myCourses Building your myCourses Organization

Use this page as a  guide for building your myCourses Organization.  Instructions for the more common tasks associated with building your organization are listed below.  For additional help building your site you can:

 

Getting your content out of Blackboard and into myCourses

  • Open the Blackboard Organization you want to export.
  • On the Control Panel (bottom-left), expand the Packages and Utilities section and click Export/Archive Course .
  • On the Export/Archive Course page, click Export Package .
  • On the resulting Select Course Materials page, click Select All.
  • Click Submit .
  • You should receive the following message: Success: This action has been queued. An email will be sent when the process is complete.
  • After receiving the email, go to  the Blackboard course download the zipped file. 
  • Open the myCourses organization you want to import the exported Blackboard organization content into.
  • In Course Navigation, click the Settings link (bottom-left).
  • Click the Import Content into this Course button (usually top-right, but on mobile devices, you may need to scroll down).
  • In the drop-down menu, select the Blackboard 6/7/8/9 export .zip file option.
  • Choose the .zip file you exported from Blackboard in step 5 above.
  • Select desired content by clicking the box next to each indicated item.
  • Click the Import button.
  • The Current Jobs menu will display the status of your import. Running reports will display a menu bar with the time remaining to generate the report. You will also receive an email notification when your import is completed.
  • Once the import is complete, you may reorganize as desired.

Adding and Removing Users to myCourses

  • In your Blackboard org left hand navbar find "Grade Center".  Click on the  ----> (arrow) to go to the Grade Center Page.
  • Find the "Work Offline" button, it's on the far right hand side of the screen.
  • Click "Download".
  • In the "Data" section click the "User Information Only" button.  Both the Excel and CSV formats will work, select whichever you're most comfortable with.
  • To batch add (add lots of people at the same time) you'll need to separate each IT ID or UNH ID with a comma.  To do this quickly use Excel's concatenate function.  Here's a link to a page describing how to use the function, Excel Concatenate Function.
  • Once your new users list is ready login to your myCourses organization.
  • In the left hand navbar, click on "People".
  • Click the "+People" button.
  • Copy and paste the list of users you want to enroll.  Select the appropriate Role and Section (if applicable).  Click "Next" , verify the names are correct and click "Add Users".

 

  • Login to your myCourses organization.
  • In the left hand navbar, click on "People".
  • Click the "+People" button.
  • Type or copy and paste the UNH Username or UNH ID number of the person you want to enroll.  Select the appropriate Role and Section (if applicable).  Click "Next" , verify the name is correct and click "Add Users".
  • Login to your myCourses organization.
  • In the left hand navbar, click on "People".
  • Locate the name of the user you wish to remove.  There's gearbox to the far right of the user's name with a drop down arrow. Click on the drop down arrow and select, "Remove user from this course".

 

Adding Content in your myCourses Organization

Please open the myCourses organization you want to establish a Home Page for, then follow the directions given below.  

To set your Home Page to open to Modules:

  • In the left hand navbar, click on "Home".
  • Click on the "Choose Home Page" button found on the right hand side of the page.
  • Select the "Course Modules" button and click on "Save".

To set an existing page in your site as your Home Page:

  • Click on "Pages" in the left hand navbar.
  • Find the page you want to use as your Home Page. Only published pages are eligible for setting as your Home Page.
  • At the far right of the page name click on the downward arrow next to the gear box, select "Use as Front Page".
  • In the left hand navbar, click on "Home", then click on the "Choose Home Page" button and select "Pages Front Page".

To build a new Home Page:

  • In the left hand navbar, click on "Pages".
  • If you have existing pages, click on "View All Pages", then click on the blue button "+ Page".
  • If you don't have existing pages, click on the blue button "+ Page".
  • Give your new page a title, add desired content, when you've finished adding content click on the blue "Save" button.
  • Click on the "Publish" button to publish your page.  Only published pages are eligible for setting as your Home Page.
  • At the far right of the page name cick on the downward arrow next to the gear box, select "Use as Front Page".
  • In the left hand navbar, click on "Home", then click on  the "Choose Home Page" button and select "Pages Front Page".
 

