Blackboard: Building Blocks



Piazza is a wiki style Q & A platform that is designed to connect students and professors. Questions and answers are community edited. Students can ask questions anonymously and others can contribute answers. Instructor endorsements of good questions and answers let instructors push the class in the right direction. Because this is integrated into Blackboard users are automatically enrolled and don't need to sign in.

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Respondus Lockdown & Monitor

FHSU currently supports two Respondus products and is piloting a third. Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment. Respondus LockDown Browser® is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. Respondus Monitor® is a companion product for Lockdown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams.

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SafeAssign is a tool used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of sources to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.

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VoiceThread bridges the gap between real-time discussions and standard video lectures or online presentations. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file. You can create VoiceThread in your Blackboard course and use it as a multimedia alternative to the traditional BB discussion thread.

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Atomic Learning

FHSU is dedicated to bringing technology training to all learners on campus through this partnership. With Atomic Learning, schools can provide instructors, staff, and students 24/7 access to technology training resources. Featuring a guided, step-by-step path through online workshops on topics from APA and MLA to blogging and online discussions, Atomic Learning provides valuable educational resources as well as just-in-time training and support on over 215 applications.

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