Blackboard Basics - How do I get started building my online course and adding a menu?

How do I get started building my online course? How do I add a menu item?

If you're the instructor of record for a UO course, then a Blackboard coursesite has already been created for your use. Just log into Blackboard at, and select your coursesite from the list of your courses.



Watch a tour (from Blackboard Inc.) of how to upload course files and import a course package.


When the coursesite appears on your screen, you'll notice a switch at the upper right.  Make sure you have EDIT MODE:ON. 

Then on the main menu at the left click a section of your site to choose a portion you want to add to (e.g. Course Information).

In that content area, click the "Build Content" button in the toolbar at the top of the main panel. 

Go under the Create menu and click "Item."

When you're adding material in a text box, you can type the information or cut and paste from a word processor.

You can also upload a document by selecting "Browse My Computer" under the heading "Attachments". You must then select a document to upload by navigating to it, just as you would if you were attaching a document to an email.


Once you've added material, you can go back and change or remove it. Changes take effect as soon as you click the "Submit" button for the information you are updating.

A good way to get started is to upload your syllabus as an item attachment in the Course Information section.

How to add a menu item in Blackboard



Watch a tour (from Blackboard Inc.) of how to create a blank page on course menu.


Menu items in your course’s navigation pane are a quick way to organize content and make it visible for students to absorb. “Announcement,” “Course Documents,” “Course Information,” and other items are automatically created for your course, but adding more helps make all content more accessible. You can create blank “module” folders, or a link to an application or tool feature in Blackboard.

Add Content Area

On your course’s navigation pane, hovering over the plus button will give you a menu, from which you can select a new sidebar link. In this example we'll make a blank "Content Area."

Rename it however you wish, check the “Available to Users” box (if you’re ready), and hit submit.
Your content area should look like this, with “Edit Mode” set to “On.” You can populate it with content by going to “Build Content” for links, files, or more folders, just as you would do with the “Course Documents” and “Course Information” links already set up.
For specific applications like Panopto, the lecture recording/streaming software, you will want to make that tool available to your course, and then create a tool link to it.
Make available
On the left-hand navigation pane of your course under Control Panel go to Customization and select Tool Availability. You will see a list of tools that can be enabled or disabled for your course. Find the application you want to add (in this case we’ll use the “Panopto Course Tool Application”) and check the box. This will make the tool available for your course.
Add to navigation pane
Going back to the navigation pane, hover over the plus sign, this time selecting “Tool Link.”
Rename it what you prefer, check the box to make it available to students, and click Submit.
Also refer to our FAQ on how to make a tool link.

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