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					   INTRODUCTION TO BLACKBOARD




EFFECTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT
                      CONTACT INFORMATION
                   Effective Teaching and Learning Department
Sheri Beattie                                Alison Rhoads
Director                                     Training Coordinator
Effective Teaching and Learning              Effective Teaching and Learning
Baker College                                Baker College
1050 West Bristol Rd.                        1050 West Bristol Rd.
Flint, MI 48507                              Flint, MI 48507
Phone: (810) 766-4305                        Phone: (810) 766-4294
Fax: (810) 766-4279                          Fax: (810) 766-4279
sheri@baker.edu                              alison.rhoads@baker.edu
Contact for training in the following areas:
     Blackboard
     PowerPoint for Instructors
     Teaching Methods
See the Effective Teaching and Learning Web site for more information:
             https://www.baker.edu/departments/etl/trainingresources.cfm

                              CIS Computer Trainers
Angela Staten                                Debra Miller
Technology Support & Training Analyst        Technology Support & Training Analyst
Baker College                                Baker College
1050 West Bristol Rd.                        1050 West Bristol Rd.
Flint, MI 48507                              Flint, MI 48507
Phone: (810) 766-4308                        Phone: (810) 766-4068
Fax: (810) 766-4279                          Fax: (810) 766-4279
angela.staten@baker.edu                      deb.miller@baker.edu
Contact for training in the following areas:
     AS400/Carina
     WebCal
     Websites
     Microsoft Office Suite
        - Access
        - Excel
        - Outlook
        - PowerPoint (for staff)
        - Publisher
        - Word
See the Computer Training Web site for more information:
                 https://www.baker.edu/departments/training/main.cfm




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                                               Table of Contents
Why Use Blackboard (Bb)? ................................................................................................ 1
Preparing Your Blackboard Classroom .............................................................................. 3
  Pre-Quarter Activities ..................................................................................................... 4
  Activities Performed During the Quarter ........................................................................ 5
  Post-Quarter Activities.................................................................................................... 5
Requesting a Blackboard Class ........................................................................................... 6
  Notes about Blackboard Class Requests ......................................................................... 7
  Combined Sections ......................................................................................................... 8
  Hybrid or Reduced Seat-time Classes............................................................................. 8
     Hybrid Delivery Plan .................................................................................................. 8
  Activating a Faculty Blackboard account ....................................................................... 9
Components of a Blackboard Class .................................................................................... 9
  Downloading the syllabus from the SOLAR system ...................................................... 9
Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) ................................................................................................ 14
  Adding Documents into the VHD................................................................................. 15
  Adding Folders to the VHD .......................................................................................... 17
  Managing Documents ................................................................................................... 18
     Copying Documents in the VHD .............................................................................. 18
     Moving Documents in the VHD ............................................................................... 20
  Removing Documents from the VHD .......................................................................... 22
Instructor View of Blackboard.......................................................................................... 23
  Course Views ................................................................................................................ 23
     Refresh Button .......................................................................................................... 23
     Detail View ............................................................................................................... 24
     Quick View ............................................................................................................... 24
  Control Panel ................................................................................................................ 25
  Edit View ...................................................................................................................... 25
Navigation Menu .............................................................................................................. 26
  Text Box Editor............................................................................................................. 27
Announcements................................................................................................................. 28
  Adding Announcements................................................................................................ 28
  Modifying Announcements .......................................................................................... 31
  Removing Announcements ........................................................................................... 32
Staff (Faculty) Information ............................................................................................... 32
  Adding Faculty Information ......................................................................................... 32
Adding Content to Your Bb Classroom ............................................................................ 35
  Syllabus Cover Page ..................................................................................................... 35
     Adding Content Stored on the VHD ......................................................................... 35
  Student Learning Outcomes .......................................................................................... 38
     Adding Content Stored on a Computer or USB Drive ............................................. 39
  Adding Your Personal Syllabus .................................................................................... 41
  Publishing Your Grading Policies ................................................................................ 41
Folders in Blackboard ....................................................................................................... 42
  Creating Folders ............................................................................................................ 42



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  Hiding Items and Folders .............................................................................................. 43
  Creating Assignments ................................................................................................... 44
  Adding Course Documents ........................................................................................... 44
External Links ................................................................................................................... 44
  Adding External Links .................................................................................................. 45
Managing the Display Order ............................................................................................. 46
     Changing the Display Order ..................................................................................... 47
  Removing Items ............................................................................................................ 47
Discussion Boards ............................................................................................................. 48
  Creating Discussion Forums (Instructors Only) ........................................................... 49
  Creating New Threads (Instructors and Students) ........................................................ 51
Performance Dashboard .................................................................................................... 53
     Viewing the Performance Dashboard ....................................................................... 53
Blackboard Gradebook ..................................................................................................... 54
  Gradebook Legend ........................................................................................................ 54
  Gradebook Display Methods ........................................................................................ 55
  Creating a Gradebook Item ........................................................................................... 55
  Creating Assignments Using the Assignments Link .................................................... 58
     Student View of Assignments ................................................................................... 60
  Instructor View of Assignments ................................................................................... 61
     Downloading a Single Assignment ........................................................................... 62
     Downloading Multiple Assignments ........................................................................ 64
     Removing Student Files from the Assignment Link................................................. 66
  Entering or Modifying Student Grades ......................................................................... 67
     Entering/Modifying Multiple Student Grades .......................................................... 67
     Entering/Modifying Individual Student Grades........................................................ 68
     Downloading the Gradebook to Excel ...................................................................... 68
Appendix A: Changing Your Password ............................................................................ 71
Appendix B: Forwarding Email ........................................................................................ 74
Appendix C: Dropping the Lowest Test Score ................................................................. 76
Appendix D: Calculating Extra Credit .............................................................................. 77
Appendix E: Changing the Display of the Text Box Editor ............................................. 78
Appendix F: Publishing Assignments as Text .................................................................. 80
  References ..................................................................................................................... 81




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Why Use Blackboard (Bb)?
Web-enhanced learning environments combine the elements of traditional classroom-
based instruction with the tools of online distance delivery. This combination produces
several benefits:

      Provides tools to facilitate communication outside of scheduled class time and
       office hours, enhancing student-student and faculty-student communication.
      Supports different learning styles and methods. Students have time for reflection
       when participating in online discussions and can participate at a time and place
       that meets their needs. ―What learners value particularly about online delivery is
       its flexibility—the convenience and freedom it offers; that is, learning that is 'just
       in time, just enough and just for me'‖ (http://www.ncver.edu.au/cgi-
       bin/gda.pl?id=2282).
      Availability of online materials increases. These materials are available 24 hours a
       day, seven days a week, ensuring that students always have access to assignments
       and other handouts.
      Online discussion between class sessions can identify areas of student difficulty
       that you need to address in class. ―By putting in place a more ―distant‖ source of
       information and guidance for students, such technologies can strengthen faculty
       interactions with all students, but especially with shy students who are reluctant to
       ask questions or challenge the teacher directly‖ (Chickering and Ehrmann,
       http://www.tltgroup.org/programs/seven.html).
      Managing and administering the course is simplified with an online gradebook
       and tools for email management.

Web-enhanced instructional delivery provides benefits that fully online or traditional
classroom delivery cannot offer. In an E-Learning Poll from WebCT (April 2001), over-
all course quality was ranked by respondents as ―above average‖ or ―excellent‖ by 66%
of students for combination courses, 52% for classroom only, and 44% for distance
education. In the same study, students reported that student learning achievement was
―above average‖ or ―excellent‖ by 67% of students in combination courses, 47% for
classroom only, and 37% for distance education.

The University of Central Florida (May 2001) also found higher success rates and
―comparable or lower‖ withdrawal rates for classes that integrated both Web and
classroom components. In surveys at Baker College, 65% of students reported that the
use of Web-based delivery in their traditional classes enhanced their instructor’s teaching,
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The Blackboard software used by Baker College provides an easy-to-use set of tools to
enable faculty to publish quickly and easily information online without significant time
and technical know how. Some of the features of Blackboard include:

      Easy publishing of course materials, assignments, and announcements
      Online testing
      Online gradebook
      Discussion board and email tools

One of the benefits of web-enhanced delivery and Blackboard is that an instructor can
choose which tools to use for each class, outside of the following requirements, which
must be published in every web-enhanced and hybrid class:

      Faculty information
      Instructor syllabus
      Syllabus cover page
      Student Learning Outcomes

We also suggest that you create at least one Discussion forum so that your students have
a place to ask questions of you and discuss things with each other.

Depending on the course subject matter, student interest, and instructor time, you can use
Blackboard in a variety of flexible ways. To use Blackboard to create a class Web site, an
instructor needs to spend as little as an hour at the beginning of the quarter to post the
course syllabus and other materials. Instructors may also want to use Blackboard to
supplement class discussions online or to use the gradebook feature, which requires
weekly activity by the instructor. In some cases, the actual seat time for the course may
be reduced to create a hybrid class where a significant proportion of contact time takes
place online.

