Rearrange the my Courses Module Display

You can rearrange the my Courses module by Term to group all courses by term first and then by course  Or, you can rearrange the courses in any order you would like regardless of term.

Group by Term

  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Click the Gear icon in the top right hand corner of the my Courses Module (on the right hand side of the page)
    Gear Icon
  3. Select Group by Term
  4. Drag and drop to organize the terms.
  5. Click the Submit button

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Ordering Courses

  1. Click the Gear icon in the top right hand corner of the my Courses Module (on the right hand side of the page)
    Gear Icon
  2. Click the two headed arrow to the left of a course, and drag and drop the courses to the order you would like.   If Group by Term is selected first, then courses will be ordered in the order you select here within the term they belong within.
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  3. Click the Submit button.

Getting Started with Blackboard

Here are a few websites to help you get started teaching with Blackboard at MiraCosta College.

How to Log On

Blackboard is located at: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu
Log on with the same log on & password you use for SURF and Email.

Activate your course

Make your class available for student view. A Blackboard course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

Check out these resources to learn more about Blackboard

  1. Blackboard Basics for Faculty – This is a good resource to help enhance your course with Bb.  Do not watch the Part1 video as it is specific to Saddleback.  Start with Part 2.  Overall a really nice step by step video guide that is community college specific for Bb.
  2. Blackboard 4 part video playlist series from Blackboard  – I highly recommend these and to bookmark this link to return back when you are ready to continue learning more about the tools.
  3. Blackboard Learn TIC website – These are a collection of Blackboard articles and videos. Usually specific to MiraCosta College. Excellent to review and broken down by topic.

Make your Blackboard Course Available or Unavailable

A Blackboard course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

How to Make a Course Available – Qwickly: Course Availability

  1. On the my MiraCosta College page (this is the first page you see after logging on to Blackboard).
  2. Click on Course Availability under my Qwickly Tools on the right side of the page.
  3. Click on the Off button.  The button will change to On.  Your course is now available for student access.
  4. Click the My MiraCosta College link to refresh the page.

my Qwickly Tools Course Availability

My Qwickly Tools Off to On

Refresh Blackboard Page

How to Make a Course Available – Traditional Blackboard Method

Tutorial: Making your Course Available

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click Yes to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

How to Make a Course Unavailable – Traditional Blackboard Method

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click No to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

If your course is unavailable, only instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and graders can see and access unavailable course.

Students cannot access unavailable courses.

Record from Webcam: End of Support for YouTube Webcam Recording

Video Everywhere in Blackboard

Bulletin/Advisory Information:

Google has announced that the webcam capture feature will not be available on YouTube after January 16, 2016.  Some users have reported that there are already issues with this tool not working properly in YouTube.  This will have an impact on Blackboard Learn’s Record from Webcam (Video Everywhere) feature, which uses YouTube’s webcam capture feature.  While users will be able to launch the Record from Webcam tool, they will be unable to directly record new videos from their camera within the Content Editor.

Users will still be able to choose recorded videos from their YouTube libraries and add them within the Content Editor after launching the Record from Webcam tool.  To do so, they should click on the “Browse” tab.  YouTube videos already embedded into a content item with the tool are unaffected by this change.  This change affects only the Record from Webcam tool in the Content Editor; the YouTube Mashup tool is not affected.  Blackboard is investigating additional solutions to address this change.

Workaround #1:

There are still a number of ways to upload video to YouTube for use within the Content Editor. 

Windows 8+ Users:

  1. Record video using the Camera Application
  2. Upload to YouTube

Mac OS X Users:

  1. Record video using Photo Booth
  2. Upload to YouTube

iOS and Android Device Users:

  1. Open the YouTube app from your device
  2. Record video
  3. Upload to YouTube

Once uploaded, a video can be selected for embedding into the Blackboard Learn Content Editor with the Record from Webcam tool by clicking the “Browse” tab.

Workaround #2:

  • Users using the Bb Grader app for iOS are still able to add video feedback when grading because the app does not use the YouTube Webcam Capture features.

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