Third Party Tools


    Available in Blackboard

    Atomic Learning
    Atomic Learning provides a collection of products containing workshops, training tutorials, and assessment tools to support instruction. These are integrated with Blackboard so that instructors can link presentations on topics such as incorporating quotations in essays and citing sources. Only the subscription portion of Atomic Learning is available to users. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. On the Tool Availability page, check off the box next to Atomic Learning and Submit the page. In a content area of your course, point to Build Content and select Atomic Learning under Mashups. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu. 

    Blackboard Collaborate Ulta
    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, record sessions, conduct polling, create breakout groups, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.

    Echo360
    Echo360 is a lecture capture system which allows the recording of video, audio, computer display and other inputs depending on the room in which the capture device is installed. The resultant video files can then be made available for students to review on their own. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. On the Tool Availability page, check off the boxes next to Echo360 and Submit the page. In a content area of your course, point to Build Content and select Echo360. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.

    Feedback (BluePulse)
    BluePulse is an anonymous, continuous student feedback tool in Blackboard. Instructors can poll students anytime or set up a reoccurring question to check in on the pulse of students throughout the semester. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. On the Tool Availability page, check off the box next to Feedback (BluePulse) and Submit the page. In a content area of your course, point to Tools > More Tools and select Feedback (BluePulse). It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.

    Clicker">i>Clicker
    An iClicker is a wireless handheld device that allows a student to anonymously respond to questions instructors pose in class.  Instructors can synchronize their i>clicker classroom roster and session data into the Blackboard's Grade Center. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. On the Tool Availability page, check off the boxes next to i>Clicker Instructor Resources and i>Clicker Student Registration and Submit the page.  I>Clicker Instructor Resources is located under the Control Panel > Course Tools > iClicker Instructor Tools. Students can register their i>clicker remotes within their Blackboard course by selecting Tools from the Course Menu.

    Kaltura
    Kaltura is a video management tool that allows faculty and students to easily create, host, and share video and audio inside the Blackboard course environment. Users upload audio and video directly to Blackboard using the Kaltura Media Mashup tool. Media uploaded will reside in the users My Media Library - a personal cloud based storage area located in Kaltura My Media under the Courses tab. Kaltura CaptureSpace can be used for presentation or screen recordings.

    Leaderboard
    Leaderboard is a module that displays students' total points and their rank compared to their classmates. An instructor will see the students' names displayed, while students will only see an anonymized rank. Leaderboard can be added to any Module page (e.g. Home Page) by clicking on Add Course Module. Once added, various settings can be changed by clicking on the gear icon.

    lynda.com
    lynda.com is an online learning platform that contains a video library of courses taught by recognized industry experts. To add lynda.com to a content area of your course, point to Build Content and select lynda.com course under Mashups. lynda.com will suggest videos based on your course name; or you can browse and search through all videos on lynda.com. Alternatively, you can link directly to a specific video or lesson.

    Office Mix
    Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons and share them with your students in your Blackboard course.  In your course, go to the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability.  On the Tool Availability page, check off the box next to Office Mix and Submit the page. In a content area of your course, point to Tools > More Tools and select Office Mix. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.

    OneNote Class Notebook
    OneNote Class Notebook allows instructors to share assignments with students and provide feedback on student work. The Collaboration space allows both instructors and students to edit content. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability.  On the Tool Availability page, check off the box next to OneNote Class Notebook and Submit the page. In a content area of your course, point to Tools and select OneNote Class Notebook. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.

    Piazza
    Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore, under the guidance of their instructors. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy, collaborative discussion. While not affiliated or supported by Blackboard or Mason, instructors are finding Piazza an interesting alternative to the native discussion board in Blackboard. Piazza classes can now be integrated into Blackboard course sites > Add Piazza to your course.

    Portfolios
    Portfolios is an academic and professional development tool that provides a medium for users to collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Portfolios offer a means to demonstrate formative and/or summative progress and achievement.  Portfolios can be used as a student assessment (integrated into the Assignment tool) and/or created via the Global Navigation Menu > Tools.  

    Publisher Content
    Many academic textbook publishers now offer web-based services to accompany the digital versions of their textbooks.  If you have adopted a textbook from Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, or Wiley, you can manually enable that publisher's tools within your Blackboard course(s) by selecting it under Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. Depending upon how your textbook publisher designed the Blackboard integration, the links to publisher's tools will display under the Control Panel > Course Tools or in a content area (point to Tools) or under Tools from the Course Menu. 

    Qwickly Attendance
    The Qwickly Attendance tool allows for attendance tracking and grading in Blackboard. From the Control Panel of your course, select Course Tools and then Qwickly Attendance. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.

    Respondus LockDown Browser
    Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom web browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard Courses. There is no cost to students for the browser. Instructors can choose to require the LockDown browser for any existing deployed test in their course. When a student uses Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another website, or access other applications on their computer. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. Click on the icon next to the test and select Modify Settings.

    Respondus Monitor
    Used in combination with LockDown Browser, Monitor records webcam audio and video of the student taking the test. This ensures student identity and that the student is following the instructor's requirements, such as closed book or working alone. Instructors can review the video after the test is complete. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. Click on the icon next to the test and select Modify Settings.

    SafeAssign™
    SafeAssign is an anti-plagiarism tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course. SafeAssign is integrated into the Assignment Tool. This option is in the Submission Details section of the Assignment page.

    SafeAssign™ / Direct Submit
    DirectSubmit generates SafeAssign reports on papers submitted outside of a SafeAssignment and it may also be used to add papers to the institutional database. Because DirectSubmit is not integrated with the Grade Center, Instructors should use SafeAssignments to collect submissions whenever possible. In your course, go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > SafeAssign > Direct Submit.

    TK20 (Education)
    Tk20 is an online centralized system for scoring and storing all student/candidate assessment work for future reporting and analysis.

    WordPress
    WordPress is a website and blog creation tool. Mason faculty can automatically generate a WordPress site from within any Blackboard course or organization. Access to WordPress will always be from within Blackboard in order to authenticate users. In a content area of your course, point to Tools and select WordPress Course Blogs. It can also be added as a Tool link on your Course Menu.


    Other (not associated with Blackboard)

    Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
    OLI offers innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.

    PBWorks
    PBworks is an easy-to-use web page (wiki) that multiple people can edit. It can be used to collaborate on projects and share syllabi, assignments, and files. To request a PBWorks site for your course, complete the Contact Us form on myMason.


    *Additional third party tools can be requested by completing the Contact Us form on myMason.