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Module 1 – Introduction to Blackboard Logging in to Blackboard

You can get to the FSCJ Blackboard site from anywhere in the world using the URL: http://bb.fscj.edu.
Click on
User Login and then use your FSCJ Faculty Artemis ID and password to complete the login screen.
Hitting the Enter key or clicking on the Go button will take you to the
My FSCJ page: From here you can get to your classes, your FCCJ e-Mail, content you have stored on the Blackboard Server in the
My Content Collection and even browse the FSCJ Library collection! You can also access FCCJ Learner Support, Blackboard tutorials and Blackboard Support from here.
Customizing My FCCJ Modify Content You can modify the content of the My FCCJ page by clicking on the Modify Content link on the right. The default items are My Courses, Tools, Calendar, My Announcements, My Organizations, My Tasks, and Tutorials. But there are many other items that you can choose, including a dictionary and thesaurus, a text editor, a variety of New York Times web editions (science, education, news, books, art, etc.) and even a weather link. A checkmark indicates what is currently displayed. Clicking within a box will either add or remove a checkmark. When you have finished modifying the content that you would like to display, click Submit and you will have your own customized My FCCJ page. Now You Try It! 1. Click on the My FCCJ tab in Blackboard 2. Click on Modify Content button 3. Click in the empty boxes of any items you would like to add. 4. Click on boxes with checkmarks to remove items 5. Click Submit 6. Click OK 7. Checkout the change you made in your My FCCJ page Module 1: Introduction to Blackboard Page 2 of 7
Modify Layout You can also modify the appearance of the page by clicking on Modify Layout. This will take you to a two part menu. In Part 1 Customize the Page Layout, you can change the order of the items in the two columns by selecting the item and clicking on the up and down arrows. You can change the column the item appears in by selecting the item and clicking on the right or left arrow. You can also remove items by selecting them and clicking on the X. Note that the asterisked items are required and cannot be removed. Part 2 of the Modify Layout options allows you to Personalize Your Theme. You are able to select from a variety of colorful themes for you’re My FCCJ page. Clicking Submit when you finish making your modifications will finalize the process. Now You Try It! 1. Click on the My FCCJ tab 2. Click on Modify Layout button 3. Select an item in the left column. Click the right arrow button. Note that the item is now in the right column. Now put it back in the left column, by selecting it and clicking the left arrow button. Easy! 4. Change the order of an item by selecting the item and clicking the up or down arrow. 5. Try changing the color (if you want to) 6. Click Submit 7. Click OK 8. Checkout the change in your My FCCJ page
My Courses The starting point for a course in Blackboard is an empty course shell. Think of a course shell as an empty classroom with all of the tools normally available for instruction. Empty course shells are created whenever courses are added to the College Schedule. The course shells for all of the courses you have taken or have taught in the past year are listed when you click on the Courses tab. These course shells remain available on the Blackboard server for 1 year, after which they are purged from the system. If you have invested a lot of time in customizing a particular shell (added quizzes and course content, for example) you won’t want to lose that shell during the purge or in the event of server malfunctions. I will teach you how to backup your course shells so that you can use the shell as a starting point the next time you teach Module 1: Introduction to Blackboard Page 3 of 7 the class. I will also teach you how to copy the content of one course shell to a new course shell, which is what you will normally do from term to term. These courses are also listed as quick links on the My FCCJ page on the far right under My Courses. You can choose which courses are displayed in this list by clicking on the pencil icon found on the far right of the My Courses header. This will take you to the Modify Courses List screen (below). The checkmarks within the boxes indicate the courses and announcements currently displayed. To remove a course from the displayed list, simply click within the box which will remove the check. When you are finished making your selections, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Submit. Remember, this will not remove the course from Blackboard. You can always get to the course again by clicking on the Courses tab. Now You Try It! 1. Click on the pencil icon found on the far right of the My Courses header. This will take you to the Modify Courses List screen. 2. To remove a course from the displayed list, click within the box which will remove the check. 3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Submit. 4. Click OK. 5. Checkout the change in your My FCCJ page.
Student View and the Control Panel When you first enter a course shell, you are in the Student View. The default location in the course is the Announcements page, although you will learn how to change this later. The only difference between what you see and what your students see is that you also have a Control Panel. All designing and editing is done by the instructor in the Control Panel. Students do not have access to the Control Panel. Module 1: Introduction to Blackboard Page 4 of 7 Clicking on the Control Panel gives the instructor access to all of the editable items within Blackboard, including Course Content, the Gradebook, Course Information, Faculty Information (labeled Staff Information below), Announcements as well as the tools for changing the course layout, the menu, etc. Module 1: Introduction to Blackboard Page 5 of 7
Navigation within the Course Shell Two views of the Course Menu are available to users: the Quick View and the Detail View. The Quick View uses navigation buttons and is the default form of the Course Menu. The Detail View is the full Course Map, letting users expand and collapse the Course Menu, and displays a clickable link to each item in the course. If allowed by the instructor, users may toggle between these two views (see the arrow at right). In addition, commonly used tools are separated from the Course Menu to make them easier to find and use. These tools are found in the box labeled Tools. In Module 5 you will learn how to modify the Course Menu and the Tools.
Student Homepage

Many instructors use the Student Homepage as an icebreaker activity, as well as a way to help students become familiar with the Blackboard interface. However, it can slow down students getting into the meat of the course because they may perceive creating and viewing student homepages as being more fun. Another less time consuming icebreaker is to set up an
Introduce Yourself discussion board forum and to require students to post in the forum. Students can still post photos with their messages, so the posts can be just as personal as a homepage.
To create a student homepage, click on Course Tools within the Tools box, and then Homepage.
To view student homepages, click on Communication, then Roster, and then Search. Each homepage can then be accessed by clicking on the student’s name. Note that only students can create Homepages.
If you click on Homepage in a course in which you are an instructor, you will get an error message. This is why the exercise for this module includes creating a student homepage and then viewing your classmates’ homepages.
Having experienced the creation of a student homepage and using the Roster to view pages, you can then decide which approach you want to take to help personalize your class.

Now You Try It! A. Create your Student Homepage I'd like you to write a brief autobiography and introduce yourself to the class. Have fun and remember to NOT fill it with just academic information. Part of the online world is getting to know each other through our personal life and activities too. There is no right or wrong way to write this- include as much or as little as you choose! You can start by clicking on Faculty Module 1: Introduction to Blackboard Page 6 of 7 Information on the Course Menu to read my information. To create your homepage: 1. Select Tools from the button bar 2. Select Homepage 3. Fill out the form with your information 4. Scroll down to the bottom and click Submit 5. You will see a note that should say, User Updated, hit OK B. View your Homepage and that of your classmates: 1. Select the Communication button 2. Select Roster 3. On this page you can chose your search method. The easiest thing to do is to just click the Search button, leaving everything blank. If you do this, you will see a list of all the students in your class 4. Click on your classmate's name to see his/her homepage C. Post a message in the Introductions forum in the Discussion Board 1. Select the Communication / Discussion Board 2. Select Introductions 3. Click Start New Thread 4. Post a message - Use your own name as the subject (Billy’s Homepage, etc) and post one sentence inviting your classmates to read your Homepage and respond to you. 5. Respond - Choose someone who has already posted, read their Homepage, and reply to their posting in the Introductions forum.
Help With Blackboard User Manuals You have access to both the student version of the Blackboard manual and the instructor version (in your practice course). To access the student version, click on Course Tools in the Tools box, then User Manual. To access the instructor version, click on Control Panel, then Manual under Help. The Manual is designed to be searched: Type in what you want to search for (such as Add a Test) and press the Enter key to see how the online manual works. Browser Tune-Up Not all internet browsers are able to take advantage of the full power of the Blackboard Course Management System. To view a list of supported Browsers, click on the Start the Browser Tune-Up link at the top right of the Blackboard screen. The current site mentions WebCT rather than Blackboard, but the recommendations apply to Blackboard as well. The Virtual Classroom (chat and whiteboard) require a particular version of Sun Microsystems Java. When you learn how to use these communication tools in Module 2 you may find that the Virtual Classroom won’t open fully for you. If that happens, you will need to download and install the version found under Plug-Ins (top right of the Blackboard screen). I recommend not choosing the autoupdate feature for Java, because the latest Java version is often one step in front of Blackboard and may cause Virtual Classroom to quit working properly. Part of the Browser Tune-Up is setting your browser to accept pop-up windows. Both quizzes Module 1: Introduction to Blackboard Page 7 of 7 and discussion boards require the use of pop-up windows to work properly.
Blackboard Support (from FCCJ) Clicking on Blackboard Support on the top right of the Blackboard Screen will take you to the FCCJ Technical Help Desk. This is a good place to check if the Blackboard server appears to be malfunctioning. IT posts alerts whenever there are server problems. You will also find the phone, FAX and e-mail information for the FCCJ Technical Help Desk when you click on Blackboard Support. The Help Desk staff will assist you in resolving any computer-related issues. For example, you may want to take advantage of the Help Desk if the Browser Tune-Up does not resolve your problems with Blackboard.
Blackboard Support (from Blackboard) You have more Blackboard support options within the Control Panel of a course shell. Clicking on the Support link will take you to the Blackboard support site. You will need to create a unique Blackboard ID and password to access their knowledge base and their 24/7 online customer support. (No, your FCCJ ID and Password won’t work here!) Once you login, you can search the knowledge base or ask Dr. C for online help.
Blackboard Tutorials There are a large number of online tutorials available to you as you learn how to work in Blackboard. The My FCCJ page has many tutorials organized by topic. The ones found under the header: Instruction, Communication and Assessment will probably be the most useful to you. By the way, these tutorials can also be reached from within your course by clicking on Control Panel and then clicking on Quick Tutorials in the Help section. Within each of the modules for this course you will find links to tutorials that I hope will expand on what you are learning in the module. Note that some of the tutorials have sound, but most don’t. I recommend that you go through the tutorials on an as needed basis.

What should you do next? Tell me that you have completed the Module 1 Reading and Now You Try It! exercises. 1. Click on Course Content 2. Click on Module 1 3. Click on Mod1 Exercises and state that you are finished in the Comments area. 4. Click Submit. Take the Module 1 Quiz. 1. Click on Course Content 2. Click on Module 1 3. Click on Module 1 Quiz. Move on to Module 2.

