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Blackboard Resources for Instructors

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.

Master Course Request Form

Please login to Wingspan and complete the Master 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 Blackboard Training at Winthrop

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.

Features and Capabilities of Blackboard

Blackboard allows you to:

  • Analyze data from quizzes and surveys, or export the results to other programs such as Microsoft Excel, SAS, SPSS, etc.
  • Automatically grade and record results on quizzes, exams or anonymous surveys
  • Provide course material in a secure, password-protected environment
  • Track student usage of course content

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.

Secure Online Testing

The Respondus LockDown Browser tool prevents printing, screen capturing, and accessing other web sites during the online exam. The Respondus Monitor tool records the learner’s environment during the exam with their web cam. Training sessions are available through the Teaching and Learning Center for creating secure online tests with Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor.

Instruction Manuals

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.

Instructional Resources for Online Instructors

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.

10 Big Impact Blackboard Teaching Tips

  1. Take an online class before teaching it.
  2. Schedule online learning classes the same days and times as traditional classes.
  3. Have each student introduce themselves.
  4. Reward those who read.
  5. Start each online class with announcements.
  6. End each online class with a Q&A session.
  7. Give practice tests.
  8. Create a game or competition.
  9. Compliment students who go above and beyond your expectations.
  10. Use the phone as needed.

Copyright Information for Online Instructors

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.

Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric

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.



















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