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Blackboard Learn TrainingBlackboard Learn:Collaborative ToolsPurdue University CalumetOffice of Instructional TechnologyLast Revised – 11/8/12


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsTable of ContentsCollaborative Tools ................................................................................................................................................ 2 Discussion Boards .................................................................................................................................... 2 Blogs ......................................................................................................................................................... 2 Journals .................................................................................................................................................... 2 Wikis ......................................................................................................................................................... 2 Tool Overview .......................................................................................................................................... 3 Creating a Discussion Forum ................................................................................................................... 4 Creating a Blog ......................................................................................................................................... 5 Creating a Journal .................................................................................................................................... 7 Creating a Wiki ........................................................................................................................................ 9 Grading a Wiki/Tracking Student Participation ..................................................................................... 12Working with Groups ........................................................................................................................................... 13 Adding a Group: Self Enroll .................................................................................................................... 14 Adding a Group: Manual Enroll ............................................................................................................. 15 Editing a Group ...................................................................................................................................... 16 Deleting a Group ................................................................................................................................... 17 Creating a Set of Groups ........................................................................................................................ 17 Making a Group Available or Unavailable ............................................................................................. 17 Creating a Group Assignment ................................................................................................................ 17Glossary ............................................................................................................................................................... 19www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 1


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsCollaborative ToolsIn a successful online learning community, students have the right tools for their interactive tasks.Blackboard Learn offers four communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration, andcommunication. The Discussion Board, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis tools allow you to provide richassignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge.Discussion BoardThe Discussion Board often becomes the online classroom. Because students contemplate beforeposting, more thoughtful conversations evolve. You can observe students demonstrating their graspof the material, as well as exchanging ideas, debating topics, asking questions, and working in groups.You can moderate, evaluate, and even grade discussion posts. You can also invite subject matterexperts to participate in discussion threads.Note: Discussion Boards are useful in developing conversations, and are most effective as a tool for the exchange ofthoughts and ideas.BlogsBlogs allow authors to communicate their knowledge and opinions to others. Course members canexpress their ideas and use feedback from you and their peers to refine their thoughts. Blogs facilitatecritical thinking and knowledge construction, and support the development of communication skillsin a “public” arena of your course. Instructors should provide clear instructions on what components will be gradedwhen utilizing the blog feature. Blogs also allow for the use of clearly-define learning objectives.Note: Blogs are most effectively used to promote high-level thinking and reflection.Note: A comment area is available for both student and instructor use.JournalsJournals are self-reflective spaces where students post thoughts on experiences or course topics.Journal assignments help students create meaning and internalize learning as they engage inpersonalized one-on-one conversations with you. The private nature of journals offers studentsa safe environment to express themselves and receive individualized feedback.Note: Instructors can utilize the comment area when using the Journal tool; however there are no comment areasavailable to students with this feature.WikisWikis allow students to contribute and modify pages of course-related material in a collaborativearea. Students can create new content or edit existing content as well as view revisions and providecomments. As students construct knowledge, the instructor acts as a facilitator instead of the providerof all course content. Unlike a blog, which is more personal, wikis necessitate intense collaboration,as students build upon each other’s contributions and refine their final work.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 2


