Blackboard Tutorials

 

Course Management Course Management - Addresses activities involving managing the course site or major components of the course site. Course Management capabilities focus on effective creation and set-up of courses (Course Creation Wizard, Course Templates) as well as tools for semester-to-semester migration (Course Copy, Course Recycle) and archiving (Course Import/Export, Course Archive, Course Backup).

 

 

Content Authoring Content Authoring - The Visual Text Box Editor provides a rich text editing interface, including WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) and Spell Check, to create effective learning content. QuickEdit allows an instructor to quickly switch between the student view of a course content area and the instructor view. Instructors can also import e-learning content created in external authoring tools such as Macromedia® Dreamweaver ® , Microsoft® Frontpage®, or any SCORM-compliant authoring tool.
Adaptive Release Adaptive Release - Provides the ability for an instructor to create custom learning paths through course content and activities. Content items, discussions, assessments, assignments, or other activities can be released to students based on a set of criteria including: date/time, username, group membership, institution role, grade on a particular test or assignment, or whether the user has previously reviewed another
piece of content.

 

Syllabus Builder Syllabus Builder - Provides the ability for instructors to easily create a course syllabus by uploading an existing syllabus or by using the built-in syllabus creation functionality to design and develop their own course syllabus and lesson plans.

 

Learning Units

 Learning Units - Allows instructors to create sequenced lessons and control whether students must progress through the Learning Unit according to the sequence or have the ability to select individual lessons from the table of contents. Students can save their place in a Learning Unit and return later.

Course Cartridges Course Cartridges - All major education publishers create pre-packaged content and course materials in the Blackboard Course Cartridge format to supplement their course textbooks. The course content may contain multimedia, assessments, Question Pools, and links to additional resources, such as interactive learning applications, that supplement the textbook reading. Cartridge materials can be customized
once downloaded into a course site.
Discussion Boards

 Discussion Board - The Discussion Board enables threaded, asynchronous discussions. Instructors can set up multiple forums around different topics and embed those forums in appropriate content areas or lessons. Instructors can determine whether students can moderate, modify, delete, post anonymously, include attachments, and other options. Forums can be sorted/viewed by thread, author, date, or subject and are completely searchable. Discussions can be graded for a participation grade and also peer rating may be enable as well. Lastly, there are specific statistics that report on each user’s participation level.

Collaboration Tools Collaboration Tools - The Collaboration Tool, designed for live, synchronous interaction, supports a text-based Chat environment, as well as a full Virtual Classroom. Instructors can schedule collaboration sessions using either environment. In addition to text-based chat, the Virtual Classroom provides a collaborative whiteboard, group web browsing (web touring), private question-and-answer, and breakout room capability. It can be run in a Lecture Mode or an Open Participation Mode. Users can "raise their hand" to be called on or given full participation control. All chat sessions can be logged and archived.

 

Group Projects Group Projects - To support peer collaboration, instructors can use the Groups tool to form multiple groups of students. Each group can be given its own file exchange area, Discussion Board, Virtual Classroom and a Group Email tool to send messages to all group members. Students can belong to multiple groups simultaneously, so an instructor might assign different groups for different assignments or projects.

 

Assessments and Surveys Assessments and Surveys - Instructors can deliver online, automatically-scored assessments and surveys. They can create such assessments from scratch or draw upon personal, institutional, or commercially-available "test banks" of questions. Question types include Calculated Formula, Calculated Numeric,
Hotspot, Jumbled Sentence, Likert Scale, True/False, Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, Ordering, Matching, Fill-in-the-Blank, Short Answer, Essay, File Upload, and Binary Choice. Assessment questions can be given all at once or one at a time, can be timed or un-timed, and assessments can be taken multiple times or only once.
Assignments Assignments - Instructors can store student performance results in the course Gradebook. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Gradebook. Thegra Gradebook supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. Instructors can set up tests to be taken multiple times and there are various ways of grading these attempts.

 

Gradebook Gradebook - Instructors can store student performance results in the course Gradebook. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Gradebook. The Gradebook supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. With the instructor's permission, students can view their own grades (but no one else's) in the course Gradebook.
Assessments Assessments - Instructors can store student performance results in the course Gradebook. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Gradebook. Self-Assessments give a way for a student to take a test and practice without having to turn in a grade to the instructor. Multiple attempts is another setting an instructor can set now to allow a student to take a test multiple times or get the best of the attempt. There are various ways an instructor can select to grade these attempts. Lastly, with the instructor's permission, students can view their own grades (but no one else's) in the course Gradebook.