Collaborative Tools in Blackboard (MOLE)

There are a number of tools available to you within Blackboard that support collaborative activities. Building an online community within your course can help to enhance the face to face teaching experience, and provide an opportunity for more considered responses, which might not always be possible in a physical classroom environment. Follow the links below to discover more about each tool.

Blackboard Collaborate - a synchronous virtual classroom tool that enables live communication between staff and students. Sessions can be recorded to review later. Students can use Collaborate independently of staff if the tool is used within a group in Blackboard, or by using the Course Room feature.

Blogs - a chronological ordering of entries that is available for a group or individual student basis. Students can contribute and comment on blogs. Can be marked as part of an assessment.

Discussion Boards - an asynchronous communication tool that allows you to communicate with your students, and students with each other , without the constraints of being online at the same time. Conversations (or threads as they are called) are recorded and visible for all. Groups on your course can have their own Discussion Boards.

Journals - Can be used on an individual basis, the content of these blogs is only visible to the writer (the student) and the tutor. Journals can be marked as part of an assessment.

Wikis - allows student to work in a group to produce a shared repository of knowledge (similar to a website) that can be ordered and structured in a way that suits the content.