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsNote: The wiki tool in Blackboard Learn is not a component of a third-party source. It is located within theBlackboard Learn platform. Note: Tracking student participation is possible when using the wiki feature.Tool OverviewEach of the four interactive tools serve distinct purposes. You can use one or all of them in yourcourse, and they can work well in combination. Select the tools that meet your course objectives andallow students to interact in the most efficient ways. In the following table, find suggested uses for the tools to helpyou determine how they could play a role in your course.Tool Suggested Use Level of Interaction ExamplesDiscussionBoardsStudents can express their ideas,gatheringfeedback and help with refiningtheir opinionsand plans.Medium > Replies andrelated postsfrom all coursemembers.Post ideas for projects and papers, and askcolleagues to weigh in; share initial thoughtsabout a topic before it is discussed in-depth inindividual blogs; brainstorm ideas for a wikiproject; express opinions to help dividestudents into work groups.BlogsStudents can interpret what theylearned,showcase their grasp of thematerial, and present informationto their colleagues. Students oftenincorporate rich media into theirposts toentice and inform others.Medium >Commenting fromothers.Interpret a case study; submit the final draftof a written, graded assignment; analyze atopic, adding information over several weeksor the entire term; deliver arguments andsupporting evidence; provide commentary ona subject.JournalsStudents can express theirthoughts, questions,and concerns to you privately.Low > Privatefeedback fromthe instructor.Ask students to record observations; questionthe content; identify areas for help; develop aplan for improvement; set goals; evaluatetheir educational journeys; submit prewritingfor a graded assignment for guidance andfeedback.WikisStudents can create course contenttogether. Divide students intopairs or groups, or generate workas a class unit. Because eachcourse memberis a trusted source of information,everyone may edit and organizethe content.High > Intensecollaborationthrough editsand comments.Class summaries and outlines; courseglossary; resources repository; labexperiments; group project presentations;research notebooks; connecting studentwriting to form a book, student solutions forscenarios and case studies; final test reviews.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 3


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsCreating a Discussion Forum• You can create forums and threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to yourcourse.• Forum settings allow you to use the Discussion Board in different ways. For example, to controla forum, you create all threads, and moderate and grade the posts.• For a student-led discussion, allow students to create new threads with the option of postinganonymously.• When creating a forum, you determine whether or not to grade students’ posts in forums orthreads and how many posts are required before they go into Needs Grading status.1. Go to Discussion Board in the course menu. Click on Create Forum.2. On the Create Forum page under 1. Forum Information, type a name in the Name text box, andprovide instructions or a description in the Description text box.3. Continue by selecting your preferences for the following options:a. 2. Forum Availabilityb. 3. Forum Settings.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 4


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsNOTE: You may create forums ahead of time and set the availability to No until the discussion is ready tostart.4. Click Submit.Creating a BlogIn Blackboard Learn, Blogs consist of two elements:Blog Entries: Text, images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments posted by coursemembers and open for comments.Comments: Remarks or responses to blog entries made by others.1. In the Course Menu, go to the Plus Sign. In the drop-down menu, click Tool Link.2. Enter a name for the blogs. Click the drop-down button for the Type.3. In the drop-down menu, click Blogs.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 5


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools4. Check Available to Users. Click Submit.5. On the Blogs page, click Create Blog.6. On the Create Blog page, type a name in the Name text box, and provide instructions or adescription in the Instructions text box.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 6


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools7. Continue by selecting your preferences for the remaining Blog options:a. 2. Blog Availabilityb. 3. Blog Date and Time Restrictionsc. 4. Blog Participationd. 5. Blog Settingse. 6. Grade Settings8. Click Submit.Creating a JournalIn Blackboard Learn, Journals consist of two elements:Journal Entries: Text, images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments posted bycourse members and open for comments.Comments: Remarks or responses to blog and journal entries made by others.1. In the Course Menu, go to the Plus Sign. In the drop-down menu, click Tool Link.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 7


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools2. Enter a name for the Journals. Click the drop-down button for the Type. In the drop-down menu,click Journals.3. Check Available to Users. Click Submit.4. On the Journals page, click Create Journal.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 8


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools5. On the Create Journal page, type a name in the Name text box, and provide instructions or adescription in the Instructions text box.6. Continue by selecting your preferences for the remaining Journal options:a. 2. Journal Availabilityb. 3. Journal Date and Time Restrictionsc. 4. Journal Settingsd. 5. Grade Settings7. Click Submit.Creating a Wiki• As the Instructor, you can create the Wikis for course members to use. Once created, all coursemembers can create pages, unless you intend to be the sole author and use the Wiki as coursecontent.• When you create a Wiki, you determine whether or not to grade students’ wiki contributionsand how many page saves are required before they go into Needs Grading status.1. In the Course Menu, go to the Plus Sign. In the drop-down menu, click Tool Link.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 9


