Tag: communication

The Opportunity Matters – Social Presence in an Online Environment

One area in which we receive a lot of questions by instructors-to-be of fully online and hybrid courses is about communication in online courses. How much should you communicate? What will students expect? How often should I log into my course? These are great questions! When we’re thinking about instructional design, we call this “social presence”. It’s part of a… Read more →

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Blackboard Discussion Boards

Blackboard’s Discussion Boards are a great place to build community among your students and to mimic face-to-face classroom discussion in hybrid or online courses. The asynchronous nature of online discussions allows students to reflect on their responses before posting them and can help more reserved students feel comfortable participating. A Forum is a site where instructors and students can hold… Read more →

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E-Learning Pre-Approval Process for Instructors

Course instructors planning to teach an online or hybrid course will need to submit an E-Learning Pre-Approval form, and that form must be approved by all reviewers before the course schedule will indicate that the course isĀ online or hybrid. We want students to have a fair shake at building their schedules, so forms should be submitted and approved prior to… Read more →

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Time On Task Sample

The following demonstrates one way to report your Time On Task for a course that includes an online component (distance education). This sheet was attached to an E-Learning Pre-Approval Form to help demonstrate “regular and substantive interaction” as well as quality and rigor in this course. If you have questions about reporting your Time On Task, ITS Online Learning Services… Read more →

Demystifying Bb Messages, Email, Announcements, & Notifications

What is a Notification? In Blackboard Learn, a ‘notification’ is a message or alert that tells students something has occurred in a course. When an event occurs in the system – such as an assignment is created, a survey is submitted, or a test is overdue – the system automatically creates the appropriate notifications. This requires no action by the… Read more →

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Bb Course Template Change

You may notice a change in courses for future terms. The default course menu template has been modified based on years of feedback from instructors and students. Here is what you’ve seen (and said) for years:     So what? Who cares? Many people found the naming conventions of the default content areas ambiguous. “What is the difference between Information… Read more →