Blackboard learn: Collaborative tools

Activity 1

Create a Discussion Board

Step 1

  1. Click Discussions in the main menu.
  2. Click the Create Forum button. create forum

Step 2

  1. Under FORUM INFORMATION
  2. provide a name and optional description 
  3. Scroll down to FORUM SETTINGS and select the radio button for “Grade Discussion Forum: Points possible:” and enter 100 for the number of points possible.
  4. Also in FORUM SETTINGS, check the box next to “Allow Author to Edit Own Published Posts.”
  5. Click the Submit button after you complete the settings.
  6. Click your newly created forum to enter it.

Step 3

  1. Click the Create Thread button.    create thread
  2. Give the thread a subject, and enter a question in the message.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. Optional: Repeat step 3 to add additional questions/posts

Contribute to the discussion boards of the courses of those in your row

Step 1

  1. Access the discussion boards of the others in your row by clicking the My Blackboard tab, clicking on another course, and then clicking Discussions in the course menu.
  2. Respond to their questions.
    Note: You will not be able to access other’s discussion boards until after they have created them and made them available.

Stretch Your Skill (optional) – Organize Discussion Views

  1. Enter the course in which you are an instructor.
  2. Enter a discussion forum by clicking Discussions in your main course menu, then clicking the name of the forum.
  3. Click the arrow icon  to the right of your thread name.
  4. Click Collect from the dropdown menu.
    collect option highlighted on menu
  5. Use the Sort by and Order menus to change the view.
    date of last post and descending options shown for order

Activity 2: Blogs

Create a blog

Step 1

  1. Enter your course by clicking on it.
  2. Click Course Content in the main menu.
  3. Hover over the Tools button, then click Blogs.
  4. Click the Create New Blog button.
    link blogs - create new blog button highlighted

Step 2

  1. Under BLOG INFORMATION provide a name and optional instructions.
  2. Scroll down to BLOG AVAILABILITY and select the radio button for "Yes".
  3. Scroll down to BLOG PARTICIPATION and select the radio button for Course.
  4. Scroll down to GRADE SETTINGS and select the radial button to make this a graded Blog. Enter 100 as the number of points possible.
  5. Click the Submit button after you complete the settings.

 

Step 3

  1. Ensure your blog is selected from the list and then click Next
    link blogs page
  2. On the Create Link: Blog screen leave all items the default, and click Submit
create link: blog

Enter a blog post in the courses of those in your row

Step 1

  1. Complete a blog post in each of the others in your row by clicking the My Blackboard tab on the top of the screen, entering their courses, and accessing the blog from the Course Content menu item.
  2. Note: You will not be able to access other’s blogs until after they have created them and made them available. You may also need to refresh your menu before you can access the blog.

Stretch Your Skill (optional) – Add a link to the blog tool in your course menu

Add a link to the blog tool in your course menu

Step 1

  1. Enter the course you are an instructor for.
  2. Hover over the icon in the upper left hand corner of your main course menu, then click “Tool Link” to create a new tool link.
    menu shown with tool link and add button highlighted
  3. Enter “Class blog” for the name, and set type to Blogs.
  4. Ensure “Available to Users” is checked.

add tool link

  1. Click submit

Activity 3. Creating a Wiki 

Create a Wiki

Step 1

  1. Click Course Content in the main menu.
  2. Hover over the Tools button, then click Wikis.
  3. Click the Create New Wiki button.
    Create New Wiki View

Step 2

  1. Under CREATE LINK: WIKI provide a name and optional instructions.
  2. Scroll down to WIKI SETTINGS and select the radial button to make this a graded Wiki. Enter 100 as the number of points possible.
  3. Click the Submit button after you complete the settings. 

Step 3

  1. Ensure your wiki is selected from the list and then click Next.
    link to wiki view
  2. On the Create Link: Wiki screen, leave all settings to the default, and click Submit
    Create link: wiki view

Contribute to the wiki of the courses of those in your row

Step 1

  1. Access and edit the wikis of the others in your row by clicking the My Blackboard tab on the top of the screen, entering their courses, and accessing the wiki from the Course Content menu item.
  2. Note: You will not be able to access other’s blogs until after they have created them and made them available. 

Stretch Your Skill (optional)  - Viewing wiki history

Step 1

  1. Access your wiki by clicking Course Content in the main menu, then clicking on your wiki.
  2. On the right side of the screen you will see Wiki Details. Below that will be the wiki’s name.  Below the wiki’s name you will see an arrow icon beside “Start here” . Click the arrow icon, then click History.

