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I don't have a blackboard account. How do I get one?
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Introduction to Blogs in Blackboard
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How to use the Glossary Manager
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Adding Zip Files/Wimba Create Files/Course Genie Files to your Blackboard Module
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Blackboard Mobile Learn
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Attaching Course Files to a Content Item
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Building a Learning Module
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Changing the USER language pack
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Creating a Mashup Tool
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Creating a Tool Link
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Importing a Course Package
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Turning Tool Availability On and Off
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Anonymous Grading with Blackboard
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Cleaning Up Assignment Files
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Colour Coding the Grade Centre
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Creating a Grade Report
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Creating a Rubric
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Creating Grade Centre Smart Views
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Creating Grading Notes
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Customising the Grade Centre View
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Grading Question by Question
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Viewing and Downloading Grade History
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Viewing Grade Details by Instructors
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Adding a NEW Blog to your course site
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Adding a NEW Journal to your Course Site
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Adding a NEW Podcast feed to your course site
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Adding a NEW Wiki to your course site
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Adding and Managing Widgets in your Blog
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Adding and managing widgets in your Journal
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Adding and Managing Widgets in your Podcast
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Adding and Managing Widgets in your WIKI
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Assessing your Blog
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Assessing your Journal
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Assessing your Wiki
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Attaching a file to your blog post
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Attaching a file to your Journal Post
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Adding a file to your Podcast Feed
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Attaching a file to your Wiki Page
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Creating a Custom Role to Access your Blog
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Creating a Custom Role to access your Journal
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Creating a Custom Role to access your Podcast
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Creating a Custom Role to access your Wiki
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Customising your Blog
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Customising your Journal
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Customising your Podcast
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Customising your Wiki
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Exporting your Blog
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Exporting your Journal
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Exporting your Podcast Feed
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Exporting your Wiki
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Managing Attachments in your Blog
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Managing Attachments in your Journal
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Managing attachments in your Podcast
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Managing Attachments in your Wiki
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Recycling your Blog
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Recycling your Journal
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Recycling your Podcast
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Recycling your Wiki
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Setting appropriate permissions for your Blog
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Setting Appropriate Permissions for your Journal
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Setting Appropriate Permissions for your Podcast
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Setting Appropriate Permissions for your Wiki
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Subscribing to your Blog Posts
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Subscribing to your Journal Posts
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Subscribing to your Wiki Posts
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How to add eStream video content to Blackboard
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How can I prove that I have made a submission?
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How do I receive feedback from Turnitin?
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What should I do if I have a problem with submission?
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What should I do if I have submitted, but my submission does not appear to be in the system?
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Is there a file size limit for submissions?
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What file types can be submitted to Turnitin?
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I don't have a blackboard account. How do I get one?

Student accounts are automatically created.

Your login should be your student/library ID and your usual network password.  If this does not work then please use the Ask a Question form to contact us. 

Staff accounts are not created automatically.  If you are a member of staff, you should contact us.

Please rate the article and leave a comment.  Thank you!

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Introduction to Blogs in Blackboard

Web Logs, known as Blogs, provide a journal style format where course users may add date-based entries made up of text, which may also include pictures, or other files. Blogs can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing news, as a personal diary, or as a means of informing readers about progress on a project.

Due to their reflective nature blogs are a useful tool that can be employed within learning and teaching.


From within your module (and in the area of the course that you want to house your blog, eg. Course Documents), click on "Tools"

Screenshot showing location of "Add Interactive Tool" option

Select "Campus Pack Blog" from the drop down menu:

Screenshot showing location of the blog tool

Enter the details as required, including a name and description for your blog:

Fill in the details requested.  When you have completed this, click on "Add"

The next page will then prompt you to add an entry.  Click on the  "Add entry" button.

Give your message a title, and write your blog post using the text editor specified:

When you have finished, click on Save.  You should then be taken to your blog post

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How to use the Glossary Manager

This function allows you to build up a set of subject-specific terminology. It is possible to build it up individually or to upload a CSV file.
 
To add to or start a glossary, you will need to be an instructor on the course or a leader on the organisation.

 From within the module, click on the Control Panel link and look for the Course Tools or Organisation Tools link.

Click on the glossary link:

You are now presented with two options: Create Term, Upload/Download:

The Create Term button will let you build up your glossary term by term. Click on this and fill in the term and definitions boxes.

Click on Submit when this is done. 

If you wish to add another term, then select ‘Create Term' and repeat the previous two steps.

The Upload/Download option allows you to upload your glossary from a csv file, or download your existing glossary.

To Upload a glossary:

Click on Upload/Download and select the Upload Glossary option:

You will be asked to browse for your file.  The file should be in TXT (tab-delimited) or CSV (Comma-Separated Value) format.

The file must be a text file that contains a term and a definition on each line. The term and the definition on each line must be separated by a comma in a comma-delimited file or separated by a tab in a tab-delimited file. The terms do not need to be in any specific order.

Your file could either be housed on your computer or in the content collection:

The next section allows you to choose what you want to do if duplicate terms are found:

To Download a Glossary:

The Download Glossary button allows users to download the glossary in spreadsheet format.

Click on Upload/Download and select the Download Glossary option:

Click on Download to download the glossary, or Go Back to return to the glossary manager:

Please rate the article and leave a comment.  Thank you!

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Adding Zip Files/Wimba Create Files/Course Genie Files to your Blackboard Module

This guide explains how to publish Zip files, including HTML packages created using tools such as Wimba Create and Course Genie.

This guide assumes that you have already created your zip file.

Creating a folder for all your zip file content (optional, but recommended)

In your module, go to the Control Panel menu and click Content Collection.  Click the module ID code directly underneath Content Collection item 1 in screenshot below.  (Item 2 in screenshot refers to all content that you've uploaded in all your modules).

Use the Create Folder button to make a folder, give it a name and click on submit:

Adding a Zip File

From within your module, go to the Control Panel menu and select Content Collection.  Click on the module ID as per the instructions above.  (If you've already created a folder, click on the link to open it).  Click on the Upload button and select Download package from the drop down list:

Click on browse to search for the zip file on your computer, then click on Submit:

This will then upload your zip to Blackboard and unpack it into a folder of it's own.

Linking to your Zip file in your content area

Usually, package files such as Course Genie/Wimba Create zip files have an 'index.html' file inside them.  This is the file you will link to.

Go to the content area where you want your link to appear.  If edit mode is off, switch it on by clicking on the edit mode.  This will show some additional buttons, including the ability to create an item:

Click on Build Content and select Create Item:

Give your item a title and a brief description.  In the second section, scroll down and click on the button Browse for Content Collection 

A window will open which will let you navigate the files in the content collection.  Check the 'index.html' file from the list inside the folder for your required package and click on submit.

You now have three options under File Action:

Choose ‘Give users Read access to all files and folders in the folder’.  This will allow the user to navigate to the other pages within your Course Genie/Wimba Create file.

