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Advancing Your e-Learning Program Day 1: What’s New Overview and Course Building & Management

  • provided for the staff of

  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

  • Jarl Jonas, Senior Consultant


Morning Jog

  • Login to Blackboard (ndu.blackboard.com)

  • Enter Jarl’s Course

  • Go to the Assignment & Tests area

  • Take the Day 1 Review Quiz

  • Answer the questions provided within the first Forum, What Have You Learned? in the Discussion Board



Weekly Training Agenda

  • Tuesday What’s New & Building & Managing Course Tools

  • Wednesday Assessment & Communication Tools

  • Thursday

  • Learning System Administration & Domains



Meet the Instructor

  • Jarl Jonas

  • Senior Consultant, Blackboard Training

  • Additional Experience:

  • Online Course Developer & Instructor Blackboard Certification Series & Advanced Courses

  • Director for Online and Corporate Learning Development New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

  • Faculty Development Coordinator New York University Faculty Resource Network

  • Secondary Language Arts Teacher North Brunswick Township, New Jersey



Introduction Exercise: Part 1

  • Introduce yourself describing the following:

  • Name (of course!)

  • Your favorite tool/feature in Blackboard and how you use it.

  • Your most frustrating experience with Blackboard and how you overcame it.

  • 1 thing you hope to learn from the workshop



Today’s Agenda

  • What’s New Overview

  • Interface Changes

  • Course Building Tools

    • Previous Tool Review
    • Text Box Editor
    • Content Types
      • Syllabus Builder
      • Learning Units
    • Review Status & Adaptive Release
    • Course Settings
      • Advanced Menu
      • Language Pack
  • Course Management



Introduction Activity: Part 2

  • When finished discussing:

  • Login to Blackboard

  • Enter Jarl’s Course & download sample content using Sample Files link on the Course Menu.

  • Enroll a partner in your training course. Use the Admin Panel if you have access, or the Enroll User on the Course Control Panel.



The Blackboard Academic Suite: Functionality Matrix







Bb Academic Suite New Feature by : System





Application Pack 1

  • Course Creation Wizard

  • Templates

  • Glossary

  • Blackboard Messages

  • Report Card Module

  • Shibboleth

  • .NET APIs



Course Creation Wizard



Course Authoring

  • The Visual Text Box Editor provides a rich text editing interface including WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), spell check and an equation editor to create effective learning content. The QuickEdit feature allows an instructor to quickly switch between the student view of a course content area and the instructor's view. Instructors can also import e-learning content created in external authoring tools such as Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage, or any SCORM-compliant authoring tool.



Course Templates



Glossary



Blackboard Messages



Report Card Module



Shibboleth



.NET APIs



Application Pack 2

  • Tool Linking

  • Assessment and Survey Results Download

  • SCORM Player

  • ChalkBox Support



Tool Linking



Assessment Survey Results Download



SCORM Player



ChalkBox Support



Application Pack 3

  • Multi-Language Support by Institution, Course and User

  • Advanced Course Menu

  • Syllabus Builder

  • Review Status

  • Adaptive Release

  • Performance Dashboard

  • Advanced Assessment Questions

  • Assessment Question Completion Status

  • Randomize Multiple Choice Answers

  • Assessment Creation Metadata Options

  • SCORM 2004

  • Gradebook Null Option



Multi-Language Support by Institution, Course and User



Advanced Course Menu



Syllabus Builder



Review Status



Adaptive Release



Performance Dashboard



Advanced Assessment Questions



Assessment Question Completion Status



Randomize Multiple Choice Answers



Assessment Creation Metadata Options



SCORM 2004



Gradebook Null Option



Release 7.0

  • Multi-byte Language Support

  • Language Pack Editor

  • Blackboard Backpack (Offline Synchronization Application)

  • Embedded Quick Tutorials

  • New Installers and Updaters

  • Course/Community/Services as Module Tabs

  • Improved Email

  • Asynchronous Import/Export/Archive/Restore



Multi-Byte Language Support



Improved E-Mail



Language Pack Editor



Blackboard Backpack



Quick Tutorials



New Installers and Updaters



Course/Community/Services as Module Tabs





Release 7, Application Pack 1 Instructors & Students

  • Visual Text Box Editor and Spell Check

  • Discussion Board

  • Assessments

  • Language Packs



Visual Text Box Editor



Visual Text Box Editor Enhancements



Visual Text Box Editor Enhancements

  • Cross-Browser, Cross-Platform

    • Windows
      • Internet Explorer
      • Netscape
      • Firefox
    • Macintosh
      • Firefox
      • Safari


Visual Text Box Editor Enhancements

  • Opt-In Setting on Personal Information page

    • System Administrator enables Opt-in
    • Older browsers
      • Minimize support issues for browsers that do not fully support the Visual Text Box Editor
    • Novice users
      • May prefer a simpler editor
      • May opt-in when they are ready to use the full features of the Visual Text Box Editor


Visual Text Box Editor: WebEQ and MathML

  • The equation will render in Display View

  • Equations may be modified by selecting the place holder and clicking the WebEQ icon.

  • Equations that include the left angel bracket (<) will render properly

  • MathML may now include whitespace in the editor without affecting the equation



Spell Check

  • Now available in

    • All Email forms
    • Glossary
    • Assignment Comments


Discussion Board Enhancements

  • The Discussion Board user interface is far more intuitive than before

  • Threads and Forums can be graded

  • Instructors now can designate Discussion Boards as moderated, allowing for posts to be checked before being published.

