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Blackboard Academic Suite

User

Manual

Release 6.1

Blackboard Learning System

Blackboard Portal System

Blackboard Learning System - Basic Edition

Publication Date: February 9, 2004

Date of last revision:

Copyright © 2004 by Blackboard Inc. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents.......................................................................................................... 3

About the

Blackboard Academic Suite

User Manual ........................................................... 5

Part One: Introduction to the

Blackboard Learning System

.................................................. 7

Chapter 1 – Welcome to the

Blackboard Learning System

................................................. 8

Course Web Sites........................................................................................................ 12

Chapter 2 -

Blackboard Academic Suite

Gateway ............................................................ 15

Creating an Account .................................................................................................... 16

Entry Page ................................................................................................................. 18

Lost Password ............................................................................................................ 20

Course Catalog ........................................................................................................... 21

Browsing the Course Catalog........................................................................................ 22

Part Two: Courses............................................................................................................... 23

Chapter 3 – Course Content............................................................................................. 24

Staff Information............................................................................................................ 26

Course Content Areas ..................................................................................................... 27

Assessments .............................................................................................................. 29

Assignments .............................................................................................................. 32

Learning Units ............................................................................................................ 34

External Links............................................................................................................. 35

Course Cartridges ....................................................................................................... 36

Text Box Editor .............................................................................................................. 37

Text Box Content ........................................................................................................ 41

Insert Link to File........................................................................................................ 42

Insert Image .............................................................................................................. 43

Insert MPEG File ......................................................................................................... 45

Insert QuickTime File................................................................................................... 47

Insert Audio File ......................................................................................................... 49

Insert SWF File........................................................................................................... 51

About Spell Check....................................................................................................... 53

Using Spell Check ....................................................................................................... 54

Math and Science Notation Tool – WebEQ Equation Editor................................................ 56

Adding and Editing Equations ....................................................................................... 58

Chapter 4 – Communication ............................................................................................ 61

Course Send Email.......................................................................................................... 63

Send Email to Users .................................................................................................... 65

Discussion Board ............................................................................................................ 67

Discussion Board Forums ............................................................................................. 68

Create New Message ................................................................................................... 70

Your Response............................................................................................................ 72

Collaboration Tools ......................................................................................................... 74

Virtual Classroom ........................................................................................................... 77

Menu Bar ................................................................................................................... 79

Classroom Tool box..................................................................................................... 81

Whiteboard ................................................................................................................ 82

Group Browser ........................................................................................................... 84

Course Map................................................................................................................ 85

Ask Question.............................................................................................................. 86

Question Inbox........................................................................................................... 87

Lightweight Chat ............................................................................................................ 89

Private Messages ........................................................................................................ 90

User Information ........................................................................................................ 91

Session Archives......................................................................................................... 92

Roster........................................................................................................................... 94

Groups .......................................................................................................................... 96

File Exchange ............................................................................................................. 98

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Add File ..................................................................................................................... 99

Group Collaboration Sessions ..........................................................................................100

Create/Modify Collaboration Session.............................................................................102

Group Menu ..............................................................................................................104

Session Archives........................................................................................................106

Archive Properties......................................................................................................107

Chapter 5 – Tools ........................................................................................................... 109

Announcements.............................................................................................................111

Digital Drop Box ............................................................................................................112

Add File to the Digital Drop Box ...................................................................................114

Send File from the Digital Drop Box..............................................................................116

Edit Your Homepage ......................................................................................................118

Personal Information......................................................................................................120

Edit Personal Information............................................................................................122

Change Password.......................................................................................................124

Set CD-ROM Drive .....................................................................................................126

Set Privacy Options....................................................................................................128

Set Text Box Editor Options ........................................................................................130

Calendar.......................................................................................................................131

Quick Jump ...............................................................................................................133

Add or Modify Calendar Event......................................................................................134

View Grades .................................................................................................................136

View Grades .................................................................................................................136

Tasks ...........................................................................................................................137

Add / Modify Task ......................................................................................................139

The Electric Blackboard® ...............................................................................................141

Address Book................................................................................................................142

Add or Modify Contact ................................................................................................144

User Directory...............................................................................................................146

Part Three:

Blackboard Academic Suite

Portal Features.................................................... 147

Chapter 6 -

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Portal System

Tabs .............. 148

My Institution Tab .........................................................................................................149

Customizing Content ..................................................................................................150

My Institution Layout .................................................................................................151

Editing, Minimizing and Removing Content....................................................................152

Courses Tab..................................................................................................................153

Course Listing ...........................................................................................................154

Course Catalog ..........................................................................................................155

Community Tab.............................................................................................................157

Organizations ............................................................................................................158

Community Discussion Boards.....................................................................................160

Create Community Discussion Boards...........................................................................161

Services Tab .................................................................................................................162

Chapter 7 — Modules...................................................................................................... 163

Delegated Module Admin ............................................................................................165

Appendix — Updates Since Publication ............................................................................... 166

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About the

Blackboard Academic Suite

User Manual

Overview

Welcome to the

Blackboard Academic Suite

™ ! The

Blackboard Academic Suite

offers a robust set of tools, functions, and features for learning. Besides the features that are included as part of the

Blackboard Academic Suite

, there are numerous additional tools that can be added to

Blackboard Academic Suite

as Blackboard System

Extensions.

The

Blackboard Academic Suite Student Manual

details the tools and functions included with the platform from the Student or general user perspective. Other

Blackboard manuals detail the construction, customization, and management features that Instructors and Administrators use to build an impressive education environment on the Blackboard platform.

The flexibility of the

Blackboard Academic Suite

means that not all the tools and functions that are available are documented in this manual. Blackboard System

Extensions allow System Administrators to add a variety of materials, tools, and functions to

Blackboard Academic Suite

. Individual System Extensions are not documented in this manual. For assistance with a System Extension, please contact your System Administrator. In addition, the tools and functions that are documented in this manual may not be available to users or only available in certain areas of the platform because Administrators and Instructors can customize the availability of most aspects of the platform. Finally, some tools and functions may appear differently in the

Blackboard Academic Suite

than the examples in this manual because System

Administrators and Instructors can customize the name and appearance of many aspects of the platform.

The

Blackboard Academic Suite

™ includes:

Blackboard Learning System

™ (Release 6.1)

Blackboard Learning System

- Basic Edition ™ (Release 6.1)

Blackboard Portal System

™ (Release 6.1)

Blackboard Learning System

- ML ™

For most users, it is only important to know what Blackboard products are in use when determining if a particular function is available.

This document does not provide information on

Blackboard Learning System

– ML.

Manual Organization

The

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

begins by introducing the

Blackboard

Academic Suite

. The second section of the manual is dedicated to the course Web site environment of the

Blackboard Learning System

and the final section provides a review of the

Blackboard Learning System

basic portal and the advanced features of the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Manual Conventions

To make this manual easier to use a number of conventions appear throughout. These conventions are detailed in the table below.

Symbol

[r]

Bold type

Courier font

Steps

Required field

A button or field name.

Description

Text that users should type.

Tasks users should perform.

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Using this manual

This manual is best read as a reference, rather than as a book to be read from cover to cover. If the manual is viewed online, the embedded links enable the reader to navigate quickly through topics and follow the same workflows that appear in the software. For readers that prefer to print out and read a paper copy of the manual, refer to the table of contents to locate topics that are referenced in the text.

Manual Updates

Please note that the

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

is updated periodically.

Check the Date Last Update at the beginning of the manual to ensure that it is the most recent copy. Any updates are listed in the Appendix .

The HTML version is available through the Student Manual feature in each course and at http://www.blackboard.com/products/services/support . Also, the Behind the

Blackboard extranet includes the most current versions of the user manuals in PDF format for those who would like to print a hard copy.

To report any comments or suggestions regarding this manual, please contact

Blackboard Support.

Which Blackboard product is installed?

To find out which Blackboard product you are using contact your System

Administrator.

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Part One: Introduction to the

Blackboard Learning System

Overview

Part One Contents

This part of the

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

includes the following chapters:

Chapter 1 - Welcome to the

Blackboard Learning System

Chapter 2 - Blackboard Platform Gateway

The

Blackboard Learning System

delivers a complete course management system.

Within the

Blackboard Learning System

environment navigation is simple with a header frame that includes images and buttons customized by the institution and tabs that navigate to the different common areas.

The Blackboard Gateway page welcomes users and provides an access point to the

Blackboard Academic Suite

. It should be noted that some institutions may choose to skip the Gateway page entirely and allow users to login through a function on the header frame.

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Chapter 1

Welcome to the

Blackboard Learning System

Introduction

The

Blackboard Learning System

is a comprehensive and flexible e-Learning software platform that delivers a complete course management system. While the

Blackboard

Learning System,

and the

Blackboard Learning System

- Basic Edition are all course management systems, the

Blackboard Learning System

includes advanced integration tools and APIs to seamlessly assimilate the

Blackboard Learning System

with existing institution systems. Furthermore, the

Blackboard Learning System

includes additional customization features and the ability to build out the platform with Blackboard

System Extensions. Finally, the

Blackboard Portal System

includes a customizable institution-wide portal with online communities.

Blackboard Building Blocks allows institutions to integrate external applications, tools, content, and services into the

Blackboard Learning System

.

The following are some things to keep in mind when using the

Blackboard Learning

System

:

 Due to the fact that the

Blackboard Portal System

and the

Blackboard Learning

System

are highly flexible and customizable platforms, which can integrate third party applications, there may be certain tools that are not documented.

 System Administrators have the ability to disable certain tools within the application. If you encounter tools that you are unable to access contact your

System Administrator.

 The openness of the platform allows Instructors and Administrators to be very creative; therefore, the names for items users see in the application may differ from those in the documentation.

The

Blackboard Learning System

environment

The

Blackboard Learning System

environment includes a header frame with images and buttons customized by the institution and tabs that navigate to different areas within the

Blackboard Learning System

. Clicking on a tab will open that area in the content frame. Web pages containing specific content, features, functions, and tools are accessed from the common areas.

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Header frame

The header frame contains a customizable institution image and navigation buttons that allow the user to access the institution home page, access the Blackboard help, and logoff of the

Blackboard Learning System

.

The table below details the buttons that appear in the header frame and their functions.

Button Description

Click

Home

to return to an institution home page. This URL is set by the system administrator.

Click

Help

to access an institution defined help site. This URL is set by the System Administrator.

Click

Logout

to end a session.

Common Areas

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Learning System

– Basic Edition include two common areas for users:

My Institution:

The My Institution common area contains tools and information specific to each user ’ s preferences. Tools and information are contained in modules, which users can add and remove from their My

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Institution common area. While users can choose which modules appear, the

Administrator may restrict access to or require specific modules.

Courses

: Courses are listed by role: courses that a user teaches as an

Instructor and courses that a user takes as a Student. Users click on a course from the Courses common area to access the course Web site.

Users also have access to the following common areas with the

Blackboard Portal

System

:

Community:

The Community common area lists organizations specific to each user, the Organization Catalog for the institution, and institution-wide

Discussion Boards. User organizations are listed by role: organizations that a user administrates as a manager and organizations that a user participates in as a member. Users simply click on an organization from the Community common area to access the organization Web site.

Services:

The Services common area contains links to other institutional offerings outside of the

Blackboard Learning System

. The links are set by the

System Administrator and cannot be modified by an individual user.

In addition, the

Blackboard Portal System

enables the institution to create custom tabs and present a different environment, or Portal, to users based on the User ’ s role at the institution.

Tabs

The tabs are navigation tools that access the common areas of the

Blackboard

Learning System

. Tabs also appear in search boxes as a means of changing the search parameters.

Click on a tab to access that common area.

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Content frame

The content frame always contains one of the following pages:

Common area

: The area that appears in the content frame when a tab is clicked. Common areas hold broad information and allow the user to access

Web pages containing specific content and features.

Web page

: A Web page appears in the content frame when accessed through one of the navigational tools described below. Web pages contain specific content or features and originate from common areas.

Navigating within the

Blackboard Learning System

The

Blackboard Learning System

contains several ways to move from one area or page to the next. Only the material in the content frame changes when moving to a new area or page. The tabs and header frame are always available for quick access to those navigation features.

The table below describes each navigation tool available in the

Blackboard Learning

System

.

Tab

Navigation Tool Description

Click a tab to navigate to a common area. Top-level navigation is always available no matter what page or area appears in the content frame.

Button

Link

Image

Click a button to navigate to a page within the

Blackboard Learning

System

. Some buttons also lead to areas outside of the

Blackboard

Learning System

. In addition, buttons execute functions.

Click a hypertext link to access another Web page within the

Blackboard Learning System

. The page will appear in the content frame.

Links can also open Web sites outside of the

Blackboard Learning System

.

Click an image to navigate to another page. The customized images that appear in the platform can be linked by the Administrator to another URL.

Click one of the hypertext links that appear in the navigation path to access that page. The navigation path appears at the top of pages to allow users to quickly return to the previous page that led to the current page.

Path

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Course Web Sites

Overview

Each course offered by an institution is hosted on a Web site. A course Web site consists of a navigation path, a Course menu, and a content frame. The navigation path allows users to return to any page accessed between the main course page and the current page. The Course menu links users to the available content areas and tools. The content frame displays Web pages accessed through the buttons or navigation path.

Organization Web Sites

Organization Web sites function in the same way as course Web sites. The organization Manager uses the flexible learning tools of a course Web site to provide an online environment for the organization. Organizations are only available with the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Linking to a course Web site

To create a link to a course Web site, simply copy the URL from the address bar in the

Web. Links to course Web sites can be posted inside the

Blackboard Learning System

or externally. In either case, the user will be prompted for authorization before accessing the course Web site.

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Functions

User Manual

The table below includes information on the components of a course Web site. The names of the areas are customizable by the Instructor or the System Administrator.

Area

Announcements

Staff Information

Content Areas

Assignments

Communication

External Links

Tools

Description

Announcements post timely information critical to course success. Announcements occupy the Main

Frame upon entry to a course Web site and can also appear on the My Institution and Courses area depending on system configuration.

Click

Announcements

from the course Web site tool bar to view course Announcements.

Staff Information provides background and contact information on course Instructors and Teaching

Assistants.

Content areas can contain a wide-range of content items including:

Course Information – Course Information displays descriptive materials about the course. Materials usually posted here include the syllabus and course objectives.

Course Documents – Course Documents may include learning materials and lesson aids, such as lecture notes.

Assignments lists the due date and description for class work. The Instructor posts assignments and can modify the instructions and due date. Students may view files the Instructor has attached to an Assignment. They may also attach files to an Assignment to submit to the

Instructor.

Course users communicate through the Communication

Center. The Communication Center allow users to:

 send and receive email read and post messages to Discussion Boards enter the Virtual Classroom view Student roster

 view Group pages

External Links connects course users to outside learning materials. Instructors may select outside materials and post a hyperlink and brief description for each external source.

Tools that can be used in the course Web site. These include: Digital Drop Box, Edit Home Page, Personal

Information, Calendar, View Grades, Student Manual,

Tasks, The Electric Blackboard®, and Address Book.

Accesses the Blackboard Resource Center.

Allows course Web site navigation through a collapsible tree directory. Instructors can go directly to various course areas.