Student participation can also vary with each of the types of web-enhanced classes.
Blackboard may be a supplemental resource that students can utilize as needed. You can
also make it a homework requirement. In making online participation a class
requirement, the instructor should keep in mind that students may have limited access to
a computer outside of class, but instructors can always check with the directors of the
Learning Support Centers on campus to get a schedule of the hours that the LSS is open
and provide that to students.

Hybrid classes must have a documented online component to replace the reduced seat
time. In hybrid classes, students will be required to participate actively online, which is
one of reasons why these classes have special requirements. Please contact Sheri Beattie,
Director of Effective Teaching and Learning to learn more about the hybrid class
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While Blackboard and web-enhanced instructional delivery do not require the use of
online communication tools, these tools do offer several benefits over traditional face-to-
face communication:

      Online discussion involves more students
      Online discussion appeals to more learning and thinking styles
      Online discussion allows time for reflection and research
      Online discussion facilitates summarization and synthesis
      Online discussion is easier to assess and evaluate
      Online discussion generates a written record

Online discussion forums can be used in a class for community building and social
bonding, peer support and assistance, and knowledge construction.


Preparing Your Blackboard Classroom
Depending on how an instructor uses Blackboard, he or she will have a variety of tasks to
perform before the start of quarter, during the quarter, and after the quarter ends. Each of
these stages is important in the success of your Blackboard classroom and once familiar;
do not require large amounts of extra time to perform.

One of the most important tasks is to determine how you want to use Blackboard for the
upcoming quarter. If you are new to the tool, you may want to start with just a couple of
features and then add to class as the quarter goes on and you become more comfortable
with the tool.

Some of the most preferred and user-friendly tools are the discussion board and the
gradebook feature. Students like the idea of being able to continue a discussion from
class or to ask questions in an open forum at any time during the week. Students have
also reported that they like being able to see their grade at any time during the quarter.
This also saves you time in meeting with each student individually or using class time
that could be better spent doing class-related activities.




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Follow the steps below to access your Blackboard classroom:

   1. Type ol.baker.edu in the web browser’s address line to display the Blackboard
      homepage, pictured below.




   2. Type your User ID in the Username field.
   3. Press the Tab key once.
   4. Type your password in the Password field.
   5. Press the Enter key to log into Blackboard and display the personalized Welcome
      screen.
   6. Scroll down on the page to locate your class.
   7. Click on the name of the class to enter your Blackboard Virtual classroom.

Pre-Quarter Activities
It is important that the instructor have the class created prior to the beginning of the
quarter so that students feel that you are as prepared to use your Blackboard classroom as
you are in the traditional classroom. Set up includes the following tasks:

   1. Complete the Faculty Information page with your name, office hours, and contact
      information.
   2. Download a copy of the official syllabus cover page from the Baker College
      Faculty Web Site and personalize the syllabus with your name, office hours, and
      contact information and publish it in the Syllabus folder on Blackboard.
   3. Download a copy of the Student Learning Outcomes and publish those in the
      Syllabus folder.


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   4. Add your personal syllabus to the Syllabus folder. In it, include your grading
       policies with a description of how you grade students, your grading scale, a class
       outline of activities, and your attendance policy.
   5. Select and rename any supporting resources from the Baker College Faculty Web
       Site and publish to the Course Documents folder.
   6. Identify and publish publisher supplied PowerPoint (PPT) presentations or other
       materials. Publish these and instructor developed materials in Assignments or
       Course Documents folder, as appropriate.
   7. Put a link to the textbook and/or publisher Web site (if available) and any other
       Web links from the textbook as appropriate in External Links folder.
   8. Create a Welcome announcement.
   9. Create the initial Discussion Forums as needed.
   10. Create your Gradebook shell, adding your tests, assignments, and other items
       normally found in your on-ground gradebook.

Activities Performed During the Quarter
Once you create the class structure, you must prepare your students to use Blackboard as
part of the class. Some instructors present Blackboard as just another tool that the
students use during the quarter and other instructors prefer to leave it on an optional
basis. However you decide to use Blackboard, you should give your students an
orientation to the tool and provide them with the student handout. As the quarter
progresses, you will need to perform regular updates of the classroom to include the
following:

   1.   Publish new documents as needed.
   2.   Post new announcements as needed.
   3.   Set up and post student grades in the gradebook.
   4.   Moderate discussions and post new discussion topics.
   5.   Retrieve student files from the Assignments link.

Post-Quarter Activities
Once the quarter ends, you should review your Blackboard classroom and determine
which features worked for your class and which ones (if any) did not, and determine how
you can revise these items for the next class. You should also review the discussion board
to determine how it can be more effective and make notes in your class file for next time.
Before you are completely finished with the quarter, you should also perform the
following tasks:

   1. Print two copies of your Gradebook, one for your records and one to turn in with
      your grades. Be sure to check to see if this is a policy on your campus.




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   2. Save materials that you wish to use again in your Virtual Hard Drive (VHD).

       Note: You must manually copy all of the items you want to save into your VHD,
       but they will be present to work with in Blackboard as long as you need them.
       You can store your Syllabus, any Course Documents and/or Assignments in the
       VHD, as well as Question Pools. You cannot save announcements, faculty
       information, assignments created using the Assignments link, or discussion board
       postings. You can save discussion board postings by collecting, then copying and
       pasting the messages into a Word document, and then saving the Word document.


Requesting a Blackboard Class
You can request Blackboard for a class using a copy of the Bb Request Form online at
main Baker website. You must request your classes each quarter, even if you used
Blackboard the previous quarter. We do not create without a request form.

Follow the directions below to access the form.

   1. Open your web browser.
   2. Access the Baker College website (baker.edu).
   3. Click on the Faculty/Staff tab, pictured below.




       Note: The menu below the tabs changes depending on the tab selected.
   4. Click on the Bb Request Form link on the far left of the menu to display the
      Blackboard request form. A sample of the request form displays below.




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   5. Complete the entire form, adding your name, email address, course number,
      course name, section number and campus information.

       Note: Your name, email address, course name and number, and campus are
       required fields and you must complete these fields before you can submit the
       form.
   6. Click on the Submit button to submit the form for processing.

       Note: You can request classes at any time during the quarter, but please allow at
       least a week for them to appear in Blackboard if you have requested your class
       after Week 2 of the quarter.


Notes about Blackboard Class Requests
Classes will be created starting four weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Classes are
created according to the receipt date of the request, so the earlier you request your class,
the more likely you are to see it before the quarter begins. We strive to add each class as
quickly as possible. You will receive a confirmation message when your class loads on
Blackboard, except for COL 111A classes since the request procedure for those classes is
different.

We add students starting on the first day of classes. At no time will students be loaded
prior to the first day of class. Students are automatically added every 3 hours as they add
the class to their schedule. Student drops, though, are not automatically processed. To
remove a student from a Blackboard classroom, please send a message with the student’s
name, UIN, and the class to instructionaltech@baker.edu or to bbhelp@baker.edu.

Blackboard technical support is provided by the helpdesk, so please feel free to contact
them at 800-645-8350 between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Support hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you prefer to send an email, you
can use the new address bbhelp@baker.edu, which is staffed by the helpdesk and the
Effective Teaching and Learning Department. You can also post questions in the System
Blackboard Users Group, which you can access through the Community tab in
Blackboard. Please send a message to instructionaltech@baker.edu if you do not have
access to this community.

CIS automatically removes classes from previous quarter according to their schedule.
Generally, you can expect to see the classes remain on your Blackboard account for 5
weeks into the next quarter. They are removed automatically, so be sure to go into your
Blackboard classroom and save any information you want to reuse.

You must be trained to use Blackboard. We have three levels of Blackboard training
available, from Introductory to Advanced. Please check with your campus to see if there
are any training sessions scheduled or you can contact our department directly using the
instructionaltech@baker.edu email address to learn about the self-study option.

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Combined Sections
If you are teaching two or more sections of the same course on the same campus, you can
combine these sections into one Blackboard class. This allows you to publish class
materials and updates only once. The major drawback is that the Gradebook is combined
for all sections. If you are interested in having sections combined, please indicate this on
the Web-enhanced Instructional Delivery Request Form when you request your class.

Note: We are unable to combine sections across campuses (except for satellite campuses)
or any section of COL 111A. We also do not combine sections of multiple instructors.


Hybrid or Reduced Seat-time Classes
One of the benefits of web-enhanced delivery that combines traditional classroom
instruction and online delivery is the opportunity to reduce classroom seat time, allowing
flexibility in scheduling and maximizing the value of the times when instructors and
students are together.

However, reduced seat time also presents several issues that instructors must address
before receiving approval to teach using this delivery method. Students, especially when
not informed in advance, may not be prepared for a class with an online component. Not
all students have access to a computer with Internet access at home or work. In addition,
federal financial aid regulations are very stringent regarding contact time as it relates to
credit hours in a class. If you reduce seat time, you must provide clear evidence of the
instructional activities that will replace this time online.

To address these issues and to ensure quality control, before you can deliver a class with
reduced seat time, you must develop a written plan for how you will use online contact
time in Blackboard to replace face-to-face seat time. The campus Vice President of
Academics, your supervisor, and the Director of the Effective Teaching and Learning
Department must approve this plan prior to the beginning of the class. You must also be
trained to teach hybrid classes prior to receiving approval to teach the class.
Contact your dean for more information about the hybrid training process.

