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Engaging learners through communication and collaboration blackboard learn r9 1

Engaging Learners throughCommunication and CollaborationBlackboard Learn™ R9.1

Sinora Dabney

[email protected]


Session roadmap
Session Roadmap

Topics:

  • Supporting Student Interaction 

  • Communicating with Email and Messages

  • Interacting with the Discussion Board

  • Creating and Managing Groups

  • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

  • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

  • Locating Resources


Supporting student interaction objectives
Supporting Student Interaction: Objectives

  • Define online communication and collaboration methods and tools

  • Discuss tips for planning a communication strategy.


Online communication
Online Communication

  • Exchange ideas

  • Work collaboratively

  • Achieve higher levels of learning

  • Asynchronous & Synchronous


Communication strategy
Communication Strategy

  • Choose appropriate tools to meet outcomes/objectives

  • Define usage, methods, policies and procedures

  • Set expectations by communicating to learners


Session roadmap1
Session Roadmap

Topics:

  • Supporting Student Interaction 

  • Communicating with Email and Messages

  • Interacting with the Discussion Board

  • Creating and Managing Groups

  • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

  • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

  • Locating Resources


Communicating with email messages objectives
Communicating with Email & Messages: Objectives

  • Communicate using the Email and Messages tools

  • Compare and contrast the use cases, benefits and challenges of each


Using blackboard email
Using Blackboard Email

  • Enables electronic communication to external email addresses of course members only

  • Attachments, CC, BCC available

  • Blackboard keeps no record of emails, but sends copy to sender

  • Subject includes Course ID automatically


Sending email
Sending Email

  • Access Tools and click Send Email.

  • On the Send Email page, click the link for the desired recipient group. A new page appears.


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Sending Email

  • Select Users and move them into the Selected box.

  • Enter the Subject and Message.

  • Optionally, Attach a file.

  • Click Submit.


Your turn send an email
Your Turn: Send an Email

  • Access Tools and click Send Email.

  • On the Send Email page, click the link for the desired recipient group. A new page appears.

  • For Select Users or Select Groups, click to highlight the recipients in the Available to Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to move them into the Selected box.

  • Enter the Subject and Message.

  • Optionally, Attach a file.

  • Click Submit.


Send messages
Send Messages

  • Enables electronic communication within the course to course members only

  • Attachments, CC, BCC options available

  • Automatic Inbox and Sent Box

  • Messages can be managed in folders


Sending messages
Sending Messages

Click the Inbox link to view received messages.

Click the Subject link to read the message.




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Sending Messages

  • Access Messages.

  • Click Create Message on the Action Bar.

  • On the Compose Message page, click To, and a list of course members appears.

  • Select recipients, and move them to the Recipients box.

  • Enter a Subject and Body.

  • Click Submit.


Your turn send a message
Your Turn: Send a Message

  • Access Tools and click Messages.

  • On the Messages page, click Create Message on the Action Bar.

  • On the Compose Message page, click To, and a list of course members appears.

  • In the Select Recipients box, click to highlight the recipients, and click the right-pointing arrow to move them to the Recipients box.

  • Enter a Subject and Body. If desired, use the Text Editor to format the text.

  • Click Submit.


Messages vs email
Messages vs. Email

  • Compare and Contrast Messages and Email

  • Why use one over the other?

  • How can each be useful?

  • What are the limitations?


Session roadmap2
Session Roadmap

Topics:

  • Supporting Student Interaction 

  • Communicating with Email and Messages

  • Interacting with the Discussion Board

  • Creating and Managing Groups

  • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

  • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

  • Locating Resources


Interacting with the discussion board objectives
Interacting with the Discussion Board: Objectives

  • Define Discussion Board hierarchy, roles and settings

  • Create and manage Discussion Board forums and threads

  • Search, collect, tag, flag, and grade forums and threads

  • Review Discussion Board statistics within the Performance Dashboard


Forums threads and posts
Forums, Threads, and Posts

  • Each Discussion Board contains one or more forums.

  • A forum is an area where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed.

  • Within each forum, there can be multiple threads.

    • A thread includes the initial post and any replies to it.

    • A post is a message within the thread.

Forum: World Politics


Access the discussion board
Access the Discussion Board

Course Menu link



Within a forum
Within a Forum

  • View threads in either List View or Tree View.


Thread actions contextual menu
Thread Actions: Contextual Menu

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.


Changing the displayed threads
Changing the Displayed Threads

The instructor sets the thread status, but students choose which type of threads to display. By default, published threads are displayed.


Within a thread
Within a Thread

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.


