Blackboard Communities are online environments for formal and informal organizations and clubs at the university. Communities have the same features for presenting information and communicating with other users that are found incourses, and are also managed in a similar way.
Complete details regarding requesting a Blackboard community are available at http://doit.niu.edu/doit/services/academic/index.shtml. For additional information, call 815.753.8100 or email ServiceDesk@niu.edu.
To access your communities, log into Blackboard by going to http://webcourses.niu.edu, using your NIU AccountID as username and the corresponding password as Blackboard password. Students use their Z-ID and password for Blackboard login.
Note: If you know the Z- or A-ID of the person to be enrolled, Steps 5 and 6 can be omitted.
To enroll users manually:
Folders and documents can be created and added to a Community through any Content Area within Blackboard. For instructions on how to create a folder or upload a file, please click here.
There are several collaborative tools available for use within a Community that can be created and deployed by Community Leaders:
Coommunities, by default, are not available to participants until the Community Leader decides to make it available. This is indicated in the My Organizations module where you will see (Unavailable) displayed next to the Community's name.
For instructions on how to make a Community available, please click here.
The Groups tool allows Community Leaders to organize participants into groups of any size. Community Leaders can provide communication and collaboration tools that only Group members can access. Groups can be created one at a time or in sets. Groups can be designated as Self-Enroll, allowing participants to add themselves to a Group, or Manual Enroll, having the Community Leader assign students to a Group.
Once created, each Group has its own space in the Community to work together. The Community Leader can allow individual Group members to personalize their Group space with personal modules, such as My Calendar and What's New. Also, the Community Leader can enable an assortment of tools to help participants collaborate.
For instructions on how to crete and manage groups within a Community, please click here.