Blackboard™ Interactive Tools

Blackboard's integrated interactive tools give you the ability to facilitate interaction and communication with and amongst your students. Use these tools to create opportunities for self-reflection, conversation and collaboration.

To learn more about the distinction between the various interactive tools and to review examples of how each can be used, click here. PDF

Communication Tools

Announcement (single course)

To post only to the course in which you are working:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Announcements > click Create Announcement.
  2. Enter a Subject and Message > set Date Restrictions or select Not Date Restricted > check Email Announcement if desired > Submit.

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Announcement (multiple courses)

To post an announcement to multiple courses you are teaching all at once:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Announcement Cast. Enter a Subject and Message. Set Date Restrictions if necessary, or select Permanent. Check Email Announcement if desired.
  2. Check the box next to each course you would like to receive the announcement, including the course in which you are currently working.
  3. Click Submit to post the announcement to all selected courses.
Calendar

Find all important course dates in one place through Blackboard's calendar. Begin by opening the Global Navigation Menu > click the Calendar icon.

  1. Calendar Display: Adjust the calendar to display by day, week or month.
  2. Adjust Dates Displayed: Click the arrows to show previous or future dates.
  3. Events: All events within the selected date range are displayed. Click on an event to view details. Note: Any item that is assigned a due date will automatically appear in the calendar. Instructors may drag and drop items to adjust due dates for assignments and tests.
  4. List of Calendars: Each course has its own calendar, and there is also a personal calendar that allows users to create their own personal events. These calendars are color-coded. Click the arrow in the bottom right corner of a calendar name to adjust the color. Check/uncheck the box next to a calendar to show/hide it.
  5. Export Calendar: You can export the Blackboard calendar to other calendar applications such as Outlook or Google Calendar. Click Get External Calendar Link > copy the iCal URL that appears and paste it into your external calendar application to integrate the two. Dates from your Blackboard calendar will now display in your external calendar.

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Email
You can send an email to all or selected users in your course directly through Blackboard.
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Send Email.
  2. Make a selection based on who should receive the email (e.g. All Student Users).
  3. If your choice involves selecting users, click on a name in the Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to select each recipient.
  4. Enter your Subject and a Message.
  5. Optionally, select the Return Receipt box to send a copy of the message to the sender.
  6. Click Attach a file to browse for file from your computer. You can attach multiple files. After you add one file, the option to attach another file appears.
  7. Click Submit to send the email.

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Messages
You can also send Messages to all or selected users. These Messages appear only in Blackboard and are contained within each course.
  1. Go To Control Panel > Course Tools > Messages.
  2. To create a new message, click Create Message.
  3. Click To and a list of course members appears. Click on a name in the Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to select recipients. You can also select users to Cc or Bcc.
  4. Enter a Subject and Message. You can use the Text Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and Mashups.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. To read a message, open the Inbox or Sent folder by clicking on the appropriate link. Click on the title to open the message.
  7. Reply and Forward as in an email application.

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Notifications

Blackboard pushes notifications of course updates to users. The notifications dashboard is a customizable module page that displays notifications for all of a user’s courses. Note that notifications are only effective if you assign due dates to your assignments, quizzes, and tests.

  1. Access notification from the My ACC tab > click Notifications Dashboard or by expanding the Global Navigation Menu when you see a badge alerting you to new notifications.
  2. Modules include: Needs Attention (items that require your attention, such as upcoming due dates); Alerts (items that are past due); What’s New (announcements, new assignments or discussion posts, etc.); To Do (list of all items due and past due).
  3. You can also adjust notification options to create rules for emailed notifications and reminder settings.

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Discussion Boards

Discussion Board Overview

If you are not yet familiar with using discussion boards, this video will provide you with an introduction.

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Collect Posts

You can Collect posts to show only selected posts from a thread on one page.

  1. Open a forum and click on the Name of a thread.
  2. Check the box next to posts you would like to collect.
  3. Click Collect.
  4. The Collection page will open. Collected posts can be marked, sorted, tagged or replied to.
  5. To print collected posts, click Print Preview and print as normal.
  6. Click OK when done.
Deploy in Content Area

You must either deploy discussion boards to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to discussion boards for your students to access them.

