Blackboard interactive tools

Hopefully your Blackboard courses are now set up and being used well, but are you making the best use of the available tools?  Beyond the ability to upload and share resources with your students, Blackboard offers a range of interactive tools to support your teaching:

Discussion boards

Useful as a platform for students to post questions about their course, or share ideas between classes; you could also ask students to answer a specific question or discuss a topic on the discussion board, which could even be used as an assessed task.  Click here to learn more about setting up and using a discussion board.


Journals are similar to on-line diaries; these can be used very effectively as reflective journals, or to allow students to record their progress during a project or placement.  Journals can be configured so that students cannot see each other’s entries, but the lecturer can see and comment on all journals, or they can be set up in groups so that students can view and comment on entries within their group (peer support journal).  Click here to learn about setting up a journal.

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