You can use the area called Course Information for a course overview
and a syllabus, or you can upload both as HTML files into the area
You can put up assignments in Announcements or Assignments, or as a
You can put all Course documents into the area Course Documents, or you
can create subfolders under Course
Documents, one for each week (Week1, Week2 etc.), or one for each major
part or topic of your course.
You can reserve the announcements for important reminders, such as the
date of the next paper due or a test.
You can put external links into the main menu option 'External Links'
or into a course document or into an announcement.
Try to organize this for easy use. Do not expect your students to click
around in all menus and submenus every day. Therefore, for your course
design, decide which options you do
not want to use and make their buttons invisible -- see Customize
Much of this depends on how
you want to use Bb in your course:
1. You meet your class on the first day only; after that all
communication takes place online and sometimes in your office.
2. You meet your class regularly but also use Bb so students who missed
a class can catch up or to show visual material online (this beats
carrying a screen, slide projector, slides to the classroom and trying
to darken the room), to have students interact with responses to
questions posed in the Discussion Board area.
3. You can combine classroom and lab work by scheduling, say, a lecture
hour per week in a classroom and two Bb hours a week
in a lab.
Some people like to print information, others are happy to read
online. Announcements cannot be easily printed, Course Docs can. As can
the booklist, syllabus, assignment sheet.
Some people like to work at home, others in the computer lab in school.
At home, you need to download, sometimes very slowly, and you need
viewers and software, such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Keep this in
mind, and add relevant instructions.
You should schedule a Bb session with your class at the start of the
semester, to help students get online. Sometimes, there is a password
problem which someone on the Help staff can fix right away.
Also see Customize below.