Students often ask us to help them be better informed: you can help them plan ahead by alerting them to events and activities that are not in the timetable, some unique, some repeating. What about assignment start dates, key milestones in keeping a portfolio, revision sessions, a terrific programme you want them to watch, assignment hand-in dates, exam dates? Whatever you want to highlight to your class, you can add into your unit calendar.
And here’s the smart part: every user in Blackboard (staff and students) has their own calendar – and events in every unit and community are pulled together into one calendar. And – if you choose to – you can set it up to push all the events into your own calendar in, say, Outlook, or iCal or any other modern online calendar.