Is it possible to -
create a URL for a Blackboard organisation that can be used from outside Blackboard (e.g. in marketing materials) to link people directly to the organisation in Blackboard
create a URL (again for use in marketing) that takes people directly to a Blackboard organisation on login to Blackboard?
The other answer given is quite right. The biggest mistake people usually make when trying to link to anything in Blackboard is that they go to the page they want to link to and then grab the URL from the URL bar in their browser. That doesnt work! You have to find a hyperlink that leads to the place you want to link to and copy that link location.
The organisation has to be available for guest access and your implementation also needs to have gues access enabled (even though you dont actually use it and dont have guest login button.
If there are things that you dont want users not logged in to see then you have to set that content as unavailable to guests either item by item or by putting the items in a folder and making the folder unavailable
The URL is the same in both cases. If you want to open the organization alone and not the top frame with the tabs, just copy the same URL for the organization that you see in the "My Organizations" list, which would look something like this:
https://<server name>/webapps/blackboard/execute/launcher?type=Course&id=_<numeric course key>_1
To include the top frame with the tabs, you'd use something like this:
https://<server name>/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?url=/webapps/blackboard/execute/courseMain?course_id=_<numeric course key>_1
If the server allows guest access and has direct portal access turned on (i.e you see the "My Institution" and "My Courses" tabs when you first got to Blackboard, before you have logged in), and the organization also allows quest access, then that URL will take you straight to the organization without logging in.
If the server does not allow guest access or does not have direct portal entry turned on, then the URL will take you to the login page first, then take you to the organization. Of course, if you are not a member of the organization and the organization does not allow guest access, then you will get an "Access Denied" message.
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