Blackboard (UoRM): Getting Started & Designing your Course
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The real essentials of a Blackboard courseUoRM (Malaysia)
GETTING STARTED & DESIGNING YOUR COURSE
Technology Enhanced Learning CQSD
We’ll be delivering today’s session about getting started with Blackboard & designing your course!
TEL STAFF (CQSD)
Vicki HolmesHead of [email protected]
Adam BaileySenior TEL [email protected]
Lauren McCannTEL Advisor [email protected]
Shirin IrvineTEL [email protected]
Maria PapaefthimiouSenior TEL [email protected]
Andy TurnerTEL Applications [email protected]
SESSION OVERVIEW• Purpose, structure and layout of Blackboard
• Design the layout of your Blackboard course and provide a structure for the content
• Add engaging content to your Blackboard course
• Identify the tools available for communication, collaboration, assessment, feedback and online learning activities
• Understand the University processes for managing Blackboard, including applying for a course, enrolments and annual course rollover
WHAT IS BLACKBOARD?
• Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)• Web-based • Accessible anytime, anywhere (via an internet connection)It provides a practical way to:• Deliver and organise teaching content and activities;• Offers opportunities for
interaction, communication and collaboration;• Provide links to essential resources • Track, monitor and assess student progress.• It supports different teaching methods and modes of
delivery: face-to-face teaching, blended learning and distance provision.
• Other VLE examples: Moodle, Canvas.
WHERE DOES BLACKBOARD FIT IN AT UOR?
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE YEAR?
• Courses are ‘rolled over’ during the summer, along with their content
• Instructors should leave the course available at the end of the year
• Requests for NEW courses, shared courses, copying of content should be made using the online request forms via Blackboard’s Support for Staff tab: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/vle-support/
What about access to previous year’s courses?Staff & students can access courses from previous years on their Enrolments tab.For how long can courses be accessed?This is currently unlimited - courses are not archived. This arrangement is currently being considered.
ACCESS TO COURSES
HOW IS BLACKBOARD STRUCTURED?
Support for Staff tab
Support for Students tab
ROLES WITHIN BLACKBOARD – WHO CAN DO WHAT?
Role PrivilegesCourse Builder No access to student gradesInstructor Access to all areas of the course in the Control
PanelTeaching Assistant (TA) Co-teacher
Marker Assists the instructor with managing the Grade Centre and in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of items
Guest View only access; no access to Control Panel
External Examiner Can view but not create/edit content; full access to Grade Centre
A ‘GOOD’ BLACKBOARD COURSE
•What do YOU think makes a good, engaging Blackboard course?
Clear & well- structured menu
Folder structure for resources
Engaging & easy-to-find resources
Good aesthetic - use of visuals, etc.
COURSE STRUCTURE: MENU
Rationale for suggested menu:
• Minimum’/suggested standard & ripe for customisation to needs
• Consistency across courses
• Ease of navigation for students
• Ties in with e-assessment policies
Guidance on how to customise your course menu: Blackboard > Support for Staff > Course Management
OTHER BB FEATURES CONTENT ASSESSMENTS TOOLS Sign up list Quiz BlogMash-up (e.g. YouTube)
SCORM package Blackboard Assignment
Turnitin Assignment Discussion BoardSelf & Peer Assessment
MAKING YOUR COURSE AVAILABLE
Control Panel > Customisation > Properties
ADDING A BANNER
Control Panel > Customisation > Teaching Style
• Can I see what the students see?
Have a go at personalising your notifications
Get in touch
Staff DevelopmentTEL guides
Support for Staff tab on
Blackboard Help site
IT Service Desk([email protected])
• Help you with technical queries
• Forward your TEL queries to us
BB USERS EMAIL
ACTIVITY TIME!Have a go at the following
activities using your Practice Course on Blackboard!
Customise your course: Add a BANNER to your course
Customising the menuUsing the MENU in your Practice Course: 1. Reorder a couple of items2. Rename an item3. Add a menu item
Organising/structuring your contentIn your Lecture Notes section:Add 2 folders either by week (Week 1, Week 2) OR by topic (Topic 1, Topic 2 or name the topics)27
Adding contentIn the Week or Topic 1 folder, add the following materials:1. An item & attach a file to the item2. A web link (e.g. www.reading.ac.uk)3. An image 4. Re-order the materials 5. Move the web link in to the Week 2/Topic 2 folder
Adding engaging contentIn the Week or Topic 1 folder, add the following materials:1. A mash-up (e.g YouTube or SlideShare)2. External content (use the embed code from
a website to add this content) 29
• Enrol 2 colleagues on your Practice Course as Students
1. Post an Announcement on your practice course
2. Send an Email to the students on your Practice Course
HOW DID YOU DO?