Interactive tools are blogs, journals, wikis and discussion boards. These tools provide a medium for students share ideas and encourages participation among their peers. Class participation promotes engagement for students and retains interest in various topics for the course. Interactive tools can be graded.
What are the distinctions among Blogs, Journals, Wikis and Discussion Boards?
A blog – or web log – is an online journal intended for a person to talk about a topic in a public space. A blog may be the work of just one person, or could be the collection of entries by several people working on a shared goal or theme. In Blackboard, blogs encourages students to share ideas and reflection with the class or group and provide the teaching team valuable insight into students’ activities. In Blackboard Learn, instructors create and manage blogs, and enrolled users can view and create entries and provide feedback. They also have full control over all blogs and can edit and delete entries in any blog types. User comments can also be deleted.
A journal is private self-reflection tool. It can be used to get students to express their thoughts, collect observations, concerns, notes, progress, and opinions that may not be shared otherwise.
A wiki is a collaborative tool for knowledge sharing. Students working together are able to create and edit wiki pages. Each user of the wiki has the ability to modify any and all of the content. It include a complete version history and the lecturer can see how much new and content modifications each student has contributed. Wikis can be open to the whole class or assigned to groups only. Wikis are ideal for group projects.
Discussion Boards is a space to hold online conversations in the form of posted messages. It can be used as a question and space or have student discuss various topics. Discussion boards can be subscribed to, allowing email notifications be sent on updates.