New Tools in FerrisConnect
FerrisConnect Tool Feature Details
Alert Module tool, part of the Notification system
Audio Available in Content Area under Create
Blackboard Scholar Bookmarker for external links
Blank page Available in Content Area under New Page
Blog Available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Chalk Title Course cartridges integrated with external content (publisher’s content)
Contacts To display information about the instructor(s) including:
  • Title
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Work Phone Number
  • Office Location
  • Office Hours
  • Notes
  • Attach an Image
  • Website
Course Module Select tool(s) appear on the homepage:
  • Alerts
  • Announcements
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Content Collections
  • Dictionary
  • Libraries
  • Needs Attention
  • Report Card
  • Tasks
  • Textpad
  • Thesaurus
  • To Do
  • What’s New
  • NBC Archives (if licensed)
Early Warning System
  • Part of the Notification system
  • Rule-driven communication (ie list of students getting an assessment grade below a specific value)
Flickr Available in Content Area under Mashups
  • Available in Visual Editor
  • Photo available in Content Area
Groups Available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Image Available in Content Area under Create
Content Package (IMS) Standardized content
Journal Available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Mashups Available in Content Area for Enterprise license clients and includes:
  • Flickr
  • NBC
  • Slideshare
  • YouTube
NBC Available in Content Area under Mashups – NOT sure at this time if available in FerrisConnect Bb Learn
Content Package (NLN) Standardized content
Notifications Indicators for tasks, due dates, etc.
Performance Dashboard Quick review of student performance
Professor Notification Tool New Notification tool – Messaging tool from instructor to student via:
  • Email
SafeAssign Assignment submission software that reviews for original work
Slideshare Available in Content Area under Mashups
  • presentation
  • available in Visual Editor
Tasks List of work to be completed
Textbook Available in Content Area under Textbook with:
  • manual entry
  • search
Virtual Classroom Available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Video Available in Content Area under Create
What’s New Module tool, part of the Notification system
Wiki Available in Content Area under Interactive tool
  • Specify availability
  • Open/Close editing
  • No grade/grade (points only)
  • Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
  • Grade individuals and/or groups
  • Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
  • Feedback to students
  • Grading notes
  • Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
  • Anonymous Grading is available
Wimba Pronto Instant text messaging
YouTube Available in Content Area under Mashups
  • Available in Visual Editor
  • Available in Content Area
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