To make the item available to your students, Permit Users to View the Content Item must be set to yes.  Otherwise the item will only be visible in edit mode, which is not available to students.  Click on submit when you are done:

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Blackboard Mobile Learn

blackboard mobile logo

Swansea University has subscribed to Blackboard Mobile learn on a trial basis for one year.  A Blackboard app is now available for a range of smartphone - please click one of the following for instructions on how to download and use the app on your device. You may also want to visit our Tips page for using the mobile apps

Please note that these apps only access core parts of Blackboard and may not access third party tools such as the Learning objects tools (Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts) or Turnitin UK assignments.  Documents are subject to the viewing capabilities of each device and some content may not display on some phones (eg Flash videos on iOS)

   Instructions for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

How to download the Blackboard Mobile Learn app
The Blackboard Mobile Learn app is available in the Apple App store; search for "Blackboard Mobile Learn" to find it. There is one version for the iPhone / iPod touch, and a separate HD version for the iPad. (searching from your device should bring up the right version)

How to log in to Blackboard Mobile Learn
Once you have successfully downloaded and opened Blackboard Mobile Learn:

  1. Search for "Swansea University" using the search bar that automatically appears when you open the app
  2. Select by tapping "Swansea University" below the search box
  3. Log in using the same username and password that you normally use to access Blackboard

Can I update and contribute content to any features from my device?
Using your iPhone / iPod touch / iPad, you can update Discussion boards and update the status of your Tasks.

visit our Tips page for using the mobile apps

Please note that if you find you cannot access particular documents or content items you are recommended to view them using a computer or laptop – IT Support will not be able to advise on issues relating to limitations on document types in Mobile Learn

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    Instructions for Android devices

How to download the Blackboard Mobile Learn app
The Blackboard Mobile Learn app is available in the Android Market. Search for “Blackboard Mobile Learn” to find it.

How to log in to Blackboard Mobile Learn
Once you have successfully downloaded and opened Blackboard Mobile Learn:

  1. Search for "Swansea University" using the search bar that automatically appears when you first open the app
  2. Select by tapping "Swansea University" below the search box
  3. Log in using the same username and password that you normally use to access Blackboard

Can I update and contribute content to any features from my device?
Using your device, you can update Discussion boards and update the status of your Tasks. These will be visible when you access on the web as Mobile Learn syncs automatically with our blackboard servers

visit our Tips page for using the mobile apps

Please note that if you find you cannot access particular documents or content items you are recommended to view them using a computer or laptop – IT Support will not be able to advise on issues relating to limitations on document types in Mobile Learn

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    Instructions for Blackberry Devices

Versions of BlackBerry that support Blackboard Mobile Learn
BlackBerry devices with OS 4.3 or higher support Blackboard Mobile Learn. If you need to upgrade your software, simply connect your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer using your USB cable, go to http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/ devices/#tab_tab_update, and click on the “Update” button.

If you do not see an “Update” button, please ensure that you are running the following items:

1. Windows® Internet Explorer® v5.5 or later, running on Windows®.
2. An ActiveX control provided by Research In Motion Ltd. on your BlackBerry smart- phone. Click on the Internet Explorer Information Bar, shown at the top of the page, and select “Install ActiveX Control...” to install this component.

How to I get BlackBerry App world on my BlackBerry
If you don’t already have BlackBerry App World, visit http://www.blackberry.com/appworld/download from your BlackBerry to download it.

How to log in to Blackboard Mobile Learn
Once you have successfully downloaded and opened Blackboard Mobile Learn:

  1. Search for "Swansea University" using the search bar that automatically appears when you open the app
  2. Select Swansea University
  3. Log in using the same username and password that you normally use to access Blackboard

How do you update and contribute content to any features from your device?
Using your device you can update Discussion boards and the status of your Tasks. These will be visible when you access on the web as Mobile Learn syncs automatically with our blackboard servers

visit our Tips page for using the mobile apps

Please note that if you find you cannot access particular documents or content items you are recommended to view them using a computer or laptop – IT Support will not be able to advise on issues relating to limitations on document types in Mobile Learn

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     Instructions for Palm devices

What versions of HP WebOS support Blackboard Mobile Learn?
Palm devices with HP WebOS 1.4.5 or higher support Blackboard Mobile Learn.

How to download the Blackboard Mobile Learn app
The Blackboard Mobile Learn app is avail- able in the Palm App Catalog. Search for “Blackboard Mobile Learn” to find it.

How to log in to Blackboard Mobile Learn
Once you have successfully downloaded and opened Blackboard Mobile Learn:

  1. Search for "Swansea University" using the search bar that automatically appears when you open the app
  2. Select Swansea University
  3. Log in using the same username and password that you normally use to access Blackboard

Can I update and contribute content to any features from my device?
You can update Discussions boards and the status of your Tasks. These will be visible when you access on the web as Mobile Learn syncs automatically with our blackboard servers

visit our Tips page for using the mobile apps

Please note that if you find you cannot access particular documents or content items you are recommended to view them using a computer or laptop – IT Support will not be able to advise on issues relating to limitations on document types in Mobile Learn

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Attaching Course Files to a Content Item

Course Files provide central storage on your institution’s Blackboard server for storing content you upload from a local drive.

In your course, you can attach Course Files in areas where attaching files is available, such as content items, interactive tools, and assessments.

Creating a New Content Item

Make sure that you are in the relevant content area.

Create an Item using the Build Content menu:

Give your content item a name and description where appropriate

Click on the Browse My Computer or Browse Content Collection button to add your content as an attachment:

When you are done, click on Submit.

Check any of the options for tracking changes and any date restrictions.

When you are done, click on Submit.  The new file will then be added to the Content Area.

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Building a Learning Module

A learning module is an organised collection of course material presented with a table of contents.  You add content and activities to learning modules and then manage them as you would items in a content area.  This article will show you how to create a new learning module, how to open an existing module and how to add content.

To create a new learning module:

From within your module, click on Build Content and select Learning Module:

Give your Learning module a name and a description:

Section 2 allows you to choose whether you want to enforce sequential viewing of the learning module; this will force the user to go through the learning module in order.  It also gives you the option of whether you want to open the learning module in a new window:

Section 3 allows you to make your learning module available, and choose whether you want to keep it time limited:

Section 4 allows you to display a table of contents, and if you wish to do so, what format you want to display it as:

When you are happy, click on Submit.

To open an existing learning module:

1)    Make sure that you are in the relevant content area and click on the learning module to open it


 

2)    Many types of content can be added to a learning module such as URLs, document files, and images. Indeed, any of the content that you can add into Blackboard itself can be added to a learning module.

3)    The type of content you select determines the options you have for adding it as well as how it is viewed by students.

Adding a file:

Users can attach files from your computer, or from elsewhere in Blackboard, such as the content collection as well as links of various formats.

1)    Click on Build Content and select File. 

2)    Click on Browse to locate the file.

3)    Attach the relevant file(s) before clicking submit.

4)    Enter a name for the added content. The name becomes the link to the item in the table of contents.

5)    Set the options for viewing the content as required

6)    When you are done, click on submit.

7)    The file will have been added to the learning modules and will automatically be including in the table of contents.

8)    Content appears in the order it was added, but the order can be changed by dragging an item into a new location in the learning module.  Items can also be reordered using the keyboard accessible reordering tool.

9)    When you are done, click on submit.  You may need to refresh the table of contents to reflect the changes to the learning module.

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Changing the USER language pack

It is possible to set the language that is used to navigate Blackboard. There are a number of supported languages that can be selected by the user.

Changing your default language must be done from the main Blackboard Welcome page - so if you are currently logged in you will need to log out first before selecting a language. You will find a language selection box on the Welcome Page that looks like this:

Screenshot of language pack

Select your preferred language and press Go.

You should then see the welcome page again but with the main controls in your chosen language.  There are a few points you should know before changing the language

To change back (or to another language) you should repeat the process but using your new choice in the above step - For English you have to select English UK

Note:  Language packs only translate the standard built in navigation tools - it will not translate any content or any navigation tools where the wording has been edited from the standard Blackboard terminology.

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Creating a Mashup Tool

The Blackboard Mashup feature allows you to find content outside of Blackboard and bring it into your course.  Mashups provide a simple way to add multimedia to your course without having to create it yourself.

Adding a mashup to an existing Content Area

1) Make sure that you are in the relevant content area, and select Build Content

2) Select the mashup tool that you require (youtube, slideshare, flickr etc)  area by clicking Build Content.  Content from different sources is available through the Mashups feature:

3) Search for the relevant content following the on screen prompts.  The next screen allows the user to choose how the search functions interpret keywords in the search.  You can also search by language.