  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy the discussion board.
  2. Click Add Interactive Tool > Discussion Board.
  3. Select "Link to Discussion Board Page" to create a link to all forums or "Select a Discussion Board Forum" to create a link to a specific forum (if you choose this option, select the desired forum from the list).
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a Name and optional Text for the link, and set options as appropriate.
  6. Click Submit. A link to either the discussion boards page or a specific forum is created in the Content Area.
Flag Posts
  1. To Flag a post, be in list or tree view.
  2. Click on the Name of a post to open it.
  3. Click Set Flag.
  4. Click OK.
Forums: Change Settings
  1. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the forum and select Edit.
  2. You can edit the Name and any text in the Description.
  3. Adjust Forum settings as needed.
  4. Click Submit.
Forums: Create
  1. Access the discussion board via a tool link or by going to Control Panel > Course Tools > Discussion Board.
  2. Click Create Forum.
  3. Enter a Name and optional Description.
  4. Set Availability and Forum Settings as desired.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. You must create a Tool Link to the discussion boards page or deploy discussion boards to a Content Area for students to access them.

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Forums: Grade
If you enabled the "Grade Forum" option when creating the forum, follow these steps to grade posts:
  1. Blackboard will collect all posts within the Forum for each student, allowing you to provide an overall grade for each student’s participation in the discussion.
  2. Go to the graded Forum > click Grade Discussion Forum. The Grade Forum Users page will appear, displaying a list of students.
  3. Click Grade to review a student’s posts and enter a grade.
  4. The Grade Discussion Forum page will appear. All posts the student has made in the forum are collected on this page.
  5. Click Forum Statistics to show details on the student’s forum activity (date of last post, average, minimum, and maximum post length).
  6. Enter the Grade, Feedback (shown to student), and/or Notes (private to instructor).
  7. Click Submit when grade has been entered.
  8. Click OK to return to the Grade Forum Users page. Click Grade again to edit the grade or comments.

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Forums: Moderate
If you selected "Force Moderation of Posts" when creating a Forum, follow these steps to moderate posts:
  1. Click on the Name of the moderated forum and click Moderate Forum.
  2. Click Moderate to the right of the user name to open the Moderate Post page.
  3. Select Publish or Return. Note: Posts marked Return will not be available for users to view. If a posting is returned, enter the explanation in the text box. The original poster can access instructor feedback on a returned post in tree view.
Rate Posts

If you selected "Allow Members to Rate Posts" when creating a Forum, follow these steps to rate posts:

  1. Open a forum and click on the Name of a post to view it.
  2. Look for the Your Rating: stars.
  3. Select the number of stars appropriate to the rating you want to give.
  4. Click Submit.
Search Posts
  1. Go to a forum or thread and click Search.
  2. Enter search criteria and click Go.
  3. The Search Results page displays all posts matching your criteria.
Subscribe to Forums/Threads

Selecting this option enables a subscribe button in the forum or thread that allows users to choose whether or not they want email notifications of new postings.

  1. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the Forum or Thread for which you would like to enable subscriptions and select Edit.
  2. Select "Allow members to subscribe to forum" to enable notifications for each new post in the forum; or select "Allow members to subscribe to threads" to enable notifications for each new post in a particular thread.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. A subscribe button now appears at the top the forum or thread. Click Subscribe to receive notifications when new posts are added.
Tag Posts
Tagging can only occur if the "Allow Post Tagging" option is enabled.
  1. Be sure you are in List View. Select thread or posting you want to tag.
  2. Click Collect.
  3. Enter the text you want to use into the Tag Text box.
  4. Select post to assign tag name > click Add.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Add tags to individual posts by selecting individual or multiple posts.
  7. To use the tag filter, make sure you are in list view. Click the action button next to the thread name and select a tag.
Threads: Create
  1. Open a forum in the discussion board.
  2. Click Create Thread.
  3. Enter a Subject and type your post into the Message box (the Message box has the same features as a text box).
  4. Click Submit.
  5. You must create a Tool Link to the discussion board page or deploy discussion boards to a Content Area for students to access them.
Threads: Grade
If you enabled the "Grade Threads" option when creating the forum, follow these steps to grade threads:
  1. Go to the discussion board forum and click on the Name of the graded thread.
  2. Be sure you are in List View.
  3. Click Grade Thread.
  4. A list of students appears. Click Grade for an individual student to access the Grade Discussion Thread page.
  5. The student posts will appear in the main content area in the middle of the page.
  6. In the middle box on the right, click Edit Grade.
  7. Enter a grade and add Feedback or Grading Notes as appropriate.
  8. Click Save Grade (the grade is automatically entered in the Blackboard Grade Center).
  9. Look at the box below the grading box for a list of students. Select another student to continue grading.
  10. Click OK when you are finished grading.

