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Blackboard Learn Administration

Terry Patterson

Acquiring the skills to implement the powerful eLearning software Blackboard Learn is made beautifully straightforward with this tutorial. Written by an administration specialist, it goes from fundamentals to advanced features in logical steps.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849693066
Paperback326 pages

About This Book

  • Learn both the simple and the complex skills to become an expert Blackboard Learn admin
  • Optimize the security and performance of Blackboard Learn and create a disaster recovery plan
  • Gain insight from an experienced Blackboard administrator using a hands-on approach

Who This Book Is For

This book is for in-house IT administrators who are responsible for maintaining the school’s IT system and making sure that it is ready for the teachers to use. Readers will need some experience with server management and installation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Planning a Blackboard Learn Instance
What is Blackboard Learn?
How does Blackboard Learn work?
Blackboard Learn architecture
Chapter 2: Installing Blackboard Learn
Operating systems
Space requirements
Installing the database
Installing JDK
Preparing a Windows Server environment
Preparing a Red Hat or Solaris server for Blackboard Learn
Final preparations before installing
Installing the Blackboard Learn application
Managing Blackboard Learn services
The Blackboard Learn Patch Utility tool
Chapter 3: Setting Up and Customizing Blackboard Learn
Branding Blackboard Learn
Customizing the Blackboard login page
Chapter 4: Creating Courses in Blackboard Learn
Courses in Blackboard Learn
Course settings in Blackboard
Searching for courses in Blackboard
Creating single courses in Blackboard
Creating courses using the batch course creation tool
Importing content into a new course
Copying content into a new or existing course
Chapter 5: Administrating Courses in Blackboard Learn
Enrolling users into Blackboard Learn courses
Exporting and archiving courses in Blackboard Learn
Using the Bulk Delete function in Blackboard Learn
Removing a course from Blackboard Learn
Chapter 6: Creating Users in Blackboard Learn
User creation policy
Chapter 7: Managing Roles and Users in Blackboard Learn
Roles within Blackboard Learn
Managing course roles in Blackboard Learn
Managing system roles in Blackboard Learn
Creating custom institutional roles in Blackboard Learn
Managing role privileges in Blackboard Learn
Developing role privilege policies in Blackboard Learn
Disabling user access to Blackboard Learn
Removing users in Blackboard Learn
Chapter 8: Using Tools and Utilities in Blackboard Learn
System announcements
Spell Check Dictionaries in Blackboard Learn
Chapter 9: Security, Reporting, and Configuration in Blackboard Learn
Security in Blackboard Learn
System information in Blackboard Learn
Optimizing our Blackboard Learn environment
Chapter 10: Authentication and Data Integration in Blackboard Learn
External authentication in Blackboard Learn
Data integration with Blackboard Learn
The SIS Framework
Creating data sources
Building a flat file integration
Sending files to Blackboard Learn
Chapter 11: Implementing Building Blocks in Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Learn building blocks
Web services in Blackboard Learn
LTI Tool Providers
Recommended building blocks
Chapter 12: Logs, Troubleshooting, and Disaster Recovery in Blackboard Learn
Troubleshooting issues in Blackboard Learn
Disaster recovery

What You Will Learn

  • Create, install and update a Blackboard Learn instance
  • Create and manage courses with Blackboard Learn
  • Create and administer user accounts within Blackboard Learn
  • Brand Blackboard Learn with your organization’s other web presences
  • Integrate publisher building blocks and information systems within Blackboard Learn

In Detail

Blackboard Learn is web application software that allows users around the world to participate in training and educational opportunities. This software is utilized in high schools, college campuses, corporations, and government entities.

"Blackboard Learn Administration" navigates both novice and experienced administrators through the simple and complex parts of the E-Learning portal.

Readers go step-by-step with the author from planning and installing a Blackboard Learn instance to supporting and administrating a system with courses and users.

The book starts with how to plan, install, and brand a Blackboard Learn instance. Readers then learn about the creation and management of courses and users. You then learn about the tools and controls that administrator’s possess within Blackboard Learn. Readers also review how to improve security and performance within their system. You then dip into complex topics such as integrating Blackboard Learn with other information systems and publisher websites.

Administrating Blackboard Learn educates the reader on the fundamental tools and tasks for basic administration, while explaining complex options that expert administrators want to tackle.


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