4) When you have finished, Click Go.

Searching for Content outside a course

The search engine displays a number of options which meet the defined search parameters.  To find the best selections for your course, use the sort functions.

Displaying Video (YouTube) Mashups in the Content Area

1) Use the Preview button to see the content before adding it to the course, and click on Select to add the content:

3) You have the option to enter a description for the mashup.

4) Now, set the view options for the mashup.

5) There are a few options available, as per the expanded list in the image above:

i) The Thumbnail option displays a small player that enlarges when clicked.

ii) The Text link displays text that expands to a player when clicked.

iii) Embed video displays a full size player in the content area.

6) You can also choose whether to show the video URL and the YouTube information to students, or you can attach a local file to the mashup and set the availability options

7) When you are done, click on Submit. The Mashup will appear at the bottom of the Content area.

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Creating a Tool Link

You can help students access what they need by adding links to frequently used tools in different parts of your course.  For example, add links to My Grades and Email to the Course Menu.  Or in content areas, place relevant tool links near instructional content.

Creating a link on the Course Menu

To begin, go to the Course Menu and click on the plus sign contextual menu:

Select Tool Link from the drop down menu:

For the new tool link, enter a brief name, choose the tool type and check the box next to Available to Users:

When you have done this, click on the submit button.

The new tool link should appear at the bottom of the course menu.  If you wish to move it further up the menu, click to the left hand side of the menu item and drag it up or down until it is in the correct place:

Creating a tool link in a Content Area

Make sure that you are in the relevant content area, and select Tools:

Select Tools Area from the drop down list.  This link will let students access ALL the available tools:

Give the tool link a relevant name and put in the required options such as availability and date/time restrictions:

  

When you are done, click on the Submit button.

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Importing a Course Package

Instructors can use the Import Package utility to copy course materials from one course to another.

In order to use this function you will need to have exported the materials from an existing course.

From within your module, click on the Control Panel and select Packages and Utilities:

Click on Import Package/View Logs from the expanded menu:

Next, click on the Import Package button:

Click on Browse My Computer to select your package:

The next section asks you to select the parts of the course package that you wish to import:

When you have finished, click on the Submit button.

This process may take a while, depending on the size of the imported files.  A message indicating a successful import appears at the top of the screen.  You will also receive a confirmation email.

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Turning Tool Availability On and Off

As an instructor, you can control which tools are accessible in a course, whether on the Course Menu or in a Content Area, by changing their availability settings.

To do this, click on the Customisation menu in the control panel:

Select Tool Availability from the expanded menu:

The following screen will list all of the tools that are installed, and details of whether they are available, visible to guests, visible to observers and visible in the content area:

Tools are displayed down the left hand column in alphabetical order.  Scroll down to find your tool, and then scroll across to check/amend the settings.  

If a tool has been disabled by the system administrator, there will be a circle with a line through it.  If it is available for use but not selected, then there will be a blank check box.  If it is available and has already been selected, the relevant check box will be ticked.

Select or deselect the relevant checkboxes to make your tools available/unavailable.

When you have made all your changes, click on the Submit button.

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Anonymous Grading with Blackboard

Tests that are not automatically graded by the system can be graded by the instructor with student identities hidden.  This type of grading can reduce or eliminate bias when evaluating student responses to test questions.

1)     To begin, access the Full Grade Center and find the column you wish to enter grades for

2)      Select its Action link.

3)      Scroll down to enter scores for the questions.

4)      Questions require a score only if they are not automatically graded.

5)      After the scores are entered, click Save and Next to continue scoring another test.

6)      A notification indicates that the grade was successfully edited.

7)      Continue scoring.

8)      When scoring is complete, click Save and Exit to return to the Grade Center.

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Cleaning Up Assignment Files

Instructors can delete assignment files from the Grade Center.  Once students have submitted assignment files and a grade has been recorded, instructors can delete one or more student submission files to save space in their course.

1)      From within the course that your assignment is in, click on the the Assignments Smart View from the Grade Center section of the Control Panel

2)      Click on the chevrons within the assignments column that you want to clean up.

3)      In the contextual menu, select Assignment File Cleanup to access the files associated with the assignment.

4)      Before deleting a file, you can quickly view it by clicking on the file name.

5)      To delete users’ files, select the users and click Delete.  The students’ graded files are now deleted from the Course assignment.

6)      Click OK to return to Grade Center

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Colour Coding the Grade Centre

You can use Grading Colour Codes to apply background and text colour to items in the Grade Centre that meet specified criteria.

Adding colour rules to the Grade Centre provides visual indicators to help you interpret information quickly.

Open the Full Grade Centre from the Grade Centre section of the Control Panel:

Click on the drop down arrow next to the Manage button, and select Grading Colour Codes:

Colour coding is not available by default.  To enable this feature, check the Enable Grading Colour Codes box:

Colours can be defined for items that are in progress, items that need grading or items that are exempt.  Choose a background colour for each grading status by clicking on the appropriate chevron and selecting a colour from the colour swatch box:

It is also possible to set colour options for different grade ranges by clicking on the Add Criteria button in the Grade Ranges section:

Adding criteria to grade ranges makes it easier to set up your own system of visual recognition.  For example, you can use red to highlight low grades that need attention.  It is also possible to change the colour of the text to make it readable against the background you have selected.

When you have finished your changes, click on the submit button.

Your colour coding will then be applied to the Grade Centre.

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Creating a Grade Report

Reports are customised, printable information from Grade Centre data designed to be shared with students and observers.

For all grades in Grade Centre, you can generate reports for a specific time period, a group of students, or for a category of grades.

Click on the Grade Centre link in the Control Panel and select the Full Grade Centre:

Go to the Reports tab, click on the drop down arrow and select create a report.



 Select items to include in the report header and enter a report description:



Choose whether you want to create a report for all users, all users in a group, or simply for selected users:

If the option for Selected Users is checked, choose which students to include in the report.  You can select multiple students for the report by holding Control while selecting student names.



You can choose the types of user information to include in the report.



Section 4 then allows you to select the columns to include in the report.  Name and grade are included by default. You can select additional column information.  There is an option to include statistics to display a student’s performance in comparison with other students:  



If you'd like to include a footer to the report, you can select information to include in the report footer.  You can also add Custom Text if required:



When you are ready, click on submit.  The report will be displayed in a separate window.  You can print the report from this page using the print feature on your Web browser.

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Creating a Rubric

A rubric lists evaluation criteria for a test or assignment.

Rubrics enable instructors to assign grades consistently and offer valuable feedback to students.

1)   Ensuring that you are in the relevant course, click on Course Tools in the Control Panel and select rubrics

2)    Enter a name and description for the rubric.

3)    Rubrics are made up of rows and columns. 

      The rows correspond to the criteria. 

      The columns correspond to the level of achievement expressed for each criterion. 

      Rows and columns can be added or removed to suit the specific needs of your rubric. 

4)    You can edit the text for rows and columns as well. 

5)    Enter the information for each cell in the rubric.

6)    You have the option to show the points or point range associated with each cell of the rubric.  Enter the points or range into the relevant cells within the rubric

 7)    When you are done, click on Submit.  The new rubric will appear on the Rubrics page.

In Grade Centre, you can select a Test or Assignment column and associate a rubric with it.

When you want to grade that column, you can view the rubric in a separate window while evaluating students’ work.

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Creating Grade Centre Smart Views

Smart Views are limited displays of Grade Centre data based on selected criteria.  Blackboard generates a number of useful default smart views.  Instructors can also create their own by adding a set of criteria that reflects specific student activity and achievement in the course.

1)    Access Full Grade Centre from the Control Panel

2)    Click on the chevrons next to the Manage button and select Smart Views

3)    The default smart views are displayed on the Smart Views page.  Click on the one that you wish to view.  

