Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite

Overview

User Manual

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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Add File

Overview

User Manual

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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