How to link to Tools in a course

Methods for Adding Tools in Your Course

Deciding where to put tools depends on the situation.

Method 1:

Access individual tools from the course menu. This method provides quick access to frequently used tools. Make the Tools link on the course menu unavailable so students cannot access other unneeded tools. To learn more, see The Course Menu.

Method 2:

Access individual tools from a content area.

About Tool Types

The following table details tools available on Blackboard at AUT

Tool Type


Discussion Board

The discussion board is an asynchronous tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. The discussion board is made up of forums that may appear anywhere in your course, but are also all centrally located in the discussion board tool.

To learn more, see Discussion Board.


A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for public viewing. Each blog entry can include any combination of text, images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments.

To learn more, see Blogs.


Journals provide a personal space for students to communicate privately with you, the instructor. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course materials.

To learn more, see Journals.


A wiki is a collaborative tool that enables multiple writers to collaboratively contribute and modify one or more pages of content. Users can create and edit pages quickly, while tracking changes and additions.

To learn more, see Wikis.


You can link to the group tool to access all groups -OR- link to a specific group page.

To learn more, see Course Groups.

Tools Area

The Tools Area provides a list all tools that are available to students.



Blackboard Collaborate

Synchronous communication

More Tools

Click More Tools to expand the drop-down list to include additional tools. Click it again to hide the additional tools.







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