4)    To create a new smart view, click on the Create Smart View button:

5)    Enter a brief name for the new smart view and a description if required.  You can also choose to add the smart view to your favourites which will display a link on the control panel, or you can add it as a favourite after you finish. 

6)    Next, set the type of view you would like to add criteria to.  

7)    Set the criteria for the smart view. These settings define the students, and grade centre columns to display. (See above image)

8)    Select the status of the items to display from the Filter Results drop-down list.

9)    When you are ready, click on submit.

The new smart view displays on the Smart Views page.

You can add a smart view to the control panel by clicking its corresponding star icon in the Add as Favorite column.

The smart view can now be accessed from the Control Panel by following steps 1-3 above.

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Creating Grading Notes

Instructors can enter grading notes in the Grade Centre. This is different from giving feedback to users.  Grading notes are for instructor use while feedback is for students.
To begin, access Full Grade Centre from the Control Panel:
Click on one of the chevrons in a student's row and select View Grade Details:
Access Grading Notes by clicking the Manual Override tab:
Next, enter your grading notes into the appropriate section:
Save the grading notes:

 You can view the saved grading notes in the Grade History tab:

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Customising the Grade Centre View

Instructors can customise their view of the Grade Centre by hiding columns to focus on specific data and reduce scrolling.  Hidden columns are not deleted from the Grade Centre and can be shown at any time.

You will need to be in the Full Grade Centre.  Select Grade Centre, and Full Grade Centre from the Control Panel:
Click on the chevrons next to the column you wish to hide and select Hide Column.
The column is now hidden.
You can restore the view of a hidden column from the Column Organisation page.  The Column Organisation page controls how different Grade Centre views are displayed. This can be accessed from the Manage button:
Check each column that you wish to show – hidden columns are greyed out.  Click on the show/hide drop down menu to show the relevant columns.
When you are ready, click on submit.
A success message appears.
The column is now visible in Grade Centre.

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Grading Question by Question

For each test, you can choose to grade all responses to a specific question. This allows you to move from test to test, viewing and scoring the same question for each student. Grading this way can save time as you concentrate only on the answers for a single question. You can see how all students responded, providing immediate feedback about how the group performed on that particular question.   Also, grading by question is useful when you want to revisit a question that requires a score adjustment for all or many students.
At the same time, questions can be graded anonymously. All test attempts remain in needs grading status until all of the responses for all questions have been graded.
1. In the Grade Centre, click a test's Action Link in the column heading to access the contextual menu and select Grade Questions.
–OR -
On the Needs Grading page, click a test's Action Link to access the contextual menu and select Grade by Question.
2. On the Grade Questions page, you can filter the questions by status: Graded, Needs Grading, or In Progress. You may also select the check box for Grade Responses Anonymously, if needed.
3. For each question, click the number in the Responses column.
4. On the Grade Responses page, expand the Question Information link to view the question. If anonymous grading was not previously selected, click Hide User Names on the Action Bar. Click OK in the pop-up window to verify the action.
5. Click Edit next to the score for a user.
6. Type a grade in the Score box. Optionally, add Response Feedback specific to the individual question. The Response Feedback box only appears for certain question types, such as essays.  Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and add files, images, links, multimedia, and Mashups. Click Submit.
7. Optionally, if a rubric has been associated with Essay Questions, Short Answer Questions, or File Response Questions, click View Rubric to grade the question using the rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics.
8. Click Back to Questions to return to the Grade Questions page when all student responses are graded.

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Viewing and Downloading Grade History

Grade History displays a table of data detailing every grade change in the Grade centre to date.
From the Control Panel, click on Grade Centre and select Full Grade Centre:
Click on the Reports Tab and select View Grade History
Click on Download:
The next screen lets you set options for the download.
Set a delimiter type to determine the format of file that downloads:
A comma delimiter downloads a text file with the .CSV extension. 
A tab delimiter downloads a text file with the .XLS extension. 
Both file types will open in Microsoft Excel. 
You may also include comments:
When you are ready, click on submit
Click on the download button to download the grade history.
Select the option to Save the File.  This will then save the grade history to your local drive.  The downloaded file can be viewed in Microsoft Excel. 

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Viewing Grade Details by Instructors

These instructions apply to STAFF using Blackboard Assignments only and may be not applicable to those using Turnitin.  

From the Grade Centre, instructors can view Grade Details to see attempts, assign grades, and view the grade history.
Select Grade Centre > Full Grade Centre from the Control Panel: 
Click on the cell containing the grade you wish to view.  A chevron will appear:
Click on the chevron and select View Grade Details.  The student’s grade information will display on the Grade Details page.
Select the Attempts tab to display every attempt for the item submitted by a student. 
To edit the current grade, select the Edit Grade button. 
You can also manually override an existing grade.  Overriding a grade changes the value of the grade and ignores the results of user attempts. To do this, click on the Manual Override tab.
You can select the Column Details tab to view the overall test details. This is a great way to measure how a student is doing against the average score.  
You can also use the Grade History tab to display all activity associated with the student’s grade.

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Adding a NEW Blog to your course site

To add a blog to your course site, you need to be in the relevant content area that you wish to add your blog to.

Click on Tools and select Campus Pack Blog from the drop down menu:

The section that follows allows you to customise your blog.  Give your Blog a title and a brief description of what it is for/about.

Deployment allows you to choose how many copies of the blog you want, and who you want to view/edit them:

Single Copy allows you to have one copy that everyone enrolled on that module can contribute to

If you have groups set up in your course, then the One Per Group could be useful.  Only the students enrolled in that group (and Instructors) could see that wiki, and this facility would automatically create identical blogs for each group.

If you wish each student to have personal blogs, then the One Per Person option would be most suitable.

Blogs can be graded.  If you wish to grade your blogs then you will need to check the Create Grade Book Entry box.  You are then prompted to give your grade book entry an appropriate name, and allocate the number of points possible.  If you wish the grades to be visible to students then check this box:

 When you have set the options, click on Add.

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Adding a NEW Journal to your Course Site

To add a journal to your course site, you need to be in the relevant content area that you wish to add your journal to.

Click on Tools and select Campus Pack journal from the drop down menu:
The section that follows allows you to customise your journal.  Give your journal a title and a brief description of what it is for/about:
Journals can be graded.  If you wish to grade your journals then you will need to check the Create Grade Book Entry box.  You will then be prompted to give your grade book entry an appropriate name, and allocate the number of points possible.  If you wish the grades to be visible to students then check this box:
When you have set the options, click on Add:

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Adding a NEW Podcast feed to your course site

To add a podcast feed to your course site, you need to be in the relevant content area that you wish to add your podcast feed to.

Click on Tools and select Campus Pack podcast feed from the drop down menu:
The section that follows allows you to customise your podcast feed.  Give your podcast feed a title and a brief description of what it is for/about.
Deployment allows you to choose how many copies of the blog you want, and who you want to view/edit them:
Single Copy allows you to have one copy that everyone enrolled on that module can contribute to
If you have groups set up in your course, then the One Per Group could be useful.  Only the students enrolled in that group (and Instructors) could see that wiki, and this facility would automatically create identical blogs for each group.
If you wish each student to have personal blogs, then the One Per Person option would be most suitable.
Podcast feeds can be graded.  If you wish to grade your podcast feeds then you will need to check the Create Grade Book Entry box.  You will then be prompted to give your grade book entry an appropriate name, and allocate the number of points possible.  If you wish the grades to be visible to students then check this box:
When you have set the options, click on Add.

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Adding a NEW Wiki to your course site

To add a wiki to your course site, you need to be in the relevant content area that you wish to add your wiki to.

