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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course


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This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop; we will cover the specifics of developing a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses and should bring to the session any course materials they want to upload or work with during the workshop. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or on CD.

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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course

  1. 1. Blackboard II Building Your Blackboard Course
  2. 2. Today’s Workshop… <ul><li>Follow-up to the “Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard” workshop offered monthly for NIU faculty and staff throughout the academic year. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives for this Workshop <ul><li>Review preliminary steps, course structure, and elements of course framework </li></ul><ul><li>Begin working on building your course in Blackboard </li></ul>
  4. 4. Questions - Preliminary Steps <ul><li>Why use Blackboard? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your purpose? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignment submission? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>???? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The purpose for the Blackboard course will direct the rest of the development steps </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Questions - Course Structure <ul><li>How will you structure your course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents organization (ie: units, weeks, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What will you require students to do or complete in Blackboard? </li></ul><ul><li>What optional activities do you want to make available for students? </li></ul><ul><li>As the instructor, how do you plan to utilize Blackboard? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Build the Framework <ul><li>Control Panel > Settings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course entry point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Control Panel > Manage Course Menu </li></ul>
  7. 7. Begin to Add Content <ul><li>Staff information </li></ul><ul><li>Course information </li></ul><ul><li>Course documents </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Links/External Links </li></ul>
  8. 8. Upcoming Workshops <ul><li>Log-on to for a complete listing and to register online </li></ul>