Leveraging Blackboard Tools to Enhance Student Experience

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When developing sites on Blackboard for "in-seat" classrooms, it's important that technology complements the classroom instruction and does not create boundaries to learning. We designed a course site for a major-level Microbiology course, which follows the flow of the lecture and lab schedule. For example, lectures are divided into module folders and are designed to help students to both prepare and reflect on lecture. We make use of Blackboard's journals and wikis for individual and group learning opportunities, respectively, as well as the third-party tool VoiceThread to offer an alternative form of content delivery and assessment. Videos and articles are linked to Blackboard, limiting the searching students must perform to find resources. The session will also include discussion of how to involve "stakeholders", including the instructor-instructional designer partnership and opportunities for student feedback. These sites, like courses, are living, and should be regularly attended to and assessed to keep up with best practice and student needs.


Presenters: Christine Melland, Zach Pratt