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Core Forums

Increase discussions. The Forum activity enables students to post and reply to comments, suggestions, questions, and so on. There are several forum types: A single simple discussion – A single discussion topic where everyone can reply. Each person posts one discussion – Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, where everyone can reply. […]


Collaborate on the web. A Wiki activity is a web page everyone in your class can create together, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. A wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the wiki by simply creating a link to a page. Add a wiki Steps […]


Defining terms together. A Glossary allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, similar to a dictionary. Glossaries can be populated by teachers only, or a collaborative activity where students add entries and rate others’ entries. Ratings on an entry can be aggregated for a grade. Entries can be searched, browsed, and categorized. […]


Build, display, and search a bank of entries about any topic with your students. Create a database and set up fields to add entries. The format and structure of the entries is almost unlimited. Entries can include images, files, URLs, numbers, text, and more. A database creates one table per instance, but you may create […]


Chat The chat activity allows you to send instant messages to your teacher or fellow students when they are logged-in to the site. You can save and archive your Chat transcripts, and your teacher may also decide to grade a Chat. Use chat From your course open the Chat activity. Select Click here to enter […]

Blackboard Collaborate

You can use Blackboard Collaborate in your Open LMS course! Blackboard Collaborate is a fully interactive web conferencing environment that enables you to meet and connect with one student or your entire class. You and your students can collaborate using audio, video, and recording capabilities. With Blackboard Collaborate, you aren’t just replicating the face-to-face […]

Using Forums

Foster information exchange and online community engagement The Forum activity enables students to post and reply to comments, suggestions, and questions asynchronously. A forum is an area where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, participants can create many discussion topics. A discussion topic includes the initial post and all replies […]

Common Settings

Outcomes Steps in Snap: Create or edit an activity > Outcomes Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Create or edit an activity > Outcomes Outcomes (competencies, standards, and goals) are specific descriptions of what a student has demonstrated and understood at the completion of an activity or course. Each outcome is evaluated by […]


Collaborating with peer reviews. The Workshop activity allows students to create their own projects and assess the work produced by their peers. It also coordinates the collection and distribution of these assessments in a variety of ways. Typically, a Workshop is not a short-term activity, and it takes up to several days or even weeks […]

External Tools

Seamless transaction with other tools. The External tools module allow you to seamlessly interact with learning resources and activities hosted remotely. For instance, an external tool could provide access to a new activity type or learning materials from a publisher. The interface of these activities or learning materials from publishers will display within Blackboard Open […]