Getting Started

Click on the links on the left for more details about navigation, using tools, and customizing the interface.

 

 

Course Menu

The Course Menu appears on the left side of the window in your course. It contains links to content, tools and other useful information.

Note: The Course Menu may look different depending on the sets of tools that are available in your course.

 

Arrows

Use the forward and back arrows on the top right of the Table of Contents window to navigate through the course content. A set of forward and back arrows are also available on the top right of the content window.

 

Discussions

The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. In courses which include Discussions they are accessible from the Course Menu. You can learn more about Discussion Board by going to the following link:

You can also view a video tutorial about how to use discussions:

    Tests & Quizzes

    Assessments in the form of tests, quizzes, or surveys may be used in your course. You may be able to access them from the Tests & Quizzes link in the Course Menu or from the course content. You can learn more about Assessments by going to the following link:

    You can also view a video tutorial about how to complete and submit a test:

Assignments

The Assignments tool is used to present a variety of learning activities to you as a student, allowing you to view and submit assignments from one location. You can learn more about assignments by going to the following links:

You can also view a video tutorial about submitting an assigment:

Grades

In some online courses you may be graded on assignments, discussions, tests or quizzes. Your grades can be accessed from either the Course Menu or from the Home page. You can learn more about Grades by going to the following link:

You can also view a video tutorial about how to check your grades:

Email and Messages

Some online courses may have the Email tool available for you to use. You can access it from the Course Menu if you need to email to your instructor or classmate. You can learn more about the Email tool by going to the following link:

You can also view a video tutorial about how to send email:

  • Video: Sending an Email (You can access the email tool from the Course Menu, not the course tools, as shown in the video)

Some online courses have the Messages tool available. You can get learn more about this tool:

 

Announcements

If the Announcement tool is available in your course, you can access it from the Home page. Click on the link below to learn about the announcements tool:

 

Hide/Show Course Menu

The Course Menu can be hidden if you would like to have more space on your screen to view the Blackboard course content. When you would like to have access to the Course Menu, then it can be switched to show the Course Menu.

Hide

Hover between the Course Menu and the main content area then click on the left arrow which appears. This will collapse the Course Menu in order to hide it.

Show

Hover your mouse on the left edge of the main content screen, then click on the right arrow which appears. This will expand the Course Menu so you can access it.

 

Customizing the Learning Module Table of Contents

You can use the Learning Module Table of Contents for navigation by clicking on the back and forward arrows as mentioned in the Navigation section. You can also click on the titles of items to go to that content page.

By using the icons on the top left of the Table of Contents, it can be collapsed, minimized to or moved to the bottom or left of the screen. For more information about the Learning Module and how to move the Table of Contents area go to the following link:

Setting Other Preferences

Depending on what tools are available in your course, you may be able to customise or set preferences for a number of areas in your course. Click on the links below for information on customising the settings for notifications, and other options.

Here are a few videos that you may find useful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigation

There are three ways to navigate through the course. Click on the links below for more details.

Tools

Interface Customization

Need Help?

If you need help see the Help link in the Course Menu of your course or access it from here.