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Blackboard Webinars: Course Content and Organization

Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by Wan Latartara

Updated November 2015.

Members of the Blackboard user community share top strategies and pedagogy for increasing teaching effectiveness and improving learning outcomes in a series of informative, hour-long webinars. These faculty training webinars are

part of Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) and are taught by faculty and supported by Blackboard experts. Below are some interesting topics that have been presented:

Best Practices in Creating a Welcoming Course Environment

This webinar features a presentation from Blackboard’s Cheryl Cyrus on how to create a warm, welcoming course environment for your students. Cyrus, a former elementary school teacher, explains that since most classes begin with welcoming students and an overview of the course and syllabus, it is important that instructors learn how to best set the tone early on in their courses. Topics include how to leverage Blackboard features such as Course Links and the Video Anywhere Building Block.

Setting up Your Course in Blackboard

Presenter: Phoebe J. Ballard, University of Toledo
This webinar explore strategies and best practices for setting up a course structure in Blackboard based on Blackboard Exemplary Course Program framework: course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, and learner support.

Organizing Your Content

Presenter: Ruth Cubas, Blackboard Consulting
Within each menu area of your course, you have options of organizing content in folders, learning modules, or lesson plans. In this webinar, you will see some exemplary designs to make decisions about your content organization.

Using Publisher Content

Presenters: Brian Morgan, Marshall University and Misty Cobb, Blackboard
This webinar is for faculty interested in exploring the pros and cons of using of pre-developed content from a textbook publisher and learning how to integrate publisher content into their Blackboard course.

For additional BITS webinars, visit Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series YouTube Channel.