For additional resources on the web, visit Behind the Blackboard. To become connected to online communities at Blackboard visit the communities page at Blackboard and find wiki's user groups, Listservs, Idea Exchanges and more.
Please complete the Course Request Form to request one or more master courses. A master course is designed to allow you to merge multiple sections of a course that you are teaching into a single Blackboard shell for ease of managing course materials.
Faculty members new to Blackboard interested in developing an online course may schedule Blackboard training and instructional design assistance with the Office of Online Learning. It is recommended that faculty members allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks for online course development. If you will be designing an online course, visit the Instructional Design page on the left menu to schedule a meeting. If you are interested in scheduling training in Blackboard, contact Kim Brazzell, Online Learning Technician, at 803/323-2212.
Blackboard allows you to:
An instructor can choose to use as many or as few of the available tools in Blackboard. There is much room for customization and personalization of a course. At the same time, the infrastructure and general appearance remains constant across all courses on our server; this allows students to grow comfortable with the software environment.
The following pages contain links for instructions for faculty on the usage of major tools in Blackboard. Included on these pages are everything from creating quizzes to uploading PowerPoint presentations.
If you are interested in designing an online course, please take advantage of the resources available to you on this site. Having a good understanding of the expectations for online faculty, guidelines for course development and understanding best practices for assessing students in the online environment will ensure the success of your online course.
Not quite sure about copyright laws governing your online course information? Wondering what Winthrop University's copyright policy states? Visit the Copyright Information for Instructors page for more information.
The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) has been in practice for over 15 years with the goal of sharing best practices for designing high quality online and hybrid courses. The ECP Rubric defines key characteristics of exemplary courses within four categories, including Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. The Exemplary Course Program Rubric is used by thousands in K-12, higher education, government, and business to evaluate and improve their courses. Use the ECP Rubric as a resource for gaining exemplary design tips for the course that you are designing or for self-reviewing the course that you are currently teaching online. You can visit the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program website to download the rubric and to learn more.