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When requesting your Blackboard courses on the Class Dashboard, you will be prompted to choose a template for each course. The template you choose determines the structure and default content of your new course.
The information below will help you decide which template is best for your courses.
Once a template is selected and the course is created on Blackboard, there is no way to change the template.
The Basic Template is essentially a blank slate for you to build your course, but it contains the Announcements home page and one content area. If you do not plan to perform a course copy from a previous Blackboard course, the Basic Template is the best option for you. There is no pre-loaded content in the Basic Template, and the only links on the course menu are to the Announcements page and Content area.
The Blank Template is a blank slate for you to copy a previous or Master Course into. If you plan to perform a course copy from a previous Blackboard course or Master Course, the Blank Template is the best option for you. There is no pre-loaded content in this template and no course menu items.
Online Course Template
The Online Course template is provided by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. For those building an online course, this template is the best option. This template includes a curated course menu and guided content to help you build your online course.
Master Shell Template
When requesting a Master Course shell, you can select either the Online Course template described above or the Master Shell template. The Master Shell template contains no content, but the course menu has curated tools and links to help you get started on building your Master Course.