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Semester Announcements

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, All Summer 2020 Semester Courses Will Be Taught Online.

Some courses, listed as hybrid, will meet virtually at the times they were scheduled to meet on campus. Most of the virtual sessions will be managed using Blackboard (Bb) Collaborate Ultra. Bb Collaborate Ultra can be accessed from within your Bb course. 

For more information visit Semester Announcements

Owl Mail (Student email account)

Have you activated your Owl Mail Student email account? If not, click here for three easy steps to activate your student email account. You will need your seven-digit student ID for activation.

How Do I

How do I clear my cache?

What is Cache, Cookies, and History and How Do You Clear Them...

Each time you access a file through your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc), the browser caches (i.e., stores) it so it doesn't have to keep retrieving the same files or images from the remote web site each time you click Back or Forward. You should periodically clear the cache to allow your browser to function more efficiently. A cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, that is stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser. A browser's history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser's Back button, you are moving back one entry in the history log. Browsers will normally clear history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy reasons.

See below on how to delete cache, cookies, and history for your browser version. To find out what browser version you are on, select the Help button at the top of your browser window and select the About option.

Internet Explorer 8 and above 

1. Select the dropdown arrow for the 'Safety' menu option found in the upper right of the window.

2. Click Delete Browsing History...

3. Deselect Preserve Favorites Website Data

4. Select Temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History.

5. Click Delete. 

Firefox 7.0 and above for Windows

 1. Select Tools from the menu options found across the top of the window.

2. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History...

3. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.

4. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose what history elements to clear (e.g., check Cookies to clear cookies, check cache to clear cache, etc).

5. Click Clear Now. 

Chrome

 1. In the upper right of the window, select the picture of a wrench

2. Select the Tools option

3. From the Tools menu, select Clear browsing data...

4. Select the items you want to clear (e.g., Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Empty the cache, Delete cookies).

5. You can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information from the Clear data from this period drop-down menu. To clear your entire cache, select the beginning of time. 6. Click Clear browsing data.

Safari 

1. From the Safari menu, select Reset Safari...

2. From the menu, select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset.

Firefox for Mac OS X

 1. From the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.

2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.

3. Click the down arrow next to "Details" to choose which elements to clear. Click Clear Now. Back to top Mobile Safari for iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) 

To clear cache and cookies:

1. From the home screen, tap Settings, and then tap Safari.

2. At the bottom of Safari's settings screen, tap the buttons for Clear Cookies and Clear Cache. To confirm, tap Clear Cookies or Clear Cache again. 

To clear history:

1. From the home screen, tap Safari.

2. At the bottom of the screen, Safari's settings screen, tap the button for Clear History. To confirm, tap Clear History again.

How do I find my Owl Link username and password?

To obtain your Owl Link userID follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Owl Link Website.
  2. Look up your Owl Link Username.

    - Either from the Login page or under "User Accounts" on the
       "Credit Students" menu, select "What's my Username?"

    - Enter your last name and either your social security number
       OR your 7-digit student id number.

    - Your Owl Link username will be displayed.

To reset your Owl Link password follow these steps:

Note: you MUST have a valid email address on file with
Admissions and Records to reset your Owl Link password.
If you do not, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 301-546-0637 or email at servicedesk@pgcc.edu.

  1. If you do not remember your password, you must reset it. By resetting your Owl Link password, your Blackboard password will automatically be reset.
  2. Reset your Owl Link password by selecting "Forgot my Password" either from the Login Screen or under User Accounts on the Credit Student menu.
  3. Enter your last name and either your social security number or your 7-digit student id.
  4. Select the email address you want the temporary password sent to.
  5. Check your email to receive your password.
  6. Log into Owl Link using the temporary password. You will then get a screen that tells you that your password has expired and you must reset it. Re-enter your Username and temporary password. Then enter a password of your choice. It must be a minimum of (8) characters in length and contain at least one upper case letter, at least one lower case letter, and at least one number.
  7. You can then use this same Username and Password to log into Blackboard.

The student email address in Blackboard is the Owl Mail for Students email address (YourOwlLinkUsername@students.pgcc.edu).

All emails sent from within Blackboard will be delivered to your Owl Mail for Students email address. 

