Blackboard (Bb) Basics<br />Introduction to Blackboard<br />
Blackboard is CVTC’s course management system; instructors use Bb to post course materials; send emails to students; create content, collaboration, and assessment materials; and post grades. <br />
Navigation <br />All online and hybrid Bb courses consist of the following navigation buttons:<br /><ul><li>Announcements page provides timely information to students such as a welcome statement or a change in a due date.
Help page provides links to technology help, academic help, counseling, and more.
Course Information page provides links to the following information: Course Syllabus, Plagiarism Statement, Citing Sources, Basic Netiquette Guidelines, Get HELP Anytime!, and ADA Compliance.
Assignments area provides access to coursework, instructions, assignments, due dates, and tests.
Tools page provides links to communication and collaboration tools that enhance interaction between users.
Contacts page is a place where instructors can add profile information about themselves such as office location, office hours, and phone numbers.</li></ul>Navigation <br />Buttons<br />
Communication <br />You can communicate with your students using announcements, email messages, and your profile information. <br /><ul><li>Announcements provide a welcome statement and other timely information to students.
Contact information provides information about the instructor such as office location, officer hours, and phone numbers.
Email can be sent via Blackboard (Bb) to individual students, groups of students, or all students. When emailing from Blackboard, students do NOT see the names of the other recipients; the To field contains the sender’s email address only. Emails from Bb are sent to the student’s CVTC email address. You also receive a copy in your CVTC email. The email is NOT stored in your Sent Items folder, so you may wish to save them in an Outlook folder.</li></li></ul><li>Collaboration<br />You can create collaboration and teamwork among students using the following tools:<br /><ul><li>Discussion board forums allow instructors and students to post information and comment on other posts.
Blogs provide another a platform for sharing text, images, documents, and links.
Wikis consist of pages of information that can be edited by instructors and students.
Journals are similar to blogs; however, journals are private between the instructor and student (default setting).
Groups allow the instructor to assign projects to designated students; these students can collaborate using discussion boards, wikis, blogs, file exchange, and email. </li></li></ul><li>Content <br />You can supply information to your students electronically and organize your course<br />using the following content items: <br /><ul><li>Items provide information or directions to students. For example, you can upload Word documents and PowerPoint presentations.
Folders organize your course. For example, you can group similar items together by units, learning plans, or weeks.
Website links provide access to websites or URLs outside of Blackboard.
Course links take students to other areas within a Blackboard course. For example, you can link to a collaboration item within Assignments.</li></li></ul><li>Assessment<br />Assessment items allow you to determine whether students have successfully mastered <br />the competencies.<br /><ul><li>Assignments enable you to provide instructions about an assignment to the students; the students complete the assignments and submit them to you electronically.
Tests and quizzes can consist of various question types that you can create within Blackboard or import from Examview or another Bb course.</li></li></ul><li>Grading<br />Grade Center allows you to access files submitted by students and submit scores <br />and comments.<br /><ul><li>Grade Center automatically creates columns for each assignment and test within the Bb course.
You can also add additional columns to keep track of participation, group work, or other projects.
Quick grading allows you to enter a grade by simply clicking in the appropriate box, entering the score, and pressing [Enter].</li></li></ul><li>Course Management<br />There are many things that you can do to manage you course. For example you can:<br /><ul><li>Use the copy feature to get your course ready for students.