Resources

Course Map

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Chapter 2 -

Blackboard Academic Suite

Gateway

Overview

To utilize the exciting features of the

Blackboard Academic Suite

users must have a valid username and password. The Gateway page welcomes users and provides a login button to access the Blackboard platform. Before logging in, a user must have a valid user name and password.

Note:

The

Blackboard Learning System

requires that cookies are enabled within the

Web browser.

Note:

The Institution may select to bypass the Gateway page. If this is the case, a

User accessing the URL will be directed to the My Institution tab and authenticated as a guest. Users may login to through a button on the header frame or a special portal module.

Functions

The following buttons appear on the Gateway page.

Note:

The

Course Catalog

and

Create Account

buttons may not appear depending on institutional preferences.

Function

Login

Course Catalog

Create Account

Description

Users can log into their account from the Blackboard

Gateway page.

Browse the Course Catalog .

Users can create an account to the Blackboard Gateway page.

In this chapter

This chapter includes the following topics.

Topic

Creating an

Account

Entry Page

Lost Password

Page

Course Catalog

Browsing the

Course Catalog

Description

Details how to create a Blackboard account with a user name, password and personal information. Depending on institutional preferences, this option may not be available to users.

Describes the page used to logon to Blackboard.

Details how to obtain a new password in the case that yours is lost.

Describes the Course Catalog for your institution

Details how to browse and search the Course Catalog for specific courses.

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Creating an Account

Overview

Users may create their own account from the Gateway page. In this area they can choose a user name and password, and fill out any personal information they choose.

Note:

The Administrator may make this option unavailable.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Create New Account page.

Step 1

Step 2

Enter the URL for the

Blackboard Learning System

into your Web browser.

Click

Create Account

from the Gateway page.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Create New Account page.

Field

Personal Information

First Name:

[r]

Middle Name:

Last Name:

Email:

[r]

Student ID:

[r]

Description

Enter the user ’ s first name.

Enter the user ’ s middle name.

Enter the user ’ s last name.

Enter the user ’ s email address.

Enter the user ’ s Student ID as defined by the institution.

Account Information

User Name:

[r]

Password:

[r]

Verify Password:

[r]

Other Information

Gender:

Birthdate:

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Enter a user name.

Enter a password.

Enter the password a second time to verify.

From the drop-down list select the user ’ s gender.

Enter the user ’ s birth date.

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Education Level:

Company:

Job Title:

Department:

Street 1:

Street 2:

City:

Country:

Web Site:

From the drop-down list select the user ’ s education level.

Enter the user

Enter the user

Enter the user

Enter the user

’ s company. s job title. s department.

Enter the first line of the user s city.

’ s address.

Enter the second line of the user ’ s address.

State/Province:

Enter the user ’ s state.

Zip Code/Postal Code:

Enter the contact ’ s ZIP code or postal code.

Home Phone:

Work Phone:

Work Fax:

Mobile Phone:

Enter the contact ’ s country.

Enter the URL of the user ’ s personal Web site. When adding a URL, do so as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or blackboard.com.

Enter the user ’ s home phone number.

Enter the user ’ s work phone number.

Enter the user ’ s fax number.

Enter the user ’ s mobile phone number.

Secure your Password

Passwords enable users to access all of their personal information. To maintain security users should not use not share their password with others.

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Entry Page

Overview

User Manual

By logging into the

Blackboard Academic Suite

, users can access a secure environment to view courses, obtain course documents, view organization information and much more.

Note:

If the Administrator has enabled Portal Direct Entry, users will view the My

Institution page upon opening the

Blackboard Academic Suite

. Users may login to the system through this page.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Entry page.

Step 1

Step 2

Enter the URL for the

Blackboard Academic Suite

into your Web browser.

Click

Login

.

Fields

The table below details the entry fields on the Entry page.

Field

Account Login

Username:

Password:

Enter the User Name.

Enter password. The password and User Name must be entered exactly to login. The maximum number of characters in a password is 32. Passwords are case sensitive.

Description

Functions

The table below presents the functions available to users on the Entry page.

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To . . .

preview the

Blackboard Academic Suite

environment create an account obtain a new password login

Preview.

Create.

click . . .

Forget your password?

Lost Password page.

Login

after entering User Name and password in the fields.

to access the

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Lost Password

Overview

If users forget or lose their password, they must complete the Lost Password page to obtain a new password. Users will need to create a new password based on instructions received in an email from Blackboard. To receive password information, users must enter their first and last names. Additionally, users have the option of entering a user name or an email address to verify password information. Users must enter information in all the fields in the

Find User With User Name

section or all of the fields in the

Find User With Email

section.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Lost Password page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Enter the URL for the Blackboard platform into your Web browser.

Click

Login

.

Click

Forgot Your Password?

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Lost Password page.

Field

Find User With User Name

First Name:

Last Name:

Description

Enter first name.

Enter last name.

Enter user name. This field is case sensitive.

User Name:

Find User With Email

First Name:

Last Name:

Email:

Enter first name.

Enter last name.

Enter email address.

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Course Catalog

Overview

The Course Catalog lists all courses offered at the institution in defined categories such as semester and subject matter. The Course Catalog page allows users to search for courses via keyword or a specific category. The Administrator sets the categories. The links in the Course Catalog allow users to view Instructor information and a course description. From that point, users are also able to enroll, preview, or log into a course depending on how the institution customizes the

Blackboard Learning System

.

Note:

The institution may choose to use a different Course Catalog other than the one provided with the

Blackboard Learning System

or no catalog at all.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Browse Course Catalog page.

Step 1

Step 2

Enter the URL for the

Blackboard Learning System

into your Web browser.

Click

Browse Course Catalog

.

Functions

The table below details the available functions on the Course Catalog page.

To . . .

search for a course perform advanced searching browse the Course Catalog

click . . .

Go

after entering a keyword in the search box.

Advanced Search

hyperlink and provide the search criteria in the space provided, click

Search

. the hyperlink of the category or courses to view.

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Browsing the Course Catalog

Preview a course

From the Login page Students are able to browse the course catalog and preview courses as a guest. To browse the course catalog follow the steps below.

Step 1

Step 2

From the Welcome page, click

Preview

.

In the Courses common area, select a Course Catalog link.

Step 3

From the Course Catalog page, click the hyperlink of the course you wish to preview.

Note:

The Instructor determines whether Students are allowed to preview a course prior to enrollment. Thus, this option may not be available for all courses.

Search the Course Catalog

Follow the steps below to search for a course from the Course Catalog main page.

Step 1

Click the text box and enter the keyword or course

Step 2

Click

Search

.

Advanced Search: Users can search by course title or course ID by clicking

Advanced Search

View all courses in the Course Catalog

Follow the steps below to view all courses in the Course Catalog:

Click

Advanced Search

.

Select

List All

to view all courses.

Step 1

Step 2

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Part Two: Courses

Overview

Part Two Contents

This part of the

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

includes the following chapters:

Chapter 3 – Course Content

Chapter 4 – Communication

Chapter 5 – Course Tools

Course Web sites include all of the information for a particular course. Course Content areas contain information on course areas such as Course Documents, Course

Information and Course Announcements. The Communication Tools enable users to interact with their fellow classmates and Instructors from the course Web site. Some of the tools included are Collaboration Tools, Discussion Boards and class Rosters.

Course Tools enable users to manage their work and individual information within a specific course. Users can edit their personal information, view the course calendar, and check their grades.

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Overview

User Manual

Chapter 3

Course Content

Each course offered by an institution is hosted on a Web site. Course Web sites contain all the content and tools for a course. This includes:

Course Materials

Course Calendar

Course Announcements

Assignments and Assessments

A course Web site consists of a navigation path, a Course menu, and a content frame.

The navigation path allows users to return to any page accessed between the main course page and the current page. The Course menu links users to the available content areas and tools. The content frame displays Web pages accessed through the buttons or navigation path.

After selecting a course in the Courses common area, click the corresponding button from the Course Menu on the left side of the page to access a course content area.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open a course Web site:

Step 1

Step 2

Login to Blackboard.

Select a course in which you are enrolled from the My Courses module on the My Institution common area

OR

Open the Courses common area and select a course in the

Courses in which you are participating:

area.

Course Areas

The names of the areas in a course Web site are configured by the Instructor or the

System Administrator and may differ from the names shown in this chapter. The

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function of each area will not change even if the name and purpose of the area is different. The Instructor or the System Administrator may not make all of these areas available. The Course Areas that are accessible by Students make up the Course Menu that appears in the frame on the left side of all Course pages.

In this chapter

This chapter includes information on the following sections.

Section

Staff Information

Content Areas

External Links

Description

Explains how to view information about the staff such as

Instructor name, email address, office location, and office hours.

Provides information on how course materials and information is presented in many different ways from basic text to multimedia. Explains how Instructors can also post

Assessments and Learning Units.

Explains how to access external links posted by course

Instructors. Usually these links provide content consistent with the course ’ s objective or area of study.

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Overview

User Manual

Staff Information

Users view staff information such as Instructor name, email address, office location, and office hours in the Staff Information area. This area may include information about the course Instructor, as well as any additional staff, such as Teaching Assistants or

Graders. Please note that the Instructor or the Administrator can change the name of this Course area.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Staff Information page.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a course Web that you are participating in.

Click

Staff Announcements

on the Course menu.

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Course Content Areas

Overview

Document

Folder

External Link

Learning Unit

Assessment

Course content areas may contain a variety of learning materials. Instructors use these areas to present information in many different ways, from basic text to multimedia. Instructors can also post Assessments and Learning Units within any of the content areas.

The following is an example of the how a course content area may appear.

Common content areas

The following content areas are examples of some of the more common uses for content areas:

Course Information:

Course Information displays descriptive materials about the course such as the course syllabus and course objectives.

Course Documents

: Course Documents can be used by Instructors to organize learning materials and lesson aids.

Assignments

: Assignments lists the due date and description for class work.

The Instructor posts assignments and can modify the tasks and due dates from the Assignments page.

Books

: Instructors post recommended reading lists, useful articles, and other similar material in the Books area.

External Links

: The External Links content area provides a page to reference

Web sites useful for a course.

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Navigating content areas

While Instructors have limitless options when designing content areas, navigating through content areas is a structured, easy-to-follow process. Content areas are arranged as a series of nested folders where each folder can contain items and other folders. Each content area folder page includes the location at the top, a navigation path, and whatever items the Instructor has included in that folder.

To return to a previous folder or to the beginning of the content area, click the appropriate folder in the navigation path. To open a folder, Learning Unit, Assessment, or file, click the links that appear in the folder contents.

Note:

Instructors may attach Microsoft

Content files can only be accessed with Internet Explorer, version 5.0 or higher.

Microsoft recommends using Internet Explorer 6.0.

®

LRN Content to a Content Area. LRN

In this section

The section includes information in the following topics.

Section

Assessments

Assignments

Learning Units

External Links

Course Cartridges

Description

Provides information for taking Tests and Surveys and reviewing the results.

Explains how Course Assignments are accessed and submitted to the Instructor.

Provides information on how to navigate within a Learning

Unit.

Explains how to access external links that the Instructor may include in course content areas.

Provides information on Course Cartridges and how to access them from within a course.

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Assessments

Overview

An Assessment is a Test or Survey created by an Instructor or Teaching Assistant.

Tests can be used to test the knowledge and skill level of the users enrolled in the course. They allow the Instructor to assign point values to questions. Student answers are submitted for grading, and the results can be recorded in the Gradebook.

Surveys can be used for polling purposes and evaluations. These assessments are not graded.

Students can find Assessments within any content area, content area folder, or

Learning Unit within the course Web site.

There are several types of questions that can be included in an Assessment. A description of each question type is provided below.

Multiple Choice

: Allows the user a multitude of choices. In multiple-choice questions, the user indicates the correct answer by selecting a radio button.

True/False

: Allows the user to choose either true or false. True/False answer options are limited to the words True and False.

Fill in the Blank:

Users enter the answer in the text fields provided. Those answers are evaluated based on an exact text match.

Multiple Answer

one answer.

: Multiple answer questions allow the user to choose more than

Matching questions

: Allows the user to pair questions to answers.

Essay Questions

: Instructors provide Students with a question or statement.

Students are given the opportunity to type or cut and paste an answer into a text field. Students may also use the Math and Science Notation Tool in Essay questions.

Taking Assessments

Follow the steps below to begin taking an Assessment.

Step 1

Locate an Assessment in a Course Content Area and click the hyperlink associated with it.

Step 2

Click

Yes

to begin the Assessment.

Step 3

Instructors may choose to have users enter a password to begin taking an

Assessment. If necessary, enter the valid password and select

Submit

to begin the Assessment. The Assessment will continue to prompt for a valid password until the correct one is entered.

If the Assessment is timed, the time remaining will appear in the bottom of the browser. An example of an Assessment is shown below.

Note:

It is very important that users do not use the

Back

button when taking an

Assessment.

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Feedback and Grades

After finishing a Test, detailed results of Student performance may be available if configured by the Instructor. Feedback will show the correct answers and comments from the Instructor as well as display the grade received. To access this information select the Test in the Content Area or use the View Grades Tools.

If an Assessment is changed by an Instructor after the user has submitted it, the new, modified Assessment will appear if the user accesses their grade and feedback after the change was made.

Multiple Attempts

Instructors have the option of allowing Students to take an Assessment multiple times.

If this option is available, after the Assessment is submitted a link to take the Test again will appear when the Test is opened. Students are notified at the top of an

Assessment if a Test will allow multiple attempts. If a Student takes an Assessment a second time, the first Assessment will be over-written. If the Assessment does not allow multiple attempts, the Review Assessment page will appear when the Student clicks

OK

on the receipt.

Force Completion

If the Force Completion option is enabled, Students must complete the Assessment the first time it is launched. They may not exit the Assessment and continue working on it at a later date. The

Save

button is available for Students to save the Assessment as they work through it, but they may not exit and re-enter the Assessment.

Backtrack Prohibited

Instructors use this option to prevent Students from returning to questions they have already answered. If this option is not enabled, Students may return to previous questions. If a Student is taking an Assessment that does not allow backtracking, an error page will appear if they submit a question and then attempt to use the

Back

button on the browser. The Student will be sent to the last unsaved question from this page.

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Assessment modes

An Assessment is a Test or Survey created by an Instructor or Teaching Assistant.

There are two different options for the way Assessments are presented. These include:

All-at-Once

: All of the questions are presented at the same time. The following table describes the functions available for an All-at-Once

Assessment:

To . . .

store an answer finish the

Assessment

click . . .

Save

. A Saved icon will appear. Answers can be changed after they are saved.

Submit.

The Assessment will be sent to the server. A receipt page that states the Assessment has been completed and sent will appear.

One at a Time:

following table describes the functions available for a One at a Time

Assessment:

Questions in the Assessment appear one at a time. The

To . . .

navigate through the questions

click . . .

navigation arrows (

<<

,

<

, or

>>

). The Question/Section

Indicator describes their current place in the Assessment and the overall number of questions. If backtracking is prohibited these arrows will not appear.

Save

. A Saved icon will appear. Questions Students have answered up to this point will be saved.

Submit.