Student Email For All PGCC Credit Students!!

All PGCC credit students will receive a PGCC email account called Owl Mail. Your Owl Mail account is different than your Owl Link account, which is used to access your class schedules, grades, transcripts, etc. This email account will be used by the college to communicate ALL college-related business, including:

  • All Emails Sent From Blackboard
  • Emails from your teacher
  • Financial aid information
  • Admissions and registration
  • Other college-related information 

You Must setup your Owl Link account before you can activate your PGCC email account (Owl Mail) to continue receiving emails from PGCC.

Your new student email account will be YourOwlLinkUsername@students.pgcc.edu. For example, asmith23@students.pgcc.edu

Get Started... Activate Your Owl Mail Account

  • Setup your Owl Link account (if you have not already done so!)
  • Go to http://live.pgcc.edu and follow the instructions to activate your Owl Mail account.

If you have questions or problems with your Owl Mail setup, contact the Technology Service Desk at 301-546-0637 or servicedesk@pgcc.edu 

How Do I Log in to Blackboard

Blackboard is a Web-based program that serves as the college's online classroom. You will use Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit assignments, and to discuss the course with your classmates.

To login to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:

  • Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard Web site which is located at https://pgcconline.blackboard.comNote: There is no "www" in the Blackboard address.
  • All PGCC Students must log in to Blackboard using their Owl Link username and password.
  • Type your Owl Link username and password into the Blackboard login box.  If your login is successful, you will see the PGCC Blackboard Homepage. In module labeled "My Courses", you will see the course(s) in which you are enrolled.  Click on the course name to access your Blackboard course.
  • Howard Community College Students will receive an email with login instructions. Your instructor will also be able to give you login information. Please check your HCC student email account.

Blackboard Email

The student email address in Blackboard is the Owl Mail for Students email address (YourOwlLinkUsername@students.pgcc.edu).

ALL email sent from within Blackboard will be delivered to your Owl Mail for Students email address.  

Trouble Logging In?

Before calling for help, consider the following:

  • Are you using your Owl Link username and password?  You must use your Owl Link Username and password to login to Blackboard.

  • Can you login to Owl Link?  If you can’t log in to Owl Link, contact the PGCC Help Desk: HelpDesk@pgcc.edu or 301-546-0637

Can you login to Owl Link but not Blackboard?

  • Did you register today? Typically it takes one business day from the time you register for you to access your course. If you register on a Friday, you will not be able to access your course until the following Monday.
  • When does your class begin? Students can access their courses 4 days (fall/summer) or 5 days (spring) prior to the start date. Click Here to view the online course schedule and check the start date of your course.
  • Are you registered for a credit course? Most non-credit courses use a different system. Click Here for the non-credit website.
  • Have you received an “FX” grade for non-participation?  Check your grades in Owl Link. If you have received an FX grade, contact your instructor.

If none of these applies to your situation: Contact eLearning Services 

How do I use the Blackboard features?

How to Add a Profile Picture to Your Personal Profile
How to Clear Cache, Cookies, and History
How to Create and Comment on Journal Entries

How to Create and Edit a Blog Entry

(Source: Blackboard, Inc.)

How to Create and Edit Wiki Pages

How to Find My Assignment Grades and Feedback

You can review your assignment grades and feedback either by using the “My Grades” feature found in the Quicklinks button in your Blackboard course or you can access the assignment's "Review Submission History" page and review the grade and feedback in context. Assignments are not graded automatically. Your instructor must grade each assignment.

Click here for more information on the My Grades page

Quicklinks: Click on the Quicklinks button in your course, then click on "My Grades".

Review Submission History page
To review your grade and feedback in the Review Submission History page, select the same link in your course that you used to submit your assignment. The Review Submission History page appears. If you uploaded a file, it automatically opens in the browser. You will only see this link as long as the assignment is open. Once the assignment is closed, you will need to use the "My Grades" option in the Quicklinks button.

Click here for more information on the Review Submission History Page

 

Point to a comment icon to view comments your instructor provided. Select the highlighted text to see if your instructor provided a comment. You can also zoom in and out, and navigate to other pages in your file.

You can download and print the file from the menu in the inline viewer.


