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 Create Forum and Add Comment/Question

 First, set-up the Discussion Board. Forums are used to organize discussions and
 discussion topics. Instructors can enable/disable functions and users as necessary.

 Second, enter a comment or question for student response. When a new topic of
 conversation is created within a forum it is called a thread. All replies or related
 messages are included in the thread.
 Reply to Messages
 Instructors can clarify points, add commentary, ask additional questions, etc.
 Create Archive
 Threads within a forum can be archived by the Instructor and made available to
 Students. Archives are first created and then threads can be added.
 Search for Messages
 Instructors may search for specific messages in a discussion forum by student name
 or keyword. Results will be matched based on the search criteria you specify and
 can include just a list or include the messages.
 Collect and View Messages
 The options tool bar includes allows Instructors to
 select all or certain messages and then collect them for viewing in one setting for
 reading purposes.
 Sort Messages
 Instructors may select several options to Sort by including:
 -Default: to have the messages sort by the earliest date.
 -Author: to have the messages sort by the author of the message.
 -Date: to have the messages sort by the earliest date. This is the default.
 -Subject: to have the messages sort by the subject.




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CREATE FORUM AND ADD COMMENT/QUESTION

 Add Forum
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Click Add Forum button
 3) Type the title of forum
 4) Type the description and/or instructions for the forum
 5) Change Forum Settings, if desired
 6) Change Forum User Settings if necessary
 7) Click Submit button, then OK.
 Add Thread
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Select the forum
 3) Click 'Add New Thread' button
 4) Type the subject of your thread to post on the discussion board
 5) Type the message and add an attachment, if desired
 6) Click Preview button before you submit to review the message, if desired
 7) Click Submit button, then OK


REPLY TO MESSAGES

 Reply to Messages
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Select the forum
 3) Select the message to reply to by clicking on the subject of the message
 4) Click Reply button
 5) Type the message in the box and add an attachment if desired
 6) Click Preview button before you submit to check your reply
 7) Click Submit button, then OK.
 Reply to Messages
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CREATE ARCHIVE

         Create Archive
         1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
         2) Select the forum
         3) Click the link ‘Click Here for Archives.’
         4) Click Add Archive button.
         5) Put the name for the archive in the Archive Title slot
         6) Type description of the archive
         7) Click Submit button


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       8) Click Modify button
       9) Select threads to move to Archive
       10) Click Submit button
       Create Archive
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COURSES > BLACKBOARD TOOLS AND STRATEGIES > COMMUNICATIONS
> DISCUSSION BOARDS > SEARCH FOR MESSAGES

       Search for Messages
       1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
       2) Select the forum
       3) Click Search link in the upper right corner
       4) You can view all discussion messages posted by a specific student or which
       contain a specific keyword 5) You can sort the messages by author, date, or subject
       6) Click 'Expand Messages' if you would like to view detailed messages in addition to
       the general listing
       7) Click Submit button
       Search for Messages
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 COURSES > BLACKBOARD TOOLS AND STRATEGIES > COMMUNICATIONS
 > DISCUSSION BOARDS > COLLECT AND VIEW MESSAGES

       Viewing Multiple Messages
       1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
       2) Select the forum
       3) If you cannot see Options Menu, click Show Options tab
       4) Select messages you would like to view by clicking the box next to message
       subject or click Select All to view all the messages in that forum
       5) Click Collect button
       6) Click OK after viewing messages to return to the forum
       Viewing Multiple Messages
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COURSES > BLACKBOARD TOOLS AND STRATEGIES > COMMUNICATIONS
> DISCUSSION BOARDS > SORT MESSAGES

       Sort Messages
       1) Pull down the menu 'Sort By' located at the bottom left
       2) You can sort the discussion record by author, date, or subject
       Sort Messages
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                                   Discussion Boards
OVERVIEW OF DISCUSSION BOARDS

 Create Forum and Add Comment/Question

 First, set-up the Discussion Board. Forums are used to organize discussions and
 discussion topics. Instructors can enable/disable functions and users as necessary.

 Second, enter a comment or question for student response. When a new topic of
 conversation is created within a forum it is called a thread. All replies or related
 messages are included in the thread.
 Reply to Messages

 Instructors can clarify points, add commentary, ask additional questions, etc.
 Create Archive

 Threads within a forum can be archived by the Instructor and made available to
 Students. Archives are first created and then threads can be added.
 Search for Messages

 Instructors may search for specific messages in a discussion forum by student name
 or keyword. Results will be matched based on the search criteria you specify and
 can include just a list or include the messages.
 Collect and View Messages

 The options tool bar includes allows Instructors to
 select all or certain messages and then collect them for viewing in one setting for
 reading purposes.
 Sort Messages

 Instructors may select several options to Sort by including:
 -Default: to have the messages sort by the earliest date.
 -Author: to have the messages sort by the author of the message.
 -Date: to have the messages sort by the earliest date. This is the default.
 -Subject: to have the messages sort by the subject.