Module 2 - Blackboard's Communication Tools
Menu Blackboard provides a number of excellent tools for communication within the online environment. These include Email (through the FCCJ e-mail system), Messages (an email system that resides within an individual class), threaded Discussion Boards (discussed in Module 3), Collaboration tools (a Chat room as well as a Virtual Classroom with a Whiteboard), WIMBA voice tools, Announcements, and tools for communication between Groups or Teams. To access any of the Communication tools, click on the Communication link on your Blackboard menu or on the Communication link found in the Tools box. (Note the arrows on the graphic at left.) Clicking on either Communication link opens the Communication Tool selection box (seen at right). Communication Tool selection box This module will show you how to use many of these tools. You may not plan to use all of them in your course, so you will also learn how to modify the availability of the tools (remove them from the Student View).
Email The Send Email option is an easy way for the instructor to send an e-mail reminder to all of the students in the class, as well as to send e-mail to individual members. Students will also find it useful for setting up study group meeting times and working collaboratively on assignments. Currently, the only e-mail address allowed in Blackboard is the student and faculty FCCJ e-mail accounts, so you will have to encourage students to check their FCCJ e-mail regularly. The email supports attachments, such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, digital images and small audio or video files. (Of course, if a file requires a program like Word or Excel to open it, the recipient must have the program on their computer to read the attachment.) Module 2 – Communication Page 2 of 11 To send an e-mail in Blackboard, click on Send Email in the Communication Tool selection box which opens the Send Email options box. The most commonly used options are Select Users and All Users. Click on All Users to send an e-mail to the entire class. Click on Select Users to send an e-mail to one or more students. (Individual recipients are selected by putting a check mark next to their names.) After typing in a subject and a message, you then click on Submit. A copy of any e-mail you send will also appear in your FCCJ e-mail inbox. The e-mail you receive will not indicate who you sent the e-mail to, which is great if you are sending it to many students, because it will appear to be personal to the student who receives the e-mail. However, if you are sending a note to just one student, you may want to begin your e-mail with the name of the recipient so you have a record of who you sent the e-mail to. For example, “Amanda, I noticed that you did not submit your homework last night...”
Messages The Messages feature is an internal e-mail system that can only be accessed within a particular Blackboard class. Many people like to use Messages rather than Email as it keeps all correspondence for one course in one location. To send a Message, click on Messages within the Communication Tools selection box.The Messages Options box opens ( right) . You will click the Inbox link to see if you have any messages and the Sent link to review messages that you have sent. You will click the New Message link to send a message to a class member. This will open a Compose Message window that functions like a typical e-mail message. To select the recipient, click on the To button on the message. Use your keyboard's up and down arrow buttons to move through the list of names. When the correct name is highlighted, click the to move the name to the Recipient list. Note that you can only select one recipient at a time. You will use the if you want to remove a name from the list. When you finish selecting your recipients, click on the Submit button, which returns you to your message. Module 2 – Communication Page 3 of 11
Messages Versus Email The default in Blackboard is for both Send Email and Messages to appear as clickable links in the Communication Tool selection box. I recommend that you choose one of these for you and your students to use for class e-mail and disable the other. Having both available will create extra work, since you will have to check both daily. What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of each system? One advantage of the Send Email option is that it comes to your FCCJ exchange e-mail, which you are already in the habit of checking regularly. Another advantage to e-mail is that you have an All Users option for sending an e-mail to every member of your class. The advantage of Messages is that all of your mail from that class is kept with that class. A disadvantage of Messages is that you and your students won't know that you have a message unless you check your Messages Inbox. Another disadvantage is that you have to select each recipient of a message individually. Considering these advantages and disadvantages, which mail system will you adopt for your class? Once you have your decision, disable (hide) the system you are not going to use. Both communication tools are enabled for student use (or hidden from student use) through the Control Panel. Clicking on Manage Tools opens the screen at right: Clicking on Tool Availability lists all of the tools available for you to use in your class. Clicking the box next to the tool puts a check mark in the box and will enable the tool for the course. Clicking a box that already contains a check mark will remove the checkmark and disable that tool. Click Submit when you finish making your selection. Now You Try It! You are going to enable either Messages or E-mail in your Practice Classroom and then tell me which one you chose by sending me an e-mail using the Blackboard e-mail function. 1. Click on the Courses tab at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel at the bottom left of the screen, then Manage Tools. 3. Click on Tool Availability and unclick the tool you don't want to use. 4. Click on Submit and click OK. 5. Click on the Courses tab at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on the Blackboard Basics class. 6. Click on Communication. 7. Click on Send Email. 8. Click on Select Users. 9. Click in the box next to my name. Module 2 – Communication Page 4 of 11 10. Complete the e-mail stating which communication system you chose to keep in your course. 11. Click Submit. 12. Check your FCCJ e-mail for a copy of the message you sent me. 13. Click on Faculty Mail on the top right of the Blackboard screen for a direct link to Outlook Exchange.
Collaboration (Virtual Classroom and Chat) The Collaboration feature allows students and the instructor to participate in synchronous lessons and chat. Synchronous means that the participants are all logged in at the same time, which can be a very difficult thing to achieve. There are two types of collaborative tools available: Virtual Classroom and Chat. The Virtual Classroom (at right) can serve as an online Lecture Hall. The upper right two-thirds of the window contains the Whiteboard that you can use to display classroom materials, draw diagrams, work problems, and display web pages. The bottom third of the window is the Chat component, which allows 2 way communication between participants. If you join a Chat rather than the Virtual Classroom you will only have the lower portion of the window. To begin a collaboration session from the Student View, click on Communication, Collaboration, and then click on Join for the appropriate session (Virtual Classroom or Chat). Why didn't the Virtual Classroom or Chat session load when I clicked Join?You must have Java installed on your computer to be able to use the Whiteboard. If Java is not installed you will only be able to access Chat. Go to http://www.java.com and click on Java Software Download, then Manual Download. Select your operating system (usually Windows Online Installation), click on Download and follow the instructions (click on Save, not Run). Save the Java download to the Desktop. Once the Java installation program is downloaded to the Desktop, you need to install it. On the Desktop, double-click on the file you downloaded and follow the instructions.You will need to turn off your pop-up blocker. On the menu bar in Internet Explorer choose Tools, Pop-up Blocker, Turn Off Pop-up Blocker. A useful trick for bypassing pop-up blockers is to hold down the CTRL key when you click on the hyperlink. If the virtual classroom fails to load after you have turned off your pop-up blockers try clicking the Join button while holding down the CTRL key on your keyboard. Some popup blockers are hard to find!If it still won’t open, go through the Browser Tune-up link on the top right of Blackboard Module 2 – Communication Page 5 of 11 and check each setting.Contact the FCCJ Helpdesk (904-632-3151). They will walk you through your settings if necessary. You can bring documents from your course into the Virtual Classroom using the course Map option at the top of the Tools list (see right). Double clicking on the document will insert it into the Whiteboard space which all participants share. You can then select parts of the document to highlight. This might be useful if a student asks a question about how grades are computed, for example. You open your syllabus in the Whiteboard space and highlight the pertinent parts. The Group Browser option allows you to load a web page into the Whiteboard space. Students Ask Questions (see graphic above right), and you access their questions through the Question Inbox. The Whiteboard itself has options (see right) that allow you to write and draw directly in the large Whiteboard space. The pointer arrow allows you to select items in your drawing. It also enables Whiteboard controls at the top of the large Whiteboard space: Using these controls you will be able cut a part of your drawing, copy, paste and delete. There is also an eraser that you can use to clear the Whiteboard space. In addition to the Tools tab (see graphic at right), you also have a Controls tab that allows you to add new pages to your Whiteboard, and to review pages that you have already been to. This is a synchronous environment, so everyone must be logged into the virtual classroom (chat session) during the same time period to participate. Even with careful scheduling everyone may not be able to participate. You can Record the session so students who were not able to participate can review it later. The recording tools are found on the upper far right corner of the Virtual Classroom or Chat room. To record a session, click on the Begins Recording button as soon as the chat session begins. Give the session a name in the window that opens. Students and the instructor can then click on Recordings to view the chat session later. (Note that students do not have the controls for recording sessions in the general classroom, but can record in the Group chat rooms.) Module 2 – Communication Page 6 of 11 Note that you will need to periodically take a snapshot of the Whiteboard, or it will not be recorded with the chat. The snapshot icon is the camera found next to the eraser on the top of the Whiteboard space. The image of the Whiteboard in the archive will correspond with time it was recorded. Note that the Snapshot button cannot be activated unless the session is being recorded. An excellent tutorial on the use of the virtual classroom tool is found at http://www.blackboard.com/corp/objects/images/quicktutorials/collaboration.swf Tips for scheduling chat sessions: If the class you are teaching is entirely online, you should schedule appropriately for all of the time zones covered by your students. Typically you may need to have two or even three alternative times for students to log into the virtual classroom to accommodate different students. The virtual classroom works best with roughly 5 -12 students, so if you have a large class, assign students to a particular time so that you do not have too many people logged in at any one time. The virtual classroom works well if you have several students with the same problem – you can draw mathematical equations on the whiteboard and answer their questions. Students who use AOL or similar ISPs may be used to chat rooms with their friends, so you need to keep students focused so that the chat does not evolve into a purely social event!
Now You Try It!

Part 1: You are going to explore the Collaboration Chat Tool 1. Click on Courses at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel at the bottom left of the screen, then Collaboration, and then click on Join to the right of the Chat. 3. Click on Begins Recording (round blue button on the top right) and give your session a descriptive name and click OK. 4. Type something in the Compose space and then click Send. Repeat a few times until you have a few lines of dialogue. Now you are ready to end the recording. 5. Click on the Stop Recording (square blue button on the top right). 6. Exit the session by clicking on the End at the top of the Chat window. A dialog box will open that asks you if you are serious. Click OK. Click OK again. 7. Review the recorded session by clicking on Communication, Collaboration, Recordings to the right of the Chat, and then click on the Recording Name title to view the recording. Part 2: You are going to explore the Collaboration Virtual Classroom Tool 1. Click on Courses at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel in your practice course. Click on Collaboration, and then click on Join to the right of the Virtual Classroom. (You may have to hold the CTRL key down when you click JOIN.) 3. Click on Begins Recording (round blue button on the top right) and give your session a descriptive name and click OK. 4. Click on the Whiteboard's pen tool and then click on the large whiteboard space Module 2 – Communication Page 7 of 11 which will activate the tool. Draw or write something. Note that you can modify the Pen Color, Fill Color (of rectangles and circles drawn with those tools) and Line Width. 5. Click on the arrow tool to move your drawing around. 6. Click on the Whiteboard's text tool (T) and then click on the whiteboard space near your drawing. Type something in the text box. Note that you can modify the Font and Font size. 7. You will need to take a snapshot of the whiteboard in order for this to be included in the record. Click on the camera icon found to the left of the eraser to take the snapshot. 8. Click on the Control tab and add a new page. Click the right arrow to load the new page. Your whiteboard space will now be blank. 9. Click on the Group Browser and type in the URL for a favorite web page in the Enter Address box and click on Go! 10. Go down to the Chat (lower third of the Virtual Classroom) and click in the Compose window. Type something about the web page you have just share with your class. Click Send. 11. Now let’s go back and see if the page you originally drew on is still there. Click on the Control tab and then click on Page 1 and the right arrow. Your first drawing should reappear. 12. When you are done exploring, you need to stop the recording. To do this, click on the Stop Recording (square blue button on the top right). 13. Exit the session by clicking on the End at the top of the Virtual Classroom window. A dialog box will open that asks you if you are serious. Click OK. 14. Review the recorded session by clicking on Communication, Collaboration, Recordings to the right of the Virtual Classroom or Chat, and then click on the Recording Name title to view the recording.
Wimba - Voice Tools for Blackboard Wimba is software that the College has added to Blackboard that allows you and your students to communicate using voice recordings. In order to use it, participants need a microphone and sound card on their computers as well as the software requirements found in the table below. There are three different WIMBA tools available for your use: Module 2 – Communication Page 8 of 11
Voice Email A streaming voice e-mail application, enabling the sender to distribute Wimba Voice Email to one or more recipients, selected from participants in the course. The recipient can then reply to the Voice Email using either text or another Voice Email. The link for sending a Voice Email is found under Communication in the Student View.
Voice Boards A threaded message board in which users click on message titles to hear messages and speak into a microphone to post messages. Voice Boards function in a fashion very similar to Blackboard's Discussion boards, but users can record voice messages as well as typing text. The link for Voice Boards is found under Communication in the Student View.
Voice Announcements Voice Announcements can be recorded and will be played whenever the Announcement page is accessed. Because of the size of audio files, you will want to use this tool sparingly. The link for adding a Voice Announcement is in the Control Panel.
Voice Direct Voice Direct is a live synchronous voice communication tool. Using Voice Direct, an instructor can have live voice chat sessions with the entire class, specific groups within the class, or with individual students. A good way to use it for help sessions is to ask students to open two windows in Blackboard. Ask them to open the Voice Direct conference in one of the windows, and to open the Virtual Classroom in the other. This way the participants can write on the white board and talk simultaneously. To use the Voice Direct feature, you must first add it to a content area. Once it is created, you and yours students will be able to use it throughout the term. In the Control Panel, click on the Content Area that you want to add the Voice Direct Link to. Then click on the down-button to the right of the Add Select: and scroll down to Voice Direct. Click Go. Give it a name and description, choose the settings that you would like and then click Submit. A new link will appear in the content area: For a demo of how Wimba tools work, go to http://www.wimba.com/demos/ FCCU regularly offers Wimba training. Check it out!

