Blackboard for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0471798320

ISBN-13: 9780471798323

Edition: 2006

Authors: Howie Southworth, Kemal Cakici, Yianna Vovides, Susan Zvacek

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More and more schools, colleges, universities and business organizations - and even government training agencies - are taking their classes online. Blackboard is the leading platform for managing online classes, but surprisingly, there are no books telling instructors how to use it. Most places have a general hands-on introductory online course for new faculty that says, here is Blackboard, here is our course template, here are "best practices" in teaching online, here is what we expect from you, here are our policies and procedures, here's the link to library services, now go get a ready to start. And it usually takes place over 5-6 weeks, leaving faculty somewhat bewildered and overloaded with information. Blackboard provides an online manual with each classroom, and instructors have access to it, but it's not especially teacher-friendly. This book is intended to tell potential and current instructors, OK, you've been told to take your class online with Blackboard, now what? Here's what you need to know to get it online successfully. The book is organized to follow the order of concerns that an instructor would be likely to have, and then in the order in which the instructor would begin using the features. It is specific, detailed, with step-by-step examples to the common issues facing all teachers using Blackboard to set up a classroom. The book also discusses using Blackboard as an adjunct to a face-to-face classes. When learning theory or instructional design theory is presented, it is in the context of "best practices" with applications, rather than as theoretical discussion. Readers will be able to go from class notes to developing a ready-to-go online class, and then on to actually running the class successfully.
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232

Michael Simonsonis a program professor at Nova Southeastern University in the Instructional Technology and Distance Education program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Instructional Systems. He works with schools, organizations, and corporations to assist them to integrate instructional technology and distance education into teaching and training, and on the development of virtual schools. Simonson has authored four major textbooks dealing with distance education, instructional technology, instructional computing, and instructional media. Mike has over 150 scholarly publications, and in excess of 200 professional presentations dealing with distance education and instructional technology. Simonson has considerable experience working with domestic and international businesses and industries, especially on projects related to instructional technology, virtual schools, and distance education. Technology planning, distance education/virtual school policy development and effective design of online instruction are current projects. He is editor of theQuarterly Review of Distance Education,Distance LearningJournal, andProceedings of Selected Research and Development Paperspresented at the Annual Conventions of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. He has won the award for most outstanding research in the field of distance education presented by the United States Distance Learning Association. Most recently he has been an external evaluator South Dakotarsquo;sConnecting the SchoolsandDigital Dakota Networkprojects, and is a consultant for the U.S. Army Research Institute. Simonson was honorably discharged as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps (R).

