Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite

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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

Description:

as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or blackboard.com

Edit or enter the site 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

Description

Edit personal information as it is displayed to other users.

Information

Change Password Change your account password.

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

Set Privacy

Options

Set Text Box

Editor Options

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 . . . click . . .

sort the list of tasks the drop-down arrow and select a task category.

Categories include:

 All Tasks

 My Tasks

 Tasks by course add or modify a task

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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A-Z, 0-9:

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.

User Manual

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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Overview

User Manual

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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