Course Homepage

The Course Home Page is the new course entry point in Blackboard 9.1. Introduced to increase communication and student awareness of course activity, the Home Page includes modules such as My Announcements, To Do, and What’s New. 

While the Instructor controls the HomePage, Students will have the option to Add Modules and further personalize the page if the Instructor activates the Personalization option in the Course Home Page Settings . The instructions here-in outline the process by which the Instructor can edit and modify the Course Home Page.

Edit the Home Page Settings

Video Tutorial

Quick Start Instructions

To edit the Course Home Page Settings:

  1. Click Edit Mode to On.Image illustrating the Edit Mode On button
  2. Click on the Action Link button next to Home Page.
    Image illustrating the Edit option in the Action Link menu for the Home Page
  3. Select Edit from the resulting menu.
  4. In Option 1 Module Page Information, type the page Name.
    Note: The page name can be whatever the Instructor determines. This can also be changed in the Edit Banner option.
  5. In Option 2 Page Type, select the Permit Users to Personalize the Page check box if students should be permitted to add modules to their page view.
    Note: This is unchecked by default meaning that only the Instructor has edit privileges.
  6. In Option 3 Options, select Yes or No to each of the following:
    1. Available for Users allows Students to see the Home Page.
      Important: Selecting Available for Users as No will hide the Home Page and default the course entry page to the next item in the Course Menu.
    2. Permit Guests allows individuals that access Blackboard with the default Guest login to see the Course Home Page.
      Note: This function only works if Guest Access is turned on at the course level.
    3. Permit Observers allows individuals with Observer status to see the Course Home Page.
      Note: Observers is not a role used at Dartmouth College.
  7. Click [Submit] to finalize the Home Page edits.

Resources

    • Click Here for a PDF version of the Quick Start Instructions.
Edit the Banner on the Home Page

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Quick Start Instructions

To add a Banner to the Course Home Page:

  1. Click Edit Mode to On. Image illustrating the Edit Mode On button
  2. Click on the Action Link button next to Home Page.
    Image illustrating the Page Banner option in the Action Link menu for the Home Page
  3. Select Page Banner from the resulting menu.
  4. In Option 1 Page Banner Content, delete and retype the page name as desired using the Text Editor.
    Note: While a textual name is not required, it is recommended that some textual reference to the course or page name remain for the purpose of page accessibility.
  5. Image illustrating the Attach Image icon in the text editorTo add a Banner Image:
    1. Click the Attach Image icon in the text editor to add a banner image to the page.
    2. In Option 1 Select Image on the Insert Image page, select the Attach File browse option.
      • Browse My Computer  - use this option if the image resides on your computer.
      • Browse Course - use this option if the image has been uploaded to the Course Content Collection.
      • Source URL – use this option if the banner image already exists online.
    3. Search for and select the image from the source selected in Step 2.
    4. Once the image is selected, type an image descriptor into the Alt Text field under Image Options.
      Note: Alt Text defines what an image is for a user with a visual impairment using assistive technology.
    5. Click [Submit] to preview the image.
    6. Click [Submit] again to add the image to the Home Page banner.
  6. When you are satisfied with the Page Banner content, click [Submit] to return to the Course Home Page.

Resources

    • Click Here for a PDF version of the Quick Start Instructions.
Add Modules to the Home Page

Video Tutorial

Quick Start Instructions

To add Modules to the Home Page:

  1. Click Edit Mode to On.Image illustrating the Edit Mode On button
  2. Click [Add Course Module].
  3. On the Add Module page, click the check box next to the module(s) that should be added to the Course Home Page. Commonly used Modules include:
    • Calculator
    • Dictionary
    • Textpad
      Note: This module allows Instructors to add HTML content to the Home Page.
  4. Thesaurus
  5. Click OK to return to the Home Page.
  6. Image illustrating the Manage Settings iconTo edit the settings for a module on the Home Page, click the Manage Settings icon and follow the prompts.
    Note: The settings will vary by module.

To rearrange Modules on the Home Page:

  1. Click Edit Mode to On.image illustrating the Edit Mode On button
  2. Click and drag the module to the location on the page where it should reside.
  3. Drop or unclick the mouse button to place the module in its new location on the page.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 - 3 until desired module order is attained.
    Note: If Students are given the option to Personalize the pages, they will be able to reorder the modules to customize how they view the Home Page.

Resources

    • Click Here for a PDF version of the Quick Start Instructions.