Links to individual tools or a specific area of a tool, such as a particular Discussion Board forum, can be placed in a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder. You may also link to the entire Tools Area, which provides a list of links to all available tools.
Point to Tools in the course area’s action barto create links to tools or the Tools Area. You can show or hide additional tools by clicking More Tools.
Providing the relevant tools for a lesson within a course area creates a seamless experience for users. For example, Discussion Board forums and journals can exist in the same content area with multimedia, files, and tests.
When you include a tool in a course area, you can describe what it is used for, provide instructions for the tool, and attach necessary files. For example, you can link to a blog, attach a file to read, and explain that users need to post to the blog next week.
Your school controls which tools are available. You have the ability to disable tools in a course by expanding the Customization section of the Control Panel and selecting Tool Availability.
Learn about the types of tools available and choose the ones that help students meet your learning objectives.
|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 the course but are also all centrally located in the Discussion Board tool. |
To learn more, see Discussion Board.
|Blog||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.
|Journal||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.
|Wikis||A wiki is a collaborative tool that enables multiple writers to collaboratively contribute and modify one or more pages of content. Pages can be created and edited quickly, while tracking changes and additions. |
To learn more, see Wikis.
|Groups||You can link to the Groups tool for links to all groups, or link to a specific group page. |
To learn more, see Users and Groups.
|Chat||Chat allows users to interact with each other using a text-based messaging tool in real time. |
To learn more, see Chat.
|Virtual Classroom||The Virtual Classroom includes a shared whiteboard, chat, group browser, and a map that can be used to navigate to places in the course. |
To learn more, see Virtual Classroom.
|Tools Area||The Tools Area provides a list of links to all tools that are available to students.|
|More Tools||Click More Tools to expand the drop-down list to include additional tools. Click it again to hide the additional tools.|
You can link to an entire tool, such as the main blogs page, or an area of the tool, such as a specific blog. You can also create a new blog while working in the course area.
Instead of linking to a specific tool, you can provide a link to the Tools Area that lists all available tools.