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  • 1. Instructors CelebrateNational Distance Learning Week
  • 2. DirectionsPlease review this 20 slide PowerPoint to investigate some popularBlackboard Interactive Tools, productivity tools, and browser toolsyou can use to help you in your courses.Learn the Tool Icons as you go!After you review this PPT, please click on the survey link from your email and complete our “NameThat Tool” quiz. (10 questions)To celebrate National Distance Learning Week, every submission using aWilmington University email address will be entered in a Prize Drawing.You have a chance to win a $25 gift card!!Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on November 25, 2012.We will draw 4 winners on Monday, November 26, 2012. 2
  • 3. Bb Help Tool In Control Panel, click on Help and then select Blackboard Help. Type a word or phrase in the Search box to the left and click Search. Step by step instructions provide answers to any Blackboard topic. The searchable topics and step-by-step instructions will help you find the information that you need about Blackboard Learn™ 9.1. 3
  • 4. Copying and Moving ContentNo need to redo items if you wantthem in different areas of thecourse: Copying an item or a folder creates an exact replica of that item or folder. The item or folder can be copied to the same location or a new location. The name of the item or folder remains the same if it is copied to a different location. Moving folders and items removes the folders and items from the current location and stores them in a new location.
  • 5. Rubrics Tool in Blackboard A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment. Rubrics provides a means to convey to students expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment. Instructors can use them to explain evaluations to students. Another value in using rubrics is they can help ensure consistent and impartial grading. 5
  • 6. SafeAssign SafeAssign is a type of assignment that processes papers through database which check for matching text. Safe Assign is used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool. After a paper has been processed, a report will be available detailing the percentage of text in the submitted paper that matches existing sources. 6
  • 7. Clear Formatting Tool Did you ever copy and paste text from MS Word in Blackboard and you notice it displays as Greek symbols? The display appears after you click Submit. It occurs often when extraneous code attaches itself on the text.  Αζζιγνμενηζ ανδ Αχηιϖιηιεζ:  Χαζε Αναλψζιζ  Τεαμ Εξεπχιζε/Ππεζενηαηιον  Ωεβζιηε Ρεϖιεω In Blackboard’s text editor box, you will find a tool in the middle row. Highlight the affected text, and click the “Clear Formatting” tool. Watch this video to see how to clear formatting text errors. 7
  • 8. YouTube Mashup Tool A Mashup combines elements from two or more sources. When you view a YouTube™ video in a Blackboard Learn course as part of the course content, you are experiencing a Mashup. 8
  • 9. Screencasting Tools Jing or Screencast-O-Matic Take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor. Share it instantly via web, email, IM, Twitter or your blog. Jing  Simple and free, Jing provides 5 minutes of recorded screencast of anything on your desktop  Screencast-O-Matic  Simple and free, Screencast-O-Matic provides 15 minutes of recorded screencast of anything on your desktop  9
  • 10. Feedback Tool Microsoft Office - Review Selecting the Review tab in Microsoft Word and clicking “New Comment” allows instructors to comment where ever the cursor is placed in the document. Save your changes or save as a .pdf file Then share your comments with students by attaching in the Grade Center’s View Attempts page 10
  • 11. Blackboard Interactive Tool Discussion Board The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. The main Discussion Board page displays a list of available discussion forums. A forum is an area where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed. Within each forum, a student can respond by adding threads. 11
  • 12. Blackboard Interactive Tool Blog A Blog—a shorthand term that means Web log—is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. In Blackboard, only enrolled users can view and author Blogs. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning. Blogs provide a way to share knowledge about a subject. In Blackboard, Blogs consist of two elements:  Blog Entries: Students may add text, images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments.  Comments: Remarks or responses to Blog entries made by other course members, including the Instructor. 12
  • 13. Blackboard Interactive Tool Wikis• Wikis allow multiple students to share and collaborate on one or more pages of content. Pages can be created and edited quickly, while tracking changes and additions.• Instructors can create one or more wikis for all course members to contribute to, or create wikis for groups to use to collaborate.• Wikis are used to record information and serve as a repository for course information and knowledge.• Instructors can view all changes to all pages in the wiki.• Wikis may be graded or ungraded. 13
  • 14. Blackboard Interactive Tool Journal The Journal tool offers students opportunity to reflect on course content and communicate privately with the Instructor, or the instructor can choose to make Journal entries public, allowing course members to view all entries. Instructors can use the tool to gauge understanding and guide students in their knowledge acquisition. Instructor comments can help students refine their writing and ideas. Journal entries may be graded or ungraded. 14
  • 15. Blackboard Interactive Tool Voice Board In the online classroom, student and instructor communication is limited to text and static images. Instead of a regular Discussion Board, try Voice Board. Important elements of face-to-face communication, including the nuances of voice, are missing from text-based discussions. Voice Board recaptures these elements, contributing to greater clarity and understanding. education/wimba_voice_for_higher_education/ 15
  • 16. Blackboard Interactive Tool Groups Instructors can create groups of students within a course in the Control Panel. Click on Users and Groups, and select Groups. These course Groups have their own area in Blackboard to collaborate on course work. Group Discussion Boards is just one way groups may collaborate in a course. 16
  • 17. Browsing Open in New Window Preserve your original web page and open a new window… allows for multi-tasking!  Use the Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + N  Right click on a URL and a menu opens, select the page to Open in New Window  Or from your browser’s file menu, select New Window 17
  • 18. Tab Browsing Multiple tabs allow you to view more than one browser window on the same browser page. Navigate by clicking the tab titles. 18
  • 19. Thank Youfor Viewing Our PowerPoint Navigate using the URL and take our “Name That Tool!” quiz. Enter with your name and Wilmington University email address. Submit your quiz by 11/25/2012, 11:59pm Drawing will be held on Monday, 11/26/2012 Winners will be notified by email. Every submission will be entered in our 2012 NDLW prize drawing with a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards. This PowerPoint and quiz is brought to you by Wilmington University’s Online Learning & Educational Technology Department. You may email for a complete list of contest winners. 19
  • 20. References Blackboard. (n.d.). Blackboard help find answers. Retrieved from Insert or delete a comment - word - (2011, 19 09). Retrieved from HA001219010.aspx Jing, Share ideas instantly,. (2012, 10 31). Retrieved from Screencast-O-Matic, screen capture software. (2012, 10 31). Retrieved from Wimba voice for higher education. (2011, 10 10). Retrieved from education/wimba_voice_for_higher_education/ 20