Blackboard: Introduction to Blackboard (hands-on)

To introduce the learner to authoring with the Blackboard virtual learning environment, covering the areas of most interest and providing familiarity with the Blackboard interface.

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This course assumes prior knowledge of using a Windows PC to find files and folders on the computer and networked drives as well as familiarity with using the world wide web with a standard web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Access Blackboard
  • Understand the courses on Blackboard and how they are populated
  • Add a variety of types of course content to a Blackboard course
  • Understand how to manage and track users of their course
  • Allow students to access their course
  • Customise the look and feel of a Blackboard course

On successful completion of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Access Blackboard
  • Understand the types of course on Blackboard, both “Arbitrary” and “Banner” courses, and how those courses are populated with instructors and students
  • Become familiar with the Blackboard interface, including tips on shortcuts, and develop an intuitive knowledge of how to use unfamiliar features not covered within the course itself.
  • Access their Blackboard course/s
  • Add a course announcement
  • Add a staff profile, including a photo
  • Add a content folder
  • Add an item of content
  • Develop an understanding of the other content features available in Blackboard.
  • View material from a student’s point of view
  • Set a Blackboard course’s enrolment options
  • Make a Blackboard course available to students
  • Add a user manually to their course
  • Modify a user’s role on their course
  • Understand the different ways instructors may track student usage of their Blackboard course.
  • View results of a test or survey in Blackboard, on a per student or course wide basis, and use Blackboard’s tools to provide simple analysis of those results.
  • Embed YouTube videos into a Blackboard course.
  • Customise the Blackboard course menu.
  • Change the Blackboard course menu design.
  • Customise the Blackboard course entry point.
  • Know where to find iSolutions’ online documentation and step by step guides for using Blackboard
  • Know how to contact iSolutions for Blackboard support, including what information they should provide to aid a quick and effective resolution to their query.

Duration: 2h 30m