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  • Blackboard tools explained: Announcements: create and send text announcements to members enrolled in a course, that also appear as pop-up messages The Assessments tool allows you to create the following: Quizzes: (create the following question types: calculated questions, combination , fill-in-the-blank questions, jumbled sentence questions, matching , multiple choice , paragraph questions,short answer questions , true false questions) Surveys , Self tests Assignments. You can use the Assignments tool to view an inventory of homework and projects that are in the course. Students can work on projects individually or in a group. You can also provide feedback, grades and suggestions on how they can improve their work. Calendar allows you to view and create dated reminders about events and link to content. Chat allows you to provide a virtual real time space where students can gather online and chat (socializing, completing groupwork, discussing a topic, etc) The Discussions tool allows you to create topics relevant to the course where users can post and reply to messages. You can ask questions, generate discussion, and encourage students to share feedback and ideas. Instructors can assign grades for participation, just as they would in a classroom courses There are three types of discussion topics: Threaded: Messages are grouped visually in a hierarchy by topic. Class blog: Create a collaborative blog space by allowing participants to post a chronological series of entries on a particular topic. Participants can then add comments to any blog entry. Journal: Create a journal topic to give Students a place for their own writing. The journals can be kept private or shared with the class. Mail: You can send email to all students enrolled on your Blackboard course Media Library is a tool that organizes auxiliary course content, such as media files, images, videos or glossary definitions. Syllabus tool, make course information available to students (i.e. your contact information and office hours, course objectives, course outlines, lessons overview, etc) Web Links tool: used to compile a list of Internet addresses. These Internet addresses can then be added to folders and learning modules to reference web pages outside of your course. TalisList is an online system to create and manage collections of resources including reading lists, which directs users straight through to the University library catalogue and any online resources. Currently, staff can type in a list to be made available in Blackboard or link directly to their appropriate TalisList reading list.
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    • 1. Introduction to Blackboard VLE /
    • 2. A VLE is designed to support the management and function of most aspects of an online course . Blackboard consists of an integrated set of production, communication, assessment and content management tools that allow lecturers to design, present and facilitate online instruction A VLE is a set of computer tools that supports teaching and learning online which compliments and builds upon traditional teaching methods.
    • 3.
      • Blackboard provides:
      • Learning tools
      • Communication and collaboration tools
      • Course calendars
      • Navigation tools
      • Assignments and assessments
      • Student tools
      Benefits, Features and Characteristics
      • Stimulus rich online environment
      • Offers a learner-centered, self-paced environment
      • Fosters collaboration and communication
      • Supports interactions with content, teachers and peers
      • Integrated and enhanced with a range of technologies
    • 4. What can I do?
      • Each course unit taught at the UoM is provided with an online course through Blackboard that includes tools for course content delivery, communication tools and coursework
      • Blackboard allows you to access your online courses in a more flexible approach, combining convenience, speed and access.
    • 5. As a student…
      • You will use Blackboard to view course material, reading lists, syllabus information, learning resources.
      • You can interact and communicate with your peers via both synchronous and asynchronous tools and effectively collaborate with them.
      • You may be asked to electronically submit your coursework or take online self assessment activities, quizzes, surveys and online exams.
      • You can also view your grades, monitor your progress and keep notes.
    • 6. Run-through Blackboard tools
      • Announcements : an area where lecturers post items, important information, reminders, etc
      • Assessments : features quizzes, surveys, self test, questionnaires and online exams
      • Assignments: submit your course work online. Receive feedback and grades
      • Calendar : allows you to view and create dated reminders
      • Chat : online synchronous interactions- virtual real time chat
      • Discussions boards/forums: you can post and reply to messages
    • 7. Run-through Blackboard tools
      • Mail: send email to your peers and tutors via Blackboard
      • Media Library: might include handouts, glossary definitions, multimedia items, etc
      • Syllabus: provides course information
      • Weblinks: a compiled list of internet addresses
      • Talis List: reading lists, linked to UoM library
      • Profile : view course members profiles, update yours!
      • Integrated web 2.0 features: wikis and blogs
      • Student Tools: My grades, My progress, Notes
    • 8. How?
      • Log in to Blackboard via the Student Portal
      • A Student Guide to Blackboard
      • Blackboard Student Support
      • Getting Help
      • For further information, please contact the elearning team