Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Information Transfer

Provide Information

Assess Learning

Assessing Learning

Communication & Interaction

Communicate and Interact

Co-create Content

Co-create Content

Bloom's

Bloom's Taxonomy

Ease of Use

Easy. It's just like a standard forum and is already set up in your module

Information Transfer

Yes. Include course updates, encouragement, timely links, etc.

Assess Learning

No. Announcements are limited in that students cannot post back or start new topics.

Communication & Interaction

No. Announcements are limited in that students cannot post back or start new topics. They are a 'push' tool.

Co-create Content

No. Announcements are limited in that students cannot post back or start new topics. They are a 'push' tool.

Bloom's

None. This is not a learning activity, but information transfer.

Ease of Use

Easy, although any assessment needs careful planning. Online submission and offline assignments can be created.

Information Transfer

No. Contextual content can be added to the assignment brief.

Assess Learning

Yes. Set due dates and grades, collect assignments, assess and grade work and return feedback.

Communication & Interaction

Limited. Assignment brief given out, submissions collected, grades and feedback returned—no substantive dialogue takes place through assignment tools themselves.

Co-create Content

Maybe. Assignments can be submitted in groups in Blackboard, although careful planning of the assignment activity is required.

Bloom's

6/6 Can do all six with some planning and creative learning design.

Ease of Use

Not difficult, but can take some thought to set up well to ensureg.od eg.gement.

Information Transfer

Maybe. This is primarily a tool for audience eg.gement and response, although it is usually tied in with presentations or other information transfer tools.

Assess Learning

Yes. Audience response systems can be used to judge understanding of sessions and discussions.

Communication & Interaction

Yes. Communication may be limited according to the responses enabled but it does allow users to interact with the session and the instructor.

Co-create Content

No. Audience responses are not really co-creation, although they may be set up to display charts of responses as part of the presentation being used.

Bloom's

6/6 Can do all six with some planning and creative learning design.

Ease of Use

Easy to add a pre-recorded audio file which is already stored on your computer.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can upload audio files to modules, so this is definitely a 'push' tool. It is good practice to also add a transcript.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Audio can be used in the same way as files or content to give information about a task, which can then be collected through forums or assignments.

Communication & Interaction

No. It is a distribution tool. No option for interaction or two-way communication.

Co-create Content

No. It is a distribution tool. No option for interaction or two-way communication.

Bloom's

None. This is an information transfer tool rather than a learning activity.

Ease of Use

Easy. Just create the page using the HTML editor, adding multimedia if needed.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can create the pages, so this is definitely a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

Not directly. Pages can be used to give details of a task with student files collected through forums or assignments.

Communication & Interaction

No. The page is created by the tutor. Students are not able to edit module content directly.

Co-create Content

No. The page is created by the tutor. Students are not able to edit module content directly.

Bloom's

None. This is not a learning activity, but information transfer.

Ease of Use

Easy to set up using built-in Blackboard tools.

Information Transfer

Yes. Use as an information page. Tutor can create their own blog to share information with students.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Although not designed primarily as an assessment tool, blogs are versatile and assessable activities can be planned and designed to use their features.

Communication & Interaction

Maybe. Blogs are not ideally suited for discussions, but are ideal for reflective writing and can allow short comments in response.

Co-create Content

Maybe. Blogs are primarily for personal writing, although they can have comments enabled for other users to respond in a limited manner.

Bloom's

5/6 understand, apply, analyse, evaluate, create

Ease of Use

Quite easy to set up. Requires some planning to manage and moderate.

Information Transfer

Maybe. Use for invited speakers. Consider the management of the potential high volume of messaging and the risk of some users not interacting.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Chats are versatile and can be used in formative assessment activities if planned appropriately.

Communication & Interaction

Yes. Hold debates, small group review sessions, drop-in and Q&A sessions.

Co-create Content

Yes. Students can collaborate, explore topics, discuss them and write together.

Bloom's

5/6 understand, apply, analyse, evaluate, create

Ease of Use

Quite easy to set up. Requires some planning to manage and moderate. TEACH pages available for support.

Information Transfer

Yes. Use Collaborate for interaction/collaboration sessions and for invited speakers. Consider the management of the potential high volume of messaging and the risk of some users not interacting.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Online discussions are versatile and can be used in formative assessment activities eg. Polling activities in Collaborate.

Communication & Interaction

Yes. Hold debates, small group review sessions, drop-in and Q&A sessions.

Co-create Content

Yes. Students can collaborate and explore topics, discuss them and write together, or use the built-in whiteboard features to share ideas.

Bloom's

5/6 understand, apply, analyse, evaluate, create

Ease of Use

Easy. Create the content using the HTML editor, adding multimedia if needed.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can create the content, so this is definitely a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

No. It is a distribution tool, although it can be used to communicate information about assessments which are then collected through a different tool.

Communication & Interaction

Maybe. Content items can be used to embed or link to interactive widgets.

Co-create Content

No. The content item is created by the tutor, students are not able to edit module content directly.

Bloom's

None. This is not a learning activity, but information transfer.

