Adding content to your Learning Site is a process of utilising the Learning Resources content areas made available by the SCU unit template where possible, hiding unused content areas from student view and adding new content areas where your delivery plan deems it necessary.
Each content area can be developed by editing existing content items or adding new items. The built-in content editor allows you to copy and paste content, apply formatting, and add links, images and other media to each item.
The content that you add should align with principles of academic integrity and should be prepared with accessibility of all students in mind.
Learning resources can be added progressively as the teaching session progresses, or can be added in advance of delivery and made available to students as required.
You can test your developed content from the perspective of your students by utilising MySCU's Student View function.
All Blackboard Learning Sites in MySCU are first created using the SCU unit template. The template defines the initial Learning Site appearance and structure, and the default items in the site menu.
Content such as study guides, lecture recordings and links to MyReadings have dedicated content areas built into the template under the Learning Resources heading. Additional resources such as notes and tutorial questions can be added to the Other Resources content area. There are separate headings for locating assessment information and tools, as well as collaborative tools such as discussion forums and Collaborate sessions.
Unit content can be added to a content area by first selecting the menu item, then choosing the desired type of content item from the action bar that appears. The Build Content menu on the action bar allows you to choose from commonly used content item types including items, learning modules, folders and mashups.
When editing or adding content items, the built-in content editor provides an easy-to-use editable area with toolbars and icons, into which content can be copied and pasted or typed and then formatted. The content editor also allows you to create hyperlinks, add images and multimedia, attach files, undo and redo actions and add mashups.
Academic integrity and copyright compliance are important considerations when developing content for your Learning Site.
When preparing content for your Learning Site, you should design and build content so that all students can effectively access the information. Some of your students will have limits to the amount of visual and/or audio information they can access. Accessibility principles help accommodate the needs of such students so they are not disadvantaged by the use of images, podcasts, videos and other multimedia in your Learning Site content.
When teaching in MySCU, you have the ability to control the release of content to your students, allowing you to prepare the content on your Learning Site in advance and giving access to students as appropriate.
There are three ways that availability to students can be controlled. You can hide menu items from students, toggle availability on each content item that is added to a content area, or you can apply Adaptive Release which allows access to students only upon meeting predefined criteria.
The Learning Site as seen by you as lecturer is different to that viewed by your students, as students do not see the editing or administrative options and some options present differently. You can easily change your view of the Learning Site to that as seen by your students by using the Student View function