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Bb Course Cartridges

What are they?
  • Pre-packaged ready to use course materials
  • Contain a variety of materials (slides, documents, multimedia files, links to related websites, test/quiz banks)
  • Material often correlates to a textbook
  • Some cartridges are stand-alone
  • Customizable once downloaded to course site

In many cases, the method used follows a standard college textbook sales model: as an instructor, you can download a copy of the cartridge into your course for free; the publisher's content is protected within your course such that students will need their own access key in order to use those portions of your course.

Student Access

Students typically purchase an access key in the bookstore, either bundled with or available separately from the textbook or other materials for the course. Students are prompted to enter a Student Access Code or Student Access Key the first time they encounter publisher content within a course. This is a one-time entry. After the key is entered, students will not need the key again and will be able to access the publisher content &endash; from any PC/Mac &endash; in the same way they access other content areas within a course. Generally, each key may be used only once, so each student must have his or her own Student Access Code.

Copyright Regulations

All Blackboard Course Cartridges are cleared by the publisher for usage within instructors' courses. The Blackboard system provides copyright protection for the publishers' cartridge content by disallowing the copy, export, or archive of cartridge-supplied content (in Blackboard 6). All instructor-provided content is safely copied and/or restored into new course instances. Then, a new copy of the cartridge can be downloaded into the new course. The cartridge WILL NOT disturb content already in the course.

Search the following publishers' Blackboard Course Cartridge Catalogs:

McGraw -Hill
Additional Publishers' Course Cartridge Catalogs