Discussion Board – A discussion board is asynchronous communication that can facilitate course or group discussions in a Blackboard course.

Create a discussion board forum
Watch a video about creating a discussion board forum

Create a discussion board thread

How to set grading on discussion forums and threads

Rating a discussion board thread

Grading forum video tutorial

Managing discussion board roles – video

Changing discussion forum settings – video

Moderating discussion board forums – video

Virtual Classroom & Chat

commonsBlackboard Collaborate Ultra – a synchronous virtual classrrom

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a virtual synchronous classroom (aka. webinar ) system that is integrated into Blackboard. It enables tutors and students to interact and collaborate in real-time, online. It is similar to how Skype functions (for those who are familiar with Skype). In effect, a tutor can deliver a teaching session online, in which they might show a PowerPoint presentation, share their computer desktop screen, or use a virtual digital whiteboard, and have students interact with this content in real-time from remote locations. It is particularly suited to supporting distance learning.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra User Guide

Groups in Blackboard

Students in your Blackboard course can be assigned to groups. Within a group certain Blackboard tools can be enabled for the group as well as permitting access to certain content.

How to Create Groups

Create Self-Enroll Group (creates a sign-up sheet): Single/Group Set

Create Manual Enroll (no sign-up sheet): Single/Group Set

Create Group Set: Random Enroll (let Blackboard sort the group members)

How to restrict access to content by group

Creating a group – video

Creating group sets – video

Social Networking
Blackboard has built–in social media tools, namely blogs, wikis and journals.

Introduction to Blogs, Journals & Wikis in Blackboard

Blackboard Blogs – What is a Blackboard blog? Creating a Blackboard blog and the different types (course, individual & groups)

Creating a blog

Creating & editing blog entries

Blackboard Wikis

Blackboard Wikis – What is a Blackboard wiki? Creating a wiki and how to monitor student participation.

Adding rich content to a wiki – video

Editing a wiki page – video

Linking wiki pages – video

Viewing a wiki page history – video

Grading a wiki – video

Blackboard Journals

Blackboard Journals – What is a Blackboard journal?

Creating a journal – video

Creating and editing journal entries – video

Commenting on a journal entry – video

NB: Please ignore the option ‘Alignments‘ that you may come across in Blackboard Blogs, Wikis and Journals.