Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate
Blackboard Learn is KPC/UAA’s web-based course management system that allows for dynamic learning to occur in the online environment. The tools provided by Blackboard Learn allow students and faculty to post and share documents and other course content, write via e-mail and posted discussion boards, use multimedia, and even have synchronous, or “real-time” conversations in a virtual classroom.
KPC faculty generally post their syllabi to Blackboard, whether the course meets face-to-face or just virtually. Students complete the IDEA student course evaluation through Blackboard.
Students log in to Blackboard with their UAA username. Passwords can be reset and usernames found at https://me.uaa.alaska.edu.
Blackboard Collaborate classes are web-based and delivered in real-time so that students in the class meet simultaneously with their instructor in cyberspace. Students and instructors engage with each other by talking with full, two-way audio, chat online, share video, and view what the instructor writes on a virtual whiteboard or demonstrates in class specific software.
To participate in Collaborate-delivered classes, students’ computers must meet minimum system requirements, connection speeds, have Java Web Start, a headset to listen and speak into (available locally and in the KRC Bookstore) and must complete the configuration process.
Students should be familiar with Collaborate in order to get the most out of this technology. Most KPC distance delivered courses, web-based or Collaborate, require students purchase textbooks from www.mbsDirect.net (1-800-325-3252). Textbooks for KPC distance courses are not available at KPC bookstores. AES KPC Web course textbooks are available from the UAA Bookstore. Students should order books early to have them on hand for the first week of class.
Collaborate is accessed via Blackboard Learn from the Blackboard link on the KPC home page or at http://technology.uaa.alaska.edu/blackboard. Students can also visit the UAA Blackboard Collaborate Getting Started Guide at: https://support.uaa.alaska.edu/Pages/getting-started-with-blackboard-collaborate.aspx.