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Threads: Reply
  1. Open forum and click on the Name of a thread.
  2. Click Reply or Quote (Quote also opens the Reply window, with the text from the original message included).
  3. Enter your reply and click Submit.

Groups

Create a Group
  1. Go to Control Panel > Users and Groups > Groups.
  2. Click Create Single Group and select Self-Enroll (students sign up for the group) or Manual Enroll (instructor assigns students to the group).
  3. On the Create Group page, enter a Name and optional Description.
    Set group Availability.
  4. Under tool availability, check the boxes for course tools you want to make available to the group, and set up grading options if appropriate.
  5. Self-Enroll: In Sign-up options, enter the Name of Sign-up Sheet and the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other Sign-up options you want to include.
  6. Manual Enroll: For Membership, select student names from the Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to add them to the group.
  7. Click Submit.

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Create Group Sets
  1. Go to Control Panel > Users and Groups > Groups.
  2. Click Create Group Set and select Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll or Random Enroll.
  3. Enter a Name and optional Description.
  4. Set group Availability.
  5. Under tool availability, check the boxes for course tools you want to make available to the group set, and set up grading options if appropriate.
  6. Self-Enroll: Enter a Name for the Sign-up Sheet. Set the Maximum Number of Members. For Group Set Options, enter the Number of Groups to create. Click Submit. Sign-up sheets will be created for students to enroll themselves in a group (see Self-Enroll entry).
  7. Manual Enroll: For Group Set Options, enter the Number of Groups to create. Click Submit. Next, an enrollment box appears for each group. Select names from the Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to add students to a group.
  8. Random Enroll: For Membership, enter the Number of Students per Group OR the Number of Groups. Select an option to Determine How to Enroll any Remaining Members. Click Submit. Blackboard randomly assigns students to groups based on your criteria.

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Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy groups to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to groups for your students to access them.
  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy a group or group set.
  2. Click Add Interactive Tool > Groups.
  3. Select "Link to the Groups Page" to create a link to all groups or "Link to a Group or Group Set" to create a link to a specific group/group set (if you choose this option, select the desired group/group set from the list).
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a Name and optional Text for the link, and set options as appropriate.
  6. Click Submit. A link to either the Groups page or a specific Group or Group Set is created in the Content Area through which students can access group pages and sign-up sheets.
Self-Enroll
If Self-Enroll groups have been created, follow these steps to enroll in a group:
  1. Go to the groups page.
  2. Click the Sign Up button to open the Sign Up Sheet page.
  3. Click Sign Up.
  4. When self enroll is successful, the group page will open for that group.

Achievements

Create Achievement

An achievement is an indicator of an accomplishment, skill, competency, or interest students can achieve, that takes the form of a certificate or badge. Create achievements for course completion, a milestone or create a custom achievement.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Achievements > click Create Achievement. Select the type of achievement you want to create: Course Completion, Milestone, or Custom (you will be able to define specific triggers for each type).
  2. Enter a Name for the reward.
  3. Select the Achievement Location. Click Browse to select a Content Area where the reward will appear.
  4. Indicate whether the reward should be visible to students before they meet the criteria (it will be grayed out, but they will be able to see there is a reward available to be earned).
  5. Add a Description of the reward.
  6. Click Define Triggers to set criteria.
Define Triggers

The triggers will determine under what conditions the reward is to be released to the student. You can set one or more rules.

  1. Enter a Rule Name. Next you will specify a trigger for the achievement, which can be any combination of the following:
    • Date: The reward is released at a set date and time.
    • Membership: You can specify individual student(s) or groups of students to receive the reward.
    • Grade: Specify a Grade Center Column and the Condition their score must satisfy to receive the reward.
    • Review Status: Indicate an item that must be marked as reviewed in order to release the reward.
  2. Once the criteria for the rule have been selected, click Add Another Rule at the top to create an additional rule, or click Select Reward to continue.
Select Reward

The reward is what will display in the content area once the student has met the criteria to achieve it.

  1. Enter the Issuer Name (this could be your name, the name of the department, etc.).
  2. You have the option to set an Expiration Date or define the Number of Days for which the Reward is Valid. After the date or number of days passes, the reward will no longer be visible.
  3. Select your Reward Options. Certificates are available for Completion; Badges are available for any achievement type. You can select from the existing Badge Images; if you have created your own badge, click Browse My Computer to attach the image file.
  4. Click Save and Exit.