The Assessment will be sent to the server. A receipt page that states the Assessment has been completed and sent will appear. store an assessment finish the

Assessment

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Assignments

Overview

Instructors can create Assignments and add them to a Content area. Assignments list the name, description, and attachments for class work. Students complete the assignment in a separate file and send it back to the Instructor. They may also include comments for the Instructor if they choose.

Find this page

Locate an Assignment in a Course Content Area and click the hyperlink associated with it.

Functions

The table below details the functions available on this page.

To . . .

access the files attached to the

Assignment add comments for the Instructor

then . . .

select a link in the

Assignment Files

field. submit a file enter the comments in the

Comments

field. The Instructor will receive these comments with the submitted

Assignment. click

Browse

and locate the file to attach, then click

Add

.

More then one file can be attached using this method. click

Remove

next to a file that has been attached. click

Save

to save the assignment and continue working on it later. click

Submit

to send the Assignment to the Instructor. remove a file save the

Assignment submit the

Assignment

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Submit Assignment

Students are able to submit an Assignment without attaching a file. If

Submit

is selected, and

File to attach

is blank, the Assignment is still submitted and will no longer be available. Instructors may create Assignments where Students do not need to attach files to complete them, but in cases where files do have to be submitted this should be kept in mind.

If the same file is attached to an Assignment more than once, the file name of the duplicate will automatically include a numeric suffix, for example,

History_assignment1.doc.

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Learning Units

Overview

Blackboard Learning Units enable Students to follow a structured path for progressing through content. Instructors can present content items, files, and Assessments in

Learning Units. Instructors also have the option of enforcing the sequential path or allowing Students to access any page within the Learning Unit at any time.

Functions

The following table describes the functions available in a Learning Unit.

To . . .

move forward and backward

click . . .

the arrows to the left and right of the page number to access the different pages within the Learning Unit. If

Students have non-sequential access to all pages within the

Learning unit, Students may click to a view any page.

Close

. exit the Learning

Unit view the contents of the Learning

Unit

Contents

. A list of the contents in the Learning Unit will appear. Click

Close

Learning Unit page.

on this page to return to the main

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External Links

Overview

Users can access external links posted by course Instructors. Usually these links provide content consistent with the course ’ s objective or area of study. Users can access these links directly from a Content Area.

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Course Cartridges

Overview

Instructors have the option of using Course Cartridge content in their courses. This content is created by publishers and is available for Instructors to download. Content ranges from textbooks to slides, documents, quiz banks, lists of relevant links, and other materials.

Student Access Keys

Students must enter an Access Key in order to view content downloaded from a

Course Cartridge. Access Keys may be found in a number of places, depending on the publisher ’ s preference. They may be found in the course text book or on the publisher ’ s Web site. The Instructor should know where the Student Access Keys may be located.

Instructions

The first time a Student attempts to open an item in a course that has been downloaded from a Course Cartridge they will be prompted to enter the Access Key.

After the Key has been entered once, the Student will be able to open any content on the course that has been downloaded from the Course Cartridge.

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Text Box Editor

The Text Box Editor allows users to create content through a simple editor within the

Blackboard Learning System

. Using WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), users may format text to create HTML, identify and correct spelling errors, add equations using WebEQ and MathML, and upload different types of files within a text box.

Note:

The Text Box editor is only available to Windows Operating System users with

Internet Explorer Version 5.x or a later version. System Administrators also have the option of turning off the Text Box editor, Spell Check, Web EQ and MathML for all users. Users without WYSIWYG features users have access to alternate Text Box

Options .

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. This includes Calendar, Task, Assessment, and Discussion Board pages.

Actions

The Text Box Editor includes three rows of buttons. The first row is required and may not be collapsed. Users have the options of collapsing the second and third rows with the arrows to the left of the row. These options cannot be reorganized or rearranged by the user. The following table details the tools available in the Text Box Editor by row:

First Row – Basic Actions

Function

Font Style

Font size

Font

Bold

Description

Select the font for the text, these options correspond to standard HTML Style types.

Select the size for the text.

Select the type of font for the text.

Make selected text bold.

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Italics

Underline

Align left

Align Center

Align Right

Ordered list

Unordered list

Decrease Indent

Increase Indent

Make selected text italics.

Underline the selected text.

Align text to the left of the text area.

Align text in the center of the text area.

Align text to the right of the text area.

Create a numbered list or add a numbered list item.

Create a bulleted list or add a bullet list item.

Move text to the left.

Move text to the right.

Second Row – Additional Basic Actions

Description

Search for a word or phrase in the text area.

Find

Function

Spell Check

Cut

Copy

Paste

Undo

Select the ABC checkmark to open the Spell Check pop-up window. Users use this to check spelling in the text area.

Cut the selected items

Redo

Hyperlink

Create Table

Copy the selected items

Paste copied or cut content.

Select the circular arrow pointing to the left to undo the previous action.

Select the circular arrow pointing to the right to redo the previous action.

Add a hyperlink to a URL in the text area.

Add a table. Select the number of rows and cells in the table.

Add a line to the text box.

Add a highlight color to the selected text.

Horizontal Line

Background

Color

Text Color

WebEQ Editor

MathML Editor

HTML View

Specify the color of the text.

Open the WebEQ Equation Editor icon (x

2

) to add an equation.

Open the MathML Equation Editor icon ( √ x ) to add an equation.

View the HTML code that is generated by the Text Box

Preview

Help

Editor. Users may also edit the HTML in this view.

Preview the content as it will be seen by the end users.

Select the question mark to launch the Help page.

Third Row – File Attachment Actions

Note:

The third row action buttons may not be available. The Administrator may choose to disable these options.

Function

Attach file

Attach image

Attach MPEG/AVI

Add Quick Time file

Description

Add a file to the text area. When selected, the Insert Link to File page will appear.

Add an image to the text area. When selected, the Insert

Image page will appear.

Add MPEG/AVI media content to the text area. When selected, the Insert MPEG file page will appear.

Add Apple QuickTime media to the text area. When selected, the Insert QuickTime File page will appear.

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Add audio

Add

Flash/Shockwave

Add an audio file, such as .mp3, .midi or .wav to the text area. When selected, the Insert Audio File page will appear.

Add Macromedia Flash or Shockwave media to the text area. When selected, the Insert SWF File page will appear.

Attaching files

Users have the option of attaching different types of files to a text box. These files should always be uploaded from their original source, for example from the user ’ s local drive, not from another area where the file has been attached to a course in

Blackboard. Users should not copy and paste a file from one text box to another; this will cause errors and the files will not appear properly. When the page is opened, a link to the file will appear. Users may select the link to open the file or save the file.

Keyboard shortcuts

The Text Box Editor supports the following keyboard shortcuts:

Note:

An absolutely positioned element is an object that has a css style applied to it, so its location is determined by pixels. For example, instead of aligned right or top, the object is located at x=0, y=100 pixels.

Key

Movement

RIGHT ARROW

Description

LEFT ARROW

DOWN ARROW

UP ARROW

Move one character to the right. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved one pixel to the right.

Move one character to the left. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved one pixel to the left.

Move down one line. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved down one pixel.

Move up one line. If an absolutely positioned element is selected, the element is moved up one pixel.

Move right one word.

CTRL+RIGHT

ARROW

CTRL+LEFT

ARROW

END

HOME

CTRL+DOWN

ARROW

CTRL+UP ARROW

PAGE DOWN

PAGE UP

CTRL+HOME

CTRL+END

Selection

SHIFT+RIGHT

ARROW

SHIFT+LEFT

ARROW

Move left one word.

Move to the end of the current line.

Move to the start of the current line.

Move down one paragraph.

Move up one paragraph.

Move down one page.

Move up one page.

Move to the beginning of the document.

Move to the end of the document.

Extend the selection one character to the right. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection one character to the left. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

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CTRL+SHIFT+RIG

HT ARROW

CTRL+SHIFT+LEF

T ARROW

SHIFT+UP ARROW

SHIFT+DOWN

ARROW

SHIFT+END

SHIFT+HOME

SHIFT+PAGE

DOWN

SHIFT+PAGE UP

CTRL+SHIFT+END

CTRL+SHIFT+HO

ME

CTRL+A

Extend the selection right one word. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection left one word. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection up one line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection down one line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection to the end of the current line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection to the start of the current line. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection down one page. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection up one page. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection to the end of the document. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Extend the selection to the beginning of the document.

Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Select all elements in the document. Users may select characters to cut or copy and paste words, sentences or paragraphs.

Editing

BACKSPACE

CTRL+BACKSPACE

CTRL+C

CTRL+V

CTRL+X

DELETE

INSERT

CTRL+Z

CTRL+Y

CTRL+F

SHIFT+F10

Delete the selection or, if there is no selection, the character to the left of the insertion point

Delete all of a word to the left of the insertion pointer, not including the space before.

Copy the selection to the Clipboard.

Paste the contents of the Clipboard to the current location.

Cut the selection to the Clipboard.

Delete the selection without placing it on the Clipboard.

Toggle between inserting and overwriting text.

Undo the most recent formatting commands.

Re-do the most recently undone commands .

Find text .

Display the context menu, if one is available (this is equivalent to right-clicking the document)

Formatting

CTRL+B

CTRL+I

CTRL+U

Toggle bold formatting.

Toggle italic formatting.

Toggle underlining.

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Text Box Content

Overview

Users may enter different types of text in Text fields throughout the

Blackboard

Learning System

. By default, the

Blackboard Learning System

will format text to 12point, left-justified Arial. Any other formatting must be done with HTML tags (unless the WYSIWYG features are used).

Text box options

The following options are available in most text entry boxes in the

Blackboard Learning

System

:

Format Option

Smart Text

Behavior

Automatically recognizes a link entered in the text box.

Smart text recognizes the ENTER key as a paragraph tag and accepts HTML tags as well.

Smart Text will also prompt to load images if an image source text is used when adding smart text as part of a content item.

Web addresses entered in the URL format are

Plain Text

HTML

automatically converted to links. For this to function the

URL

must

begin with "http://" and there must be a space before the "http://" to distinguish it from the previous word.

If an image tag,

<IMG>

, is entered in Smart Text,

Blackboard Learning System

will automatically prompt you to upload the image. (This only works when creating content; it does not work when modifying existing content.)

Displays text as it is written in the text area. Plain text does not render HTML codes; any HTML codes will appear as text.

Displays text as coded by the user using Hypertext Mark-up

Language (HTML) tags. May be used for cutting and pasting

HTML from another source.

Note:

The Smart Text and Plain Text options are only available if the Administrator has turned off the Text Box Editor (disabling the WYSIWYG features) or if users do not have Windows Operating System and Internet Explorer Version 5.x or a later version

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Insert Link to File

Overview

Users may include a link to a file from the Text Box editor. This option is available if the Text Box editor is enabled.

Note:

Users who do not have access to the Text Box Editor, or if the Text Box Editor is disabled, may still attach files to course Web sites

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Select the first button,

Attach File

, in the third row of the Action bar.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Insert Link to File page:

Field

Insert Link to File

Browse:

OR Specify URL:

Click

Browse

Description

to locate a file.

Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. An example is http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.

Link to File Options

Name of Link to

File:

Launch in new window:

Enter the name of the link that Students click to access the attached file.

Select

Select

Yes

No

to have the file open in a new separate window.

to have the file open in the same window.

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Insert Image

Overview

Users may add an image to the Text Box Editor. This option is available if the Text Box editor is enabled.

Note:

Users who do not have access to the Text Box Editor, or if the Text Box Editor is disabled, may still attach images to course Web sites, such as in Discussion Boards.

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Select the second button,

Attach Image

, in the third row of the Action bar.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Insert Image page:

Field

Insert Image

Browse:

OR Specify URL:

Description

Click

Browse

to locate a file.

Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. An example is http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.

Image Options

Set the Width:

Set the Height:

Enter the width of the image in pixels for how it will appear to users.

Enter the height of the image in pixels for how it will

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Alt Text:

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appear to users.

Choose a border for the image. This option determines the thickness of the border around the image. If ‘ 0 ’ is chosen there will be no border around the image.

Enter text that will be used by accessibility tools. Alternate text is important for visually impaired users who access the Web. Alternate text will also tell users what should appear if, for some reason, the image does not display

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Insert MPEG File

Overview

MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Groups) files are audio-visual files in a digital compressed format. AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is Microsoft ’ s file format for storing audio and video data. Users may add MPEG and AVI files to the Text Box Editor. This option is available if the Text Box Editor is enabled.

Note:

Users who do not have access to the Text Box Editor, or if the Text Box Editor is disabled, may still attach MPEG files to course Web sites, such as in Discussion Boards.

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Select the third button,

Add MPEG/AVI Content

, in the third row of the Action bar.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Insert MPEG File page:

Field

Insert MPEG File

Browse:

OR Specify URL:

Click

Browse

Description

to locate a file.

Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. An example is http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.

MPEG File Options

Set the Width:

Enter the width of the video in pixels for how it will appear

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Set the Height:

AutoStart:

Controls:

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to users.

Enter the height of the video in pixels for how it will appear to users.

Select

Yes

for the video to start playing when the page is opened by a user. Select

No

and the user will have to begin the video manually after opening the page.

Select the size of controls to appear to users. These controls must be available if users have to begin the video manually.

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Insert QuickTime File

Overview

QuickTime is a video and animation system that supports most formats, including JPG and MPEG. Users have the option of including QuickTime files in the Text Box Editor.

This option is available if the Text Box Editor is enabled.

Users with a PC will require a QuickTime driver to view QuickTime files. Macintosh users do not require this driver.

Note:

Users who do not have access to the Text Box Editor, or if the Text Box Editor is disabled, may still attach QuickTime files to course Web sites, such as in Discussion

Boards.

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Select the fourth button,

Add QuickTime Content

, in the third row of the Action bar.

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Fields

The table below details the fields on the Insert QuickTime File page:

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Field

Insert QuickTime File

Browse:

OR Specify URL:

Description

QuickTime File Options

Set the Width:

Enter the width of the video for how it will appear to users.

Set the Height:

Click

Browse

to locate a file.

Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. An example is http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.

AutoStart:

Loop:

Controls:

Enter the height of the video for how it will appear to users.

Select

Yes

for the video to start playing when the page is opened by a user. Select

No

and the user will have to begin the video manually after opening the page.

Choose whether the file should loop (repeat continuously).

Select if the controls for the file (for example, Start,

Pause, and Stop) should appear.

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Insert Audio File

Overview

Users have the option of including audio files, for example a .wav file, in the Text Box

Editor. This option is available if the Text Box Editor is enabled.

Note:

Users who do not have access to the Text Box Editor, or if the Text Box Editor is disabled, may still attach audio files to course Web sites, such as in Discussion Boards.

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Select the fifth button,

Add Audio Content

, in the third row of the Action bar.

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Fields

The table below details the fields on the Insert Audio File page:

Field

Insert Audio File

Browse:

OR Specify URL:

Audio File Options

AutoStart:

Loop:

Controls:

Click

Browse

Description

to locate a file.

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Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. An example is http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.

Select

Yes

for the file to start playing when the page is opened by a user. Select

No

and the user will have to begin the file manually after opening the page.

Choose whether the file should loop (repeat continuously).

Select the size of controls to appear to users. These controls must be available if users have to begin the audio manually.