Ease of Use

Easy. The Course Link tool provides a drop-down list of all the resources and activities within the module to select from, and creates the link to that item.

Information Transfer

Easy. Directs students to specific parts of the module—can be very useful as part of an Announcement, for example.

Assess Learning

No, although the link could be to an assessment activity.

Communication & Interaction

No, although the link could be to a communication and interaction activity.

Co-create Content

No, although the link could be to a co-creation activity.

Bloom's

None, although the link could be to an activity which does allow these.

Ease of Use

Emails are easy to send and receive through the University system, and are familiar to the vast majority of users.

Information Transfer

Emails can be used to send information to individuals or groups of students, through the body of the email or as an attachment.

Assess Learning

Emails are not an assessed form of communication. Assessed work should normally be submitted through the VLE tools rather than sent by email.

Communication & Interaction

Emails are a two-way form of communication between any users.

Co-create Content

Although multiple individuals can contribute to an email thread, this is not content in the VLE—for discussion threads within the VLE look at the discussion forum tools.

Bloom's

Emails are not recommended as a learning activity—there are more appropriate tools within the VLE itself.

Ease of Use

Easy. Like an email attachment, but can your document stand on its own? Consider adding a content item or description to explain the file where appropriate.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can upload files to modules, so this is definitely a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

No. It is a distribution tool, although it can be used to communicate information about assessments which are then collected through a different tool.

Communication & Interaction

No. It is a distribution tool. There is no option for interaction or two-way communication.

Co-create Content

No. It is a distribution tool. There is no option for interaction or two-way communication.

Bloom's

None. This is not a learning activity, but information transfer.

Ease of Use

Easy. Content folders can be added from the Build Content tab and used to organise content.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can create folders, so this is definitely a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

No. Folders are a content structure for organising content, they don't actually give the content or enable assessment.

Communication & Interaction

No. Folders are a content structure for organising content, they don't actually give the content or enable interaction.

Co-create Content

No. Folders are a content structure for organising content, they don't actually give the content or allow co-creation.

Bloom's

No. Folders are a content structure for organising content, they are not a learning activity.

Ease of Use

Easy. Discussions have usable default settings. A name and description is usually enough.

Information Transfer

Yes. You can share resources as links or files. Consider the ongoing moderation and management of discussion forums.

Assess Learning

Discussions are versatile and do allow this with some learning design, although careful consideration of forum moderation and management is required. They link seamlessly with Blackboard's Grade Centre.

Communication & Interaction

Yes. Students communicate with you and peers. They can interact as a class or in groups.

Co-create Content

Yes. Students can collaborate and explore topics, discuss them and write together.

Bloom's

5/6
Understand, Apply, Analyse, Evaluate, Create

Ease of Use

Easy to set up with the default settings, but has many other options to tailor its use.

Information Transfer

Use a glossary to define terms or present information in categories.

Assess Learning

Glossaries in Blackboard are a 'push' tool to present information.

Communication & Interaction

Glossaries in Blackboard are a 'push' tool to present information.

Co-create Content

Glossaries in Blackboard are a 'push' tool to present information.

Bloom's

None. Glossaries in Blackboard are an information transfer tool not a learning activity.

Ease of Use

Easy to add images as either standalone image or embedded in a content item.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can add images onto module pages, so primarily a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Images can be added into forum posts, blogs, wikis or any other area where students can create content.

Communication & Interaction

Maybe. Images can be added into forum posts, blogs, wikis or any other area where students can create content.

Co-create Content

Maybe. Images can be added into forum posts, blogs, wikis or any other area where students can create content.

Bloom's

5/6
Understand, Apply, Analyse, Evaluate, Create.
(when used by students in blogs/wikis/forums)

Ease of Use

Easy to set up using built-in Blackboard tools.

Information Transfer

No. A journal is a personal reflective writing tool and not primarily intended for passing information.

Assess Learning

Yes. Reflective writing in a journal can be submitted and assessed.

Communication & Interaction

No. A journal is intended as a form of personal reflective writing. It is not primarily intended as a communication and interaction tool.

Co-create Content

No. A journal is intended as a form of personal reflective writing. It is are not designed as a collaborative tool.

Bloom's

5/6
Understand, Apply, Analyse, Evaluate, Create

Ease of Use

Easy. A series of pages can be created just using the main editor, adding multimedia if required.

Information Transfer

A way to present information to students in a 'book' style format.

Assess Learning

No. It is a distribution tool, although it can be used to communicate information about assessments which are then collected through a different tool.

Communication & Interaction

Maybe. You can link to external webpages or embed interactive widgets within the pages of the learning module.

Co-create Content

No. Learning Modules are primarily used to present information, although they could contain links to external collaborative activities.

Bloom's

None. This is information transfer and not a learning activity.

Ease of Use

Not difficult but requires some preparation and planning. Requires some initial setup and additional equipment (microphone and camera).

Information Transfer

Yes. Provide lecture or seminar recordings for a variety of purposes.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Use to present the task, then collect student files through forum discussions or assessments. If set up appropriately, students can also use Panopto to record videos into a folder for review by tutors.