Establishing and Using Groups or Teams in Blackboard Blackboard allows you to divide your class into groups or teams that can interact with each other as well as with you in a private space separate from the rest of the class. You could use groups in Blackboard to do peer editing of papers or to provide a convenient place for students to collaborate on research projects and to have small group discussions. Some instructors require Module 2 – Communication Page 9 of 11 students to keep reflective journals for the duration of their class, and make each student a group of one to keep the journals private. Students access their groups by clicking on the Groups menu item. To create and manage groups, go to the Control Panel and click on Manage Groups under user management. This opens the Manage Group window. Click Add Group to create your first group. Give the group a name and a description. You will also put checks in the different options for communication within the group.Check Enable Group Discussion Board if you want the group to have its own private discussion board.Check Enable Group Virtual Classroom Function if you want groups members to be able to have real time discussions online. (This feature includes a shared white board.)Check Enable Group File Exchange Function if you want students to be able to exchange documents.Check Enable Group E-mail Function if you want students to be able to easily send email to each other. If you don’t want students to have access to the group features just yet, click No for Make group visible now. Once you are done, click Submit and OK. This takes you back to Manage Groups. You can now add students to the group. Click on Modify next to the name of the group you just added. The window at right opens up. Clicking on Group Properties allows you to change any of the settings you chose when you first added the group. Clicking on Add Users to Group will take you to the class Roster. Click on Search to bring up the class list. Make your selections and click Submit. Remember to add your name to the group so that you can participate in the group. Now you need to Enable Groups in your course. Click through the following steps. 1. Control Panel 2. Course Options – Manage Course Menu 3. If Groups is already listed, click Modify and then click Make Available for Student/Participant Users 4. If Groups is not already on the menu listing you will have to add it by clicking on the Add Tool Link and then selecting Groups from the drop-down menu. Click Make Available for Student/Participant Users 5. Submit An excellent tutorial on setting up Groups is found at http://ksdl.ksbe.edu/dlresources/tutorials/BBgroups.html Module 2 – Communication Page 10 of 11 Now You Try It! Participation in a Collaborative Exercise I would like you to use the Virtual Classroom and/or the Chat room with a few members of your Blackboard Basics class so you can have a real experience with the tool. I have assigned you to a Group for this collaborative exercise. 1. To determine who your fellow group members are, click Groups on the course menu. 2. All groups for the course are listed on the page that opens, but only the group in which you are member will appear as a link. Click that link. 3. Send an e-mail to the other members of your group proposing a few dates and times and requesting a reply. If a group member is interested in participating but can't do it at the times you proposed, hopefully they will suggest some alternate times. If you don’t get a response from your group mates please send me an e-mail and request an assignment to another group. I want you to have this experience of communication synchronously online. 4. You will meet in your Group Virtual Classroom and or Chat room so that you can record the sessions. Record the session(s) and give the session(s) descriptive name(s). 5. Send me an e-mail identifying who participated in the collaborative exercise and how the experience went.
ANNOUNCEMENTS By default, the Announcements page is the first page that students view when they log in to your Blackboard course. The instructor can post important messages and reminders for the students on this page. Because it is the entry point for the course, you know that students have seen the message when they accessed the course. (Note that I didn't say they read the message!) You can use the announcement page for basic messages like what work is due, or which chapters of the textbook students should be reading this week. If the announcement is long, the students must scroll down the page to read it. If there are several announcements, they will be arranged in chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Announcements stay up for a week, unless you change the time frame. If you have an announcement that you would like to stay up for the term, you can make it a permanent announcement. Permanent announcements are always listed first. At the top of the Announcements page, there are several tabs including, View today, View this week, View last 30 days and View All. Be careful about copying announcements when you copy courses. Students will be able to see all of your old announcements from other courses when they click View All. Announcements are added by clicking on Announcements in the Control Panel. Your Announcement can be as colorful and eyecatching as you care to make it. In addition to the usual editing options, the Add Announcement window allows you to include a variety of types of attachments, as well as course links which jump directly to a location in the course, and web links (hyperlinks) that jump Module 2 – Communication Page 11 of 11 to a web page. It is a good idea to keep the announcements as short as possible. If you are teaching in a regular 16 week semester you may want to change the announcement every week, to keep students on task. If your course is a short semester, you should change the announcements more often. The Blackboard Administrator will also occasionally post messages to all of the announcement pages college-wide, for example, warning everyone that the FCCJ server is going to be down for maintenance.
Now You Try It!

You are going to post two Announcements in your Blackboard practice course. 1. Click on My FCCJ at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel at the lower left of the screen, then Announcements under Course Tools, and Add Announcement. 3. Type in an announcement – real or imaginary. Use the built in spell checker ( ) to check that you have spelled everything correctly (if not, click on Modify and then click on OK.) 4. Under Options (2nd box down) click on Yes for Permanent Announcement (Note: you also have the option of putting in an announcement that will only show on the course page for a set length of time). 5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit. 6. Add a 2nd announcement that contains a hyperlink to somewhere outside of Blackboard. To do this, type the name of the site, then select the text that you have just typed, click on the world icon on the menu bar ( ) and paste a web address into the URL box that opens up. Be sure that that the address begins with http:// 7. Return to the Student View to see what your announcements look like. If you need to change either of them, you can return to the Control Panel, click on Announcements, and then click on Modify next to the message you want to change. Make your adjustments and click Submit.
What should you do next?Tell me that you have completed the Module 2 Reading and Now You Try It! Exercises by submitting the Module 2 Exercise.Take the Module 2 Quiz.Post an original message in the Module 2 Discussion Board and reply to someone else’s post. (The idea is to have an online, asynchronous conversation about that person’s post.) Move on to Module 3.

Module 3: Content Areas and Discussions The Content Areas section of the Control Panel has four default areas predefined for your use. These include Course Information, where you would typically place your orientation and your syllabus, Course Documents, where would put most of your content (lectures, quizzes, etc.), Assignments and External Links. Blackboard Content Area Defaults You can individualize the Content Area to suit yourself. For example, the Blackboard Basics class has only 2 Content Areas: Course Information and Course Content. All of the content of the course modules including quizzes and assignments are in the area called Course Content. The syllabus and orientation are in Course Information. You will learn how to rename the items in Content Areas, as well as add and remove Content Areas in Module 5. Blackboard Basics Class Content Areas Because all Content Areas have the same options, we will focus our attention on Course Documents.

Course Documents The Course Documents area is where you will put most of the content of your course. (Remember, you can rename it like I did!) Typically, this includes Objectives, Lecture notes, and Assignments, and can even include your quizzes and tests. Related information should be grouped together in folders to avoid searches through long lists of links. Spend a few minutes thinking about how you would like to organize the information. One way to organize information is by units, where all of the materials for a particular exam are gathered together in the same folder. For example, in the Unit 1 folder, you can have Objectives, Lecture Notes, and Assignments for chapters covered on the first test. The same goes for the other unit folders. If you have several items for each chapter within the unit, you may want to add another folder for each chapter. The idea is to make it easy for students to find the materials you have provided for them. A student looking for information on Chapter 3 would then click on Course Documents, then Unit 1 and then Chapter 3. As you can imagine, there are many ways to organize the Content Area of your Blackboard course to meet your teaching needs, and you will probably continue to tweak it over then next few years. The format of the documents that you place in a Content Area should be in either pdf (portable document file) or HTML so that students can view them without needing specific software such as Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, etc. Office 2007 has a free Add-In that you can download that will save your Word documents in a pdf format. Otherwise you will need a program like Adobe Acrobat to save as pdf. To create an HTML file from a Word doc, choose Save as Web Page when you save the file. All of the images in the file will then be saved in a folder with the file name. When you upload the file to Blackboard you will need to upload the image files at the same time. A good way to do this if there are a lot of images is to Zip (compress) the file and the image folder together. Here is how to do that: Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 2 Select the images folder and the file. Right click on them and select Send to and scroll over to compressed (zipped) file. When you upload the file to Blackboard, you will select unpackage this file and it will ask you which file to begin with. You will then select your html file and your students will never know that the images were separate from the web page. To create an HTML file from a PowerPoint document you save it as a web page, which again places all of the images in a folder. When you upload the file to Blackboard you will need to upload the image folder at the same time. A good way to do this is to Zip (compress) the file and the image folder together. You do this the same way you did it with Word: Select the images folder and the file. Right click on them and select Send to and scroll over to compressed (zipped) file. When you upload the file to Blackboard, you will select unpackage this file and it will ask you which file to begin with. You will then select your html file and your students will never know that the images were separate from the web page. Impatica is a program that “shrink wraps” PowerPoint lectures for the web. Impatica will package your PowerPoint lectures for the web in a very small format with remote controls that the students can use to navigate through the lecture. You can learn more about Impatica through your campus Faculty Resource Center. The College has a site license for it so you can request a copy for your College owned computer through the Help Desk if you decide to use it. There are many types of content that you can add. When you enter a Content Area through the Control Panel, the following options become available:Item is what you would use to add a single document or instructions. This is what you would choose if you want to add a PowerPoint presentation or a Word documentFolder is for grouping the items together, just as you would on your office computer. Note that within the folder, you will have all of these same options again.External Link is a link to a non-Blackboard website. For example, you might provide a link to your textbook website.Course Link is a link to another spot in the course. For example, you might put all of your assignments in a Content Area called Assignments. Your Chapter 1 assignment would be found there. In your Chapter 1 Course Documents folder, you can link directly to the Chapter 1 assignment. This will give students two ways to get to the assignments. Each module of this Blackboard Basics class was set up with a Discussion Board Course Link that takes you to the Discussion Board from within the Module.Test is how you add a quiz or test to your Content Area. When you add a quiz within the content area, an entry is automatically made to the Gradebook. We will talk more about testing in Module 6. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 3 You have even more options on the drop down menu at the far right, next to the word Select. You will use this drop down menu to add learning units, surveys and assignments to your Content Area. Note that you can also use this drop down menu to add links to the Discussion Board, Chat and Group areas of your course. A Learning Unit is created the same way as a folder, and may be filled with content such as text, images, or documents. However, it differs from a folder because it displays the information sequentially, much like a slide show. As well as displaying images and text, you can also place quizzes and surveys in Learning Units. This means that your students can work through a set of information and then take a quiz or fill out a survey at the end of it without having to jump around to a different folder or section of Blackboard.

Manage Course Documents (Review Status and Adaptive Release) Review Status allows instructors to view what content has been reviewed by students. I had you click Mark Reviewed when you read the Syllabus and the Orientation for this course. Ideally, students click the Mark Reviewed button after reading the content. It can be enabled for individual content items using the Manage button to the right of the desired item. Click Manage. Then click Review Status to enable this feature. Click in the radio button next to Enable and then click Submit. Once enabled, a Mark Reviewed button appears to the right of the item. Instructors can then view what content has or has not been reviewed 2 different ways: In the Manage Item view by clicking on the Adaptive Release and Review Status: User Progress link or through Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 4 the Performance Dashboard. The Performance Dashboard is found in the Control Panel's Assessment area. To see what items a student has reviewed in the Performance Dashboard, click on the student's Review Status. Adaptive Release is another option available when you click on the Manage button to the right of a Course Document item. Using this function allows you to use one Rule that determines the availability of the content. Each rule may contain multiple criteria - for example, it can contain criteria based on group membership, grade or completion of a Test or Survey, and date restrictions. You could use Adaptive Release to prevent students from taking a quiz on a module until they indicated that they had reviewed the PowerPoint presentation on the material. If you did this, the quiz would not show up in the Student View until the student had Mark Reviewed the PowerPoint presentation. (You would still see it in the Control Panel.) For more details on Review Status and Adaptive Release, you may want to take the Advanced Blackboard course.
Now You Try It!
Before you go to your Practice Course, download the zipped folder Mod3StudentFiles.zip found in your Blackboard Basics course in Module 3. This folder contains Chapter 1 objectives saved in 3 formats: doc, pdf and html so you can play with saving the Word doc as pdf or html and compare your results to mine. It also contains a short PowerPoint presentation saved as a ppt and as a pdf for you to experiment with and a syllabus you can use to practice loading a syllabus into the Course Information content area.