You will be returned to the Achievements page, which displays all achievements for your course and the number of recipients. The rewards appear for students in the designated Content Area.

Blogs

Comment on Entries
  1. Go to the blog for which you want to post a comment.
  2. Click the Comment button.
  3. Enter text into the comment box in the window that opens.
  4. Click Add.

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Create Blogs
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools >Blogs.
  2. Click Create Blog.
  3. Enter a Name and add Instructions.
  4. Set Availability and Date and Time Restrictions if needed.
  5. Select Blog Participation:
    • Individual for All Students - only an individual student can create or edit their own blog.
    • OR Course - all students can post entries and comment.
  6. Select Blog settings as appropriate.
  7. Determine if blog is to be graded or not. If grading, enter the number of Points Possible; a column will be automatically created for it in the grade center.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. You must create a Tool Link to the blogs page or deploy blogs to a Content Area for students to access them.

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Create/Edit Entries
  1. Access the blog for which you want to create an entry.
  2. Click Create Blog Entry.
  3. Fill in the Title and Entry Message boxes. The Entry Message box has the same features as a text box.
  4. Click Post Entry.
  5. To edit, click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the blog entry title and select Edit. After making your changes, click Post Entry.

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Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy blogs to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to blogs for your students to access them.
  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy the blog.
  2. Click Add Interactive Tool > Blog.
  3. Select "Link to the Blogs Page" to create a link to all blogs or "Link to a Blog" to create a link to a specific blog (if you choose this option, select the desired blog from the list).
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a Name and optional Text for the link, and set options as appropriate.
  6. Click Submit. A link to either the Blogs page or a specific Blog is created in the Content Area.
Review and Grade

If you chose to create a Graded Blog during set up, follow these steps to assign grades:

  1. Open the blog you want to grade.
  2. On the grading page, the first student’s blog entries are collected and displayed.
  3. Click Comment to leave comments on a blog entry.
  4. Click Blog Details to show the number of entries and number of comments posted on other student’s blog.
  5. Click to collapse the grading panel and expand the student’s blog entries to full screen.
  6. Click the student’s name to expand a list of all students; click on another name to view that student’s entries. You can also use the arrows to advance to the previous or next student.
  7. Enter a Grade. Note: If the blog is not graded, items 6-8 will not appear.
  8. Enter Feedback (shown to students) and click Add Notes (to add grading notes, private to instructor).
  9. Click Submit to save grade and feedback.

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Journals

Comment on Entries
  1. Go to the journal for which you want to post a comment.
  2. Click Comment.
  3. Enter text into the comment box in the window that opens.
  4. Click Add.

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Create Journals
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Journals.
  2. Click Create Journal.
  3. Enter a Name and add Instructions.
  4. Set Availability and Date and Time Restrictions if needed.
  5. Select Journal Settings as appropriate.
  6. Determine if journal is to be graded or not. If grading, enter the number of Points Possible; a column will be automatically created for it in the grade center.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. You must create a Tool Link to the journals page or deploy journals to a Content Area for students to access them.

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Create/Edit Entries
  1. Access the journal for which you want to create an entry.
  2. Click Create Journal Entry.
  3. Fill in the Title and Entry Message boxes. The Entry Message box has the same features as a text box.
  4. Click Post Entry.
  5. To edit, click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the journal entry title and select Edit. After making your changes, click Post Entry.

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Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy journals to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to journals for your students to access them.
  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy the journal.
  2. Click Add Interactive Tool > Journal.
  3. Select "Link to the Journals Page" to create a link to all journals or "Link to a Journal" to create a link to a specific journal (if you choose this option, select the desired journal from the list).
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a Name and optional Text for the link, and set options as appropriate.
  6. Click Submit. A link to either the Journals page or a specific Journal is created in the Content Area.
Review and Grade
If you chose to create a Graded Journal during set up, follow these steps to assign grades.
  1. Open the journal you want to grade.
  2. The first student’s journal entries are collected and displayed.
  3. Click Comment to leave comments on a journal entry.
  4. Click Journal Details to show the number of entries and number of comments posted on other student’s journals.
  5. Click to collapse the grading panel and expand the student’s journal entries to full screen.
  6. Click the student’s name to expand a list of all students; click on another name to view that student’s entries. You can also use the arrows to advance to the previous or next student.
  7. Enter a Grade. Note: If the journal is not graded, items 6-8 will not appear.
  8. Enter Feedback (shown to students) and click Add Notes (to add grading notes, private to instructor).
  9. Click Submit to save grade and feedback.