Who Should Buy This Book?
Foolish Assumptions
What's in This Book?
Conventions Used in This Book
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
What's Blackboard All About?
Your First Look at Blackboard
Logging In to Blackboard
Navigating Your Way Around Blackboard
Traversing the course Control Panel
Comparing Edit view and Display view
The Course-Development Process
A Quick-Start Guide: Get on the Fast Track with the Fab Four
Post your syllabus
Give online assignments
Set up your Gradebook
Start discussion topics
The bridge
Starting a Brand-New Course
Facilitating a Course
Ending the Party: Life in the After-Course
Easing into Blackboard
Got Learners? (Getting People into Your Course)
Managing Learner Accounts
Enrolling Users
"Who's in My Course?"
Deciding on a User's Role
Removing Users
Managing Groups
Adding users to a group
Listing users in a group
Removing users from a group
Making the Course Your Own
Managing the Course Menu
Choosing menu items
Customizing the look and feel of your course menu
Managing the Blackboard Tools
Surfing the sea of tools
Opting in or out of Blackboard tools
Choosing what the learner gets
Building Your Class Materials
Managing Content in a Content Area
Creating content in the Visual Text Box Editor
Adding content created elsewhere
Editing with ease by using the Display view and Edit view
Adding World Wide Web links
Organizing your content
Moving, copying, modifying, and deleting items
Determining Content Availability
All content, all the time
Timing the release of content
Exploring Adaptive Release of Content
Connecting with Learners
Distinguishing Communication Types
Communicating Nonverbally Online
Making Announcements
Giving Out Your Contact Information
Posting your profile
Adding and managing multiple profiles
Conducting Online Asynchronous Discussions
Setting up discussion forums
Posting and replying to threads
Collecting, locking, and removing threads
Archiving old discussions
Chatting with Learners
Joining and adding collaboration sessions
The Virtual Classroom
Collaboration session
Sending E-Mail
Sending e-mail by using the All options
Sending e-mail by using the Single and Select options
Delivering Messages (No, Not E-Mail!)
Creating messages
Viewing and managing messages
Earning Your Blackboard Black Belt
Getting the Most from Blackboard
Staying on Track with the Course Calendar
Assigning Tasks
Doling out the work
Ensuring learner progress
Collecting Files with the Digital Dropbox
Adding and sending files
Removing a file
Using Glossary Manager
Entering terms
Uploading Glossary terms
Downloading the Glossary
Assessing Learner Progress
Creating and Deploying Tests
Establishing the test framework and its settings
Understanding common elements in test questions
Taking a Look at Question Types
Calculated formula
Calculated numeric
Either/Or or True/False
Essay or short answer
File response
Fill in multiple blanks
Fill in the blank
Hot spot
Jumbled sentence
Multiple answer or multiple choice
Opinion scale or Likert
Quiz Bowl
Using questions from a pool or another test
Using questions from a text file
Making changes to questions and the question display order
Using the Pool Manager
Sharing test questions among your Blackboard courses
Using Tests in Blackboard
Deploying a test
Viewing test results
Removing a test
Ensuring test security
Creating and Using Surveys
Deploying a survey
Viewing survey results
Clearing a learner's survey attempt
Removing a survey
Discovering the Joys of the Assignment Manager
Creating assignments
Providing feedback to learners
Downloading assignments in bulk
Clearing a learner's assignment in the Gradebook
Using Other Blackboard Tools for Assessment Purposes
Chat assessments
Learner group work
Course Implementation
Managing Your Gradebook
Creating graded items
Managing items
Making your Gradebook settings
Determining whether you're "weighting" too long
Downloading and uploading grades
Entering grades manually
Sorting and filtering
Viewing the Gradebook differently
Taking Advantage of the Performance Dashboard
Using Course Statistics
Filtering Course Statistics
Choosing your reports
Using the Course Statistics information
Tracking Views
Discovering tracking information
Sharing tracking info with learners
Course Management
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling Your Course
Copying a Course, Copying a Course
Copying into a new course
Copying into an existing course
Making an exact copy
Exporting and Importing the Goods
Exporting a course
Importing a package
Creating an Archive
The Part of Tens
Ten Superimportant "Think Abouts" for Building Your Course
Where Are Your Learners: At a Distance or with You?
What Are the Learning Styles of Your Learners?
What Do Learners Know about Your Content before They Arrive in Class?
What Are Your Learning Goals and Objectives?
How Is Your Course Organized?
How Accessible Are You to Your Learners?
How Do You Communicate with Learners?
How Do You Assess Your Learners?
Ten Strategies for Organizing an Outstanding Course in Blackboard
Plan, Plan, and Then Plan Some More
Get to Know Blackboard Inside and Out
Consider Learners' First Impression of Your Blackboard Course
Brainstorm about Your Course Structure
Organize It!
Create Your Course Structure
Develop Your Course
Take Your Course for a Test-Drive
Make Adjustments
Plan, Plan, and Then Plan Some More (Reprise)
Ten Ways to Keep Learners Involved by Using Blackboard Communication Features
Let Learners Practice with Communication Tools Early in the Course
Put Learners in Charge (Sort of)
Use a Rubric to Grade Discussion Forum Postings
Provide a Model "Excellent Posting"
Determine Your Presence in Discussion Forums
Use Disagreements or Conflicts As Teachable Moments
Hold Learners Accountable for Topics Discussed within Blackboard
Use the Blackboard Collaboration Tools for Online Office Hours
Ask Questions of Specific Learners During Collaboration Sessions
Remember the Rules of Online Engagement
Ten Ways to Assess Learning
Create Online Tests for Frequent Self-Assessment
Post Assignments to the Discussion Forums
Use a Virtual Classroom or Chat for "Oral Exams"
Set Up Learner Groups for Projects
Use a Rubric for Discussion Forum Postings
Have Learners Come Up with Test Questions
Use Adaptive Release to Structure Your Courses
Require Learners to Submit Assignments in Progressive Sections
Gather "Muddiest Point" or "One-Minute" Papers with Messaging or E-Mail
Collect Long-Term Reflections with Journals
Ten Questions to Ask Your Blackboard System Administrator
"How Do I Generate a Blackboard Course?"
"How Do Learners Gain Access to My Blackboard Course?"
"What's the Policy Regarding Access to My Blackboard Course?"
"How Far in Advance Will Learners Have Access to My Course?"
"How Do My Learners Change Their E-Mail Addresses in the Blackboard System?"
"How Long After the Semester Ends Will Learners Have Access to My Course?"
"Can I Use One Blackboard Course for Multiple Sections of the Same Course?"
"What Happens to My Blackboard Course at the End of the Semester?"
"Does My Blackboard Course Have a Maximum Size?"
"If I Leave This Institution, Can I Take My Blackboard Course with Me?"
Ten Things to Look Forward to in Blackboard Learning System 7.1
A Cross-Browser, Cross-Platform Visual Text Box Editor
An Extra-Credit Option in Tests
Multiple Attempts in the Gradebook
An Enhanced Discussion Board
The Availability of Discussion Board Statistics
Discussion Board Grading
Customized Feedback for Tests
Test and Survey Managers Import and Export
Submission Reports for Verification
New Language Packs
Real-Life Issues in Teaching with Technology
Who Owns Your Stuff?
Copyright Issues
Online Privacy Rights
Academic Dishonesty
An Overview of the Blackboard Content System
Managing Files and Content
Using Versioning to Keep Track of Files
Putting e-Portfolios to Good Use
Tracking Activity Progress with Workflow
Using Collaborative, Web-Enabled File Storage
Cataloging Learning Objects
Searching for Shared Files, Folders, and E-Portfolios
Gaining Library Know-How through E-Reserves
A Blackboard Course-Building Checklist
Announcements (refer to Chapter 6)
Faculty and staff information (refer to Chapter 6)
Syllabus (refer to Chapter 4)
Course content (refer to Chapter 5)
Assessment (refer to Chapter 8)
Communication (refer to Chapter 6)
Evaluation (refer to Chapter 8)
Additional Resources on the Web
Help from the Folks at Blackboard, Inc.
Course Materials from Around the Web
Good Practices for Teaching Online
Necessary Knowledge about Online Copyright Protection
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