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.
Create, Edit, Comment on, and Grade Wiki Content
To create a page, go to the content area where the wiki link resides and click on the link.
To edit wiki content, click on the wiki component in the content area, then select Edit wiki content. This will take you to the now familiar text editor into which you can add, delete, or other wise modify the content of that page.
You can add a comment by clicking the comment box on the page, then entering the comment into the resulting text box:
Monitoring Participation and Grading a Wiki
If you have set the wiki to be graded, you will see a box title Participation and Grading on the top right side of the wiki page. If you have not set it for grading, this box will dsiplay as Participation Summary. In either case, clicking the box will display a page that provides details on each participant's contribution to the wiki. This page shows:
- Count of all pages created and the number of versions of each page
- Percent of total number of words added, deleted or edited in all pages of the wiki
- Count of number of times the Submit button has been clicked on an edited page
- Page saves as a percent of total number of pages
To enter a grade for the user, click on the username in when viewing the participant contribution page. this opens up the Grade box on the right side of your screen; you can still access the page version and modifications pages as pop-ups to evaluate a participant's contribution while deciding on a score.
View Participant Contributions
Create a Wiki
Wikis can be used for group assignments, for peer review (although there is a more formal tool for this in Blackboard: Self and Peer Assessment), as a knowledge and resource repository, or formal/informal learning community to increase student-student interaction.
To create a wiki, expand the Course Tools menu in the control panel, then:
Setting Parameters for Your Wiki
Just like other tools, there are a number of settings that you will need to be aware of:
*Closed to Editing can be used when you intend to be the only wiki user, e.g. when using it to clarify points immediately following a lecture. Students can view the wiki under this setting, they just can’t edit it. For a group wiki, the user must be a member of that group to edit wiki pages. These options can be changed at any time.
**Once a wiki is set to be graded, a column is created in the grade center and the setting can’t be reversed.
You can then add the wiki to a content area using the Add Interactive Tools menu:
Create, edit, comment on, and grade wiki entries
Create, Edit, Comment on, and Grade Journal Entries
You can create journal entries in much the same way as you would a blog entry. You'll see the same types of commands and some familiar components of the interface. To create a journal entry:
To edit an entry, click on the action link menu to the right of the entry name and select Edit:
You will then be able to edit the entry via the text editor.
Comment on a Journal Entry
You can add a comment to any entry by clicking the Comment button. This will produce the Comment box popup where you can enter text:
Grade Journal Entries
Access the journal topic page and select the entry or entries you want to grade by clicking on the user’s name in the side panel.
Create a Journal
A journal is a private area where students can reflect on course content, activities, and exercises, flesh out ideas, and comment on course topics or themes - among numerous other potetnial uses. In blackboard, blogs and journals are essentially the same thing (to my way of thinking, but I'm sure that there are those out there who will disagree), the primary difference is that journals are private by default, i.e. only viewable by instructor and student. They can, however, be set for observation by an entire class.
You can add a journal through the Add Interactive Tool menu in a content area, but here, just to shake things up a bit, we're going to create one through the course tools menu and then link to it.
Create, edit, comment on, and grade journal entries
Create, Edit, Comment on, and Grade Blog Entries
Click the content area that contains the blog then click the blog you wish to add an entry to:
To edit an entry, click on the dropdown menu and select Edit
The original post will open, and you can make any changes necessary to the message or an attachment.
To add a comment, select the Comment button on the bottom right of the blog entry:
Enter your comment into the box, then select Add to post your comment:
Grade Blog Entries
Access the blog topic page and select the entry or entries you want to grade by clicking on the user’s name in the side panel:
Create a Blog
To create a blog in a content area:
Create, edit, comment on, and grade blog entries
Create, Edit, and Reply to a Discussion Thread
To add a thread to a specific discussion board forum, click on the name of the forum then:
You can also select Save Draft to save your post and publish it later. The post will show on the discussion board page with (draft) next to it, and will not appear to students. To publish, click on the post and click Edit to make changes; when you have finished with your changes, click Submit.
Edit or Reply to a Thread
On the discussion board page:
Discussion Board Functions and Tools
Flagging and Tagging Posts
You can use discussion Board flags to mark a thread or post for later review; this is similar to setting a flag to follow-up on an email in Microsoft Outlook. You can do this using List or tree view.
Flagging Using the List View
Flagging Using the Tree View
Tagging a Post
Tagging allows you and your students to search for keywords that have been tagged on a forum or specific post. Once you search for a keyword, you can add a Tag to help filter messages. To tag a post, you have to set Allow Post Tagging in the forum settings.
Discussion Forum Settings
- Allow anonymous posts: This will allow students to post to the forum anonymously. This is not recommended for most forums.
- Allow author to delete own posts: This will allow students to permanently delete their own messages leaving no record of their content. You can specify whether they can remove any post (which also removes replies from other students) or only posts with no replies.
- Allow author to edit own published posts: This option will allow students to edit their messages.
- Allow post tagging: This option allows the forum manager or instructor to create tags or text labels to filter and search messages using the tags. Tags can slow the loading of the page.
- Allow users to reply with quote: This option allows students to include the text of the original message in any replies to that message.
- Allow file attachments: This option will allow students to add files for peer-reviews or to share examples.
- Allow members to create new threads: This option allows students to post new threads to respond to the forum or start a new direction for the discussion.
- Do not allow subscriptions: This option will remove any subscribe buttons. Students cannot subscribe to threads or forums.
- Allow members to subscribe to threads: This option will allow students to subscribe to new threads. If you choose this selection, you will also need to choose if you want the subscription sent in the body of an email to the student, or if you want the subscription sent as a link to the student.
- Allow members to subscribe to a forum: This option will allow students to subscribe to new forums. If you choose this selection, you will also need to choose if you want the subscription sent in the body of an email to the student, or if you want the subscription sent as a link to the student.
- Allow members to rate posts: This option will allow users to rate individual posts using a five S scale.
- Force moderation of posts: This option requires that all messages are reviewed by a moderator before they are published in a forum.
- No Grading in Forum: This option will set no grades for forum posts. No column will be added to the Grade Center.
- Grade Forum: Points Possible: This option will allow you to grade forums posts. A column will be added to the Grade Center. When you select this option, you will need to type the points possible you want to give the forum in the Points Possible box.
- Grade Threads: This options will allow you to grade individual threads. A column will be added to the Grade Center