Part I: Put content into a folder in your Practice Course Shell
1. Click on Control Panel in your practice course shell, then Course Documents under Content Areas. Click on Folder and type in the folder name Chapter 1 and a brief description in the Text area. For example, the description might read: Click on the Chapter 1 folder to access the Objectives, Lecture Notes, and Assignment for Chapter 1. 2. Click on Submit and then OK. 3. Click on the new folder name that you created (Chapter 1). This is where you will add content files. These content files (such as Objectives, Lecture, and Assignments) should be saved in the pdf or HTML format so students can view them without needing specific software such as Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, etc. Experiment with the Word doc and PowerPoint doc found in your Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 5 Chapter 1 Files using the Save As command in Microsoft Office. 4. Click on Item to add the Chapter 1 objectives.pdf file to this folder. 5. Type Chapter 1 Objectives in the box for the item Name. 6. Next you will fill in the Content Box (step 2). Click on Browse and navigate to the Chapter 1 files you downloaded to your desktop. Select the Chapter1Objectives.pdf and click Open. 7. Fill in the Name of Link to File as Chapter 1 Objectives. 8. One of the options when you upload information is to make it available to students. If you do not mark it YES, then it will not be visible in the Student View. Of course, you can place items in a Content Area that only you can see by leaving it marked NO. To view these items, you will have to click on the Content Area in the Control Panel. 9. Another option is to Track the Number of Views. Selecting this will let you know who has looked at the document. We will talk about this option in Module 4 when we discuss Course Statistics. 10. Scroll down the page to click on Submit and then OK. If your file has one or more images in it Blackboard will ask you to browse for the image(s) during the upload process. If the file has many images (5+) you may wish to compress (zip) the file with the images and then upload it. Instead of using the Special Action option of Create a link to the file, choose Unpackage this File from the drop down menu. All of the images will be uploaded with the file and displayed correctly within Blackboard. 11. Repeat the process to add the PowerPoint lecture as a pdf to your Chapter 1 folder. 12. Add an external link to the Chapter 1 folder. Click External Link and fill in the name with FCCJ web page. Copy this address into the URL box. http://www.fccj.edu 13. Click Submit. 14. Add a direct link to the Virtual Classroom by clicking on the dropdown box next to the Select button, click on Virtual Classroom and click on Go. Leave the selection in the radio button as Collaboration Sessions page. Click on Next, complete the Link Information and click Submit. 15. Once you have completed all of the above, return to the Student View in your practice course. An easy way to return to Student View is to click on the very first of the “bread crumbs” at the top of the screen (see right.) 16. Click on Course Documents, and then click on the Chapter 1 folder link to see how this looks from the student's point of view. I think it would better to have the Lecture first, so we need to return to the Control Panel to rearrange the items in the folder. There is a direct link from here. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 6 17. Click on the Edit View link at the top right of the screen. This will take you into the Chapter 1 folder in the Control Panel. 18. Click on the number dropdown menu to the left of the Lecture and select the number 1 and release the mouse button. Blackboard will move the Lecture to the first position. Note that you have a number of options with all of the items in your Content Area, including the Chapter 1 folder itself. You can modify it, which will be where you change the way it appears to the student including the name and description. You can manage it which means you can add Adaptive Release rules, you can copy it within the course or between this course and any other of your Blackboard courses and you can remove it.
Part II : Add Review Status to your Chapter 1 folder 1. Return to the Control Panel. 2. Click on Course Documents. You should see your Chapter 1 folder here. 3. Click on the Manage button on the far right of your Chapter 1 folder. 4. Click Review Status and the click Enable and Submit. Once enabled, a Mark Reviewed button appears to the right of the item. 5. Once you have completed this, use the “bread crumbs” to return to the Student View of your practice course. Click on Course Documents, and then click on the folder link to see how this looks from the student's point of view.
Part III : Add a Syllabus to Course Information The Course Information section is where you would include your syllabus, orientation, hints for success in the class, online etiquette, and any other essential information the students need for the course. 1. Click on Control Panel in your practice course shell, then Course Information under Content Areas. 2. Click on Item to add a syllabus to this Content Area. You can use the syllabus that you downloaded with the files earlier, or use your own. Ideally you will save your syllabus as a pdf or as a web page before uploading the file. 3. Type Syllabus in the box for the item Name. Now go to the Content box and click on the Browse button next to Attach the local file. Navigate to the syllabus on your computer. Click on the file, click Open, and fill in the Name of the Link to the file with the word Syllabus. 4. Scroll down the page to click on Submit and then OK. 5. Once you have completed all of the above, return to the Student View in your practice course. 6. Click on Course Information and then click on Syllabus to verify that it opens properly. 7. Now follow the steps in Part II to add Review Status to the Syllabus. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 7

Assignments When you choose to add an Assignment, Blackboard automatically creates an entry in the Gradebook. When students complete and submit the assignment, it is transferred to the instructor's Gradebook in the Control Panel Assessment section where you can evaluate it, make comments on the assignment, return the comments to the student, and enter the grade in the Gradebook, all from one location.

Now You Try It!
Add an assignment to the Content Area of your practice course 1. Open Course Documents from the Control Panel. You may want to create a folder in Course Documents called Assignments, or you can place the assignment in a chapter folder (such as Chapter 1). 2. Click on the down-arrow to the right of the Select: box (far right), select Assignment from the list, and click on Go. 3. On the Add Assignment page, add assignment information in section 1. In section 2, attach a file (or files), enter a name to link to file (such as Click here to view the Chapter 1 assignment). In section 3, set the options. Click on Submit . 4. Adding an Assignment automatically creates a column in the Gradebook with the point value. 5. Go into the Gradebook, to view and post points for the students' assignments. Note the new entry there with the name of your assignment. What students will do to complete your assignment 1. Click on Course Documents on the homepage (or wherever assignments are located). 2. Click on the title of the assignment (such as Chapter 1) or click on View/Complete Assignment: Assignment Name. 3. Read the instructions. Notice that the student can enter comments such as the title of his or her assignment. Since the comments box can only contain 4,000 characters, the student can browse to locate a file on his or her computer to attach to their assignment. 4. Click on Browse to attach your completed assignment. 5. Click on Submit. 6. After the assignment is graded, the student can click on Course Documents on the homepage, then the title of the assignment (such as Chapter 1) or click on View/Complete Assignment: Chapter 1, then click on OK to view the result of your assignment. (The student can also click on Tools, My Grades, and then click on the score.) Note that before it is graded, the Gradebook will show a red exclamation point. Because you have no students in your Practice Course Shell, you can’t actually grade an assignment, but the procedures you will follow are what we will talk about next. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 8

Grading Assignments Grading One Assignment at a Time 1. After the student submits an assignment, go to the Control Panel and click the Gradebook link in the Assessment area. When the Gradebook appears, you will see an exclamation point for each student who has submitted the assignment. Move your mouse pointer over an individual exclamation point until the arrow becomes a hand. Then click the exclamation point. 2. After you click the exclamation point, the Modify Grade page will appear. Move your mouse pointer over the View button until the pointer becomes a hand then click the view button to grade the assignment. 3. When the Grade Assignment page appears, scroll down the screen until you see the link to the student's file. Click that link to open or save the file to your computer. When you have finished making comments on the student's paper, save it, enter the grade in the grade box, click “Browse” to locate the file that you saved on your computer, and wait for the name of the file to appear in the "Files to Attach" box. If you want to attach a second or third file to send to the student, click the "Add Another File" button, wait for the "Files to Attach" box to empty, and then click "Browse" again to attach another file. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 9 The Instructor's Notes section is for you to make comments that you can view when you click the student's grade and then the View button in your Gradebook, but the student cannot see these comments. After you submit the grade and attached file, you will view your comments on the screen. Click the Submit button again and then the OK button to submit the item to the Gradebook.

Grading Multiple Assignments all at Once 1. You can also click the name of the assignment in your Gradebook if you want to update all grades at once or download all the students' files at once and save them to your computer without having to download one assignment at a time. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 10 2. When the Items Option page appears, choose the Item Download link to select all the files, select all that you haven't yet graded, or select one file at a time to read after the download. Click the Submit button to collect the files into one "zipped" folder. You can also choose Item Grade List if you want to enter grades after you have graded all the papers. 3. Click the link to download the files. You may either Save the folder of "zipped" files (that you can open by double-clicking the name of the zipped file) or choose Open the files to read now. Each student's file will be saved by the name of the assignment followed, in alphabetical order, by the student's blackboard username. 4. After you have read all the students' papers and saved all the files with your comments, you can enter the Gradebook again, click the name of the assignment, and choose the option to modify the column that lists all students' grades for that assignment. Notes: If a student attempts to submit an assignment but submits the wrong file or a file that you cannot read, you will have to enter the Gradebook, click the exclamation point beside the student's name in the column listing that grade item, click the View button, and then click the Clear Attempt button so the student can resubmit the file. If the student's grade column displays the "locked" icon after several hours, then the student has probably made an error in submission that you cannot remove except by Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 11 clicking the icon, entering a grade of a large number that the student will not mistake as a grade, such as 1000. Then you can click the grade again, click View and Clear Attempt so the student can submit the assignment again The student can click View Grades in the Tools area of the course and click the grade to see your comments and attached files.
Discussion Board The Discussion Board is organized by forums that are set up by the instructor. Students can post comments or questions in the forums as well as reply to each others’ comments or questions. The Discussion Board is very useful, and once students know how to use it they like this feature. It is asynchronous, allowing students to post and read posts at their own pace. You should organize your forums by topic, by chapter or by week. Do not use a single forum for the entire term: Students will get bored with having to scroll through all of the old messages to get to the new messages. The instructor can evaluate the posts using the Discussion Grader in the Control Panel. To read the information in a discussion board, click on the forum title, such as Module 3 – Course Content and Discussion Board. To put in your own comment, click on Add New Thread, then type in a subject title, message and click on Submit. Alternatively, if you want to comment on another person’s remarks, click on Reply at the end of their comments. If your class is large (more than 20 students), a single Discussion Board gets hard for everyone to deal with. You may want to divide students into groups of 4-6, with each group having their own separate discussion. To do this, click on Control Panel, Manage Groups, Add Group, put in a name for the group (like Group 1) and brief description. In the Group Options section, select the options you want, and whether or not to Make the group visible and then click on Submit and OK. To put students into a group click on Modify next to the group name, then Add Users To Group. Click on Search to list all the students in the course. Select 4 – 6 students and click on Submit. Students will access their group by clicking on Communication, then Group Pages on the homepage or on the Groups link on the Course Menu. All of the groups will be listed, but only the group the student is part of will have a link. I like to use this for students to discuss recent news articles that relate to my course. There is a lot of new information (for example on CNN), that I can put a link to and all the students can discuss the article. To ensure that students actually read and comment on the Discussion Board, I make sure that they get points for contributing to each discussion. Somewhere in your syllabus or course materials make sure you have a comment about using appropriate "netiquette" – students that post abusive or offensive material should be first warned by e-mail or phone, and then withdrawn from the course if they persist. Blackboard posts (either Announcements or Discussion Board) can be as rich and colorful as the person who posts them. The posts can contain hyperlinks, tables, a variety of fonts and colors, drawings and you can even format in html by clicking on the <html> link. If you are a math or science instructor, you can use the web equation editor to add correctly formatted formulas to your posts. It works very much like the equation editor in Word. The arrow looking link to the right of that is the Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 12 MathML equation editor. The posts can also have attachments, but encourage your students to only post small attachments here. In addition, the post can include attachments that include ordinary files, as well as audio, video, flash files and images.
Now You Try It!

