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Blackboard - Community Engagement

I had a WebEx session with Frank Marshall and Mike Petersen about the community engagement system. We were hoping that this solution would allow us to cross authenticate across Bb servers so that we could create seamless access for E-School students. HVLN is currently looking at switching to Bb so we thought it would be an opportune time to look at options.
At this time, it doesn't seem like the community system is meant to be used in that way. What it can do is create different domains and levels of access to manage their domains. So I could see KS as an institution investing in this solution and all campuses having their own domain or tab.

Web Presence
One of the things that Mike did emphasize is that some schools are using the Blackboard Community Engage system as their public Web presence. The tabs become different areas (i.e. parents, community, etc.) and then each area can be built out with modules like a course.
It was an interesting feature to consider since we are looking at transitioning our Web site and everything could be housed in one place - courses and information but I'm struggling with the overall design and how appealing it is. Blackboard has a site with different K-12 examples:
http://bb9-k12.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_129_1

Aggregated Dashboard
Mike also wanted to emphasize that you get more aggregated views and data when you use the community system. For example, teachers would have access to information from all courses in one place vs. having to look in each individual course for missing assigments or things they flagged for early warning.

Here's the first part of the recorded session: https://blackboard.webex.com/blackboard/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=48524337&rKey=e75ee0811cb3677d

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