In this document you will learn what tools are available to instructors in the Control Panel.
All course administration is done through the control panel. This area is only available
to users with one of the following defined course roles:
- Teaching Assistant
- System Administrator
Creating and maintaining a repository of materials is an important part of developing
an online course. With Course Files, instructors have access to all of their files for a specific course. They can organize, view, manage, and link to those files as suits their
Course Files provides file storage on the Blackboard server for a single course. Course
Files within each course displays content for that specific course, not for other courses
taught by an instructor. Instructors can create folders and subfolders in Course Files to
organize their content in a way that is logical to them.
Instructors can move a large amount of content from their computers or network
drives to Course Files in one action or upload files while creating content. Once
content is in Course Files, you can link it to any place in your course where attaching
files is available.
Content in the repository is considered content for reuse. Therefore, you can delete
links to files in your course, yet the files themselves remain in Course Files, where
you can link to them again. Also, if you modify or move a file to another Course Files
folder after it is linked in your course, the link will not be broken.
Announcements- Instructors can post important information about the course, such as assignment due dates, content changes or syllabus.
Blogs- Instructors can release the blog tool to the group for use in the course, or for public consumption. Students within the group can post to the blog and add comments to existing posts. Instructors can also comment on posts.
Collaboration- Collaboration tools allow users and instructors to engage in synchronous communication.
Course Calendar- The course calendar is a tool that is used to show assignment deadlines and scheduled dates for specific assignments such as quizzes and tests.
Discussion Board- The discussion board is an outcomes based learning tool that can be applied in a number of ways to enhance learning and measure performance.
Journals- Instructors can assign a journal to each user in a group that is accessible by only them and the user in order to communicate privately with the instructor about the group experience.
Messages- Messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within a course and among course members. Although similar to email, users must be logged into the course to read and send messages. Messages can be organized in folders, marked as read or unread, moved
to other folders or deleted. The messages area has two folders, inbox and sent that cannot be removed or renamed. To read messages, click on a folder, locate the desired message, and click on the subject link.
SafeAssign- A building block that helps prevent plagiarism and enables institutions to protect the originality of student work.
Self and Peer Assessment- A building block that facilitates student group work for faculty. Self evaluation enables students to review and grade their own assessments by following criteria set by their instructor. Peer evaluation allows students to review work submitted by their peers using specific criteria, compare their responses and offer constructive criticism.
Send Email- Instructors can send email to individuals who participate in the course from the send Email page. Emails can be sent to individual users or to groups of users within the course, such as all teaching assistants. Instructors cannot send email to non-enrollees via the internet with the send Email function.
Tasks- Instructors can post tasks to users participating in their courses.
Tests, Surveys, and Pools- The gateway to creating, editing, and managing tests, surveys, and pools of questions that are distributed to users.
Wikis- Wikis is a collaborative tool that allows Students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials, providing a means of sharing and collaboration. Pages can be created and edited quickly, while tracking changes and additions, allowing for effective collaboration between multiple writers. The Instructor can create one or more Wikis for all Course members to contribute to and Wikis for specific Groups to use to collaborate. Wikis can also be used to record information and serve as a repository for course information and knowledge.
Evaluation- Provides links to Course Reports, the Early Warning System, and the Performance Dashboard, which are used to view information about Student activity and content usage, and to be notified about performance based on criteria created by the Instructor.
Grade Center- Provides links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, default Smart Views of the Grade Center, and any Smart Views created by the Instructor. Smart Views appear in an indented list under Full Grade Center.Users and Groups
Users and Groups- Create and administer formal Groups of Students to collaborate on work as well. Enroll, list, edit, and remove users from the course.
Customization- Control Guest and Observer Access; change the properties of the Course, such as its name, availability, and Language Pack; and change the appearance of the Course, and Tool Availability.
Packages and Utilities- Tools to copy a course, archive or recycle the course, and import content.
Help- Offers support contacts and online documentation.