Click on Tools and select Campus Pack wiki from the drop down menu:
The section that follows allows you to customise your wiki.  Give your wiki a title and a brief description of what it is for/about.
Deployment allows you to choose how many copies of the wiki you want, and who you want to view/edit them:
Single Copy allows you to have one copy that everyone enrolled on that module can contribute to
If you have groups set up in your course, then the One Per Group could be useful.  Only the students enrolled in that group (and Instructors) could see that wiki, and this facility would automatically create identical blogs for each group.
If you wish each student to have personal wikis, then the One Per Person option would be most suitable.
Wikis can be graded.  If you wish to grade your wikis then you will need to check the Create Grade Book Entry box.  You will then be prompted to give your grade book entry an appropriate name, and allocate the number of points possible.  If you wish the grades to be visible to students then check this box:
When you have set the options, click on Add.

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Adding and Managing Widgets in your Blog

 A widget is a mini-application that can sit in your blog.  Each widget will allow the user to view additional information or push information from the blog to different places.

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on Settings and then Widgets 
You will then be presented with two tabs – one for the widgets that are currently in use, and the other displaying the available widgets.

Managing Widgets

To change the settings on a widget, or to remove it from your blog altogether, click on the In Use tab.
Click on the widget you with to edit.  Any options available will show on the right hand side.  (These vary from widget to widget)
Make any changes and click on Save.  When you have completed all your changes, click on Finish.

Deleting Widgets

Click on the In Use tab
Click on the widget you wish to remove.  The options will appear on the right hand side.
Click on the Delete link in the top right hand corner
A confirmation box appears.  Click on Delete
When you are done, click on Finish.

Adding Widgets to your Blog

There are several widgets available for you to add to your blog:
Click on the Available tab
Navigate to the widget you wish to appear on your blog.  Each widget contains a brief overview.
Click on the relevant Add button
When you have finished adding widgets, scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on Finish

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Adding and managing widgets in your Journal

 A widget is a mini-application that can sit in your journal.  Each widget will allow the user to view additional information or push information from the journal to different places.

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal
Click on Settings and then Widgets 
You will then be presented with two tabs – one for the widgets that are currently in use, and the other displaying the available widgets.

Managing Widgets

To change the settings on a widget, or to remove it from your blog altogether, click on the In Use tab.
Click on the widget you with to edit.  Any options available will show on the right hand side.  (These vary from widget to widget)
Make any changes and click on Save.  When you have completed all your changes, click on Finish.

Deleting Widgets

Click on the In Use tab
Click on the widget you wish to remove.  The options will appear on the right hand side.
Click on the Delete link in the top right hand corner
A confirmation box appears.  Click on Delete
When you are done, click on Finish.

Adding Widgets to your Journal

There are several widgets available for you to add to your journal:
Click on the Available tab
Navigate to the widget you wish to appear on your blog.  Each widget contains a brief overview.
Click on the relevant Add button
When you have finished adding widgets, scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on Finish

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Adding and Managing Widgets in your Podcast

 A widget is a mini-application that can sit in your podcast.  Each widget will allow the user to view additional information or push information from the podcast to different places.

Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast
Click on Settings and then Widgets 
You will then be presented with two tabs – one for the widgets that are currently in use, and the other displaying the available widgets.

Managing Widgets

To change the settings on a widget, or to remove it from your podcast altogether, click on the In Use tab.
Click on the widget you with to edit.  Any options available will show on the right hand side.  (These vary from widget to widget)
Make any changes and click on Save.  When you have completed all your changes, click on Finish.

Deleting Widgets

Click on the In Use tab
Click on the widget you wish to remove.  The options will appear on the right hand side.
Click on the Delete link in the top right hand corner
A confirmation box appears.  Click on Delete
When you are done, click on Finish.

Adding Widgets to your Podcast

There are several widgets available for you to add to your podcast:
Click on the Available tab
Navigate to the widget you wish to appear on your blog.  Each widget contains a brief overview.
Click on the relevant Add button
When you have finished adding widgets, scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on Finish

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Adding and Managing Widgets in your WIKI

A widget is a mini-application that can sit in your wiki.  Each widget will allow the user to view additional information or push information from the wiki to different places.

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki
Click on Settings and then Widgets 
You will then be presented with two tabs – one for the widgets that are currently in use, and the other displaying the available widgets.

Managing Widgets

To change the settings on a widget, or to remove it from your wiki altogether, click on the In Use tab.
Click on the widget you wish to edit.  Any options available will show on the right hand side.  (These vary from widget to widget)
Make any changes and click on Save.  When you have completed all your changes, click on Finish.

Deleting Widgets

Click on the In Use tab
Click on the widget you wish to remove.  The options will appear on the right hand side.
Click on the Delete link in the top right hand corner
A confirmation box appears.  Click on Delete
When you are done, click on Finish.

Adding Widgets to your Wiki

There are several widgets available for you to add to your wiki:
Click on the Available tab
Navigate to the widget you wish to appear on your wiki.  Each widget contains a brief overview.
Click on the relevant Add button
When you have finished adding widgets, scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on Finish

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Assessing your Blog

It is possible to grade the blogs, and have the results appear in the Grade Centre.  Details of how to enable your blog for assessment can be found in the guide “Creating a New Blog”.

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog

Click on the Settings Button and select Assessments .  

The resulting screen will give you a basic summary of entries, views and comments.

A slightly more detailed list is displayed underneath, showing individual contributors and a breakdown of their entries.

*Note* only those who have accessed the blog will appear in this list:

To grade participation, click on the Grade Centre button.  This will take you to the full grade centre.  (This will open in a new window).

Scroll across to the relevant column and click in each cell to enter the relevant grades.

Once you have entered the grades, you can click on the chevrons and select the Quick Comment option.

The Grade Centre saves as soon as you click outside each cell, so once you are done, close the browser window.

 

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Assessing your Journal

It is possible to grade the journals, and have the results appear in the Grade Centre.  Details of how to enable your journal for assessment can be found in the guide “Creating a New journal”.

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal

Click on the Settings Button and select Assessments .  

The resulting screen will give you a basic summary of entries, views and comments.

A slightly more detailed list is displayed underneath, showing individual contributors and a breakdown of their entries.

*Note* only those who have accessed the journal will appear in this list:

To grade participation, click on the Grade Centre button.  This will take you to the full grade centre.  (This will open in a new window).

Scroll across to the relevant column and click in each cell to enter the relevant grades.

Once you have entered the grades, you can click on the chevrons and select the Quick Comment option.

The Grade Centre saves as soon as you click outside each cell, so once you are done, close the browser window.

 

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Assessing your Wiki

It is possible to grade the wikis, and have the results appear in the Grade Centre.  Details of how to enable your wiki for assessment can be found in the guide “Creating a New wiki”.

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki

Click on the Settings Button and select Assessments .  

The resulting screen will give you a basic summary of entries, views and comments.

A slightly more detailed list is displayed underneath, showing individual contributors and a breakdown of their entries.

*Note* only those who have accessed the wiki will appear in this list:

To grade participation, click on the student that you wish to grade.   A box will appear asking you to grade this participant.  Click on the Edit link to display the box that allows you to give that student a mark.

It is possible to give feedback and provide grading notes, similar to the way you do in the Grade Centre.  When you have entered any required information, click on the Submit button.

