Your default menu will have an Email link. You may select the following categories to send email to:
Emails can be sent to individual users or to Groups of users within the course.
The Discussion Board is a communication medium for posting and responding to messages. Conversations are grouped as threads that contain a main posting and all related replies. An advantage of the Discussion Board is that threads are logged and organized. As an instructor, you can add/modify Forums from the main menu.
Blackboard has a feature that makes it easier for the instructor to view all messages in a forum. The “Collect” function places all postings into a single page view so that you can scroll to read messages.
Blackboard allows you to divide your students into one or more
study or project groups.
Groups members can send files and email among the group , hold online group meetings, and participate in group discussion boards.
Only group members have access to their group area, and that area can function as a course within
a course. Groups can be very useful for collaborative work and assignments.
If you are going to use groups in your class, consider adding a Group link to the Course Menu.
To enable a discussion board for a group, you must choose the
Discussion Board as one
of the options for the group. If you haven't already set this option for the group, use the Modify button
for the group on the Manage Groups page and select Group Properties to open the original
Add Group form.
To utilize a group discussion board, you must create a Forum for the group.
Through Chat, students and faculty in a course can participate
in real-time discussions. Archives of previous discussions are
available for review if recorded during the session. Chat may
be accessed alone or in conjunction with the Virtual Classroom.
Like the Virtual Classroom, Chat requires a java
plug-in, available at http://java.sun.com/products/plugin/index.html.
All courses come with a default Virtual Classroom (Lecture Hall) and default Chat session (Office Hours) already created. These default sessions can be removed, but it easier to use the Manage button to change the name and availability. Once removed a session cannot be restored.
In the Blackboard Virtual Classroom, users can engage in real-time discussion with other users, access the Web, and engage in Q&A sessions. Users may also draw on the Whiteboard to display text and images and participate in breakout sessions.
The Virtual Classroom is managed from the Menu Bar at the top of the page.
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