Blackboard supports a variety of tools for collaborative editing (Wikis) and online discussion (blogs and discussion boards). A chat feature also allows faculty to have virtual office hours and interact with students in real-time over the Internet.
Sharing Files, Creating Web Sites, and Collaborative Editing in BearSpace
In addition to offering 1 gigabyte of personal file storage and serving as a platform for individual web sites, BearSpace allows users to share files over the Internet to institutional and non-institutional colleagues through e-mail invitations and folder subscriptions. BearSpace also offers a tool for creating Wikis, a great multi-user technology for editing documents online.
Echo360 lecture capture software enables a faculty member to record most aspects of a classroom presentation with inputs for audio, video, and computer desktop and document camera capture. Presentations may then be delivered over the Internet in Blackboard. For more information--or to schedule a recording session--e-mail Dennis Campbell, academic technology consultant.
Use Refworks to Generate, Store Electronic Citations
RefWorks is a web-based service (comparable to EndNote and Procite) used to create a personal database of bibliographic citations by importing the citations from online library databases. Citations can be collected from databases, organized in folders, cited in papers, and automatically formatted for bibliography and footnotes for specific styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). The citations can also be searched within your personal RefWorks database.
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It's a very popular choice for creating podcasts and general audio files. With the use of the plugin LAME Mp3 Encoder, Audacity can export audio files directly into Mp3 format.