I am having troubling locating documentation on how to edit content in a master-slave setup.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
So yesterday I posted this and 14 people have read it.
0 people replied. This could mean 2 things:
- The question is too stupid to answer;
- No one has a clue on where to find the info.
I'll stick around a bit more to wait and see.....
Hi Ruud, can you describe the problem you're encountering in a bit more detail? We may have documentation on help.blackboard.com, but it would be organized by the product/feature you're using.
We are on BB Learn 2015Q4.
After creating a master course with some slave courses I would like to edit the content of one of the slave courses. I can, of course, break the structure, edit the slave course (now a regular course) and add it again as a slave course. since this is quite cumbersome I would like to find documentation on how to do this properly.
Great, thanks for describing the issue. Is this the documentation you are looking for? "Merge and separate child courses" in Manage Courses | Blackboard Help
It looks like you can separate the child course, edit it as a normal course, and then merge the course back with the parent (if you'd like to).
the article states: To edit or manage a child course only, it needs to be separated from its parent course.
The chance of a course being 100% complete before merging into a child course is very small. Well.... zero actually.
In a production environment it is impossible to
- make the total course unvailable
- split parent and child course
- edit the child course (let's say to correct a grammatical error)
- merge the courses again
- make the total course available
This does not work for us. I guess I have to make feature request for this issue.
I'm a bit confused to why you would edit in the child course. All work should be completed in the Master course since that is where the students will see the content. They won't even have access to the child course.
You could export the child course and import it into the Master course. I'm still a bit perplexed by what you are trying to accomplish.
That seems indeed the way to go with parent/child courses. It took some time to figure out why the concept of parent/child courses was conceived. Apparently it only exists to manage participants with different backgrounds. If it can only do that , there are easier ways through groups, SIS or smart use of course menus. Then there is no need to use Child/parent courses.
I was looking for a way to manage course content where different tutors manage different areas in a course.
Child/parent courses (I know now) is a NoGo....
Correct. Parent-Child relationships are designed for enrollment management of students. We merge courses when students need to register separately (such as majors/non-majors) or when instructors want to merge two courses into one in Blackboard.
Like you said, you can create separate Content areas on the course menu but this can get cumbersome depending on how many different Content areas you have. You can utilize separate folders to manage the content in one area where each tutor manages a separate content folder. If you utilize groups and apply adaptive release > membership, you can have it so that only certain groups can see the folder.
It really all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I suggest looking at your objectives and using the designing backwards method to setup the course.
Have you thought about trying Blackboard's Open Content (fomerly xpLor) Learning Object Repository? You can create a true master/slave structure. Learning objects can be created in Open Content and then pushed to a Blackboard course. When the learning object is updated in Open Content, you can push those updates to every course that is using that learning object. The option simplifies the maintenance/updating of learning objects. No longer do you need to go into every course copy to make a change. You can find more information here: Blackboard Open Content | Blackboard Help
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