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Using library course reserves
The Blackboard building block that is available as part of the Cornell University Library Reserves system allows both instructors and students to access course reserves from the Blackboard. The Blackboard Building Block provides access to course reserves functions available through the full Cornell University Library Reserve system's web interface.
Instructors, TAs and course builders, can place requests, monitor the processing of their requests, and copy requests from past courses into their current course. Students are supplied with a full list of library reserve materials, both electronic and print. In the case of print reserves students are supplied with a call number, reserves location and the current availability, or due date of a print item.
To start using the new Cornell University Library Reserves system in conjunction with your Blackboard course please follow the instruction in Activating the Building Block.
After the Blackboard building block has been activated you may either create or link an existing library reserves list to your Blackboard course by following the directions in Using the Course Reserves Building Block.
If you have any questions, or problems please contact your local reserves desk.
Ideas for getting started with online discussions
Post an introduction to the discussion board. This models an introduction for students, and the type of response expected.
Provide expectations and guidelines for discussion board participation.
Set guidelines for timely participation so that the discussion is happening within the same time period for all students.
Explain your expectations for postings? Allow for informal writings?
What are the standards of behavior in a discussion area? (have “netiquette” guidelines)
Give guidelines for appropriate student responses. For example: they must explain their reasoning, provide examples, how much detail, etc.
How quickly will there be a response to a question?
Do the students know how to use the tools? Requiring students to send introductory e-mails or discussion board postings tests that the student can use the tools.
Ask yourself the following questions before implementing discussions in your Blackboard course area.
How will you use online communications in your course?
How does the purpose vary by the type of class (e.g. seminar vs. large class)?
What type of expectations and guidelines will you use for your class?
Will participation in an online discussion be required?