Step 2

  1. Clicking on an individual version will show you what the wiki looked like at that version.
  2. Author will show you who made the changes shown in a version.

Checking multiple versions and clicking the Compare Versions button will highlight changes between versions.

compare versions view

Activity 4: Creating groups and group tools

Create a Group

Step 1

  1. Click Users and Groups in the Course Management menu to expand that section, then click Groups.
  2. Hover over the Create button, then under “Single Group” click Manual Enroll.

Step 2

  1. Give your group a name.
  2. Scroll down to the Membership section and Click on the “Add Users” button.
    add users
  3. A list of all of the users will now be displayed.
  4. If you want to add all of the users to the group Click the check box next to “Username”.  If you want to manually select the users to add to the group Click the check boxes next to those names only.
  5. Click Submit and this will take you back to the “Create Group” page.
  6. Scroll down to the Membership section and review the list of the users added to the group.  Once these are verified Click Submit.

Step 3 

  1. Click Users and Groups in the Course Management menu to expand that section, then click Groups – doing this will now take you to the groups you have created.  Click on the group name to enter the group homepage.

Step 4

  1. Explore the different group tools as both an instructor and as a student in the other members of your row’s classes.
  2. Notice how much control you have as a student. 

Stretch Your Skill (optional)  - Grading Collaborative Tool Submission 

Grading a Discussion

Step 1

  1. In the Course Management menu click on Discussions.
    Course menu showing discussion location
  2. A best practice would be to lock your Discussion Forum before you begin grading it.  This will allow your students to still view the Discussion Forum, but no longer be able to contribute to this Discussion Forum.  To do this Click on the name of the Discussion Forum you want to grade and then Click in the box to the left of your Discussion Thread.  Next, hover over “Thread Actions” and click on “Lock”.
    view with controls to lock a thread

Step 2

  1. Go back the Course Management menu and click on Discussions again.
  2. Hover over the Discussion Forum you want to grade.  Click on the drop down arrow to the right of the Discussion name and then click on “Grade”.
    grade option
  3. You will now be on the Grade Discussion Forum Users screen.  Each user will be listed by name and to the far right of each user you will see a “Grade” button.  Clicking on any of these “Grade” buttons to begin grading.
    grade discussion forum users
  4. You can now grade the Discussion of the first user.  On the right hand side of the screen under “Forum Statistics” enter the number of points earned as well as any optional feedback and then click “Submit”.
    forum statistics with points field shown
  5. Under “Forum Statistics” click on either the arrow to the right or left of the current user’s name to view and grade the next user’s Discussion.
    forum statistics view

Grading a Blog

Step 1

  1. In the Course Management menu click on the name of your Blog Tool link.
  2. Click on the name of the Blog you want to grade.
  3. On the right hand side of the screen under “Blog Details” click on the down arrow under “All Course Members” to view a list of users with Blog submissions ready to view and grade.
    all courses members option
  4. If a user has a Blog ready to grade you will see an exclamation point in a yellow circle.  Click on the users name to view and grade the submission.
    Blog details showing users
  5. Under “Blog Details” enter the number of points earned as well as any optional feedback and then click “Submit”.
  6. Click on either the arrow to the right or left of the current user’s name to view and grade the next user’s Blog.
    Blog details             

Grading a Wiki

Step 1

  1. In the Course Content area (or in the Course Management menu) enter the Wiki you wish to grade by Clicking on it.
  2. In the upper right hand corner of the Wiki page Click on Participation and Grading which will take you to the Participation Summary screen.
    Participation and grading
  3. On this screen you will see each users contributions to the Wiki.On the right hand side of the screen under Wiki Details Click on the down arrow under All to view a list of users with Wiki contributions ready to view and grade.
    wiki details with option to show all highlighted
  4. If a user has a Wiki contribution ready to grade you will see an exclamation point in a yellow circle.  Click on the users name to view and grade the submission.
    show more option
  5. Under “Wiki Details” enter the number of points earned as well as any optional feedback and then click “Submit”.
  6. Click on either the arrow to the right or left of the current user’s name to view and grade the next user’s Wiki contributions.
    arrows

For Wikis: 

  1. Clicking any of the links in the Page Version column will show you the page as it existed when a user finished their edits.
  2. Clicking any of the links in the User’s Modifications column will show you a comparison of versions of the wiki.

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