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BLOGSBlogs are great for getting your students to be creative andreally say what they think about a topic.Blogs are usually more open-ended and longer in length thana Discussion Board post, and they allow your students moreflexibility in what they choose to talk about.While the Blog tool can be used in the same ways as theDiscussion Board, it is best used as open forum for studentsto write about topics and themes that related to the course,carefully guided by the instructor. 4
BLOGS cont.You can create two different types of Blogs in Blackboard,Individual or Course.Individual blogs allow students to have their own blog pageswhere only their entries appear.A Course blog is a place where each student can contributeto a single page of entries from all their classmates.Individual blogs tend to look more like a public journal whileCourse blogs can take on more of a discussion board feel. 5
BLOGS cont.How to create a Blog for your Students:• Select Course Tools then Blogs from the Control Panel Menu.• Click Create Blog on the blog list page. Give the blog a title and write any instructions youhave for yourstudents in the space provided.• Scroll through to Section 4: Blog Participation to select whether you would like a Course Blogor anIndividual Blog. If you would like to grade the blog you can change the options under Section5: BlogSettings.• Click Submit to create the Blog.Once you’ve created the blog, all you have to do is select the blog from the blog listpage and click the Create Blog Entry button.Students can write their entries, include YouTube videos or pictures and attach files totheir entries.Readers can comment on entries by clicking on the Comment button below the entry. 6
JOURNALSJournals are private reflections that are kept on the actualBlackboard site. Just like a physical journal that a studentkeeps and then turns in to their professor, only the studentand the professor can read the entries.The benefits of using the Journal function in Blackboardversus a physical journal is that you can read and commenton entries without having students turn anything in.The Journal is nearly identical to the Blog tool except forJournals are private, only the student and the instructor canread the entries 7
JOURNALS cont.To create individual Journals for your students, go to CourseTools then Journals.On the Journal list page click Create Journal then title thejournal (e.g. “Weekly Reflections”).If you would like to grade the journals, make changes inSection 4: Journal Settings. Click Submit to create theJournal.To write a Journal entry the student just has to click on thename of the Journal and then select Create Journal Entryfrom the Journal page. 8
AUDIO TOOLThe Audio tool allows instructors to integrate audio files intoa Content Area.Audio files come in a variety of formats and will work as longas the student has a compatible player on his/her computersystem. Examples of popular audio formats include: .mp3,.mov, .wav, and .wmv. 9
VIDEO TOOLThe Video tool allows instructors to integrate video files intoa Content Area.Video files come in a variety of formats and will work as longas the student has a compatible player on his/her computersystem. Examples of popular audio formats include: .movand .wmv 10
IMAGE TOOLThe Image tool allows an instructor to integrate an imagewith a description into the Content Area. 11
SLIDESHAREThe SlideShare tool allows instructors to pull presentationsthat have been posted by others to the SlideShare site andintegrate them into a Content Area. 12
SOFTCHALKAuthoring software.SoftChalk allows educators to transform existing course materialsinto interactive and engaging e-learning content with minimal time,effort and resources.Educators can build, customize and personalize content bymashing up their own materials with rich media (video, audio,images), interactive activities, quizzes and text.The combination of personalized content, embedded assessment,interactivity, and immediate student feedback increases studentengagement and improves learning outcomes. 13
RUBRICSThe Rubrics tool allows instructors to associate rubrics withany column in the Grade Center.Rubrics can be viewed from the Grade Center during thegrading process. 14
MODULE PAGESModule Pages are specialized content pages that present content in discreteboxes.The modules that appear on the Home Page, or any module page, can bearranged in any order by the instructor.The list below displays all modules available to Module Pages by defaultunless the system administrator has changed the availability of thesemodules:Alerts - Displays notifications of past due and early warning items for all theCourses relevant to the user.My Announcements - Lists all announcements that are relevant to the user.My Calendar - Lists all calendar events for the user.My Tasks - Lists all tasks for the userNeeds Attention - Displays all items that require some type of interaction.Report Card - Lists all grades for the user.To Do - Displays the status (Past Due/Due) of relevant work and tasks.Whats New - Displays a list of new items in all relevant courses and organizations. 15
BUILDING BLOCKSThese are plugins or extras that can be added onto yourserver.Ask your Division liason to be on the lookout for newBuilding Blocks that may be of interest. 16
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