Within a thread replying etc
Within a Thread: Replying, etc

Original post

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.


Best practice discussion etiquette
Best Practice: Discussion Etiquette

  • Group Discussion:

  • Are there guidelines you would add to the list in the

  • manual?

  • Will you share any guidelines with your students?

  • If so, how will you distribute this information?


Creating forums
Creating Forums

  • Enter the forum title and description.

  • Determine availability settings.


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Creating Forums

  • Specify Viewing preferences for forum participants.

  • Specify grade options:

    • No Grading

    • Grade by Score

    • Grade by Rubric

  • Set Needs Grading Indicator

  • Add Alignments

  • Enable Subscription Capability


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Creating Forums

  • Specify delete and edit capability for forum authors (students/learners.

  • Additional options include:

    • File Attachments

    • Reply with Quote

    • Moderation

    • Tagging

    • Rating


Copying forums
Copying Forums

  • Discussion forums can be copied and added to the current Discussion Board or to a Group Discussion Board in the same course. To copy a Discussion Board to another course, use the Course Copy utility.

  • QUICK STEPS: Copying Forums

    • Click the forum’s Action Link to access the contextual menu. Then select Copy.

    • Enter a Name of New Forum.

    • Select what to copy: Entire forum OR Forum settings only.

    • Select the Location and click Submit.

  • Note:Forums copied to a Group Discussion Board only include messages authored by the Group’s members.


  • Best practice crafting effective questions
    Best Practice: Crafting Effective Questions

    • Essential questions:

    • Require higher level thinking skills

    • Guiding questions:

    • Help students answer the essential question


    Assigning forum roles
    Assigning Forum Roles

    • Each user in the forum has a forum role, and may only have one role per forum. Course instructors automatically have the role of Manager and students have the role of Participant.

    • Forum roles can be assigned to limit access to a forum or to help with forum administration.

    • QUICK STEPS: Assigning Forum Roles

      • Click the forum’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.

      • Select Manage. A list of users appears.

      • Click the user’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.

      • Select a new forum role.

  • *** The manual provides complete descriptions of forum roles and what permissions each one receives. Dr. C could be discussed at this time also.

  • The Dr. C section is about the moderator, and the moderation of posts is on the next slide.


  • Moderating posts
    Moderating Posts

    • When a moderated forum is created, all posts to the forum are added to a Moderation Queue. The Moderator reviews each post and does one of the following:

      • Publishes the posts

      • Returns the post to the sender without a message

      • Returns the posts to the sender with a message


    Moderation queue
    Moderation Queue

    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.


    Tagging threads
    Tagging Threads

    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


    Deleting forums and threads
    Deleting Forums and Threads

    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.


    Your turn create forums add threads
    Your Turn: Create Forums & Add Threads

    • Enter the course where you are enrolled as an instructor.

    • From the Discussion Board, click Add Forum.

    • Create the Forum

    • Click Submit.

    • Access the forum.

    • Click Add Thread in either List View or Tree View.

    • Add the thread.

    • Click Submit.


    Assigning forum grades
    Assigning Forum Grades

    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.


    Best practice define grading criteria
    Best Practice: Define Grading Criteria

    • To discuss:

    • When grading discussions, it is important to have

    • reasonable expectations about what can be

    • accomplished. What is reasonable?

    • Students need to know exactly what is

    • expected of them. How will you do this?


    Your turn grade a discussion
    Your Turn: Grade a Discussion

    • Enter the course where you are enrolled as an instructor.

    • Click the forum’s title containing the graded thread.

    • In List View, on the thread listing page, click Grade Thread.

    • On the Grade Thread Users page, from a user’s contextual menu, select Grade.

    • On the Action Bar, enter the grade in the Grade text box.

    • Click Submit to add the grade to the Discussion Board and the Grade Center.

    • Click OK at the bottom of the page to return to the Grade Thread Users page. The grade appears in the Grade column.


    Session roadmap3
    Session Roadmap

    Topics:

    • Supporting Student Interaction 

    • Communicating with Email and Messages

    • Interacting with the Discussion Board

    • Creating and Managing Groups

    • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

    • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

    • Locating Resources


    Creating managing groups objectives
    Creating & Managing Groups: Objectives

    • Identify collaborative learning use cases and considerations; Describe Group Settings

    • Create and populate Groups and Group Sets with self-enroll, manual, and random enroll options

    • Create a Group Module Page

    • Add, monitor and Grade a Group Assignment

    • Discuss tips for enabling successful group work


    Session roadmap4
    Session Roadmap

    Topics:

    • Supporting Student Interaction 

    • Communicating with Email and Messages

    • Interacting with the Discussion Board

    • Creating and Managing Groups

    • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

    • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

    • Locating Resources


    Creating managing groups objectives1
    Creating & Managing Groups: Objectives

    • Identify Blog and Journal use cases

    • Enable individual, group, and course Blogs

    • Assign individual and group Journals

    • Discuss best practices for monitoring Journals and Blogs.


