Format of the course in Blackboard is a key component of learner success. Established best practices for course menus, adaptive release, Blackboard access, adding files, and uploading materials into a course are detailed here.

First, instructors should explain the details of the course in an explicit format. Instructors cannot assume learners will understand or will intuitively find items that they seek. Blackboard will require that instructors build course structure with Folders and Items. For everyone’s ease of use, instructors should follow a consistent format, organize following one convention, and name all items added or linked into the course with a consistent, explicit naming convention. Best practice is for instructors to organize materials in smaller sections using Folders or Modules, and name them consistently as: Chapter #, Unit #, Week 3. 

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