Create a Lesson Plan

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A LESSON PLAN is a special content type that combines information about the lesson itself with the curriculum resources used to teach. Instructors now have the option of adding objectives; outline desired learning outcomes or assessment measurements with course materials posted in Blackboard. Typically, Lesson Plans are added to Content Areas, but they can be added to Learning Modules and folders. Default Lesson Plan sections provided include the Instructional Level, Instructor Objectives, and Subject Area of the lesson, however additional sections can be added to the Lesson Plan and arranged to appear in any order by the instructor.

Lesson Plans can be made available to Students or can be used solely as a planning tool for Instructors and TAs.


Lesson Plans are created in 2 steps

  1. Content Information: This tab contains general information, such as Instructor, Objectives, and Subject Area. This information appears at the top of the Lesson Plan in a gray box when students access the Lesson Plan or when you view it with turned OFF.
  2. Curriculum Resources: This tab contains the Lesson Plan’s content items. You can create all content types in a Lesson Plan just as you can in a Content Area, Learning Module, or folder.

To Create Content Information

  1. Verify that Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Select the Content Area from the Course Menu, Learning Module or folder that holds the Lesson Plan (e.g., Week 7).
  3. Click Build Content.
  4. Click Lesson Plan.
  5. On the Create Lesson Plan page, the Content Information tab appears first by default. This tab enables you to display general information for users at the top of the Lesson Plan in a gray box.
    1. Type a Name for the Lesson Plan. This is a required field and appears as the link to the Lesson Plan in the course area.
    2. Type an optional Description. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, links, multimedia and Mashups. The Description follows the Name in the course area.
    3. Type information for the default elements: Instructional Level, Instructor, Objectives, and Subject Area.
    4. To edit a default element’s title click on the existing title to access the Edit Element Name text box.
    5. Delete an element by clicking the X.
    6. Select the check box next to Share with students for each element that you want to appear in the Lesson Plan when students view it. If information is not added to a default element, it will not appear in the Lesson Plan and does not require deletion. Uncheck the check box next to Share with students for any information that is for instructors only.
      1. TIP:  Change Edit Mode to OFF, located in the top right corner of screen, to ensure that you reveal only the information you intend to show to students.
    7. To add new elements, point to Add Lesson Plan Section on the Action Bar to access the drop-down list.
    8. Select an element. The new element will be added to the bottom of the list on the Create Lesson Plan page, where you can edit its title and use its Text Editor, if available.
      1. Select Section Headings to organize the elements. After adding a Section Heading, click the title to edit the name.
  1. Select options for the Lesson Plan:
    1. Select Yes for Permit Users to View this Content if you would like to make it available to students.
    2. Select Yes to if you would like to Track Number of Views.
    3. For Select Date and Time Restrictions, you can set Lesson Plans to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect Lesson Plan availability, only when it appears.
       
  2. To add new elements, point to Add Lesson Plan Section on the Action Bar to access the drop-down list.
  3. Select an element. The new element will be added to the bottom of the list on the Create Lesson Plan page, where you can edit its title and use its Text Editor, if available.
    1. Select Section Headings to organize the elements. After adding a Section Heading, click the title to edit the name.
       
  4. Click Save and Exit to save the Lesson Plan shell and return to the course area. You can edit the Lesson Plan later to create content items.

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    Click Save and Continue to display the Curriculum Resources tab and create content now.

To Create Curriculum Resources

  1. A newly created Lesson Plan is an empty container. Click the link to the Lesson Plan in the course area to access it. Next, click any of the functions in the Action Bar to add files and content (e.g., Build Content).
    1. Change Edit Mode to OFF to view the Lesson Plan as students see it. It is substantially different than the view with Edit Mode set to ON.
  2. Click the OK button to save your content and exit to the content area.