Eric A. Silva

Personalize your course: Add student names to content

Personalize your Blackboard course by automatically adding your student’s names to content items such as Emails and Announcements. By using Blackboard variables you can easily add a student’s name, username, course name, course ID and course role to several content types. If you’ve used mail merge in Word or Excel it works the same except you won’t have to identify a data source. Simply add the variable to the location where you would the information to appear.

Available Variables:

Context Item Context Variable Example Output
Username jsmith
User Full Name @X@user.full_name@X@ John Smith
Course ID BIO101
Course Name @X@course.course_name@X@ Introduction to Concepts in Biology
Course Membership Role @X@course.role@X@ student

These variables will work within any content textbox, however they will not be recognized in content titles.

E-Mail Example:

With Variables Published View

Welcome @X@user.full_name@X@!

We are excited that you enrolled in @X@course.course_name@X@ (

Your username is:

Welcome John Smith!

We are excited that you enrolled in Introduction to Concepts in Biology (BIO101).

Your username is: jsmith


Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Technologist overseeing Online Student Support Initiatives at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a graduate from Boise State University. Learn more about me.


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