  • The role of moderator can be delegated to other users as needed

  • Forums and threads can now be selectively released



Discussion Board: Comprehensive Assessment

  • The Performance Dashboard has been enhanced to give instructors a view of Discussion Board statistics for each user.

  • Each user has a page that displays details of all forums in which the user has participated. The instructor can also email the user or grade the user from this page.



Discussion Board: Feedback with Grading and Peer Rating

  • Faculty who wish to evaluate student participation in e-Learning now have the ability to create graded forums and threads, as well as peer-reviewed (rated) threads.

  • Graded threads have a column in the Gradebook, and can also be viewed in the Performance Dashboard

  • On rated threads, users can use a star system to indicate their support for a particular posting – they can rate a posting only once.



Discussion Board: New Forum Settings

  • Thread Subscription

  • Peer rating of posts

  • Force Moderation of posts

    • Allows instructors/moderators to provide feedback with posts
    • Allows instructors/moderators to control what posts are published
  • Grading

    • By Forum
    • By Thread
    • Gradebook column


Discussion Board: User Management



Discussion Board: Additional Features

  • Discussion Board displays with Threads collapsed

  • Forum Availability

    • When Adaptive Release is set on a Discussion Board Link in a courses, the Discussion Board link in the menu will respect the rule(s).
    • The Discussion Board, however, remains available through the Tool Panel.
  • Improved Search

    • Search can now be expanded to include all forums in all discussions within the course.
    • Date Criteria can also be added.
    • Note that while the search is a fuzzy search it is case sensitive
  • Thread Collection

    • Collected Threads and Replies now appear in threaded order.
    • Collection Page allows for sorting and filtering.
    • A Print Button has been included.
  • Archive has been replaced with “Hidden Threads.”



Discussion Board : Show/Hide Parent Post



Discussion Board : Using Drafts

  • Blackboard DB defaults to display only Published Threads within a Forum.

  • If a student Saves a post as a draft s/he must select Show All to see his/her draft.



Assessment Updates Overview

  • New features include:

    • Handling multiple attempts of quizzes, tests and surveys
    • Support for extra credit questions
    • More granular feedback options
    • Export, Store, Import
  • Students will benefit from:



Assessment: Multiple Attempts

  • Unlimited or a specific number of attempts

  • Grading Options:

    • Grade of last Attempt (default)
    • Grade of first Attempt
    • Highest grade
    • Lowest grade
    • Average of grades
  • Set Grading Options from

    • Gradebook
      • Item Options
        • Item Information


Assessment: Clear Attempts

  • One or all Users for a particular gradebook item

    • Last Attempt
    • First Attempt
    • Highest Attempt
    • Lowest Attempt
    • Attempts within a specific date range
    • All Attempts
  • Override Grade of last attempt



Test Deployment: Self-Assessment

  • Two self-assessment options:

  • In both cases, grade is not included in final calculation



Test Deployment: Customized Feedback

  • Previously instructor had to choose one of 4 options

    • Score Only
    • Detailed Results
    • Show Correct Answers
    • Detailed Results, Correct Answers and Feedback


Test Creation: Extra Credit

  • If an extra credit item is answered correctly, points are added to the points correct.

  • If an extra credit item is answered incorrectly, there is no penalty.



Assessment: Submission Report

  • Now includes Username, Course ID, Name of Assessment, and Date of Submission

  • Can be printed and used by student for Verification of Submission



Assessment: Share and Reuse

  • The new test export feature allows you to download and share tests and quizzes with other faculty members

    • Package .zip file
    • Store on shared network drive
    • Store on local drive and share by email attachment
  • Export your test directly to your Content Collection for even more power*

  • *with the Blackboard Content System™



Language Packs

  • Arabic

  • Traditional Chinese



Release 7, Application Pack 1 Administrators and Developers

  • Administration Tab Enhancements

  • Visual Text Box Editor Settings and API

  • Language Packs

  • Flexible definition of System Roles and privileges



Administration Tab

  • Module Tab

  • Minimize Modules

  • Improved search

  • Reorganized Users and Courses menus



Administration: Module Tab



Administration: Improved Search

  • Courses

  • Users



Administration: Reorganized Menus

  • Courses

  • Users



Visual Text Box Editor Settings

  • Select Require Users to opt-in and users must individually turn on the Visual Text Box Editor to use it.

  • This option is useful if some users are using older Web browsers that do not support the Visual Text Box Editor.

  • The Visual Text Box Editor will only display to those users that turn it on under Personal Information.



Visual Text Box Editor API

  • New APIs available to Building Block Developers (Enables Visual Text Box Editor to be included on pages created by Building Blocks Developers)

    • Wysiwyg Text
    • FileLocation (interface)
    • FileLocationImpl
    • Several FileLocation implementations (i.e. ContentFileLocation and TempFileLocation)


Administration: Language Packs

  • Manage button launches the Language Pack editor introduced in 7.0

    • Copy a standard language pack
    • Edit the copy
  • Two new languages supported in 7.1

    • Traditional Chinese
    • Arabic
  • Windows Display Fonts

    • Control Panel
      • Regional and Language Options
        • Languages Tab, Supplemental Language support


Administration: Roles and Privileges

  • System Administrator now may:

    • Modify existing System Roles
    • Create new customizable System Roles
    • Copy existing System Roles
    • Allow users to have more than one System Role (Blackboard Community System™ required)


Administration: System Roles

  • Add Roles

  • Rename Roles



Administration: Multiple System Roles

  • User Properties:



Administration: Privileges Availability



Administration: Manage Privileges




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