You are going to set up a Discussion Board in your Blackboard practice course. 1. Click on MyFCCJ at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel at the bottom left of the screen, then Discussion Board under Communication. (You can also click on Discussion Board to go directly to the discussion board.) 3. Click on Add Forum, put in a title and description. For the first Discussion Forum your description should include brief instructions to students about how to post a new message, or how to respond to another message. Under Forum Settings I suggest that you do not allow anonymous postings, but you do allow an author to edit their message. Make sure that you allow new threads. Only allow file attachments if you really want students to attach pictures, or files (attachments slow the whole system down). 4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit. 5. Click on "OK." 6. Once you have completed this, click on the name of your practice course in the “bread crumbs” and then click on Discussion Board to see how this looks from the student’s point of view. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 13 7. Add a new thread inviting your students to post to a topic. Below is some additional information when using the Discussion Board with students in your courses.

Removing a thread posted by a student: a) Go into the Discussion Board (either Student View or through the Control Panel). b) Click on the discussion title to open it. c) Click on Remove on the far right of the post d) Blackboard will ask you if you are sure. Click Yes. e) Warning: Any replies to this post will also be deleted. Collecting posted student discussions: a) Go into the Discussion Board (either Student View or through the Control Panel). b) Click on the discussion title to open it. c) Click on the boxes to the left of the threads to select the ones you want to collect, or go to the bottom left of the discussion board where there is an option to Select all by clicking on the Go button. d) Click on the Collect button on the Options bar. e) You can now scroll down and read all the discussions you selected without having to click on each one. However, they will still be marked as unread within Blackboard.
Changing the status of a thread You can change the status of a thread to one of the following:Published: A published thread is available to users.Locked: Users may read the thread but not make any additions or modifications. Locking a thread allows Grades to be assigned without users updating or changing posts.Unlocked: Unlocking a thread allows users to modify and add to the thread.Hidden: Hidden threads do not display unless the user chooses. Hidden threads may not be modified. Hiding threads removes outdated threads and makes relevant content easier to find.Unavailable: Unavailable threads are only visible to the instructor. Even then, instructor must choose to view these threads. Making threads unavailable means that users can no longer view the thread. Follow these steps to change the status of a thread: 1. Open a forum in the Discussion Board. 2. Select threads. 3. Choose a new status for the selected threads using the Change Status to: drop-down list. 4. Click Go. Module 3 Course Content and Discussions page 14
What should you do next?Tell me that you have completed the Module 3 Reading and Now You Try It! Exercises by submitting the Module 3 Exercise.Take the Module 3 Quiz.Post an original message in the Module 3 Discussion Board and reply to someone else’s post. Move on to Module 4.

Grading a Discussion Board When you create a discussion forum, you have several options for grading to choose from. The default is No grading, but you can select Grade Forum by clicking in the radio button and assigning points to the forum. A new entry will automatically be added to the Gradebook with the name of the forum and the points you assigned. When you are ready to grade the forum, you click Communications, then Discussion Board which brings up the different forums you have added. Clicking on the square box to the right of the forum name will open a grade sheet. Clicking on the Grade box at right will bring up a listing of Ginny Weasley’s posts in that forum. You will then assign a grade in the box provided and click Submit. Scrolling down to the bottom of the posts and clicking OK takes you back to the listing of the other members of the forum. Once you have finished grading the other students’ posts, click OK. Now let’s look at the Grade Threads option. Selecting this option will mean that only you, the instructor, can add threads to the forum. (Blackboard will automatically disable the Create New Threads option.) When you add a new thread to the forum, click on the Grade Forum checkbox and fill in the point count for the thread. Click Submit. A new entry will automatically be added to the Gradebook with the name of the thread and the points you assigned. The procedure for grading the thread is the same as grading the forum (above).

Module 4 Course Tools and Help Several different functions are available to students through the Tools tab. These include the Address Book, Calendar, Glossary, Homepage, My Grades, Personal Information, Tasks, The Electric Blackboard, and User Manual (Student User Manual). To simplify your course, you may want to go limit the tools that are available to only the ones you plan to use. I will walk you through the process of enabling (or disabling) your Tools in Module 5. You will probably want to experiment with the tools to see how each works prior to removing them from your course. There are two videos included with this module that discuss some additional tools. Calendar The calendar is set up by the instructor to make sure students know about deadlines for quizzes, assignments and other course related deadlines. The number of calendar items will vary considerably, depending on the way that your course is set up. Typically, I try to limit the calendar to one or two items a week if possible, so that students have some flexibility in terms of arranging their daily schedule. To view the course calendar, click on Tools, and then click on Calendar. Click on the tabs View Month and View Week to see how each tab affects the view. For details of the event, you must click on the actual event.
Now You Try It!

You are going to set up the Calendar in your Blackboard practice course. 1. Click on Control Panel. 2. Click on Course Calendar under Course Tools and then click on Add Event. 3. Type in an event, such as a test or assignment due – real or imaginary. Complete the Event Time section. Make sure to set the End Time to later than the Start Time. 4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit and OK. 5. Click on the View Week tab, and then on View Month tab. 6. While you are under View Month click on the event itself for details. 7. Add a different event on a different day, and then view both the week and the month a second time. Note: the Quick Jump button allows you to select a particular day.
Homepage You created a student homepage in Module 1. Only students can have a homepage. As an instructor you will add a Faculty Info page (Staff Information). Remember that you view Homepages by clicking on Communication, then Roster and then Search. Module 4 Course Tools and Help Page 2
Faculty Information Page The Faculty Info page contains a brief biography of the instructor as well as relevant contact information like phone, FAX and email address and office hours. It will make the course more personal, so students have an idea of your interests or philosophy and how best to get in touch with you. You should include a small photo or short digital video of yourself. A photo really helps, especially if this is a true online course and you never actually meet the students. The TV studio will even do a digital video of you (contact Rusty Gardner ngardner@fccj.edu) for details. The Faculty Info is set up by the instructor by clicking on Staff Information in the Control Panel.
Now You Try It!

You are going to set up the Faculty Info (Staff Information) in your Blackboard practice course. 1. Click on Faculty Info in the Blackboard Basics class to read your instructors brief biographical information and click on a link, to see how external links appear in Blackboard. 2. Now go to your practice course and create a Faculty info page of your own. Click on My FCCJ and click on your Practice Course. 3. Click on Control Panel 4. Click on Staff Information in the section of the Control Panel labeled Course Tools. 5. Click on Profile and complete the boxes of information. To add an image (such as a photo) click on Browse to find the image on your computer. (The image should be 158x158 pixels, or Blackboard will distort the photo to make it fit. You can adjust the size of the photo in Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or the freeware Irfan View found on Tucows.com.) For Personal Link enter the URL of your Web site (if you have one). 6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit and OK. 7. Now go to the Student View to see your Faculty Info page. An easy way to get there is to click on the name of your practice course in the bread crumbs at the top left of the screen 8. Click on Staff Info to see how this looks from the student's point of view. Make sure the image and URL both work correctly. You will learn how to rename this button in Module 5. 9. If you need to modify or remove anything, go back to Control Panel, then Staff Information, then Modify (or Remove).
MyGrades Students will view their grades by clicking on Tools on the menu bar and then clicking on My Grades. When you click on My Grades in your practice course, you will get an error message stating “Users with your roles do not have personal grades.” I often ask a student to login to Blackboard to let me view their grades so I can make sure information is being displayed properly. Module 4 Course Tools and Help Page 3
Electric Blackboard The Electric Blackboard allows users to save notes for a particular course within the course itself. Users can write notes on The Electric Blackboard, save them, and then return later to add to and review them. The Electric Blackboard is found by clicking on Course Tools and then clicking on Electric Blackboard. You type notes on the message board that opens up and then click Submit. If you click OK you are taken back to the message board. If you close the window by clicking on the small X on the top right of the window, the message is saved within the course. The next time you click on the Electric Blackboard in this course, the notes will be there waiting for you.
Course e-Portfolios One of the course tools available is the Course e-Portfolios. This is where you and your students would go to access e-Portfolios that have been shared with the class. Students working on group projects might present their information to the class by way of an e-Portfolio. A portfolio can include any type of digital work (artifact) such as a course report, paper or presentation, video and audio, images, and links to Web sites. You can learn more about this tool by taking the e- Portfolio workshops offered by FCCU.
Performance Dashboard The Performance Dashboard tool provides a snapshot of user activity in a course. All users enrolled in the course are listed, with pertinent information about that user’s progress and activity in the course. You can use the Performance Dashboard to see the number of posts in the discussion board, check on Review Status for course items and see where the student is on Adaptive Release items. The Performance Dashboard is found in the Control Panel's Assessment area. To determine what items a student has reviewed, go to the Performance Dashboard and click on the student's Review Status. Module 4 Course Tools and Help Page 4 Course Statistics You can use the Course Statistics area to generate reports on the course usage and activity. You can view all students or select a specific student’s usage to evaluate activity in the course. The report will give you information about what of the course have been accessed or used parts, what days they accessed the course and even what hours of the day the student accesses the course and what days of the week the course is accessed. The printable report appears in the form of bar and pie charts. It is very interesting to see when students are accessing the course and where they appear to be spending most of their time when they are in the course. The hit statistics in the first section can be misleading, since a hit is tracked every time a request is sent to the Blackboard Learning System. For example, when tracking use of the Communication Area: a Student accesses the Communication area (1 hit), clicks Discussion Boards (2 hits), clicks a forum (3 hits), and clicks a message to read (4 hits). You must enable Statistics Tracking on items that you want Blackboard to track for you. This can be done when you first add the item, but can also be done later. When you first add the item to a Content Area, one of the options is to Track the Number of Views. If you select this option, Statistics Tracking is enabled for that item. If you did not make that choice when you added the item, you must enable Statistics Tracking using the Manage button on the far right of the item.

Now You Try It!

You are going to enable Statistics Tracking on the Chapter 1 folder in your Practice Course. 1. Go to your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel. 3. Click on Course Documents. 4. Click on the Manage on the far right of your Chapter 1 folder. 5. Click on Statistics Tracking. 6. Click in the radio button next to Enable. 7. Click on Submit and OK. There should now be an italicized statement below the Chapter 1 folder stating “Enabled: Statistics Tracking.”
Help With Blackboard
User Manuals You have access to both the student version of the Blackboard manual and the instructor version (in your practice course). To access the student version, click on Course Tools in the Tools box, then User Manual. To access the instructor version, click on Control Panel, then Manual under Help. Module 4 Course Tools and Help Page 5 The Manual is designed to be searched: Type in what you want to search for (such as Add a Test) and press the Enter key to see how the online manual works.
Blackboard Support (from FCCJ) Clicking on Blackboard Support on the top right of the Blackboard Screen will take you to the FCCJ Technical Help Desk. This is a good place to check if the Blackboard server appears to be malfunctioning. IT posts alerts whenever there are server problems. You will also find the phone, FAX and e-mail information for the FCCJ Technical Help Desk when you click on Blackboard Support. The Help Desk staff will assist you in resolving any computerrelated issues. For example, you may want to take advantage of the Help Desk if the Browser Tune- Up does not resolve your problems with Blackboard.
Blackboard Support (from Blackboard) You have more Blackboard support options within the Control Panel of a course shell. Clicking on the Support link will take you to the Blackboard support site. You will need to create a unique Blackboard ID and password to access their knowledge base and their 24/7 online customer support. (No, your FCCJ ID and Password won’t work here!) Once you login, you can search the knowledge base or ask Dr. C for online help.
Blackboard Tutorials There are a large number of online tutorials available to you as you learn how to work in Blackboard. The My FCCJ page has many tutorials organized by topic. The ones found under the header: Instruction, Communication and Assessment will probably be the most useful to you. By the way, these tutorials can also be reached from within your course by clicking on Control Panel and then clicking on Quick Tutorials in the Help section.
Now You Try It!