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Wikis

Add Pages
  1. Access the Wiki.
  2. Create the required Home Page if needed. (The instructor or anyone assigned to the wiki can create the home page.)
  3. Add a Name (title) for the home page.
  4. Add content. You can type directly in the text box, or use the Text Editor to add rich content such as hyperlinks or images.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Create additional pages by clicking Create Wiki Page.

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Create Wikis
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Wikis.
  2. Click Create Wikis.
  3. Enter a Name and add Instructions.
  4. Set Availability and Date and Time Restrictions if needed.
  5. Select if the wiki is Open to Editing or Closed to Editing.
  6. Determine if the wiki is to be graded or not. If grading, enter the number of Points Possible; a column will be automatically created for it in the grade center.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. You must create a Tool Link to the wiki page or deploy wikis to a Content Area for students to access them.

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Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy wikis to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to wikis for your students to access them.
  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy the wiki.
  2. Click Add Interactive Tool > Wiki.
  3. Select "Link to the Wikis Page" to create a link to all wikis or "Link to a Wiki" to create a link to a specific wiki (if you choose this option, select the desired wiki from the list).
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a Name and optional Text for the link, and set options as appropriate.
  6. Click Submit. A link to either the Wikis page or a specific Wiki is created in the Content Area.
Edit Pages
  1. Access the Wiki.
  2. To edit the currently displayed page, click Edit Wiki Content.
  3. To edit another wiki page, look in the sidebar on the right and click the action button next to the name of the Wiki page you would like to edit. Select Edit
  4. Use the text box to add content (text, hyperlinks, images, etc.) to the page or to edit existing content.
  5. Click Submit.

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Grade
If the Grade Wiki setting is enabled, follow these steps to grade each student's contributions:
  1. Open the Wiki you want to grade.
  2. Click Participation and Grading. The Participation Summary gives an overview of each student's contributions.
  3. Click on a student's name to view their contributions in detail.
  4. The student's contributions appear in the the middle of the page. Click on a row to view a contribution. The Page Comparison window opens highlighting changes the student made to the previous version. Click the Legend tab for an explanation of markups on the page comparison.
  5. In the Grade box in the right sidebar, click Edit Grade.
  6. Enter a grade for the student and enter in Feedback and Grading Notes as appropriate.
  7. Click Save Grade.
  8. Select another student from the View Contributions By list in the right sidebar to continue grading.
  9. Click OK when grading is complete.

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Link Pages
If your wiki has multiple pages, you can create links from one wiki page to another.
  1. Open the wiki page to which you want to add links to other wiki pages.
  2. Click the Link to Wiki Page icon Link to Wiki Icon.
  3. Select the page to be linked from the menu and enter a Name for your link.
  4. Click Submit to return to the Edit Wiki page.
  5. Click Submit when you are finished adding or editing content.

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View Page History
  1. Open the wiki you want to review.
  2. In the right sidebar, click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the Name of the wiki page you want to review, and select History.
  3. The Page History page contains links to each version of the page (a new version is created each time a user saves a change to the page).
  4. Click on a version to view it.
  5. To Compare versions, check the box next to any 2 versions and click Compare Versions. The Page Comparison window opens highlighting changes to the previous version. Click the Legend tab for an explanation of the markups on the page comparison.
  6. Click OK when done.

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VoiceThread

Add VoiceThread to Blackboard

VoiceThread is a collaborative Web 2.0 tool allowing users to create, share, and comment on images, websites, documents, and videos.

  1. In the content area of your course, click on the Build Content menu.
  2. Select VoiceThread from the menu.
  3. On the page that opens, give the link a title and description.
    NOTE: The description cannot contain any line breaks or multiple paragraphs.
  4. Submit.

If you selected Submit and Launch, you can do directly to step Set Up Link step 2 below.

Set Up Link
  1. Select the VoiceThread link you just created in Blackboard to finish setting up your VoiceThread.
    Note: If you want VoiceThread integrated with your gradebook, you must use the Assignment Builder.
  2. Select one of these options:
    1. Course View

      Displays the collection of VoiceThreads that have been shared with your course. This allows students to find and comment on each other’s work or allows students to review all course materials prior to an exam.

      1. From this window, you can select “+ Add Your Own.”
      2. Choose “Create a new VoiceThread” or “Select from My VoiceThreads.”
      3. You can select a previous VoiceThread from a search window.
      4. Select “Share.”

