When you enter your course you will enter to the Announcements page. On the left side of the page you will see the Navigation links for your course. From here you can click on the different areas of your course. Review our tutorial on Orientation (Online Courses) and Course Navigation (All Courses) by clicking on the icon if you need additional help.
For a description of what you might find under each link, click on the Course Navigation Links topic below.
Course Navigation Links
What content is under each link?
Announcements are messages posted by the Blackboard Administrator, technical support staff or your instructor to provide you with important information.
The Orientation link takes you to a course orientation page. The purpose of the individual course orientation is to acquaint you with your instructor and classmates, prepare you for the specific learning activities that will be used in the course, and to familiarize you with the aspects of the course syllabus.
If you are enrolled in more than one online course, it's very important that you go through the orientation in each course as they will not be the same.
The Instructor link lets you learn more about the faculty member that is teaching your course. You will usually find biographical information along with your instructor's contact information. If your instructor has an on-campus office you may also find it's location and office hours.
The Syllabus link takes you to your course syllabus. The syllabus is unquestionably the single most important document in the course. The syllabus includes information about necessary course materials, what you will learn in the course, the instructional and assessment methods to be used, the grading scale and instructions on how to calculate your grade, and policies and procedures.
The Schedule link has information provided by your instructor, important information is shown such as the module title, the activities for the module, the approximate time needed to complete the assignment and the due date/time for each week's assignments.
The Learning Modules link takes you to the learning modules page. This is where the bulk of a course's material and assignments are located. Learning modules may be organized in a number of ways such as by modules, weeks or chapter, this is entirely up to your instructor.
A Discussion (or forum) is made up of threads. Each thread is made up of several posted messages all relating to the same subject matter.
Most online courses rely heavily on the discussion board. It is important to check the discussion several times each week throughout the course.
You can access the Discussion by clicking on specific discussion through an assignment link in your course or by clicking on the Discussion link in the Navigation list.
In some courses you may see a Teamwork link. This is used for team or group work in the course. Each group is created by your instructor with features they feel you may need to complete the project or your instructor may setup self-enrolled teams or groups.
Use the Grade Center link to access your scores on individual assignments and to estimate your overall progress in the course.
If you see an exclamation point (!) in the grade column, it means that your assignment has been received but has not been graded yet.
If you see a paper and pencil, this is an in-progress icon, if you think you have completed your assignment contact your instructor.
By clicking on the Dashboard link you will find information about "What's New" and "Needs Attention" items in your course, these are items that are for example new posted assignments and/or announcements.
Under the Tech Support link you will find information about contacting Schoolcraft's Blackboard Help Support, how to reach Help Support & FAQ pages and the Blackboard Student User Manual where you will find helpful information on how to use Blackboard Learn.
The Student Support link will display information on who to contact for the various types of student assistance that you may receive through Schoolcraft College.
The Email link lets you send email through the Blackboard system. This is not an email system like HotMail, GMail or Yahoo! Mail. You can only send messages to your instructor or fellow students and you do not receive email within Blackboard. Emails sent through Blackboard go to your Schoolcraft email address.
Blackboard's email feature was designed to make it convenient for you to communicate with your classmates and instructors.
Remember to check your Schoolcraft email account to retrieve any emails.
Under the Tools link you will find items like Announcements, Blackboard Help, Blogs, Contacts, Journals, Send Email and NBC Learn, these items may vary depending on what your instructor chooses to display here.