Blackboard Collaborate Plan and Publish

Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool you can use to organize, script, and package a session prior to your real-time, online session. Unlike other products designed for self-paced viewing,

You can download plan here.

You can access a recorded demonstration on the plan tool, sample plans, and the user guide here.

The Publish tool allows you to create video and audio podcasts as well as standalone recordings.
Download the tool here. Click here for a recorded demo and the user guide.

Bb Collaborate Product Overview

Collaborate is a flexible product can that can be used in much the same way as Wimba as a virtual classroom, online meeting space, a location for virtual office hours, among other uses. Essential features include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

New features include:

  • a redesigned user interface;
  • an object-based whiteboard that is more flexible and in which annotations persist throughout a session;
  • audio buffering to improve audio quality and echo cancellation that eliminates the need for headphones
  • up to 6 simultaneous video streams
  • multimedia presentation tool
  • private chat monitoring
  • mobile access to sessions for students

In addition, two desktop tools are available to develop content and activity before a real-time session: Plan and Publish.

The Plan tool will help you organize and script session content ahead of time, allowing you to devote more session time to interaction with your students. Publish allows you to create standalone recordings or video files from session recordings to allow for asynchronous review.

Features of the Wimba system that are not available in Collaborate include:

  • persistent settings and content
  • content organized by presentation
  • tracking information available to moderator
  • open ended polling

The Pilot program began in the summer 2012 term and will continue through spring 2013. Both systems will be deployed for use in Blackboard for the summer 2013 term, and the full switchover will be made at the beginning of the fall 2013 term. Wimba will be disabled at the end of the summer 2013 term.


Click for the Collaborate implementation timeline

July 11, 2013

Turnitin 2

Turnitin 2

Turnitin provides originality checking services, class management tools, and paperless digital grading products. This most recent version of the product includes Peermark, a student-to-student review and feedback tool; and Grademark, a new grading interface.
Students submit assignments, papers, and other written through the Turnitin tool. Once submitted, these papers are compared against various repositories which are used by Turnitin. Papers are examined for matches and/or similar content to articles, websites, and even other student paper submissions. The results of these comparisons are collated and delivered to the instructor through a tool called an Originality Report.

Create An Assignment
Using Peermark
The turnitin Assignment Inbox
Using GradeMark

Creating a Turnitin Assignment

Create a Link for the Assignment
Click on the + sign at the top of the course menu in your Blackboard course and add a Content Area:
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Select the type of assignment.
There are three options: paper assignment, peermark assignment,
and revision assignment:
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To begin with, select paper assignment: Create an assignment 2
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Using Peermark
Peermark assignments are based on existing assignments. i.e. assignments that you have already created in the system. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.
Peermark assignments are created using the following three distinct steps:

Step 1: Create a Peermark Assignment Peermark
Step 2.a: Distribute a PeerMark Assignment Peermark
Step 2.b: Pair Students for Review Peermark
Step 3: Add Questions to the Review Peermark

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The Turnitin Assignment Box
You can access, grade, download, and organize submitted assignments using the assignment inbox:

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Using GradeMark
GradeMark allows you to edit and grade student papers online. You can develop a database of comments, create rubrics, and check spelling and grammar using the functions within grademark.

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Supported Technology Tools

Instructional technology provides training and support on the following tools. Click for online guides and/or additional information on using any of these tools.

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Edit Question Settings

You can control the options available when creating Test questions through the Question Settings link located to the right side of the test canvas.


Test Question Settings

Provide feedback for individual answers

Allows you to include the option to enter feedback for individual answers rather than just one set of feedback for correct or incorrect answers. Individual feedback can't be provided for answers to True/False questions, Multiple Answer questions, Ordering and Matching questions.

Add images, files, and external links to questions

Select this check box to include the option to attach images, files, and URLs to questions.

Add images, files, and external links to answers

Select this check box to include the option to attach images and files to answers.

Add categories, topics, levels of difficulty, keywords and instructor notes to questions

This option allows you to create categories for questions and add keywords to questions. When searching for questions from a Question Pool or other Tests, you may search for questions by category and keyword. This option is not available for surveys.

Specify default points when creating questions

Select this option and all questions will automatically have the same point value. Type the point value in the Default point value field. This only sets a default. This is not available for surveys or pools.

Specify partial credit options for answers

Select this option to make partial credit available for questions included in this assessment. If selected, an option to give partial credit appears when questions are created.

Provide option to assign questions as extra credit

This option allows you to make extra credit available for questions included in the assessment. If selected, an extra credit option appears when each question is created. If this option is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions are answered incorrectly.

Specify random ordering of answers

Will allow the test to display answers in random order.

Specify the horizontal or vertical display of answers

Select this option to include the option to display answers horizontally or vertically.

Specify numbering options for answers

Select this option to include the option for numbering the answers.

Create a Test

In this section we’ll discuss adding a test and determining test and questions settings. We’ll discuss test question creation in detail in the next section: Blackboard Enhanced.

There are two ways to add a test to your course. You can (1) create it directly in the content area, or (2) create the test and then add it to a content area. First, we’ll look at creating a test in a content area:



When you hit Submit you will be shown the test information page:



When you click Submit here you will be taken to the test canvas, where you can add and edit questions:




You can learn how to create all questions types in the next online workshop: Blackboard enhanced.

Question Settings

Edit and Grade an Assignment

Editing assignment content or properties is fairly straightforward: click the the action menu link to the right of the assignment name, then select Edit. This menu also presents you with some additional editing capability including the following:


There are four types of metadata:

  • General Information: Includes the title, catalog entry, source, entry, language, and a description of the item.
  • Lifecycle Information: Includes the creation date and time, contributors, name and role of author or editor, organization, and date of latest changes or updates.
  • Technical Information: Includes the format of the content item and its location.
  • Rights Management Information: Displays copyright restrictions and a description of any conditions on item usage.


In the statistics report you can check who has reviewed the item, and you can use Review Status as Adaptive Release criteria.You can check whether students can access your content items. If you have made a content item unavailable, the User Progress page indicates that the item is not visible to users. The User Progress page also lists Adaptive Release rules that affect the visibility of an item. If Review Status is enabled for an item, you can check which students have reviewed it and when they reviewed it.

Grade Assignments

In the control panel, expand the Grade Center menu and select Needs Grading:


You can also go to Grade Center and locate assignments that need grading:





The assignment disappears from the Needs Grading List and the score shows up in the grade center:




Create a Test

Create an Assignment

To publish an assignment to your students, you must add it to a content area that is already on the course menu, or that you create by adding to the course menu.




When creating an assignment for a specific group or groups, select Groups of Students to open a box that allows you to select any group that you have created in the course:



Edit and Grade Assignments


The Participant Contribution Page

The page version and user's modification windows will be helpful when evaluating wiki contributions.

The Page Version column displays page titles and their corresponding version numbers. Click a title to view the page without annotated changes. The page opens in a new window. By default, the most recent page version is listed first.

The User’s Modifications column allows you to compare a page to its previous version. The Page Comparison also opens in a new window.



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