If your instructor used a rubric to grade your work, select the View Rubric icon to view details (it’s the icon just to the left of your score/grade).

How to Find Your Syllabus
How to Hide/Show Your Course List From "My eLearning" Tab

From the "My eLearning" page, you can change the way in which course information appears in the "My Courses" module. By checking or unchecking associated boxes, you can hide or show the course name, course ID, instructor names, announcements, tasks and calendar events. Please follow these steps to make the changes.

 

Note: Please follow the same steps to show or hide your courses from the "My Courses" page.

 

Step 1: Locate the "My Courses" Module (from the My eLearning page).

From the "My eLearning" page (the first page you see once you log into Blackboard 9.1), select the pinwheel icon in the top right corner of the "My Courses" module.

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Step 2: How to show or hide your course.

In the boxes under the columns for each item (Course Name, Course ID, Instructors, Announcements, Tasks and Calendar Events), check the box to show or uncheck to hide.

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Step 3: Check your "My Courses" module to see the changes.

Once you have completed your choices for items to show or hide, click the Submit button.
When you return to the "My eLearning" page, you will see the changes you made under the "My Courses" module.

How to Locate Faculty Information
How to Send an Email in Blackboard
How to Set Your Notification Options

(Source: Blackboard, Inc.)

How to Submit an Assignment

How to succeed in your online course
How to Take a Test Online

How to Use the Discussion Board

(Source: Blackboard, Inc.)

How to Work in Student Groups

(Source: Blackboard, Inc.)

Important Resources

Free online tutoring is available through SmartThinking.

Connect with a Tutor and interact live.

How To .... in Smarthinking?

Explore a series of Smarthinking video tutorials that will help you understand how to use the online tutoring service. Click on the links below to take you directly to each video.

View Smarthinking subject descriptions and times available 

Getting Started:

Accessing Smarthinking through PGCC is simple:

  1. Log in to Blackboard: http://pgcconline.blackboard.com using your Blackboard username and password (same as Owl Link)
  2. Go to your online course
  3. Click "Quicklinks" on the course menu
  4. Click "Smarthinking Free Online Tutoring"

Note: Each student is allowed 180 minutes per semester.

Technology Requirements and Troubleshooting Tips
  • Cookies/Javascript should be enabled.
  • Please disable all pop-up blockers for services.smarthinking.com
  • Make sure that your browser is set up to allow cookies and pop-up windows (Smarthinking uses both of these)
  • Make sure that you have Java installed. If you need to install Java, go to Java's Website and follow the instructions for the free download.

Need Help using Smarthinking?

  1. Once you log in, view the Smarthinking Student Handbook for all you need to know about navigating the website and using the service.
  2. The Smarthinking Technical Support team is available to assist you. First, check the information in the Customer Support Self-help options are available 24/7, where you can browse the support articles and use the Pearson Virtual Assistant. If you still need help, Live Online Chat Support is also available 24/7 to assist you here
  3. If you are a faculty/staff member with questions, please contact eLearning Services at (301) 546-0463 or eLearning@pgcc.edu.
The Library Media Center

The Library Media Center is where you can find library materials, streaming videos, databases by subject, scholarship information, and other services such as research help and tutoring.

The PGCC online bookstore

The PGCC online bookstore offers everything from textbooks and school supplies to workout gear and vinyl records.

 

The Testing Center

The Testing Center on campus provides placement tests for new students and instructional tests for students enrolled in specific disciplines and courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Consider an Online Course

Consider An Online Course

You enroll for an online course just as you would for any other college course. You can find information about enrolling at the college's main web site at http://www.pgcc.edu. You can expect to pay the same tuition and fees for your online course as you would for other college courses.

Contact Us

Enterprise Technology has implemented a new service called askPGCC. This new service is used to streamline and expedite the resolution of a variety of issues. To submit an askPGCC ticket for eLearning technical support, please click the following link to log in (using your student email address and Owl Link password) ask.PGCC.edu. All tickets submitted within askPGCC go directly to the Area of Service.

Contact Us

How do I find out about textbooks?

Most online courses require that students purchase one or more textbooks. You can purchase textbooks either in person at the campus bookstore or online. You will find specific information about textbooks for your class at https://www.bkstr.com/princegeorgesccstore/home and can order books online.