You are going to search the online manual for information on setting up a glossary in your course. The purpose of this exercise is to learn how the manual works. 1. Click on Control Panel and then click on Manual under Help. 2. Fill in the search line with Glossary Manager and hit the Enter key. 3. Read about how to add a Glossary to your course. You will have a Quiz question about Glossaries. Module 4 Course Tools and Help Page 6

What should you do next?Tell me that you have completed the Module 4 Reading and Now You Try It! Exercises by submitting the Module 4 Exercise.Take the Module 4 Quiz.Post an original message in the Module 4 Discussion Board and reply to someone else’s post. Move on to Module 5.

Module 5 Course Options in Blackboard All aspects of your Blackboard course can be managed from the Course Options area. The course menu and individual tools as well as the entire course availability can be managed using the Manage Course Menu, Manage Tools and Settings areas. The entire course or individual parts of the course can be saved and reused through the Course Copy, Export Course and Archive Course tools. You can add or import information through the Import Course Cartridge and Import Package features. This module is all about helping you customize your Blackboard shell. Part 1 walks you through the modification of your Course Menu, which is the primary way of directing students to different parts of your course. You have a lot of options to consider. You can change the shape and color of the buttons, you can change the words on the buttons, you can add new menu items and remove menu items, you can re-order the menu items and you can even switch between seeing the buttons and seeing the Course Map. Once you have your course menu set up the way you want it, you will learn how to install a banner in your course in Part 2. The banner will only be visible on the Announcements page, which is the default entry point for the course. Using a small graphic as a banner is a nice way of giving your class a personality of its own. In Part 3 you will be selecting the tools you will make available to your students. In Part 4 you will look at Course Settings, which includes the important step of making the course available to your students as well as changing the entry point of the course. The final section of this module shows you how to copy the content and the settings from one Blackboard course to another Blackboard course, and how to create a backup or archive of the course. Now You Try It!

Part 1: Changing the Course Menu
Change the Appearance of the Course Menu Buttons in your practice course
1. Click on the Control Panel 2. Click on Course Design 3. Click on Course Menu Design 4. Experiment with the different button styles. Choose one that you like and click Submit. Module 5 Course Options in Blackboard page 2
Change the Course Menu Note: You will have to hit the refresh button at the bottom of the Student View menu to see the changes you have made in this section. 1. Click on the Control Panel 2. Click on Manage Course Menu 3. Use the drop down menus to change the number of the menu item. 4. Click on Modify to change the name on the Staff Info button to Faculty Info. 5. Add a course link to the tool My Grades. I do this in my classes so that students can quickly get to their grades. The Advanced Course Menu (Quick View and Detail View) There are two ways you can display the Course Menu: the Quick View, with shortcut buttons on the left side of the course, and the Detail View. The Detail View is the full Course Map, which lets users expand and collapse the Course Menu, and displays a clickable link to each item in the course. The toggle switch to go to the Detail View is indicated on the image on the right. Clicking it takes the user to the Detail View of the course. The content displayed is user dependent. In other words, if part of the course is not yet available to the student, it will not appear in the Detail View. The instructor makes the choice as to which menu is available to students.
Steps for Setting the Course Menu 1. In the Control Panel, select Course Design from the Course Options area. 2. Select Manage Menu Display Options. 3. The Menu Display Options window opens. The default is Quick View and to allow the use of both views. You can change this if you would like to, although I usually leave both options available. 4. Click Submit when you are done.
Part 2: Adding a Banner to the Announcements Page Adding a small graphic as a banner is a nice way of giving your course personality. You can change the graphic regularly or use the same graphic all semester. Some instructors match the graphic to what is being discussed in the discussion board that week. The graphic should be Module 5 Course Options in Blackboard page 3 horizontal rather vertical and should be less than 20-30 kb in file size to make it easy to upload. (Remember: many of your students still use dial up, so only use a graphic if it helps tell the story.) Steps to Add a Banner I have included a Welcome! banner within the Course Content of Module 5 for you to use if you do not have a banner of your own. Download the graphic before you continue. 1. Click on Course Design in the Control Panel of your Practice Shell. 2. Click on Course Banner. 3. Browse to the WelcomeBanner.gif you downloaded or to another graphic on your computer and click Submit. 4. Go to the Announcements page and see what it looks like.
Part 3: Selecting your Tools Several different functions are available to students through the “Tools” tab. These include the Address Book, Calendar, Digital Dropbox, Glossary, Homepage, My Grades, Personal Information, SCORM Learning Plan, Tasks, The Electric Blackboard, and User Manual (Student User Manual). You will probably want to experiment with the tools to see how each works prior to removing them from your course. There are two videos included with this module that discuss some of the other tools and what they do.
Change the tools available in your course 1. Click on Manage Tools in the Control Panel of your Practice Shell. 2. Click on Tool Availability and then make your selections 3. Click on Building Block Tools and make your selections. I disabled Questionmark and Ilrn which are specialized tools used by only a few instructors. If you are using a Course Cartridge from the publisher you may need these tools. See the publishers information before disabling them. 4. Click on Content Type and make your selections. I disabled Questionmark Perception Assessment, IMS Content and Packaging, NLN Content and the iLrn items because I won't use them in my courses. If you are using publisher provided Course Cartridges, you may need some of these. You will have to check with the publisher. Module 5 Course Options in Blackboard page 4
Part 4: Course Settings In order for student's to have access to your course, you have to make the course Available. Until you do that, the course is invisible to students and there is the italicized notation (unavailable) next to the course name. Your next exercise is to make your practice course available. Change the Availability of your Practice Course 1. Click on Control Panel of your practice course. 2. Click on Settings in the Course Options section. 3. Click on Course Availability. 4. Click on Yes. 5. Click on Submit.
Change the Course Entry Point (Optional) The default course entry point is the Announcements page, which I like. This is the one place I know students who access my course will see a message from me. However, you can change the entry point in Course Settings. This can be done on the Set Course Entry Point option.
Part 5: Copying Course Materials from one Course to Another Once your course is set up, you will be able to copy all (or part of it) to other courses. You have two options for copying course materials between course shells. Course Copy is a one step operation for copying part or all of the content and settings of one course into another, while the Export Course/Import Package is a multi-step operation for doing the same thing. The multi-step operation involves first exporting your course, then downloading the zip file that is created, going to the new course and importing that zip file. This option, while tedious, must be done whenever we have new versions of Blackboard. Note: If you are using a College-owned course shell it is imperative that you always import the latest version of that shell. Don’t use Course Copy between terms, since corrections may have been made to the shell. However, if you are teaching multiple sections of the same course, once you have imported the latest version of the course and customized it, you can use Course Copy set up another section.
Course Copy 1. Click on Control Panel of the course that has the material you want to copy. 2. Click on Course Copy in the Course Options section (lower left). 3. Click on Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course. 4. Now, you will see a field called Destination Course ID. Click on Browse and then click on Search to see a list of all your existing courses. It may take a few seconds/minutes to load all of your courses. Maximize the window when all of your courses are listed. Click on the Module 5 Course Options in Blackboard page 5 Select button on the right that corresponds to the course name where you want to copy the material. 5. Select the items that you want to copy by clicking on the checkboxes that correspond to the documents available in the course. 6. Put a click in the box next to Adaptive Release Rules for Content if you want to copy those, too. 7. Click on Submit when you are finished. 8. You may have to wait a few minutes (or a few hours) for the copy to take effect. Be patient and wait. You will get an automatically generated e-mail from IT stating that the course copy is completed.
Export Course/ Import Package 1. Click on Control Panel of the course you want to copy. 2. Click on Export Course in the Course Options section. 3. Click on Export. 4. Select the items that you want to copy by clicking on the checkboxes that correspond to the documents available in the course. 5. Put a click in the box next to Adaptive Release Rules for Content if you want to export those, too. 6. Click on Submit when you are finished. 7. You may have to wait a few minutes (or a few hours) for the export to take effect. Be patient and wait. You will have to refresh the page to see the new export document. . You will get an automatically generated e-mail from IT stating that the course export is completed. 8. Return to the Control Panel (if you left) and click on Export Course to find the zip file that was created. 9. Right click on the file and save it to your desktop. 10. Next you will Import the zipped file into another course. Click My FCCJ and select the new course. 11. Click on the Control Panel in the new course. 12. Click on Import Package and navigate to the zipped course on your desktop. Click Open, click on everything that you want to import, and click Submit. Return to the Student View and check to see that the content is there.

Part 6: Create a Backup of your Course (Archive) Archive is used to create a backup of your course that includes the students and data in the Gradebook. You should create Archives periodically throughout the term as a backup in case the system trashes your course. Archives should be downloaded and kept on your office computer in case they are needed in event of Blackboard server failure. 1. Click on Control Panel of the course you want to copy. 2. Click on Export Course in the Course Options section. 3. Click on Archive. Module 5 Course Options in Blackboard page 6 4. Select the items that you want to copy by clicking on the checkboxes that correspond to the documents available in the course. 5. Put a click in the box next to Adaptive Release Rules for Content if you want to export those, too. 6. Click on Submit when you are finished. 7. You may have to wait a few minutes (or a few hours for the copy to take effect. Be patient and wait. You will have to refresh the page to see the new export document. 8. Click on Export Course to find the zip file that was created. 9. Right click on the file and save it to your desktop. Course Cartridges Many publishers have created Course Cartridges that can be used by the instructor to import ready-made content, homework and tests into empty course shells. To see if there is a Course Cartridge available for your course, you can search the Blackboard Course Cartridge list or talk to your publisher rep. Here is the information on checking into Course Cartridge availability: Preview or adopt a Blackboard Course Cartridge by following these steps: 1. Search: Visit the Course Cartridge Catalog at http://cartridgecatalog.blackboard.com/search.aspx and browse for your Blackboard Course Cartridge by discipline, title, author, publisher, or ISBN. 2. Request and Evaluate for Free: Every Blackboard Course Cartridge is unique – with varying features and functionality. Request a free copy to confirm that the online content you select is right for your course. There’s no set time limit. Just request, evaluate, and decide if it’s right for you. To preview, contact your publisher sales representative to request a Course Cartridge download key. 3. Start Using It: If you decide that the Blackboard Course Cartridge you requested fits your course needs, contact your publisher representative to complete the process.

