Post Your Syllabus to Blackboard

Part of the Blackboard For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The first thing you have to do to get your course started using Blackboard is to post your course syllabus. How else can your audience know that you give 10 bonus points just for showing up? Follow these simple steps to post your syllabus in Blackboard:

  1. Save a digital (electronic) copy of the syllabus on your computer.

    Save this file somewhere that you can find later, like on your desktop or your My Documents folder (in Windows). This file is most often created with a word processor application, like Word or WordPerfect. You might have gone that extra mile already and created a .pdf file from the original.

  2. Go to your Blackboard Control Panel.

  3. In the Content Areas box, select the area in which you want to upload the syllabus.

    You can simply select the Course Information area in which to place your syllabus. If your institution has customized the default menu so that it doesn’t include a Course Information link, choose the most appropriate Content Area for your syllabus. Hey, it might even be a Syllabus link!

  4. Click the Item button on the Add bar near the top of the page.

    Although the Add Item page has many sections, for quick-start purposes, you need to do only two things: Name the item and upload the file.

    Add an item to post your syllabus.
    Add an item to post your syllabus.
  5. Enter the name of your syllabus in the Name text field.

  6. Scroll down to Section 2 (see the figure) and click the Browse button to find the saved document. Select (highlight) it and click the Open button.

    Remember where you saved the digital document that’s your syllabus? Navigate to it here.

  7. Enter an instruction in the Name of Link to File box.

    Type whatever you want learners to see as a link to the document, such as Click here to see the syllabus.

  8. Scroll toward the bottom of the page to Section 4.

    You can skip past Section 3 for now, or try out the Section 3 options later.

  9. Click the Submit button.

    That’s it. Easy, isn’t it? Congratulations — you posted, or uploaded, your syllabus into your Blackboard course! You know that you’re successful when you see the receipt page.

Not tired yet? If you really want to do more, click OK to return to the Control Panel so that you can start posting some assignments.

You can also stay in this Content Area and post more items for learners, or even go back to the Control Panel and choose a different Content Area in which to do the same.

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