Find Your Course on Blackboard

With the revised My Institution page on Blackboard (July 2022), how instructors find/see their courses on Blackboard has changed. Follow the tips below:

  • If the course has a start date that’s set in the future, it shows up under Upcoming Courses as Private (you have access as instructor, students do not). Once the start date passes, the course will open and automatically move to Current Courses. You can access Upcoming Courses by clicking either the term drop down or the Upcoming Courses link.

Upcoming Courses is located on the upper right corner; Current Courses is located in the middle, with a drop down menu option.

Note: Courses that are manually opened by instructors (no start date set) show up in Current Courses as Private.

Blackboard: Updated My Institution Page July 2022

Beginning July 2022 when you log into Blackboard, you’ll see an updated layout on the My Institution Page.

The main changes you see will include: Tabs along the left side instead of across the top; easy to use view for activities and grades; the Communities tab will be labeled as Organizations; and a more streamlined way to view your courses by term.

All of these changes contribute to higher usability and accessibility across various devices.  This update will not change the look of your courses.

Here’s a preview of the new look: My Institution Look July 2022

If you have questions about the new look, contact the IT Help Desk at 262-243-4357 or ithelpdesk@cuw.edu.

Blackboard Discussion Boards and Group Discussion Boards 1-21-2022

Recording

Resources:

Fall 2021 Mequon Traditional Adjunct In-Service/Orientation August 25 on Zoom

Recording

PPT: Fall 2021 Mequon Adjunct In-Service Orientation

Fall Teaching 2021 from Interim Provost

CU ARC COVID19 Update Fall 2021

PPT: What it Means to be Lutheran by Dan Paavola

Concordia University Blackboard Use for Faculty (August 2021)

Blackboard and Other Resources Handout

Syllabus Template and Instructions

Global Learning Outcomes and FOCUS 2021-22 Service and Global Citizenship

Find and Acknowledge your Faculty Contract (Fall 2021)

 

Blackboard Course Size Limits

  • Blackboard courses have a 1GB size limit.
  • When the course size reaches 500MB, faculty will see this alert in Blackboard that the “soft limit” has been reached

soft limit

  • If the course size maximum of 1GB is reached, faculty will no longer be able to upload course content and will see this message when attempting to upload a file.

quota

How to reduce Blackboard course size

  • Avoid reaching the course maximum from the start. Do not upload the following file types:
  • If approaching or the course has reached the maximum, reduce course size by doing this:
    • Delete large files from the Content page AND
    • Delete the file from the Content Collection. See image below for an example. After clicking on Content Collection, click on the option that includes the course 5-digit CRN.

Content Collection

How to Avoid Running Out of Space in Your Blackboard Course

Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque held this session on January 20, 2021. Below is the session recording and related materials.

Session Recording

How to record with Zoom to your computer or to the cloud (in depth explanation)

How to create a Panopto folder (for recordings) in your Blackboard course

How to do a Bulk Delete in Blackboard

How to access Microsoft OneDrive and share a link to a file

Topics Covered:

Size limit for Blackboard courses: 1GB

If you receive the quota error message, review the Content Collection for large files. Manage them as described below. Then, you MUST delete the files from the Content Collection.

The two most common types of files that are large and cause problems:

  • Video files (mp4, MOV, etc.)
  • Voiceover PPT files

How to Avoid Maxing Out: Videos and Voiceover PPTs

  • Videos for short term. Example: Zoom class session recordings
    • Record to the Zoom cloud, then share the link to the recording in your course
  • Videos to keep long term (not just one course or semester)
    • Upload the video file to Panopto or YouTube
    • Share the link to the recording in your course
  • Voiceover PPT files
    • Convert to a video file
    • Upload to Panopto or YouTube
    • Share the link to the recording in your course
  • Student uploads go toward the course maximum as well. Students should also upload large files such as videos to YouTube or OneDrive.

If you receive the quota error message, review the Content Collection for large files. Manage them as described above. Then, you MUST delete the files from the Content Collection. Below is a video about the Content Collection in your Blackboard course and tips for using it.