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Presentation on theme: "A GUIDE TO THE PERSONALITY OF WEBCTS SUCCESSOR, BLACKBOARD LEARN 9 Getting to Know Ted."— Presentation transcript:


2 Topics Navigating Ted Imported Courses from WebCT New Courses Content Tools Collaboration & Communication Tools Tests, Assignments, and Grades

3 Little Goodies Open links in new tabs! (Mostly) Dont get logged out every 15 minutes Java only required for Chat/Virtual Classroom tool No Browser Check Drag to re-order list items

4 Importing from WebCT When you request a course website: We will migrate the most recent offering of your course to Blackboard A new blank course site will be created for your current class You may choose to import as much content as you like Watch a demonstration video: click Copy Content from an Imported WebCT site

5 Navigating Ted: Landing Page

6 Navigating Ted: WebCT Equivalents Build Tab Course Content Instructor/Desig ner Tools Course Menu Syllabus Gradebook, Student Submissions Manage Course

7 Setting Up a New Course Course menu includes a default set of common locations All course tools available, via Tools link Organization Add tools, content area to Menu Can add as many Content areas as desired Add files, folders, and tools to Content Areas When Edit Mode is off, you see the same items students see Items hidden from students may be used in Edit Mode

8 Course Content Files, folders, assignments, and other tools listed along page Consistent look between all courses

9 Course Content: Adding Content With Edit Mode on, buttons appear allowing you to add content to the page.

10 Course Content: Post a File From the Build Content menu, select File Select the file from your computer

11 Course Content: Adding Tools From the Content page, add links to Tests, Assignments, Discussions, and other class tools. Select Tool Type Select or Existing Set Up Tool Options Select New or Set Up Link Options For all tools (except Assignments)

12 Learning Modules: Organized Content New Feature: Enforce sequential viewing order As with WebCT, Build content designed to be viewed in a sequential order

13 Mail Tools WebCTs Mail tool Messages stayed inside the class website A copy of the content was ed to students, but they had to return to WebCT to reply Replaced by two tools with complementary features: Messages: Send a message inside Blackboard Maintains a stand-alone mailbox, with Inbox, Sent folders Student not notified via Used as equivalent to Mail in classes imported from WebCT Sends a regular to students Once the message is sent, no involvement in Blackboard No Sent folder to maintain history of sent messages No notification to students in Blackboard appears to come from your address, so students can reply directly to message

14 Mail Tools Available on Tools page … or add directly to the Course Menu Check this if you want students to use the tool

15 Discussions Topics are organized in Forums. Click Create Forum to add a Forum for each distinct topic of conversation (Papers, Tests, Administrative) Instructor may choose to moderate posts Students may opt to subscribe to forums, to receive an notification when a new message is posted No longer allows Forums to be organized into Categories

16 Blogs and Journals Provides a place for individuals or groups to share information and opinions with the class Journal: Record of progress and notes; only the instructors may respond Blog: Publish opinions or progress, where others in the course may post feedback comments Easier to find in Ted: Add via Add Interactive Tool, making them easier to find and add to your course

17 Wiki Provides a place for students to work together as a class or in groups to create content Completely contained within Ted No longer requires using a separate tool on a separate website Easily set up separate private spaces for groups Integrated with grading Assists you evaluating individual students contributions

18 Chat and Whiteboard Chat: Basic messaging Virtual Classroom: Includes whiteboard and other features Present other class content to viewers in chat window Hand-raising Breakout sessions

19 Calendar More basic Fewer options for visibility and viewing No recurring events As with the tool: Listed on Tools page, may be added to Course Menu

20 Assessments Now called a Test or Survey Includes many new question types Less chance to lose students responses Generally a long list of reduced features (most are rarely-used customizations) Grading moved to Grade Center

21 Assignments Functionality largely unchanged Student attaches file to submission Instructor decides whether to allow drafts Instructor may return file with grade Grading moved to Grade Center

22 Turn-It-In Assignments Little changed WebCT Use TurnItIn inside WebCT window without a separate username/password No confusing Settings page, as in WebCTs Build tab Instructor may submit on behalf of a student by clicking link to assignment View Assignment Inbox from Control Panel > Course Tools Grading moved to Grade Center

23 i>Clicker Registration Student i>Clicker registration is identical to WebCT: 1. Instructors add a Registration tool to a Content page 2. Students click Registration tool, and type in their i>Clicker ID 1. May take up to a minute to load! 3. Instructor then uses i>Grader tool to synchronize registrations For more information, visit:

24 Gradebook: Grade Center Consolidates grade options to one place In WebCT, there might be many different places where you could set a column as Released to Students Easier column types All columns scores, but can be displayed as Number Percent (relative to points possible) Letter, according to schema you define Score may be entered as letter or number No more Histogram in statistics Does have text chart of grade distribution No more Grading Forms Can associate a Rubric with an assignment, but does not use it to help with grading

25 Gradebook: Needs Grading Shows Ungraded Tests, Assignments, and TurnItIn assignments For Tests and Assignments, may choose Grade Anonymously to grade all students submissions in random order, with students name hidden during grading process

26 Gradebook Equivalents: Grade Center More spreadsheet-like Click on a grade to make changes in the same window Use arrows to move to next student Show only interesting columns Upload/Download Spreadsheet Weighted columns Click on a score to edit in place Highlights To-Do Items Know at a glance what students see Quicker access to column settings

27 Weighted Columns Much easier to create a weighted score Easy to exempt a student from an assignment, so the weighted score ignores that assignment

28 Any Questions? … about something covered too quickly? … something you use a lot in WebCT? … something you wish WebCT did differently?

29 Thank you! More information Phone: x Frequently Answered Questions: This will grow as we get more questions – feel free to contact us! Resources from Blackboard: Look for the Instructor & Designer Resources - Ted Training class when you log in to


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