If you are teaching online
or hybrid, it will be helpful for you to master
the email, announcements, chat, and tracking tools
in Blackboard Vista. These tools will help
you to manage the online environment.
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The email tool in Blackboard will allow you to
email the entire class or an individual from
within your course. This email should be
used to communicate with the students in your
course, rather than using any outside email
The chat feature in Blackboard will allow you to
chat with your students in real-time. This
is a great way to conduct virtual office hours.
From the course tools menu, you can click on
"Who's Online?" and find out who is available to
chat at any given time.
This is a great way to remind students of upcoming
deadlines or even other important happenings.
You can choose to have them "pop-up" when a
student logs into your course, making it an
effective way to capture their attention and get
your message delivered. In the online
environment, it is essential to stay connected and
make sure students are staying on task.
This tool allows you to "track" how often each of
your students are navigating within your course.
It also allows you to see exactly what areas of the
course they have accessed the most/least.
This tool allows you to enter all of the
assignments, activities, quizzes, etc., and
associated due dates for your students. You
may decide to use this tool in Blackboard to help
keep your students informed. However, many
instructors still prefer to create their own
course calendar as a word file or PDF and make it
available in Blackboard, rather than using the
calendar tool. This is a matter of
preference. Just remember, keeping it
simple, is usually a good idea.