Blackboard Essentials for Teachers

Blackboard Essentials for Teachers
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Learn to use the essential features of Blackboard to create and administer great courses
  • Add interaction to your courses with discussion boards, blogs, and wikis
  • Create meaningful tests and graded assignments

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : July 2012
ISBN : 1849692920
ISBN 13 : 9781849692922
Author(s) : William Rice
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Blackboard Experience
Chapter 2: Organizing a Course with Pages and Learning Modules
Chapter 3: Adding Static Material to a Course
Chapter 4: Discussion Boards
Chapter 5: Blogs and Wikis
Chapter 6: Assignments
Chapter 7: Testing Students
Chapter 8: Working with Groups
Chapter 9: Communicating with Students Using E-mails, Messages, and Announcements
Chapter 10: Using Collaborate/CourseSites Live
Chapter 11: Grading Students
  • Chapter 1: The Blackboard Experience
    • Home page
    • Announcements
    • Discussion Board
    • Gradebook
    • Content Page
    • Learning Module
    • Blog
    • Forum
    • Uploaded files
    • Video
    • Wiki
    • Assignment
    • Test
    • Groups
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Organizing a Course with Pages and Learning Modules
      • Adding Content Areas to hold and organize course content
        • What is Content Area?
        • How to add a Content Area
        • What's next?
      • Adding a Blank Page tool, which can hold any content or links that you want
        • What is a Blank Page?
        • How to add a Blank Page
          • Adding a Blank Page to your course
          • Adding a Blank Page to the Content Area
        • What's next?
      • Composing a page with the HTML editor
        • What's next?
      • Creating a sequential path for the student to work through, using a Learning Module
        • When to use a learning path
        • How to add a learning path
          • Adding a Learning Module to a Content Area
        • What's next?
      • About the Availability and View settings
      • Keeping students informed with Course Tools
        • What are Course Tools?
        • How to add Course Tools
          • Adding a Course Tool to the Course Menu
          • Adding a Course Tool to the home page
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Adding Static Material to a Course
        • Adding a file for students to download
          • File versus item
          • Content Collections
          • How to add a file
            • Adding an item
          • What's next?
        • Adding a video to your course
          • Uploading a video in your course
          • Linking to a video that is on another site
          • Embedding a video on a Blank Page
          • Embedding a video that is hosted on another site
          • What's next?
        • Adding a web link to your course
          • Adding a link to an external website
          • Adding a link to a Course Asset
        • Adding an image to your course
          • Adding an image to a Content Area
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Discussion Boards
          • About Discussion Boards
          • Creating forums with Discussion Board
          • Making Discussion Board available to students
            • Adding a link to Discussion Board on the Course Menu
            • Creating a link to a forum
          • Managing a forum
            • Collecting posts in a forum
            • Grading posts in a forum
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Blogs and Wikis
            • About blogs
              • Individual versus class blogs
              • Blogs Course Tool link
              • Creating a blog
              • Making blogs available to students
                • Adding a link to the Blogs page
                • Creating a link to a blog
              • Managing a blog
                • Grading blogs
                • Deleting and editing entries and comments
            • About wikis
              • Creating a wiki
                • Adding a link to the Wikis page
            • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Testing Students
                • Creating a test
                  • Creating a blank test
                  • Determining the behavior of questions by using Question Settings
                  • Adding and creating questions on Test Canvas
                  • Adding the test to a page in your course
                  • Setting the Test Options page
                • Creating questions
                  • Navigating to the Test Canvas page
                  • Enter the type, title, and question text
                  • Adding answers and answer feedback
                  • Adding categories, keywords, and notes
                  • Other types of questions
                    • Calculated formula questions
                    • Calculated numeric
                    • Either/Or—True/False, Yes/No, Right/Wrong, Correct/Incorrect
                    • Essay
                    • File Response
                    • Filling in the Blank and Multiple Blanks
                    • Hot Spot
                    • Jumbled Sentence
                    • Matching
                    • Multiple Answer and Multiple Choice
                    • Opinion Scale/Likert
                    • Ordering
                    • Quiz Bowl
                    • Short Answer
                • Random blocks versus question sets
                  • Question pools, the source for random blocks
                  • Question sets: fewer limits, greater choices
                  • Which should I use: Random Block or Question Set?
                • Creating a question pool
                • Creating a random block
                • Creating Question Set
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Working with Groups
                  • Creating groups
                    • Creating a single group with manual enrollment
                    • Creating a group with self enrollment
                    • From the student's point of view—self-enrollment into a group
                    • Creating multiple groups at once
                  • How group settings affect activities
                  • Sending e-mails to members of a group
                  • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Using Collaborate/CourseSites Live
                      • Making your first online meeting a test session
                        • Making Collaborate available to you and your students
                        • Launching the Collaborate tool
                        • Configuring audio and video
                        • Showing a PowerPoint slideshow
                        • Using basic whiteboard tools
                        • Using the chat
                        • Using emoticons during a Collaborate session
                        • Talking in Collaborate
                        • Taking your students on a web tour
                        • Dropping your students on a web page with Web Push
                        • Sharing an application on your computer
                        • Giving a student the ability to share an application
                        • Whiteboarding over a shared application
                      • Summary
                        • Before the session
                        • During the session
                        • After the session
                      • Chapter 11: Grading Students
                        • Viewing Grade Center
                          • Finding things that need to be graded
                          • Smart Views
                          • Creating Grading Periods
                          • Creating categories
                          • Showing, hiding, and moving rows
                          • Some examples of filtering and finding
                        • Assigning and entering grades
                          • Screen Reader Mode
                            • Manually overriding an automated grade
                          • Entering all of the students' grades for an activity
                        • Preparing a report for grades
                          • Adding a calculated column
                          • Reporting versus downloading grades
                        • Summary

