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Hiding or Time Limiting Content or Assessments in Blackboard

Virtually every component in Blackboard can be hidden from students or have a time window set on its availability.  This means that it's rarely necessary to remove content or assessments from the Blackboard course site unless you know you will not use them again. 

TIP: Write notes for yourself on your course site!  Use hidden "Items" to make notes on your Blackboard course site during the semester.  If there's something you need to change but you can't do it immediately - add a content item with notes directly to the site but have it hidden from students.  The next semester when you are modifying the course - you'll see your note and be reminded of what you need to change!

Show or Hide Items in the Course Menu

Hiding/Showing entries on the Course Menu

Each Course Menu entry has a drop-down menu to the right of its name. Click on the drop-down menu (1) and choose "Show Link" or "Hide Link"  (2) to Show or Hide that menu. For example, Webmeeting and Discussion should be hidden if you are not using webconferencing or discussion board in your class.  If a link is hidden from students you will still see it but it will be missing from your students' course menu.  You'll see a square with a slash through it (3) next to the menu entry if it is hidden.

This menu also lets you control whether guests (people not on your class roster) will have access to this menu entry. 

Hiding/Showing Folders and Course Content

Within a Content Area or Folder you can show, hide, or date restrict any individual component or even whole folders. This availability is set when the folder or component is first created and then can choose "Edit" at any time to change the availability.  If a folder is hidden then everything in it is hidden.

  • Click on the drop-down menu (1) next to the name of the Folder, Item, Link etc. and choose Edit (2)
  • Make the component completely unavailable by choosing "No" for "Permit Users to View this Content"
  • Leave availability at "Yes" but check the box(es) and select times and dates to make it available only during a certain time window.

Edit Menu for Folder

Set Availability

Setting Availability for Tests, Assignments, Discussion Forums

You can similarly set availability for Tests, Blackboard "Assignments" and Discussion Forums, either when you first set them up or later by editing them.

  • For tests click on the drop-down menu next to the Test name and select "Edit Test Options"
  • For Assignments and Discussion Forums, use the drop-down menu and choose "Edit.

Note that for assessments which are automatically tied to the gradebook, you may also want to hide the column in the Grade Center from students .  Go to the Grade Center and use the drop-down menu next to the column header to choose "Show/Hide to Users".  You should now see a circle with a slash through it in the column header for that item in the gradebook.


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