Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite

Overview

User Manual

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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