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Blackboard Essentials for Teachers

Book Description

You only need basic computer skills to follow this course on creating web pages and interactive features for your students using Blackboard. Building and managing powerful eLearning courses has never been simpler.

  • Learn to use the essential features of Blackboard to create and administer great courses
  • Add interaction to your courses with discussion boards, blogs, and wikis
  • Create meaningful tests and graded assignments

In Detail

Blackboard is the world’s most popular commercial learning management system. With Blackboard you can construct and deliver professional quality elearning courses with ease. Its many features, which allow you to manage courses, grading and assessments, and social collaboration, are the standard against which other learning management systems are measured.

Blackboard Essentials for Teachers shows you how to use Blackboard’s most essential features by guiding you through the development of a demonstration course, built on Blackboard’s free site for teachers, coursesites.com. You will also learn more about Blackboard’s most important features, such as the gradebook, using clear instructions to guide you every step of the way.

By following an example course, this book will guide you, step-by-step, through creating your own Blackboard course. Start by adding static material for students to view, such as pages, links, and media. Then, add interaction to your courses, with discussion boards, blogs, and wikis. Most importantly, engage your students in your course by communicating with them, assessing them, and putting them into groups. Blackboard Essentials for Teachers will enable you to take your elearning course from inception, to construction, to delivery.

Table of Contents

  1. Blackboard Essentials for Teachers
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Blackboard Essentials for Teachers
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. The Blackboard Experience
      1. Home page
      2. Announcements
      3. Discussion Board
      4. Gradebook
      5. Content Page
      6. Learning Module
      7. Blog
      8. Forum
      9. Uploaded files
      10. Video
      11. Wiki
      12. Assignment
      13. Test
      14. Groups
      15. Summary
    9. 2. Organizing a Course with Pages and Learning Modules
      1. Adding Content Areas to hold and organize course content
        1. What is Content Area?
        2. How to add a Content Area
        3. What's next?
      2. Adding a Blank Page tool, which can hold any content or links that you want
        1. What is a Blank Page?
        2. How to add a Blank Page
          1. Adding a Blank Page to your course
          2. Adding a Blank Page to the Content Area
        3. What's next?
      3. Composing a page with the HTML editor
        1. What's next?
      4. Creating a sequential path for the student to work through, using a Learning Module
        1. When to use a learning path
        2. How to add a learning path
          1. Adding a Learning Module to a Content Area
        3. What's next?
      5. About the Availability and View settings
      6. Keeping students informed with Course Tools
        1. What are Course Tools?
        2. How to add Course Tools
          1. Adding a Course Tool to the Course Menu
          2. Adding a Course Tool to the home page
      7. Summary
    10. 3. Adding Static Material to a Course
      1. Adding a file for students to download
        1. File versus item
        2. Content Collections
        3. How to add a file
          1. Adding an item
        4. What's next?
      2. Adding a video to your course
        1. Uploading a video in your course
        2. Linking to a video that is on another site
        3. Embedding a video on a Blank Page
        4. Embedding a video that is hosted on another site
        5. What's next?
      3. Adding a web link to your course
        1. Adding a link to an external website
        2. Adding a link to a Course Asset
      4. Adding an image to your course
        1. Adding an image to a Content Area
      5. Summary
    11. 4. Discussion Boards
      1. About Discussion Boards
      2. Creating forums with Discussion Board
      3. Making Discussion Board available to students
        1. Adding a link to Discussion Board on the Course Menu
        2. Creating a link to a forum
      4. Managing a forum
        1. Collecting posts in a forum
        2. Grading posts in a forum
      5. Summary
    12. 5. Blogs and Wikis
      1. About blogs
        1. Individual versus class blogs
        2. Blogs Course Tool link
        3. Creating a blog
        4. Making blogs available to students
          1. Adding a link to the Blogs page
          2. Creating a link to a blog
        5. Managing a blog
          1. Grading blogs
          2. Deleting and editing entries and comments
      2. About wikis
        1. Creating a wiki
          1. Adding a link to the Wikis page
      3. Summary
    13. 6. Assignments
      1. About assignments
        1. Adding an assignment
        2. Responding to an assignment
      2. Summary
    14. 7. Testing Students
      1. Creating a test
        1. Creating a blank test
        2. Determining the behavior of questions by using Question Settings
        3. Adding and creating questions on Test Canvas
        4. Adding the test to a page in your course
        5. Setting the Test Options page
      2. Creating questions
        1. Navigating to the Test Canvas page
        2. Enter the type, title, and question text
        3. Adding answers and answer feedback
        4. Adding categories, keywords, and notes
        5. Other types of questions
          1. Calculated formula questions
          2. Calculated numeric
          3. Either/Or—True/False, Yes/No, Right/Wrong, Correct/Incorrect
          4. Essay
          5. File Response
          6. Filling in the Blank and Multiple Blanks
          7. Hot Spot
          8. Jumbled Sentence
          9. Matching
          10. Multiple Answer and Multiple Choice
          11. Opinion Scale/Likert
          12. Ordering
          13. Quiz Bowl
          14. Short Answer
      3. Random blocks versus question sets
        1. Question pools, the source for random blocks
        2. Question sets: fewer limits, greater choices
        3. Which should I use: Random Block or Question Set?
      4. Creating a question pool
      5. Creating a random block
      6. Creating Question Set
      7. Summary
    15. 8. Working with Groups
      1. Creating groups
        1. Creating a single group with manual enrollment
        2. Creating a group with self enrollment
        3. From the student's point of view— self-enrollment into a group
        4. Creating multiple groups at once
      2. How group settings affect activities
      3. Sending e-mails to members of a group
      4. Summary
    16. 9. Communicating with Students Using E-mails, Messages, and Announcements
      1. The difference between e-mails, messages, announcements, and alerts
      2. Sending an e-mail to your students
      3. Sending messages
      4. Posting announcements
      5. Summary
    17. 10. Using Collaborate/CourseSites Live
      1. Making your first online meeting a test session
        1. Making Collaborate available to you and your students
        2. Launching the Collaborate tool
        3. Configuring audio and video
        4. Showing a PowerPoint slideshow
        5. Using basic whiteboard tools
        6. Using the chat
        7. Using emoticons during a Collaborate session
        8. Talking in Collaborate
        9. Taking your students on a web tour
        10. Dropping your students on a web page with Web Push
        11. Sharing an application on your computer
        12. Giving a student the ability to share an application
        13. Whiteboarding over a shared application
      2. Summary
        1. Before the session
        2. During the session
        3. After the session
    18. 11. Grading Students
      1. Viewing Grade Center
        1. Finding things that need to be graded
        2. Smart Views
        3. Creating Grading Periods
        4. Creating categories
        5. Showing, hiding, and moving rows
        6. Some examples of filtering and finding
      2. Assigning and entering grades
        1. Screen Reader Mode
          1. Manually overriding an automated grade
        2. Entering all of the students' grades for an activity
      3. Preparing a report for grades
        1. Adding a calculated column
        2. Reporting versus downloading grades
      4. Summary
    19. Index