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Blackboard's built in Journal, Blog and Wiki tools are not only simple and easy to use but directly integrate with the Grade Centre. Grading colloborative based assessment just got easier.

Communication and Collaboration

Communication and Collaboration

Essentials
Communication tools
Discussion boards
Blogs
Journals
Wikis

Essentials

Educational alignment of learning technologies

The following educational alignment of technologies page has been designed to better inform you of the educational affordances of each technology.
Educational alignment of learning technologies

Netiquette

The key message to take from the netiquette and social media guidelines is to always use common sense, treat people well and be transparent and genuine in your use of communication and collaboration tools.
Netiquette
Related guide
Social media guidelines

Manage Tool Availability

Turn on/off the different Tools in your unit.
View guide | Demo video

Link to Interactive Tools in your unit

Find out how to add interactive tools (including blogs, journals, wikis and discussion boards) to your unit.
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Manage staff profiles within Contacts

Contacts is where you can add profile information about yourself and other staff that is distributed to your students.
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Add an Avatar

Add an Avatar (picture) to your Blackboard account to personalise it. Your avatar will be used within blogs, journals and notifications modules.
See 'How to Personalise My Places'.
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Communication tools

Create an Announcement

Create and post Announcements to students in your unit.
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Send Email

Send Emails to staff, students or groups of students within your unit.
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Send Blackboard Messages

Send private messages (similar to email) to staff, students or groups of students from within your unit.
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Create a course Task

Create Tasks for your students to complete. Task information is arranged in columns that display the priority, task name, status, and due date.
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Discussion boards

A discussion board is an asynchronous communication tool that can facilitate general classroom dialogue, targeted learning activities and group collaboration spaces. Find out more about discussion boards.

Create a Discussion Board Forum

Set up a discussion board forum in your unit.
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Create a Discussion Board Thread

Once you have set up a discussion board forum you can organise your discussion board into threads, or topics.
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Create a Group Discussion Board

If you set up groups in your unit, you can also establish a discussion board area for each individual group. It is separate from the regular Discussion Board which can be accessed by all students.
View guide

Participate in the Discussion Board

Find out how to participate in the discussion board. This includes replying, rating, searching, collecting, filtering and sorting discussion board posts.
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Related videos
Replying to a discussion board thread
Searching and collecting discussion board posts
Rating discussion board posts


Manage Discussions

Manage your discussion boards effectively with the edit, delete, reorder, copy and tag functions. You can also assign forum roles to limit access to a forum or to help with forum administration.
View guide
Related videos
Tagging discussion board posts
Managing discussion board roles
Moderating discussion board forums


Viewing Discussion Board Statistics

Use the Performance Dashboard to view your discussion board statistics.
View guide

Grade Discussion Board Participation

Grade the participation of your students in the discussion board.
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Related videos
Grade a discussion board forum
Grade a discussion board thread

See more on managing assessment.
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Blogs

A Blog is a shared online space that students can edit and update with new content. Blog entries are displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blogs are usually viewed by everyone and users can read each other's posts and leave comments. Find out more about blogs.

Create a Blog

Add a Blackboard Blog to your unit, create entries and provide comments.
View guide | Demo video

Edit and manage a Blog

Edit, delete and troubleshoot Blog management.
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Grade Blogs and Journals

You can grade participation in a blog or journal for individuals and groups of students. Once a blog or journal is set to be graded, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Centre.
View guide

See more on managing assessment.

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Journals

A Journal is an online space that students can edit and update with new content. Journals are usually private and can only be seen by the lecturer and the student (or groups of students if groups are enabled). Journal entries are displayed in reverse-chronological order, with the newest posts appearing at the top. Find out more about journals.

Create a Journal

Add a Blackboard Journal to your unit, create entries and provide comments.
View guide | Demo video

Edit and Manage a Journal

Edit, delete and troubleshoot Journal management.
View guide | Demo video

Grade Journals and Blogs

You can grade participation in a blog or journal for individuals and groups of students. Once a blog or journal is set to be graded, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Centre.
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Wikis

A Wiki is an online collaborative writing space where students can share and collaborate on one or more pages of content. Find out more about wikis.

Create a Wiki

Add a Blackboard Wiki to your unit, edit a Wiki page, add multimedia and link Wiki pages.
View guide | Demo video

View Wiki Page History

The Page History section of a wiki lets you retrieve information about the development of any wiki page and see who contributed content to it. The most recent version of the page appears first and you can compare different wiki page versions.
Demo video

Grade a Wiki

If your wiki is set to be graded, a column is automatically created in the Grade Centre. Individual student contributions can be accessed from the wiki's Participation Summary page.
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