What are the tuition costs?

You can expect to pay the same tuition and fees for your online course as you would for other college courses. For information regarding the current tuition and fees, please click here. For more information about residency, see the current college catalog. All charges are levied per credit hour.

Online

Can I get an AA Degree entirely online?

Prince George's Community College is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For a list of degrees and certificate programs that have been approved by our accrediting association and are available for distance delivery, click here.

How can I be successful at online testing?

Once a student begins a test (i.e., after clicking "OK" to the query 'Click OK to begin Assessment. Click Cancel to return.'), there are only three valid actions a student may perform:

  • The first valid action is 'answering' a question (selecting True/False, Multiple Choice, Fill-In-the-blank, etc.).
  • The second valid action is 'saving' the answers (clicking the <SAVE> button after entering each answer).
  • The third valid action is 'submitting' the entire assessment (clicking the <SUBMIT> button when completely finished with the test).

Important: Using the mouse or keyboard to perform ANY other action, such as <BACKSPACE> OR <REFRESH>, could ruin the outcome of the assessment. Also, answering and/or clicking on the <SAVE> button after 10 minutes from the last answer (no matter how long the instructor allows you to take the assessment), could ruin the outcome as well. Using the slide bar to move up or down the assessment page is the only exception.

How do I take assessments (tests, exams, quizzes)?

How you take assessments depends on how your instructor sets it up. Below are two possible ways in which assessments are given in online courses:

Assessments can be taken online in Blackboard. You log in to your Blackboard course and access your exam from within your course. Your assessment will be available during a certain timeframe and may have a time limit to take the assessment. Most instructors allow you to access the assessment only one time. If you are disconnected from your Internet provider while you are taking the assessment, contact your instructor immediately to report a problem.

Some instructors give assessments on-campus in the Testing Center. You will need to go to the Testing Center during its regularly scheduled hours of operation to take your exam.

Be prepared to show a photo ID. You should check the hours of the Testing Center and other requirements on the Testing Center web page.

Should I do all my assignments or papers in Blackboard or offline?

The electronic world is uncertain; Internet users know that service will sometimes be disrupted with no warning.

For assignments and papers, it's best to work off line and save your files to disk or a flashdrive. You don't have to worry about being disconnected before you finish and submit your work. You can then copy and paste your assignments into your Blackboard course or upload your file and submit your assignment. You should receive a confirmation that your assignment has been submitted.

Always save a copy of your files in case something gets lost in cyberspace. It's your responsibility to complete and turn in assignments; instructors cannot assign a grade based on work they've never seen.

Your instructor may require you to take quizzes or exams using Blackboard's test feature; often, you can access the test only one time. If you are disconnected from your Internet provider while you are taking the exam, contact your instructor immediately to report a problem.

What do I do if I have emailed the instructor and I have not received a reply?

If you emailed your instructor and don't receive a reply within 24 hours (not including weekends), please go to College Directory and look up the number for the academic department in which your course resides.

If you are unable to reach the Department Chair, please contact eLearning Services and we will help you find an alternative.

What if I have problems logging into Blackboard?

Most of the college's online courses use Blackboard as their online delivery software. You will find login directions on the web. If you are unable to login, here are some possible reasons:

Generally, you will be able to login to your Blackboard course(s) four days prior to the start-date of your class if you register before then. If you register during the four days, it may take up to 24 hours to transfer your registration information from Owl Link to the Blackboard server.

Your Blackboard login account is the same as your Owl Link account. Try logging into Owl Link. If you cannot log into Owl Link, you will need to reset your password. Once you can successfully log into Owl Link, you should be able to login to Blackboard using the same username and password. If you are registered in a credit class and you can't login within 24 hours after registering, contact eLearning Services

What is an online course?

To take an online course, you must have access to a computer at home or at work. You will log in to your class to receive course information, view course content, submit assignments, and have discussions with your instructor and fellow students.

It is very important to remember the following points about online learning:

Online learning is flexible and convenient...but NOT EASIER!

  • You can expect to study a minimum of 6-9 hours each week for each online class you are taking.
  •  Most online classes at PGCC are not self-paced. The instructor sets the deadlines for the course and students.
What is Blackboard?

