Blackboard Interface

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A. Page header

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The area at the top of the page that contains the tabs, the global navigation menu, and Logout. The tabs you see in the page header are My Institution and Courses. The global navigation menu, always present in the top right corner of the page, is the entry point to My Blackboard and also provides one-click access to your courses, organizations, settings, and help.

B. Tabs

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Blackboard Learn includes two common sets of tabs, My Institution and Courses.

My Institution

The My Institution tab contains tools and information specific to each user’s preferences. Tools and information are contained in modules. You can add and delete modules from your My Institution tab. You can also access the Tools section from within the My Institution tab which will allow you to view Announcements, Tasks, Grades, Send Email and update Personal Information among other things


The Courses tab allows you to access courses you are teaching or enrolled in as well as search for courses or browse the course catalog. Click a link on the Courses tab to access a course.

C. Content Frame

Displays the selected tool or content area. By default, when you enter a course, the Home Page appears. You select the first page called the course entry point.

D. Course Menu

The access point for all course content. You decide which links are available here.

Content Area

Content areas are the top-level course areas. They hold all of your course materials. You create, link, and manage them on the course menu. Typically, courses contain multiple content areas. After you create a content area, you add content to it, such as online lectures, multimedia, tests, and communication tools. To learn more, click here.

Blank Page

The Blank Page tool allows you to include files, images, and text as links on the course menu. Include blank pages on the course menu for critical information, as too many links on the course menu can overwhelm students. Remove blank pages from the course menu as soon as the information is no longer needed.

Tool Link

Create a link to an available tool in your course, such as the calendar or journals. You can also create a link to the Tools page.

Course Link

Create a shortcut to an existing area, tool, or item in a course.

Web Link

Create a link to a URL to provide quick access to a resource on the Internet.

Module Page

Create a module page and select the individual modules to include. The modules you select can be tools, such as a calculator, or the modules can display information, such as grades, alerts, and tasks.


A subheader is unlinked text. You can group related links under a subheader to help users find information quickly.


A divider is a line that visually divides the course menu to help users find information quickly. After you create it, you can move it to the appropriate position.

E. Control Panel

The central access point for course management functions. You can manage the course style, course tools, and users from this area. Students do not see the Control Panel.

Files or Content Collection

Each course has its own Course Files area accessed in the Files section of the Control Panel. With Course Files, you have access to all files from a central location inside the course. Course Files is relative to the course, so only content for the course is stored there. Content is not shared across courses taught by the same instructor. You can use content in Course Files in multiple places within the course just by linking to it.

Course Tools

Contains all the available tools that are added to your course. Once added, these tools are administered from the Control Panel. To learn more, click here.


Provides links to course reports, the Early Warning System/Retention Center, and the Performance Dashboard, which are used to view information about student activity and content usage, and to be notified about performance based on criteria created by instructors. To learn more about click here.

Grade Center

Provides links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, default smart views of the Grade Center, and any smart views you create. Smart views appear in an indented list in the Full Grade Center section.

User and Groups

Control enrollment options and guest and observer access. You can change the properties of your course, such as its name, availability, and language pack. You can use the Quick Setup Guide and Teaching Style page to modify the appearance of your course. Change tool availability to control which tools are available in your course and which users have access to them.

Packages and Utilities

Import, export, and archive a course, check course links, copy all or part of the course, and move selected files to Course Files.


Offers online documentation.

F. Action Bar

Rows at the top of the page containing page-level actions such as Build Content, Search, Delete, and Upload. The functions on the action bar change depending on where you are in your course. The action bar can contain multiple rows of functions such as on the main Grade Center page.


Content Area Action Bar
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Grade Center Action Bar
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Files Action Bar
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G. Edit Mode

When Edit Mode is ON, all the instructor functions appear, such as Build Content on the action bar in a content area or the appearance of contextual menus. When Edit Mode is OFF, you are viewing the page in student view. The Edit Mode function appears to users with a role of instructor, teaching assistant, course builder, and administrator.


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H. Breadcrumbs

As items and links are viewed in a content area, use the breadcrumbs to navigate to previous pages. Breadcrumbs trace the path to and from each item. Breadcrumbs, not the browser back button, are the best way to navigate backwards.


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