Hybrid Delivery Plan
The plan should address the following specifics:

      A plan to inform the students about the online requirement
      A suggested schedule, covering how the seat time will be reduced and when the
       reduced seat time will occur in the class schedule
      A proposal identifying how instructionally appropriate online activities will
       replace the reduced seat time
      A method for taking weekly attendance in Bb, ensuring that students understand
       that they must be in Bb at least three times per week

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In addition to the instructional plan, you also must submit your syllabus for approval. The
syllabus must go through the normal campus stages of approval as well as the Effective
Teaching and Learning Department approval. This also must be complete prior to the
beginning of the quarter.

The Director of the Effective Teaching and Learning Department will review the course
at the mid-point and after the course to offer suggestions for improvements.


Activating a Faculty Blackboard account
All Baker College faculty members have a Blackboard account. The login and password
are the same as your Baker email ID and password. You use the same ID and password to
access the Baker College Faculty Web site. Call the Baker College Help Desk at (800)
645-8350 if you do not know this information.

Components of a Blackboard Class
Downloading the syllabus from the SOLAR system
If you do not already have a copy of the official Baker College syllabus for your class,
you can access one from the Baker College Solar System Curriculum Information Link.
You will need to personalize the syllabus with your name, office hours, and contact
information using Microsoft Word.

To access the Baker College Solar System Curriculum Information Link:
   1. Go to www.baker.edu to display the main Baker screen, pictured below.




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  2. Click on the SOLAR System link to display the SOLAR System screen, pictured
     below




  3. Type the ID you received from the Help Desk in User ID field.

       Note: If you do not know your User ID, you can also enter your UIN number
       from your Baker Access card or your Social Security Number. You do not have to
       complete all of these fields. Complete only one of the top three fields.
  4. Press the Tab button until you reach the Password text box.
  5. Type the password you received from the Help Desk into the Password field.

       Note: Remember, the password is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as
       the Help Desk provided it to you.
  6. Press the Enter button to log into the SOLAR System homepage, pictured below.




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  7. Click on the ORBIT System link to display the ORBIT System homepage,
     pictured below.




  8. Click on the Curriculum Information link on the toolbar to display the
     Curriculum Information screen, pictured below. .




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  9. Click on the Course Curriculum link on the left side of the screen to display the
     Course Curriculum page, pictured below.




  10. Use the drop down arrow to select the appropriate degree.
  11. Click on the Submit button to display the second Course Curriculum screen,
      pictured below.




  12. Click on the first letter of the program/division of the course.
  13. Select the appropriate program/division from the list.




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   14. Click on the name of the course to display the documents available for that
       course, a sample of which displays below.




   15. Click on the Word link to display the syllabus cover page for the selected course
       as pictured below.




  16. Add your name to the syllabus cover page in the appropriate location, if
      appropriate.
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   17. Click on File, Save As to save the document to another location for later use in
       your Blackboard class.

       Note: In the training class, save the document to My Documents.
   18. Close the Syllabus window to return to the Course Curriculum page for that
       course.
   19. Repeat steps 15-18 to download the Student Learning Outcomes from the SOLAR
       System and save them for later use in your Blackboard class.

Virtual Hard Drive (VHD)
The Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) is automatically included in the Content Management
portion of Blackboard contained on the new Content Collection tab, pictured below. You
can use this space for storage of class materials, even if you are not currently teaching a
course. As long as your ID is current, you can reach the materials on your VHD. You
have up to 100 MG of storage for materials on your VHD for content while students only
have 50MG.
In addition to storing information in your VHD, you can also share files you have stored
here with others, including deans, faculty, or students if you choose. You can restrict the
access to the files, so others can see some files but not others, so the safety of the files in
your VHD is always maintained. You can access your materials stored in your VHD from
any location that has an Internet connection, which makes it a more convenient option for
storing and working on class files than a USB drive.




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Adding Documents into the VHD
Once you have saved your documents to a USB drive or your hard drive, you will want to
save a copy to your Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) so that you can access and work whenever
you choose. Once you have the documents stored in your VHD, you can make changes to
them at your leisure and then when you are ready, you can add them into your course.

Follow the steps below to add a document to your VHD:

   1. Verify that the Content Collection tab displays on the screen as shown on the
      previous page.
   2. Click on the Add Item button on the toolbar to display the Add Item screen,
      pictured below.




   3. Click on the Browse button in Step 1 to display the Choose File screen, pictured
      below.




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  4. Locate the correct file and double click on it to return to the Add Item screen,
     pictured below.




  5. Click in the Overwrite file field, if you want to replace the file in your VHD with
     a new one from the alternate location.

       Note: You would overwrite the file in your VHD if you have been working on the
       file on your USB or hard drive and wish to replace one file with another. It is an
       easier process than removing the old file and then saving the new one in its place.
  6. Scroll to Lock Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




  7. Determine if you want to lock your file or not, so that others cannot make changes
     to it.
  8. Scroll to Comment Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




  9. Determine if you want users that you share the document with to be able to have
     the option to view and add comments to the document.
  10. Click on the Submit button to add the document to your VHD.

       Note: For the purposes of the training class, be sure to save the Syllabus Cover
       page in your VHD. You will need it later.




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Adding Folders to the VHD
Before there are too many single documents in the VHD and it becomes unwieldy, you
may want to begin organizing your documents into folders, much the same way as you
organize your computer’s hard drive. A sample organizational structure may be by class
or by type of document.
Follow the directions below to create folders in your VHD:
   1. Click on the Add Folder button on the toolbar to display the Add Folder screen, a
      portion of which displays below.




   2. Click in the Folder Name field and type a name for the folder.
   3. Scroll to the Quota Options portion of the field, pictured below.




   4. Note the space available in the VHD for this and all other content you wish to
      add.
   5. Click in the Quota in megabytes (MB) field and type in a quota for the folder.

       Note: If you do not specify a quota for your folder, it will be as large as the parent
       folder (your VHD). If you limit the folder size, you potentially limit the items and
       types of files that you could store in the folder. When in doubt, do not specify a
       quota.
   6. Scroll to the Lock Options portion of the screen, displayed below.




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   7. Determine the appropriate option as listed in the table below.

        Option                           Definition
        No locks                         Allows the folder name, settings, or
                                         any contents to be changed.
        Lock this folder                 Does not allow the folder name or
                                         settings to be changed.
        Lock this folder and             Protects both the folder and all of its
        everything it contains           contents from changes.
   8. Scroll to the Comment Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




   9. Select the appropriate option.
   10. Click on the Submit button to create the folder.

Managing Documents
Once you have a folder or folders created in the VHD, it is easy to copy and move
documents into the folder for better organization of your VHD. You can choose whatever
method of organization makes sense to you as long as you can locate the documents
when you need them.

You can copy or move both individual documents and folders within the VHD. You can
even use the Select All option to select all of the items on the screen and make a
duplicate of all of the items in your VHD using the Copy button. Blackboard renames all
of the items with a (2) after the original name.
Copying Documents in the VHD
When copying documents, you must remember that when you copy the document, you
have a duplicate of the document in the folder you select and the item remains in its
original location, so you end up with two of the same document. This is normally not a
problem except for large files.

You cannot copy an item into two folders at the same time. You can however select
multiple items to copy at the same time.




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Follow the directions below to copy a document into a folder:

   1. Select the item you wish to copy by clicking in the checkbox to the left of the
      item name as displayed below.




   2. Click on the Copy button on the toolbar to display the Copy/users/document
      name/ screen, pictured below.




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   3. Click on the Browse button to display the Select Folder screen, pictured below.




   4. Select the appropriate folder by clicking in the radio button to the left of the folder
      name.
   5. Click on the Submit button to close this screen and return to the
      Copy/users/document name screen.

       Note: If you click in the Overwrite if file with same name exists field, if you have
       a file with the same name in that file, the new file will automatically replace the
       existing file.
   6. Click on the Submit button to complete the Copy function and return to the main
      VHD screen.
Moving Documents in the VHD
When moving documents, you must remember that when you move the document, it is
the opposite of a copy. You are physically removing the document from its original
location and placing it in the new location. This eliminates the issue with storing large
files in the VHD.




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Follow the directions below to move a document into a folder:

   1. Select the item you wish to copy by clicking in the checkbox to the left of the
      item name as displayed below.




   2. Click on the Copy button on the toolbar to display the Move/users/document
      name screen, pictured below.




   3. Click on the Browse button to display the Select Folder screen, pictured below.




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   4. Select the appropriate folder by clicking in the radio button to the left of the folder
      name.
   5. Click on the Submit button to close this screen and return to the
      Move/users/document name screen.

       Note: If you click in the Overwrite if file with same name exists field, if you have
       a file with the same name in that file, the new file will automatically replace the
       existing file.
   6. Click on the Submit button to complete the Copy function and return to the main
      VHD screen.

Removing Documents from the VHD
You can remove any document you have added to your VHD, either from the main
branch of the VHD or from within a folder. You can also remove entire folders; however
when you remove a folder, you also remove the contents of that folder as well.

