|Navigating with the Course Menu||The main navigation in your online courses will be through the Course Menu|
|Navigating using the Course Map||An alternative use of the Course Menu|
|Navigating using Breadcrumbs||Track where you have been within a course by using Breadcrumbs|
|Opening Files||Accessing files within the content areas in Blackboard|
|Accessing Folders||Accessing information stored in Blackboard Folders|
Navigating Between Course Areas: Course Menu
To navigate between course areas, click on the¬†desired link in the Course Menu.¬† As pictured here, to get to the¬†”Unit 1″¬†area, you would click on the¬†”Unit 1″¬†link¬†on the Course Menu.
Navigating Between Course Areas: Course Map
Another way to move between course areas is by using¬†a Course Map.¬†To create a Course Map:
- Click the double rectangle icon in the tool bar of the Course Menu to open it in a separate window
- Click the folder icon to display all the content in a tree
- Use the plus and minus icons next to each folder to expand and collapse the tree
Use the Course Map to locate and then navigate to an¬†item, folder, or area.¬†Click on the¬†name of the item, folder, or area to go to that location.
Once you navigate to an item in the course using the course map, it will automatically change you course menu to Folder View. To change the course menu back, simply click List View in the course menu toolbar.
Navigating Within Content Areas: Breadcrumbs
At the top of the screen, right below the tab area is the Breadcrumb pane. This path of links is often referred to as a “breadcrumb trail‚ÄĚ, or just “breadcrumbs” because they are an easy way for you to backtrack where you have been in the course.
Due to the dynamic nature of many of the pages within the course, we strongly recommend that you use the¬†breadcrumb links instead of the browser’s Back and Forward buttons.
Breadcrumbs, like those in the image above, will appear at the top of each content area within a course. Clicking on a link will take you to that area of the course.¬†For example,¬†clicking Content in the breadcrumb trail will take you to the entry page of the section. Selecting the name of another link in the breadcrumb, in this case the Additional Information link, will take you to that page in the content area.¬†Ellipses ( … ) indicate additional levels and they will fully display when you click them.
Navigating Within Content Areas: Opening Files
Your instructor may upload files¬†to your Blackboard course¬†for you to view or¬†download.¬†These files appear within the content as link text.¬†Simply click the link to open or save the file. If you are unable to view a file, remember that you may need to download additional software or plug-ins to your computer¬†to open the file.
Navigating Within Content Areas: Accessing Folders
While browsing through your course materials and¬†information, you may¬†notice that the information has been organized¬†in folders.¬†Just as you can organize files on your computer in folders or¬†put¬†documents in folders within a file¬†cabinet, instructors can organize content¬†using folders in certain areas.¬†You may even encounter folders within folders should your course contain quite a lot¬†of material.
To access information contained within folders, click on the folder title as pictured here. Don’t forget to use¬†the breadcrumb trail to¬†keep track of¬†where you are in the course!