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools2. Enter a name for the Journals. Click the drop-down button for the Type. In the drop-down menu,click Wikis.3. Check Available to Users.4. Click Submit.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 10


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools5. On the Wikis page, click Create Wiki.6. On the Create Wiki page, type a name in the Name text box, and provide instructions or adescription in the Instructions text box.7. Continue by selecting your preferences for the remaining Wiki options:a. 3. Wiki Date and Time Restrictionsb. 4. Wiki Participationc. 5. Wiki Settingswww.purduecal.edu/oit Page 11


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools8. If you plan to assign a grade to your wiki, under Wiki Settings, for Grade Wiki, make sure you clickthe Grade radio node and enter points in the Points Possible box.9. Click Submit.Grading a Wiki/Tracking Student Participation1. If you assign points to you wiki, a column will be automatically created in the Grade Center.2. Go to the Control Panel and under Course Tools Center, click Wikis.3. Click the wiki you wish to grade.4. Click Participation and Grading.5. Select the student name to grade.6. View the students' participation by clicking on their entry.7. The entry will appear in a separate window.8. Once finished viewing, click OK to close out the window.9. Under View Contributions By, click Show All Members.10. Click the name of the student.18. Under Grade, click Edit Grade.19. Enter grade in the Current Grade Value and optionally, enter any Feedback and Grading Notes.20. When complete, click Save Grade.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 12


Working with GroupsBlackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools1. Create Single Group Create a group of students to allow them to collaborate. Groupscan be designated as Self-Enroll, allowing students to addthemselves to a Group, or Manual Enroll, having the Instructorassign students to a Group.2. Create Group Set Create multiple groups of students to allow them to collaborate.Groups can be designated as Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, orRandom Enroll. Random Enrollment is best suited for multiplegroups where the system divides the members of the Course intogroups based on criteria chosen by the Instructor.3. Group Settings Instructors can allow students to create their own Self-EnrollmentGroup from the Groups listing page and edit the name,description, and maximum number of students able to join theGroup.4. Edit Instructors can edit the group properties, including the availabilityof collaboration tools and group membership.5. EmailAll members of a Course Group can send email messages toselected members or to the entire group. These messages areinternal to the Course Group. They are not available to anyoneoutside the group.6. Delete Deleting a group is irreversiblewww.purduecal.edu/oit Page 13


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools❶ ❷ ❸❹❺❻Adding a Group: Self EnrollAdding a Group with the setting of Self Enroll allows the students to pick and choose which group theywant to be a part of.1. Click on Groups in the left hand menu.2. Click on the drop down arrow under Create Single Group, and select Self-Enroll.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 14


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools3. Under Create Self-Enrollment Group, enter a name in the Name text box, and enter a description inthe Description box.4. Select whether the new group is available to students.5. Select the collaboration tools to make available to the group.Note: Remember to select the grading option if the Group Blog, Group Journal, or Group Wikicontributions will be graded and type points possible. Once the grade setting is made, it cannot bereversed.6. Select whether to allow members to add modules to the group home page. Only the person whoadded the modules can view them.7. Name the Sign-up Sheet and set its options, including the maximum number of members.8. Click Submit.Adding a Group: Manual EnrollAdding a Group with the setting of Manual Enroll gives the Instructor the permission to choose thegroups their students are a part of.1. Click on the drop down menu arrow under Create Single Group, and select Manual Enroll.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 15


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools2. Under Create Group, enter a name in the Name text box, and enter a description in the Descriptionbox.3. Select whether the new group is available to students.4. Select the collaboration tools to make available to the group.Note: Remember to select the grading option if the Group Blog, Group Journal, or Group Wikicontributions will be graded and type points possible. Once the grade setting is made, it cannot bereversed.5. Select whether to allow members to add modules to the Group home page. Only the person whoadded the modules can view them.6. Under 4. Membership, select members by moving them from the Items to Select box to theSelected Items box using the right-pointing arrow.7. Click Submit.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 16


