Thank you very much for your quick response.
Elizabeth Ann Black
I'm going to echo Dan and say no, unless your particular institution has some training/certification requirements. But Blackboard itself doesn't require any certifications. Training, either through your institution or through Blackboard (even just the YouTube videos that are available), is recommended.
Toni and Ron,
Thank you for your quick reply.
Dan and Ron are correct, Elizabeth, that no user is required by Blackboard to be "certified" in order to teach. And, I strongly suspect that most users have not been certified to use the system, even though many schools do offer some type of certification for their instructors. If your question was intended to ask whether folks in the community view some type of instructor certification as helpful, though, I suspect that the answer would be yes. However, if you either don't have the time or access to a certification program, you certainly can "teach yourself" by working your way through the Instructor Help Site, the YouTube Videos for Instructors, and/or some combination of trial and error and talking to folks here in the Community. Also, given the generosity of educators, I suspect that there are probably k-12 specific resources available. Finally, I would be happy to either answer individual questions or talk you through some basic principles if that would be helpful. Just send me a message, and we can arrange a time if you think that would be helpful.
Marissa Dimino and Emmah Schramke do either of you happen to know of any such resources? Also, Marissa Dimino, I wonder if k-12 folks would find it helpful to have a dedicated space here in the Community, since much of the site implicitly assumes higher education contexts.
Duh, sorry Marissa Dimino. I don't know how I missed seeing the already existing k-12 spaces in this Community space. (I couldn't find them when I was writing this earlier, but then immediately stumbled on them after I posted. Must be time to go home!)
Elizabeth Black you can find the k-12 Blackboard Professional Learning Community here.
All that is required to have the instructor role in a course is to be enrolled as such. Now whether or not you teach effectively with Blackboard would be heavily influenced by the amount of training in Blackboard and in the best practices for online teaching.
You can use the CourseSites as Mike Power mentioned, this is a free version of Blackboard for individual faculty: CourseSites by Blackboard is a free learning management system for K12 and Higher Ed Instructors enabling blended & eLea…
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