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Creating announcements


Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

Video: Creating announcements

Creating announcements provides you with in-depth training on Education + Elearning. Taught by Patrick Crispen as part of the Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 8s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 24s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 15s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 54s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 50s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 27s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 18s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 1s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 56s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Creating announcements
Video Duration: 4m 15s6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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Creating announcements provides you with in-depth training on Education + Elearning. Taught by Patrick Crispen as part of the Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Education + Elearning
Patrick Crispen

Creating announcements

Now that you have files posted to your Blackboard course, the next thing you may want to do is create an announcement to tell your students about important events that are coming up in your class. These announcements are going to display for seven days on your course Home Page and then disappear. That's actually here where it says My Announcements. We are on the My Institution page as well. And it says, "No Institution Announcements have been posted for 7 days. No Course or Organization Announcements have been posted in the last 7 days." In other words, the announcements show up for seven days. Then they disappear. It turns out, they don't disappear.

They actually just go into an older folder, and you can make those announcements permanent. Let's show you how to create an announcement. I am going to get into one of my courses. In this case, we'll click on my Educational Technology course. And there are few different ways to get in and create new announcements. I am going to show you from the Home Page here, there's a button that says more announcements. You can also click on Announcements in the Course Management area, but we'll talk about that later. For now, click on more announcements, and there is going to be a big button here that that says Create Announcement, and that's exactly what I am going to do.

I am going to create an announcement for my students telling them that my class is canceled this week, so class is canceled. I am actually going to paste a message that I have got for my students that I wrote. "Class is canceled this week. Continue to work on the group projects and make sure to review and summarize the Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation prior to next Tuesday's class." I can, if I want to, format this. I've got a bunch of formatting tools here, but since class starts in a few hours, let's get this done right now. Now, here is something I want to show you.

We can actually make this where it's a permanent announcement, an announcement will always show up. It's not date-restrictive, meaning that anytime the students log in they are going to see that class is canceled. That's probably a bad idea in this case. However, I can make it date-restricted. In other words, this is going to show up right now, but since I'm going to have class next week, I probably want to have the announcement disappear a week from now. So I have the ability to choose the end date here. In this case, I am going to choose the end date as being next Tuesday, and we'll make it at say the beginning of day, midnight.

Big thing to remember in Blackboard: anytime you have a Display Until, you always want to have a Display After. It's just a good practice to keep these paired. So technically, you can have Display After unchecked, but it's a good idea to have both on. So we have got our announcement here, class is canceled this week. We are going to have it show up starting right now and disappear next Tuesday, at the beginning of the day. Now there is one other thing here that says Course Link, and what the heck is that? Well, the course link allows me to add a link inside my announcement to someplace else within my course.

For example, I've told my students here that I want them to review that Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation. It might be a good idea to give them a link to that Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation. I am not going to have to upload it again. It's already on Blackboard. In this case I click on Browse, and I just find the file within my Course menu. There it is right there, the Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation. So what happens is when I click on Submit, it now creates an announcement. There is the announcement saying that the class is canceled with a course link to the Cognitive Art.

If I go to the Course Home Page, you will see that there is an announcement. Now this is something you might not be used to, but it only gives you the title. The students still have to click on this to be able to get and see the entire announcement. The same thing happens over on My Institution tab. It will say that the class is canceled, but the students do have to click on the link. That's one of the reasons why faculty also prefer sending emails in addition to announcements. We'll talk about that in the next movie, but for now, to create an announcement, what you need to do is get into the course into which you wish to make an announcement, on the Home Page click on More Announcements--again, you can also do this under the Course Management area on the left-hand side, but for now we'll click on more announcements.

Click on Create Announcement, type in the subject--that's absolutely required-- type in your message, and then choose the date restrictions and any links to other places within the course that you want to share with your students.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/09/2012. What changed?
A: This update adds 7 new movies in the "What's New in Blackboard 9.x SP8 and SP9," on topics such as course themes, new and improved assessments, and other new features found in service packs 8 and 9.
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