The college uses Blackboard as its web-based course management system. You can reach Blackboard at https://pgcconline.blackboard.com. You must have a user name and a password in order to login to your online course. Just as you have become familiar with the set up of a classroom on campus, you will become familiar with the features of an online classroom within Blackboard:

  • Announcements
  • Start Here
  • Syllabus & Schedule
  • Course Content
  • Discussion Board
  • Faculty Info
  • Quicklinks
  • Library Resources 
Course information and content:

Like other forms of electronic communication, Blackboard records each time you log in and the course areas you visit while online. Your instructors will know whether or not you are participating (just as they would in a face-to-face class), so make sure you participate to the fullest extent.

Where do I find the course descriptions for the online course I'm interested in taking? Who do I call if I don't understand the course description for the online course I want to take?

There are three things you can do to find out more about the course:

  • Click on eLearning Class Schedules. Click on the course you are interested in taking, then click on the instructor's name. You will be taken to the People Directory for the college where you can search for your instructor and get their phone number.
  • Go to the college's home page at http://www.pgcc.edu and click on the 'Programs and Courses' then select 'Online Catalog'. You can search the catalog under 'Catalog Search' on the left of the screen.
  • Go to the College Directory and look up the number for the academic department in which your course resides. For example, if you are taking ACC 1000 Fundamentals of Accounting, you would look for the Accounting Department.
Will I have to come to campus to take tests or attend classes?

While many online classes do not require you to come on campus for tests or class meetings, there are some classes that do require you to come to campus. It's best to check your instructor's syllabus or contact your instructor directly:

To check your instructor's syllabus: Go to your Bb course and click on the Syllabus & Schedule link.

Hybrid/Online

What is a Hybrid/Online Course?

A Hybrid/Online Course combines classroom meetings and online instruction. Students enrolled in a Hybrid/Online course come to campus at scheduled times and meet face-to-face with their professors and fellow students. The number of on-campus meetings varies some only meet once a month while others may meet every week. Other course work assignments, discussion, group work, etc. is accomplished through the Internet, using Blackboard. Students interact online to receive information about assignments, send homework, participate in class discussions, and conduct research.

What is expected of me in a hybrid/online class?
To be successful in your hybrid/online class, you are expected to:
  • Have an Owl Link account. (You must have logged in to Owl Link and reset your password.)
  • Have access to a computer with Internet service and an email account
  • Attend all of the scheduled face-to-face class meetings
  • Participate regularly in the online portions of the class
  • Plan to ensure enough time to study and complete assignments
  • Commit 6 - 9 hours per week per three-credit class
  • Enjoy communicating in writing and reading the writing of others
  • "Speak up" to your instructors when problems arise
  • Be willing to take responsibility for your learning
  • Be able to learn easily from reading and writing
  • Know how to use technology properly
  • Read and write well
  • Be comfortable addressing problems at a distance
  • Have good time management skills to follow a schedule for finishing readings and assignments
  • Have good research skills, including how to effectively use the Internet
  • Have the ability to work well cooperatively, even when your communication is restricted to email or online chat
Why take a hybrid/online class?

Taking a hybrid/online class requires fewer trips to campus for regularly scheduled class times. This can be reflected in less travel time to and from class and also less money spent on transportation costs. Sometimes it is difficult for a student with other work and family responsibilities to be able to commit to a regular face-to-face class schedule.

Taking a hybrid/online class provides more flexibility with regard to the student's time. Some students are not interested in taking totally online classes and would prefer to have times when they can actually meet their instructor and fellow classmates.

Hybrid/online courses make for a great combination: some flexibility that comes with online classes, but also the sense of community that is found when attending face-to-face classes. These hybrid/online classes provide the best of both worlds.

Noncredit Courses

Does my noncredit course count toward a particular certificate?

For information on noncredit programs and certificates, contact the PGCC Information Center at enroll@pgcc.edu and 301-546-0075, 301-546-0822, or 301-546-7422.

What course formats are offered for noncredit courses?

PGCC offers noncredit online courses in two different formats: ed2go, and Blackboard

The main difference among these formats is the subjects and topics that are offered. 