Communication & Interaction

No. This tool is for recording and playback of sessions, it is not an interactive communication tool.

Co-create Content

Yes. Students and other users can contribute to the session being recorded.

Bloom's

5/6 understand, apply, analyse, evaluate, create

Ease of Use

Easy. Edit dates and additional information to give simple outline of module.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only staff can edit information, so this is definitely a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

No. This is simply an overview of information.

Communication & Interaction

No. This is simply an overview of information.

Co-create Content

No. This is simply an overview of information.

Bloom's

None. This is simply an overview of information.

Ease of Use

Easy to set up, although any assessment needs careful planning. Online submission and offline assignments can be created.

Information Transfer

No, although contextual content can be added to the assignment brief.

Assess Learning

Yes. Set due dates and grades, collect assignments, assess and grade work and return feedback. Also enables students to feedback on peer submissions.

Communication & Interaction

Limited, although students can give feedback to peers, this is not primarily intended as a communication and interaction tool.

Co-create Content

Providing feedback does not constitute co-creation of content.

Bloom's

6/6 Can do all six with some planning and creative learning design.

Ease of Use

Easy to set up links to user portfolio home page, either as a content item or a menu link.

Information Transfer

Portfolios are for individual students to gather their collections of evidence. They are not designed for sending information to students, although it is possible for a tutor to have their own portfolio to publish information if required.

Assess Learning

Blackboard portfolios can be submitted directly within the Blackboard Assignment tool.

Communication & Interaction

Portfolios are not designed as a two-way communication and interaction tool. They are a gathering of evidence by an individual.

Co-create Content

Portfolios are designed as an individual tool. However, a portfolio could include items created by other people, so that a single portfolio could contain co-created content.

Bloom's

5/6 understand, apply, analyse, evaluate, create

Ease of Use

No. Takes time to set up well. Configure theg.neral settings and then add questions. Particular attention should be paid to writing good quality questions.

Information Transfer

No. Quizzes are aimed at assessment, not as a distribution channel.

Assess Learning

Yes. A quiz can be timed and secure. It has a variety of question types which can be used for assessing learning.

Communication & Interaction

No. Tip: Use forums instead.

Co-create Content

No. Tip: Use forums or wikis instead.

Bloom's

6/6 Can do all six with some planning and creative learning design.

Ease of Use

No. Takes time to set up well. Configure the general settings and then add questions. Particular attention should be paid to writing good quality questions.

Information Transfer

No. Quizzes are aimed at assessment not as a distribution channel.

Assess Learning

Yes. Quizzes can be timed and secure. They have a variety of question types which can be used for assessing learning.

Communication & Interaction

No. Tip: Use forums instead.

Co-create Content

No. Tip: Use forums or wikis instead.

Bloom's

6/6 Can do all six with some planning and creative learning design.

Ease of Use

Easy to set up, although any assessment needs careful planning though. Online submission and offline assignments can be created.

Information Transfer

No, although contextual content can be added to the assignment brief.

Assess Learning

Yes. Set due dates and grades, collect assignments, assess and grade work and return feedback.

Communication & Interaction

Limited. An assignment brief can beg.ven out, submissions collected, grades and feedback returned—no substantive dialogue takes place through assignment tools themselves.

Co-create Content

No. Assignments cannot be submitted in groups in Turnitin. For this feature please see Blackboard Assignments.

Bloom's

6/6 Can do all six with some planning and creative learning design.

Ease of Use

Yes. Find the web address (the bit that starts http), copy it and paste it.

Information Transfer

Very easy way to direct students to information on other websites.

Assess Learning

Not directly. Could link students to external assessable activities such as portfolios or blogs.

Communication & Interaction

Not directly. Could link students to external interaction activities such as wikis or forums.

Co-create Content

Not directly. Could link students to external collaborative activities such as wikis

Bloom's

Depends on the link provided and what learning activities are available on the external link.

Ease of Use

Easy to add videos as either standalone resources or embedded in a content item.

Information Transfer

Yes. Only tutors can add videos onto module pages, so primarily a 'push' tool.

Assess Learning

Maybe. Videos are a 'push' tool to display on the module page. However, all users can add videos into forum posts, blogs, or assignment submissions

Communication & Interaction

Maybe. Videos are a 'push' tool to display on the module page. However, users can work collaboratively to create videos before they are added to the module through blogs or forum posts etc.

Co-create Content

Maybe. Videos are a 'push' tool to display on the module page. However, users can work collaboratively to create videos before they are added to the module through blogs or forum posts etc.

Bloom's

None. This is primarily an information transfer tool and not a learning activity.

Ease of Use

Can be tricky to set up and get best use from wikis—get some training.

Information Transfer

Yes. Use as an information page. Tutor can control who is able to edit.

Assess Learning

Although not primarily intended for assessment purposes, Wikis are versatile, and assessable activities can be planned and designed to use their features.

Communication & Interaction

Not suited for discussions, but ideal for brainstorming, planning and collaborative writing.

Co-create Content

Yes. Students can collaborate and explore topics and write together.

Bloom's

5/6 understand, apply, analyse, evaluate, create