Interactive Tools

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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.


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.


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 Tool

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.