What can we do to make this better? 🤔
We could perhaps create a video, upload it to YouTube and then insert a link. Or how about upload a nice looking PowerPoint presentation, or share a link to a Padlet wall? Well, this is all a great start to creating great and interesting content, but if we’re simply inserting a hyperlink to the content then we’ll end up with something that quite frankly looks a little dull. At a push we could call this interactive as it does encourage the student to click on a link to view the content, but interactivity here is very limited.
Another problem with this is that when a student clicks on a link to an external resource such as a YouTube video, it takes them away from the Blackboard VLE, which can make distractions more likely (they could end up spending 20 minutes watching cat videos on YouTube for example).
Another option, perhaps instead of simply uploading PowerPoint slides, you could embed the PowerPoint slides into your page so that display exactly as you had intended, complete with interactivity, rather than just a boring link. If you have access to Microsoft OneDrive and PowerPoint Online, this makes embedding documents such as Word and PowerPoint very easy.
So… I’ve put together a short countdown of the Top Ten things that you could embed into Blackboard, in order to make your content more dynamic, interactive, or visually interesting.