Sous Chefs & Apprentices: Mentoring & Training Future Blackboard Experts

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Once, we were all beginners and asked the question: Where do I go to learn how to be a Blackboard expert? Take a class? Join a listserv? Network with others? Trial and error? How did YOU learn to be a Blackboard expert? In this session, we will share a functional approach to mentoring and training future Blackboard "sous chefs," or faculty and staff experts, at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Bowie State University. These sous chefs may rise to second in command and assume higher levels of responsibility, but are still learning complex Bb system tasks or serve at a junior administrative level. Whether formally trained, seasoned on the job, or guided by a friendly expert, faculty and staff seeking to deepen their Blackboard knowledge can benefit from multiple opportunities to learn, practice, and grow through a new model of professional development.



Mariann Hawken, Instructional Technology Specialist, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC);

Katrina Kardiasmenos, Bowie State University;

Holly Owens, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)