Once the Blackboard Building Block has been successfully installed and configured for your school, course faculty and system admins have the ability to add Digication to their courses in a variety of ways for their students to access them. They can install them as a widget on the home screen, as a link in the sidebar, or as an option under "Tools." The following article will explain how to add these three and help determine which is the best option for your course.
Step 1: Making the Digication Tool Available for Use (Many Users Can Skip to Step 2)
Before the Digication Tool can be added anywhere within a course, you'll have to first make it available as a tool. To do this you'll need to make sure that "Edit" mode is turned on and then:
- Go to the "Course Management" menu to the left below the main course options.
- Click on "Customization" for a drop-down list.
- Select "Tool Availability" and look for "Digication" and make sure it's checked off where needed.
- Click the "Submit" button to save your changes.
Step 3: Setting Up Digication for Use
The first time faculty access the Digication tool they will have to do a minimal amount of setup which basically is answering two questions:
How should students create their ePortfolios?
- Students should create ePortfolios from scratch
- Students should create ePortfolios from a template you provide.Choosing this gives you a list of any previously created ePortfolios that can be selected as a template by checking them off.
- Students can create ePortfolios from scratch and from a template.
Should ePortfolios be visible to others?
- Toggle the button to select "yes" or "no."
You'll also see a notification saying that faculty see all student ePortfolios by default and that users themselves can change viewing permission access at any time.
After you've made your selections, click on the "Save & Continue" button to finish setup. Now that setup is complete, you can now use Digication freely within Blackboard to create ePortfolios, view student ePortfolios and create assignments. For more information on using Digication within a Blackboard course and how it differs from using Digication separately, click here.