Modules are used to organize content into a  structure that works for your organization. With modules, you are essentially creating a one-directional linear flow of what you would like your students to do.

Important notes:  Modules and the content within them must be published to be accessed by users of your organization. 

Please open the myCourses organization you want to update, then follow the directions given below.  

Adding Modules to myCourrses:

  • Click on "Modules"in the left hand navbar.
  • Existing modules in your site are displayed, to add a new module click on the blue "+Module" button.
  • A box with "Add Module" appears. Enter the name of the new module in the "Module Name" bar.
  • Your new module is placed at the bottom of the Modules page.

Common Types of Content to add to a module

Remember to publish content items you want your users to see and unpublish content items you aren't ready for them to see.

  • Files -  
    • Navigate to the module you're adding content to.
    • Click on the "+" sign to the far right of the module's name.
    • In the pop up you'll see "Add Item to (your module's name)."   Directly beneath that is a sentence with a dropdown box preset to " Assignment".  Next to "Assignment" is a dropdown arrow, click on the arrow to see a list of content items you can add, select "File".
    • A list of course files contained in your organization is displayed, click on the file you want to add to the module then click on Add Item.   
    • The file you added is placed at the bottom of the module.  You can reposition the item within the module by grabbing and dragging  or by using the "Move to" option found in the gearbox drop down.
  • Content Pages - 
    • Navigate to the module you're adding content to.
    • Click on the "+" sign to the far right of the module's name.
    • In the pop up you'll see "Add Item to (your module's name)."   Directly beneath that is a sentence with a dropdown box preset to " Assignment".  Next to "Assignment" is a dropdown arrow, click on the arrow to see a list of content items you can add, select "Content Page".
    • A list of pages contained in your organization is displayed, click on the file you want to add to the module then click on Add Item.   
    • The page you added is placed at the bottom of the module.  You can reposition the item within the module by grabbing and dragging  or by using the "Move to" option found in the gearbox drop down.
  • External URL - 
    • Navigate to the module you're adding content to.
    • Click on the "+" sign to the far right of the module's name.
    • In the pop up you'll see "Add Item to (your module's name)."   Directly beneath that is a sentence with a dropdown box preset to " Assignment".  Next to "Assignment" is a dropdown arrow, click on the arrow to see a list of content items you can add, select "External URL".
    • Copy and paste the url of the page you want to add to the module  into the "URL:" box.
    • Add a name for the page in "Page Name:"  box.
    • Click on "Load in new tab", this forces the URL to open on a new page.
    • Click on "Add Item".   
    • The External link you embedded is placed at the bottom of the module you added it to.   You can reposition the item within the module by grabbing and dragging  or by using the "Move to" option found in the gearbox drop down.
  • External Tools - instructions for embedding YouTube vidoes and files from Box
    • To embed a YouTube video:

      • Navigate to the module you're adding content to.
      • Click on the "+" sign to the far right of the module's name.
      • In the pop up you'll see "Add Item to (your module's name)."   Directly beneath that is a sentence with a dropdown box preset to " Assignment".  Next to "Assignment" is a dropdown arrow, click on the arrow to see a list of content items you can add, select "External Tool".
      • A list of external tools is displayed, scroll down and click on "YouTube".
      • Use the search feature to find the YouTube video you want to embed.
      • Click on the "Embed" button, then on the "Add Item" button.
      • The video you embedded is at the bottom of the module.  You can reposition the item within the module by grabbing and dragging  or by using the "Move to" option found in the gearbox drop down.
    • To embed files from Box:
      • Navigate to the module you're adding content to.
      • Click on the "+" sign to the far right of the module's name.
      • In the pop up you'll see "Add Item to (your module's name)."   Directly beneath that is a sentence with a dropdown box preset to " Assignment".  Next to "Assignment" is a dropdown arrow, click on the arrow to see a list of content items you can add, select "External Tool".
      • A list of external tools is displayed, scroll down and click on "Box".
      • Click on the "Select from Box" button, if you're not logged in to Box you'll be prompted to do so.
      • Find the file you want to link to and click on the bullet to the far right of the file's name.  This activates the blue "Choose" button, click "Choose" then click "Add Item".
      • A link to the Box file is placed at the bottom of the module.  You can reposition the item within the module by grabbing and dragging  or by using the "Move to" option found in the gearbox drop down.