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsEditing a GroupInstructors can edit the group properties, including tool availability and membership.1. From the contextual menu for the group, select Edit.Deleting a GroupThis action is irreversible.1. From the contextual menu for the group, select Delete.Creating a Set of GroupsCreating Group Sets allows the Instructor to set the number of Groups that are created at one time.1. Click on Create Group Set and select Self- Enroll, Manual Enroll, or Random Enroll.Making Groups Available or UnavailableInstructors can select whether a group is available to students.1. On the Edit Group page, select whether the new group is available to students by selecting the Yesor No option for Group Available.Creating a Group AssignmentInstructors can create an Assignment and release it to a specific group within a course. Only theInstructor and the members of that Group have access to the assignment.1. Access a Content Area.2. Click on the drop down arrow under Assessments, and select Assignment.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 17


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Tools3. On the Create Assignment page, provide all of the necessary information.4. Determine the Recipients for the Assignment by selecting the Groups of Students option.5. Select the desired Groups under 4. Membership by moving them from the Items to Select box to theSelected Items box using the right-pointing arrow.6. Click Submit.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 18


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative ToolsGlossaryCollaborationFile ExchangeGroup BlogGroup Discussion BoardGroup JournalGroup TasksGroup WikiManual EnrollUsers within the group can participate in real-time lessons anddiscussions.The File Exchange tool provides a space for Group members toshare files. For example, it can be used to distribute meetingnotes, guidelines, checklists, rough drafts, and images. Allmembers, as well as the instructor, can add files. They can alsodelete files, regardless of who added them.Users within the group can post to the Blog and add comments.Group Blogs appear to all course members when the tool isaccessed on the Tools page. A Group Blog can be graded, butonce that setting is made, it cannot be reversed. When a grade isentered for a Group Blog, the grade is automatically given to allthe members of the Group and is populated in the correspondingcolumn in the Grade Center for each Group member.The Group Discussion Board is an area where Course Groupmembers can post messages and replies. Instructors can use thistool to encourage discussions of course material outside of theclassroom. This Discussion Board is available only to CourseGroup members, not to all members of the Course. Groupmembers can create and manage forums on their GroupDiscussion Board.The Group Journals tool allows Group members to share theirthoughts with each other and communicate with the instructor.Journal entries made in the Group Journal are visible to all Groupmembers and the instructor. A Group Journal can be graded, butonce that setting is made, it cannot be reversed. When a grade isentered for a Group Journal, the grade is automatically given to allthe members of the Group and is populated in the correspondingcolumn in the Grade Center for each Group member.The Group Tasks page organizes projects or activities (referred toas tasks) by defining task priority and tracking task status.Group Wikis are used to create a collaborative space for Groupmembers to view, contribute, and edit content. By default, GroupWikis can be read by all course members, but only members ofthe Group can make a comment on a Group Wiki page. Theinstructor can change the default setting to allow only Groupmembers to view a Group Wiki. A Group Wiki can be graded, butonce that setting is made, it cannot be reversed. When a grade isentered for a Group Wiki, the grade is automatically given to allmembers of the Group and is populated in the correspondingcolumn in the Grade Center for each Group member.Manual Enroll involves the Instructor selecting each member onewww.purduecal.edu/oit Page 19


Blackboard Learn – Collaborative Toolsat a time from a list of all the Students in the Course.Random EnrollSelf-EnrollSend EmailRandom Enroll is best suited for multiple groups, where theInstructor allows the system to divide members of the Course intothe groups based on criteria chosen by the Instructor.Self-Enroll allows the students themselves to become members ofgroups by using Sign-Up Sheets that Instructors create for eachCourse Group.All members of a Course Group can send email messages toselected members or to the entire group. These messages areinternal to the Course Group. They are not available to anyoneoutside the group.www.purduecal.edu/oit Page 20

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