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Other Tools in Blackboard Learn

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Student Preview

As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended-before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.

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Topics:

  • Enter Student Preview Mode
  • Understand Your Preview User Account
  • Exit and Delete Your Preview User Account
  • Delete the Preview User and Data
  • Keep the Preview User and Data

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Calendar 

The calendar displays a consolidated view of all your institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events. You can view events by day, week, or month. You can view and organize upcoming and past events into categories.

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Topics:

  • Overview (includes video)
  • The Calendar Interface
  • How to Create an Event
  • Recurring Events
  • Edit or Delete an Event
  • Calendar Display Modes
  • Course Items With Due Dates
  • How to Add A Calendar Link to the Course Menu

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Contacts

Use the contacts tool to add profile information about yourself and other staff for students. You can provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in your course.

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Topics:

  • Overview
  • How to Create or Edit a Contact
  • How to Create or Edit a Contacts Folder
  • How to Add a Contacts Link to the Course Menu

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Date Management

Use the date management tool to easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course. Accessed on the Control Panel in the Course Tools section, you can choose to adjust dates automatically or individually from one convenient location.

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Topics:

  • Overview (includes video)
  • Use Course Start Date
  • Adjust by Number of Days
  • List All Dates for Review
  • Date Management Review Page
  • Items Supported by Date Management

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Glossary

Each course can have its own glossary of terms. Each entry consists of a term and an accompanying definition.

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Topics:

  • About Creating a Glossary
  • About Uploading a Glossary File
    • Glossary File Format
    • Batch Files
  • How to Upload a Glossary File
  • How to Create a Glossary Term
  • How to Download a Glossary
  • How to Add a Glossary Link to the Course Menu

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Roster

Accessed on the Tools page, the roster tool allows users to view a searchable list of students enrolled in your course.

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Tasks

You can use the tasks tool to organize projects or activities-referred to as tasks-by defining task priority and tracking task status. As an instructor, you add tasks to your course. You can allow students to manage their tasks using the My Tasks module or from a tool link in your course.

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Topics:

  • Overview (includes video)
  • View Tasks
  • How to Create, Edit, or Delete a Course Task
  • How to View Task Progress
  • How to Add a Tasks Link to the Course Menu

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Self and Peer Assessment

The Self and Peer Assessment tool is a way for students to test themselves and each other, allowing for constructive feedback and analysis. The feedback that students give and receive from their peers can enhance their comprehension of subject material and provide valuable insights into their own efforts. The tool is turned off by default. To turn it on, follow the steps below.

  • Click Customization on the left menu.
  • Click Tool Availability.
  • Scroll to Self & Peer Assessment.
  • Check the box under Available.
  • Check the box under Available in Content Area.
  • Click Submit.

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Topics:

  • Create Self and Peer Assessments
  • Add Questions to Self and Peer Assessments
  • Add Criteria to Questions
  • Preview Self and Peer Assessments
  • Complete Self and Peer Assessments
  • Edit Self and Peer Assessments
  • Evaluate Self and Peer Assessments
  • Monitor Self and Peer Assessment Submissions
  • Monitor Self and Peer Assessment Evaluations
  • View Self and Peer Assessments Results
  • Export and Import Self and Peer Assessments
  • Create Self and Peer Assessments
  • Add Questions to Self and Peer Assessments
  • Add Criteria to Questions
  • Preview Self and Peer Assessments
  • Complete Self and Peer Assessments
  • Edit Self and Peer Assessments
  • Evaluate Self and Peer Assessments
  • Monitor Self and Peer Assessment Submissions
  • Monitor Self and Peer Assessment Evaluations
  • View Self and Peer Assessments Results
  • Export and Import Self and Peer Assessments

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Third Party Tools

These are tools created by third party companies and partners that expand Blackboard's capabilities. They are available in Control Panel/Course Tools for use in your class. Some, like the publisher tools, may require students to pay a fee to access the materials. Other tools, like Crocodoc, are already installed in existing Blackboard tools such as Assignments. For more information about using these tools, click the links for each one.

Inline Grading with Crocodoc
Crocodoc is a third party add on to Blackboard that allows for inline grading of Blackboard assignments. Graders can view, grade and annotate files without downloading the files. For more detailed information and a video tutorial, click here.

Publisher Tools
Several tools have been added for easy integration of publisher content. These include McGraw Hill Connect, McGraw Hill Create, Pearson MyLab & Mastering and Macmillan Sapling Learning.

TurningPoint Cloud
TurningPoint Cloud is an interactive polling tool that uses student phones, tablets or laptops for interactive, real time surveys. Click here for more information from TurningPoint's web site.

ExamSoft
ExamSoft is third party testing software that certain programs are using for their exams.

Disclaimer: Not all features included on the Blackboard Help website are available in the Saint Louis University Blackboard Learn license.

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Updated:  9/8/2016 TCR

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