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.
Tools based around the management of courses/students Group Manager . You can use Group Manager to place students into groups if you want them to work collaboratively. You can: create discussion topics for groups create chat or whiteboard rooms for groups create assignments that can be assigned to groups, allowing Students to work collaboratively. create assignments that Students all work on individually set selective release criteria based on membership within a group.
- Video library server : watch and upload your own video clips…easier to distribute to students through the streaming server -- Live lecture theatres : all necessary equipment to professionally record a lecture which can then be edited and distributed online to students Using Personal Response Systems- interactive and reflective approaches TurningPoint technology is a unique lecturing and presentation tool! It integrates 100% with Powerpoint and it allows lecturers to communicate with their students interactively by asking them questions to which they can reply using a keypad handset. Turning Point can be very effectively used by our lecturers as it sits in their PowerPoint lecture slides and requires minimum IT skills, technical understanding and training, as the majority of lecturers’ are already familiar with PowerPoint and its tools. Turning Point collects responses in real time and creates detailed reports for analysis. It is an effective way to get students involved during the lecture, engage them in active learning, improve student participation, and provide students with formative feedback. Lecturers are also provided with feedback on students understanding and the added benefit of analysing student responses for class discussion. After a session, TurningPoint’s reporting tools enables lecturers to record, collect feedback, track, analyse and share responses according to groups or individuals responses. There are a variety of assessment (and non) questions included, such as multiple choice, T/F, Y/N, likert slides, ice breakers, questions that reveal opinions and insights, fastest responders, and interactive prompts such as countdown timer, answer now, correct answer indicators, turning a lecture into an engaging, competitive and motivating learning environment. Create offers an easy and effective way to convert already existing Word docs and/or the creation of new ones. One of the elearning teams main concerns and requirements is to promote to staff alternate ways of distributing information to their students beyond the basic delivery of content via documents for downloading and Create offers precisely that. (We do know that the majority of academics are using word docs as a way to distribute content). With the Wimba toolbar, integrated into Word, academics will find it fairly simple to deliver their content in a more engaging and visually appealing manner. The html pages that are created (serving as learning modules) can be as simple as text or delivered interactively by supporting the inclusion of audio, video, multimedia, hyperlinks and navigation schemes. An additional advantage is the inclusion of assessment practices which lets academics add interactive features (self tests, flashcards, quiz questions, etc) without the need for specialist design, which integrates into Bbd’s gradebook.
Getting Started: Blackboard
Blackboard Workshop Session MBS elearning team http://intranet.mbs.ac.uk/elearning.aspx
Session Outline <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Course tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Instructor Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Q& A </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced tools </li></ul><ul><li>Hands on Practice </li></ul>
A VLE is designed to support the management and function of most aspects of an online course . Blackboard allows educators to create and host courses on the Internet (blended learning) complimenting face to face teaching. Blackboard consists of an integrated set of production, communication, assessment and content management tools that allow instructors to design, present and facilitate online instruction Log in to Blackboard at https://blackboard.manchester.ac.uk/
<ul><li>Effective student management </li></ul><ul><li>Ease and distribution of course content </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulus rich online environment </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated and enhanced with a range of technologies </li></ul> Benefits, Features and Characteristics <ul><li>Offers a learner-centered, self-paced environment </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters collaboration and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Supports interactions with content, teachers and peers </li></ul>
What can I do? <ul><li>Course development and structure (upload and distribute class handouts/lecture files, reading lists, syllabus information, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Using Blackboard tools (setup Calendar entries, Media library, Weblinks to sites, online resources, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Using Bb Powerlinks (Talislist, Audio tools, Wimba Create, Pronto and Live Classroom, Respondus, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and collaborative tools (Mail, Forums, real time Chat and Whiteboard, Blogs, Learning Journals, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Assignment delivery and submission, Grading and Feedback (also via TurnItIn UK Assignment) </li></ul><ul><li>Online Assessments (Quiz, Survey, Self assessments, student/staff questionnaires) </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with other technologies ( videos, images, podcasts, web 2.0 tools, etc) </li></ul>
How have you been using Bb? Sharing good practice!
