Is it possible in Learn to setup a course that doesn't require enrollment and all authenticated users will have access to?
My answer is for the original experience.
You can make a course available for guests and have guest access on each content area menu item. You cannot use tools which include interactivity, for example the discussion board, because the user is not known.
Just a note that if you system allows guests access as well, users who are not authenticated can also access the course content if they get hold of the url.
Another option is to have have self enrollment on, but you probable also need to have a the course catalog available for users to find the course. Blackboard help
I think what you are looking for is self-enrollment, which is an option in course properties (under Customization in the course menu). Since you're asking for authenticated users, that's not guest or any public access. With self-enrollment, you can use a specific course URL, which can be put on any web page or anywhere in Blackboard. Students will click on it, then select enroll.
Pepijn Kalis makes a great point about guest access, but that's just read access, preview of the course. If you were to use generic accounts, you can actually hack public access to Learn courses. In that case, you may want to check your Blackboard licensing. Often it is licensed for specific number of users and specifically for users at your institution. So, to open up a course to anyone in the world, may be a licensing issue. Your sales rep may be able to clarify.
Thank you all, this is very helpful.
I agree that self-enrol Courses or Organisations are your best option. The direct self-enrolment URL is probably your most secure option as you don't need to have the course/organisation catalog module available to the public but you can still put the self-enrolment link on a public web page that requires auth to Learn or re-directs to the course/org self-enrol URL after SSO.
A second advantage of using the direct self-enrolment URL is that it can be easily applied in Ultra. Although the Course Catalog and Institution page functionality is now available in Ultra which makes setting up self-enrolment more straight forward, the general absence of modules means you need to be a little more creative when it comes to exposing some Original functions.
I've outlined my approach for setting up self-enrol Organisations in Ultra here Self-enroll in an Organization. if it is of any use to you, but this could also be modified slightly to be used for courses by modifying the "context=Org" segment of the URL.
All the best,
Thanks Scott, this is great!!
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