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CREATE FORUM AND ADD COMMENT/QUESTION

 Add Forum
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Click Add Forum button
 3) Type the title of forum
 4) Type the description and/or instructions for the forum
 5) Change Forum Settings, if desired
 6) Change Forum User Settings if necessary
 7) Click Submit button, then OK.
 Add Thread
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Select the forum
 3) Click 'Add New Thread' button
 4) Type the subject of your thread to post on the discussion board
 5) Type the message and add an attachment, if desired
 6) Click Preview button before you submit to review the message, if desired
 7) Click Submit button, then OK


REPLY TO MESSAGES

 Reply to Messages
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Select the forum
 3) Select the message to reply to by clicking on the subject of the message
 4) Click Reply button
 5) Type the message in the box and add an attachment if desired
 6) Click Preview button before you submit to check your reply
 7) Click Submit button, then OK.


CREATE ARCHIVE

 Create Archive
 1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
 2) Select the forum
 3) Click the link ‘Click Here for Archives.’
 4) Click Add Archive button.
 5) Put the name for the archive in the Archive Title slot
 6) Type description of the archive
 7) Click Submit button
 8) Click Modify button
 9) Select threads to move to Archive
 10) Click Submit button


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SEARCH FOR MESSAGES

Search for Messages
1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
2) Select the forum
3) Click Search link in the upper right corner
4) You can view all discussion messages posted by a specific student or which
contain a specific keyword 5) You can sort the messages by author, date, or subject
6) Click 'Expand Messages' if you would like to view detailed messages in addition to
the general listing
7) Click Submit button




COLLECT AND VIEW MESSAGES

Viewing Multiple Messages
1) Click Discussion Boards (under Course Tools) on the Control Panel
2) Select the forum
3) If you cannot see Options Menu, click Show Options tab
4) Select messages you would like to view by clicking the box next to message
subject or click Select All to view all the messages in that forum
5) Click Collect button
6) Click OK after viewing messages to return to the forum


SORT MESSAGES

Sort Messages
1) Pull down the menu 'Sort By' located at the bottom left
2) You can sort the discussion record by author, date, or subject




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COURSES > BLACKBOARD TOOLS AND STRATEGIES > STUDENT DEMOS

      Instructions for Acessing Files
      Read the written instructions and view an instructional video clip that demonstrates
      the process.

      You will need the RealOne media player to watch instructional video clips. If you
      don't already have it installed on your computer, you may download the free, basic
      player at http://www.real.com (look for the link in the upper right hand corner).
      To Complete and Submit an Assignment

      1.   Click the appropriate navigation button where the assignment has been posted.
      2.   Click the View/Complete link.
      3.   Read the instructions.
      4.   If your instructor has attached a file, click the link to open the file.

      If you would like to save the file on your computer in order to edit it:

      - Locate the mouse pointer on the underlined file name.
      - Use a right button mouse click and select ‘Save Target As’.
      - Select Desktop by clicking the desktop icon on the left or pulling down the menu
      from the ‘Save in’ box at the top.
      - Click Save.

      5. Type your answer or comments in the comment box.
      6. If you need to send a completed file back to your instructor, click the Browse
      button.
      7. Locate the file on the desktop.
      8. Click Open.
      9. Click Submit to send the file. (If you click Save, the file is not sent to your
      instructor.)
      Completing Assignments
      This is a video clip. Be sure and turn on your computer's speakers. On completion,
      please close the window of the RealOne Player.
      To view a graded assignment including comments and editing—

      1.   Click the navigation button where your instructor posted the assignment.
      2.   Click the View/Complete link.
      3.   Click OK.
      4.   Check your grade and read the instructor’s comments.
      5.   If your instructor attached an edited file, click the link to open and view.




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Checking Assignment Results/Feedback
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To access the Group tools

    1. Click on the Communication button (or Groups if defined).
    2. Select Group Pages.
    3. Click the link for your group.
    4. Choose the appropriate tool you want to use.
NOTE: To post messages to the Discussion Board area, you must ask your
instructor to first create the forum. Then you can add threads.

To learn more about how to use each individual tool with your Group, refer to other
instructions/videos found in this course.
Working in Groups
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To Use the Online Journal

  1. Click Tools.
  2. Select Online Journal.
  3. Click Add Journal.
  4. Type your message.
  5. Click Submit Journal.
To view instructor comments and review entries, click on View Journals.