Course tools <ul><li>Announcements : an area where lecturers post items, important information, reminders, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments : features quizzes, surveys, self test, questionnaires and online exams </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: submit your course work online. Receive feedback and grades </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar : allows you to view and create dated reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Chat : online synchronous interactions- virtual real time chat </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions boards/forums : you can post and reply to messages </li></ul>
Course tools <ul><li>Mail : send email to your peers and tutors via Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Media Library : might include handouts, glossary definitions, multimedia items, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Syllabus : provides course information </li></ul><ul><li>Weblinks : a compiled list of internet addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Talis List : reading lists, linked to UoM library </li></ul><ul><li>Profile : view course members profiles, update yours! </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated web 2.0 features: wikis and blogs </li></ul>
<ul><li>Manage Course : edit the appearance of your course, add tools, customise your course! </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Manager : an easy and effective way to manage your assessments and provide feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment Dropbox </li></ul><ul><li>Gradebook: view student grades, offer feedback, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Group Manager: place students into groups to work collaboratively. </li></ul><ul><li>Student tracking: view reports on certain items or certain aspects of your course(student activity, file usage, tools used, summary of activity) </li></ul><ul><li>Selective Release : control the release of content and specific items in a course. For example, you can release an assignment to certain Students only. </li></ul>
Blackboard Content links <ul><li>Wimba Live Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Wimba Pronto </li></ul><ul><li>Confluence Wiki Space </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Tools and podcasts </li></ul>
Wimba Live Classroom <ul><li>Broadcast, Record and Archive your lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Wimba Live Classroom is a live, virtual classroom environment with robust audio, video and application sharing features. </li></ul><ul><li>Its pedagogical design and ease-of-use ensures that educators and learners engage as if they were meeting face-to-face. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand and enhance collaboration and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Live Classroom allows you to </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct lecturers from anywhere and at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Record a lecturer as a permanent archive </li></ul><ul><li>Reach learners in any part of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Fully interact with learners and answer their questions </li></ul>
Wimba Pronto <ul><li>Pronto is a new instant messaging service for the UoM </li></ul><ul><li>It enables students and teachers to collaborate and learn in an informal “virtual venue,” replicating the exchange of ideas and communication that happens naturally while on campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Elearning team: Pronto lets you contact us from anywhere to solve problems you may be having with Blackboard or other elearning tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Register and download pronto </li></ul><ul><li>https://pronto.wimba.com/user/faces/settings.xhtm l </li></ul>
Features <ul><li>Application Sharing for real-time display of any document or application on your computer </li></ul><ul><li>• Blended Audio and Video for face-to-face contact and more natural communication </li></ul><ul><li>• Whiteboard to harness the power of visual instruction anytime, anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>• Office Hours for holding online office hours and managing individual attention with a large number of users </li></ul><ul><li>• Help Desks for making all of your institution’s IT, Library, or Registrars services available online. </li></ul><ul><li>• </li></ul>
Confluence Wiki <ul><li>A wiki is a collection of Web pages which allows users to add and edit content collectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal for online group collaboration activities. </li></ul><ul><li>They're easy to learn and use. </li></ul><ul><li>Users can access, collaborate on, and share content, knowledge and files anytime, anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Tracks who edited which pages and what they changed. </li></ul><ul><li>The most popular wiki is Wikipedia </li></ul>
Blackboard Voice Tools and Podcaster <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Podcaster : Create or upload podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Presentation : Add web content alongside vocal messages </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Discussion Board : Post and listen to voice messages within discussion boards </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Authoring : Record and listen to voice on a web page </li></ul><ul><li>Voice E-mail : Send and listen to voice through email messages </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Gradebook: Automatically update CMS gradebooks with voice board assessments </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Add instructor’s voice to enhance presence </li></ul><ul><li>Build engaging and reusable course content </li></ul><ul><li>Verbally explain complex material </li></ul><ul><li>Add spoken announcements to course sites </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in audio-based threaded discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Send voice comments on papers and assignments </li></ul>
Other UoM applications/elearning tools <ul><li>Video Library Server </li></ul><ul><li>Turning Point </li></ul><ul><li>Wimba Create </li></ul><ul><li>Live Lecture Theatres </li></ul><ul><li>Online Questionnaires and Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0: wikis, blogs, podcasts, videos, social sharing, social networking sites and so on </li></ul>
Ways to work with us <ul><li>Offer group, team or 1-2-1 training and on-going support </li></ul><ul><li>Plan various support mechanisms </li></ul><ul><li>Provide customised web-based documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Step-by-step guides to Blackboard tools and other technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard showcase support courses for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest pedagogical approaches matched to learners, the resources available and outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Support ideas that encourage reflection on practice </li></ul><ul><li>Present online resources and exemplars of practice </li></ul>
Further Resources <ul><li>MBS elearning intranet </li></ul><ul><li>UoM elearning website </li></ul><ul><li>UoM Blackboard advice </li></ul><ul><li>UoM Humanities Blackboard support </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard community </li></ul>