This page is available to download in Microsoft Word format.

Watch a video of this guide.

Download a transcript.

1. Open Blackboard and with Edit Mode turned on navigate to the Module shell.

The new 2021-22 Blackboard module shell

2. Click on Add Content and select Blank Page.

Adding a new Blank Page

3. Type the word ‘Welcome’ into the Name field and select ‘Available to Users’.

Naming the new Blank Page

4. Click Submit.

5. A link to the new Blank Page, now titled ‘Welcome’, will appear toward the bottom of the shell. Use the double-arrow icon to drag this new link to the top of the list.

The new Welcome link with the double-arrow icon

6. Open the Module shell template Word document.

The Module shell template Word document

7. Using the mouse or the ‘Ctrl+A’ keyboard shortcut select the entire contents of the document and copy to the computer’s clipboard.

8. Paste the copied content into the Content field in Blackboard.

The pasted content in Blackboard

The Note icon If prompted, select to keep or preserve formatting during the paste process.

9. Using the mouse, select the ‘Welcome to the School of insert school name’ text and set this to Heading.

Setting the heading

10. Overtype any orange text with the specifics relating to the school and Module that the shell is being prepared for.

Overtyping the orange text

The Note icon As instructed, ensure that the list of menu items is described and that the list is adjusted to accommodate any additional or hidden menu items. Please remove the remaining orange text.

Tailoring the descriptions and lists

11. Click Submit.

12. Under Course Management click on Customisation>Teaching Style.

Selecting Teaching Style

13. Change the Course Entry Point to the new Welcome page.

Changing the Course Entry Point to Welcome

14. Click Submit.

15. Click on Add Content and select Content Area.

Creating a new Content Area

16. Type the word ‘Assessment’ in the Name field and select Available to Users.

Naming the new Content Area

17. Click Submit.

18. Repeat steps 15 to 17 to create another new Content Area named Discussion.

19. Using the double-arrow icons, order the links to match the order of the descriptions on the welcome page.

The finished links

The Note icon To hide any of the links from the student view, select the link’s Edit Icon and click on Hide Link.

Hiding a link

20. To see the student view, turn the Edit Mode off.

The completed Module shell in the student view