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Attaching a file to your blog post

It is possible to add attachments to your blog using the WYSIWYG Editor.
Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on Add New Entry and give your blog post a title.  
The area of the WYSIWYG editor outlined in red is the relevant area:
These are (From left):
Insert/Edit link – This allows you to link to a document or web page, and also to change the link once created
Insert/Edit image – This lets you insert an image file either from your PC or from a website such as Flickr
Insert/Edit video – This allows you to insert or embed video files into your blog.
Upload file – This lets you navigate your computer and upload a single file as an attachment
Add anchor – This allows you to link within a page (if you have a long page, it means that you don’t have to scroll)
                      
Underneath the text editor, you may enter some text to accompany your attachment, or you can simply attach your file's using the icons explained in the image above

When you have added your attachments and written your blog post, click on Save

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Attaching a file to your Journal Post

It is possible to add attachments to your journal using the WYSIWYG Editor.
Ensure that you are in the relevant journal
Click on Add New Entry and give your journal post a title.  
The area of the WYSIWYG editor outlined in red is the relevant area:
These are (From left):
Insert/Edit link – This allows you to link to a document or web page, and also to change the link once created
Insert/Edit image – This lets you insert an image file either from your PC or from a website such as Flickr
Insert/Edit video – This allows you to insert or embed video files into your journal.
Upload file – This lets you navigate your computer and upload a single file as an attachment
Add anchor – This allows you to link within a page (if you have a long page, it means that you don’t have to scroll)
                      
Underneath the text editor, you may enter some text to accompany your attachment, or you can simply attach your file's using the icons explained in the image above

When you have added your attachments and written your journal post, click on Save

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Adding a file to your Podcast Feed

It is possible to add attachments to your podcast using the WYSIWYG Editor.
Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast
Click on Add New Entry and give your podcast post a title.  
The area of the WYSIWYG editor outlined in red is the relevant area:
These are (From left):
Insert/Edit link – This allows you to link to a document or web page, and also to change the link once created
Insert/Edit image – This lets you insert an image file either from your PC or from a website such as Flickr
Insert/Edit video – This allows you to insert or embed video files into your podcast.
Upload file – This lets you navigate your computer and upload a single file as an attachment
Add anchor – This allows you to link within a page (if you have a long page, it means that you don’t have to scroll)
                      
Underneath the text editor, you may enter some text to accompany your attachment, or you can simply attach your file's using the icons explained in the image above

When you have added your attachments and written your podcast post, click on Save

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Attaching a file to your Wiki Page

It is possible to add attachments to your wiki using the WYSIWYG Editor.
Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki
Click on Add New Entry and give your wiki post a title.  
The area of the WYSIWYG editor outlined in red is the relevant area:
These are (From left):
Insert/Edit link – This allows you to link to a document or web page, and also to change the link once created
Insert/Edit image – This lets you insert an image file either from your PC or from a website such as Flickr
Insert/Edit video – This allows you to insert or embed video files into your wiki.
Upload file – This lets you navigate your computer and upload a single file as an attachment
Add anchor – This allows you to link within a page (if you have a long page, it means that you don’t have to scroll)
                      
Underneath the text editor, you may enter some text to accompany your attachment, or you can simply attach your file's using the icons explained in the image above

When you have added your attachments and written your wiki post, click on Save

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Creating a Custom Role to Access your Blog

Although there are three different levels of access set by default, it is possible to customise access to include a combination of these roles.

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog

Click on the Settings button and select Permissions:

Click on the Create a Custom Role link:

This will take you to the following screen:

Check the relevant permissions from any or all of the default roles

The people who are already able to access your blog will be in the People and Groups box.

To add others: Go to the Add Custom Role section

Select from everyone, people, courses, organisations, My Courses or My Organisations by clicking on the relevant titles and using the next column to filter.

When you have made a selection it will appear in the People and Groups section

To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button

There is also the option to give people restricted access for a limited time. To do this, enter a start/end date/time as appropriate.

When you have added the relevant people, click on Save Click on Save & Exit when you are done

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Creating a Custom Role to access your Journal

Although there are three different levels of access set by default, it is possible to customise access to include a combination of these roles.

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal

Click on the Settings button and select Permissions:

Click on the Create a Custom Role link:

This will take you to the following screen:

Check the relevant permissions from any or all of the default roles

The people who are already able to access your journal will be in the People and Groups box.

To add others: Go to the Add Custom Role section

Select from everyone, people, courses, organisations, My Courses or My Organisations by clicking on the relevant titles and using the next column to filter.

When you have made a selection it will appear in the People and Groups section

To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button

There is also the option to give people restricted access for a limited time. To do this, enter a start/end date/time as appropriate.

When you have added the relevant people, click on Save Click on Save & Exit when you are done

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Creating a Custom Role to access your Podcast

Although there are three different levels of access set by default, it is possible to customise access to include a combination of these roles.

Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast

Click on the Settings button and select Permissions:

Click on the Create a Custom Role link:

This will take you to the following screen:

Check the relevant permissions from any or all of the default roles

The people who are already able to access your podcast will be in the People and Groups box.

To add others: Go to the Add Custom Role section

Select from everyone, people, courses, organisations, My Courses or My Organisations by clicking on the relevant titles and using the next column to filter.

When you have made a selection it will appear in the People and Groups section

To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button

There is also the option to give people restricted access for a limited time. To do this, enter a start/end date/time as appropriate.

When you have added the relevant people, click on Save Click on Save & Exit when you are done

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Creating a Custom Role to access your Wiki

Although there are three different levels of access set by default, it is possible to customise access to include a combination of these roles.

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki

Click on the Settings button and select Permissions:

Click on the Create a Custom Role link:

This will take you to the following screen:

Check the relevant permissions from any or all of the default roles

The people who are already able to access your wiki will be in the People and Groups box.

To add others: Go to the Add Custom Role section

Select from everyone, people, courses, organisations, My Courses or My Organisations by clicking on the relevant titles and using the next column to filter.

When you have made a selection it will appear in the People and Groups section

To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button

There is also the option to give people restricted access for a limited time. To do this, enter a start/end date/time as appropriate.

When you have added the relevant people, click on Save Click on Save & Exit when you are done

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Customising your Blog

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on the Settings tab and select settings from the drop down menu.  
This allows you to customise:
Title and Description:
Add a banner:
You can also set the availability, and choose whether your blog will be assessed:

Make the appropriate changes/customisations and Click on Save :

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Customising your Journal

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal
Click on the Settings tab and select settings from the drop down menu.  
This allows you to customise:
Title and Description:
Add a banner:
You can also set the availability, and choose whether your journal will be assessed:

Make the appropriate changes/customisations and Click on Save :

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Customising your Podcast

Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast area
Click on the Settings tab and select settings from the drop down menu.  
This allows you to customise:
Title and Description:
Add a banner:
You can also set the availability, and choose whether your podcast will be assessed:

Make the appropriate changes/customisations and Click on Save :

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Customising your Wiki

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki
Click on the Settings tab and select settings from the drop down menu.  
This allows you to customise:
Title and Description:
Add a banner:
You can also set the availability, and choose whether your wiki will be assessed:

Make the appropriate changes/customisations and Click on Save :

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Exporting your Blog

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on Settings and select Export:
The export function allows you to export your blog in three different formats:
Standalone website
Single web page
Importable Archive
You are able to ‘tag’ your blog posts.  When exporting your blog you are given the opportunity of exporting any tags or comments. 

To export your blog post, check the relevant boxes.  When you have finished, check the Export button. 

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Exporting your Journal

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal
Click on Settings and select Export:
The export function allows you to export your journalin three different formats:
Standalone website
Single web page
Importable Archive
You are able to ‘tag’ your blog posts.  When exporting your blog you are given the opportunity of exporting any tags or comments. 

To export your journal post, check the relevant boxes.  When you have finished, check the Export button. 

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Exporting your Podcast Feed

Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast
Click on Settings and select Export:
The export function allows you to export your blog in three different formats:
Standalone website
Single web page
Importable Archive
You are able to ‘tag’ your podcasts.  When exporting your blog you are given the opportunity of exporting any tags or comments. 

To export your podcast, check the relevant boxes.  When you have finished, check the Export button. 

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Exporting your Wiki

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki
Click on Settings and select Export:
The export function allows you to export your wiki in three different formats:
Standalone website
Single web page
Importable Archive
You are able to ‘tag’ your wiki posts.  When exporting your wiki you are given the opportunity of exporting any tags or comments. 

