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Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
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Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
Getting Started with Blackboard
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Getting Started with Blackboard

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South East Cornerstone Teachers' Convention 2010. Some basics of using Blackboard, a workshop.

South East Cornerstone Teachers' Convention 2010. Some basics of using Blackboard, a workshop.

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  • 1. Peggy Lawson Instructional Technology Consultant SECSD Convention 2010
  • 2.  Content Management System (CMS)  Learning Management System (LMS)  Classroom for online students  Content / Information distribution  A closed system (but can be opened up too)
  • 3. • As your school web presence • Announcements • Deliver Course Content • Documents • Videos, Audio, PowerPoint • Web links • Distribute & receive assignments • Tests & self-check assessments • Surveys • Discussions • Journals • Blogs • Facilitate group work • SelfAssign plagarism checker • Grade Center • Portfolios
  • 4.  Logging Into Blackboard & change password  Entering edit mode  Creating Announcements  Adding content & tools  Linking to other web sites  Enrolling students into your class  Customizing your course  Student & parent access
  • 5.  Direct link – http://bb.cornerstonesd.ca  From division website – link under staff & students  Usernames – typically firstname.lastname  Initial passwords – 123  Sample accounts for today: ◦ teacher.1, teacher.2, teacher.3, etc.
  • 6.  If a Security Warning box appears, select RUN
  • 7.  Turn edit mode ON to make any changes to your course (exception – using Control Panel)  Useful to turn edit mode OFF periodically to see more accurately what students will see.
  • 8.  Edit mode – ON & click Create Announcement Click when done entering information
  • 9.  As with other things you will add a variety of other options are available – date restrictions, etc. Not covered today.  Most areas have a “More Help” option which explains the options available.
  • 10.  Content areas are where you will store most items for your class ◦Documents, links to video or audio recordings, PowerPoint slideshows, assignments, tests, etc. ◦Each individual piece of content is called an “item” ◦Often organized into folders & sub-folders
  • 11. . . A. Use descriptive (but short) titles for each content area B. Organize content logically within the actual content area. Have
  • 12. . . 1. Edit Mode ON 2. Click the + sign 3. Select Create Content 4. Type a Name 5. Check Available to Users 6. Submit
  • 13. A. Use the drag-and-drop function to reorder items on the Class Menu. B. Alternatively, use the Keyboard Accessible Reordering Tool to reorder the links. C. Click a link’s Action Link to Rename, hide, or delete, or to permit unenrolled guests.
  • 14.  Click on your new Content area in the navigation menu to go to that area  Edit mode ON  You’ll be selecting items from the action bar – we will cover only a few of the options available today
  • 15. The following can be added to Content Areas: • Items, which can contain text, files, and images • Folders • Surveys and Tests • Assignments • External Links • Organization Links • Module Pages • SafeAssignments – plagarism checking • Self & Peer Assessments • and more!!
  • 16. 1. In Edit Mode, access the Content Area. 2. On the Action Bar, click Create Item. 3. Enter the item’s Name and Text. 4. Optionally - add a file(s). 5. Select viewing and tracking options.
  • 17.  The first row contains functions for formatting text, similar to functions in a word processor.  The second row contains functions for working with text already entered in the text box, such as spell checking, cutting and pasting, undoing the last action, and markup validation.  The third row contains functions for attaching documents, images, and media files. This row only appears in selected areas within Blackboard Learn. For example, it is available when adding items to Content Areas, but not when creating questions in Test Manager. NOTE: Collapse any row using the carat to the left of the row. 21
  • 18.  Use drag and drop to re-order items in a content area
  • 19.  Add a folder from the Build menu  A folder must have a name. Other information optional.  Submit.  Create new items inside the folder; existing items can be moved into a new folder
  • 20. 1. In Edit Mode, access the Content Area from the Organization Menu. 2. On the Action Bar, click Create Item. 3. On the Add Item page, enter the item’s Name and Text. 4. To add a file, click Browse to locate the file. Add multiple files using the Text Editor’s Attach File function. 5. Under Options, select Yes for Permit Users to View the Content Item to make the item available to Participants, 6. Click Submit. 25
  • 21.  Announcements  Blogs  Course calendar  Collaboration  Contacts  Discussion Board  My Grades  Glossary  Journals  Messages  Send Email  Tasks (“To Do” lists)  Tests, Surveys, & Pools • Best practice – hide any tool you don’t plan on using!
  • 22.  Add Tool links much as you do for creating a Class Link, but select Tool Area, then Tool Type  Best practice – have a separate navigation menu item for a commonly used tool – e.g. Announcements, My Grades, Discussion Board
  • 23. 1. In Edit Mode, above the Organization Menu, click the Create Item icon, shown as a plus sign. 2. Select the Tool Link. 3. Enter a Name for the link. 4. From the Type drop-down list, select the tool to add. 5. Select whether the tool will be Available to Users. 6. Click Submit.
  • 24.  Two ways to hide tools you don’t want to use: 1. Hide or delete the tools link from the course menu  Use the Action Link and select Hide or Delete 2. Select the Tools link in the navigation menu  Click Hide Link for any tool you don’t plan on using.  You can later unhide any tools you want to use
  • 25.  As a Main Menu Item 1. Click the + sign to add a menu item 2. Select Create External Link 3. Type in a name for the link 4. Type in the full URL including http:// 5. Make Available 6. Submit
  • 26.  As Content Area Item - 2 Options (text area) 1. Typing in a full web address should make an active link (works in IE but not Firefox)
  • 27. 2. Method 2 – other text acts as the hyperlink 1. Type the text to serve as a hyperlink and highlight 2. Click the globe icon in the tool bar area 3. Type in the full URL. You may want to also check the Open link in a new window option. Submit
  • 28.  Control Panel > Customization > Style ◦ Main items you may want to change: 1. Menu style  Text or buttons  Colour, pattern, & button shape 2. Select Banner  Create a banner to upload  Appears only on your home page
  • 29.  Control Panel > Users & Groups > Users ◦ Students do not see the Control Panel  Click the Enroll User button to add an existing Blackboard user to your class  Most users have a standard username of firstname.lastname or Browse to find  Add several at once – separate usernames with commas  Practice: student.1 student.2 . . . student.5  Give students the Role of Student and set Availability to Yes. Submit. (but you could probably have guessed that!!)
  • 30.  One way to see who is already enrolled in your class: ◦ Control Panel > Users & Groups > Users ◦ Type a % in the Search field & click Go
  • 31.  How will students access the class? ◦ They must be enrolled in the class, OR ◦ Make the class & content areas available to guests & provide a link to the class (e.g. from school website)  Can parents access my class? ◦ They may log in using their child’s account, OR ◦ Make all or part of the class open to guests & provide the link to the class from the school website
  • 32. Contact your area Instructional Technology Consultant for assistance

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