Department Websites Overview

  • Part 1: Organizing your site

    Blackboard websites are broken down into three basic groups:

    • Channels. Each department or program typically has its own channel. This channel has to be created by the district webmaster. Department managers designate the channel manager — usually someone from within that department. Once the channel is created, each editor of the channel can grant editing permission or restrict viewing rights to everything within that channel. 
    • Sections. Each channel can have as many sections as the channel manager wishes. Sections are just containers that hold pages. Managers can grant editing permissions or viewing rights to individual sections within a channel. This means that one section can be publicly viewable, but other sections within a channel can be password protected or hidden from public view.
    • Pages. Each Section can have as many pages as the manager wants. SPPS recommends not many more than 7 pages per section, just for the sake of keeping your site simple and organized. You can restrict viewing rights on pages, however: You cannot restrict editing rights to just one page. Editing rights end at the Section level — so, in other words, if someone has editing privileges to a section, they can edit all pages within a section.

    Schoolwires often provides the image below as a visual representation of how to think of the site organization:

    Site hierarchy

SAMPLE PAGES

  • PAGE WITH IMAGE AND NO SIDEBAR

    Basic Page

     

    PAGE WITH IMAGE, CONTENT AND SIDEBAR

    Page with Image and Sidebar