NOTE: Depending on what options your instructor has set you may be able to edit or
delete entries.
Using the Online Journal
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To send Email

   1. Click on the Communication button (or Email if defined).
   2. Choose Send Email.
   3. You can send a message to all the users in the course, all the TA’s, all the
      Instructors or you can individually select whom to send to.
   4. Type a subject and message. Add an attachment if necessary.
   5. Click Submit.
   6. Notice that a copy of the message will be sent to you automatically.
Sending Email
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To work in Collaboration Sessions
There are two types of chat rooms in Blackboard: Virtual Classroom and Lightweight
Chat. A Virtual Classroom is capable of not only text-based chat but also a white
board for drawing and a window for Website browsing. A Lightweight Chat is only a
simple text-based chat room. This instruction shows how to use Virtual Classroom
with various tools.

To start the chat room,
1. Click Join button (If your computer is not equipped with Java, you need to
download it by clicking the link.)
2. Type a message in the slot called Compose
at the bottom of the window
3. Click Send

To use Course Map tool to access materials in the course
1. Click Course Map under Classroom Tool
2. Click the button of content area to search the material
3. Select the material
4. Click Go

To use Whiteboard to draw diagram
1. Click Whiteboard under Classroom Tool
2. Select a drawing tools such as pen
3. Click the right mouse button and hold on the whiteboard when you are drawing

To use Group Browser to share the Web site
1. Click Group Browser under Classroom Tool
2. Type URL in the slot
3. Click Go

To ask question to the instructor privately, which other students cannot see
1. Click Ask Question under Classroom Tool
2. Type the question in Enter Question box
3. Click Send on the Enter Question box

Other features
- To send private message to other student, click Private Message on the bottom
- To start conversation with selected people aside from the main chat, click
Breakouts button on the top
Using the Chat Rooms
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Dictionary and Thesaurus
To use the Dictionary and Thesaurus tool

1. Click the Tools navigation button and then the Dictionary and Thesaurus link. A
new window will appear.

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2. Highlight any word in the Blackboard course, then click the Dictionary or
Thesaurus button OR type a word and click on the Go button.

Note: The Dictionary and Thesaurus window will disappear (minimized) when you
highlight the word in the Blackboard course. In addition the highlighted word will not
be added to the Dictionary and Thesaurus window and will become un-selected in
the main Blackboard course window. However, it has been captured for use with
this tool and the definition or synonym will be displayed.
Using the Dictionary and Thesaurus
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To download a file
Posted document and presentation can be downloaded to your computer desktop so
that you can save it and print it as a handout. Please apply this method when you
cannot open the document or presentation on the spot as well.

To ask question to the instructor, which other students cannot see
1. Click the right mouse button
2. Select ‘Save Target As…’
3. Choose the location to save the file
4. Click Save
5. Click Open if you would like to see the document or presentation you downloaded


How to Download a File
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Digital Drop Box
The Digital Drop Box allows you to store files, send documents to the instructor, and
receive documents from the instructor.

Send File
1. Click Tools from navigation buttons on the left
2. Click Digital Drop Box
3. Click Send File button (Alternatively, you may add the file first and then send the
file later)
4. Type the name of the file in the Title slot
5. Click Browse button to find the file
6. Select the file then click Open
7. Add comments if desired
8. Click Submit, then OK

Receive File: You can see the file (floppy disk icon) sent from your instructor when
you click Digital Drop Box




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Using the Digital Drop Box
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Using the Disscussion Board
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Viewing Your Grades
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Student Guide
Blackboard_Student_Essentials.doc ( 176640 Bytes )




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                                   Blackboard Student Essentials

Accessing Blackboard
   1. Go to http://courseware.ku.edu
   2. Click on the Login button for KU Lawrence/Edwards Campus.
   3. Enter your user name and password (same as your KU Online ID).

After logging into Blackboard, the My KU screen will appear welcoming you to Blackboard. The
content on this page may include links to your courses, recent announcements, access to your tasks
and calendar, a list of tools available to you, navigation tabs and buttons, and a search box.
     The Courses tab will link you to the Blackboard course catalog.
     The Home button will take you back to the login screen.
     The Help button will take you to the Instructional Development and Support (IDS) Website
        which includes our email and phone number.
     The Logout button will allow you to exit Blackboard. (For security reasons, you should close
        your browser window down completely).

To enter a course, click on the course title in the My Courses area.

When you first enter a course, you will be on the Announcements page. Instructors use this area to
post messages related to the course.

Navigation buttons are on the left side of the screen. Each button takes you to a different area of the
course. You may also navigate within a course by using the back or forward buttons on your browser
or by using the “breadcrumb trail” (a series of links that shows where you have been) located near the
top of the screen. You can temporarily collapse the course navigation buttons by clicking the arrow
button at the top of the Course Menu frame. Please note that the titles and availability of the
navigation buttons can be customized by your instructor so you may have slightly different choices for
each course site than the ones described here.

