Modules containing the same resources can be linked by making one course the ‘child’ of the ‘parent’.

Students enrolled on the child module will only see the content of the parent module.


Advantages

One module to be populated 

You only need to set up one module on Blackboard as the students enrolled on the child module will see the content of the parent.

One module to update

If you need to add or update module content, only the visible parent module needs to be updated.


Disadvantages

Module specification

Students enrolled on the child module will not be able to see their module specification document as this remains in the child module. To correct this, you will need to download the specification from the child and add it to the parent.

It maybe important that these two documents are not visible to students from the opposing module, for example if the assessment methods or credits are different. The two documents can be hidden from opposing students using the adaptive release and groups functions.

Assessments

If the parent and child modules have different assessment methods it is useful to hide these details from the opposing students to prevent confusion. Additionally it is useful to hide the two group’s individual submission links from each other to prevent students from one group accidentally submitting their assignment to the submission link intended for the other group.

This can be done using the adaptive release and groups functions.

Forums

You will need to consider if you want all students from both modules to participate in the same discussion, or, should discussions be kept separate for each group.

This can be done using the adaptive release and groups functions.

Complexity of adaptive release and groups

Groups and adaptive release are easy functions to use but do require to be set up and maintained.

For example, if you restrict access to an item using a group and a student is enrolled on your module after the group has been set up, they will not be able to see that item. If the item is their assignment details or the submission link this can have serious consequences.

If you would like to set up a parent and child module for your modules contact the TEL team.

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