Navigating My Online Blackboard Course
Navigating your online course before you begin a class will help you avoid issues while taking the class. When you call the HelpDesk, there are a few navigation tools to which we will refer to help when navigating your online course in Blackboard.
4 Blackboard Navigation Tools
Your online course has four navigation tools: the Course Menu, the Breadcrumb Trail, Display Course Menu in a Window, and the Folder View. One important note: If you choose to navigate to any area of the course before you click OK, Submit or Save, you will lose everything you have been working on.
1. Course Menu
The Course Menu appears at the left of each course and gives a brief outline of the course. You can click on any item to navigate to that area of the course. The Course Menu may vary in each class. Some instructors use buttons instead of lists, change the color or add items to the menus. You still click on the item to go to that section of the course.
There are some items that will be consistent from course to course. They include Contact Information, Announcements, Private Messages, Ask the Class, the Course Survey and the Tools.
2. Breadcrumb Trail
A breadcrumb trail tracks your “clicks” through course content levels. The breadcrumb trail is located at the top of each page, right under Blackboard’s tabs. Each time you click to a page or activity lower in a hierarchy, that link is added to the trail. So you can easily go back one level or all the way back to the beginning. Just like in the story of “Hansel and Gretel” where they left breadcrumbs on the trail so they could fínd their way back.
The first breadcrumb shows that the user clicked on the Blackboard Orientation course (Home). The second shows that the user then clicked to open a module called “Start Here!”. The third breadcrumb shows that the user then opened a page titled “Navigating My Online Course”. From the breadcrumb trail, this user could go back to “Start Here!” module or the course homepage.
3. Display Course Menu in a Window
When you select this icon, the course menu will display in a new window without closing the existing window in which the user is working.
4. Folder View
The View expands the Course Menu so it looks and works just like the Course Map. To use, click on Folder View in the Tools area of the Course Menu.