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Adaptive Release in Blackboard 8

Overview Adaptive release allows instructors and course designers to release course content based on rules that they create; in other words, you can control what content is made available to … Continue reading

August 12, 2010 · Leave a comment

Blackboard 8 – Discussion Forums

Discussion Boards can serve as a learning tool that fosters in-depth, academic discussion, an arena in which students work collaboratively or conduct peer analysis, or simply a place where they … Continue reading

January 3, 2009 · Leave a comment

Blackboard 8 – Early Warning System

Note: Warnings will be generated only when an instructor refreshes the Early Warning System and chooses to send out the warnings. The system keeps a searchable log of all alerts … Continue reading

December 27, 2008 · Leave a comment

Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 12 of 12

Teaching with Wikis Samples and Resources A Wiki can be thought of as a combination of a Web site and a Word document. At its simplest, it can be read … Continue reading

May 19, 2008 · Leave a comment

Grading Blackboard Discussions

Blackboard has a built in discussion grader that makes it easy to review student contributions and post associated grades to the gradebook. This tool in association with a rubric can … Continue reading

May 19, 2008 · Leave a comment

Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 11 of 12

Assessing Wikis Assessing collaborative work is historically difficult to assess, since it is impossible to know which student contributed what material. It is possible to break down the group assignment … Continue reading

May 12, 2008 · Leave a comment

Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 10 of 12

Preparing Students Wikis are, by nature, easy to use. However, they do, in many cases, feature non-standard markup that can be challenging even to students with experience in other methods … Continue reading

May 5, 2008 · Leave a comment

Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 9 of 12

Using Wikis in the Curriculum Wikis offer educators an opportunity to create a different type of web resource in which both the instructor and the student group can have equal … Continue reading

April 28, 2008 · Leave a comment

Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 8 of 12

Planning for the Integration of Wikis  There are a number of issues that need to be considered before integrating wikis into courses: Motivating students to participate – Merely providing a … Continue reading

April 21, 2008 · Leave a comment

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