What should you do next?Tell me that you have completed the Module 5 Reading and Now You Try It! Exercises by submitting the Module 5 Exercise.Take the Module 5 Quiz.Post an original message in the Module 5 Discussion Board and reply to someone else’s post. Move on to Module 6. Module 6: Assessments in Blackboard In this module we will explore the some of the tools found in the area of the Control Panel labeled Assessment. You will learn how easy it is to develop tests and surveys using the Test Manager and the Survey Manager. You will also learn how to use the Pool Manager to create question pools for your tests so there is variation in the tests your students receive. You will also learn how to manage the Gradebook in Blackboard.
Testing in Blackboard The Test Manager will help you deliver online, automatically-scored assessments and surveys. You can create these assessments from scratch or draw upon personal, institutional, or commerciallyavailable "test banks" of questions. The basic process is as follows: You will first create a test (labeled Add Test within the Test Manager) and then add questions to your test. You can use several different types of questions (multiple choice, true/false, multiple answer, ordering, matching, fill in the blank, essay and others) in the same test. You can even have the students upload a file in response to a test question. You will then add the test to a Content Area (like the Modules I’m using in this course, or possibly to another Content Area labeled Tests or Quizzes). When you add a test to a Content Area, an entry is automatically made into the Gradebook. Blackboard will grade all of these different types of questions except essays and file responses. When you deploy a test, you have to set several options, like allowing multiple attempts, force completion, setting a time limit, and setting available dates and times. A very important option that you will want to set is to click the Make available on the Modify Test Options. Until that is clicked, the test is invisible to students. Other options that you will need to decide upon include making selections for the feedback mode (score only, show correct answers, etc.) and the presentation mode. You can find these settings by clicking on Modify to the right of the test title. You can also Remove a test from the area. Note about test time limits: Even though you set a time limit for a test (such as 1 hour), students can continue to take the test. You may want to set a standard of "points off" for being over the time limit such as 1 point for every minute over. If a student has gone over the allocated time the grade in the Gradebook will be an “!”. If you click on the “!” you will see at the top of the page how much time the student actually took on the test. You may also click on a students score to see how much time they took for the test. Respondus: Many people use Respondus to create tests and test pools. These tests and pools can be uploaded directly into Blackboard. For additional information on assessments please see chapter 12 in the Blackboard Instructors Manual and consider taking the FCCU Respondus course. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 2 of 19
Assessment Question Types These are the different question types found in the drop down menu next to Add. Choose the question type and click Go. Blackboard will grade all of these questions except for Essay and File Response. You can use a variety of question types in each assessment. Faculty usually limit themselves to Multiple Choice and True-False, which work just as you might expect. I would like to encourage you to branch out and consider using some of the other question types. An Anatomy and Physiology teacher will love Hot Spot, which requires students to click on the correct spot on an image…”Click on the gluteus maximus.” Math and science teachers will love the calculated formula questions that allow algorithmically generated test questions (Calculated Formula). Programming teachers will love the File Response, where students upload a file as their answer. You can write surveys using Likert type responses (think LOEP!). You can write review tests that are done Jeopardy style (Test Bowl). I am providing instructions for a variety of the newer question types in the section that follows.
Multiple Choice answers can be randomized Instructors have the option to randomize the answers in multiple choice questions. The answers are randomized for each assessment attempt, which helps prevent student cheating.
Calculated Formula Questions You can now create algorithmically generated questions in Blackboard. Let's say you would like to have 10 different variations of converting centimeter (cm) to meter (m), where the only difference was the number being converted. You would enter the question with a variable in brackets where your number will be. As you can see below, my question is "Convert [x] cm to m." Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 3 of 19 If you had two different dimensions in your calculation, like the area of a room, you would enter "Calculate the area of a room that is [x] feet by [y] feet." Then you fill in the answer formula appropriately. Notice that you have some equation capabilities built in. Set the Options. You can allow some variation in the answers by accepting answers within a certain range, either by percent or numeric. You can even allow partial credit, or insist that they include the unit. Click on Next at the bottom of the screen. The Add/Modify screen opens up. Set the Minimum and Maximum values, the number of decimal places for the variables and the answers, and then click the Calculate button to create the answer sets. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 4 of 19 The answer sets are created. You can remove any unwanted sets. This is also where you provide appropriate feedback. When you are done click on the Submit button and the question will be added to the test.
Either/Or Questions This is similar to True and False, except you have a few additional choices, like Yes/No, Agree/Disagree and Right/Wrong.
Essay and File Response Questions These type of questions will have to be graded by you. The Gradebook will show an exclamation point meaning that you have a question to grade. File response require the students to browse to and upload a file as their response to the question. This is particularly useful for programming classes where instructors require students to write code for the instructor to check.
Fill in the Blank questions You must be careful to put all possible spellings as correct answers in the “Fill in the Blank” type of questions. Watch out for plural as a possibility. Warn students that extra spaces will cause Blackboard to mark the answer wrong, even though the content is correct. Add the question text; give a point value, and the answers. If you need more or less than 4 answers, click on the down-arrow to the right of “Number of Answers” and make your selection. Make sure to mark the correct answer by clicking on the appropriate radio button. Add feedback if you wish. Click on Submit.
Fill-in-the-Blank Multiple Blank Questions This style of question uses the variables in brackets as place holders for blanks, and the students have to fill in the blanks. Be careful: You will need to provide all reasonable versions of the correct answers to Blackboard, or you will be frequently re-grading questions. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 5 of 19
Hot Spot Questions Hot Spot questions allow you to ask questions about an image, where the student answers by clicking on the image. For example, a cell biology test might ask students to correctly identify the mitochondria or nucleus and a geography test might ask students to click on Bosnia. It is important to remember that graphics should be small in both file size and image size, to make them easy to load. The image can be a gif, jpg or bmp, but it cannot have a space or a dash as part of the name. You might consider using camel case to name your files. For example, an image that you would like to name graduated cylinder.jpg can be named graduatedCylinder.jpg. Inserting a Hot Spot question: 1. Choose Hotspot from the drop down menu and hit GO. 2. The question menu pops up. Type in the question, set the question points and browse to the image file. Then click Submit. 3. The next screen lets you set the coordinates for the answer by clicking and dragging on the screen from upper left to lower right over the actual “hot spot”. Note that nothing will show up on the screen until your release the mouse. If you make a make a mistake, click the Clear button and try again. The hot spot will appear as a white rectangle on your image (see image at right). 4. Fill in the Feedback, click Submit and you are done.
Jumbled Sentence Test Question A Jumbled Sentence question is one in which students choose the best word(s) from drop down lists to complete the sentence. The letter x in brackets [x] is used where the blank is needed. For example, a writing instructor might ask the student to choose the correct tense of the verb “to eat” to complete this sentence: Kelly was hungry so she [x] the whole pie. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 6 of 19 The drop down choices might include {eat, ate, have eaten, to eat}. You can also ask students to fill in questions that have more than one blank, but the drop down choices must be same for both. Note that a new variable letter in brackets is needed for the second blank. For example, a chemistry instructor might ask the student to do this question: [x] lose electrons easily because they have [y] ionization energies. The drop down choices might include {metals, nonmetals, metalloids, low, high}. Partial credit is allowed for this type of question, since they might correctly choose x, but miss y. Inserting a Jumbled Sentence question: 1. Choose Jumbled Sentence from the drop down menu and hit GO. 2. Fill in your question, leaving a [x] where you want the drop down list to be. 3. Decide if you want to give partial credit. This would be useful if you had a question that had more than one drop down list. Note that you would use [x] and [y] so you have two answers that can be correct, but the lists must be the same. In other words, the answers to x and y are on both lists. 4. Fill in the answers and then hit Next. Note that you can change Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 7 of 19 the number of answers using the drop down list or the remove button. 5. Use the drop down menu to select the correct answer and fill in the feedback boxes. Hit Submit when you finish.
Pool Manager and Random Blocks It is a good idea to create pools of questions within Blackboard so that you can create tests that differ each time a student takes the test. For example, a Pool labeled Density might have 10 different questions about density and a Pool labeled MetricConversions might have 10 different questions that ask students to convert between different metric units. You can then create a test that pulls a random draw of 1 or more questions from each of the pools. You specify the number of questions pulled from each of the pools. You can even use all of the questions in the pool. In the test section, you add a Random Block as your question type, and then select the pool you want to use. You can also create pools by drawing from questions in Blackboard tests you have already created by choosing the option From a Question Pool or Assessment. This will allow you to pick questions to use in the new pool. Respondus is a great way to clone questions to create large pools of similar questions. You can also use your pools to draw individual questions into the test. You do this by using the by drawing from questions in Blackboard tests you have already created by choosing the option From a Question Pool or Assessment.

