You are now ready to begin adding content to your course. We will start with learning how to post your syllabus to the Blackboard course site.
You can post your syllabus as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF file, or alternatively, you might choose to post the text of your syllabus directly onto the Blackboard page without uploading a file. However, if your syllabus is longer than a page, it is recommended that you post it as a file.
- Step 1: If uploading a Word document, make sure that the file name terminates with the three-letter extension .doc and not .docx (*If you are using Office 07 and don't know how to do this, click here). It is also a good idea to give your syllabus a descriptive name that includes the name of the course.
- Step 2: In your course site, click on Control Panel.
- Step 3: In the first box on the left, titled Content Areas, click on Syllabus.
- You should now see the following:
- Step 5: Give your file a title in the Name field.
- Step 6: (Skip this step if you are simply uploading your syllabus as a word or pdf document.) Click once inside the Text box below, and paste the content of your syllabus into it.
- Step 7: Scroll down to the Content section (found below the Text box) and click the Browse button next to Attach local file. Navigate to the syllabus file located on your computer. Choose your file and press OK or Open. You'll see the name of your file appear in the Attach local file field. (*Note - this process is not unlike that of attaching a file to an e-mail!)
- Step 8: Click the Submit button at the bottom right of the page. Your syllabus will now be posted to the course and can be accessed by students when they click on the Syllabus button found in the menu on the left side of the screen.
When uploading a file to Blackboard, the process will always be the same as that which we have just seen. However, you will often want to do more than simply post a file. For instance, you may want to post an assignment that includes instructions, a file for download, a link to another area of the course. You also have the option of having the students submit the assignment back to you through Blackboard, of linking the assigment to your personal gradebook, and of specifying the time at which the assignment is made available to students. Click Next to learn about creating Assignments on Blackboard.
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