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Blackboard 9.1 Online Guide: Building Your Blackboard Course
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This training module will help you get started with building your course site in Blackboard 9.1.


Bythe time you have finished this module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a good structure of a Blackboard course site
  • Be able to modify the standard LV Blackboard Template
  • Be familiar with the various content delivery tools such as content area (folder), learning module, lesson plan, item vs file, URL, syllabus and course link
  • Add the course tools of your choice
  • Know how to use Blackboard's Text Editor
  • Apply best practices
Learning Activities

Getting Started with Course Content

Using the Text Editor

  • Click here to view the video tutorial Using the Text Editor which demonstrates how to use Blackboard's builtin WYSIWYG HTML editor.

Building a Learning Module

Creating a Lesson Plan

Adding a Glossary Term

Adding Textbook Information to Your Course

Creating a Blank Page

Creating a Tool Link

Creating a Mashup

Click here to view the video tutorial Creating a Mashup.

Attaching Course Files to a Content Item

Click here to view the video tutorial Attaching Course Files to a Content Item.

Adding Your Own Web Content Through Course Files

Create Multiple Rules to Release a Content Item

It's Your Turn!

Itis highly recommended that you apply what you have learned in this tutorial directly in your own Bb 9.1 course environment.

Best Practices in Higher Education


  • Use Blackboard's "Lesson Plans" and "Learning Modules" to organize your content. This will also make it easier for students to navigate your materials.

  • Blackboard 9.1 now allows you to enbed links to your assessments (Tests, Surveys, Assignements, etc.) and interactive tools (Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis, Journals, etc.) directly within your content area.

  • When building content (using the "Build Content" drop-down menu), it is usually better to use "Create Item" rather than "Create File." Create Item has a text box in addition to the ability to attach files from your Course Files area.

  • Remember to use the "Export/Archive Course" function in the Control Panel to create a backup of your course site any time that you have made changes that you do not want to risk losing.

Blackboard 9.1 provides many new tools to help you organize your course materials.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15