Communicating with Students

Can I send email to my class through Blackboard?

How do I start an online Discussion?

Can I hold virtual office hours or an online class session?

Are blogs and wikis available to my students?

Can I put my students into project groups?


Can I send email to my class through Blackboard?

Yes, you can. Email can be sent to all course users, to specific groups, and to specific users. Messages are delivered to recipients' GW email addresses ('@gwu.edu').

To send email:

  1. Under Control Panel click Course Tools.
  2. Click Send Email.
  3. Click on a recipient category from the list provided (e.g., All Users).
  4. Enter a Subject and Message.
  5. You can attach a file, if necessary.
  6. Click Submit.

A copy of the message will be sent to your GW email inbox.

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How do I start an online Discussion?

To begin using the asynchronous (i.e., not real time) discussion board tool:

  1. Under Control Panel click Course Tools.
  2. Click Discussion Board.
  3. Click the link with the course CRN and year (e.g., 12345_YYYY01)
  4. Click Create Forum.

To learn more about forum settings and creating threads, consult these links:

 

Can I hold virtual office hours or an online class session?

Yes, you can. Blackboard Collaborate is a tool that provides synchronous (real-time) communication with your class. To begin:

  1. Under Control Panel click Course Tools.
  2. Click Blackboard Collaborate.
  3. Click Create Session.
  4. Choose your start and end dates and times.

To learn more about setting up and using Blackboard Collaborate, consult these links:

Using the Whiteboard (PDF | VIDEO)
Sharing Applications (PDF | VIDEO)
Leading a Web Tour (PDF | VIDEO)
 

Are blogs and wikis available to my students?

Yes, they are. To begin setting up a blog or wiki, you can:

  1. In a Content Area (Menu Item) of your choosing, hover over the Tools button.
  2. Choose Blogs, Journals, or Wikis.
  3. You will be prompted for a Title and Description and other details.

To learn more about the other options found when setting up a blog or wiki, contact the Instructional Technology Lab.

Creating a Blog (VIDEO)
Creating and Editing a Blog Entry (VIDEO)
Creating and Managing Wikis (VIDEO)
Creating and Editing Wiki Pages (VIDEO)

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Can I put my students into project groups?

Yes, you can. To divide your students into groups, you can:

  1. Under Control Panel click Users and Groups.
  2. Click Groups.
  3. There are options to create single groups and also multiple groups, to manually add students or to divide them up at random.

To learn more about groups, consult these links:

 

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