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Of Course you Can!


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Presentation delivered at BbWorld in Orlando, 15th July 2010. Explores the possibilities offered by Blackboard's course module page feature in 9.0, some of the pitfalls of this early implementation and ways round that.

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Of Course you Can!

  1. 1. Bring portal module into the classroom<br />Of Course You Can <br />but keep your wits about youDr Malcolm MurrayDurham University<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Why deploy Modules in Courses? <br />Exploring the current implementation<br />Common “Gotchas”<br />Building Blocks the Answer?<br />Looking Forward<br />
  3. 3. Origins<br />Why bring Modules to a Course?<br />
  4. 4. In the beginning<br />Most Blackboard courses looked like this:<br />Bb Version Spotter?<br /> then you knew that didn’t you<br />
  5. 5. Other sites are building communities<br />
  6. 6. Blackboard’s Community System<br />
  7. 7. What could Modules do for courses?<br />
  8. 8. What couldn’t Modules do for courses?<br />
  9. 9. What could Modules do for courses?<br />Increase Engagement<br />Support dynamic content<br />Highlight recent changes<br />Facilitate (and acknowledge) Student contributions<br />
  10. 10. Having a Go<br />Using the built in Module Types<br />
  11. 11. Modules to deploy in Courses<br />
  12. 12. Not a very exciting set of Modules<br />But you can also deploy custom models<br /><ul><li>Polls
  13. 13. HTML modules
  14. 14. Images
  15. 15. URL</li></li></ul><li>But only a Sys Admin* can do this...<br />Create Module button is on the Sys Admin tab<br />* Or a Portal Admin. <br />Ever met one? <br />Me neither...<br />
  16. 16. Don’t get tripped up!<br />Gotchas when deploying modules in Courses<br />
  17. 17. Access all Areas<br />Two courses:<br /><ul><li>Fabert
  18. 18. Fabien
  19. 19. Fabrice
  20. 20. Mary
  21. 21. Mungo
  22. 22. Midge</li></li></ul><li>Polls on the French Course<br />Note that the Poll had to be created by a Sys Admin...<br />
  23. 23. Student votes in both polls<br />
  24. 24. Another student votes in one<br />
  25. 25. Polls created in the Scottish Course<br />So far so good...<br />
  26. 26. Add Scottish poll to French course<br />Any guesses?<br />
  27. 27. French students can vote too!<br />
  28. 28. Deploy the module on a Portal Tab<br />Any guesses?(a different user)<br />
  29. 29. Finally back to either course...<br />
  30. 30. Picking up the Tab<br />Why do we see this strange module behaviour in courses?<br />
  31. 31. Portal Perspective - Control<br />Create a module<br />Set access rights and an admin<br />Deploy on a tab – possibly as default content<br />Move it from the default bottom left position<br />User can configure the module (e.g. number of channel items) using the cog wheel icon<br />Admin uses the Module Administrator button<br />
  32. 32. Doesn’t really fit with Course Logic<br />Instructors in charge<br />Content largely not re-used<br />May change frequently<br />May want students to edit too<br />
  33. 33. Boxing Clever<br />Using Building Blocks to do more<br />
  34. 34. Rotating Images Module<br />This module overcomes two problems:<br />Lack of Course/Group information in the Context<br />Exposing Management within the Course<br />
  35. 35. Editing Options<br />
  36. 36. Space for Pedagogy!<br />
  37. 37. Controlling Student Access<br />
  38. 38. Rotating Images Module<br />Not perfect:<br />Single Instance<br />Adding another Module creates a clone<br />Can’t change the Title<br />Management “challenges” existing UI paradigm<br />
  39. 39. What might be better<br />Allow staff (and students?) to create Modules in a Course<br />Display an extra button in the module when the current user can edit it<br />Allow developers to define custom modules that only appear in Courses/Organisations<br />
  40. 40. Summing Up<br />Almost there!<br />
  41. 41. Conclusion<br />Adding a Module Page feature to courses is a great start<br />Scope to change the way students interact<br />Existing Module tools drawn from portal paradigm<br />Can be used with care<br />Only Sys Admins (Portal Admins) can create modules<br />Need one custom module for each course or problems result<br />Course Modules probably shouldn’t be discoverable<br />Can use building blocks as an interim solution<br />Worthy of further development!<br />
  42. 42. Please provide feedback for this session by <br />The title of this session is:<br />Of Course You Can!<br />You can contact the author at<br /><br />