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Record enrollments, a new version of Blackboard, limited staff equals a recipe for disaster! See how Fresno State survived with the Blackboard Student Orientation course.
In this presentation you will learn first-hand how Fresno State prepared students for Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13. Faced with a record freshman enrollment and skyrocketing online courses, ensuring that students had the technology and the skills to be successful in the online classroom was paramount. To meet this challenge, the Blackboard 9.1 Student Orientation Course was developed. This course, available to all students, was built on best practices in online course design with a focus on active engagement. Students enrolling in the course came away with hands-on experience with all the Blackboard 9.1 tools, knowledge of the Fresno State interface, and a Certificate of Completion, which they received after demonstrating skills through an assessment.
Encouraged by faculty, and the chance to win prizes, nearly 2000 students self-enrolled at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. The course, facilitated by an Instructional Designer and student assistants, proved to help students became comfortable with the tools and technology used in online courses and provided a safe space for asking Blackboard related questions. This was clearly evident by the reduced number of "how to" calls to the Blackboard Resource Center on campus.
Using a backchannel to drive discussion and answer questions, the presenter ensures that you will come away from this session with a sustainable plan that you can immediately implement on your campus for preparing students to use Blackboard. In addition to the course, you may take away a module that instructors can import into their own course and customize . The goal is that students are prepared for the technology so that they are able to focus on the content and assignments once the course begins.