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Blackboard Glossary

ActionLinks Icon (All Images from LaVonne)
The ActionLinks icon appears next to content items. Clicking this icon opens a menu of options. Options include editing, hiding and showing, previewing, deleting content items.

Action Menu
The Action Menu is in the Learning Module Tool and contains navigation links, content links, and access to the following Tools: Bookmarks, Create Printable View, and Notes.

Add Content Link Button
The Add Content Link button is in the Course Content and Learning Module Tools. This button allows designers to create links to content items from these locations.

Announcements Tool
The Announcements Tool allows Section Instructors to create and post important messages in a course. Announcements appear in users' My Blackboard or on the Announcements screen.

Assessments Tool
The Assessments Tool allows designers to create and edit assessments, such as quizzes, self tests, and surveys. Section Instructors use assessments to evaluate Students' progress.

Assessment Manager Tool
The Assessment Manager Tool allows Section Instructors to view,

Assignments Tool
The Assignments Tool allows designers to create assignments and assign them to Students or groups of Students. Students can submit assignments in two formats: text with or without attachments, or a web site consisting of linked HTML pages.

Assignment Dropbox Tool
The Assignment Dropbox Tool allows Section Instructors to view and grade assignments submitted by Students.

Bookmarks Tool
The Bookmarks Tool allows designers to create links to pages in the Learning Module Tool.

Build Tab
The Build tab is in the designer interface and contains features allowing designers to create, manage, and organize content in a course.

Breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs list the path of screens that a user has visited. A user can click a breadcrumb to return to a screen. Breadcrumbs appear in the top frame of a screen.

Calendar Tool
The Calendar Tool allows users to view and create entries for campus and personal events. Users can view entries by day, week, or month.

Channel
My Blackboard contains the following channels: Calendar Day, To Do List, My Grades, Course List, External Courses, Calendar Week, Campus Announcements, Personal Bookmarks, and Campus Bookmarks.

Chat Tool
The Chat Tool allows users who are in the same course to chat with one another in real time while they are in the course. There is also a Whiteboard feature, which allows users to draw objects, enter text, import images, and create slide shows that can be viewed in real time.

Class Blog
A class blog or blog is a type of discussion topic to which users can post web logs.

Content
Content is the general term for items and activities that are included in a course.

Content Folder
Designers can create content folders in the Course Content Tool. A content folder allows designers to present and organize content, such as assessments, assignments, content files. A content folder is different from a folder in File Manager.

Content Manager Tool
The Content Manager Tool is in My Blackboard. From Content Manager, users can access the My Files area. Institution Administrators can also access the System Files area. See also File Manager.

Course Content Tool
The Course Content Tool allows designers to create files, content folders, and add content links. The Course Content Tool is always the first item under Course Tools in the course menu. The first screen of the Course Content Tool is called Home Page.

Course Content Map
The Course Content Map contains navigation links to items in the Course Content Tool. Depending on how the Course Content Map is set, users access it on the course menu or from a drop-down list.

Course Menu
The course menu contains the navigation links for a course. In the designer interface, the course menu contains Course Tools and Designer Tools. In the instructor interface, the menu contains Course Tools and Instructor Tools. In the student interface, the menu contains Course Tools and My Tools.

Course Preview Page
Users can view the Course Preview Page to find general information about a course. The purpose of this page is to let users find out more about the course before they are enrolled.

Course Start Page
The course start page is the first screen that Section Instructors, Students, and teaching assistants see when they access a course.

Course Tools
The Course Tools heading appears on the course menu. Tools that were added to the course menu are listed here. In the student interface, only Tools that are visible are listed here.

Date Rollover
The Date Rollover feature is in the Manage Course area. Designers can use it to move forward dates for all course items by a certain number of days when they prepare a course for the next term. They can also further adjust the dates by editing individual dates.

Designer Tools
The Designer Tools heading appears on the course menu. Tools that are available, by default, to designers are listed here. Tools include Manage Course, File Manager, and Selective Release.

Discussions Tool
The Discussions Tool allows users to post discussion messages that other users in the same course can view and reply to.