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Insert SWF File

Overview

Macromedia Flash and Shockwave files support audio, animation and video; they are also browser independent. Browsers require specific plug-ins to run Flash and

Shockwave files. Users have the option of including Flash and Shockwave files in the

Text Box Editor. This option is available if the Text Box Editor is enabled.

Note:

Users who do not have access to the Text Box Editor, or if the Text Box Editor is disabled, may still attach Flash and Shockwave files to course Web sites, such as in

Discussion Boards.

Find this page

The Text Box Editor appears throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Select the sixth button,

Add Flash/Shockwave Content

, in the third row of the Action bar.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Insert SWF File page:

Field

Insert SWF File

Browse:

OR Specify URL:

Click

Browse

to locate a file.

Enter a URL to create a link to a file outside of the local system. An example is

Description

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SWF File Options

Set the Width:

Set the Height:

AutoStart:

Loop:

Set Quality:

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http://blackboard/images/picture1.jpeg.

Enter the width of the video for how it will appear to users.

Enter the height of the video for how it will appear to users.

Select

Yes

for the video to start playing when the page is opened by a user. Select

No

and the user will have to begin the video manually after opening the page.

Choose whether the file should loop (repeat continuously).

Select the quality of the images that will appear to users.

Please note that the better the quality of an image the larger the file, and the longer it will take to open and display to users.

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About Spell Check

Overview

The

Blackboard Learning System

includes a robust Spell Check feature that supports a full English dictionary, a supplemental word list configured by the Administrator, and custom word lists that are stored as a cookie on a user ’ s local machine. The spell check feature is available wherever users can enter blocks of text. It is also available as a module with the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Word lists

Misspelled words are determined by the following three sources:

Spell Check Dictionary

: A full English dictionary that includes words that will not be flagged for correction. The dictionary is also the only source for suggestions. This dictionary cannot be modified.

Supplemental Word List

: A list of additional terms added by the System

Administrator that do not appear in the default dictionary. For example, a medical school might wish to upload a list of medical terms so they are not flagged as incorrect terms for their users. This word list can be modified from the System Control Panel.

Personal Word List

: This word list is stored as a cookie on each user ’ s local machine. Words are added to this list using the

Learn

feature within Spell

Check. Like the supplemental word list, the words on each personal word list are not flagged for correction and are not included as suggestions for errors.

Extensive personal word lists may slow performance of the Spell Check tool.

Spell Check module

The Spell Check module includes the same features as the spell check for reviewing a text block. Users simply cut and paste text into the module and then run the spell checker. The module also includes a

Clear

button to reset the module so new text can be reviewed.

Personal word list and cookies

The personal word list is stored as a cookie on the user ’ s local machine. The cookie is not user or installation specific. Therefore, a user ’ s word list will be available to them whenever they are using Spell Check with an installation of the

Blackboard Learning

System

, as long as they are on the same local machine. Also, if another user logs onto the same machine, that user will have the personal word list stored on that machine applied to the spell checker. For example, if a user creates a personal word list on a computer in the computer lab, this word list will be available to all users who use this computer in the lab. The user may not take this word list with them to a different computer.

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Using Spell Check

Overview

The Spell Check feature appears anywhere users can enter blocks of text. It also appears as a portal module with the

Blackboard Portal System

. When Spell Check is launched it will review the text block and sequentially bring up any words it does not know for review. When a word is brought up for review the user will have several options for changing the text or setting Spell Check to recognize the word. Teaching

Spell Check a new word with the Learn function adds the word to the personal word list stored on the local computer.

Information about word lists and the Spell Check module is located in the topic About

Spell Check .

Functions

The table below details the functions available with Spell Check.

To . . .

replace the current occurrence of a word with a correction or suggestion replace every occurrence of a word in the text with a correction or suggestion

then . . .

enter a correction in the

Replace With

field or select a suggestion from the list. Once the correct word appears in the

Replace With

field, click

Replace

to change the word in the text. If the misspelled word appears later in the text block it will be flagged again for correction. enter a correction in the

Replace With

field or select a suggestion from the list. Once the correct word appears in the

Replace With

field, click

Replace All

to change every occurrence of the word in the

Not Found

field with the word in the

Replace With

field.

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ignore the word and not make a correction ignore every occurrence of the word in the text block teach Spell Check to recognize the word as correct click

Ignore

text block.

. The word will not be changed. If the word appears again in the text block it will be flagged for correction. click

Ignore All

. The word will not be changed and the

Spell Check will not flag it for correction elsewhere in the click

Learn

. The word will be added to the personal word list stored as a cookie on the local machine. Whenever Spell

Check is run on the local machine the word will be recognized and not flagged as misspelled. click

Finish

. The Spell Check tool will close. close the spell check without finishing

Recognized errors

Note how Spell Check handles the following circumstances:

Double words are recognized as errors.

Irregular capitalization is not recognized as an error.

Initial capitalization at the beginning of sentences is not checked.

Words in ALL CAPS are checked for spelling errors.

Words that contain numbers are recognized as errors.

A word that appears in the supplemental or personal word list may be entered as a correction during a spell check (they do not appear as suggestions). The

Spell Check tool must be run again to verify that the word is spelled correctly.

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Math and Science Notation Tool

WebEQ Equation Editor

Overview

The Math and Science Notation Tool (WebEQ Equation Editor) is a general purpose equation editor designed for working with equations. The Math and Science Notation

Tool enables users to use mathematical and scientific notation throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. Users have the ability to add equations, edit existing equations, and move equations within the Equation Editor. All of the Equation Editor symbols are based on MathML, a markup language for math on the Web. MathML is a subset of XML.

Note:

The Math and Science Notation Tool may be available through an Essay question on an Assessment. Students may also access the Math and Science Notation

Tool during a Collaboration Session.

MathML Equation Editor

The MathML Equation Editor functions in the same way at the Math and Science

Notation Tool. Instead of opening with the symbol buttons, a blank text box will appear where users can enter XML.

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Functions

The table below details how to access the Equation Editors.

To . . .

access the WebEQ

Equation Editor insert XML

click . . .

the

Math and Science Notation Tool

icon. The Math and

Science Notation Tool will appear. the

MathML Equation Editor

icon. The MathML Equation

Editor will open.

Installation Notes

For best performance on a Windows

®

operating system Blackboard recommends using

Internet Explorer 6.0.

For best performance on a Macintosh

®

, Blackboard recommends the following.

Step 4

Step 5

Upgrade the operating system to Mac OS X v10.2

Install Netscape

®

6.2.3 (or a later version)

Step 6

Install the MRJPlug-in. This is located at http://homepage.mac.com/pcbeard/MRJPlugin/

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Adding and Editing Equations

Overview

The Math and Science Notation Tool (WebEQ Equation Editor) enables users to use mathematical and scientific notation throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

.

Users are able to add and edit existing equations. Once an equation has been created it can be copied and used again or copied and modified using the Notation Tool features.

The MathML Equation Editor functions in the same way as the Math and Science

Notation Tool. Instead of opening with the symbol buttons, a blank text box will appear where users can enter XML.

Note:

The Math and Science Notation Tool may be available through an Essay question on an Assessment.

The image below is an example of an area where the Math and Science Notation Tool is available, such as an Essay question.

Web EQ icon

MathML icon

The following is an image of the Math and Science Notation Tool.

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Functions

The table below describes the functions available in the Math and Science Notation

Tool.

To . . .

create a name for

then . . .

enter a name in the

Equation Name:

field. To accept the the equation default name do not make any changes. create an equation use the equation symbols available on the keyboard or in modify an existing equation submit the equation and its name the toolbar to create equations. select the equation from the

Edit Equation:

drop-down list.

The equation will appear on the Editor and can be edited using the Equation Editor features. Click

Modify

to save the changes. click

Add

.

Tips and Tricks

If an equation is more then one line or uses a large font size, the equation may be cut off when it appears on the course Web site. To prevent this from happening add an empty line after the final line in the equation on the Math and Science Notation Tool.

The entire equation will appear.

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Overview

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Chapter 4

Communication

Students are encouraged to communicate with fellow classmates and Instructors as part of the learning process. The Communication Center allows users to:

 send email access course Discussion Boards use the Collaboration Tools review the Student roster access Student group pages

Note:

Instructors and System Administrators have the option to disable these features. Also, if the Instructor chooses, some of these tools may also appear directly in the Course Menu.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Communication Center:

Step 1

Step 2

Open a course Web site for a course that you are participating in.

Click

Communication

on the course menu.

In this chapter

This chapter includes information on the following sections:

Topic

Send Email

Discussion Board

Description

Provides information on how to send email to other participants in a course.

Explains how to engage in asynchronous on-line conversations with others in a course.

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Collaboration

Tools

Roster

Group Pages

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Explains how to participate in real time lessons and discussions.

Discusses how to search a participant roster and view lists of Students, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants associated with a specific course.

Explains how to access communication functions available to groups created by the Instructor. Instructors may group

Students together in study groups, projects, or other course activities.

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Course Send Email

Overview

Users can access email functions for specific courses and organizations through the

Send Email page. From this page users can send email to the following people in a course:

 fellow classmates

Instructors

Teaching Assistants

Groups within a course

Send Email allows users direct access to course participants and can also be accessed from the Tools box on the My Institution area.

Note

: The Send Email function is different from Web email, an optional service that allows users to access their Web email account through Blackboard.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Send Email page:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site for a course that you are participating in.

Click

Communication

on the course menu.

Click

Send Email

from the Communication Center.

Functions

The following groups are available to send email to from the Send email page:

Group

All Users

All Groups

Description

Sends email to all users in the course or organization.

Sends email to all of the groups in a specified course or organization.

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All Teaching

Assistants

All Instructors

Select Users

Sends email to all of the Teaching Assistants in a specified course.

Sends email to all of the instructors for a specified course.

Sends email to a single user or select users in a specified course.

Send email to a single group or select groups in a course.

Select Groups

Send Email in the Tools Box

Users can access the Send Email feature for all of their courses and organizations through the Send Email page in the Tools Box. From this page they are able to send messages to users in any of their courses or organizations. To open this page, click

Send Email

in the Tools box of a common area.

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Send Email to Users

Functions

Send Email enables users to send email to fellow classmates, Instructors, Teaching

Assistants or Groups within a course. Users can create a message and choose who will receive it on the Select Users page.

Note:

To minimize the distraction of long lists of To: addresses, and to make the reuse of the address lists more difficult for potential spammers, all destination addresses are placed into the mail message ’ s Bcc: (Blind Carbon Copy) field upon receipt.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the All Users page:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site for a course that you are participating in.

Click

Click

Click

Communication

Send Email

on the Course Menu.

from the Communication Center.

Select Users

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the All Users page.

Field

Enter Message Details

To:

From:

Subject:

Message:

Set Message Options

Description

All users enrolled in the course will appear.

The user ’ s email address will automatically be displayed in this field.

Enter the subject of the email.

Enter the email message.

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Copy of message to self:

Add Attachments

Add:

Click the check box to send a copy of the message to the sender.

Click here to add attachments. Select

Browse

on the page that appears and navigate to the file that should be attached to the email.

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Discussion Board

The Discussion Board is another communication tool that can be used to enhance a course Web site. Topics are posted to the Discussion Board that course participants can reply to and converse about on-line. This feature is similar to the Lightweight

Chat, but is designed for asynchronous use, meaning Students do not have to be online at the same time to have a conversation. An additional advantage of the

Discussion Board is that Student conversations are logged and organized.

Conversations are grouped into threads that contain a main posting and all related replies for easy retrieval.

Note:

Users may have the option to create Discussion Boards on topics of interest in the Community Common area. This option is made available by the System

Administrator. For more information on this topic see Creating Community Discussion

Boards in the Community Tab section.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Discussion Board page.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a course Web site for a course that you are participating in.

Click

Discussion Board

Center. on the Course Menu or from the Communication

Function

To access a forum listed on the Discussion Board page click a forum topic link. The

Discussion Board forum will appear. The system will not accept JavaScript in the

Discussion Boards.

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Discussion Board Forums

Overview

The Discussion Board is a communication tool that can be used to enhance a course

Web site. Instructors create forums on specific topics in the Discussion Board. For example, an Instructor may create a Mid-Term Review forum, where Students may go ask and answer questions about the Mid-Term exam. Students may access forums by clicking on the appropriate link in the Discussion Board. When a forum is accessed a page appears which lists the different threads in the forum. A thread is a message that is posted to a forum. Participants can post new threads in a forum and reply to threads that have already been posted.

Note

: Students are able to create new threads on the Discussion Board. If allowed by the Instructor a Student can create a forum, otherwise Students will only be able to add threads to existing topics.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Discussion Board Forum page.

Step 1

Step 2

Click

Discussion Board

on the course menu.

Click a forum to open it and view the contents within.

Functions

The table below details the functions available on the Discussion Board Forum page.

To . . .

start a new thread

click . . .

Add New Thread

. The Create New Message page will appear. On the Create New Message page a new subject title and discussion description may be added. view all messages the

View all Messages

up arrow. All messages appear. view unread messages the

View Unread Messages

down arrow. All unread

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see all the threads and responses see only the first message in each thread read a message messages will be shown. the the

Expand All

appear. appear.

plus icon. All threads and responses will

Collapse All

minus icon. The topic threads will view the tool bar view messages that have been archived by the Instructor resort the list of messages a message link. A new Discussion Board page will appear. Depending on their course role, users may modify, remove, or reply to a message.

Options

tab. The Options tool bar will appear.

Click Here for Archives.

A page will appear with the threads that have been archived from this forum.

Archived messages must be made available by the

Instructor. the

Sort by:

drop-down list and select one of the following options:

Default: sort messages by the earliest date.

Author: sort messages by the author.

Date: sort messages by the earliest date. This is the default.

Subject: sort messages by the subject.

Options tab functions

The table below describes the functions available on the Options tab. Click

Show

Options

to access these functions. To select multiple threads in a forum, choose the check box next to each thread that will be included.

To . . .

select all threads and messages in the forum unselect the selections unselect the threads and messages that have been selected and select the threads and messages that have not been selected mark messages as read click

Select All

.

then . . .

click click

Unselect All

Invert

.

. mark messages as unread view multiple threads or messages lock a thread or message select the threads and messages, then click

Read

. select the threads and messages, then click

Unread

. select the threads and messages, then click

Collect

. select the thread and messages, then click

Lock

.

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Create New Message

Overview

When a new message is posted to a forum it starts a thread. All responses to the message appear under the message on the Discussion Board forum. The Create New

Message page is used to add a new thread to a Discussion Board Forum.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Create New Message page.

Step 1

Click

Discussion Board

on the course menu or from the Communication

Center.

Step 2

Click on a forum link to open it and view the contents within.

Step 3

Click

Add New Thread

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Create New Message page.

Field

Message Information

Current Forum:

Description

Date:

Author:

Subject:

The name of the Discussion Board Forum appears in this field.

The date appears in this field.

The name of the author appears here.

Enter the subject of the thread.

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Message:

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Post message as

Anonymous

Attachment

Enter a message. The following options are available:

 Smart Text: Automatically recognizes a link entered in the text box. Smart text recognizes the ENTER key as a paragraph tag and accepts

HTML tags as well. Smart Text will also prompt to load images if an image source text is used when adding smart text as part of a content

 item.

