How to Restrict Student to Student Email within Blackboard

By default, all options within the Send Email tool are open to faculty and students enrolled in a Blackboard course.

To restrict student to student emailing through Blackboard:

  1. Click on Control Panel
  2. Select Customization
  3. Select Tool Availability
  4. Scroll down to Email. Click the down-pointing arrow button and select Email Settings.
  5. Uncheck the boxes for the options that you don’t want students to have access to.
    Example: If you only want students to e-mail instructors and TAs, uncheck all boxes except:
    – All Teaching Assistant Users
    – All Instructor Users
  6. Click Submit.

Instructors and TAs can still send e-mail to anyone in the class, even if the steps above were completed, by going to:

  1. Control Panel
  2. Course Tools
  3. Send Email

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

GroupbyTerm

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.
    ordercourse
  3. Click the Submit button.

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.

End of Semester Blackboard Tasks for Faculty

The following are important tasks for faculty to complete at the end of each semester in Blackboard.

1.  Grade Center: Review the Student Total Column and Export your Grade Center
At the end of the semester it is important to ensure that your student grades are calculated correctly. Also, export a copy of the grade center to an Excel file so that you have it available for future student grade questions and appeals.

2.  Course Availability:  Make Your Course Unavailable
To restrict students from access to your course, change the availability of each course from on to off.

3.  Archive: Archive your Course
Download your course as a backup with students records for possible future use.

Safari: How to set your browser to download the ZIP file and not unzip/extract it

Faculty that are trying to download the ZIP file that was produced during a Blackboard course export, downloads as a file folder and not a ZIP file.  An opened ZIP file will not import to Blackboard and will produce the error:

Fatal: A fatal error has occurred. The reason for the error is:

The provided package could not be expanded or contains no file data.
For more information, consult the detailed log.
Status: The operation import did not complete.

This is happens due to a setting in Safari that automatically extracts the contents of a ZIP file when it is downloaded. To  fix this and download the file in an unopened ZIP format:

  1.  Open Safari
  2.  Open the Preferences menu:
    In Mac OS X: Click Safari > Preferences
  3. In the window that opens, click General
  4. Remove the check from the box beside “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”
  5. Download the file again

Now try the Blackboard import again with the new file.

MAC - Open "safe" Files after downloading

 

 

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