Blackboard has a variety of tools for managing a range of course activities - like providing access to course documents, facilitating communication, and posting grades. However, thoughtful educators sometimes find these tools too limited in their functionality to support learning and interaction among students. Integrating freely available web-based tools opens up opportunities for enhanced student collaboration, the sharing of learning resources, the use of external videos and audio files, and extending conversations beyond the four walls of the classroom. This session will show you easy and effective ways to immediately enhance your Blackboard course site to better support student learning.
By the end of this session you should be able to:
- Discuss learning advantages associated with student-generated content
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages associate with the instructional use of wikis or blogs
- List and select web-based tools to enhance student collaboration and peer learning in your courses.
- Link from Blackboard to web based tools
- Embed in your Blackboard class web media to use as learning content.
- From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments, posted January 7th, 2009 by Michael Wesch , Kansas State University,
- Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education, Steve Hargadon, 12/16/2009, http://www.stevehargadon.com/2009/12/social-networking-in-education.html
- Seven Things You Should Know About YouTube,
- Seven Things You Should Know About Wikis,
- The Power of Wikis in Higher Education, Linda Briggs, 08/20/2008, Campus Technology,
For more information, contact Bud Deihl (828-4383 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Britt Watwood (8-1896 or email@example.com).
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