Plain text: Displays text as written.

HTML: Displays text as coded using HTML tags.

√ x: Opens the WebEQ Equation Editor .

<  > Opens the MathML Equation Editor .

ABC: Opens Spell Check .

Preview: Opens the text as it will appear to the user.

Select this check box and the message will be posted anonymously. The Instructor may make this feature unavailable.

Enter the file path or click

Browse

to locate the file.

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Your Response

Overview

Users add message to threads by posting messages in response to the previous messages in the thread. Messages are added to a thread from the Your Response page.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Your Response page:

Step 1

Click

Discussion Board

on the Course menu or from the Communication

Center.

Step 2

Click on a forum link to open it and view the contents within.

Step 3

Open a message.

Step 4

Click

Reply

to respond to the message.

Fields

The table below details the fields on this page.

Field

Message Information

Current Forum:

Date:

Author:

Subject:

Description

The name of the Discussion Board Forum appears in this field.

The date appears in this field.

The name of the author appears here.

Subject defaults to the subject on the Add Thread page.

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Message:

Options

Post message

Anonymous

Attachment

Preview

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Enter a message. The following options are available:

 Smart Text: Automatically recognizes a link entered in the text box. Smart text recognizes the ENTER key as a paragraph tag and accepts

HTML tags as well. Smart Text will also prompt to load images if an image source text is used when adding smart text as part of a content

 item.

Plain text: Displays text as written.

HTML: Displays text as coded using HTML tags.

√ x: Opens the WebEQ Equation Editor .

<  > Opens the MathML Equation Editor .

ABC: Opens Spell Check .

Preview: Opens the text as it will appear to the user

Select the check box to post an anonymous message.

This option may or may not be available depending on the options selected when Discussion Forum was set up.

Enter the file path or click

Browse

to locate the desired file.

Preview the message as it will appear on the Discussion

Board.

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Collaboration Tools

The Collaboration Tools allow the Instructor and Students to participate in real-time lessons and discussions. Examples of these sessions include real-time, online classroom discussions, TA sessions, and office hour type question/answer forums.

Archives of previous sessions are also available for review. Guest speakers and subject-matter experts can also lead sessions using the Collaboration Tools. The

Collaboration Session page is used to organize and access sessions. From this page users can search for and join Collaboration Sessions and view session archives.

Collaboration Tools

The following Collaboration Tools are available.

Tool

Virtual Classroom

Lightweight Chat

Description

Allows users to enter a real-time discussion with

Instructors, Students, and colleagues, access the Web, and engage in question and answer sessions. Users may also access the Whiteboard to display text and images.

The Lightweight Chat is part of the Virtual Classroom, but can also be accessed separately. It allows users to open just the chat function of the Virtual Classroom.

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Java Plug-in

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Collaboration Sessions page.

Step 1

Step 2

Click

Communication

Select

Collaboration

.

on the course menu in a course Web site.

Functions

The Java 2 Run Time Environment 1.3.1_04 or higher is required to use the

Collaboration Tools. This plug-in may be downloaded from the page that appears when a user joins a Collaboration Session, or may be found at http://java.sun.com/products/plugin/index.html

.

Users should take care to uninstall any existing Java plug-ins before installing a new version.

The following table describes the functions available from this page.

To . . .

filter the sessions listed on the page search for a session enter a session

click . . .

the arrow next to the drop-down list and select the type of session to display. Click

Filter

. The filters include:

Show All

– The default filter that displays all of the

Collaboration Sessions.

Open Rooms

– Displays all of the sessions that are currently being used.

Rooms with Archives

– Displays completed sessions that have an archive.

Rooms Available in the Future

– Displays sessions that are scheduled to take place in the future. the

Session Name

,

Start Date

or

End Date

option and then enter a value in the field. Click

Search

.

Join

next to the session. The Virtual Classroom or

Lightweight chat for that session will open.

Archives

next to the session. The Session Archives page will appear. access the archives for a session

User Roles

There are two roles available for users in Collaboration Sessions: Passive and Active.

Instructors control user access and functionality during a Collaboration session by assigning roles. These roles determine how much functionality a user has during a

Collaboration Session. For example, Instructors determine which users can chat, send private messages, or ask questions during a session by assigning specific Access

Rights to the different roles. The Student icon will appear in the Role column next to those Students who are Active.

Student roles can change throughout the Collaboration Session. Users who are

Passive, but would like Active rights, can “ raise their hand ” by clicking the hand icon,

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which is visible to Passive Students. The Instructor then clicks the hand icon next to a user name or clicks the Student icon to make the user Active.

Macintosh and the Collaboration Tool

Macintosh users running OS X and Netscape should run Netscape 7. When opening the

Collaboration Tool, Netscape may put the tool in the background. If this happens, check under the

Window

menu for the Collaboration Tool. Netscape 6.2 does not work well with the Collaboration Tool and should be replaced with Netscape 7. For those users that wish to use Safari, be aware that the Safari browser is not yet supported by Blackboard, however, the Collaboration Tool should function normally in

Safari so long as Pop-Up Window Blocking is disabled (that is, you allow pop-up windows to display). When Safari is supported by Blackboard, it will be listed in the

Client/Browser Configuration Guide available at http://behind.blackboard.com

.

Macintosh users running OS 8 or OS 9 must use the Accessible version of the

Collaboration Tool. See below for more information on running the Accessible

Collaboration Tool.

Accessible Collaboration Tool

An accessible version of the Collaboration Tool is available in the

Blackboard Learning

System

. Users running Macintosh Operating System 8 or 9 should also use this version.

On the launch page, which opens when

Join

is selected on the Collaboration Sessions page, a link to this version appears. This link will open the Accessible version /

Macintosh OS 8 and 9 version of the Collaboration Tool, which resembles the

Lightweight Chat. Links to items that appear in the Virtual Classroom, such as items in the Course Map and Group Browser, will appear in this version. Documents created on the Whiteboard may be viewed if the Instructor takes a snapshot of them, using the

Snapshot button on the Whiteboard action bar. A link will be created to the snapshot for users to view it.

When a user, using the Accessible Collaboration Tool, enters or exits the room the sound of a door opening or closing will be audible to all participants in the

Collaboration Session.

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Virtual Classroom

The Virtual Classroom allows the Instructor and Students to participate in real time lessons and discussions. The main page of the Virtual Classroom includes all of the functions available to users. From this area users can access all of the tools associated with the Virtual Classroom, such as asking questions, drawing on the whiteboard, and participating in breakout sessions. The Instructor establishes which tools in the Virtual

Classroom users can access.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Virtual Classroom.

Step 1

Click

Communication

on the course menu of a course Web site.

Step 2

Select

Collaboration Tools

.

Step 3

Click

Join next

to a Virtual Classroom session. The Virtual Classroom will open.

Virtual Classroom areas

The table below details the areas of the Virtual Classroom.

Part

Menu Bar

Function

Allows the Instructor to administer the Virtual Classroom.

This includes managing participation, monitoring breakout sessions, and ending the session.

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Lightweight Chat

Includes all of the tools used during the Virtual Classroom session. This includes searching for Web sites, asking and answering questions, utilizing the Whiteboard, and accessing the Course Map.

The main section where interaction between the users takes place. Allows users to compose messages, raise their hands to ask questions, and activate private messages.

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Menu Bar

Overview

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The Menu Bar allows the user to manage their Virtual Classroom session. Only users with Active privileges will have access to the options on the Menu Bar. The functions available in the Menu Bar include:

View

- Choose an option for viewing Personal Messages in the Virtual

Classroom

Clear

- Clear the session display

Breakouts -

Create a breakout room for a group of users

View

View allows the Instructor and users to select options for how they would like to view private messages.

Clear

Breakouts

Select

Show in-line

to view private messages within the chat area. Select

Show in separate frame

to view private messages in a separate window.

Clear erases the users chat display. To clear the chat display click

Clear

on the Menu

Bar.

This tool allows select users to participate in a separate session, while also participating in the main session. Users who enter a Breakout session are still active in the main Virtual Classroom Session. If a Breakout session in closed users are still active in the main session. Breakout sessions default to the same settings as the main session.

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Select the checkboxes for the users who will participate in the Breakout session. Users may only join a Breakout session if they are selected by the creator of the Breakout session.

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Classroom Tool box

Overview

The Classroom Tool box enables the Instructor and users to use the different tools available within the Virtual Classroom. If granted access to these tools by the

Instructor, users can use the Whiteboard, access Web sites, and view the course map.

The Classroom Tool box appears on the left side of the Virtual Classroom. To begin using items in the Tool box click the name of the tool.

Tools

The following tools are available in the Classroom Tool box.

Tool

Whiteboard

Description

Enables users to present different types of information as they would on a blackboard in a classroom.

Enables users to collaboratively browse the Web.

Enables users to browse the Course Contents while they are in a Virtual Classroom.

Enables users to ask questions during the session.

Enables users to answer questions submitted by other users during a session.

Group Browser

Course Map

Ask Question

Question Inbox

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Whiteboard

Overview

The Virtual Classroom allows the Instructor and Students to participate in real time lessons and discussions. The Whiteboard enables users in a Virtual Classroom to present different types of information as they would on a blackboard in a classroom.

Using the tools in the Whiteboard Tools palette, users can draw images, type text, and present equations. The Instructor will determine whether or not this function is made available to users.

Note:

Only users who have privileges (assigned by the Instructor) can access the

Whiteboard. See the User Roles topic for more information on Collaboration Session roles.

Find this tool

Follow the steps below to locate the Whiteboard.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a Virtual Classroom session.

The Whiteboard frame appears as a black white space on the left side of the Virtual Classroom. Click

Whiteboard

in the Classroom Tool to view the tools available for the Whiteboard. Click the name of the tool to begin using it.

Functions

The table below details the tools available for use on the Whiteboard.

To . . . click . . .

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draw free hand enter text using the keyboard draw a straight line highlight something with an arrow draw a square draw a circle input an equation the

Arrow

tool. Then click on an item for selection. The following may be performed on selected items:

 Enlarge: Click one of the small black boxes that surround the item and drag it to the desired size.

 Move: Click the item and move it to the desired location

 Cut: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette item, then click the

Cut

icon.

 Copy: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette item, then click the

Copy

icon.

 Paste: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette item, then click the

Paste

icon.

 Delete: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette item; click on the selected object; then click the

Delete

icon.

 Group items: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette items, then click the

Group

icon.

 Ungroup: Click a Whiteboard Tools palette item in a group, then click the

Ungroup

icon.

 Bring front: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette item; click on selected object; then click the

Bring to front

icon.

 Bring back: Click the Whiteboard Tools palette item; click on selected object; then click the

Send to back

icon.

 Select all figures on the Whiteboard: Click the

Selects all Figures

icon. the

Pen

drawing tool. Choose the color of the pen in the

Fill Color

drop-down list. the text tool (

T

) then the Whiteboard area. A

Whiteboard Text Input box appears. Type the text in the box and click

Insert

. Use the options in the Tools palette to select color, font, and size. the

Slanted Line

tool. the

Pointer

. the

Square

drawing tool. Choose the color of the square from the

Fill Color

drop-down list. the

Oval

drawing tool. Choose the color of the circle from the

Fill Color

drop-down list.

The Math and Science Equation Editor icon (

). The

Equation Editor will appear. Input the equation and click

Insert Equation

.

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Group Browser

Overview

The Virtual Classroom allows Instructors and Students to participate in real time lessons and discussions. The Group Browser enables users to collaboratively browse the Web. The Instructor and users use this tool to open a URL that is viewable by all users. URLs used in the session will be recorded in the archive if one is created. The

Instructor will determine whether or not this function is made available to users.

Note:

Only users who have an Active role can access the Group Browser. See the

User Roles topic for more information on roles.

Find this tool

Follow the steps below to locate the Group Browser.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a Virtual Classroom session.

Select the

Group Browser

in the Classroom Tool to begin using this tool.

Functions

The table below details the available functions in the Group Browser.

To . . .

open a Web site choose where to display the Web site

click . . .

type the URL in the

Enter Address

field.

Display To Class

to display the window in the Whiteboard area of the Virtual Classroom or click

Preview in New

Window

to open the Web site in a new browser window.

This window will only be displayed to the Instructor.

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Course Map

Overview

The Course Map enables users to browse the Course Contents while they are in a

Virtual Classroom. By default, the Instructor has access to operate the Course Map.

Users must have Active privileges to use the Course Map in a Virtual Classroom.

Note:

The Course Map in the Virtual Classroom appears similar to the Course Map for linking items within a course but they are functionally different.

Find this tool

Follow the steps below to locate the Course Map.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a Virtual Classroom session.

Select the

Course Map

in the Classroom Tool to begin using this tool.

Functions

The table below details the available functions in the Course Map.

To . . .

display an element on the map to all users display an element on the map in a separate window refresh the Course

Map during a

Collaboration

Session

click . . .

the content area in the Course Map and select

Display To

Class

in the drop-down list. the content area in the Course Map and select

Preview in

New Window

in the drop-down list. The new window is only visible to the User accessing it.

Refresh Tree

in the drop-down list. This will update the

Course Map to match the latest Course menu on the course

Web site.

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Ask Question

Overview

Users are able to ask questions during the session by using the Ask Question tool. As users submit questions during the session the Instructor can view and respond to them.

Note:

Only users who have an Active role can ask questions. See the

User Roles

topic for more information on roles.

Find this tool

Follow the steps below to access the Ask Question tool.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a Virtual Classroom session.

Select

Ask Question

in the Classroom Tool to begin using this tool.

Ask a Question

To ask a question, select

Compose

in the Ask Question area, enter the question in the text box and click

Send

.

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Question Inbox

Overview

Questions from users are sent to the Question Inbox during the Virtual Classroom session. The Question Inbox is used to manage and respond to questions during a

Collaboration Session.

Note:

Only users who have an Active role can access the Question Inbox. See the

User Roles topic for more information on roles.

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Question that was submitted.

Enter the response to the question.

Select this check box to make the response to the question private. If marked private, the response will only be sent to the person who submitted the message.

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Lightweight Chat

The Lightweight Chat allows the users to interact with each other and the Instructor via a text-based chat region. This region is part of the Virtual Classroom, but can also be accessed separately without the rest of the tools that make up the Virtual

Classroom. When accessed separately, it is called the Lightweight Chat.

Note:

Some of the functionality in the chat is limited to those users with an Active role. See the User Roles topic for more information on roles.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open a Lightweight Chat:

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Click

Communication

on the Course menu of a course Web site.

Select

Collaboration Tools

.

Click

Join

to next to a Lightweight Chat session.

Functions

The table below details the functions available in the Lightweight Chat.

To . . .

enter a message for the class to read become an Active user

then . . .

type the message in the

Compose

field. Click

Send

. The message will appear in the chat area. If the message is over

1000 characters, only the first 1000 characters will appear. click the hand symbol. A hand appears next to the user name. The Instructor clicks on the hand to make the user

Active. This means that the User may now post a message in the Chat.

Select a user ’ s name in the Participant list and then click

User Info

.

Select a user ’ s name in the Participant list and then click

Private Message

. The Compose Private Message window will appear. view user information send a private message to a user

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Private Messages

Overview

The Instructor of a Collaboration Session can send and receive private messages from the users during the Collaboration Session. Users can send private messages to each other if the Instructor enables this tool in the Session Controls. Private messages are not recorded or archived.