File Manager Tool
File Manager is available in each course. Section Designers use it to manage files used in a course. Section Instructors can select files in File Manager by browsing for them. See also Content Manager.

Get Files Button
The Get Files button is in File Manager. It allows Section Designers to bring a copy of a file from another location to their current location in File Manager.

Grade Book Tool
The Grade Book Tool allows Section Instructors to manage grades for Students.

Grading Forms Tool
The Grading Forms Tool allows Section Designers and Section Instructors to grade Students by identifying specific criteria and comparing levels of performance against the criteria.

Group Manager Tool
The Group Manager Tool allows designers, Section Instructors, and Teaching Assistants to create groups of Students so they can work together.

Home Page
The Home Page is the first screen in the Course Content Tool. Designers can add files, content folders, and content links on this screen.

HTML Creator Tool
The HTML Creator is an HTML editing Tool that allows designers to create content in HTML without entering HTML tags. The HTML Creator automatically generates the HTML source code.

Import Tool
The Import Tool allows designers to import content from other Blackboard Learning System courses and third-party applications, such as Respondus®.

Instructor Tools
The Instructor Tools heading appears on the course menu. Tools that are available to Section Instructors are listed here. Tools can include Manage Course, Assessment Manager, Assignment Dropbox, Grade Book, Group Manager, Tracking, and Selective Release.

Journal
A journal is a type of discussion topic to which users can post either private or public entries.

Learning Modules Tool
The Learning Modules Tool allows designers to organize and deliver content, such as assessments, assignments, quizzes, and content files to Students. A learning module includes a table of contents with links to the content.

Goals Tool
The Goals Tool allows designers to specify goals for students. Designers can specify goals for individual course items, including assignments, assessments, and discussion topics.

Local Content Tool
The Local Content Tool allows Students to view content from their local computer, usually through a CD-ROM, instead of over the Internet. Mail The Mail Tool allows users to send messages to other users in the same course. The messages can be in text or HTML format, and can include file attachments.

Mail
The Mail Tool allows users to send messages to other users in the same course. The messages can be in text or HTML format, and can include file attachments.

Manage Course
The Manage Course area allows designers and Section Instructors to add and remove Tools, modify the appearance of the course menu containing Course Tools and role-specific Tools, edit Tool settings, import content, reset the course, and set up the Course Preview Page.

Media Library
The Media Library Tool allows designers to build a database of text, video, and audio items, which can be organized into collections. Users can view and search for entries.

My Files Icon
The My Files icon is in Content Manager and allows users to manage their personal files.

My Files Tool
The My Files Tool allows Students to manage personal files in a course. My Files is not a directory on their local computer.

My Grades Tool
The My Grades Tool allows Students to view their grades in a course.

My Progress Tool
The My Progress Tool allows Students to track their progress in a course.

My Settings Tool
The My Settings Tool provides a central place for users to edit their profile, password, and Tool options, as well as view all of the learning contexts they are currently enrolled in. Depending on institution settings, users may not be able to edit their profile or change their password.

My Tools
The My Tools heading appears on the course menu. Tools that are available to Students are listed here. Tools can include My Files, My Grades, My Progress, and Notes.

My Blackboard
My Blackboard is the screen that appears after a user logs in. My Blackboard provides a centralized access point to organizational levels, such as institutions, courses, and sections. It also provides links to Calendar Day, My Grades, Campus Announcements, and Personal Bookmarks.

Notes Tool
The Notes Tool allows users to create notes about general content in a course or specific content in learning modules.

Proxy Tool
A proxy Tool allows Blackboard Learning System users to access online courses outside of the Blackboard Learning System, or third-party applications from Blackboard. For example, if a university's library maintains an online repository of journal articles, a proxy Tool allows users to access the online repository from the Blackboard Learning System without logging in to the library system.

Each proxy Tool is built on an authentication module that is deployed on the Blackboard Learning System server. The authentication module provides the necessary logic for authenticating Blackboard Learning System users on the external application and redirecting them to the appropriate location in that application.

Question Database Tool
The Question Database Tool allows designers to create and store questions to be used in assessments.

References Tool
The References Tool allows designers to create links to course resources, such as books, articles, and web sites. Students access this list of resources from the Action Menu of a learning module.