Follow the directions below to remove an item from your VHD:

   1. Select the item you wish to remove by clicking in the checkbox to the left as
      pictured below.




   2. Click on the Remove button on the toolbar to display the warning dialog box
      pictured below.




   3. Click on the OK button if you are sure you want to remove the selected item from
      your VHD permanently.


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Instructor View of Blackboard
When you log into Blackboard at http://ol.baker.edu, the opening screen looks similar to
the student screen, shown below. The difference between the two is that you have a list of
the courses you are teaching, and any old courses not yet removed from the system. Your
courses may display in a different location than the example below. Remember you may
have to scroll to locate your course(s).




  Courses
  you are
  teaching

Once you locate the course you are teaching, simply click on the name and Blackboard
will display the course home page, as pictured in the sample below.


Course Views
Blackboard now contains different ways for instructors to view the Course Menu and
instructors can choose which view they would prefer to see. A sample of each displays
below.
Refresh Button
Blackboard has also added a Refresh button so that you can see new Content you add to
the Course menu immediately. Normally it takes approximately twenty minutes for it to
load automatically into the Course Menu. The Refresh button is located below the
Control Panel button.




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Detail View
Detail view displays the course map, allowing you to expand and collapse the Course
Menu. There are also clickable links to each item in the course available from this option.




Quick View
Quick View looks like the traditional Blackboard menu, with the top-level menu items
only displayed. You can change these items from buttons to text as you could before. A
sample displays below. The Quick View menu also removes the most commonly used
tools from the Course Menu.




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You will notice that both menus provide access to the Control Panel, which is how you
control your Blackboard classroom. The Control Panel provides the instructor access to
the tools to publish materials in Blackboard and to enter grades into the online
gradebook. You access the Control Panel by clicking on the Control Panel button on the
toolbar on the left side of the screen, pictured above.


Control Panel
Clicking on the Control Panel link displays the Instructor’s Control Panel, pictured
below. This is the main screen you will use to add information and items to your
Blackboard classroom.




Edit View
A new feature in the most recent upgrade of Blackboard allows you to enter the Edit
View the Assignments and Course Documents folders without having to go through the
Control Panel. Simply click on the Edit View link located in the upper right-hand corner
of the screen as pictured below.




                                                       Edit
                                                       View link




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This allows you to see the Student View first, by clicking on the button on the left side of
the screen and then make changes without having to go all the way back to the Control
Panel. This is also a toggle switch that takes you back to the Display (Student) View
when you have completed your modifications and want to see the folder in final form.

Navigation Menu
The navigation menu consists of the series of buttons located along the left side of the
screen. Selecting any of these buttons will take you to the corresponding area of the
course.

  Button or Toolbar Item                               Description

Announcements                    Displays announcements, updates, and other
                                 reminders relevant to the course.

Course Information               Displays your syllabus cover page, your personal
                                 syllabus, and the student learning outcomes. These
                                 are required in all web-enhanced and hybrid
                                 courses at Baker.

Faculty Information              Displays specific information about the instructor.

Course Documents                 Provides a link to the folder where you can add
                                 course information such as lectures, handouts, and
                                 other related materials.

Assignments                      Provides a link to a folder where you can add course
                                 assignments, tests, quizzes, and surveys required for
                                 the course.

Communication                    Contains a link to the Discussion Board, the student
                                 roster, group pages, and e-mail.

Discussion Board                 Provides a link to the page where the discussion
                                 forums display.
External Links                   Displays links to specific web sites relevant to the
                                 class.
Student Tools                    Holds tools such as the course calendar, student
                                 grades, the student homepage, and profile area.
Groups                           Allows the instructor to create student groups. See
                                 the Intermediate manual for detailed information
                                 about creating and using Groups. (May not always be
                                 present).
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To maintain security and confidentiality of student information, instructors should never
give their password to anyone. If you need to allow someone else the ability to add
materials to Blackboard, contact the Effective Teaching and Learning Department for
options.


Text Box Editor
There are two versions of the Text Box Editor and you have the ability to turn its
availability on and off as you choose. By default, when you log into Blackboard, the text
editor is available and looks like the picture displayed below. The Text box editor
includes a WYSIWYG editor (a What You See is What You Get editor) and a spell check
feature that allow you to create professional-looking content through a simple editor in
the Blackboard Learning System.

You have the ability to use buttons on the toolbar add such enhancements to your text
such as:

       Bold
       Italicize
       Underline
       Bullets
       Numbering
       Spellcheck




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Announcements
Announcements appear on the home page for the class. Announcements can appear to
students once or every time they log in, depending on how you set the options. Use
announcements to inform students when content is added or changed, to remind students
of deadlines, or to announce a guest speaker or field trip.

One important note about announcements is that you should tell your students to get into
the habit of scrolling to view all of the posted announcements. System and Online
announcements always appear at the top and if students do not know about the scroll bar
on the right side of the screen, they may not scroll down to see any announcements you
have posted. This is a default setting and you cannot change it.

One of the benefits of using the Announcements is that when you post a new document
(or at the beginning of the class when you post your syllabus) you can use the link feature
and create a link in the announcement that takes the student directly to that item after they
read the announcement. This is a helpful way of letting students know where and when
you post new items in the classroom and saves the students’ time in locating these items.

Adding Announcements
   1. Click on the Announcements link from the Course Tools area of the
      Control Panel to display the Announcement screen, pictured below.




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  2. Click on the Add Announcement button to display the Add
     Announcement screen, pictured below.




  3. Type a name for the announcement in the Subject field.
  4. Enter the text of the announcement in the Message field, formatting as
     necessary.
  5. Scroll down to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




  6. Select the appropriate options for the announcement.

       Note: A permanent announcement does not go away. If you add additional
       announcements, the newer announcements push the older ones to the
       bottom of the list.

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  7. Scroll down to the Course Link portion of the screen, pictured below.




  8. Click on the Browse button to display the Select Course Link window,
     pictured below.




  9. Click on the item to which you wish to link.
  10. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the Announcements page.
  11. Click OK on the Success page.




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A sample announcement displays on the below.




Modifying Announcements
You can always make changes to an announcement that you created using the Modify
button. If you are going to change the announcement completely to address a new topic,
you should add a new announcement rather than modifying a previous one.

   1. Choose Announcements from the Content Areas of the Control Panel to
      display the Announcements screen, as pictured below.




   2. Click on the Modify button next to the announcement you wish to change.
   3. Make the necessary changes to the announcement.
   4. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
   5. Click OK on the Success page.




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Removing Announcements
You can remove announcements at any time throughout the course. Follow the directions
below to remove an announcement:
   1. Choose Announcements from the Content Areas of the Control Panel.
   2. Click on the Remove button next to the announcement you want to
      remove and display the dialog box listed below.




   3. Click OK.

Staff (Faculty) Information
Staff information provides information about the class instructor such as contact
information and office and lab hours. You can include a photo if you have one in an
electronic file. You can also add staff information about lab assistants or other staff if
they are assisting with the class.
Note: This is required information for anyone teaching using Blackboard in a web-
enhanced or hybrid manner. You must add this information to your classroom prior to the
beginning of the quarter.

Adding Faculty Information
   1. Choose Staff Information from the Course Tools area of the Control
      Panel to display the Staff Information screen, pictured below.




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  2. Click on the Profile button to display the Add Profile screen, pictured
     below.




  3. Complete the form, adding all of the necessary information. Use the TAB
     key to move between fields on the form.

       Note: The Title field is intended for a professional title, such as Dr. It is
       added in front of your name on the page.
  4. Scroll to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




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   5. Verify that the profile is available.

       Note: You can add a picture to your profile as well if you choose, either
       using a digital image already on disk or your Baker staff picture. To
       download this, log into the SOLAR System, view your account
       information, and then right click on your picture and choose Save Image
       As and save your picture to your VHD or a USB drive. Then simply use
       the Browse button in Step 2 to locate your picture and select it for your
       classroom.
   6. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page to submit your
      profile to the system.
   7. Click OK on the receipt page.
This is what the Staff Information should look like after adding a profile:




Notice that on the right side of the screen, you have two buttons to change your profile.
Using the Modify button allows you to change your existing profile, and the Remove
button removes the profile from the Blackboard system. You can always go back and add
your profile later.

Note: You should always maintain a profile with a contact phone number and your office
hours clearly posted.




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Adding Content to Your Bb Classroom
Syllabus Cover Page
The syllabus cover page is an integral part of the syllabus packet you provide to your
students on the first night of class. The cover page includes the name of the course, your
name (and sometimes contact information), the textbook or supplemental materials, and a
short description of Baker College policies. You must personalize this cover page with
your name in the space provided and it is the top page of the syllabus packet.

To add the syllabus cover page to your course, you must create an item and attach the
syllabus document to it. An item in Blackboard is a text entry that may include a link to a
file such as a Word document or Excel spreadsheet.

You need to create a separate item for each handout, assignment, or other content added
in Blackboard. The student will need the appropriate application to view the file, but
Microsoft Word is generally available, so files created in Word should present no
problems. Follow the directions on the next page to add your syllabus cover page in
Blackboard.

