Blackboard Essential Elements
The following are functions and items that
you will use regularly in your Blackboard
course ...
Upload
to transfer (as data or files) from a
computer to the memory of
another device (as a larger or
remote computer)
-me...
Download
an act of moving or copying a
file, program, etc., from a usually
larger computer system to
another computer or d...
Copy
an imitation, transcript, or
reproduction of an original work
-merriam-webster.com

-iconarchive.com

In Blackboard, ...
Announcements
a written or spoken statement that
tells people about something : public
or formal words that announce
somet...
Grade Center
Secure, web-based grade book.

Your Blackboard Grade Center allows you to
customize your gradebook using
poin...
Syllabus
a summary outline of a
discourse, treatise, or course of study
or of examination requirements
-merriam-webster.co...
This tab’s use varies depending on the type of class
you teach:

Instructor Info
Important information about the
instructo...
Folders in Blackboard allow you to organize materials
for your students to use.

Folders
a collection of files or document...
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Blackboard essential elements

  1. 1. Blackboard Essential Elements The following are functions and items that you will use regularly in your Blackboard course regardless of whether you teach face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses.
  2. 2. Upload to transfer (as data or files) from a computer to the memory of another device (as a larger or remote computer) -merriam-webster.com -commons.wikimedia.org When you upload a file (image, document, presentation, etc..), you are placing a copy of that file into another location. In Blackboard, you upload files into various areas. Places you may often upload files to: • • Best Practice: My Content (this area allows you to upload files that you want to use every semester and can be accessed from all courses). Course Content (any file you upload into your course will automatically be stored here, but will disappear when the course is removed from the system).
  3. 3. Download an act of moving or copying a file, program, etc., from a usually larger computer system to another computer or device -merriam-webster.com -mydocs.dot.ga.gov When you download a file, you are copying the file from a larger system (like Blackboard) and placing a copy into your own file on your device (laptop, desktop). Students will generally download your files to their own computers. Consideration: • You can download any type of file. However, you must have the program in order to be able to view the file. (Adobe Reader (pdf), Microsoft Word (word doc), Microsoft Powerpoint (powerpoints).
  4. 4. Copy an imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work -merriam-webster.com -iconarchive.com In Blackboard, you can copy files from one class to another and, at the end of the semester, you can copy your entire course to your new course.
  5. 5. Announcements a written or spoken statement that tells people about something : public or formal words that announce something. http://blog.lavenderfestival.com/?atta chment_id=509 In Blackboard, you can use Announcements to keep your students up to date on upcoming assignments, post changes to the course schedule, or communicate other information they may need. In announcements, you also have the option to automatically send the announcement through email to your students.
  6. 6. Grade Center Secure, web-based grade book. Your Blackboard Grade Center allows you to customize your gradebook using points, percentages, and weights. You can also link directly to a variety of assignment types within your class.
  7. 7. Syllabus a summary outline of a discourse, treatise, or course of study or of examination requirements -merriam-webster.com http://www.collegemagazine.com/editorial/3 836/Is-Syllabus-Week-For-Real The college requires a variety of items be included in your syllabus. You will have access to a template that you can use in Blackboard to make it easier for you to complete this task.
  8. 8. This tab’s use varies depending on the type of class you teach: Instructor Info Important information about the instructor. • • • http://lisamcalister.com/your-why-ininternet-marketing/ Face-to-face-phone number, office, office hours Hybrid- same information + online presence (office hours) Online-same as above + this area should be used to allow the students to see you as human. In online courses, this is the opportunity to tell the students a little about yourself.
  9. 9. Folders in Blackboard allow you to organize materials for your students to use. Folders a collection of files or documents that are stored together on a computer -merriam-webster.com Best Practice: Maintain a folder for each week/unit Warning: It is tempting to place all of the lectures in one folder, all of the handouts in another. This can be very confusing for students. Think about it like handing the student a folder filled with everything they will need to be successful that week. paperclipsetc.com

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