Designing Exemplary Online Courses
in Blackboard
Presenter

Jason Rhode
Email: jrhode@niu.edu
Phone: 815.753.2475
Twitter: @jrhode
Overview

Sample
Courses

Practical
Tips
Best Practices
What Constitutes Quality Online?
Blackboard Catalyst Program

The Blackboard Catalyst Award Program honors those who push
the boundaries of their education...
Catalyst Award Categories
exciting and
innovative
courses that
represent the
very best in
technology and
learning

individ...
Exemplary Course Program

Blackboard.com/ecp
Exemplary Course Program Rubric

Developed based on research and best practices, used for evaluating in four areas:
Course...
Exemplary Course Program Rubric

j.mp/bbecprubric14
Course Design
• Elements of instructional design, including
aspects including:
– Structure of the course
– Learning object...
Interaction & Collaboration
• Interaction: communication between and
among learners and instructors,
synchronously or asyn...
Assessment
• Assessment focusing on instructional activities
designed to measure progress towards
learning outcomes, provi...
Learner Support
• Learner Support addresses the support
resources made available to students taking
the course.
• Resource...
Major Areas & Sub-Categories

Course
Design

• Goals &
Objectives
• Content
Presentation
• Learner
Engagement
• Technology...
Sample Course
• ETT 510 – Instructional Media & Technology
• 10-week, online course with initial f2f meeting
• Graduate co...
ETT 510: Instruc. Media & Tech.
Example Attributes to be Shared

Course
Design

• Goals &
Objectives
• Content
Presentation
• Learner
Engagement
• Technol...
Welcome – Start Here
Goals and Objectives
Easily Located
Goals and Objectives
Available in a Multiple Areas
Content Available or “Chunked”
in Manageable Segments
Consistent Unit Structure
Navigation Intuitive

Info needed at beginning of the course
Course news and updates
Social connections for building sense...
Content Flows in
Logical Progression
Content Presented in Variety of Appropriate
Mechanisms
Content Enhanced with Visual
& Auditory Elements
Guidance for Learners to Work with Content
Tools Available in LMS to Engage Students
with Course Content
Wide Variety of Delivery Media Incorporated
into the Course
Effort Made to Use Low-Cost or No-Cost
Materials When Available
Plentiful Opportunities for Synch. and/or
Asynch Interaction
Asynchronous Communication Promote
Critical Reflection
Asynchronous Communication Promote
Critical Reflection
Synchronous Communication Activities,
Real-Time Interactions
Communication Activities Designed to Help
Build Sense of Community
Student-to-Student Interactions Required
Collaboration Activities Reinforce Learning
Outcomes
Guidelines Explaining Required Levels of
Participation
Rubric or Equivalent Grading Document is
Included
Instructor Actively Participates, Including
Providing Feedback
Instructor Uses Communication Tools to
Provide Course Updates
Instructions Written Clearly and with
Sufficient Detail
Assessment Activities Occur Frequently
Throughout Course
Multiple Types of Assessments
are Used
Opportunities for Self-assessment Provided
Contact Information for Instructor Easy to
Find
Links to Institutional Policies
Course Materials are Accessible
Transcript provided for videos

YouTube videos captioned
Supportive Mechanisms for Learners with
Disabilities
Learners Have Opportunity to Give
Feedback on Course Design
View Exemplary Course Tours

j.mp/bbecptours13
ECP Winners Gallery

ecpgallery.coursesites.com
Volunteer to Review
• Explore in-depth a variety of different online
courses and get ideas and inspiration for your
own on...
Request Access to Sample Shared

Send email to: jrhode@niu.edu
Submitting Your Course

Blackboard.com/ecp
Questions?
Contact Me

Jason Rhode
Email: jrhode@niu.edu
Phone: 815.753.2475
Twitter: @jrhode
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The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Using an established rubric for online course quality, faculty and course designers can evaluate how well their course conforms to proven online teaching best practices for Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. During this online session offered 12/17/13, we explored suggested best practices included in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric for designing engaging online courses. Practical tips for building a course in Blackboard that meets the established quality benchmarks and links to sample award-winning course tours were provided. We also covered the steps and associated deadlines for faculty interested in submitting their course for consideration as a Blackboard Exemplary Course. This workshop was geared toward an audience already familiar with the basic online teaching tools available in Blackboard.

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  • During this online session, we will explore suggested best practices included in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric for designing engaging online courses. Practical tips for building a course in Blackboard that meets the established quality benchmarks and links to sample award-winning course tours will be provided. We will also cover the steps and associated deadlines for faculty interested in submitting their course for consideration as a Blackboard Exemplary Course. This workshop is geared toward an audience already familiar with the basic online teaching tools available in Blackboard.
  • Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program recognizes courses that demonstrate excellence in course design, interaction & collaboration, assessment, and learner support. The exemplary course rubric is used by volunteer course reviewers to rate nominated courses. The rubric is comprehensive and offers valuable tips for improving the design of an online course.
  • Designing Exemplary Online Courses in Blackboard

