At the end of a course, where you have used Blackboard Learn to support the course, there are some things you should do. These slides are going to have some step-by-step instructions. You can download the slides from the address shown. That way you can see exactly what I am doing when I demonstrate the process.
Today we are going to talk about Sign Up sheets. There are probably many times that you let your students sign up for time slots for presentations and such. Often the sheet is passed around during class, or posted on your door, or somewhere like that.
The students sign up for a date or time. I am going to show you a way to accomplish this task electronically, within Blackboard Learn, using Self-Signup Groups. No more printed sheets. Students can claim a spot from the Blackboard Learn course site. Only the number of people that you set can sign up for any single time slot.
I am going to demonstrate the process, given the following situation. I teach a class of 14 students. Each student has to give a five minute oral presentation. I have set aside two days, October 9th and 11th, for the presentations. I want the students to indicate which day they will be giving their presentation.
Here is what it will look like to the students. The students will click the sign-up link in the main menu bar. That will bring up the content on the right. Then they will click on the button to view the sign-up sheet to join a group.
On the following page they can see two buttons, one for Day 1 and one for Day 2. They simply click on the button for the day they would prefer. The actual dates are at the top of the page.
Normally groups are used to give a team of students a work area within Blackboard Learn. Either you can assign the students to groups, or they can self-signup into the groups. Everyone in the group will have access to the group tools. We are going to use the Self-Signup Groups capability, but we are not going to create any group tools. The action of signing up is all that we want to take advantage of.
We recommend that you archive the course site onto your computer. We recommend that you download the grade center onto your computer. We recommend that you download the grade history onto your computer.
Here are the step-by-step instructions to create the set of sign-up sheets.
Here are the step-by-step instructions to make the sign-up sheets available to students
(Share desktop and walk through the steps to create the group set.)
Steps: Make the Sign-up Sheets
Available to Students
1. At the top of the menu item list, click on the “+” icon.
2. Select “Tool Link”
3. Add a name, such as “Oral Presentation Sign-Up”
4. Select Type “Groups”
5. Click the option for “Available to Users”
6. Click “Submit”
The students will click on this link, on the main menu, to view the sign up sheets.