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1.1 Setting up the Blackboard Home Page (3m32s)

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1.1 Setting up the Blackboard Home Page

Log into Blackboard and meet the Blackboard Home page. At the very top of the page, on the left, is the blue CUNY Blackboard banner with several menu items starting with Home, Help etc, and in the top right corner of this banner, to the left of the logout button: an avatar, your name and an arrow action button.

Click on this arrow action button to open the Global Navigation menu. Next, click on the Course and/or Organization tabs to find links to your courses and to your organizations.

Next, go to the bottom of the Global Navigation menu and click on the Tools tab. You may find the Announcements and Tasks links useful later on; for now, click on the Update Email link to make sure that Blackboard uses the valid CUNY email address you want it to use. Update it if needed and click on "Submit," otherwise click on "Cancel." [BEEP]

Back on the Home page, in the banner on the right, click again on the arrow action button next to your name. Now, go down and click on the Settings tab.  It is unlikely that you will want to change your computer display’s text size or High Contrast Settings via Blackboard, so click on the Personal Information tab.  Make sure to click on the question mark in the right corner under the blue CUNY banner to show Help.

We recommend in particular that you visit the Personalize My Settings link on the Personal Info page to change the generic avatar next to your name with a nice photo of yourself, or, if you prefer, with another avatar of your liking. Doing so will make your photo or personal avatar appear to your students in the blog, the discussion board and the wiki that you’ll learn to set up later. Go ahead, and once again, when finished, click on "Submit." [BEEP]

To manage how frequently you get Blackboard course updates in your mailbox, in the Global Navigation menu, click once again on "Settings," next, on “Edit Notification Settings,” then on “Edit General Settings.”  When all is set up to your liking, click on "Submit." [BEEP]

On the left in the top CUNY banner, click on the Home tab.  Now look at the page and the different modules it displays by default. If you really want to learn what other modules you can add to the required default ones, click on the Add Module button in the dark grey action bar under the blue CUNY banner, but we suggest that, for this page, “less is more.” The modules displayed by default cannot be removed—To wit, hover your mouse over the top right corner inside the CUNYfirst Myinfo module to see the “Forbidden action” icon pop-up.  What you can do is give the page a cleaner look by collapsing some modules: where allowed, do so for all, except the My Courses and My Organizations modules: just click on the little triangle button to the left of the module’s name. [BEEP]

Next, to change the layout of the modules, in the action bar on the far right, click on the bi-directional re-ordering arrow icon. Happy re-ordering! [BEEP]

Lastly, in the action bar again, click on the Personalize Page action button, then on the little plus icon to the left of the Color Palette Library to select a color theme other than the default one. Do not forget to click "Submit!" [BEEP]