Blackboard 9 features five voice authoring tools. In previous versions of Blackboard the company made the Wimba voice authoring tools available to its users. Blackboard purchased Wimba before it released Version 9 and renamed this suite of audio tools Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring Tools. The five voice tools and their basic functions are:
Voice Board – Allows you to post and listen to voice messages within discussion boards
Voice Presentation – You can annotate web pages with voice messages.
Voice Podcaster – You can create and upload podcasts that your students can subscribe to.
Voice Email – You can send and listen to voice content through email messages.
Voice Authoring (formerly Voice Recorder) – Allows you to make a voice recording in any content area.
Blackboard has a 57-page user manual in PDF format you can download free at: http://www.blackboard.com/docs/documentation.htm?DocID=611022PDF.