Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite

Overview

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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

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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

Response

Private

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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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