    1. 1. Designing Exemplary Online Courses in Blackboard
    2. 2. Presenter Jason Rhode Email: jrhode@niu.edu Phone: 815.753.2475 Twitter: @jrhode
    3. 3. Overview Sample Courses Practical Tips Best Practices
    4. 4. What Constitutes Quality Online?
    5. 5. Blackboard Catalyst Program The Blackboard Catalyst Award Program honors those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to delivery innovative and effective learning experiences.
    6. 6. Catalyst Award Categories exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning individuals and/or institutions that successfully increased levels of student engagement or retention Exemplary Course Award Student Impact Award Staff Development Award Innovation Award those who support and enhance faculty and professional development skills those that think outside the box in such areas related to teaching and learning practices, online program management, etc.
    7. 7. Exemplary Course Program Blackboard.com/ecp
    8. 8. Exemplary Course Program Rubric Developed based on research and best practices, used for evaluating in four areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support
    9. 9. Exemplary Course Program Rubric j.mp/bbecprubric14
    10. 10. Course Design • Elements of instructional design, including aspects including: – Structure of the course – Learning objectives – Organization of content – Instructional strategies
    11. 11. Interaction & Collaboration • Interaction: communication between and among learners and instructors, synchronously or asynchronously • Collaboration: subset of interaction, referring specifically to those activities in which groups are working interdependently toward a shared result Learning Community = sense of belonging to a group, rather than each student studying independently
    12. 12. Assessment • Assessment focusing on instructional activities designed to measure progress towards learning outcomes, provide feedback to students and instructor, and/or enable grade assignment
    13. 13. Learner Support • Learner Support addresses the support resources made available to students taking the course. • Resources may be accessible within or external to the course environment. • Specifically, learner support resources address a variety of student services.
    14. 14. Major Areas & Sub-Categories Course Design • Goals & Objectives • Content Presentation • Learner Engagement • Technology Use Interaction & Collaboration • Communication Strategies • Development of Learning Community • Interaction Logistics Assessment • Expectations • Assessment Design • Self-assessment Learner Support • Orientation to Course and LMS • Supportive Software Plug-ins • Instructor Role and Information • Policies & Support • Accessibility • Accommodations • Feedback
    15. 15. Sample Course • ETT 510 – Instructional Media & Technology • 10-week, online course with initial f2f meeting • Graduate course in Technology Specialist online cohort program, NIU Department of Educational Technology, Research & Assessment • Developed and taught for first time in Blackboard, Fall 2013 • Presenter plans to submit for consideration as ECP, available for NIU faculty to be enrolled
    16. 16. ETT 510: Instruc. Media & Tech.
    17. 17. Example Attributes to be Shared Course Design • Goals & Objectives • Content Presentation • Learner Engagement • Technology Use Interaction & Collaboration • Communication Strategies • Development of Learning Community • Interaction Logistics Assessment • Expectations • Assessment Design • Self-assessment Learner Support • Orientation to Course and LMS • Supportive Software Plug-ins • Instructor Role and Information • Policies & Support • Accessibility • Accommodations • Feedback
    18. 18. Welcome – Start Here
    19. 19. Goals and Objectives Easily Located
    20. 20. Goals and Objectives Available in a Multiple Areas
    21. 21. Content Available or “Chunked” in Manageable Segments
    22. 22. Consistent Unit Structure
    23. 23. Navigation Intuitive Info needed at beginning of the course Course news and updates Social connections for building sense of community Course content, activities, and assessments Interaction Reflection, feedback, & self-paced assistance Collaboration in group
    24. 24. Content Flows in Logical Progression
    25. 25. Content Presented in Variety of Appropriate Mechanisms
    26. 26. Content Enhanced with Visual & Auditory Elements
    27. 27. Guidance for Learners to Work with Content
    28. 28. Tools Available in LMS to Engage Students with Course Content
    29. 29. Wide Variety of Delivery Media Incorporated into the Course
    30. 30. Effort Made to Use Low-Cost or No-Cost Materials When Available
    31. 31. Plentiful Opportunities for Synch. and/or Asynch Interaction
    32. 32. Asynchronous Communication Promote Critical Reflection
    33. 33. Asynchronous Communication Promote Critical Reflection
    34. 34. Synchronous Communication Activities, Real-Time Interactions
    35. 35. Communication Activities Designed to Help Build Sense of Community
    36. 36. Student-to-Student Interactions Required
    37. 37. Collaboration Activities Reinforce Learning Outcomes
    38. 38. Guidelines Explaining Required Levels of Participation
    39. 39. Rubric or Equivalent Grading Document is Included
    40. 40. Instructor Actively Participates, Including Providing Feedback
    41. 41. Instructor Uses Communication Tools to Provide Course Updates
    42. 42. Instructions Written Clearly and with Sufficient Detail
    43. 43. Assessment Activities Occur Frequently Throughout Course
    44. 44. Multiple Types of Assessments are Used
    45. 45. Opportunities for Self-assessment Provided
    46. 46. Contact Information for Instructor Easy to Find
    47. 47. Links to Institutional Policies
    48. 48. Course Materials are Accessible Transcript provided for videos YouTube videos captioned
    49. 49. Supportive Mechanisms for Learners with Disabilities
    50. 50. Learners Have Opportunity to Give Feedback on Course Design
    51. 51. View Exemplary Course Tours j.mp/bbecptours13
    52. 52. ECP Winners Gallery ecpgallery.coursesites.com
    53. 53. Volunteer to Review • Explore in-depth a variety of different online courses and get ideas and inspiration for your own online courses • Apply lessons learned from the Exemplary Course Rubric to your own courses or those you are helping to develop • Share your knowledge and experience with others by providing feedback on their course designs • Gain professional development experience and recognition for your accomplishments and participation in the program j.mp/bbecpreviewer14
    54. 54. Request Access to Sample Shared Send email to: jrhode@niu.edu
    55. 55. Submitting Your Course Blackboard.com/ecp
    56. 56. Questions?
    57. 57. Contact Me Jason Rhode Email: jrhode@niu.edu Phone: 815.753.2475 Twitter: @jrhode
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