articles on the Full Grade Center)  


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Keywords:course setup   Doc ID:75856
Owner:Ryan T.Group:Washington State University - Vancouver
Created:2017-08-18 13:19 CSTUpdated:2018-10-02 12:15 CST
Sites:Washington State University, Washington State University - Vancouver
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