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Blackboard Training at WSU

Blackboard is a full-featured learning and community management platform offering a vast array of features and tools. Training is provided for instructional and administrative staff through a series of Blackboard courses, with additional support and live workshops offered several times a month:

» Instructor's Bundle Courses
» Administrative Staff Bundle Courses
» Request a Practice/Development Course or Organization
» Schedule an Individual Consultation


The Instructor’s Bundle Courses

These online courses are delivered entirely on-demand. The courses are self-paced and can be reviewed at any time. Each course is monitored and maintained by our blackboard instructors. 

» Getting Started – tours basic functionalities and provides a great springboard for additional training and exploration. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the three types of online courses.
  • Navigate tools and content as a student.
  • Explain how you can use Blackboard Learn tools to accomplish familiar teaching tasks.
  • Access and navigate the Control Panel, Course Files, and the Tool Availability page.
  • Create your course menu by adding tools and content areas.
  • Determine the style of your course and explore the course structures feature.
  • Share materials with students by adding items and tools to content areas.
  • Create a built-in syllabus.
  • Perform first day tasks, such as creating announcements, calendar entries, and discussion forums, and adding textbook information.

» Building Courses  provides an overview of the tools to use to prepare teaching materials and activities. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze your course goals, student characteristics, and existing resources.
  • Design and write course objectives, and select tools that support the objectives.
  • Explain options for presenting content, and create content areas and other containers for content.
  • Determine the style of your course and explore the course structures feature.
  • Upload, link, and create content using Course Files.
  • Upload and manage content using WebDAV technology and Course Files.
  • Add mashups to your course.
  • Evaluate your course from the instructor, student, and technical perspectives to determine whether it is ready to go live.

» Enhancing Communication – outlines how to use the communication tools to increase student engagement. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast asynchronous and synchronous modes of communication.
  • Establish course communication policies and procedures.
  • Use discussions to enhance communication among you and your students.
  • Collaborate with the chat tool.

» Assessing Learners – introduces the features and functions of the tools used to deliver assignments and assess students. » LAUNCH COURSE 

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the assignments tool to efficiently create assignments that assess students in a variety of meaningful ways beyond traditional objective tests.
  • Encourage students to submit original work by using the SafeAssign tool.
  • Build and administer a basic test and choose the settings appropriate for the questions.
  • Create the most commonly used and more advanced question types.
  • Explain the grading and regrading processes.
  • View test statistics
  • Use the Find Questions page to browse, preview, and add questions to a test.
  • Use the Grade Center effectively to review, edit, or manually grade student submissions.
  • Discover the benefits of metadata, question pools, and random blocks for tests.

» Monitoring Student Performance  – describes in-depth the tools and features to monitor and evaluate student performance. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify tools and strategies for monitoring student performance.
  • Use the review status feature to encourage student accountability and continued progress.
  • Efficiently manage grades throughout the term.
  • Use the inline assignment grading feature.
  • Explore the Retention Center which is used to provide notifications based on the specific needs of your course.
  • Use the Performance Dashboard to identify students who may need additional assistance.
  • View and interpret performance-related reports and statistics.
  • Identify strategies for improving student success in the online environment.

» Building Online Communities – explores how to promote discussion and social learning. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify several examples of online communities, their potential environments, and the tools that help build collaboration.
  • Identify best practices for designing discussion questions, and choose question styles and types to help you achieve your goals.
  • Describe how you can use journals, blogs, and wikis in the online setting.
  • Learn how to grade journal, blog, and wiki assignments.
  • Explain the benefits and challenges of student collaboration.
  • Select group members and group tools based on the group deliverables and your course outcomes.
  • Examine how best to evaluate students in the collaborative environment.

» Designing Engaging Content – discusses strategies for effectively designing and organizing content to increase student engagement. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify tools and strategies for presenting user-friendly content online.
  • Edit existing content to better meet the needs of online learners.
  • Demonstrate ways to address diverse learning styles in content delivery.
  • Organize, plan, and develop an exemplary lesson.
  • Incorporate interactivity to engage students and go beyond text-heavy lessons.
  • Individualize instruction using adaptive release to control how and when students view content.

Administrative Staff Bundle Courses

Administrative staff may not need the same sort of tools as instructors, but there are still a lot of features that may be beneficial to them within Blackboard. A subset of the instructor’s bundle classes will provide a solid foundation for non-instructional staff. 

» Getting Started – tours basic functionalities and provides a great springboard for additional training and exploration. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the three types of online courses.
  • Navigate tools and content as a student.
  • Explain how you can use Blackboard Learn tools to accomplish familiar teaching tasks.
  • Access and navigate the Control Panel, Course Files, and the Tool Availability page.
  • Create your course menu by adding tools and content areas.
  • Determine the style of your course and explore the course structures feature.
  • Share materials with students by adding items and tools to content areas.
  • Create a built-in syllabus.
  • Perform first day tasks, such as creating announcements, calendar entries, and discussion forums, and adding textbook information.

» Building Courses  provides an overview of the tools to use to prepare teaching materials and activities. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze your course goals, student characteristics, and existing resources.
  • Design and write course objectives, and select tools that support the objectives.
  • Explain options for presenting content, and create content areas and other containers for content.
  • Determine the style of your course and explore the course structures feature.
  • Upload, link, and create content using Course Files.
  • Upload and manage content using WebDAV technology and Course Files.
  • Add mashups to your course.
  • Evaluate your course from the instructor, student, and technical perspectives to determine whether it is ready to go live.

» Enhancing Communication – outlines how to use the communication tools to increase student engagement. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast asynchronous and synchronous modes of communication.
  • Establish course communication policies and procedures.
  • Use discussions to enhance communication among you and your students.
  • Collaborate with the chat tool.

» Building Online Communities – explores how to promote discussion and social learning. » LAUNCH COURSE

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify several examples of online communities, their potential environments, and the tools that help build collaboration.
  • Identify best practices for designing discussion questions, and choose question styles and types to help you achieve your goals.
  • Describe how you can use journals, blogs, and wikis in the online setting.
  • Learn how to grade journal, blog, and wiki assignments.
  • Explain the benefits and challenges of student collaboration.
  • Select group members and group tools based on the group deliverables and your course outcomes.
  • Examine how best to evaluate students in the collaborative environment.

Request a Practice/Development Course or Organization

Many of the exercises and lessons will require that you try out features in your own development course. If you don’t already have one, you can request a course of your own by using the form below or submitting a help ticket through the Blackboard help desk

To request your own development/practice course, please use the form below and include your name, your role, and your myWSU ID number.

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Blackboard Labs

It’s often easiest to learn new technologies and tools by trying them out. In our Blackboard Labs, the instructional design team will provide instruction and support as you test out the ideas and tools you’re learning about in the online classes. Blackboard Labs are offered as both face-to-face sessions and virtual sessions (via Blackboard Collaborate). Find out more and register for an upcoming session here.
 

Individual Consultations

Our Instructional Design team is available by appointment to provide one-on-one assistance for instructional staff as they work with Blackboard. Please contact John Jones or Mary Morriss to set up an individual consultation.