      To locate your VoiceThread and edit it, select the menu icon (3 lines) on the left > select your view.

    2. Individual VT
      1. You can create a new VoiceThread or choose an existing one.
        The one you choose or create will be the VoiceThread that opens when the student selects the link in Blackboard.
      2. Select which one you want to share when the display opens.
      3. Make any needed edits.

    3. VT Home

      Display all of a student’s VoiceThread content in a single view, to their home page.

      This includes all VoiceThreads and all courses that belong to them. This option is useful if you want to create a simple portal into VoiceThread without directing students to any specific content.

      You can create, browse or edit existing VoiceThreads from this page. You can also affect some VoiceThread settings from this page.

Create a Graded Assignment

You can require students to Create a VoiceThread of their own to submit, to Comment on a VoiceThread you’ve created, or simply to Watch a VoiceThread start to finish.

Assignment Builder

  1. Select VoiceThread from the Content Builder Menu.
  2. Enter in title and description.
  3. To create a graded assignment, Check the Outcomes box in section 3 and Select “Create a grade column in advance of first use” to have a gradecenter column created.
  4. Enter the number of points for your assignment (100 points is the limit).
  5. Select Submit and Launch.

Please Note: The Assignment Builder option will only appear if you have enabled grading for this VoiceThread in the Configure tool page in Blackboard. When you are done, the assignment will visible in the Assignments section of your VoiceThreads course site.

  • Select Assignment Builder on the page that opens.
  • Choose from one of the three options:
    1. Submit a Comment

      Students will be required to submit a comment on an existing VoiceThread.

      1. On the “Select a type of assignment” page, select “Submit a Comment”
      2. When the assignment creation window opens select a VoiceThread from your Library (or create a new one by clicking on Create new VoiceThread)
      3. Enter a description of the assignment
      4. Set the number of comments
      5. Opt to share or moderate comments

    2. Create a VoiceThread

      Students will be required to create and submit their own VoiceThread.

      1. Click on “Create ...”.
      2. When the assignment creation window opens enter a description for the assignment.
      3. Click Create Assignment.

    3. Watch a VoiceThread

      Students will be required to watch an entire VoiceThread.

      1. Click on “Watch…”.
      2. When the assignment creation window opens select a VoiceThread from your Library or create a new one by clicking on Create new VoiceThread.
      3. Enter a description of the assignment.
      4. Click Create Assignment.

View a video tutorial shows the entire process:
https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/syz3llfn8x

Responding to Assignments for students:
https://voicethread.com/howto/blackboard-3/

Edit Your VoiceThread
  1. To edit any VoiceThread, hover your mouse over and select edit.
  2. If VoiceThread is already open, select Edit a VoiceThread from the menu on the left.
Grade Assignment
  1. Click on the VoiceThread link in your Blackboard course. This will display the grader.
  2. Click on a student’s name on the right to see that student’s submission.
  3. You can click on each comment below his or her name individually to jump directly to it.
  4. Enter a grade on a percentage scale (0-100), and hit “Enter” on your keyboard.

This grade will immediately be entered into your Blackboard course gradebook.

* Note: If you have set the assignment to be worth less than 100 points, still grade it on a scale of 0-100, and the score will be adjusted accordingly in your gradebook.

If you have students who have not yet submitted their assignments, click on the “Remind” button to send them an email reminder. Click “Remind all students” to send an email to everyone who has not yet submitted.

View a demo tutorial that shows the entire process: https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/syz3llfn8x

Create a Hyperlink
  1. Go to the Edit page.
  2. Click on the slide to which you want to add a link.
  3. Click on the pencil icon in the bottom-left corner of the slide thumbnail.
  4. Enter the URL into the “Links to” field.
    Note: You need to also add a title to the slide.
  5. Save

From an open VoiceThread

  1. Click on the postcard icon at the bottom of the VoiceThread.
  2. Drag a slide to the “Edit” button on the left side of the page, and drop it.
  3. Enter a URL in the “Link to” field.
  4. Save.

When people view your VoiceThread, the title will appear at the top of the slide. If people want to access the link you have entered, they will need to click on the link button on the right-hand side of the slide

Add a link demo: https://wp.voicethread.com/howto/putting-an-active-link-on-a-slide/

For Blackboard Support Issues, contact an Instructional Designer. Students, please go to Help Center or call (512) 223.4636. For faculty support go to Technical Support Services or call (512) 223.TECH (223.8324).