Engaging Learners through Communication and Collaboration Blackboard Learn ™ R9.1. Sinora Dabney [email protected] Session Roadmap. Topics: Supporting Student Interaction Communicating with Email and Messages Interacting with the Discussion Board Creating and Managing Groups
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Forum: World Politics
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Using the Thread Actions drop-down list, students can flag important posts and delete the flags.
In addition to flagging important posts and deleting the flags, the instructor can also chose to publish, hide or lock/unlock a thread. When a post is set to anonymous, the instructor can also change the author.
The instructor sets the thread status, but students choose which type of threads to display. By default, published threads are displayed.
The Thread Detail page is thoroughly redesigned yet maintains all of its existing functions. All of a thread's posts are now visible at the same time on one page. Larger avatars help you easily identify the author.
Functions appear when you point to the page - point your mouse anywhere on the Thread Detail page, and action bar functions such as Search and Refresh appear at the top. When you point to a post, the Reply, Quote, and Expand or Collapse functions appear. This increases the vertical screen space available for viewing posts.
Though feedback is optional, this is an opportunity to provide guidance, ask questions, or redirect a student’s focus. Enter a comment in the text box explaining why the post was returned.
Returned posts no longer appear in the Moderation Queue.
In the forum, in Tree View, the student sees the returned post and an explanation.
Instructor View: Management
Tags are text labels that act like bookmarks. The instructor can attach tags to group similar messages together. For example, if the subject of scientific notation comes up often, tag each of the posts with scientific notation. Students can read, filter, and search messages using these tags. Students cannot create their own tags.
Student View: Filter and View Only
You can delete forums and threads which are no longer used. When a forum or thread is removed, all content and grades are permanently deleted. For example, delete an ungraded forum used to discuss questions about a completed assignment.
Discussion grades can be entered within the forum or thread. Students can be graded on their participation in a discussion, on the quality of their postings, or a combination of the two.
Note: Students cannot create new threads in a forum where graded threads are enabled.
Reflective learners tend to:
Be motivated and proactive
Use existing knowledge to understand new ideas
Understand new concepts by relating to their own previous experiences
Understand additional research and reading improves understanding
Use critical evaluation and are self-aware
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When a user’s name is clicked, the Index section will contain a list of titles. The titles will be listed for the week or for the month, based on settings the instructor made.
The Index titles are listed with the most current appearing first.
A blog—a shorthand term that means Web log—is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption.
Each blog entry can include any combination of text, images, and links. Blogs encourage people to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning.
Blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.
In Blackboard Learn, only enrolled users can view and author blogs
Course Blogs: Only the Instructor can create a Course Blog and determines the topic to be addressed. All Course members can add Blog entries and add comments to Blog entries.
Individual Blogs: Only the Instructor can create a Blog for individual Course members to use. Only the owner of the Blog is able to add Blog entries. All other Course members can view and add comments.
Individual vs Course Blogs
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