Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite

Overview

User Manual

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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End

User Manual

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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Overview

User Manual

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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