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The Wikification of blackboard

  1. 1. The Wikification of Blackboard In pursuit of a better way? (Steve Mackenzie -24/01/08)
  2. 2. The Motivation, The How and The Why? <ul><li>To provide a better service to students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce the time it takes to develop and maintain a blackboard module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce searching time for students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Achieved by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the blackboard wiki tool as the primary navigation interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A navigational strategy of wide and shallow as opposed to the current deep folder style (hierarchical) navigation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perceived Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less time consuming to create, maintain and develop a Blackboard Module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have all resources on a single page </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Plan in Action One place to update general Information For 2 or more closely related programmes (Relieving the burden of duplication) Community Module linked to all individual modules and vice-versa Blackboard Modules all follow the same navigational style as the community module and each other All Module Resources Listed on a single page Blackboard Community Support Material & Programme Level Information Year 1 Cohort Year 3 Cohort Year 2 Cohort Pre – Reg Students Blackboard Module Blackboard Module Blackboard Module Blackboard Module Blackboard Module Blackboard Module
  4. 4. Creating a Wiki Home page <ul><li>From Scratch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Control Panel > Manage Course Menu > Add Tool Link > Select Wiki Tool > name it ‘Home’ OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control Panel > Use copy course option from another module (wiki text is not transferred) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And Then Some Technicalities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki page is used to store all Module Resources (docs and Links) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Left hand menu is reserved for Communication features or other blackboard tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. On one module a turnitin link has been added </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tidy up Left Hand Menu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage Course menu > remove or hide all menu options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include Home, Announcements, Discussion Boards and Send Email ONLY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other tools can be added as desired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Design > Manage Menu Display Options > Select Quick VIEW and don’t show both views </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slight Issue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If Announcements are made – an Announcement Alert is added to the wiki page – Announcements are still listed as normal. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Copying the Format and Web Links <ul><li>Copy HTML Source from one wiki page to another </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively Easy to upload Documents to correctly customize the new wiki page </li></ul>1 2
  6. 6. Demonstration <ul><li>Talk you through the Blackboard Community Module </li></ul><ul><li>Will build a new module now (10-15 mins) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  ASCS5211-2008-X ASP 2 - DEVELOPING AND DISSEMINATING BEST PRACTICE (ASCS5211_2008_X) </li></ul></ul>

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