Note: This is required information for anyone teaching using Blackboard in a web-
enhanced or hybrid manner. You must place this in your classroom prior to the beginning
of the quarter.

Adding Content Stored on the VHD
You can add documents to your course from any location (your hard drive, your VHD, or
a USB drive). The next two exercises will demonstrate how to add content from your
VHD and from another location such as your computer’s hard drive.
   1. Click on the Control Panel button to display the Control Panel.
   2. Choose Course Information from the Content Areas section of the Control Panel
      to display the Course Information screen, pictured below.




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  3. Click on Item to display the Add Item page, as pictured below.




  4. Type a name for the item (if it is something other than the Syllabus Cover
     Page) in the Name field.

       Note: Baker recommends that you add your last name in front or back of
       the title of the cover page.
  5. Choose a color for the link using the Pick button, if desired.
  6. Enter a description for the item in the Text field.
  7. Scroll down to the Content portion of the screen, pictured below.




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  8. Click on the Browse button in the Link to Content Collection item field to
     open the Select File or Folder dialog box, pictured below.




  9. Select the file you want to add by clicking in the radio button to the left of
     the item.
  10. Click on the Submit button to display the dialogue box pictured below.




       Note: This box serves as an acknowledgement that by pulling the file from
       your VHD, you are essentially creating a link in your Bb course to this
       file. Students will have Read permission only (the ability to read this and
       only this document) that is stored in your VHD.
  11. Scroll to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




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   12. Select any necessary options.

       Note: You can track which student viewed a document more effectively
       using the Performance Dashboard. If you do not make your content
       available here, your students will not be able to see it.
   13. Click on the Submit button to add the document to the course.
   14. Click OK on the Success screen, pictured below.




   15. Click OK to return to the Course Information screen with your new
       document displayed. .

Student Learning Outcomes
The Student Learning Outcomes are also a part of the syllabus packet you provide to
students on the first night. These are the list of outcomes that a student can expect to
achieve in the course. You should discuss these outcomes with your students in the first
week to give them an idea of what they can expect from the course.

You can add the Student Learning Outcomes in a similar fashion to the Syllabus, except
that you will not need to edit the Student Learning Outcomes first. Download the Student
Learning Outcomes file in the same way as the Syllabus. Follow the directions below to
publish the Student Learning Outcomes in your Blackboard classroom.

Note: This is required information for anyone teaching using Blackboard in a web-
enhanced or hybrid manner. Place them in your classroom prior to the beginning of the
quarter.




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Adding Content Stored on a Computer or USB Drive

* These directions assume that you are already on your Course Information screen. If you
are not, follow steps 1 and 2 on page 28.
   1. Click on Item to display the Add Item page, as pictured below.




   2. Type a name for the item (if it is something other than the Student
      Learning Outcomes) in the Name field.

       Note: Baker recommends that you add your last name in front or back of
       the title of the Student Learning Outcomes.
   3. Choose a color for the link using the Pick button, if desired.
   4. Enter a description for the item in the Text field.
   5. Scroll down to the Content portion of the screen, pictured below.




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  6. Click on the Browse button in the Attach to local file field to open the
     Choose file dialog box, pictured below.




  7. Navigate to and select the item you want to add to your course.
  8. Scroll to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




  9. Select any necessary options.

       Note: You can track which student viewed a document more effectively
       using the Performance Dashboard. If you do not make your content
       available here, your students will not be able to see it.
  10. Click on the Submit button to add the document to the course.




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   11. Click OK on the Success screen, pictured below.




   12. Click OK to return to the Course Information screen with your new
       document displayed. .

Adding Your Personal Syllabus
Your syllabus is the middle piece of the syllabus packet you provide to students on the
first night of class. This is where you delineate your class polices, how the students will
be evaluated, the grading scale, and provide your more detailed contact information to the
students. Baker College requires that certain items be present in your syllabus, so please
see your dean or the Anatomy of a Syllabus handout located in the Effective Teaching
and Learning site at https://www.baker.edu/departments/etl/trainingresources.cfm.

Note: This is required information for anyone teaching using Blackboard in a web-
enhanced or hybrid manner. You must place this in your classroom prior to the beginning
of the quarter.


Publishing Your Grading Policies
The last item to include in the Syllabus area is an explanation of how you will grade
students in the class and what the grading scale is. Generally, this explanation will be a
list of items such as tests and homework and their point value. For some classes, you may
find grading ideas in the Supporting Resources on the Faculty Web Site. You will also
want to include your policy on late assignments. You can include this information as
part of your syllabus or you can create it as a separate document in your
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Folders in Blackboard
Each of the content areas of Blackboard can be organized using folders. Folders allow
you to categorize resources by topic or type to reduce information overload. Creating
folders in your classroom performs the same function as creating them in your VHD.

Displaying more than 5-7 items in a list form pushes the limits of what students can
process. Any time you find an area of Blackboard with more than seven items, it might be
time to break up the list into groups with folders so that students can more easily
understand your organizational methods.


Creating Folders
   1. Select the Content Area in which you want to work (Syllabus,
      Assignments, Course Documents, and External Links) from the Control
      Panel.
   2. Click on the Add Folder button to display the Add Folder screen, pictured
      below.




   3. Type a name for the folder in the Name field.




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   4. Scroll to the Options area of the screen, pictured below.




   5. Select the appropriate options for the folder.

       Note: The default date is always the date and time the folder is created.
       You can also use the Calendar button next to the field to select a date if
       that is easier than using the drop down boxes.
   6. Click on the Submit button to create the folder
   7. Click on the name of the folder to open it.

Hiding Items and Folders
In Blackboard, you have the option of hiding items and folders from students. You may
want to do this for information that you are still working on or to control the timing of
student access to information.

Follow the directions below to hide an item:
   1. Follow steps 1-3 above.
   2. Scroll down to the Options section of the page (step #2), pictured below.




   3. Click in the No field to mark the item as available.

       Note: Another option is to select the date on which you want the item to display
       and the date on which the item will no longer display in the Date Restrictions
       field.
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Creating Assignments
The next area to work in is the Assignments section. At a minimum, you will want to
provide a list of assignments including reading assignments, homework, and tests for
your students. It is also useful to include lecture topics and other class activities for
students. The Course Documents section generally contains items you pass out to
students and Assignments contains those items you expect students to turn in.

Most of this information is contained in the Syllabus Guide for the class, which is
available from the Baker College Faculty Web Site along with the Syllabus and Course
Outcome files accessed earlier. The Syllabus Guide is written for instructors and is never
given to students in any form. You can use this guide to create your own outline.


Adding Course Documents
In addition to the core information you have published in Blackboard so far, you may
have other materials that you want to make available to your students such as handouts,
lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations, data files, solution sets, reference materials, and
other electronic resources. Handouts and materials related to assignments, such as a
handout describing a term paper, should be stored in the Assignments area. All other
materials can be stored in Course Documents.

You may find useful resources in the Supporting Resources of the Faculty Web Site.
Publishers may also provide supplemental resources with the textbook that you can use,
in addition to materials that you develop yourself. Remember to verify that the materials
you place on the Blackboard site do not violate the publisher’s copyright restrictions.

When publishing files this way, it is a good idea to provide a brief description of what the
item is in the item text box as a reference for the students. The example below
documents the steps involved in publishing an item.

External Links
External links are links to Internet web sites related to the class. You can create links to
the web site for the textbook, sites referred to in the text, a professional society, useful
reference or supporting materials, and virtual fieldtrips.

To create an External Link you need the URL of the link. URL stands for Uniform
Resource Locater and is the unique address of a web page. To find a URL, go to the web
page, select, and copy the information that starts with "http://". While working in
Blackboard, you may want to open a second window (using the CTRL + N keys on the
keyboard) so that you can go to a site to copy the URL address and easily paste it into
Blackboard. Select the address in the address box and choose Edit, Copy. You can move
between the two browser windows using ALT-TAB on your keyboard or by using the
Taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
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Adding External Links
  1. Choose External Links from the Content Areas of the Control Panel to
     display the External Links page, pictured below.




  2. Click on the External Link button to display the Add External Link page,
     pictured below:




  3. Enter a name for the link in the Name field.
  4. Type or paste the address of the resource in the URL field.

       Note: You must have the full URL, including the http://. URL stands for
       Universal Resource Locator. It is the address of the page on the World
       Wide Web.
  5. Provide a brief but descriptive comment for the item in the Description
     field.



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   6. Scroll to the Content portion of the screen, pictured below.




   7. Attach any files, if necessary, from either your VHD or your computer or
      USB drive.
   8. Scroll to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




   9. Set any appropriate options.

       Note: We recommend that you have your link open in a new window. This
       way the student can have both the new website and Bb open at once. In
       addition, this prevents the student from accidentally closing out of Bb
       when they close the website.
   10. Click on Submit at the bottom of the page.
   11. Click OK on the Success page.

Managing the Display Order
In the Syllabus, Assignments, Course Documents, Staff Information, and External Links
areas of Blackboard, you have some options for managing the organization of this
information.