                        William Rice

                        William Rice is an e-learning professional who lives, works, and plays in New York City. He is the author of books on Moodle, Blackboard, Magento, and software training. He especially enjoys building e-learning solutions for small and mid-sized businesses. His greatest professional satisfaction is when one of his courses enables students to do something that makes their work easier and more productive.

                        His indoor hobbies include writing books and spending way too much time reading His outdoor hobbies include practicing archery within sight of JFK Airport, and trying to keep up with his sons on the playground.

                        William is fascinated by the relationship between technology and society: how we create our tools, and how our tools in turn shape us. He is married to an incredible woman who encourages his writing pursuits, and has two amazing sons.

                        You can reach William through his website at

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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Create web pages using Blackboard’s editor
                        • Organize your course with pages and modules
                        • Add files and media for students to download
                        • Interact with students using discussion boards, blogs, and wikis
                        • Test your students by building and administering full-featured online tests
                        • Assess your students with submitted assignments
                        • Ease your workload by managing groups of students
                        • Communicate with your students using messages and announcements

                        In Detail

                        Blackboard is the world’s most popular commercial learning management system. With Blackboard you can construct and deliver professional quality elearning courses with ease. Its many features, which allow you to manage courses, grading and assessments, and social collaboration, are the standard against which other learning management systems are measured.

                        Blackboard Essentials for Teachers shows you how to use Blackboard’s most essential features by guiding you through the development of a demonstration course, built on Blackboard’s free site for teachers, You will also learn more about Blackboard’s most important features, such as the gradebook, using clear instructions to guide you every step of the way.

                        By following an example course, this book will guide you, step-by-step, through creating your own Blackboard course. Start by adding static material for students to view, such as pages, links, and media. Then, add interaction to your courses, with discussion boards, blogs, and wikis. Most importantly, engage your students in your course by communicating with them, assessing them, and putting them into groups. Blackboard Essentials for Teachers will enable you to take your elearning course from inception, to construction, to delivery.


                        This book develops a sample site with lots of step-by-step instructions and screenshots to get you up and running in no time at all.

                        Who this book is for

                        If you are a teacher or course builder, you need only basic computer skills to get the most from this book. You don’t need any background in online teaching or building Web pages.

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