Adding a Learning Module
A Blackboard Learning Module is a set of content items with a structured path for progressing through the items.
All types of content, such as items, assignment, and assessments may be
included in a Learning Module. The path can be set so that students must view content in sequence
or set to permit students to view the content in any order. Content within a Learning Module is added and managed just like content in a folder. Learning Modules can be edited like any other item within a Content Area.
Follow the steps below to create a Learning Module:
- Login to your course.
- Open a Course Content Area.
- Make sure you are in Edit Mode.
- Select the Build drop-down menu, then the Create Learning Module
- Complete the fields in the Create Learning Module page.
Under Learning Module Information
- Enter a name for your module. You may also choose a different color
for the title text.
- Use the Text Box Editor to enter a description and any instructions for using the Learning Module. This information is optional, but can assist users understand expectations and any associated goals and tasks. This will be shown directly underneath
your Learning Module.
- Click Yes to allow users to view the module. By
selecting No, your Learning Module will be unavailable to
- Click Yes to make the path for viewing content in your Learning Module sequential. Students will be forced to progress through the content in the order that is set by the number next to each Content Item. This order can be changed by changing the Content Item number.
If sequential viewing is not enforced, students can view the
content in any order.
- Click Yes to display the Learning Module in a new browser window.
- Click Yes to enable tracking for the module.
- Click both the Display After and Display Until or one of
the checkboxes to enable the date and time settings. Use the
Display After and Display Until date and time fields to
determine the availability of the Learning Module.
Please note: All options can be changed at any time.
- Click Submit. The image below illustrates the appearance of
Adding Content to a Learning Module
After you have created a learning module, you will want to add content
to it. To accomplish this task, follow the steps below:
- Open the Content Area that contains the Learning Module.
- Make sure the Edit Mode is ON.
- Click the name of the Learning Module to open it.
- Click Create Item.
- The Create Item page is used to add content to the Learning Module. The content can be directly added using the text box or it can be added as attachments, links to local and external resources, or a combination of these things. Use this method multiple times to add all the content necessary to the Learning Module.
- Once all the items are added to the Learning Module, set the sequence of the items by
dragging and dropping them into place.
Items can also be sequenced using the Keyboard Accessible Reordering tool located in the Action Bar.
Viewing Learning Modules
How the content is viewed, sequentially or non-sequentially is set in
the Options section of the Create or Edit Learning Module page and can be changed at any time.
- To view the Learning Module from the students' perspective, turn
off the Edit Mode by click on the OFF button in the upper-right
corner of your screen. In the displayed window, use the Contents
button to view the content of the module in any order or you might
want to use the arrows to the right of the screen to view the
- Both the Contents and the navigation arrows will be available to
your students, but if sequential viewing is enforced, students will
view the Learning Module in the order the items within it are listed
and will not be able to advance to a page within the unit without
having viewed the previous page. If sequential viewing is not
enforced, items in the Learning Module may be viewed in any order
from the Contents page. Note: the Contents page is always
accessible, but if sequential viewing is enforced, students will see
only the list of the items found in the Learning Module, but the
items won't have an active link so that students can access them as
The image below illustrates the appearance of links to all
components of a Learning Module accessible via the Contents button
if sequential viewing is NOT enforced.