There may be several Content Areas within your course. For example, Course Documents,
Assignments, and Course Information may be common button titles or in some cases Chapter 1, 2, 3
… or Week 1, 2, 3…may be used instead.
    Items may include course syllabus, grading rubric, schedule, lecture outlines, lessons,
      required readings, homework assignments, and presentation handouts.
    Items can be a single document or in some cases a folder may be used to organize several
      related documents together.
    Sometimes an item will be completely viewable on the screen and other times you will need to
      click on a link to view the file. Files can be documents, slide shows, audio, graphics, or video.

The Staff Information area contains information about your instructor including office hours, e-mail
address, a brief biography, and possibly a photograph.

There are several Communication Tools available in Blackboard:
    The E-mail function allows you to write and send messages, and an attachment if necessary,
       to your instructor or fellow students. You can not, however, receive and read email messages
       within Blackboard but rather through your default email editor such as Outlook. To Update
       Your E-mail address: Go to http://www.ku.edu/computing, click on KU Online Services
       Registration, enter your ID # and birthdate in the spaces provided, then update your officially
       registered e-mail address. (NOTE: Blackboard also has a Messaging feature that is similar to
       email, check with your instructor).



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      The Discussion Board is an asynchronous (anytime) tool which means you can read and
       post messages whenever it is convenient.
             o The basic unit of a Discussion Board is a message. A message and all the related
               replies to that message are collectively called a Thread. Groups of threads related to a
               particular topic are stored in Forums.
             o Each message is listed by name, author, and date created. Messages that have been
               read appear in one color and those that have not been read appear in another color. A
               message that is in reply to a previous message appears indented in the list.
             o The Add New Thread button is used to create new discussion topics within a Forum.
               This option may not be available to you depending on how your instructor set up the
               Forum.
             o You can view and organize messages in many ways. Use the EXPAND ALL button to make
               all threads and related responses appear. With the COLLAPSE ALL button, only the main
               topic threads will appear, but not the related messages. Click on the Show Options tab and
               many choices will become available including SELECT ALL where all the threads and
               messages in the forum can be chosen and COLLECT where you can view multiple threads or
               messages at one time. You can also SEARCH by subject, author, or keyword.
      Collaboration Sessions are synchronous (real time) tools, so they must be used when all
       participants are available and logged into a computer at the same time. There is a Lightweight
       Chatroom and a Virtual Classroom available. The Lightweight Chatroom is a text-based tool
       that does not have the advanced functionality of the Virtual Classroom. The Virtual Classroom
       also includes text-based messaging, but also includes many other areas such as:
             o A Whiteboard to present several different types of materials and for drawing.
             o A Group Browser to collaboratively view a Website.
             o A Question and Answer area.
      The Roster lists all the users in the course and may provide a link to their email.
      The Group Pages button provides private work areas for team projects and can include
       access to a private discussion board, virtual classroom, file exchange, and email distribution
       list.

External Links are other Websites related to your course. When clicking on a link to go to an
external web site, it may open within the Blackboard frame or it might open in an entirely new browser
window.

There are several Student Tools available in Blackboard:
    The Digital Drop Box allows you to store files, send documents to the instructor, and receive
       documents from the instructor.
    The Course Calendar collects important dates such as holidays, assignment due dates, and
       scheduled exams.
    The Gradebook provides you with a list of assignment items, date completed, score received,
       points possible, and a class average per assignment.
    The Student Manual is an online user’s guide on how to use Blackboard.
    The Tasks tool stores tasks related to the course and personal tasks if desired. Settings can
       be used to establish priority levels, task status, and even to send a reminder.
    The Glossary Manager is a list of common terms and definitions associated with the course.
    The Online Journal is a place to record daily reflections or notes about your learning.
    The Dictionary and Thesaurus is a tool to easily look up a definition or synonym for any word
       found in your Blackboard course.
    Other tools include the Student Homepage, Electric Blackboard, and Address Book.

The Course Map button pops up a separate window with hot links to all the areas of the course.


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In addition to delivering content, instructors may also use Blackboard for delivering Online
Assessments or Assignments including quizzes, exams, surveys, and/or assignments.
     An exam, quiz, or survey may include true/false, multiple choice, multiple answer, fill in the
        blank, ordering, matching, and short answer/essay questions.
     Once submitted, a quiz or exam is automatically graded and recorded in the gradebook. A
        survey is recorded only as completed or not completed.
     Depending how an assessment was setup, you may also be provided with correct answers
        and appropriate feedback.
     An assignment is exchanged electronically between you and the instructor and can include
        submission of a file. Instructors can easily record a grade and make comments.

If You Need More Help --
     Click on the Tools button and then on Manual.
     If you still need help, contact IDS at (785) 864-2600 or ids@ku.edu .




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