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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series 2013 Recordings

The following webinars are part of the 2013 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). BITS brings Blackboard community experts to you, sharing their top strategies and pedagogy for increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. These recordings vary from 10 to 60 minutes in length and are categorized into three tracks: Getting Started, Assessing Learners, and Collaboration. To attend an upcoming webinar, visit

These resources are available in English only.

Getting Started with Publisher Content

Getting Started: This webinar facilitated by Brian Morgan, Marshall University and Misty Cobb of Blackboard shows you how to integrate pre-developed content from your textbook publisher into your Blackboard course. Brian Morgan speaks about his experiences integrated Cengage Learning content into his courses. Brian highlights the positives and negatives regarding the use of pre-developed content for both fully-online courses and as a supplement to traditional courses.

Creating a Welcoming Course Environment

Getting Started: This webinar facilitated by Cheryl Cyrus of Blackboard shows you how to create a welcoming environment for your course, and prepare your students for success. Topics will include Course Links, the new Video Anywhere Building Block, and essential Orientation information to include in your course.

What You Need to Know About the Grade Center

Getting Started: This webinar facilitated by Dr. Julia K. VanderMolen, Assistant Professor-Health and Science, Davenport University, shows you the basics of recording and sharing grades and comments with students through the Grade Center. Participants also learn some tips and tricks for managing grades.

Maximizing Student Engagement Through My Blackboard: Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals

Collaboration: This webinar facilitated by Marcie Newton, The College of  Saint Rose, discusses similarities and differences among Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals. How to maximize student engagement using these valuable tools is covered along with effective teaching strategies based on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy to encourage student engagement.

Effective Practices for Course Communications

Collaboration: This webinar facilitated by Misty Cobb of Blackboard provides an overview of various communications tools in Learn. Effective best practices based on evidence from the academic literature is presented. Emphasis is placed on how the effective use of Blackboard features are meeting student needs and increasing student retention. Blackboard features highlighted will include messages, email, text, notifications, and more.

The Ins and Outs of Writing Effective Discussion Questions

Collaboration: This webinar facilitated by Cheryl Cyrus of Blackboard shows you how to build community online using discussion board questions that build engagement and don't result in a series of 'me too' responses. Learn a few tricks for writing effective discussion questions and building authentic interaction online.