College of DuPage

Blackboard Release 9 - What's NEW?

Learning Modules

Where do I find it?


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What's new about it?

Learning Units have been re-named Learning Modules in Blackboard 9, and function similarly.

A Learning Module is a collection of Content Items focused on a specific subject that students can navigate at their own pace. Content within a Learning Module is added and managed just like content in a Content Folder. The Learning Module is a shell into which other content, such as files, tools, and assessments are added.

Besides the name, a few things are new:

  • Drag and Drop. As with other content areas in Blackboard 9, items and folders can be re-ordered using drag and drop.

  • Table of Contents View. The instructor can choose whether to present the content contained in the Learning Module in a hierarchical, outline-style format. Using this view, students will be able to navigate through the Learning Module in the manner step-by-step. If the Table of Contents is selected, the instructor selects numbering or lettering to be used in the Table of Contents.
    When the instructor creates content within the Learning Module, the Table of Contents will be created accordingly and numbered / lettered automatically. Content such as Mashups and Lesson Plans, can be incorporated into Learning Modules. The Table of Contents can be manipulated by instructors and students to accommodate individual viewing preferences. It can be minimized and oriented on the left side or along the bottom of the screen.

  • Sequential Navigation of Content. When an instructor chooses sequential navigation, items in the Learning Module will become viewable as students progress through the content. Without sequential navigation, all content items in the Learning Module are viewable and users may navigate the content at will.

How do I use it?

  • Start by turning Edit Mode ON in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Go to a content area where you wish the Learning Module to appear.
  • Select Learning Modules from the Build Content action bar button.

Students access Learning Modules from content areas in the Course Menu.


Building a Learning Module (Blackboard - 3 minute video)

Using the Text Editor (Blackboard - 3 minute video)

Confused by the names?
Previous versions of Blackboard had Learning Units. These content pages have been re-named Learning Modules. However, don't confuse Learning Modules with Course Modules or Module Pages.

  • Learning Modules are used to display content with a customizable Table of Contents.
  • Course Modules are elements such as "My Calendar" or "Needs Attention" which are displayed within a Module Page.
  • Module Pages are content pages which contain Course Modules. A course often contains a Module Page named Course Home.

Learn More

Contextual Menus
Control Panel
Course Availability
Course Copy
Course Design Settings
Course Menu
Course Tools
Discussion Board
Edit Mode
Grade Center
Learning Modules
Student Home Pages
Textbook Information

NEW Tools

Course Files
Course Home Page
My Places
Question Finder