For Using Active Learning Techniques

Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers or reading a lecture available online, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves. 

Using Interactive Tools in Blackboard

In a successful online learning community, students have the right tools for engaging with content and with each other to complete rich and meaningful assignments. Blackboard offers four interactive tools: blogs, discussion boards, journals, and wikis.

The process for creating and using these interactive tools is similar, and all four tools encourage students to engage in asynchronous (i.e., everyone involved is not online at the same time) collaboration, knowledge construction, and self-reflection. However, each tool has a special purpose and unique applications to your course.

Blog. A shared online diary in which an individual or a group of students share a running log of personal insights (entries) and post comments to other students.

Discussion Board. A hierarchical forum on which students post threads with messages about a single topic and replies about other students' points of view on the topic.

Journal. A personal writing space for self-reflection and private communication (entries) with the instructor. Both the student and instructor can comment on the entries.

Wiki. A Web space on which students (with permission) create, modify, and organize any number of interlinked Web pages (content) in a collaborative manner.