To export your wiki post, check the relevant boxes.  When you have finished, check the Export button. 

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Managing Attachments in your Blog

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on Settings and select Attachments:
The following screen will list all the available attachments in your course or organisation.
This is mainly used to remove attachments which are still in the system even through a post may have been removed.
If you wish to Remove an attachment, hover over the relevant attachment and a dustbin icon will appear on the right.  Click on this

A confirmation box will appear asking you if you are sure.  Click on OK 

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Managing Attachments in your Journal

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal
Click on Settings and select Attachments:
The following screen will list all the available attachments in your course or organisation.
This is mainly used to remove attachments which are still in the system even through a post may have been removed.
If you wish to Remove an attachment, hover over the relevant attachment and a dustbin icon will appear on the right.  Click on this

A confirmation box will appear asking you if you are sure.  Click on OK 

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Managing attachments in your Podcast

Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast
Click on Settings and select Attachments:
The following screen will list all the available attachments in your course or organisation.
This is mainly used to remove attachments which are still in the system even through a post may have been removed.
If you wish to Remove an attachment, hover over the relevant attachment and a dustbin icon will appear on the right.  Click on this

A confirmation box will appear asking you if you are sure.  Click on OK 

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Managing Attachments in your Wiki

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki
Click on Settings and select Attachments:
The following screen will list all the available attachments in your course or organisation.
This is mainly used to remove attachments which are still in the system even through a post may have been removed.
If you wish to Remove an attachment, hover over the relevant attachment and a dustbin icon will appear on the right.  Click on this

A confirmation box will appear asking you if you are sure.  Click on OK 

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Recycling your Blog

This option removes users (either all, or those with certain roles) and their corresponding content from your blog.

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on the Settings and select Recycle:
The screen that follows gives information about what gets removed:
To delete all content, check the All Content box
To delete content from individual users, check the Delete Content by user box and select the relevant user(s). 
To delete content from users associated with a specific role (such as instructor or student), check the Delete Content by role option. 
When you have finished, click on Recycle:

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Recycling your Journal

This option removes users (either all, or those with certain roles) and their corresponding content from your journal.

Ensure that you are in the relevant journal
Click on the Settings and select Recycle:
The screen that follows gives information about what gets removed:
To delete all content, check the All Content box
To delete content from individual users, check the Delete Content by user box and select the relevant user(s). 
To delete content from users associated with a specific role (such as instructor or student), check the Delete Content by role option. 
When you have finished, click on Recycle:

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Recycling your Podcast

This option removes users (either all, or those with certain roles) and their corresponding content from your podcast.

Ensure that you are in the relevant podcast
Click on the Settings and select Recycle:
The screen that follows gives information about what gets removed:
To delete all content, check the All Content box
To delete content from individual users, check the Delete Content by user box and select the relevant user(s). 
To delete content from users associated with a specific role (such as instructor or student), check the Delete Content by role option. 
When you have finished, click on Recycle:

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Recycling your Wiki

This option removes users (either all, or those with certain roles) and their corresponding content from your wiki.

Ensure that you are in the relevant wiki
Click on the Settings and select Recycle:
The screen that follows gives information about what gets removed:
To delete all content, check the All Content box
To delete content from individual users, check the Delete Content by user box and select the relevant user(s). 
To delete content from users associated with a specific role (such as instructor or student), check the Delete Content by role option. 
When you have finished, click on Recycle:

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Setting appropriate permissions for your Blog

As the “Blog owner” you are able to control who has access to the blog and what level of access they can have.
 There are three different default roles:
·         Viewers (these can read but cannot participate)
·         Authors (also known as participants; these can make new entries and edit content
·         Owners (these have complete control over the blog)
·         There is also the option to create a custom role.  (See separate guide on creating a custom role)

To add to the list of Viewers:

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Viewers tab
The people who are already able to access your blog will be in the box entitled The Viewers:
Go to the Add Viewers box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Authors:

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog

Click on settings, then Permissions

Click on the Authors tab
(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
The people who are already able to access your blog will be in the box entitled The Authors
Go to the Add Authors box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Owners:

(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Owners tab
The people who are already able to access your blog will be in the box entitled The Owners
Go to the Add Owners box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

 

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Setting Appropriate Permissions for your Journal

As the “Journal owner” you are able to control who has access to the Journal and what level of access they can have.
 There are three different default roles:
·         Viewers (these can read but cannot participate)
·         Authors (also known as participants; these can make new entries and edit content
·         Owners (these have complete control over the Journal)
·         There is also the option to create a custom role.  (See separate guide on creating a custom role)

To add to the list of Viewers:

Ensure that you are in the relevant Journal
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Viewers tab
The people who are already able to access your Journal will be in the box entitled The Viewers:
Go to the Add Viewers box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Authors:

Ensure that you are in the relevant Journal

Click on settings, then Permissions

Click on the Authors tab
(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
The people who are already able to access your Journal will be in the box entitled The Authors
Go to the Add Authors box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Owners:

(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
Ensure that you are in the relevant Journal
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Owners tab
The people who are already able to access your Journal will be in the box entitled The Owners
Go to the Add Owners box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

 

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Setting Appropriate Permissions for your Podcast

As the “Podcast owner” you are able to control who has access to the Podcast and what level of access they can have.
 There are three different default roles:
·         Viewers (these can read but cannot participate)
·         Authors (also known as participants; these can make new entries and edit content
·         Owners (these have complete control over the Podcast)
·         There is also the option to create a custom role.  (See separate guide on creating a custom role)

To add to the list of Viewers:

Ensure that you are in the relevant Podcast
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Viewers tab
The people who are already able to access your Podcast will be in the box entitled The Viewers:
Go to the Add Viewers box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Authors:

Ensure that you are in the relevant Podcast

Click on settings, then Permissions

Click on the Authors tab
(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
The people who are already able to access your Podcast will be in the box entitled The Authors
Go to the Add Authors box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Owners:

(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
Ensure that you are in the relevant Podcast
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Owners tab
The people who are already able to access your Podcast will be in the box entitled The Owners
Go to the Add Owners box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

 

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Setting Appropriate Permissions for your Wiki

As the “Wiki owner” you are able to control who has access to the Wiki and what level of access they can have.
 There are three different default roles:
·         Viewers (these can read but cannot participate)
·         Authors (also known as participants; these can make new entries and edit content
·         Owners (these have complete control over the Wiki)
·         There is also the option to create a custom role.  (See separate guide on creating a custom role)

To add to the list of Viewers:

Ensure that you are in the relevant Wiki
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Viewers tab
The people who are already able to access your Wiki will be in the box entitled The Viewers:
Go to the Add Viewers box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Authors:

Ensure that you are in the relevant Wiki

Click on settings, then Permissions

Click on the Authors tab
(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
The people who are already able to access your Wiki will be in the box entitled The Authors
Go to the Add Authors box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

To add to the list of Owners:

(Remaining Screenshots are as per the instructions for Viewers)
Ensure that you are in the relevant Wiki
Click on settings, then Permissions
Click on the Owners tab
The people who are already able to access your Wiki will be in the box entitled The Owners
Go to the Add Owners box
Select from everyone, particular individuals or specific courses or organisations by clicking on the relevant heading and using the next column to filter down.  
When you are happy with your selection, click on the add button
To invite someone who is not on the list, click on the Invite a person via email button.
There is also the option to give people time-restricted access.  If you wish to do this, enter a start/end date and time as appropriate.
When you have finished, click on Save & Exit

 

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Subscribing to your Blog Posts

Subscribing to the blog enables the subscriber to be notified via email whenever there is a new post or comment on the blog.

