Start Building your Hierarchy in Blackboard

Document created by abdullah.shabbab on Dec 5, 2016
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Before built your Hierarchy in blackboard:

1- You have to know there is diffraction between blackboard hierarchy and your organization structure.

2- You have to form your hierarchy basing on the SIS information.

3- Should not have any term duplication in your hierarchy.

4- Start build your work in test environment.



we are working in VM for blackboard. if you want to start install your VM for blackboard you can access here.

Install Blackboard Virtual Machine in Window 8.1


Developer Virtual Machine


After getting the previous requirements, now we can follow the next steps to building our hierarchy:

1- designing the hierarchy Structure. in this tutorial, we are using MS Word in the designing. you can see the the following pic the suggested design for the BB hierarchy.


2- login to blackboard as admin and go Data Integration> Student Information System Integrations> Create Integration>
if u did not included the data_source_key in the snapshot file you have to create the data source (Data Integration>Data Sources> Create Data Source.)

3- creating the Hierarchy Node by confirm the drown structure to .csv or TXT file. The file should contain at least the following Records.


NOTE: the parent id for the first layer is "Top"

Now the file will be attached. you can download it.


Sci_CollegeTopCollege of Sciences
Edu_CollegeTopCollege of Education
Art_CollegeTopCollege of Art
Med_CollegeTopMedical Colleges
dep_MedicMed_CollegeCollege of Medicines
baylor_depMed_CollegeBaylor College
nurse_depMed_CollegeNurse College
philo_depArt_CollegePhilosophy Department
spe_edu_depEdu_College Special Education


4- uploading the file from Data Integration> Student Information System Integrations>

  • select the active array behind the flat file integration that we created in step 2.
  • select upload and browse the file.
  • select store or Complete Refresh from the Operation type.

5- check the hierarchy from Communities> Institutional Hierarchy

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