Using NBC Learn
The NBC Learn building block in Blackboard allows you to access resources through the NBC news archives and incorporate them into your course.
These archives allow you to access over 10,000 thousand video clips, news footage, documents, and images related to a number of fields in the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities. This service also include electronic artifacts such as primary source documents, images, charts and graphs from NBC partners.
This content can be embedded in a variety of locations within your course, including menu links, course items, discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and test questions.
This tool allows you to reinforce course concepts through historic video footage and bring real-world examples into the classroom that can help students connect theory to application. Students can view interviews with notable individuals from the arts, politics, science, and technology fields; they can also access a range of news stories from macro-social issues such as immigration and foreign policy all the way down to the impact of NAFTA on individual communities. This content includes:
NBC News Archives: Bring Real Events into Course Instruction
NBC News Archives On-Demand allows you to bring historical and current events directly into course material and classroom discussions.
This tool is now integrated with the Course Delivery and Community Modules of Blackboard Learn.
You can access 12,000+ pieces of professionally created educational multimedia content archived in dynamic collections, then download video clips and embed them directly in the Blackboard course environment. Search the archives in multiple ways, including by subject area, related topic or keyword.
Play videos at full-screen when used in the classroom. Read full text transcripts. The archives contain news footage of historic and current events, critical analysis and mini-documentaries covering topics from early American history to the modern day.
Barnes & Noble Nook Study
The nook study application is intended to be a study companion and provides students with some useful tools for studying and organizing course content, not to mention some significant savings if they elect to use the electronic version of a text.
As an instructor, the tools you will be primarily concerned with are:
- Textbook List Tool
- Link to Nookstudy tool
The textbook tool allows you to create a link to assigned course text(s) and give students the option to purchase it in digital or print form from within the Blackboard LMS.
The Nookstudy tool allows you to integrate etexts into your syllabus, course content, or assignments: You can create links to chapters, sections, or individual pages of an ebook for your class.
To add a a text link to your course:
Cick on the (add course link) button select Add Tool Link, and then click on Barnes & noble NOOKstudy:
|ccc||Find your text using the search tool:
|Select your text and add a description:
This review will show you how to create a link to a text location inside a content area.
The full building block integration guide provides additional information; and this webinar provides additional inforamiton.
NOOKstudy is a feature-rich and easy-to-use software application that allows you to store and manage digital content for your classes – eTextbooks, class materials, personal notes, and teacher handouts - in a single location.
NOOKstudy is a free download, and can be used on either a Mac or PC. You should note that it is not available on nook readers - a little confusing and a cause of some irritation if you check out discussion boards - this is due to the nature of textbook presentation and something that Barnes & noble is working on for future iterations.
Some Key features:
- The ability to create course specific files where you can maintain and organize all electronic content related to your courses: syllabi, hand-outs, scanned written notes, links to content
- The flexibility to electronically highlight and take notes in a variety of colors for easier recall and improved organization
- Tools that allow you to tag content for future reference
- The option of having multiple eTextbooks open simultaneously to make studying more efficient
- One click access to complementary online reference materials and resources (e.g. Google, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.) directly from the eTextbooks
Submitting Assignments using Turnitin
Some of your instructors might use Turnitin to manage written assessments. The document below walks you you through the process of submitting work to this system.
Submitting Turnitin Assignments
Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses. It is the result of a merger between the elluminate and Wimba systems.
This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.
The following links provide information on using the system from the participant perspective. If your course uses Bb Collaborate, please use these links to familiarize yourself with this tool.
|Collaborate Online Orientation||Check System Requirements|
|Participant Reference Guide||Quick Start Guide|
Using Wimba Live Classroom and Voice Tools
In some courses, your instructor may use Wimba tools to deliver and record lecture material for certain lecture topics or class periods, to connect to you remotely for virtual office hours, moderate study groups, or as the basis for delivering a fully online course.
The tutorials below provide information on ensuring you are properly set up to use Wimba and directions on how to contribute to courses that use this environment.
Setting up your computer
Contributing audio and video content in Wimba Live Classroom
Posting to a Wimba Voice Board
Using Voice Direct
Please Note: If your course uses the Collaborate system, please click here for more information.
Blackboard Connect for Learn
Blackboard Connect for Learn is a tool that you and your instructors can use to ensure you get up-to-date course information.
When you opt-in to receive notifications through the Connect for Learn system, you can receive automated alerts for a variety of course changes including assignment due dates and grade posts by voice, text, or email.
Your instructors can also send messages via SMS or Text-to-voice to ensure that you get up-to-the-minute information related to your courses.
How to sign up for Notifications
Go to the UAB e-notify page:
NOTE: It could take several hours for this update to propogate to the Blackboard system.
Next, log in to Blackboard and select My Places:
If you have not provided a number for Bb Connect for Learn to use through the e-notify page, or that number has not yet been imported into the Blackboard LMS, you will not be able to select these options, and the following message (yellow boxes) will display:
Blackboard Learn Student Tutorial
|Click on the image for a walk-through on logging in, navigating your course, assessments, and communication tools.
You can also find additional video tutorial help here.
This tutorial walks you through accessing the Blackboard system, navigating your courses, and working with tools, assignments and tests. You'll also learn the major communication features available. Although your courses could look considerably different depending on how your instructor intends to use the system, the basics will be the same, so this tutorial will help orient you in any course.
You can help avoid problems by ensuring that you are using a supported browser and you follow a standard naming convention when uploading files. Also, if you run into problems related to how your browser displays, try clearing your cache, as this can help clear up temporary rendering problems.
To help ensure a smooth ride through the system, you should also keep the following in mind:
- BBLearn uses browser windows to deliver requested content. Some pop-up blockers interpret these windows as pop-ups and block them. If you have installed a pop-up blocker, turn it off while using the Learning System.
- If you are prompted to accept a Java Security Certificate., you must click Yes or Always to ensure that BBLearn functionality using Java will work properly in your browser.
- Avoid using a wireless network connection when taking tests. Wireless connections can be interrupted by interference from other devices or because the public wireless access point where you are is saturated.
- If you experience problems with the chat tool, uploading files, or opening the text editor, verify or update the Java Certificate on your computer.
And if you run into trouble, the AskIT help desk is always there to support you.
Blackboard Connect for Learn
Blackboard Connect for Learn is a tool that you can use to communicate course information to students via text message and text-to-voice messages.
NOTE: This is an opt-in tool. Students may opt in to receive notifications from you and your course by following these directions. However, some students may opt not to receive these communications.
Students can receive automated alerts for a variety of course changes including assignment due dates and grade posts. You can also send text messages via the professor notification tool to ensure that students who have opted in get up-to-the-minute information related to your courses.
How to Send Text or Text-to-Voice Notifications
From within your course, select the Course Tools drop-down menu from the control panel: