Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at Red Deer College to deliver online courses. It offers a variety of tools to help students engage with course content in meaningful ways.

Item Tool

This is the most versatile tool in Blackboard to add content to your course. You can use it to:

  • add text
  • link to websites
  • attach files
  • add images
  • embed videos

 
Visit the Working with Items page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.
 


Assessment Tools

Two main tools that help with assessing what your students are learning throughout your course include the:

  1. Assignment Tool

    Assignments can be used to individually or collaboratively assess student understanding of the course material. The assignment tool is a virtual ‘drop-box’ where students upload their Word Document or PDF document to. Then, you can use in-line grading to mark and add comments to their assignment, right in Blackboard, without needing to download it.
     
    Visit the Assignments page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

    Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.
     

  2. Test Tool

  3. Tests are a great way to assess student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. They can contain a variety of question types such as multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay response.

     
    Visit the Tests/Quizzes page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

    Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.
     

 


Interactive Tools

There are four main interactive tools that can be used to provide opportunities for student-student, student instructor, or student-content interaction in your course:

  1. Discussion Boards

  2. Discussion boards allow students to asynchronously interact with one another by sharing their thoughts and opinions through a post.

    Instructors can observe student understanding of the material and correct misconceptions as the conversation unfolds. Discussion boards can involve the entire class or small groups.
     
    Visit the Discussion Boards page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

    Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.

  3. Blogs

  4. Blogs are often used as a personal online journal that students frequently update to share new information with their audience. Students can participate in course blogs, individual blogs, or group blogs and may have the ability to comment on other blog posts.

    Instructors may choose to use blogs as part of a summative, graded assignment or as part of a formative, non-graded assignment to gain insight into student knowledge and understanding. In comparison to wikis, blogs are more personal.
     
    Visit the Blogs page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

    Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.

  5. Wikis

  6. Wikis can serve as a repository for course information and knowledge that has been developed collaboratively. Students can create pages, modify pages, track changes, and add comments.

    Instructors can create one or more wikis for all students to contribute to and can create wikis for specific groups to collaborate within. This allows the instructor to take more of a facilitator role, similar to discussion boards. In comparison to a blog, wikis require strong collaboration as that is how content is developed.
     
    Visit the Wikis page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

    Please note: You will be prompted to login to your Office 365 account to view the page.

  7. Journals

  8. Journals are often used as a self-reflective tool where private communication between the instructor and student occurs. Students can post their opinions, thoughts, ideas, and concerns in regards to the course material and the instructor can further guide and enhance their learning.

    Journal assignments can be broad where the goal is for students to reflect on their learning and document how their skills, knowledge, or attitude has evolved. Or, they can be specific and guided by an instructor-created prompt or list of topics to discuss and reflect upon.
     
    Visit the Journals page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

    Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.

 


Grade Center

The grade center is where all student grades are managed in your course. Certain tools automatically create a column in the grade center whereas sometimes columns need to manually be created. A weighted total column can be used to calculate the final grade based on different assignment weightings. Features of Blackboard that work coherently with the grade center include rubrics and assignment inline grading.
 
Visit the Bb Grade Centre page on the CTL Resources SharePoint site to get started.

Please note: You will be prompted to login to your RDC Office 365 account to view the page.
 


References

 
 


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Updated August 16, 2019


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