WHAT IS BLACKBOARD AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everyone’s routine. Globally, sanitary measures have delayed people’s lives, especially in their jobs and education. Thousands of students and teachers could not even start the academic year, nor do they have precise dates to do so.

However, learning doesn’t just happen in classrooms. Today the internet provides us with many tools to continue training at home, from your computer or cell phone. One of the best is the Blackboard platform, and we tell you why.

What is Blackboard?

A new learning experience. This is what Blackboard promises, an e-learning tool that allows you to continue your studies, even if it is from home. It is a virtual environment, specially designed for teachers and students.

It was born in 1997, as a result of the union between two American companies concerned with educational management and online courses. Committed to education, it is one of the oldest online learning companies on the market. If you are looking for stability, you are in the right place.

It is a pure virtual ecosystem and can be customized according to what each educational community needs. Teachers can create semester courses, upload study material, assign assignments, and evaluate them. For their part, students can access the content, see the pending tasks and their grades.

Also, Blackboard brings the classroom to your screen with its videoconferencing service to hold classes in real-time. It is very stable, so you should not have technical problems in the development of your course. Its operation favors the participation of all members and also includes a group chat to answer questions.

What is Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate?

When we talk about the Blackboard platform, we are referring to its different products together. It has a catalog of digital tools designed for every need, from having online classes to verifying that students have turned in assignments free of plagiarism.

Blackboard Learn is one of the most used products currently by universities and colleges. Aimed at managing courses and chairs, this platform provides the possibility of:

  • Create a space for each course, with its modules, content, and units
  • Deliver tasks
  • Qualify students
  • Download study material (images, text, video, audio)
  • Customize the platform with the characteristics of an institution
  • Access to classes by video conference

In this way, Blackboard Learn offers a friendly space, easy to use, with a neat and clear tool menu.

For its part, Blackboard Collaborate is responsible for online classes. If pandemic isolation measures create learning insecurity, this platform promises to dispel them. It offers access to a virtual room, where teachers and students interact in real-time. It is designed so that each class is as participatory as possible.

Through a link (or through Blackboard Learn), students access the virtual classroom that their teacher has created. From their cameras, they will be able to see, speak, and do the class regularly.

If it is necessary to discuss content in groups, the students can divide their screens to interact with some classmates. The teacher will have separate access for each group. Also, teachers can activate a questionnaire on the screens of their students, which they must answer in real-time.

Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard Learn are, together, two essential tools in these times.

How to continue my learning from Blackboard?

If your company or institution decided to use Blackboard, you would surely have your access data. You can enter from your cell phone or tablet (downloading the Blackboard application), or from your computer (from the web platform).

1. Review your courses, papers, and notes

Once you have entered, you will have the main page in view. On your left is the Menu, which has the options of Courses, Grades, Calendar, among others.

In “Courses”, you can see your active branches. If you enter each one, you will find the past contents, material uploaded by the teacher, and the available tasks (if any). Just click on the Task to download the instructions. In this same section, you should find the link to send it.

If you want to review your notes, you must return to the Menu and enter “Ratings”. They should appear ordered by course and date they were uploaded.

2. Attend your classes by video conference

For optimal operation, you must have updated Java software in your browser (which can be Chrome or Firefox). To go to your class from Blackboard Learn, you must go to the course in which the class will be taught, and enter “Tools” (in the Menu).

If the video conference is active, the link “Join the room” will appear. Another option is for the teacher to send you a direct link to the video conference, where you will have to enter your name and surname to identify yourself.

Once you enter the class, you can interact with your teacher, activate or deactivate your camera, download the attached material, and ask questions using the “Raise your hand” button.

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