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.

NOTE: Collaboration Tools


Feature discontinued as of May 8, 2017

COLLABORATION TOOLS (Chat and the Virtual Classroom) will be discontinued on May 8.

See Blackboard's Webinar tool for synchronous collaboration, Blackboard Collaborate.

Collaborate provides synchronous communication and interactive capabilities that include the use of the Whiteboard and Chat panel. We will be shutting off Blackboard’s Virtual Classroom and Chat tools in favour of these capabilities, which are available in Collaborate. 



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.