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Course Components

The Blackboard Learn environment allows you to easily navigate, provide data, edit items, and change options that affect how users interact with the interface.

The Blackboard Learn Interface

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Item corresponding to the image above Page header: The area at the top of the screen that contains the tabs, the My Places link, and the links for Home, Help, and Logout. The tabs you see in the page header will depend on the capabilities your school has licensed. To learn more, see The Page Header.

Item corresponding to the image above Content frame: Displays the selected tool or Content Area. By default, when you enter a course, the Home Page appears. Instructors select the first page, which is called the course entry point. To learn about selecting yours, see Selecting the Course Entry Point.

Item corresponding to the image above 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.

Item corresponding to the image above Course Menu: The access point for all course content. Instructors decide which links are available here. To learn more, see The Course Menu.

Item corresponding to the image above Control Panel: The central access point for course management functions. Instructors can manage the course style, course tools, and users from this area. Student do not see the Control Panel. To learn more, see The Control Panel.

Item corresponding to the image above Edit Mode: When Edit Mode is ON, all the instructor functions are shown, such as Build Content on the Action Bar in a Content Area or the appearance of the Action Link. 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.

Item corresponding to the image above Tabs: Blackboard Learn includes two common sets of tabs, discussed in the following tables.

Learn Tabs
Tab Description
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. The Blackboard administrator at your school may restrict access to or require specific modules.
Courses Click a link on the Courses tab to access a course and the Course Catalog.

If your school licenses Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> community engagement <end definition>., you also have access to the following tabs:

Community Tabs
Tab Description
Community The Community tab lists organizations specific to each user, the Organization Catalog for your school, and Discussion Boards. Click a link on the Community tab to access an organization.
Services The Services tab contains links to other institutional offerings outside of Blackboard Learn. The links are set by the Blackboard administrator at your school.

In addition, community engagement enables your school to create custom tabs and present different tabs to users based on Institution roles.

Note:  The Blackboard administrator at your school can rename the tabs appearing in the page header.

Related Tutorials    Your Course Environment video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 3m 1s) |  Getting Started with Your Course Environment PDF (new window). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (PDF file <end definition>. | 7.00 MB)