Editing your course content is completed differently depending on whether you are teaching an "HTML" course, or a "Native Build".
What is the difference between an HTML course and a Native Build course?
- These courses contain many HTML pages which require an HTML editor such as Adobe Dreamweaver to edit properly. You have the option to "Edit in Blackboard" but using the built in tool will most likely strip all of the formatting and styles used to make the page look professional and we highly recommend not using this.
- Typically the HTML pages within these courses are: The Table of Contents (TOC), Module Pages, Syllabus, Homepage, and sometimes various documents associated with assignments and instructions. These files are always within the course Content Collection and always have the extension".html" at the end of the file name.
- If you need to make changes to any of these files it is best practice to contact Online Course Technical Support via E-Mail or phone: (866) 205-1011
- Any courses developed or re-developed after Summer 2014 on will most likely be Native Builds.
- Instead of using multiple pages and complicated linking while storing all of the pages in the content collection, all of the course content is instead created directly in content areas.
- This means all items from assignments and tests, to Discussions and lesson content will be located within the Module Content Areas (These will usually be linked in the sidebar and named according to each module lesson).
- Because this content is all created natively there is no need for a 3rd party HTML editor like Dreamweaver, and unlike HTML Courses, the built in editor may be used to edit content. Though content is much simpler to edit in the native Build courses, any extensive changes (Removing/Adding assignments, major changes to module content) should not be done without first consulting an Instructional Designer.
Example of a typical HTML built course:
Example of a typical Blackboard Learn built course: