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Blackboard Instant Messenger works just like any instant messaging tool.  Individuals can only see the content that the two or more people are exchanging; no one else can see or hear Blackboard IM chat conversation.  That is, Blackboard Instant Messenger lets you easily set up a group chat by inviting others (select Invite Group Chat from the Actions pull-down menu) and you can save archives of the text-chat to review later or to share it with the rest of the class. 

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.

Application servers

Sometimes there is a particular Blackboard app server that is slow. Clearing your browser’s cookies can help switch you over to a different app server.

For an advanced explanation on clearing cookies/switching app servers, please see this video:

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Once you have logged into Blackboard:

  1. Click the Add Module button at the top left corner of the screen

  2. Scroll down to the My Courses module

  3. Click Add

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.

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.

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.

  1. Go to Control Panel. Select evaluation --> grade center
  2. In the tab "Create Calculated Column ", select weighted column
  3. Add each category that requies a selected weight (or individual column)
  4. Indicate the percentage for each of the categories
  5. Make sure all percentages add up to 100%
  6. Click submit

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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