The online classrooms don't differ significantly from format to format.  But, the process of registering for the courses and accessing the coursework is different, depending on the format of the online course. Learn More

 

What if I'm not really technical?

PGCC eLearning Services office offers orientation for online students. In the orientation, you will learn how to log into your online classroom and how to navigate your online class. The eLearning Services office can conduct individual orientation sessions by phone (must be connected to the Internet while on the phone) or in-person, upon request. If you are interested, please contact the eLearning Services office. For support for your online course, see the eLearning Services office.

What information is on the Noncredit Course Schedule?

The PGCC Course Schedule is divided into topic areas. The first section addresses the Workforce Development needs of our students. The second half contains Continuing Education topics. Within these two domains are many topic categories, which are grouped under large headings and then into smaller sub-headings. For descriptions of particular courses, click on the title of the course.

The Course Schedule indicates in what format each online course is offered.

 Note the format type of the class that you choose by looking at the far-right Format column, which indicates the type of class: Ed2Go or Blackboard. The type of class will determine the registration procedures and the Web address that you will need when accessing your course. You can click on the format type in the class schedule for more information about how the course is delivered, and you can click on the individual course titles for a description of the course.

What is a hybrid course?

Most of the noncredit online courses are offered totally online, but some are hybrid courses, a combination of face-to-face class meetings and online. Which of these choices is best for you? It may depend on your daily schedule.

Contact Technical Support

Tech tips for students

Enterprise Technology uses a service called askPGCC for the submission and resolution of a variety of issues. To submit an askPGCC ticket for eLearning technical support, please click the following link to log in (using your student email address and Owl Link password) ask.PGCC.edu. All tickets submitted within askPGCC go directly to the Area of Service.

Mailing Address

eLearning Services
Prince George's Community College
Room 346, Accokeek Hall
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774 

Email Address

eLearning@pgcc.edu

On-Campus Location

Accokeek Hall, Room 346
(301) 546-0463 

Hours of Operation 

Fall & Spring Semester

Phone support: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Walk-in support: 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday

Intersession Hours (January)

Phone support: 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Walk-in support: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday;
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday

Summer Semester Hours

Phone support: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Walk-in support: 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday;
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday

If technical support is required after hours, please submit an askPGCC ticket.

Be Social and Connect

Stay in the loop with PGCC news and information and connect with PGCC through:

Blogs, journals, and wikis

Blogs, Journals and Wikis can be used for self-reflection, collaboration and communication. Blogs and Journals give students the opportunity to share and construct knowledge. Students can benefit from comments from peers and the instructor as they interact, collaborate, and share information, resources, opinions, and ideas. Wikis are a page or set of pages, that can be collaboratively edited by the instructor and by the students enrolled in the class.

What are Blogs, Journals and Wikis?

Blogs are chronological posts from one or more people, meaning entries are entered and displayed by date of entry. Replies can only be made through side comments. Blogs are group-based either with smaller groups or the entire class contributing to the blog. Journals are private reflections and writings by one person.  Another term for journal is "diary". Journals are private to the student and the instructor but can be made public. Wikis allow students to add content to a Blackboard course web site. Students can edit and add pages, images and links. A log of all changes is kept, so it is easy to keep track of a given page's editorial history, and of students' editing activity.

Getting Started with Blackboard Blogs

Getting Started with Blackboard Blogs

A Blog—a shorthand term that means Web log—is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public viewing. Each Blog entry can include any combination of text, images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning. Blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected. In Blackboard Learn, only enrolled users can view and author Blogs. The owner of the Blog creates multiple entries over a period of time and the instructor and course members can add comments. A Blog can also be owned by the course or a Group. In the Group area, all members of a Group can create entries for the same Blog, building upon one another. Any course member can read and comment on a Group Blog, but cannot make entries if not a member of the group. Watch the videos below to learn how to create, edit and comment on blogs.

Getting Started with Blackboard Journals

Getting Started with Blackboard Journals

Journals is a self-reflective tool that allows students to post their personal reflections about the course or discuss and analyze course related materials. Students have the opportunity for personalized and private conversations with the instructor or Group members. Journal assignments can help students make connections between their experiences as they create meaning and internalize learning. Watch the videos below to learn how to create a journal and comment on journal entries.

WIKIS