Note:

Only users who have an Active role can send Private Messages. See the User

Roles topic for more information on roles.

Find this pop-up window

Follow the steps below to access the Private Message pop-up window.

Step 1

Open a Virtual Classroom or Chat session.

Step 2

Select a user ’ s name and click

Private Message

.

Functions

To send a Private Message, enter the message in the text box and click

Send

.

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User Information

Overview

The User Information pop-up window displays personal information about the user such as name, email address, and any other information the user has chosen to add to their profile.

Find this pop-up window

Follow the steps below to access the User Information pop-up window.

Step 1

Step 2

Open a Virtual Classroom session.

Click

User Info

in the Chat area and the User Information pop-up window will appear.

Send a Private Message

Click

Private Message

to send a message to the user. The Compose Private Message pop-up window will appear.

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Session Archives

Overview

The Session Archives allows Instructors and Students to review the discussions and questions raised during a previous Collaboration Session. Session archives will not be available until the session leader has stopped recording the session.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to access the Session Archives page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Click

Communication

on the Course Menu of a course Web site.

Select

Collaboration Tools

.

Click

Archives

next to a Virtual Classroom session.

Functions

The table below details the available functions on this page.

To . . .

access an archived classroom search for an archive

click . . .

the session name in the Archive Name column.

The Archive page for that session will appear. the

Archive Name

or

Creation Date

option in the

Search by:

field. Enter the name of the archive or the date it was created in the field below and click

Search

.

Back to Collaboration Sessions

. return to the Collaboration

Session page

Example

The following is an example of an Archive.

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Roster

Users can search the Roster and view lists of Students associated with a specific course.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Roster page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Select

Communication

on the Course menu.

Click

Roster

from the Communication Center.

Search

The Roster contains a search function. Users can search using different variables. The table below details the search options that are available:

To . . .

search for a user using the user ’ s last name or User

Name search for a group of last names that start with a particular letter or a user

ID that starts with a particular number

then . . .

Select the Search tab.

Enter either a last name or a user name.

Select either the

Last Name

or

User ID

option. All matching entries will be displayed.

Select the A-Z, 0-9 tab.

Click on the first letter of the last name or on the first number of the user ’ s ID. All matching entries will be displayed.

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Select the Advanced tab.

Enter a value in the

Containing:

field.

The search will return all users with that value in their User Name.

Click the check boxes and select values from the drop-down list to narrow the search.

Select the tab.

Click

List All

to list all the names enrolled.

All entries will be displayed.

Once a list has been generated, click the name of a Student in the list to view their homepage or select their email address to send them an email.

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Groups

Instructors can create Groups in a course to enable Students to collaborate with each other. These groups usually consist of a smaller group of Students in a class, such as study groups or project groups. From a Group page, users may:

 send email to Group members exchange files enter discussion forums enter Collaboration Sessions

All of the functions available from Group pages, with the exception of the File

Exchange, act in the same way in the course Web site. Additional features of the

Collaboration Tools are also available when accessed through Groups.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Group page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Click

Communication

Group Pages

on the course menu. from the Communication Center.

Select the name of a Group in which you are a member.

Functions

The following functions are available from the Group page.

Note:

Instructors may limit which of these functions are available to Groups.

Function Description

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Group Discussion

Board

Group

Collaboration

File Exchange

Send Email

Group Members

Group members can enter discussions within various Group forums.

Group members can meet their classmates and Instructors for real-time discussion or class lessons.

Group members can exchange files.

Group members can send email to one or all of their group members.

The names of all members of the Group will appear along with their email address.

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File Exchange

Overview

Students are encouraged to communicate with fellow classmates and Instructors from the Communication Center, located in the course Web site. Instructors can create

Groups in a course to enable Students to collaborate with each other. The File

Exchange function allows users within a Group to easily exchange files with their fellow

Group members. The File Exchange page displays the current files available for use by the Group members and the option to add files.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the File Exchange page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Click

Click

Communication

Groups

on the course menu. from the Communication Center. Select a Group.

File Exchange

.

Function

Click

Add File

to upload files for Group members to view or modify. Users can easily upload portions of Group assignments for review and editing by other Group members.

Click

Remove

to remove a file. All users in the Group may remove files from the File

Exchange.

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Overview

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The File Exchange function allows users within a group to easily exchange files with their fellow Group members. The Add File page enables Group members to add a file to the Group ’ s File Exchange for others to view.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Add File page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Open a course Web site.

Click

Click

Click

Click

Communication

Groups

Add File

.

on the course menu. from the Communication Center. Select a Group.

File Exchange

.

Fields

The table below details fields on this page.

Field

File Information

Title:

File:

Description

Enter the title of the file.

Enter the location of the file or click

Browse

the file to upload from your computer.

and select

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Group Collaboration Sessions

Collaboration Sessions allow Instructors and Students to participate in real time lessons and discussions. The Group Collaboration Sessions accessed from the Group page have all of the same functionality as those in the Communication Area. Users also have additional features available to them in a Group Collaboration Session. All

Group members are granted an Instructor role when they access Group Collaboration

Sessions. Therefore, all Group members can manage sessions and access all of the available tools.

Note

: The

Collaboration Tools section includes information on all of the features and

functionality available in Course Collaboration Sessions.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Group Collaboration Session page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Click

Click

Communication

Groups

on the course menu. from the Communication Center.

Collaboration

.

Functions

The following functions are available from the Collaboration Sessions page. Since all

Group members have an Instructor role in Group Collaboration Sessions, these functions are available to everyone in the Group.

To . . .

create a new

Collaboration

Session

click . . .

Create Collaboration Session

. The Create Collaboration

Session page will open.

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filter the sessions listed on the page search for a session enter a session access the archives for a session change the name, availability, or tools used during the session delete a session the arrow next to the drop-down list and select the type of session to display. Click

Filter

. The filters include:

Show All

– The default filter that displays all of the

Collaboration Sessions.

Open Rooms

– Displays all of the sessions that are currently being used.

Join

Rooms with Archives

– Displays completed sessions that have an archive.

Rooms Available in the Future

– Displays sessions that are scheduled to take place in the future. the

Session Name

,

Start Date

or

End Date

option and then enter a value in the field. Click

Search

.

next to the session. The Virtual Classroom or Chat for that session will open.

Archives

next to the session. The Session Archives page will appear.

Manage

next to the session. The Modify Collaboration

Session page will appear.

Remove

next to the session. This action is irreversible.

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Create/Modify Collaboration Session

Overview

New Group Collaboration Sessions using the Virtual Classroom or the Chat are created on the Create Collaboration Session page. Groups can schedule sessions for specific dates and times and choose how long the sessions will be. The Create Collaboration

Session page and Modify Collaboration Session page function in a similar manner. The difference being, the Create Collaboration Session page opens with empty fields while the Modify Collaboration Session page opens with populated fields.

Note

: This feature is only available to users in Group Collaboration Sessions. Only the

Instructor may create course-wide Collaboration Sessions.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Create Collaboration Session page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Click

Communication

on the Course menu.

Select

Groups

from the Communication Center.

Click

Collaboration

.

Click

Create Collaboration Session

or

Manage

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Create Collaboration Session page.

Field Description

Name Your Session

Session Name:

Enter the name of the new session.

Schedule Availability

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Select Date(s) of

Availability:

A Start and End date and time for the Collaboration Session can be set but is not required. If these are not selected then the session is always open and available for users.

There is also the option to choose only a Start or an End date and time.

 Click the

Start After

check box to choose a date and time to begin the Collaboration. The date can be selected by choosing from the drop-down lists next to the date or by clicking the calendar icon and selecting the date. Select the time to begin the session from the drop-down lists.

 Click the

End After

check box to choose when the session will end. The date can be selected by choosing from the drop-down lists next to the date or by clicking the calendar icon and selecting the date. Select the time to begin the session from the drop-down lists.

Available:

Select

Yes

to make the session available.

Collaboration Tools

Choose a collaboration tool for this session:

Select the tool that will be used during this session from the drop-down list. The two types of Collaboration tools are:

Virtual Classroom

- Allows users to enter a realtime discussion with group members, access the

Web, and engage in question and answer sessions.

Lightweight Chat

- The Chat is part of the Virtual

Classroom, but can also be accessed separately. It allows users to open just the chat function of the

Virtual Classroom.

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Group Menu

Overview

Group Collaboration Sessions have additional features available in the menu of the

Collaboration Tool. These features include a Record menu to create session archives and an End option to end a session. All group members have an Instructor role in a

Group Collaboration Session; therefore, they can all access these features.

Note

: These features are only available to Students during Group Collaboration

Sessions.

Record menu

The Virtual Classroom and Lightweight Chat sessions created in Groups can be recorded and archived. Archive recording can be started and stopped, as well as paused and un-paused by the users during the session. A session can have more then one archive. The table below details the buttons that appear on the Record menu.

Button Description

Click

Start

to begin recording a session. The user will be prompted to name the archive. A default name will prepopulate this box; the user can click

Submit

to keep the default name or makes changes then submit it.

Click

Pause

to pause a recording once it has started. Click this button again to

Un-pause

the recording and begin recording again. Pause and un-pause will be marked and timestamped in the archive.

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Click

Stop

to end recording the session. When

Stop

is selected the archive is completed and a stop marker and time/date stamp will be included at the end of the archive.

Click

Bookmark

to insert a bookmark anywhere in the archive of the session. A name can be included for the bookmark.

The Group Collaboration Session includes a Controls option on the menu. All users in a group are given Instructor privileges, and therefore cannot change the Access rights of each other. All users have access to all of the tools in a Collaboration Session.

This tool ends the Virtual Classroom Session. Click

End

on the Menu Bar.

The End

Session pop-up window appears as shown below.

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Session Archives

Introduction

Group Collaboration Sessions have Archive features available to Group Members.

Session Archives allow users to review the discussions and questions raised during a

Collaboration Session. Sessions are archived by date and the option to remove an archive is available. All Group members have an Instructor role in Group Collaboration

Sessions; therefore, they can all access the Archive features.

Note

: The feature to manage Archives is only available to Students in Group

Collaboration Sessions. Only the Instructor can manage the archives of Course

Collaboration Sessions.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Session Archives page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Click

Communication

on the Course menu.

Select

Groups

from the Communication Center.

Click

Collaboration

.

Click

Archives

next to a Collaboration Session.

Functions

The table below describes the functions available on this page

To . . .

search for an

Archive in the

Collaboration

Session open an archive change the name or availability of an archive remove an archive

click . . .

the

Archive Name

or

Creation Date

option in the

Search by:

field. Enter the name of the archive or the date it was created in the field below, and click

Search

. the archive in the Archive Name column.

Manage

Remove

. The Archive Properties page will appear.

. This action is irreversible.

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Archive Properties

Introduction

The Archive Properties page allows Group members to change the name and availability of an Archive session. All Group members have an Instructor role in a

Group Collaboration Session; therefore, they can all access the Archive Properties features.

Note

: This feature is only available to Students in Group Collaboration Sessions. Only

Instructors can change the archive properties of an archived Course Collaboration

Session.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Archive Properties page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Click

Communication

on the Course menu.

Select

Groups

from the Communication Center.

Click

Collaboration

.

Click

Archives

next to a Collaboration Session.

Select

Manage

.

Functions

The table below describes the functions available on this page.

Field

Edit Archive Name

Description

Archive Name:

Enter or modify the name of the archive.

Availability to Students

Available:

Select

Yes

and users will be able to view this archive.

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Chapter 5

Tools

Tools enable users to manage their work and individual information. Course Tools are available on the Course menu in a course Web site and Institution Tools are available in the Tools box in a common area. Certain Tools, such as the Calendar and Tasks, may be available as both a Course Tool and an Institution Tool.

Institution Tools allow users to access Tools that appear in course and organization

Web sites on a system-wide scale. For example, Tasks, when accessed through the

Tools box, allows the User to:

 view Tasks from all of the courses and organizations the user participates in view Tasks posted by the System Administrator enter personal Tasks

If Tasks is viewed through the Course menu in a course Web site, only Tasks that have been posted for that course will appear.

The Instructor of a course determines which Tools will be available in the course. The

System Administrator selects the Tools that will be available in the Tools box in common areas.

Note:

With

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Learning System

- Basic

Edition, the Tools Box will only appear on the My Institution Tab.

Example

The image below is an example of how Tools will appear in the Course menu on a course Web site.

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The image below is an example of how Institution Tools will appear in the Tools box in common areas.

In this chapter

This chapter includes the following sections.

Topic

Announcements

Digital Drop box

Edit Your

Homepage

Personal

Information

Description

Provides information on messages for courses and systemwide announcements.

Explains how to send files to the Instructor.

Explains how to edit the information on your Student

Homepage.

Provides information on managing personal data and privacy settings such as editing your account profile and

Calendar

View Grade

Tasks changing your password.

Discusses the Calendar tool, which manages events for courses, personal events and system-wide events.

Explains how to check grades for a course.

Provides information for organizing tasks, defining task priorities, and tracking task status.

Discusses The Electric Blackboard® tool and how it is used to save notes for a particular course.

Explains how to save contact information.

List and contact system users via email.

The Electric

Blackboard®

Address Book

User Directory

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Announcements

Students can view important messages from Instructors on the Announcements page of a course Web site. Announcements are organized and displayed by:

 current date last seven days last thirty days view all course announcements

When accessed through the Tools box, all Announcements of interest to the user appear. These include Announcements from all courses the user is enrolled in and system-wide announcements. Users can sort the Announcements by category or post date.

Use the drop-down menu to select a view or click on the tabs to view Announcements for a specific period of time. The default is View Last 7 Days.

Note:

Users can also access their Announcements from the Tools box in the common areas. These Announcements include those from all courses and organizations the user is enrolled in as well as any system wide announcements.

Find this page

To view the Announcements page, open a course Web site and click

Announcements

on the course menu.

OR

Click

Announcements

in the Tools box.

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Digital Drop Box

The Digital Drop Box enables Students to exchange files with the Instructor. Digital

Drop Box is only available as a Course Tool, it is not an Institution Tool.

Note:

A file added to the Drop Box will not appear to the Instructor until it has been sent. Once a file has been sent to the Instructor, it cannot be removed from the Drop

Box.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Digital Drop Box page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site for a course.

Click

Tools

on the course menu.

Select

Digital Drop Box

.

Functions

The following functions are available from the Digital Drop box page.

Function

Add File

Send File

Remove

Description

Upload files to the Drop Box.

Send a file to the Instructor.

Remove a file from the Drop Box.

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Tips and Tricks

The following date and time information is included in files:

 files sent to the Instructor will show the date and time submitted files that are added to the Drop Box but not sent will show the date and time posted

 files sent from the Instructor will show the date and time received

Note:

The date and time displayed in each instance is not the date and time on the user ’ s machine, rather, it is the date and time on the

Blackboard Learning System

server.

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Add File to the Digital Drop Box

Overview

The Digital Drop Box page enables Students to exchange files with the Instructor. Files are added to the Digital Drop Box from the Add File page. The Add File page requests information on the title, file location, and any comments regarding the file. A file is not automatically sent to the Instructor if it is placed in the Drop Box through the

Add

File

option. Files must be sent through the

Send File

option.