Ensure that you are in the relevant blog
Click on Settings and select Subscriptions
Check the Email Notifications box.  This will provide you with emails informing you when there are new posts/comments.  Notifications are at MOST every hour.
When you have finished, click on Submit Query

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Subscribing to your Journal Posts

Subscribing to the Journal enables the subscriber to be notified via email whenever there is a new post or comment on the Journal.

Ensure that you are in the relevant Journal
Click on Settings and select Subscriptions
Check the Email Notifications box.  This will provide you with emails informing you when there are new posts/comments.  Notifications are at MOST every hour.
When you have finished, click on Submit Query

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Subscribing to your Wiki Posts

Subscribing to the Wiki enables the subscriber to be notified via email whenever there is a new post or comment on the Wiki.

Ensure that you are in the relevant Wiki
Click on Settings and select Subscriptions
Check the Email Notifications box.  This will provide you with emails informing you when there are new posts/comments.  Notifications are at MOST every hour.
When you have finished, click on Submit Query

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How to add eStream video content to Blackboard

Planet eStream - the software that drives our video hosting service has a building block which enables you to quickly and easily find your videos and deploy them in Blackboard.  Videos are currently created and/or uploaded by media resources and you should contact them about any video requirements.

Videos can be publicly available, private (viewable only by people you give the link to) or restricted to viewing on campus connected computers only.  The procedure for uploading all three types is exactly the same, the only difference is who will be able to view them.

To Upload a video to a course site or organisation (Click Here if you are adding to a Portal Module)

  1. On the page where you want to display the video, making sure you are in edit mode, click on Build Content where you will now see "Planet eStream v5" listed under mashups - click this to open the submission form.
  2. Type the name of the video (or part of it) in the search box, you may select from the drop down options or leave the defaults, and click the search button to bring up a list of the matching videos

    Note that you can preview the video to make sure it is the one you want before selecting it with or without the details.
  3. This will place the video on your page and the students will be able to view it by clicking the play control

    After upload the item can be moved up and down the page like any other Blackboard item
  4. Please note that if you want to add some text to accompany the video you should do so by adding a normal item above or below it as you cannot append text to the item itself - such as links to English and Welsh transcripts for accessibility or innstructions about what your students should look for when watching the video

Other Upload Scenarios

A number of staff have access to manage Blackboard Portal Modules (these are the boxes that appear on Tabs in Bb.  Uploading to these is a little different initially-

  1. Go to the list of modules you have edit rights to by selecting the Module Administrator button you have access to on any Tab (if you don't see this then you probably don't have rights to edit any portal modules)
  2. Find the module you want to add the video to, hover the cursor over the title to access the drop down menu button and select "edit content" This will open the edit screen including the WYSIWYG editor.  In the editor position the cursor on a blank line and then select "Planet eStream" from the drop down menu
  3. Type the name of the video (or part of it) in the search box, you may select from the drop down options or leave the defaults, and click the search button to bring up a list of the matching videos

    Note that you can preview the video to make sure it is the one you want before selecting it with or without the details.
  4. This will place the video on your page and the students will be able to view it by clicking the play control - note that at this stage you will only see a blank place holder

    Please note you cannot include text as well - any that is there will not be displayed though by contacting the eLearning team you could have the title in the blue bar changed to reflect a very limited description
  5. Wherever the module is deployed it will look like this

    That is all there is to it

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How can I prove that I have made a submission?

Evidencing your Submission, Turnitin submission ID’s and digital receipts.

Having submitted your assignment, you will land on a confirmatory receipt page; at the bottom of which (you may need to scroll down to see it) you should find your Submission ID. This is an 8 digit number. You should take a note of this number as it is the only evidence you will have for your submission at this point. Write it down, or, you could take a screenshot of the page and save that.

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Whilst you should receive an e-mailed receipt from the system, if this is late or does not appear, you would still need your paper number if you needed to evidence your submission.

If no receipt appears on the screen, you should not assume your submission has been accepted. If you believe you have had a problem, contact IT support in the main catalogue hall of the library for further help. If you cannot physically attend phone ext. 5060, or 295060 if outside of campus

If you click “Return to assignment list” and click on “view”, a new window will pop up, showing your assignment in the document viewer. In the bottom bar of this window you will see a printer Icon, clicking this will bring up a choice of three options, you need to select “Download PDF of Digital Receipt for printing”.

Choose whether to open or save the file. To print, open the file and click the printer Icon at the top of the screen then OK the print request box to send your receipt to the printer.

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How do I receive feedback from Turnitin?

Post-dates

Feedback from Grademark becomes available for you to collect online after what is known as the “Post- date”. This is a date and time specified by your College or lecturer.  If you are unsure as to the Post Date for your assignment, please contact your lecturer or College Office.

No-one in the class ought to be able to access their feedback until the Post–date has passed.

Accessing Feedback

Once your Post-Date has passed, you can collect your feedback.
To do this; login to Blackboard with your usual username and password.
Select the module in which the assignment was set from your list of current modules.
Click the “Assignments” (or similarly named, again, the actual term is college dependant) tab in the left hand menu.
Find the correct assignment in the list and click on “View/Complete”.
On the new page, click on the Viewbutton.

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A new window will pop up, showing your assignment in the document viewer.
This will display your script on the left hand portion of the screen.

To scroll through the script use the vertical scroll bar between the script and the General comments side pane.

If the text appears as too large or too small, this can be zoomed in or out by using the small scroll bar in the Bottom bar of the doc. Viewer.

Depending how your marker has worked, you may notice comments, or blue boxes left in your paper. The blue boxes contain further comments. Hovering your mouse over the box will cause it to expand, showing the comment that had been left. These comments are the equivalent of those that would have been written onto the paper by the marker back in the days of hard copy marking. 
In the right hand Pane you will find the General Comments section. This is where the marker will have left their overall impressions of the essay/assignment.

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What should I do if I have a problem with submission?

Assuming that you are not right up against the deadline, the first port of call would be IT support, who would try to help with your submission, or would pass you through to the SALT team if they could not solve the issue.

If you are on Campus you can find the IT support desk in the main catalogue hall of the library, alongside the Issue Desk. This is the preferable option as staff will be able to see what is happening when the fault occurs, making it easier to troubleshoot. However, if you are not able to get to the desk, you can phone them on ext. 5060 or 295060 from an outside line.

If you are worried because you have left it until the last minute to submit and you think you may now not make the deadline, make sure you contact either the lecturer responsible for the assignment and or your college office. They should be able to advise you on what steps your college would like you to take in these circumstances. For example, they may suggest that you turn in a hard copy at the office, or e-mail a digital copy to them as evidence that you were there in time even if you failed to submit through the system. Processes for such occurrences may vary from college to college, so do make sure you seek advice from those concerned, rather than just from a friend who had previously had been in this situation.

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What should I do if I have submitted, but my submission does not appear to be in the system?

To check that your assignment is appearing on the system, click on “Assignments”   button in the menu. Then, from the Inbox select the blue “View” button. This will open your assignment in a new “Document Viewer” format.

If you have been through submission, as outlined in the “How can I prove that I have made a submission?” section,   you ought to have saved the Paper number which appeared on the receipt that appears as a part of the process.  You will absolutely need this number if your case needs to be referred to Turnitin for a search.

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Is there a file size limit for submissions?

The file size may not exceed 20 MB. If you are having problems submitting due to file size and you have used images or illustrations within the assignment, try resizing the images.  This does not mean physically changing the picture size, but rather reducing the resolution of the image. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content.

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What file types can be submitted to Turnitin?

If the assignment is to be run through the plagiarism checker it would have to be one of the following file types…

  •  Microsoft Word® (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect®HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Hangul (HWP)
  • Powerpoint (PPT and PPTS)

If there is no call for checking Originality and the assignment has been set to take any file, then any file type is acceptable.