Blackboard courses are usually set up automatically using information in the Banner student record system, this allows courses to automatically be populated with students and staff. Arbitrary Courses can be used in situations where a course is required which is not listed in Banner, for example for a course project or an admin course for a year group.
When courses are created they are set to be unavailable to students. This means that the instructor can set the course up as they wish and then make the course available.
Request a new Arbitrary course a copy of an existing course for the next academic year.
A sandbox is your personal Blackboard course used for training and testing.
Arbitrary Blackboard courses do not benefit from automatic enrolments like Banner courses. This simple tool which we have developed makes it easier for you to batch enrol students onto arbitrary courses.
It’s possible to change the colour and look of your course’s menu. You may also add a course banner.
View photographs of members of your Blackboard course
You can use the class photo roster to show photographs (where available) of users who have access to your course. This includes users with any role including students, instructors, and teaching assistants. Where a photograph is not available a placeholder image is used.
The My University of Southampton shows which courses you have access to and any announcements for those courses. You can change which courses are shown by using this guide. This can be useful for hiding courses that are no longer relevant.
A “deep link” is a link that takes someone further into a web site than the standard home page of that site. In Blackboard you may wish to provide students with a link to a part of a Blackboard course, or a piece of content. There are some important consideration when using deep linking, read the guide carefully.
You can request a Blackboard Programme Course to hold programme level information and communication. Students can be auto-enrolled and the course will appear under a separate heading on the Blackboard Home page
If you are teaching closely related Banner modules, you can request to have the Banner module enrolments merged into a single “parent” Blackboard course.
The batch enrol tool is a popular facility for adding students en masse to an arbitrary Blackboard course. This guide shows how to use WebSIS to find the lists of students who meet criteria you select to decide who should be added to your arbitrary Blackboard course.
This guide shows how to make changes to your Blackboard menu items, including adding new ones.
When you have finished preparing your Blackboard course it is important that you make the course Available to students.
When a user enters a Blackboard course, the first page they see is the course’s “entry point”. By default this is set to be the announcements page. If you wish you may change your course’s entry point to be a different menu item within your course.
‘Module pages’ allow you to add modules that contain dynamically generated information about your course, such as what new materials have been added and what deadlines are approaching.
Blackboard search will search content from the courses a user is enrolled on. This guide explains what content searched, and how to exclude content from search results.
It is possible to set your Blackboard course to appear in one of a number of available languages. Once this is set you can also enforce your selection so that students cannot force it to be displayed in a different language.