Files that are added to the Drop Box but not sent will show the date and time posted.

Once the file is sent to the Instructor it will show the date and time submitted.

Note:

The date and time displayed in each instance is not the date and time on the user ’ s machine, rather, it is the date and time on the

Blackboard Learning System

server.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Add File page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

on the course menu.

Select

Digital Drop Box

.

Click

Add File

.

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Fields

The table below details the fields on this page.

Field

File Information

Title:

File:

Comments:

Click

Browse

Description

Enter the title of the file.

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comments will appear beneath the title on the Drop Box page.

to locate a file or enter the exact path.

Enter any comments related to the file. These

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Send File from the Digital Drop Box

Overview

Students can select a file from the Digital Drop Box to send to the Instructor or select a file not in the Digital Drop Box on the

Send File

page. A file sent to the Instructor that is not in the Digital Drop Box will be added to the Student ’ s Drop Box when it is sent.

Files that are added to the Drop Box but not sent will show the date and time posted.

Once the file is sent to the Instructor it will show the date and time submitted.

Note:

The date and time displayed in each instance is not the date and time on the user ’ s machine, rather, it is the date and time on the

Blackboard Learning System

server.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Send File page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

on the course menu.

Select

Digital Drop Box

.

Click

Send File

.

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Fields

The table below details the fields on this page.

Field

File Information

Select File:

Title:

File:

Comments:

Description

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Click the drop-down arrow and select the file to send.

Enter the title of the file.

Click

Browse

Instructor.

to upload a file and send it to the

Enter any comments about the file. These comments will appear beneath the title on the Drop Box page.

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Edit Your Homepage

Every enrolled Student has a course Web site Homepage where they can post information about themselves. The Edit Your Homepage screen allows users to edit their course Web site homepages. This area is created by default, each time a new

Student registers in the course. The default page is blank until the user edits the page.

The Student Homepage is only available as a Course Tool; it is not available as an

Institution Tool. Other users view your Homepage by clicking your name in the Roster.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Edit Your Homepage page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

on the course menu.

Click

Edit Your Homepage

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on this page.

Field

Homepage Information

Intro Message:

Personal

Information:

Upload a Picture

Current Image:

New Image:

Description

Edit or enter the introductory message that users see when viewing the homepage.

Edit or enter any personal information that appears when the homepage is accessed.

The current image is displayed.

Click

Browse

to upload a new image.

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Remove this Image:

Select the checkbox to remove the existing image or any new image.

Favorite Web Sites

Site 1 Title:

Site 1 URL:

Edit or enter the site title. If a title is entered but the

URL is not entered in the field below, the link will not work.

Edit or enter the site URL. When adding a URL, do so as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or blackboard.com

Edit or enter the site description.

Description:

Tips and Tricks

To view a Homepage for a user in the course go to the Roster , located in the

Communication Center. When an individual is selected from the Roster their

Homepage will appear.

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Personal Information

Users manage personal data and privacy settings from the Personal Information page.

The following functions are available to users:

 edit their account profile change their password identify a CD-ROM drive to the

Blackboard Learning System

define privacy settings enable the Text Box Editor

Users may also access and make changes to their personal information from the Tools box in a common area. Changes to Personal Information are reflected system wide.

For example, if an email address is changed in one course, the user ’ s email address will be changed in all of the courses he or she is enrolled in.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Personal Information page.

Step 1

Step 2

OR

Open a course Web site for and click

Select

Personal Information

.

Tools

on the Course Menu.

Select

Personal Information

in the Tools box of a common area.

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Functions

The following functions are available from the Personal Information page.

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Function

Edit Personal

Information

Change Password

Set CD-ROM Drive

Set Privacy

Options

Set Text Box

Editor Options

Description

Edit personal information as it is displayed to other users.

Change your account password.

Set the CD-ROM drive used to access content from your computer.

Set the options to limit or increase the amount of personal information displayed to fellow Students and Instructors.

Set the options to enable or disable the Text Box Editor.

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Edit Personal Information

Overview

The information that appears in a user ’ s account profile can be modified on the Edit

Personal Information page. Users can change the values in fields, populate empty fields, or remove information from fields on this page.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Edit Personal Information page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

Select

on the Course menu.

Personal Information

.

Edit Personal Information

.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Select

Select

Personal Information

in the Tools box of a common area.

Edit Personal Information

.

Fields

The table below details the entry fields on the Edit Personal Information page.

Field

Personal Information

First Name

[r]

Middle Name

Last Name

Email

[r]

[r]

Edit the first name.

Edit the middle name.

Edit last name.

Edit email address.

Description

Student ID

Other Information

Edit Student ID as defined by the institution.

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Gender

Birthdate

Edit gender.

Select birthday by clicking on the drop-down arrow and selecting date values.

Education Level

Edit education level.

Company

Job Title

Street 1

Department

Street 2

City

Edit any additional address information.

Edit city.

State/Province

Edit state or province.

Zip/Postal Code

Edit ZIP code or postal code.

Country

Web Site

Edit company.

Edit job title.

Edit department.

Edit address.

Home Phone

Work Phone

Work Fax

Mobile Phone

Edit country.

Edit the URL of the user ’ s personal Web site. When adding a

URL, do so as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or blackboard.com

Edit the home phone number of the user. The phone number will display exactly as entered.

Edit the work phone number of the user. The phone number will display exactly as entered.

Edit the fax number of the user. The fax number will display exactly as entered.

Edit the mobile phone of the user. The phone number will display exactly as entered.

Tips and Tricks

Changes made on the Edit Personal Information page will be reflected throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

. For example, if the user changes their first name, the new first name will appear in all courses they are enrolled in.

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Change Password

Overview

Account passwords can be changed from the Change Password page. The Change

Password page is accessible through the Personal Information features. Each user must enter a user name and password to login to the system.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Change Password page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

Select

on the Course menu.

Personal Information

Change Password

.

.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Select

Select

Personal Information

Change Password

.

in the Tools box of a common area.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Change Password page.

Field

Reset Password

Password

[r]

Description

Enter a new password for the account. The password must be at least one character and contain no spaces or special characters.

Verify Password

[r] Enter the password again to ensure accuracy.

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Tips and Tricks

Due to security, it is recommended that users do not use common personal information as their password, such as their name or nickname. It is recommended that users change their passwords periodically to ensure security.

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Set CD-ROM Drive

Overview

Users identify the CD-ROM drive location on the current workstation to the

Blackboard

Learning System

from the Set CD-ROM Drive page. The CD-ROM drive must be identified to the

Blackboard Learning System

before files can be uploaded from a CD-

ROM to the

Blackboard Learning System

. Users must set the CD-ROM drive each time they want to upload files from a CD.

Note:

A default value for the CD-ROM Drive will appear when this page is opened, but the user must select

Submit

to set the CD-ROM Drive. If

Submit

is not selected, then the value is null and a CD-ROM Drive is not set.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Set CD-ROM Drive page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

Select

on the Course menu.

Personal Information

Set CD-ROM Drive

.

.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Select

Select

Personal Information

Set CD-ROM Drive

.

in the Tools box of a common area.

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Fields

The table below details the fields on the Set CD-ROM Drive page.

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Field

CD-ROM Drive Information

CD-ROM (for PC):

Description

Click the drop-down arrow and select the drive letter that maps to the CD-ROM drive from the list.

CD-ROM (for MAC):

Enter the CD-ROM drive location.

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Set Privacy Options

Overview

The Set Privacy Options page allows users to choose the information they would like to make publicly available. This information will appear in course Rosters and Group pages. Users may also select to make this information available in the User Directory.

If an email address is not made available it will not appear in the Roster, Group pages,

User Directory, the Collaboration Tool or in any other part of the application.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Set Privacy Options page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

Select

on the Course Menu.

Personal Information

Set Privacy Options

.

.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Select

Select

Personal Information

Set Privacy Options

.

in the Tools box of a common area.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Set Privacy Options page.

Field

Contact Information

Email address

Description

Address (Street,

City, State, Zip,

Country)

Select this check box to make the email address visible to other users through the User Directory, and in other parts of the

Blackboard Learning System

, such as the

Roster and Group pages.

Select this check box to make address information visible to other users through the User Directory.

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Work Information

(Company, Job

Title, Work Phone,

Work Fax)

Additional Contact

Information (Home

Phone, Mobile

Phone, Web Site)

User Directory Status

List my information in the user directory

Select this check box to make work information visible to other users through the User Directory.

Select this check box to make additional contact information visible to other users through the User

Directory.

Select this check box to list your profile information visible to other users through the User Directory.

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Set Text Box Editor Options

Overview

The Text Box Editor allows users to create content through a simple editor within the

Blackboard Learning System

. This page allows users to choose whether or not

WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) functionality will be enabled on their system. If this feature is enabled, users will have additional features available to them when entering content in many text boxes throughout the

Blackboard Learning

System

. See the Text Box Editor topic for additional information.

Note:

The Text Box Editor is only available to Windows Operating System users with

Internet Explorer Version 5.x or a later version. System Administrators also have the option of turning off the WYSIWYG features for the Text Box Editor for all users. Users without WYSIWYG functionality have access to alternate Text Box Options .

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Set Text Box Editor Options page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

Select

on the Course Menu.

Personal Information

.

Set Text Box Editor Options

.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Select

Select

Personal Information

in the Tools box of a common area.

Set Text Box Editor Options

.

Fields

Select

Enable

and text boxes throughout the

Blackboard Learning System

will be enabled with additional WYSIWYG features. Select

Disable

and text boxes include basic options.

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Calendar

The Calendar tool allows users to view Calendar items by day, week, month, or year.

Users can also manage the following events through the Calendar:

 course organization institution personal

Upcoming and past events can be viewed daily, weekly, or monthly and organized into categories.

When the Calendar is accessed through the Tools Box users view all items on their

Calendar and have the options to add and modify personal calendar items. When the

Calendar is accessed through a Course or Organization only those calendar items that relate to the specific course or organizations will appear.

Note:

Students may not add events to the Calendar when it is accessed through a

Course or Organization. Events may only be added when it is accessed through the

Tools Box in a common area.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Calendar page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

on the Course menu.

Calendar

.

OR

Select

Calendar

in the Tools box of a common area.

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Functions

To use the functions available on the Calendar page, follow the table below.

To . . .

view events for a specific date and time

click . . .

Quick Jump

to access the Quick Jump page.

From here, select a date and time and the

Calendar will immediately display events for that time.

Add Event

to access the Add Event page. create an event and add it to the calendar remove an event

Remove

to remove an event from the

Calendar page. This action is irreversible.

Note:

Only events created by the user can be removed. Events created by an Instructor,

Organization Manager, or System Administrator cannot be changed. on the tab to view events for the current day, view events by day, week, or month current week, or current month. view previous or future events on the arrows to the left of the current day, view event details week, or month to view events for the previous day, week, or month. Click on the arrows to the right to view future events. on a Calendar event to view details.

View Event

Click on an event to view event details. The Calendar: View Event page will appear as shown below.

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Quick Jump

Overview

The Quick Jump page allows users to quickly view a portion of the Calendar. Quick

Jump is useful when looking for events planned months in advance of the current date. It is also useful for looking up the events of a past day, week, or month.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Quick Jump page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Click

Course Tools

Select

Calendar

.

Quick Jump

.

on the Course Menu.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Select

Select

Calendar

in the Tools box of a common area.

Quick Jump

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Quick Jump page.

Field

Calendar Quick Jump

Please select the date you wish to access

Description

Select the calendar date. Click the first down arrow to select a month. Click the next down arrow to select a day and click the last down arrow to select a year. The

Calendar page will appear with the enter date.

Click on an option to indicate the type of Calendar view: Month, Week, or Day.

Please choose the type of view you wish to access the specified date

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Add or Modify Calendar Event

Overview

When the Calendar is accessed through the Tools Box users have the options to add and modify personal calendar items. Events may be added through the Add Calendar

Event page and modified through the Modify Calendar Event page. These pages are the same, the difference being, the Add Calendar Event page opens with empty fields and the Modify Calendar Event page opens with populated fields.

Note:

Only events created by the user can be modified. Events created by an

Instructor, organization Manager, or System Administrator cannot be changed by the user.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to find the Add Calendar Event page.

Step 1

Step 2

Click

Calendar

in the Tools box.

Click

Add Event

or

Modify

next to an existing Calendar event.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Add Calendar Event page and Modify Calendar

Event page.

Field

Event Information

Event Title:

Enter the title of the event. This title will appear on the

Calendar page at the date and time indicated on the

Event Time fields.

Description

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Description:

Event Time

Event Date:

Start Time:

End Time:

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Enter a description of the event. The following options are available:

 Smart Text: Automatically recognizes a link entered in the text box. Smart text recognizes the ENTER key as a paragraph tag and accepts

HTML tags as well. Smart Text will also prompt

 to load images if an image source text is used when adding smart text as part of a content item.

Plain text: Displays text as written.

HTML: Displays text as coded using HTML tags.

√ x: Opens the WebEQ Equation Editor .

<  >: Opens the MathML Equation Editor .

ABC: Opens Spell Check .

Preview: Opens the text as it will appear to the user.

Click the drop-down arrow and select date values or click the icon to select a date from the calendar interface.

Click the drop-down arrow and select time values.

Click the drop-down arrow and select time values.

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View Grades

The Tools box provides quick access for users to check grades and performance statistics from all their Courses. The My Grades page lists each user ’ s courses and organizations. Users then select a course or organization to access a report.

Users can check their grades in a course by accessing the View Grades page through the Course menu. This page includes information on the following:

 the user ’ s average Assessment grade the total number of points the user has accumulated details about each Assessment. information about the class average on each Assessment grade weighting. This is the weight of the item.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the View Grades page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

on the Course menu.

View Grades

.

OR

Select

View Grades

in the Tools box of a common area.

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Tasks

The Tasks page organizes projects (referred to as Tasks), defines task priority, and tracks task status. Instructors and organization leaders can post tasks to users participating in their course or organization.

From the Tools Box users can view all of their tasks, including those from the courses and organizations they are participating in, tasks posted by the System Administrator and their personal tasks. Users can create their own tasks and post them to the Tasks page. When Tasks is accessed through the Course menu users view Tasks for that specific course or organization.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Tasks page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

on the course menu.

Tasks.

OR

Select

Tasks

in the Tools box of a common area.

Functions

The table below details the functions available on the Tasks page.

To . . .

sort the list of tasks add or modify a task

click . . .

the drop-down arrow and select a task category.

Categories include:

All Tasks

My Tasks

Tasks by course

Add Task

or

Modify

to access the Add / Modify Task page for a particular task.

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remove a task

Remove

to remove a task. A box will appear asking to verify that a task should be removed. This action is irreversible. the task to view details. view the details of a particular task

View task details

Click on a task from the Tasks page to view course task details. The task details display:

 the task name the due date the task priority the task status a description of the task

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Add / Modify Task

Overview

The Add or Modify Task pages allow users to create and modify personal tasks. These pages function in a similar manner. The difference being, the Add Task page opens with empty fields and the Modify Task page opens with populated fields. To modify a task, click

Modify

.