Some items are loaded into your Blackboard classroom automatically, in the External
links folder and the Course Documents folder. You can change the order of not only these
items, but also items that you add to your Blackboard virtual classroom.




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Changing the Display Order

  1. Verify that you are in Edit View as pictured below.




       Note: In this example, we will move the CNN item to the top

  2. Click on the drop down arrow next to the item you wish to move.
  3. Click on the number in the list that corresponds to the new location. The item will
     move and the screen will refresh as pictured below.




Removing Items
  Note: Use the Remove button if you attached the wrong file or otherwise
  want to remove an item you added to your Blackboard classroom. There is no
  Undo feature, so once you remove an item, the only way to get it back is to go
  through the process to add a new item, so please verify you have selected the
  correct item before you click on the Remove button.




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   Follow the steps below to remove an item from Blackboard:
   1. Click on the Remove button to the right of the item name to select the
      item and display the confirmation dialog box, pictured below.




   2. Click OK to remove the selected item.

Discussion Boards
The discussion board is where the main portion of the community building takes place in
the Blackboard system. It is where students will begin to connect with one another
through their postings (called threads) and where you, as the instructor, can clarify or add
additional points that you covered in class. According to
http://www.laspositascollege.edu/PDC/tutorials/teaching_resources/facilitating.pdf,
student postings have the following benefits:

       Better grammar and spelling due to the greater amount of time available to the
        student for their response
       Student’s efforts increase since they are writing something that will be seen by
        the entire class and not just the instructor
       Continuity of thought is present, which often makes for a better posting
       Reluctant students often thrive in this environment, particularly if they are
        hesitant to speak up in class

The Discussion Board function in Blackboard consists of forums. Each forum contains
threads, and each thread includes messages and responses to those messages. Only you
can create new forums. Both students and instructors create threads, messages, and
responses. As the instructor, you are responsible for the content of the discussion board.

The discussion board can be useful even if it you do not use it as a formal part of the
class, as students can exchange information and share experiences informally outside of
class. Students will expect the instructor to follow online discussions, so the instructor
should not create discussion forums unless he or she is willing and able to participate on
at least a weekly basis, if not more frequently. Baker College strongly suggests the use of
Discussion Forums in all web-enhanced classes to maximize the
cooperative/collaborative learning that is inherent in the use of the Blackboard
application.


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Scott Vigallon from Las Positas College offers these tips for successful discussions:

   1. Create objectives for your discussion prior to posting it for students. Knowing
      your objective will help you guide students in the direction you want them to
      head,
   2. Begin with a good discussion question or two to get students started.
   3. Be prepared to jump in with clarifying remarks or redirect students if necessary.
   4. Let students know what you expect of them in a posting (number of sentences,
      references. You might even want to provide examples of good vs. bad postings
      for reference).
   5. Provide good starter materials for the discussion from the readings or using the
      External Links. You can also require students to find their own links and post
      them in the board for others.
   6. Periodically give discussion summaries (or assign a student to do so).
   7. Give regular and specific feedback on posts that need them (but stay away from
      the generic ―Good job‖). Ask more questions to elicit more discussion.
   8. Praise publicly, criticize privately (in an email).
   9. Encourage students to answer each other’s questions or to take on the facilitator
      role occasionally.

Some hints above taken from:
http://www.laspositascollege.edu/PDC/tutorials/teaching_resources/facilitating.pdf.

Creating Discussion Forums (Instructors Only)
   1. Click the Discussion Board button in the Course Tools area of the Control
      Panel to display the Discussion Board page, pictured below.




       Note: You an also access the Discussion Board directly from the toolbar
       on the left hand side of the Blackboard screen.




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  2. Click on the Add Forum button to display the Add Forum page, pictured
     below.




  3. Click in the Title field and enter a title for the forum.
  4. Click in the Description field and enter a description for the forum.

       Note: The description will help students know what you expect them to do
       in the Discussion forum.
  5. Scroll to the Forum Settings portion of the screen, pictured below.




  6. Select the settings you wish for the forum.

       Note: Be sure to leave the checkmark in the Allow new threads field so
       that students can create their own threads. You can decide whether you
       want your students to be able to remove or edit their own posts.

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   7. Click on the Submit button.

Creating New Threads (Instructors and Students)
Blackboard defines a discussion thread as the ongoing student/instructor contribution to
the online discussion topic. However many people are confused as to what exactly a
discussion thread is and how it fits into the Discussion board?

Starting from the beginning, you, as the instructor have to create a Discussion Forum
(DF) so that you and the students have a place to talk. This is where every student can go
to talk to each other and to you. Your conversations inside this DF are similar to your
conversations in the classroom. You may ask questions for students to respond to called
discussion questions (DQs) or post comments about class activities for students to read
and consider.

Going a little deeper, let us break the actual conversation apart. A thread is a piece of an
online conversation that you have with your students or that they have with their
classmates. One person begins the thread by clicking on the Add New Thread button at
the top of the Discussion Forum. You fill out the message form (similar to an email
message) and submit your message. Everyone reads the thread you wrote and anyone can
choose to respond by clicking on the Reply button in the lower right hand corner of the
message. Any responses to the original thread display under the thread heading.
Responses are indented slightly so that everyone can quickly determine the main thoughts
(threads) in the classroom discussion. Therefore, in essence, a thread is just a comment
that you make in written form in the Blackboard classroom.

A threaded discussion is just that. It is an ongoing discussion, started with one thread and
continuing with several responses. You can always determine the original thread because
it displays at the top of the discussion and all of the responses have the RE: designator in
front of the subject portion. These discussions can become quite lengthy and complex or
be short and to the point.

One important tip for effective use of the Discussion Board is that you should always
start a new thread when you have a new thought that is unrelated to the previous thread.
If you are responding to something in a previous thread, by all means, post your comment
as a response. However, if you have a thought that is off the current topic of discussion,
begin a new thread for discussion. This way, it is easier to determine that there are five
main topics of discussion, each with their own discussion thread, rather than one long,
generalized topic. It is like the Table of Contents in a book. When you look at the DF,
you can tell immediately what people are talking about because the main thoughts are
separated as threads. Otherwise, you may have to read 15 or 20 responses to find another
main point.




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Follow the steps below to create a new thread:
   1. Click the Discussion Board button or link on the toolbar on the left side
      of the screen unless it is already showing.
   2. Open the discussion forum by clicking on the forum name.
   3. Click on the Add New Thread button to display the Create New screen,
      pictured below.




   4. Click in the Subject field and enter a subject for the thread.
   5. Click in the Message field and enter the text of your message, formatting
      as appropriate.
   6. Click on the Browse button to locate any attachments you wish to add to
      the message, if you selected that option in the forum settings.
   7. Click on the Submit button to post the message and return to the
      Discussion Board.
It is a good idea to post the first thread in your class, as students may be reluctant
to begin the discussion. The first thread can be something as simple as another
welcome to class and an explanation of how to use the discussion board.
Remember, you (as the instructor) set the tone for the discussion board. If
necessary, you may want to post a message reminding your students about good
discussion board etiquette and the importance of reviewing a message before
posting. A good site to use for this purpose is http://www.albion.com/netiquette/.




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Performance Dashboard
Instructors can use the Performance Dashboard to track each student’s progress and
activity in a course. Instructors can use the dashboard to see the date and time of the
student’s last login and the number of days since the student last logged into Blackboard.
If the instructor has enabled the Review Status option then the number of items that the
student has reviewed displays on the Dashboard also. The Adaptive Release feature is
also available on this screen as are student grades.

Note: More information on Review Status and Adaptive Release and can be found in the
Intermediate Blackboard manual.

Viewing the Performance Dashboard
To view the Performance Dashboard, follow the steps below:

1. Click on the Control Panel link on the Course Menu.
2. Click on the Performance Dashboard link in the Assessments panel to display the
   dashboard, pictured below.




3. Click OK to return to the Control panel.




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Blackboard Gradebook
The Blackboard gradebook is a simple spreadsheet for tracking grades. It allows the
students secure access to view their grades as well as providing the instructor with totals
for each student. At the end of the quarter, you will want to export a copy of the
gradebook for your class records. You may need to turn a copy of your gradebook in with
your final grades; be sure to check with your Dean to learn your campus’ policy.

Gradebook Legend
Students will often be confused about items they see in the gradebook, particularly if
other instructors did not make extensive use of the gradebook in previous classes. The
Assignments link allows students to submit assignments electronically to the instructor
and will display some of the items listed below in the gradebook. You may want to have
a discussion with your students if you make use of the Gradebook for Assignments or
Quizzes so that you do not have to repeatedly answer the same student questions about
why a particular item is showing up in the gradebook.

