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 Increases interaction with students and instructor.  Delivers course content and communication tools in a familiar platform (when institutions subscribe to one LMS).


 Offers a safe space for inquiry and exploratory learning.


Application Blackboard can provide a ―one stop shop‖ for facilitating a collaborative writing


project from beginning to end. From individual reflection to group discussion, from group planning to peer editing, from task management to group content building, Blackboard, and many LMSs, provide tools that support each potential step in the group writing process. A sample of possible Blackboard supported classroom activities includes:  Pre-class reading journals  Post-class discussion board debriefings  Virtual class sessions  Audio peer editing and feedback  Wiki building for a non-public audience  Blogging for a non-public audience  The ability to file share and collaborate in groups to support an ongoing research or writing project


What distinguishes Blackboard from the other entry points we have discussed in earlier modules is the ability to manage groups and group work in one location. Therefore, our discussion of LMS supported collaboration will focus on the group tools within Blackboard. The available tools included in Blackboard group features include blogs,


collaboration, discussion boards, email, file exchange, tasks, and wikis. The blog tool allows a group to maintain a blog for which each group member can contribute. This group blog is visible to the entire class. The blog can be tied to the grade book for ease of grading. Collaboration offers two tools


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