Blackboard course sites are built for every course, every semester. Are you getting the most out of your site?
Blackboard includes many useful features, and is a place students know to go for commonly shared course documents, such as your course syllabus, announcements, and assignments. Other features include:
- A secure dropbox for assignment submission; and a separate dropbox for student collaboration and peer review
- Tools to build assessments and quizzes
- A screen capture tool for building a course video library
- A grade center with tools for recording grades, and weighting and calculating assessments
- Automatic inclusion of text, audio and video e-reserves requested through the Library e-reserve system
- Integrated collaboration tools
Other tools can be integrated to extend Blackboard’s functionality. Some examples of tools that work within Blackboard are:
- Integration with Google Drive (using Princeton Google Apps for Education accounts)
- Iclicker student response software (only applies to student-owned clickers). To borrow clickers for your course see the separate entry on clickers.
- Mashups with YouTube, Flickr, and other media services
- Pizza, a popular tool to organize and prioritize student questions
- Content from lynda.com, an award-winning video training library for many computer and professional skills
To learn more about these, and other features, visit the Blackboard Home Page, or schedule a Blackboard office visit. For information about how to best integrate these tools into your course, contact The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Educational and Classroom Technologies.