Blackboard is a Learning Management System. It is web-based software for building and delivering your course’s content online. For online courses, it is the primary means of course delivery. For face-to-face courses, faculty can use Blackboard as a tool to communicate with students, provide grade feedback, and supplemental resources.
Basic skills in computer navigation, word processing, communication tools, and Internet use are necessary to be successful in teaching an online course in Blackboard. If you are not familiar with the Blackboard Learning Management System, you must complete the Blackboard professional development courses.
Blackboard Professional Development Courses
Teaching and Learning Technology offers a series of free, one (1) credit Blackboard training courses every semester for full and part-time faculty every semester. You may register for these classes online at INFOnline.
Course Outcome Summaries
- COMPSW-197 Introduction to Blackboard 9.X (1 Credit)
- COMPSW-198 Intermediate Blackboard 9.X (1 Credit)
- COMPSW-199 Advanced Blackboard 9.X (1 Credit)
Faculty needing assistance with implementing educational technologies to support their teaching may meet with experienced instructional support peers in the Faculty Innovation Center or their local campus Faculty Resource Center. Please see their schedule for hours of availability and contact information.
Faculty Blackboard Support Website
Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the online support resources and tutorials available at the Faculty Blackboard Support Website.
Did you know that Blackboard has an official YouTube Channel called Blackboard TV? It is an excellent resource of training videos, demonstrations, and best practice tips provided by, and for, higher education professionals. See the embedded video playlist below for ideas: