Blackboard courses are usually set up automatically using information in the Banner student record system, this allows courses to automatically be populated with students and staff. Arbitrary Courses can be used in situations where a course is required which is not listed in Banner, for example for a course project or an admin course for a year group.
When courses are created they are set to be unavailable to students. This means that the instructor can set the course up as they wish and then make the course available.
The courses themselves can be customised in terms of design and menu layout. A course catalogue lists all available courses, Banner courses are categorised automatically while for Arbitrary Courses this is a manual process.
Courses may be accessed through the My University of Southampton screen, which can be customised to show only relevant information.
It is possible to set your Blackboard course to appear in one of a number of available languages. Once this is set you can also enforce your selection so that students cannot force it to be displayed in a different language.
The My University of Southampton shows which courses you have access to and any announcements for those courses. You can change which courses are shown by using this guide. This can be useful for hiding courses that are no longer relevant.
When a user enters a Blackboard course, the first page they see is the course’s “entry point”. By default this is set to be the announcements page. If you wish you may change your course’s entry point to be a different menu item within your course.
A “deep link” is a link that takes someone further into a web site than the standard home page of that site. In Blackboard you may wish to provide students with a link to a part of a Blackboard course, or a piece of content. There are some important consideration when using deep linking, read the guide carefully.