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Blackboard Elements

Tools and add-ons that support Blackboard.

The Blackboard environment refers to a set of tools that enhance the students' academic experience, including course management systems and other technology-related tools that mediate learning.

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Blackboard Mobile Learn Blackboard Mobile Learn gives you interactive access to your courses and class content and is designed specifically for the iOS and Android mobile platforms. Instructors and students can view announcements, participate in discussions, view grades, and access several other course areas by using Mobile Learn. Visit the Blackboard Mobile Learn website to learn more about Mobile Learn and how to get started.

LectoraPro Suite provides faculty members with the opportunity to create engaging and interactive online courses and assessments that can be distributed, hosted, and managed on the Blackboard Learning System as well as CD-ROM, and Dynamic HTML. Lectora’s ”Drag-and-Drop” technology and WYSIWYG environment allows for even the novice computer user to create content for Blackboard. Lectora ProSuite by Trivantis is provided free of charge to the Vanderbilt teaching community by the School of Nursing. (request your copy now)

iTunes U at Vanderbilt: Accessing class podcasts made easy. Students can download coursework, lectures, and supporting media from iTunes U via a link instructors place in Blackboard. The downloads can be played on an iPod, Mac or PC, or burned to a CD. (learn more)

SafeAssign™ is a plagiarism prevention service that helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content. Instructors are encouraged to allow students to submit their papers for assessment prior to turning them in for a grade. 
(instructor manual) (student manual)

TurningPoint® transforms the standard lecture Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation into a powerful interactive learning system that engages students in active participation. Professors can display questions, surveys, opinion polls and games that allow every student in the class to select a response via their wireless ResponseCard® keypads ("clickers") and transmit the data immediately to the presentation. Track attendance, assess student learning retention, prompt student interaction, even award participation points or deliver quizzes and tests via TurningPoint's interactive learning system. (instructor manual)

eLMS is an adaptive learning platform that supports interoperation using web services, both in conjunction with enacting courseware designs and in managing domain-specific objects, such as classes, users, and courseware. The heart of the eLMS platform is a model-based delivery engine that enacts learning designs authored with the CAPE design environment. (learn more)