Use the Redirect tool to add links to internal pages which you can add to  your organization's left hand navigation area.

 There are known problems with the Redirect Tool, if you need to recreate your organization every semester or annually then use modules.  

Please open the myCourses organization you want to update, then follow the directions given below.  

 

Adding Redirected Page Links to the Left Hand Navbar

  • Open the page in your myCourses site that you want added to the left hand navbar.
  • Copy the page url.
  • Go to Settings, at the bottom of the left hand navbar.
  • Open the Apps tab, found at top of page.
  • Click on the tile with the large blue arrow, it's the Redirect Tool.
  • Click on the blue bar with "+ Add App".
  • Enter the name of the link you're adding in the "Name" field. It's prefilled with "Redirect Tool", delete "Redirect Tool" unless you want it to appear as part of your link name.
  • Paste the url you copied into the "URL Redirect" field, It's prefilled with "https://", paste over the "https://".
  • Remove the check in the "Force open in new tab" . This box is checked for links to pages outside of your myCourses site.
  • Click the box "Show in Course Navigation".
  • Click on the blue button, "Add App".
  • You'll find your new link at the bottom of the left hand navbar just above "Settings", to move it up higher in the navbar do this:
    • Click on "Settings" , fin the left hand navbar.
    • Open the "Navigation" tab.
    • Find your new link, at the far right of it's button is a gearbox with a downward arrow.
    • Click on the downward arrow and you'll see two options, Disable and Move.
    • Click on the Move button, a box opens and presents you with options for moving your link.
    • Select where you want to move the link to and press the blue "Move" button.
    • Scroll to the bottom of the Navigation page and click "Save".
    • Return to your home page and your link should be residing in it's newly assigned spot.

Announcements, Email and Calendar

Announcements allow you to communicate with your students about activities and post interesting organization-related topics.

Note: In your notification preferences, you can choose to receive notifications for announcements created by you as well as replies to announcements you've created.

Please open the myCourses organization you want to post announcements to, then follow the directions given below.  

 

To Add an Announcement:

  • In the left hand navbar, click the Announcements link.
  • Click the blue "+ Announcement" button.
  • Type a title for the announcement in the topic title field and add content in the Rich Content Editor
  • In the Announcement Options, you can delay the posting of your announcement, require students to reply to a post before seeing other replies, and enable an announcement podcast feed.
  • Click the blue "Save" button. Note: Unless you are using the delay posting option in Announcements, once you click Save, your announcement will immediately be posted in your course.
  • In the blue sidebar to the left of your myCourses Dashboard click on "Inbox".
  • At the top of the page in the "All Courses" box, select the course/org/group you want to send a message to.
  • Click on the "Compose a new message" button, it's the one with the pencil.
  • Compose your subject line and message content.
  • Add attachments by clicking on the paperclip icon, it's at the bottom left hand corner of the email box.
  • Click the blue "Send" button to send your message.

The Calendar displays everything you are enrolled in since the Calendar spans across all courses/orgs. In the navigation bar, you can choose to view the calendar in Week, Month, Agenda, or Scheduler view. The view you choose dictates the style of the calendar window. By default, the calendar appears in Month view.

How to add an event to the calendar

  • In the  blue sidebar to the left of your myCourses Dashboard click on the "Calendar" icon.    
  • Click any date on the calendar to add an event. Or, click the arrows next to the month name to navigate to a different month and select a date.
  • Enter a title for the event. In the date field, edit the date if necessary. Specify the start and end time for your event.
    • To create an all-day event, leave the From fields blank so there is no start and end time for your event.
  • If a location is required, enter a location for the event.
  • In the Calendar drop-down menu, select the course/org calendar for the event.
  • To add a description or link to resources for your event, click the More Options button.
  • Click the Submit button. You can edit your event at any time.