Creating a Learning Module

A Learning Module allows instructors to group multiple content items and tool links into a single folder with a table of contents. A Learning Module can support a course goal, a course objective, a subject, a concept, or a theme.

Instructors can set a structured path through the content items using a storyboard or a set of dependencies. For example, a Learning Module can present the concept of magnets’ fields before describing how speakers and microphones work. Understanding the first concept is dependent on understanding the second concept. Alternatively, instructors can allow students to explore the content in a Learning Module in any order, and at their own pace. For example, a Learning Module can present a series of images and descriptions of various animals in a genus. Students can view the images and descriptions in any order, as no order is required for understanding the whole.

Content within a Learning Module is added and managed just like in any folder in a Content Area. The Learning Module is a shell to which other content items such as files, folders and tools are added. Learning Modules can be modified like any other item within a Content Area.

The value of creating Learning Modules lies in the ability to integrate related content and activities, providing a rich, interactive learning experience for students. You can include the following in a Learning Module:

  • Content Items
  • Files
  • Folders
  • URLs (external links)
  • Mashups (multimedia)
  • Tests and Surveys
  • Assignments
  • Discussion Board Forums
  • Other Tools

Creating a Learning Module

1. To create a Learning Module, first make sure that Edit Mode is turned ON.

2. Navigate to the content area of your course where you want to add a Learning Module.

3. Select Build Content and then click Learning Module.

4. (Required) Type in a Name for the Learning Module.

5. (Optional) Choose a Color of Name for the Learning Module and add some descriptive Text for the Learning Module.

6. Under the Learning Module Options, you can allow the following:

  • Enforce Sequential Viewing of the Learning Module – forces users to progress through a learning module one page at a time.
  • Open in a New Window – opens a new browser window for all of the learning module content.
  • Track Number of Views – allows instructor to see when students have accessed the content.

7. Under Standard Options, decide if the Learning Module will be available and Select Date and Time Restrictions (if desired).

8. Under the Table of Contents options, you have two choices:

  • Show Table of Contents to Users (Yes or No)
  • Hierarchy Display (select None, Letters, Mixed, Numbers, Roman Numerals)

9. Click Submit when finished choosing all options.

 Adding Items to a Learning Module

A Learning Module is essentially a “container” for other content. Once a learning module has been created, you will need to populate the module with the actual learning materials. Adding content to a learning module is the same process as adding content to a content area. You can add all of the content that you would normally be able to add to a content area in Blackboard with one exception—you CANNOT add a Learning Module inside of another Learning Module (i.e. it is not possible to have “nested” learning modules).
If you have enabled your learning module to also show the Table of Contents for the learning module, that will show up on the learning module page. It is also possible to create folders within a learning module to organize content. This will also be reflected in the table of contents.

Now that you have created a Learning Module, it is time to add an item to it. An item can be any of the following:

  • Text you enter
  • An attached file in a variety of formats, including HTML, .jpg, or .gif
  • A series of files that are linked together such as a web site
  • An embedded file such as a Flash animation or YouTube video
  • Assessments (Test, Survey, 
  • A combination of options listed above

An item can be any type of formatted text, such as reference materials, directions, a reading list, or lecture notes. Images, external links, tables, bulleted lists, and file attachments can also be added.

QUICK STEPS:  adding items to a Learning Module

  1. In Edit Mode, on the Course Menu, click the Content Area containing the Learning Module.
  2. On the Content Area page, click the Learning Module’s title.
  3. On the Learning Module’s Action Bar, point to Build Content and click Item.
  4. On the Create Item page, enter a Name. The Name will appear in the Table of Contents in the Learning Module.
  5. Enter text in the Text box. Use formatting options to select font face, size, alignment and color. Use the Text Editor to insert images, embed multimedia files and spell check.
  6. Add an attached file by clicking Browse My Computer, or Browse Course Files.
  7. Select the Options for availability, tracking, and date and time restrictions.
  8. Click Submit.

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