Note:

The only tasks that can be added or fully modified by the user are personal tasks created by that user. Users may adjust the Status for Tasks created by an

Instructor or organization Manager.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to find the Add Task or Modify Task page.

Step 1

Step 2

Click

Tasks

in the Tools box.

Click

Add Task

or

Modify

.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Add Task page.

Field

Task Information

Task Title:

Description

Enter the title of the task.

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Description:

Due Date:

Task Options

Priority:

Status:

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Enter a description of the task. The following options are available:

 Smart Text: Automatically recognizes a link entered in the text box. Smart text recognizes the ENTER key as a paragraph tag and accepts HTML tags as well. Smart Text will also prompt to load images if

 an image source text is used when adding smart text as part of a content item.

Plain text: Displays text as written.

HTML: Displays text as coded using HTML tags.

√ x: Opens the WebEQ Equation Editor .

<  >x: Opens the MathML Equation Editor .

ABC: Opens Spell Check .

Preview: Opens the text as it will appear to the user.

Select the date the task is due from the drop-down list.

Click the drop-down arrow and select date values or click the icon to select a date from the calendar interface.

Select a priority. The options are:

Low (task appears with a blue arrow pointed down)

Normal

High (task appears with a red arrow pointed up)

The selected priority appears on the Tasks page.

Select a status. The options are:

Not started

In progress

Completed

The selected status appears on the Tasks page.

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The Electric Blackboard®

The Electric Blackboard® allows users to save notes for a particular course within the

Blackboard Learning System

environment. Users can write notes on The Electric

Blackboard®, save them, and then return later to add to and review them.

Note:

The Electric Blackboard® is only available in a course Web site. It is not available in the Tools box in a common area.

Find this tool

Follow the steps below to open The Electric Blackboard®.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

on the Course menu.

Select

The Electric Blackboard

.

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Address Book

Users can store contact information in the Address Book. Users must enter a profile for anyone they wish to add to their address book, even if the contact is a system user.

The Address Book is empty until the user enters contacts.

The Address Book will contain the same information if it is accessed through a Course menu or through the Tools box.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Address Book.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Open a course Web site.

Click

Tools

Select

on the course menu.

Address Book

.

OR

Click

Address Book

in the Tools Box.

Search Fields

The Address Book contains a search function at the top of the page. Users can search using different variables selected from the search tabs. The following search tabs are available on the Address Book page.

Tab

Search:

Description

Click

Last Name

,

User Name

or

E-mail

and enter a value.

The search function will create a list of contacts with that last name, user name or email.

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Functions

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Click the letter or number that represents the first character of a last name. The search function will create a list of all contacts with a last name that begins with that character.

The table below details the functions available on the Address Book page.

To . . .

create a contact and add it to the Address

Book modify a contact remove a contact

click . . .

Add Contact

.

The Add Contact page will appear.

Modify

Remove

for a contact.

for a contact. This action is irreversible.

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Add or Modify Contact

Overview

Users create contact profiles for their Address Book from the Add Contact page.

Profiles can be created for any contact, including contacts outside of the institution, from the Add Contact page. The Modify Contact page contains the same fields as the

Add contact page and allows the user to edit a profile.

Note:

The user must create a profile for each contact, even those contacts that are also system users.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Add Contact page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Open a course Web site.

Click

Click

Tools

Select

on the course menu.

Address Book

Add Contact

.

.

OR

Step 1

Step 2

Click

Address Book

in the Tools Box.

Click

Add Contact

.

To modify a contact, find the user profile and click

Modify

next to their name.

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Fields

The table below details the fields on the Add or Modify Contact page.

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Field Description

Personal Information

First Name:

Last Name:

[r]

[r]

Enter the contact ’ s first name.

Enter the contact ’ s last name.

Email:

Other Information

Enter the contact ’ s email address.

Company:

Job Title:

Enter the contact ’ s company.

Enter the contact ’ s job title.

Address:

Enter the contact ’ s address.

Address: (cont.)

Enter any additional address information.

City:

Enter the contact ’ s city.

State/Province:

Enter the contact ’ s state or province.

Zip/Postal Code:

Enter the contact ’ s ZIP code or postal code.

Country:

Web Site:

Home Phone:

Work Phone:

Work Fax:

Mobile Phone:

Enter the contact ’ s country.

Enter the URL of the contact ’ s personal Web site. When adding a URL, do so as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or blackboard.com

Enter the home phone number of the contact. The phone number will display exactly as entered.

Enter the work phone number of the contact. The phone number will display exactly as entered.

Enter the fax number of the contact. The fax number will display exactly as entered.

Enter the mobile phone of the contact. The phone number will display exactly as entered.

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User Directory

The Tools box provides access to the User Directory. The User Directory enables users to list users and contact other users via email. A search function at the top of the page creates a list of users. From the list, a user can click on a listed user ’ s email address to send a message.

Users will only appear in the User Directory if they indicate that they wish to be included on the Set Privacy Options page.

Note:

The User Directory is not available from a course Web site.

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Part Three:

Blackboard Academic Suite

Portal Features

Overview

The user interface tabs are used to navigate throughout the

Blackboard Academic

Suite

. Tabs appear in the header frame of the user interface and are used to navigate to content-rich Web pages. Tabs contain links to courses and organizations, modules of content, user tools, and external links to additional services and content.

The tabs available in the user interface depend on the product that the institution is using.

Blackboard Learning System

: The user interface includes the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. Modules may include information that is pulled from the

Blackboard Learning System

, such as Announcements and the Calendar.

Blackboard Learning System

– Basic Edition: The user interface includes the

My Institution tab and the Courses tab. Modules may include information that is pulled from the

Blackboard Learning System

, such as Announcements and the Calendar.

Blackboard Portal System

: All tabs are available in the user interface, including the My Institution tab, the Course tab, the Community tab, and the Services tab. Modules may include information that is pulled from the

Blackboard

Learning System

, such as Announcements and the Calendar, and also information from outside sources, such as external Web sites.

Part Three Contents

This part of the

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

includes the following chapters:

Chapter 6 –

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Portal System

Tabs

Chapter 7 – Modules

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Chapter 6 -

Blackboard Learning System

and

Blackboard Portal

System

Tabs

Overview

Within the

Blackboard Learning System

, there are two core tab areas; the My

Institution tab and the Courses tab. The

Blackboard Portal System

adds the

Community tab, the Services tab, and any other tab areas created by the school.

System Administrators also have the option of adding tabs specific to their institution.

In this chapter

This chapter contains the following sections:

Section Function

My Institution Tab Contains tools and information in modules that can be

Courses Tab customized for each user ’ s preference.

Lists courses specific to each user as well as the Course

Community Tab

Services Tab

Catalog for the institution

Lists organizations specific to each user, the Organization

Catalog for the institution, and institution-wide Discussion

Boards

Contains links to other institutional offerings outside of the

Blackboard Academic Suite

.

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My Institution Tab

The My Institution common area contains tools and information specific to each user ’ s preferences. Tools and information are contained in modules, which users can add and remove from their My Institution common area.

While users can choose which modules appear, the Administrator may restrict access to or require specific modules. With the

Blackboard Portal System

, modules on the My

Institution Tab can present and interact with content outside the scope of

Blackboard

Learning System

courses.

Customization

Users can customize the content and layout of the My Institution area. After customization, the My Institution area displays the desired settings when a Student logs in again.

In this section

This section includes information on the following topics.

Section

Customizing

Content

Institution Tab

Layout

Editing, Minimizing and Removing

Content

Function

Customize the modules that will appear on the My

Institution area.

Customize the color and placement of the modules on the

My Institution area.

Edit, minimize, and remove modules from the My Institution area.

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Customizing Content

Overview

From the My Institution common area, Students are able to access Institution Tools, courses, organizations and content from outside sources. Students can customize the modules that will appear on their My Institution area. Content such as the news, weather, and sports and other items are presented in modules that can be customized from the Institution Tab Content page.

Note:

The Modules chapter contains Information about the types of modules available in the

Blackboard Learning System

. Basic Modules are available with

Blackboard

Learning System

and

Blackboard Learning System

- Basic Edition. Basic Modules and

Advanced Modules are available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the My Institution Content page.

Step 1

Step 2

Open the My Institution common area.

Click

Content

on the upper right hand corner.

Functions

Check the boxes next to those modules you would like to have appear in the My

Institution tab, click

Submit

. Modules with a red check have been selected by the

System Administrator and cannot be changed. Modules that display information from an outside source, such as weather and news, are referred to as channels.

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My Institution Layout

Overview

From the My Institution area, Students are able to access Institution Tools, courses, organizations and content from outside sources. Students can customize the color and placement of the modules on their My Institution common area through the My

Institution Layout page.

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Editing, Minimizing and Removing Content

Overview

Editing content

The Pencil icon located at the top of each module allows the user to edit the content of that specific module.

Minimizing

The

Blackboard Learning System

allows users to edit, minimize, and remove modules from the My Institution area unless a module has been set as required by the System

Administrator.

The minus (-) button located at the top of each module allows the user to minimize the individual modules.

Removing

The remove icon located at the top of each module allows the user to remove the individual modules. Click

Remove

and a confirmation receipt will appear when the process is completed. Modules that do not have a remove icon have been set by the

System Administrator and cannot be changed.

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Courses Tab

The Courses common area enables users to access courses they are instructing, courses they are participating in, and the Course Catalog. Users can also search for courses, and access tools and links that are configured by the Administrator.

In this section

This section includes information on the following topics.

Topic

Course List

Description

Explains how to access courses you are instructing or participating in.

Discusses browsing and searching the Course Catalog. Course Catalog

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Course Listing

Overview

The Courses common area enables users to access courses they are instructing, courses they are enrolled in, and the Course Catalog. The user can access all courses they are participating in from the Course List. Click on a course to access the course

Web site for that course.

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Course Catalog

Overview

Users can access the Course Catalog from the Courses common area. The Course

Catalog allows them to view all courses offered by their institution that are categorized in the catalog. The catalog organizes Courses into categories. Users can browse through the categories and subcategories or use the search function to locate a course. The search function will only look for courses that are available in the Course

Catalog.

The image below is an example of the Search function in the Course Catalog.

Functions

The table below describes the available functions on the Browse Course Catalog page.

To. . .

search for a course

click . . .

the text box, enter the course keyword, then click

Go

. the advance search option. complete a search by Course ID or description, or to list all courses in the

Catalog browse course categories the hyperlink of the desired category.

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Community Tab

The Community common area allows the user to perform organization searches, view organization listings, and participate in community-wide Discussion Boards.

Note:

The Community tab is only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

In this section

This section includes information on the following topics.

Section

Organizations

Description

Lists the organizations available at the institution and explains the Organization Catalog.

Communicate with fellow organization members and classmates by posting messages on particular topics.

Create Discussion Boards on topics of interest that others can access and reply to.

Community

Discussion Boards

Create Community

Discussion Boards

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Organizations

Overview

Organization Web sites, accessed through the Community tab, offer similar features as course Web sites. Organization members can view information about the organization posted by the organization Manager, such as Announcements, Calendar events,

Discussion Boards and Rosters.

Note:

Organizations are only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Organization list

The Organization List, located in the Community common area, provides users with a listing of all the organizations in which they are a member. Any user can serve as the manager of an organization.

Function

If the

Blackboard Portal System

is configured by the institution to allow requests for organizations, users can send a request to the System Administrator to add an organization to the Institution ’ s current organization listing.

Click

Request

and an email message to the System Administrator will appear. Enter the name of the organization to add to the current listing and provide a brief description of the organization. Click

Send

.

Organization Catalog

The organization catalog provides a listing of all the organizations at the institution.

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Functions

Follow the table below to use the functions available on the Organization Catalog page.

To . . .

view an organization in a predefined

click …

the hyperlink of the category. category browse organizations

Browse Organization Catalog

.

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Community Discussion Boards

Overview

Community Discussion Boards allow the user to communicate with fellow organization members and classmates by posting messages on particular topics.

For more information on this topic see Discussion Board in the Courses section.

Note:

Community Discussion Boards are only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Functions

The table below details the functions available from the Community Discussion Boards.

To . . .

access a

Discussion Board create a new

Discussion Board the Discussion Board link.

Create

click . . .

. The Create Discussion Board page will appear. This option is made available by the System Administrator.

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Create Community Discussion Boards

Overview

Discussion Boards allow the user to communicate with other users by posting messages on particular topics. Users may create Discussion Boards on topics of interest. This function allows users to create Discussion Boards for others to access and reply to. This option is made available by the System Administrator.

Note:

Community Discussion Boards function in the same way as course Discussion

Boards .

Find this page

Follow the steps below to find the Community Discussion Boards.

Step 1

Step 2

Note:

This page is only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Open the Community common area.

Click

Create

in the Discussion Board area.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Create Discussion Board page.

Field

Board Information

Board Name:

Board Description:

Board Options

Select Icons:

Description

Enter the Discussion Board name

Enter the Discussion Board description

Click the drop-down menu to select an icon associated with the Discussion Board.

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Services Tab

The Services common area allows users to view external links to the various services provided by the institution. The institution ’ s System Administrator establishes these services.

Note:

The Services tab is only available with

Blackboard Portal System

.

Find the Services common area

Login and click the Services tab.

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Chapter 7

Modules

Modules are packets of content that appear on the My Institution Tab or Module tabs.

They are made available by the System Administrator. Modules allow users to view information from within

Blackboard Learning System

, such as Calendar events and

Courses. Information from outside, such as news, the weather, and other Web sites can be presented to modules through the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Note:

Basic modules are available in all of

Blackboard Learning System

products.

Advanced modules are only available in the

Blackboard Portal System

.

Note:

See the topic on Customizing Content for information on how to personalize the modules that appear on My Institution tab.

Module Types

The following table describes the different types of modules that may be found in the

Blackboard Academic Suite

.

Module

Basic Modules

Description

Basic modules pull information from within the

Blackboard Learning System

. For example, the My Calendar module includes events on the user ’ s Calendar for a particular day and links to their My Calendar page, where the user may modify their Calendar events.

Advanced Modules

Channel Module

Channel modules stream content from an outside source into a

Blackboard Learning System

module. The module content is updated at intervals. Examples of Channel modules include weather modules and news modules.

URL Module

URL modules display Web page content from outside of

Blackboard Learning System

. The URL of the Web page is entered by clicking the link.

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Opinion Poll

Module

Multiple Choice

Poll Module

User Manual

Opinion Poll modules ask a question and give users a chance to enter a full response in a text box. The module also displays some of the recent responses to the module.

Multiple Choice Poll modules present a question with multiple answers. Users will see the question as well as options for selecting one of the answers. After users select an answer, they will see the results of the poll to date within the module. The only way to see the results of a poll is to vote.

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Delegated Module Admin

Overview

Administrators may give a user administrator privileges for one or more modules. If a user has administrator privileges for a module a

Module Admin

button will appear at the top of the My Institution page. When selected, the Delegated Module Admin page will appear, enabling the user to open and modify those modules they have administrator privileges for.

Functions

Select

Content

to modify the content within a module, such as the links or HTML it includes. Select

Properties

to modify the title, description and availability of the module.

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Appendix

Updates Since Publication

This document was published on February 9, 2004.

There have been no updates since publications.

User Manual

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