Students can see one of the following items in the gradebook:

                   Item                                        Description
                                              The student is in process of submitting an
                                              assignment. Occasionally this appears if
                                              the student has made a mistake in
                                              submitting an assignment and the
                                              assignment feature becomes locked. In this
                                              case, the instructor would need to clear the
                                              assignment so that the student can resubmit
                                              it.
                                              The student has not yet submitted an
                                              assignment.
                                              The student has submitted an assignment
                                              (either using the Assignment link) or a test
                                              or quiz that the instructor must review and
                                              score.
                                              The student has completed the assignment.
                                              This only displays when the assignment is
                                              of a Complete/Incomplete type and the
                                              instructor has assigned a score from 0-?
                                              Displays if an item is no longer available




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Gradebook Display Methods
You have several options for how you display your grades in Blackboard. Most students
understand the points method the best but there are others, including:

                 Item                                        Description
Complete/Incomplete                         Displays a checkmark for completed items
                                            or a – for items that are incomplete.

                                            Note: If you put a 0 as the score, a
                                            checkmark displays, so if the item is not
                                            complete, leave this blank.
Letter                                      Displays a letter grade consistent with the
                                            grading scale in Blackboard. This scale can
                                            be changed for those programs that use a
                                            different grading scale.
Percentage                                  Displays a percentage based on the number
                                            correct and the points available for that
                                            assignment.
Score                                       Displays the points received for the item.
Text                                        Displays a field where you can type text
                                            (similar to a text field in Access).



Creating a Gradebook Item
   1. Select the Gradebook from the Assessment section of the Control Panel to
      display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet page, pictured below.




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  2. Click on the Add Item button to display the Add/Modify Gradebook Item screen,
     pictured below.




  3. Click in the Item Name field and enter a name for the gradebook item.
  4. Click on the drop-down arrow in the Category field and select the appropriate
     category for the item from the list shown below.




  5. Enter a description for the item in the Description field, if necessary.
  6. Click in the Points Possible field and enter the points available for this item.



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   7. Select the display method from the available options in the Display field, as
      pictured below.




   8. Scroll to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




   9. Select the appropriate options for the item.

       Note: Be sure that you include the item in the calculations if you intend to count it
       as part of the student’s final score.
   10. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page to add the item to the
       gradebook.
   11. Repeat steps 2-10 for each item you want to add to your gradebook.
There are some items, such as a midterm grade, that you can add to the gradebook that
you do not calculate in the final grade. You can display these items in your gradebook but
they have no bearing on the final outcome.
You can also use this method to add a column that allows you to drop a student’s test
score. For more on this method, see Appendix C at the back of this manual.




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Creating Assignments Using the Assignments Link
  1. Click on the Control Panel link to display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Assignments link to display the Assignments page, pictured below.




  3. Click on the drop-down arrow on the right side of the toolbar to display the list of
     available items.
  4. Click on the Assignment option.
  5. Click on the Go button to display the Add Assignment page, pictured below.




  6. Click in the Name field and enter a name for the assignment.
  7. Click in the Points Possible field and enter the number of points available for this
     assignment.
  8. Click in the Instructions field and enter the instructions for completing the
     Assignment.

       Note: Remember to add a due date here as well.




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  9. Scroll down to the Assignment Files portion of the screen, pictured below.




  10. Click on the Browse button to attach a file to this assignment, if necessary.

       Note: Normally you can distribute any files for assignments through Course
       Documents.
  11. Scroll down to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




  12. Select the appropriate options for the assignment.

       Note: The number of views tracks all views, so if the same student views the
       assignment four times, it will count all 4 times as separate views. It does not count
       by student. You can use the Performance Dashboard and Review Status to see if a
       student has viewed an assignment. See the Intermediate Manual for more
       information.
  13. Click on the Submit button to submit your assignment.
  14. Click OK to accept your changes and return to the Assignments folder where you
      will see the assignment listed as pictured below.




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Student View of Assignments
At this point, students can go into the Course Content area and see the assignment. When
they click on the View/Complete link, they see the screen pictured below.




Students must add some type of comment to the assignment file and then use the Browse
button to locate and attach the file they have created to complete the assignment. They
can attach a file they have stored on their computer or USB drive using the Attach local
file field or they can attach a file they have stored in their VHD using the Copy file from
Content Collection option.

Note: They do have the ability to add more than one file to the assignment using the Add
Another File button, so if you want a single file submitted to you, make sure you tell
students that in your directions to them.
If you do not tell students to do their work in a separate application like Word and attach
it, many students will simply type in the Comments field and this can be difficult for you
to read. They have no way to format this into paragraphs. When you see it, it is one large
paragraph, so for written work, it is always best to specify that you want the work done in
another application and then attached to Bb using one of the two options mentioned
above.




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When they have finished adding the necessary file(s), they can click on the Submit
button to submit the file to you. They also have the Save option, which allows them to
save his/her work but not submit it to you. These options are pictured below.




If they attempt to submit a file more than once, they will see the Assignment Already
Completed screen pictured below, advising them that the work was already submitted and
giving them the option to check their grade.




When the student clicks OK, they see the Review Assignment screen, pictured below.
This screen provides them with information about their results on the assignment as well
any comments from you. In addition, this provides you with the opportunity to return a
file to the student without having to send an email.




Instructor View of Assignments
After your students complete the assignment and submit it to you, you need to go directly
to the Gradebook to download the file and enter grades. You can easily determine which
students have completed the assignment because they will have an exclamation point as
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Downloading a Single Assignment
Follow the steps below to download and grade student assignments from the Gradebook:
   1. Click on the Control Panel link to display the Control Panel
   2. Click on the Gradebook link to display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet,
      pictured below.




   3. Click on the exclamation point for the item you want to grade to display the
      Modify Grade screen, pictured below.




   4. Click on the View button to display the Grade Assignment screen, pictured below.




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  5. Click on file name in the Student’s Files field to open the student’s work in a
     separate window.
  6. Review the student’s assignment.
  7. Scroll down to the Feedback to Student section, pictured below.




  8. Enter the appropriate grade in the Grade field.
  9. Enter any feedback you have for the student in the Comments field. Students will
     see this feedback when they view their grade.
  10. Attach any necessary files, either from a local machine or from the Content
      Management System using the Browse feature.

       Note: You can download the student’s assignment to the application (such as
       Word) and make comments directly in the file, then send the file back to the
       student for review or rework. Be sure to either use the Tracking feature (in the
       Microsoft Word) or use Comments in Excel. You might also just change the font
       color when you make comments, just to differentiate your notes from the
       student’s work.
  11. Scroll down to the Instructor Notes section, pictured below.




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   12. Attach any necessary files, either from a local machine or from the Content
       Management System using the Browse feature.

       Note: These are strictly for your purposes. Students never see the Instructor
       Notes.
   13. Click on the Submit button to return to the Grade Assignment screen.
   14. Click OK.
   15. Click on the Submit button to submit the final grade and return to the Gradebook.
   16. Click OK.

Note: You can use the Clear Attempt to clear the student’s assignment. Normally, you
would use this option if the student clicked on the Submit button to submit a test before
they completed it or if their system did not allow them to complete a test.
Downloading Multiple Assignments
A faster method than downloading and grading single assignments is to download all of
the assignments at once and then to have a separate Blackboard screen open where you
can record the scores and individual student feedback.

Follow the directions below to download multiple student assignments:

   1. Display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet.
   2. Click on the title of the assignment to display the Item Options screen, pictured
      below.




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  3. Click on the Item Download link to display the Download Assignment screen,
     pictured below.




  4. Select the student or students for which you want to download assignments by
     clicking to the left of the student name. You can tell which students you still need
     to provide grades for by looking in the Grade column.

       Note: If you want to select all of the students, use the Check All option located at
       the top of the left-hand column.
  5. Click on the Submit button to display the Download Assignments screen, pictured
     below.




  6. Click on the link to display the File Download dialog box, pictured below.




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   7. Click on the Open button to display the files in a Windows Explorer temporary
      folder where the files are shown for grading.

       Note: The comments each student added will be in a TXT file and the actual
       assignment will be in whatever application you assigned. You may want to sort by
       file type to make your grading easier.
As you read each file, your computer system will likely ask if you if you want to save the
file. Normally you can answer no to this question and the file will return to the temporary
folder that you can close when you finish grading.
Removing Student Files from the Assignment Link
After grading the files, you have the option of manually remove them from your
Assignment Drop Box. You do not have to remove student files if you do not want to, but
it is an option if you wish.
Follow the steps below to empty the Assignment Drop Box:
   1. Display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet.
   2. Click on the title of the assignment to display the Item Options screen.
   3. Click on the Item File Clean Up link to display the Remove Assignment Files
      screen, pictured below.




   4. Click to the left of the student files you want to delete.

       Note: You can select more than one file at a time or use one of the Check All
       options located at the top of the screen. If you make a mistake, use the Uncheck
       All option to start over.
   5. Click on the Delete button to display the confirmation dialog box, pictured below.




  6. Click OK to delete the selected files and display the receipt acknowledgment
     screen, pictured below.
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   7. Click OK to return to the Item Options screen.

Entering or Modifying Student Grades
As with downloading assignments, you can enter or modify student grades one cell at a
time or in a list. The examples below will demonstrate both methods.

Entering/Modifying Multiple Student Grades
   1. Display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet.
   2. Click on the title of the assignment to display the Item Options screen.
   3. Click on the Item Grade List link to display the View Item Grades screen,
      pictured below.