    Best practice benefits of reflective learning
    Best Practice: Benefits of Reflective Learning

    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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    Commenting on journal entries
    Commenting on Journal Entries

    Tack icon indicates new entry

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    Commenting on journal entries2
    Commenting on Journal Entries

    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.

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    Students accessing the blogs tool
    Students: Accessing the Blogs Tool

    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

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    Individual vs course blogs
    Individual vs Course 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.

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    Individual vs Course Blogs

    • Both blogs are completely public, i.e,. everyone can see everyone else’s entry.

    • The Individual blogonly provides filtering options by individual names.

    • The Course blog provides filtering options by individual name AND a list all “All Course Members”

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    Session roadmap5
    Session Roadmap

    Topics:

    • Supporting Student Interaction 

    • Communicating with Email and Messages

    • Interacting with the Discussion Board

    • Creating and Managing Groups

    • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

    • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

    • Locating Resources


    Creating managing groups objectives2
    Creating & Managing Groups: Objectives

    • Identify Blog and Journal use cases

    • Enable individual, group, and course Blogs

    • Assign individual and group Journals

    • Discuss best practices for monitoring Journals and Blogs.









    Creating chat sessions
    Creating Chat Sessions

    • QUICK STEPS: Creating a Chat Session

      • 1 On the Control Panel, under Course Tools, click Collaboration.

      • 2 On the CollaborationSessions page, click CreateCollaboration Session on the Action Bar.

      • 3 On the Create Collaboration Session page, enter a Session Name.

      • 4 Schedule the start and end time for the session, if desired.



    Managing sessions
    Managing Sessions

    Clear the chat panel.

    End the session and all users are expelled.


    Best practice chat for academic purposes
    Best Practice: Chat for Academic Purposes

    • Determine objectives and inform learners

    • Outline rules of etiquette

    • Limit number of students involved

    • Prepare a focused topic and keep on track

    • Establish a protocol for sharing

    • Be aware of those not participating

    • Summarize the major points at the end


    Wrap up
    Wrap-Up

    • Describe the main difference between email and messages

    • What value can the discussion board add to our courses?

    • Describe the steps involved in creating and manage groups

    • How might the text chat and virtual classroom be used?

    • What is social bookmarking?


    Session roadmap6
    Session Roadmap

    Topics:

    • Supporting Student Interaction 

    • Communicating with Email and Messages

    • Interacting with the Discussion Board

    • Creating and Managing Groups

    • Teaching with Blogs and Journals

    • Collaborating with Text Chat and the Virtual Classroom

    • Locating Resources




    Instructors students on demand learning resources
    Instructors & Students: On Demand Learning Resources

    • Video Tutorials

    • Client Shared Documents

    • http://ondemand.blackboard.com/


    Instructors students and admin blackboard help
    Instructors, Students and Admin: Blackboard Help

    • New Release Info

    • Supported Browser Information

    • Help Manual: Key Topics, Search, All Bb Learn Topic and Details

    • https://help.blackboard.com/


    Administrators: Behind the Blackboard

    • Administrators need username and password

    • Resource for:

      • Support, Downloads, Documentation, Knowledge Base…

    • http://behind.blackboard.com


    Ask dr c
    Ask Dr. C

    • Ask Dr. C is a free question-and-answer service moderated by a dedicated, international group of your peers, fellow Blackboard clients.

    • http://discussions.blackboard.com


    Search the knowledge base
    Search the Knowledge Base

    A repository of articles with solutions to common problems

    • http://kb.blackboard.com

      • WikiKBA repository of Knowledge Base articles with solutions to common problems.

      • Maintenance CenterCurrent technical information about products including known issues, release documentation and supported server and client configurations.

      • Back to SchoolResources and client best practices relating to routine system maintenance, upgrade planning and other aspects of preparing students and faculty for returning to school.


    Administrators and Developers: Edugarage

    • Community for developers and designers

    • Central repository for resources, information, collaboration, sample code, getting started information

    • http://www.edugarage.com


    Thank you
    Thank you

    Sinora Dabney

    [email protected]

    Thank you!

    Best wishes in all of your teaching and learning adventures.

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