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Navigating content in a course site
Viewing and saving content (files, documents, etc.)
How do students view their grades in Blackboard?

Navigating content in a course site

Navigating content in a course site is really just a matter of clicking your way around. The best way to think of Blackboard is like a giant filing cabinet. Each drawer is a course site and contained within the drawer are folders containing documents. Depending on how the professor organizes their "drawer" depends on how many levels of folders you may have to navigate down to in order to view the documents you want.

Course Overview

1) On the top you'll see a line of tabs.  These will give you access to the different aspects to Bb, like your main Bb page, SmartThinking (an online  academic support tool), iTunesUniversity, and the Community tab.

2) On the left hand side of the course site is the course menu. The links listed there are called Content Areas. It is the Content Areas that contain the files - the Word docs, the PowerPoints, the links to outside websites. You'll find that most professors will use similar terminology for their menu labels such as Faculty (containing contact details and maybe a brief bio on the class instructor); Lectures; Assignment; Computer Info, etc. Simply by clicking on one of these menu links you can start to see what is contained in them. The link opens in the main course site page, just to the right of the menu bar in the content viewer area.

3) When you first enter a course site this page is typically set to Student Dashboard. Your instructor will post important information here and instructions under Announcements and it's in your best interest to take note.
 
At the start of each semester, go into your course sites, click on all the links you can find and really familiarize yourself with the content.


Viewing and saving content (files, documents, etc.)

To view a file such as a Word document or PowerPoint presentation click on the item. It will either open within the Blackboard course site or in another window. A dialog box will appear and you will be given the option of opening or saving the document. Depending on what you want to do click accordingly.

If you plan on printing the document I recommend saving it to your computer (desktop or network drive) or a flash drive and then printing it from your computer rather than from within the course site. If you do open the file and want to print it directly from the course site be sure to use the Windows tool bar at the top of the document and not your internet browser print icon. If you use your browser to print it will print only the page frames and not the document content. A waste of your valuable printing points!

There are a number of free applications/plug-ins that students can download in order to view/open documents. Students may also be reminded that they can purchase Microsoft Office products at hugely discounted prices from the University Campus Shop.

 

How do students view their grades in Blackboard?

Posting grades in Blackboard is not a requirement for instructors although most that use Blackboard for their course will do so. It is then up to the instructor to determine which grades are posted; they may wish to post your quiz scores but not attendance or final exam. Check with the instructor regarding grade posting expectations.

 

 

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