Customising your course view

The courses (modules) that you are studying and/or teaching are listed in one place in duo.
This is a simple process, made slightly more confusing by the terminology:

  • What we know in Durham as modules (e.g. ANTH1011_2015) Blackboard refers to as Courses.
  • The list of courses displayed on screen is referred to in Blackboard as the My Courses module.
  • When describing the ability to group courses by a date range, Blackboard calls these Terms, because that is the most common way of doing this. In Durham, we have decided to group them by Academic Year.

That said, it is easy to manage them when you know how!

Edit My Courses

The list of courses is initially displayed sorted by your role in the course.
Particularly if you teach a lot of courses, you may find it more useful to also group them by academic year.
You can choose which years to show and hide, and which courses within a given year to display.

Courses listed by term/academic year

To configure the list, click the Manage icon located at the top right (shown ringed here in orange).
Note you may have to move your mouse over the title bar before the icon is displayed (that’s the delights of a minimalist user interface design paradigm for you).

The manage icon appears at the top right of the title bar

 

When you click the Manage icon, a form appears allowing you to change what information is displayed and how it is organised. It is arranged in several sections.

Terms

opening section of the form

The key points are:

  1. Tick the option Group by Term
  2. To see an academic year, place a tick in the column Show Term. If you want it to appear expanded (listing the courses) tick the box in the far right – Expand Term.
  3. You can also click and drag (or use the re-orderable keyboard controls) at the left hand side of the list to change the order of terms (academic years) to suit the way you work.

Most people will only see terms that match the standard academic years – e.g. 2014-15, 2015-16, etc. If you teach or study on courses that do not follow this pattern, e.g. a course that follows the calendar year (running January to December) or perhaps only runs for a few months and is repeated several times, you may see other terms (e.g. 2015).

Courses

The next section allows you to control the display down to the level of individual courses.

Lists of courses

 

  1. You can choose whether to display the Course Name (e.g. Introductory Anthropology) and/or the Course ID (e.g. ANTH1011_2015). Select whatever makes the most sense to you.
  2. Should you wish, you can display more information below each entry, e.g. the names of the staff who teach it (Instructors), any Announcements and any Tasks set for students. Most people opt not to display these.
  3. You can also click and drag (or use the re-orderable keyboard controls) at the left hand side of the list to change the order of the Courses.

 

The final section (adding links to external courses) can be ignored.
Press Submit to save your changes.

You can also expand or collapse a term by clicking on it in the module. Any changes you make are saved.

Organisations

There is a similar list called My Organisations that contains duo sites supporting College and Society activity and a few sites that support Departmental activity, but are not rolled over each year. It operates in exactly these same way.