Blackboard Learn offers four Interactive Tools for self-reflection, collaboration, and communication. Discussion boards, blogs, journals and wikis allow you to provide rich assignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge.
See also: Collaboration Tool
The DISCUSSION BOARD tool enables and encourages discussion with and among students, and provides a quick and easy way to answer questions and share information with all course users.
A BLOG is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for access by all course participants. Most blogs also have some kind of commenting system, so that people can respond to and interact with one another. A JOURNAL is a personal space for students to communicate privately with you. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related materials.
- Add a Blog
- Post a Blog Entry
- Edit or Delete a Blog Entry
- Grade a Blog
- Add a Journal
- Post a Journal Entry
- Edit or Delete a Journal Entry
- Grade a Journal
WIKIS allow course members to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials, providing a means of sharing and collaboration. Users can create and edit pages quickly, while tracking changes and additions.
|NOTE: Wikis currently only support asynchronous editing. When a user is editing a page, others are prevented from editing the same page for 2 minutes. If multiple users need to edit a Wiki page at the same time, they may encounter issues.|
COLLABORATION TOOLS such as Chat and the Virtual Classroom allow users and Instructors to engage in synchronous communication.
See also: Blackboard's newest Webinar tool for synchronous collaboration, Blackboard Collaborate.