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.
Introduction to Blackboard VLE /
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.