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Edit Mode


When instructors are logged into their Bb LEARN course shells, they are typically working with Edit Mode ON. “Edit Mode” is exactly what its name implies: with Edit Mode ON, instructors can edit or otherwise make changes, additions, and deletions from their courses.

Edit Mode is controlled by a switch in the upper right corner of the page, just below your name. Edit Mode will normally default to whichever position it was in when the course shell was last accessed, but there could be times where it may be flipped on or off due to a system update.

Screen capture showing the location of Edit Mode button

One common Edit Mode-related problem is that instructors can’t add or edit course content if Edit Mode is OFF. The “Build” buttons that are usually located at the top of a folder (Build Content, Assessments, etc.) will disappear whenever Edit Mode is OFF. If you notice that those options are not visible, check whether your Edit Mode is ON or OFF. When you turn it ON, those buttons should reappear, and you will be able to edit your course shell as usual.

If Edit Mode is OFF, and you want to turn it back on, click on the gray OFF button. It will change and read “ON.”

Image 1 - Edit Mode ON

Screen capture of what the page looks like with Edit Mode ON

Image 2 - Edit Mode OFF

Screen capture of what the page looks like with Edit Mode OFF

Notice in Image 1 – where Edit Mode is on – there is an unavailable assignment that is visible. Unavailable assignments cannot be seen by students, only instructors. But in Image 2 –when Edit Mode is off – this assignment is no longer visible. Turning Edit Mode OFF can be a quick way to see what content is visible to students. However, if you would like to interact with tools in LEARN, such as discussions or quizzes, from the students’ perspective, you will want to use Student Preview Mode instead.

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