New features have been made available in Blackboard in time for the beginning of the 2007/08 academic year. Using “building blocks” provided by Learning Objects Inc, iSolutions has added the following additional functionalities into the University of Southampton’s Blackboard service.
Web Logs, known as Blogs, provide a journal style format where course users may add date-based entries made up of text, which may also include pictures, or other files. Through their reflective nature, blogs are a useful technology for use within education.
Blackboard allows users to search for material that has been added to their courses. As an instructor you may add a Search button to your course, making it easy for students to quickly search within your course.
Last year iSolutions upgraded Blackboard to version 7.1. This introduced a number of new features. If you’re not aware of these, why not take a look? The Blackboard Team produced a series of podcasts about these new features which are still available to listen to online.
Wikis allow for collaborative creation of content within your Blackboard course. A famous example of a wiki is the wikipedia. Through their collaborative nature, wikis are a useful technology for use within education.
While it has always been possible to add podcasts to your Blackboard course there is now an improved method available. You may also add a Podcasts index to your course and if you wish, allow students to subscribe to your podcasts using software such as I-Tunes. Documentation is also available detailing how to make your own podcasts.