Release Criteria
Release criteria are conditions that determine the release of content. Criteria can be based on date, time, member information, grade book information, and group information. For example, if the release criteria for a quiz is a start date of March 9, that means the quiz is released on March 9. Designers can set release criteria by using the Selective Release Tool.

Roster Tool
The Roster Tool allows course members to view the profiles of other course members. Section Designers can only view profiles for Section Instructors and Teaching Assistants.

SCORM Module
The SCORM Module Tool allows designers to import Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)-compliant content packages created outside of this program. These modules can contain files, images, or Sharable Content Objects, such as a quiz.

Search Tool
The Search Tool allows users to look for keywords and other data in course content and Online Help.

Selective Release Tool
The Selective Release Tool allows designers and instructors to control the release of content and folders by setting availability, link visibility, and specifying release criteria, such as name, date, and grade. Only students who meet those criteria can access the content. See also release criteria.

Student View Tab
The Student View tab is in the designer and instructor interfaces. It contains features allowing Section Designers and Section Instructors to preview the appearance and test the usability of their course.

Syllabus Tool
The Syllabus Tool allows designers and Section Instructors to create a syllabus for their course. The syllabus can contain information, such as goals, grading policies, and required text books.

Teach Tab
The Teach tab is in the instructor interface and contains features allowing Section Instructors to present content and interact with Students.

Tool
A Tool is a function in the Blackboard Learning System software that allows users to perform specific activities.

Tracking Tool
The Tracking Tool allows Section Instructors to view statistics on student activity and content usage.

WebDAV Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning or WebDAV is a protocol that allows web server directories to display as folders on a local computer. Users can use these folders like any other folder on their local computer. Users can use WebDAV folders in File Manager.

Web Links Tool
The Web Links Tool allows designers to create a list of Internet addresses or Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). Students can use these URLs to find resource material on the Internet.

Who's Online Tool
The Who's Online Tool allows users who are logged in to the Blackboard Learning System and enrolled in the same course to participate in chat sessions with one another. The Who's Online Tool is similar to the Chat Tool except it allows users who are enrolled in the same course to chat with each other outside of the course, from My Blackboard.

User Roles
Blackboard user is anyone using Blackboard, whether she/he is teaching staff, students, or administrative staff. There are five types of users:

Section Instructor (Teach Tab)
In Course Tools, Section Instructors can work with Tools that have been added to the course by the designer. Section Instructors use these Tools to present content.

In Instructor Tools, Section Instructors can work with Tools that are available by default: Manage Course, Assessment Manager, Assignment Dropbox, Grade Book, Group Manager, Tracking, and Selective Release. Section Instructors use these Tools to access additional options for managing their course, managing work submitted by Students, managing grades, and controlling the availability of content.

Teaching Assistant (Teach Tab)
A Teaching Assistant has (almost) the same permissions as a Section Instructor. Teaching assistants are enrolled into the course with a combination of development responsibilities. This includes the ability to develop test questions, verify grades, manage users, and many others. The role of a Teaching Assistant is assigned by the course/section instructor.

Section Designer (Build Tab)
In Course Tools, Section Designers can work with Tools they have added to the course. Section Designers use these Tools to create content and build a course.

In Designer Tools, Section Designers can work with Tools that are available by default: Manage Course, File Manager, and Selective Release. Section Designers use these Tools to access additional options for managing their course, managing files, and controlling the availability of content.

In File Manager, Section Designers can create and upload files to use in designing a course, as well as view and manage personal files.

Student
Enrolled students have access to all areas in the course that contain content and assessments. In My Grades, Students can access their grades. In My Progress, Students can access a report that includes information about their participation in a course.

Auditor
Auditors may enter the course and browse all components. An Auditor has the same permissions as a Student.

USING ONLINE HELP
If you need help while using the Blackboard Learning System, you can use the Online Help. You can view help topics that are relevant to the screen you are viewing, and you can navigate the folders containing help topics for each feature.

Topic content is directed to your current role. For example, if you are enrolled as a Section Instructor in a Biology course and a Student in an English course, you will only see Section Instructor help in your Biology course.

You can also search for help topics by keywords.