Blackboard Collaborate™ enterprise instant messaging capabilities allow UIC to create a learning network to support office hours, school services, meetings and desktop video conferencing—all initiated through presence and instant messaging.

UIC provides all faculty and instructors with a free and easy-to-use lecture capture tool called Echo360. Along with features provided by the tool, UIC faculty have access to support, learning workshops, and personal consultations.

The chat tool allows you to interact with other users using a text-based chat. Chat is part of the virtual classroom. You can also access it separately.

Use the chat tool when real-time discussion is required. Most students are comfortable with using some form of chat.

You can use the achievements tool to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their work. You designate criteria for issuing achievements to students in the form of both badges and certificates.

ExamSoft enables faculty or staff to easily create assessment questions, and categorize those questions in limitless ways, including subject, competency, cognitive process, or learning objective.

Acrobatiq is a courseware platform based on learning science principles and leveraging the power of big data to provide effective online learning.

With announcements, you can post timely information critical to course success. On the Announcements page, you can add, edit, and delete announcements. This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive material including:

  • Due dates for assignments and projects.

While traditional objective tests have value in your suite of assessment tools, other methods can paint a truer picture of what students know. Assess students in ways where they can apply the course concepts and demonstrate their knowledge in tangible ways.

A blog—a shorthand term that means web log—is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public access and use. Most blogs also have some kind of commenting system, so that people can respond to and interact with one another.

Adaptive release controls the release of content to users based on a set of rules you create. With basic adaptive release, you can apply one rule to a content item.

The blank page tool allows you to include files, images, and text as a link in a course area. Blank pages present content in a different way than items do. There is no description that appears below the title of the page. Users see your content only after clicking the link.

Use the contacts tool to add profile information about yourself and other staff for students. You can provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in your course.

You can create course areas to serve as containers for your course material. Course areas enable you to present various types of content in an organized and engaging way.

Use the date management tool to easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course. Accessed on the Control Panel in the Course Tools section, you can choose to adjust dates automatically or individually from one convenient location.

One type of web-based learning content you can use in your course is called an SCO, or Shareable Content Object, which is gathered together into a compressed, zipped file called a content package, and then can be unpackaged and played through a content player.

Chalk Titles are course cartridges that are integrated with external applications and content from publishers. Chalk Titles include both content and tools. Tools included in a Chalk Title connect to an outside source to run each tool.

After you create content and link to files stored in Course Files, you can verify that links are still valid with the link checker tool. For example, if you delete a linked file from Course Files and run the tool, you are informed of a broken link.


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