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Blogs are an open communications tool for students to share their thoughts.

Content Editor

The content editor allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, tables, and attach different types of files to content. The editor appears throughout the system as the default editor.

Course and System Roles

Course Roles control access to the content and tools within a Course. Each user is assigned a role for each Course in which they participate.

Course Calender

The Course Calendar feature can be used to indicate important course related events. All students registered in the course can view the dates and events that appear on the Course Calendar.

Course Statistics

Instructors can use the Tracking Reports area to generate reports on the Course usage and activity. Instructors can view specific Student’s usage to determine if Students are actively using the Course. The report appears in…

Course Tasks

The Tasks feature organizes project or activities by defining task priority and tracking task status. As an instructor, you can post tasks to users participating in your course.

Customizing Tab Modules

You can personalize the placement, color, and selection of modules that appear on the My Institution or Notifications Dashboard tabs.

Customizing the Look of a Course

The Style settings control how the Course appears to users. Settings include identifying the first page Users see when they open the Course, the appearance of the menu, and how content items appear in folders.…

Dashboard Notifications

Use the Dashboard Notifications to view tasks to be completed in one central place, assignment to grade, and new discussion board posts to review, monitor at-risk students, and receive course notifications.

Edit Mode

Edit Mode is a Blackboard feature that allows an instructor to make changes to content from within the Course view instead of navigating through the Control Panel.


The Manage Groups feature of Blackboard allows instructors to create groups within a course. This allows the group members to have access to their own private Discussion Board, File Exchange, and Group Email.


A Journal is self-reflective tool for students. Only the student and the Instructor are able to Comment on Journal Entries. However, Journals can be made public by the Instructor to allow other enrolled users read…

Language Pack

Language Pack preferences are defined at the system level, the Course or Organization level, and finally at the user level.

Learning Modules

A Learning Module is a set of Content Items with an accompanying structured path for progressing through the items. The path is set so that students must view content in sequentially or set to permit…

Manage My Courses Module

This Quickstart provides information on how to manage “My Courses” module on your homepage.

Managing the Course Menu

The Manage Course Menu feature allows instructors to add and modify the content areas used for a course. An instructor can add an area and modify the name to better suit a course. Instructors have…

Managing Users

The Users feature enables instructors to change a user’s role within a course and update user profiles.


Mashups allow Instructors to add content to a Course that is from an external Web site. This content is used in a variety of ways within a Course: a standalone piece of Course Content, part…

Modifying Course Name and/or Description

The Customization feature allows instructors to change course properties, including the name of a course and its description.

Retention Center

The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed,…