Blackboard / U of S Course Tools is an electronic classroom environment that allows you to access course materials online; submit assignments electronically, see your Grades, receive announcements from your instructor, communicate with instructors and others in class through online chat, or email; maintain a calendar, and more.
Creation of every U of S credit course, identification of instructors, and placing students into courses in Blackboard is handled automatically based on current information in the student registration system. Alternatively, courses in Blackboard which do not correspond to a class in the student registration system can be created and populated manually.
Instructors, as designated in the student information system, can enable and use course tools to suit their instructional needs. The U of S Course Tools are accesible via the PAWS My Courses channel or by clicking the Course Tools icon in the top-right-hand corner of your PAWS window. Even if other systems (e.g. One-45 or Moodle) are used for course content or management, students and instructors are encouraged to use PAWS as the way to access any services for course content.
For more information, see Course Tools / Blackboard FAQs
All courses on campus are available in the standardized template of U of S Course Tools (Blackboard Learn) that contains a simple set of standard tools for communication, grading and assessment facilities, and content provision that can be expanded. Course Tools allows instructors to manage courses, distribute course materials, and communicate with students through online means
Blackboard Learn is the full-featured course management system at the U of S. It provides a wealth of student assessment, communication, course management, and course development tools. This added functionality also adds complexity and it takes time to learn how to use the Blackboard Learn system effectively and to monitor its use in a course.
Note:The basic template for each course contains very basic tools, making it easy for anyone to use the system. Adding options, tools and functionality increases the complexity of the system and instructors can choose to build this complexity or not.
Content Builders (file attachments, folders, internal and external links), Syllabus, Announcements, Assessments, Assignment Hand-in and Hand-Back, Grade Centre, Groups, Mail, Media Library (YouTube, Flickr, SlideShare, RSS feed), Bookstore, Library Resources, Podcasting as well as others.
In addition to the U of S Course Tools (Blackboard), there are other tools available for use in courses.
ICT Training Services provides training for course tools and other tools that can be used in courses.