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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
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Managing tools


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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

Video: Managing tools

By default, your Course menu has a link to Tools. If it doesn't, you can actually just go in here and add a Tool link, but in this case, I am going to click on Tools and notice that Blackboard has a bunch of tools and I might not need to use all of these in my course this semester. So, I can actually hide the tool that I don't want to use this semester. For example, if I don't want to use Messages in this course, if I click on Hide Link, what I am doing is I'm hiding that link from the students.
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    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 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    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 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  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 28s
    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 19s
  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 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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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
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Managing tools

By default, your Course menu has a link to Tools. If it doesn't, you can actually just go in here and add a Tool link, but in this case, I am going to click on Tools and notice that Blackboard has a bunch of tools and I might not need to use all of these in my course this semester. So, I can actually hide the tool that I don't want to use this semester. For example, if I don't want to use Messages in this course, if I click on Hide Link, what I am doing is I'm hiding that link from the students.

It doesn't actually disable the tool--the tool is still there. We can still access it down through the control panel. All this does is hide the tool from the students on this page, and students may actually still be able to find that tool somewhere else in the course. Let me show you. So, I have got Journals, Messages, My Grades. If I turn Edit Mode off, I get into Student Mode and notice that Messages is now disappeared from the page. Turn it back on, Messages show up. My recommendation is, go here and just turn off the tools that you don't think you're going to be using.

However, leave at least two tools on at all times. There is a colleague of mine who reported that they had some problems when they showed only one tool. So, again, all we're doing is we're hiding the tool from the students. To manage a particular tool's availability throughout the course, under Course Management, under Customization, click Tool Availability. Now, for each of these tools, there are four options. Option number one is Available. In other words, this tool can be used anywhere in the course.

Unavailable means it can't be used by anyone, including you, until you turn it back on. So, making something unavailable is actually a very powerful way to get rid of the tool, but it can lead to problems down the road. You need to make sure that if you uncheck this as being available, you really want it unchecked. Visible to Guests, well, you need to check with your help desk to see what your institution's policy on guest access to your course is. By default, many institutions don't allow guests to get into Blackboard courses, so this column may be moved for you.

Your help desk would be able to tell you whether or not that's a policy at your campus. If your institution does allow guests to come into courses, you can choose what tools the guests can and cannot see. Visible to Observers, observers doesn't mean what you think it is. It's not somebody observing your course. Observers are someone assigned to follow a specific user without interacting with Blackboard. Think a parent or an athletic department staff member tracking a single particular student's progress. So, you get to decide what observers can do, but it's not observers who are participating in your course, these are observers who are watching a particular student.

And then Available on Content Areas. For example, we've created an information area or a content area. Do I want to be able to add that tool there, is all I am saying. Now, I want you to notice that there are some grayed-out check boxes here. For example, the Adaptive Release, you can't make this visible to guest. That's actually have been disabled by the system administrator. Your system administrator can tell you a little more about that. The big thing to remember is turning off tools here, system-wide, through the entire course, causes some confusion, because what might happen is you might accidentally forget that you turned off Announcements, and then you try to go and make an announcement and it's like, where do the announcements go? My suggestion, only disable those tools that you know you will never use and when in doubt, leave it on.

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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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