Individual Learning Activities

Overview

Here are brief descriptions on how some of the tools can be used in your courses. Hope that they can inspire you for other creative uses of the tools to improve student learning.

Blog and Discussion Board

Both Blog and Discussion Board can be used for students to present their ideas, see their peers’ perspectives and have richer and deeper dialogue about the concepts and topics studied in the course. Both tools can support collaborative learning.

We suggest that you use the Discussion Board tool if the learning goal is to build ideas upon each other, or debate on some important questions about a course subject. On the other hand, Blog may be a better activity when the learning goal is to reflect on concepts or ideas. It gives students a space to write about their understanding and think through a course concept or topic. From technical point of view a discussion forum is visually designed around a topic while a blog is designed around each individual student.

That being said, there is no hard rule as to which tool should be used in your course. After trying both, for example, use Discussion Board in one semester and blog in another, you may come up with your own creative ways to use these tools.

Other uses of Discussion Board

In addition to discuss about course topics, the Discussion Board can also be used for

  • Course Qs and As: You can create a Forum for students to ask questions related to the assignments or topics studied in the course, and for you to answer their questions.
  • Socialization among course members at the beginning of the semester. This is especially important for online and hybrid courses.

Journal

Journal can be used for students to reflect on the course subjects, try out ideas, and engage in meta-cognition. It is private by default. Only the faculty can see students’ journal entries.

Turnitin

Turnitin can be used to check the originality of students’ papers (anti-plagiarism) and for faculty to provide comments and feedback in text or/and audio format. 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a webinar tool that can be used for live class meetings, office hours and online course exams. The Blackboard Collaborate Ultra page in each course has a Course Room that is open 24/7 for class members. It can be considered as a virtual classroom where students can get in any time to meet with peers, talk or discuss about course work, if they set up a meeting time in advance.

NJVID

NJVID is a video streaming tool that can be used for faculty to post password-protected videos, and for students to submit or share their video assignments.

 

Reference Tables

This is a quick reference as to where you will work on setting up, viewing and grading the assignments using different Blackboard tools.
Tools Create Rubric Set up the tool and create assignment Set up assignment to count in the final grade Make tool and assignment available View and Grade
Discussion Board Course Management
-> Course Tools
-> Rubric
Course Management
-> Course Tools
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Menu "+" button
-> Tool Link
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Blog Course Management
-> Course Tools
-> Rubric
Course Management
-> Course Tools
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Menu "+" button
-> Tool Link
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Journal Course Management
-> Course Tools
-> Rubric
Course Management
-> Course Tools
Course Management -> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Menu "+" button
-> Tool Link
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Wiki Course Management
-> Course Tools
-> Rubric
Course Management
-> Course Tools
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Menu "+" button
-> Tool Link
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Test   Course Management
-> Course Tools
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Menu "+" button
-> Content Area
->Assessments
-> Test
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Assignments Course Management
-> Course Tools
-> Rubric
1. Course Menu "+" button
-> Content Area;

2. Course Content Area
->Assessment
    Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Blackboard Collaborate   Course Management
-> Course Tools
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Menu "+" button
-> Tool Link
 

  

This is a quick reference as to where you will work on setting up, viewing and grading the assignments using Turnitin and NJVID tools.
Tools Add a menu link to the assignment Create assignment and add rubric Set up assignment to count in the final grade View and Grade
Turnitin Course Menu "+" button
-> Content Area
Course Content Area
-> Assessment 
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
NJVID Course Menu "+" button
-> Content Area
Course Content Area
-> Tools
-> NJVID Media Player*
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center
Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center

 

This is a quick reference as to where you will work on setting up and grading non- Blackboard assignments.
  Add a grade column, set up assignment to count in the final grade, and enter grade
Non-Blackboard Assignments Course Management
-> Grade Center
-> Full Grade Center

 

How to play the audios

You can play the audio on your phone or on a browser. If you play the audio files on a browser, please use Firefox browser. On other browsers you cannot move the audio play control backward or forward, you will have to re-start the audio from the beginning.

The Beeps in the audio tutorials

The Beep or “It’s-your-turn sound” in the audios indicates the best place to pause the audio and work on the instructed steps.

Table of Contents

Creating Rubrics

Why you should create rubrics

We recommend that you create a rubric before creating a learning activity.   If you use Blackboard to collect student work and if you want to use the Blackboard rubric tool, here are our instructions.  with the exception of Turnitin which forces you to create a rubric.  

If you use a grading rubric for any of the learning activities, we recommend that you create the rubric by following the tutorial “Creating Rubrics”.

Using Rubrics


Using the Journal tool

If this is the first time creating a journal:

Using the Tests tool

For more detailed steps on creating different types of test questions, go to CUNY’s Blackboard Faculty User Guides page.

If this is the first time creating a test:

  1. On your course menu section, in the action bar, click on the plus icon then choose “Content Area.”
  2. Type in a name “Quizzes” if you have more than one quiz.
  3. make it available to users. 
  4. If you don’t like how the new quiz looks on the menu, use the double arrow icon in the action bar to reorder the links as you see fit.
  5. If you have not done so already, in your posted Course Schedule, make sure to let your students know where they need to go to complete the quiz.

Using the Turnitin tool (plagiarism detection and feedback)

If you use a rubric to grade the paper, make sure you post the rubric with your instructions for the paper. If you use a rubric for the assignment, complete the steps 2 (Turnitin Rubric) and 3 (Associating rubric to Turnitin Assignment).

Downloading all papers and marked papers submitted to Turnitin 

Follow the steps below to bulk download all student papers and marked papers.

  1. In the course management section, click “Course Tools”, then “Turnitin assignments”.
  2. On the “Turnitin Assignments” page, click the assignment you want to download.
  3. On the “View Assignments” page, click the checkbox on the left of the word Author, which will select all papers.
  4. Click the Download button on the right of the yellow bar and choose what you want to download: original file, original file as PDF, or GradeMark paper.
  5. Click the Messages tab on the top right, the bar with the black background. Then click the appropriate link to down the compressed file.


Using the Assignments tool 

(for a PowerPoint presentation, a Spreadsheet, a Photo slideshow or an Audio assignment)


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