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Before you go to your Practice Course, download the graphic Menu.jpg found in your Blackboard Basics course in Module 6. You will need this graphic for Part 2. Part 1: Create a Pool of Questions 1. Click on the Courses tab at the top left of the Blackboard screen, and then click on your practice course. 2. Click on Control Panel, then Pool Manager in Assessment. 3. Click on Add Pool. 4. Fill in the Name of the pool. You can fill in the Description and Instructions for the pool if you want to. Click Submit. You will now add 3 questions to your pool. 5. Use the dropdown arrow to select Multiple Choice and then click on Go. 6. Fill in the Question Text with: Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 8 of 19 Which of the following types of questions are available in Blackboard? 7. Use the dropdown menu under Options to choose Lowercase letters for Answer Numbering and click in the box next to Show Answers in Random Order. 8. Fill in the answers with Essay, Hot Spot, File Response and All of the above. 9. Click in the radio button (circle) to the left of the answer: All of the above to indicate the correct answer to the question. 10. Click Submit. This takes you back to the Pool where you will now see you have a question! 11. Let’s add another question. Use the dropdown arrow to select Fill in the Blank and then click on Go. 12. Fill in the Question Text with: The Pool Manager is located in what section of the Control Panel? 13. Next you will fill in all acceptable answers to the question. To get more answer options, click on the dropdown arrow next to Answers. Choose 2 since you will need to include all versions of the correct answer to your question, since Blackboard will mark it wrong if it is incorrectly spelled or has an unnecessary space. Blackboard is not case-sensitive, however. It will accept NA, na, nA or Na as the symbol for the element sodium. Fill in the two answer blanks with Assessment and Assessments, which will mean that Blackboard will accept either answer. 14. Click Submit. This takes you back to the Pool where you will now see you have two questions. 15. Now add one more question by using the dropdown arrow to select True-False and then click on Go. 16. Type the following statement in the Question Text box: Creating a pool of questions in Blackboard is difficult. 17. In the Answer section, click on the radio button next to False. 18. Click Submit. This takes you back to the Pool where you will now see you have 3 questions! 19. Add a few more to the pool if you want to. When you have finished adding questions, click OK. The Pool Manager screen now says you have a pool named BB Basics. Note that clicking on Modify will allow you to add more questions to the pool or modify the questions within the pool.
Part 2: Create a Test Next you will create a test that will use the questions in your pool as well as a few more questions. 1. Click on the Test Manager in the Control Panel 2. Click on Add Test. 3. Fill in the Test Information screen that opens and click on the Submit button. The Test Canvas screen opens. 4. Click on Creation Settings which is where you will adjust settings and add options to a Test. These settings control testing options, including question feedback, use of images, and default point value. It is a good idea to always set these before adding questions to your test. When you are finished setting your options, click on Submit. 5. You can now begin adding questions to your test. Note that the procedure for adding questions is the same as in the Pool Manager. 6. First we will add a Hot Spot question, so choose Hot Spot from the drop down menu and hit GO. 7. The question menu pops up. Type in the question: Click on the Control Panel. 8. Set the Point Value as 5. 9. Click Browse and go to your desktop to get the image Menu.jpg that you downloaded earlier. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 9 of 19 Click on the image and then click Open. 10. Click Submit. 11. The next screen lets you set the coordinates for the answer. Click and drag on the screen from upper left to lower right over the Control Panel button. Note that nothing will show up on the screen until your release the mouse. If you make a make a mistake, click the Clear button and try again. The hot spot will appear as a white rectangle over the button. Be sure to cover the entire button. 12. Fill in the Feedback, click Submit. 13. The next question we will add is a Jumbled Sentence question. Choose Jumbled Sentence from the drop down menu and hit GO. 14. Fill in the following question in the question text area: Click on [x] to get to the Course Roster and [y] to get to the student Homepage. 15. Set the Point Value as 10 since there are two answers. Click in the box to allow partial credit. 16. Fill in the answers with the following options: Course Tools, Course Information, Communication, and Staff Information 17. Click Next. 18. Under Correct Answers click the first dropdown arrow and select Communication and click the second dropdown arrow to select Course Tools. 19. Click Submit. You now have two questions in your test with a total point count of 15 points. 20. We will now add one question from our question pool created in Part 1. Choose Random Block from the Add Question dropdown menu and click GO. You want the Random Block to randomly draw 1 question from your pool. Select your pool. Set the Question Types to All. Set the Number of Questions to 1 and Point Value to 5. Click Import. When you are finished, the Random Block question will look like this in your test: 21. We have finished our 20 point, 4 question test. Click on OK which takes you back to the Test Manager. You can see the entire test/test by clicking on Modify. Whew! That was a lot work, but you aren’t done yet. You need to deploy the test so that your imaginary students can take it! Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 10 of 19
Part 3: Deploy your test 1. You will now add the test to a Content Area. You can either add it to the Chapter 1 Content Area you have already created, or you can create a new Content Area called Tests. To add the Tests button to your course menu, click on Control Panel, and then click on Manage Course Menu in the Course Options section. Click on Content Area on the Add line. Type in Tests in the textbox under Assignments because Tests is not an option when you click on the down-arrow. Scroll down and click on Submit. 2. To make the test available to students in the class, click on Control Panel and then Tests in the section labeled Content Areas. 3. Click on Test and select the test. Click Submit and OK. 4. On the next screen (Modify Test), click on “Modify the Test options” to select the availability for the students: making the link available (Yes), allowing multiple attempts (up to the instructor), force completion (up to the instructor), setting a time limit (up to the instructor), and setting available dates and times (up to the instructor). You will need to make selections for the feedback mode (score only, show correct answers, etc.) and presentation mode. Click on Submit. A column for this test is automatically added to the Gradebook. 5. Now you need to see if your test works. Go back to the Student View by clicking on your course name in the bread crumbs at the top of the screen. Click on Tests (or where-ever you put your test in step 1.) Then click on the test and take it. How to check the test grade in the Gradebook and to override the grades 1. Click on Gradebook in the Control Panel. 2. Click on the grade for the test. 3. Click on View to see the graded test. This is what you would do if a student complains that he is sure his FILL IN THE BLANK answer was right. You can then view his answer and change the points for that question if you need to. 22. Note: Sometimes students will get locked out of a test and you will see a lock in the Gradebook. The only way to get them back in to take the test is to click on the lock, click View and then click Clear Attempt.
Using Surveys in Blackboard You may want to create opinion type data from your students for your Learning Outcome Enhancement Plan. An easy way to do it is by creating and deploying a survey in Blackboard. The process is very much like that of creating and deploying tests. You will begin with the Survey Manager in the Assessments area in the Control Panel. Clicking on Add Survey opens the Survey Canvas which uses the same question types as the Test Manager. Note that one of those question types is Opinion Scale/Likert. Of course, surveys are not graded by Blackboard. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 11 of 19 To deploy the survey, you will need to add it to a Content Area like Course Documents. Go to the area, and click on the dropdown arrow on the far right next to Select. Click Survey and click Go. Select your survey, click Submit and OK. You will need to Modify the Survey Options to make the survey available to your students and to choose they type of Survey Feedback your students will receive when they take the survey. You can choose to have the feedback include their answers or just the survey Status. You will review survey results in the Gradebook.
GRADEBOOK
Gradebook Capabilities:Blackboard Automatically records scores of tests taken online in BlackboardCan manually add items that are not automatically graded, such as journals or written assignmentsManage Gradebook itemsExport Gradebook to Excel for backup and/or to create more sophisticated formulas in the spreadsheetImport revised spreadsheets back into courseWeight scores by individual items or groups of items (categories)
Benefits of using the GradebookStudents can monitor their grades throughout the courseInstructors can easily download the Gradebook for backupInstructors can use the Weighted Grading feature to calculate final grades without having to create formulas in a spreadsheet
Opening the Gradebook 1. Go to the Control Panel and then choose Gradebook from the Assessment section. There are three ways you can view and modify grades: Option #1 You can look at all of the grades simply by viewing the spreadsheet. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 12 of 19 Option #2 Select the student's name on the Gradebook spreadsheet. On the User Options screen, select User Grade List. Option #3 Select the title of the item on the Gradebook spreadsheet. On the Item Options screen, select Item Grade List.
Gradebook Settings Clicking on Gradebook Settings brings up the dialog box at right. One of the options under Column Settings is to Display Average Score to students. I always deselect this option. Often I have zeros in the Gradebook from students who didn’t complete a test or assignment. Those zeros make the average student score on each item less meaningful. Click through all three Settings options to see the basic settings that you can change in your Gradebook.
Options for viewing the data in the spreadsheet You can sort the Gradebook items by the date they were entered, the item type, etc. You can filter the items on a number of criteria or by the first letter of the students' last name so you see only those items you want to see at the moment.
To change the order of the items in the Gradebook: Click on Manage Items, change the number next to the item you wish to move, click OK.
To upload grades from a spreadsheet or to download grades from the Gradebook Blackboard requires the spreadsheet you upload from be a particular format. That is why you must first download grades from Blackboard. The grades you download will be in a Excel spreadsheet file named gb_export.xls. You can rename the file and use it to upload grades as long as you keep the xls Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 13 of 19 extension. However, you should not change the first column heading in the spreadsheet, nor should you put any equations in it. 1. Click Download Grades, under Delimiter Type click Tab, click Submit, click Download and save it to your desktop. 2. Copy the data from your spreadsheet to this new file and save the file. 3. Click Upload Grades, Browse to the file from step 2 and click Submit. 4. You have to upload one column of data from your spreadsheet at a time. Select the column from your file and click this column in the Choose Imported Item. 5. Click the same column (or click Create New Gradebook Item) under Choose Existing Item and click Submit. 6. Next you have to identify the students whose data you wish to upload. Select all is my favorite choice here! 7. Click on Submit and OK. Check the data in your Gradebook to be sure that everything went smoothly.
To create a Gradebook Item 1. Click on Gradebook in the Control Panel 2. Use the Add Item button to create the spreadsheet item. The Add/Modify Gradebook Item window opens. 3. Assign each item to a category (used for weighting items by category). 4. Allow or disallow students to see the Gradebook item. This is especially pertinent when tests are copied from one semester’s course site to another (i.e., you may not want the students to see all of the Gradebook items at the beginning of a semester). **An asterisk following the title of a Gradebook item indicates that the item is not visible to students.** Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 14 of 19 Manually Enter Grades 1. Click on the name of the item in the spreadsheet 2. Select Item Grade List 3. A list of all students and a block where you can enter or change their grade will appear. 4. When you are finished entering grades, click Submit.
Review of Grading Assignments in the Gradebook Viewing the students’ tests and assignments An exclamation point (!) is entered into the Gradebook when a student completes a Blackboard Assignment; you can manually enter the score after reviewing the assignment. The exclamation point is also entered if a test includes a short answer essay that requires manual grading. Lets say you want to modify a student’s grade or you would like to leave comments. You would then click on the score (or exclamation point) that is displayed on the spreadsheet. Then click the View button on the far right of the bar (below).
Grading One Assignment at a Time 1. After the student submits an assignment, go to the Control Panel and click the Gradebook link in the Assessment area. When the Gradebook appears, you will see an exclamation point for each student who has submitted the assignment. Move your mouse pointer over an individual exclamation point until the arrow becomes a hand. Then click the exclamation point. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 15 of 19 2. After you click the exclamation point, the Modify Grade page will appear. Move your mouse pointer over the View button until the pointer becomes a hand then click the view button to grade the assignment. 3. When the Grade Assignment page appears, scroll down the screen until you see the link to the student's file. Click that link to open or save the file to your computer. When you have finished making comments on the student's paper, save it, enter the grade in the grade box, click “Browse” to locate the file that you saved on your computer, and wait for the name of the file to appear in the "Files to Attach" box. If you want to attach a second or third file to send to the student, click the "Add Another File" button, wait for the "Files to Attach" box to empty, and then click "Browse" again to attach another file. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 16 of 19 The Instructor's Notes section is for you to make comments that you can view when you click the student's grade and then the View button in your Gradebook, but the student cannot see these comments. After you submit the grade and attached file, you will view your comments on the screen. Click the Submit button again and then the OK button.
Grading Multiple Assignments at Once 1. You can also click the name of the assignment in your Gradebook if you want to update all grades at once or download all the students' files at once and save them to your computer without having to download one assignment at a time. Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 17 of 19 2. When the Items Option page appears, choose the Item Download link to select all the files, select all that you haven't yet graded, or select one file at a time to read after the download. Click the Submit button to collect the files into one "zipped" folder. You can also choose Item Grade List if you want to enter grades after you have graded all the papers. 3. Click the link to download the files. You may either Save the folder of "zipped" files (that you can open by double-clicking the name of the zipped file) or choose Open the files to read now. Each student's file will be saved by the name of the assignment followed, in alphabetical order, by the student's blackboard username. 4. After you have read all the students' papers and saved all the files with your comments, you can enter the Gradebook again, click the name of the assignment, and choose the option to modify the column that lists all students' grades for that assignment. Notes: If a student attempts to submit an assignment but submits the wrong file or a file that you cannot read, you will have to enter the Gradebook, click the exclamation point beside the student's name in the column listing that grade item, click the View button, and then click the Clear Attempt button so the student can resubmit the file. If the student's grade column displays the "locked" icon after several hours, then the student has probably made an error in submission that you cannot remove except by Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 18 of 19 clicking the icon, entering a grade of a large number that the student will not mistake as a grade, such as 1000. Then you can click the grade again, click View and Clear Attempt so the student can submit the assignment again The student can click View Grades in the Tools area of the course and click the grade to see your comments and attached files.
Review of Grading a Discussion Board When you create a discussion forum, you have several options for grading to choose from. The default is No grading, but you can select Grade Forum by clicking in the radio button and assigning points to the forum. A new entry will automatically be added to the Gradebook with the name of the forum and the points you assigned. When you are ready to grade the forum, you click Communications, then Discussion Board which brings up the different forums you have added. Clicking on the square box to the right of the forum name will open a grade sheet. Clicking on the Grade box at right will bring up a listing of Ginny Weasley’s posts in that forum. You will then assign a grade in the box provided and click Submit. Scrolling down to the bottom of the posts and clicking OK takes you back to the listing of the other members of the forum. Once you have finished grading the other students’ posts, click OK. Now let’s look at the Grade Threads option. Selecting this option will mean that only you, the instructor, can add threads to the forum. (Blackboard will automatically disable the Create New Threads option.) When you add a new thread to the forum, click on the Grade Forum checkbox and fill in the point count for the thread. Click Submit. A new entry will automatically be added to the Gradebook with the name of the thread and the points you assigned. The procedure for grading the thread is the same as grading the forum (above).

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Part 1: Let’s say that you are giving the students an exam that is not online. You will need to upload the grades to Blackboard in a new column that you create yourself. Add a new item to your Gradebook in your practice course. Call it Exam 1. 1. Click on Control Panel then Gradebook under Assessment. 2. Click on Add Item and complete the name (Exam1), category (choose Exam from the list), Module 6: Assessments and Gradebook page 19 of 19 type in a description (an option), select a date (the date is just to show the date when the item was added), enter the possible Points (100), and Display as (choose percentage from the drop down list). Make the item visible to users by clicking on Yes, and select Yes to include the score in Gradebook calculations. 3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Submit. and OK Part 2: Rearrange the order of items in your Gradebook 4. I would like you to move the Exam 1 entry in your Gradebook to the first position in the Gradebook. Click on Manage Items in your Gradebook. Click on the dropdown arrow in the Order column to the left of Exam 1. Select 1 and let go of the mouse. See how it moved Exam 1 to the first column in the Gradebook? Click OK which takes you back to the
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