   4. Click in the Grade column for the first student.
   5. Enter the grade.
   6. Press the Tab key to move to the next student.

       Note: Press Tab to skip students and stay on the same page.
   7. Click Submit at the bottom of the page to post the grades when you have entered
      all of the grades for the item.
   8. Click OK to acknowledge that you updated the Gradebook, as pictured below.




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   9. Click OK to return to the Gradebook View Spreadsheet.

       Note: When you enter grades in this manner, the Last Submitted/Modified date
       will be the same for ALL of the grades, even the ones you did not change. If you
       want this date/time to be accurate, then you must enter the grades individually as
       shown below.
Entering/Modifying Individual Student Grades
   1. Display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet.
   2. Click in the cell for the student and assignment that you want to grade to display
      the Modify Grade screen, pictured below.




   3. Click in the Grade column.
   4. Enter the grade for the student
   5. Click on the Submit button.
   6. Click on the OK button.
Downloading the Gradebook to Excel
You can export your grades to Excel so that you can print the grades to turn in with your
grade sheet. You can also manipulate the gradebook, once it is in Excel, to improve its
appearance or perform calculations that are more sophisticated. This option also allows
for better printing of the gradebook since printing directly from Blackboard only prints
the first screen.

Note: As your Blackboard Gradebook is stored on a server, occasionally you may
experience some technical problems. Be sure to maintain your Blackboard Gradebook
off-line as well. You can do this by simply downloading the Gradebook to a comma
separated values (csv) file periodically so you are prepared in case the system is
unavailable. You can easily save your file to an Excel file from a .csv by changing the
file type in the Save As portion of the dialog box.




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Follow the steps below to download the gradebook:

   1. Display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet.
   2. Click on the Download Grades button on the toolbar to display the Download
      Gradebook screen, pictured below.




   3. Click in the Comma radio button to create a comma separated values file.
   4. Click on the Submit button to display the Download Gradebook screen, pictured
      below.




   5. Click on the Download button to begin the download process and open the File
      Download dialog box, pictured below.




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  6. Click on the Save button to save the file in a separate location.
  7. Navigate to the new location for the gradebook.
  8. Click in the File name text box and rename the file with the name of the class and
     the quarter and year (i.e. COL 111W05) so that you can easily find it later.
  9. Click on the Save button to save the gradebook and return to Blackboard.
  10. Click OK to return to the Gradebook Spreadsheet View page.




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Appendix A: Changing Your Password
Your initial password will be difficult to remember, so you will want to change it to
something that you can remember. To change your password, follow these steps:

   1. Type http://www.baker.edu in the web browser’s address line to display the
      Blackboard homepage, pictured below.




   2. Click on the SOLAR System button to display the Solar System screen, pictured
      below.




   3. Type the ID you received from the Help Desk in User ID field.
     Note: You could also enter your UIN number from your Access ID card or your
     Social Security number. You only need to complete one of the top three fields of
     this form.
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  4. Press the Tab button until you reach the Password text box.
  5. Type the password you received from the Help Desk into the Password field.
       Note: Remember, the password is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as
       the Help Desk provided it to you.
  6. Press the Enter button to log into the SOLAR System homepage, pictured below.




  7. Click on the Change Password link on the left side of the screen to display the
     Change Password screen, pictured below.




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  8. Type a password in the top Password field.
  9. Press Tab to move to the next field.
  10. Re-type the password you just typed.
  11. Press Tab to move to the hint field.
  12. Type a hint that will help you remember your password.

       Note: Add the number from your password to your hint. Most people will
       remember the text portion of their password but not the number.
  13. Click on the Submit button to submit your password change to the system.

       Note: You will see the verification screen, pictured below, to confirm that your
       password change was successful.




  14. Click on the Account Information link on the left side of the page to verify your
      information.

       Note: Pay attention to the email address listed. You have a Baker email address,
       but it may not be the address at which you receive your Baker email, so verify
       that the Preferred Email address field is accurate.




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Appendix B: Forwarding Email
Blackboard will use your Baker College email address when students click on the Send
Email link. While there is no way to override this setting, you can set-up email
forwarding in the Baker email system so that messages will automatically go to any
address you specify.

To set-up email forwarding, follow these steps:

   1. Type http://email.baker.edu in your browser’s address line to display the Email
      homepage, pictured on the next page.




   2. Login to your Baker email, using the same login and password you used for
      Blackboard.




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   3. Click on the Options link on the left side of the screen to display the Options:
      Access Control screen, pictured below.




   4. Click on the Forwarding link to display the Options: Forwarding screen,
      pictured below.




   5. Type the email address where you want to receive your Baker email in the
      Forward to text box.
   6. Click in the checkbox if you want to keep a copy of each forwarded message in
      your Baker email account.
   7. Click on the Start button to begin forwarding your Baker email to the address you
      specified.
   8. Click on the Logout button to log out of Baker email



Notice that on the right side of the screen, you have two buttons to change your profile.
Using the Modify button allows you to change your existing profile, and the Remove
button removes the profile from the Blackboard system. You can always go back and add
your profile later.

Note: You should always maintain a profile with a contact phone number and your office
hours clearly posted.



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Appendix C: Dropping the Lowest Test
Score
If you are using, the Blackboard gradebook and you drop a grade (lowest, lowest &
highest) of a particular type (e.g., quiz, test, homework), here is a trick to help you do that
with the built-in gradebook.
           1. Make all quizzes (tests, homework) worth 0 points. This allows the
              students to see their grade on the quiz, but it will not average into their
              final grade.
           2. Add another column called Quiz Total that does count in the final grade.
           3. Add the scores that count and place the total into this new column.
Your students will see their actual quiz grades and the correctly calculated average at the
end of the term with the appropriate grades dropped.




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Appendix D: Calculating Extra Credit
If you are using the Blackboard gradebook and you want to calculate extra credit, here is
a trick to help you do that with the built-in gradebook.
Set up your Extra Credit gradebook item as explained below.

       1. Select the Gradebook from the Assessment section of the Control Panel to
          display the Gradebook View Spreadsheet page.

       2. Click on the Add Item button to display the Add/Modify Gradebook Item
          screen, pictured below.

       3. Click in the Item Name field and enter a name for the gradebook item.

       4. Click on the drop-down arrow in the Category field and select the appropriate
          category for the item.

       5. Enter a description for the item in the Description field, if necessary.

       6. Click in the Points Possible field and enter a zero (0).

       7. Select the display method from the available options in the Display field.

       8. Scroll to the Options portion of the screen, pictured below.




       9. Select the appropriate options for the item.

           Note: As you intend to count the extra credit as part of the student’s final
           score, be sure that you include the item in the calculations.

       10. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page to add the item to the
           gradebook.




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Appendix E: Changing the Display of the
Text Box Editor
If you wish not to use the WYSIWYG editor, you can turn it off, but then you will have
to manually type in the HTML codes when you want to use them. Unless you are an
experience HTML writer, it would probably be easier just to leave the WYSIWYG editor
on and use the tools available to you there. However if you wish to turn the text box
editor off, follow the directions below:

   1. Click on the Baker College tab to see the Tools menu, displayed below.




   2. Click on the Personal Information link in the Tools menu to display the
      Personal Information screen, displayed below.




   3. Click on the Set Text Box Editor Options link to display the Set Text Box Editor
      Options screen, displayed below.




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  4. Click on the Unavailable option to make the Text Box editor unavailable.

  5. Click on the Submit button to finish.

  6. Click OK to finish. Your new Text box editor will look like the picture displayed
     below.




       Note: Displaying the editor: If you do not see the WYSIWYG editor, you will see
       a small, downward-pointing arrow on the left side of the box. If you click it, the
       editor will display.




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Appendix F: Publishing Assignments as
Text
Occasionally you may want to add information into Bb that is not contained as a separate
document. This way, students can see it without having to click on the link as they do
with an attachment.

To do this, you will want to create this document using Microsoft Word and either copy
and paste it into Blackboard. Remember to use ALT-TAB to switch to Word or to look
for the Internet Explorer icon on your taskbar to get back to Bb.

Follow the directions below to post a document as text:
   1. Create and save the document in Microsoft Word.
   2. Click once at the beginning of the text to select the text you want to copy
      into Blackboard.
   3. Hold down the SHIFT key
   4. Click again at the end of the text to select all of the text.
   5. Choose Edit, Copy from the menu at the top of the Microsoft Word
      screen.
   6. Click on Blackboard on your Taskbar to display your Blackboard screen.
   7. Click on the Control Panel link to display the Control Panel.
   8. Choose Assignments from the Content Areas of the Control Panel.
   9. Click on the Add Item button to display Add Item screen.
   10. Enter an appropriate name in the Name field.
   11. Click in the Text field.
   12. Select Edit, Paste from the menu at the top of the Blackboard screen to
       paste the information from Word into the Blackboard system.
   13. Click on the Submit at the bottom of the page.
   14. Click OK on the Success page.




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References
Chickering, A. W. and S. C. Ehrmann (1996) Implementing the Seven Principles:
Technology as Lever. Retrieved January 10, 2006 from
http://www.tltgroup.org/programs/seven.html.




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