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Online Teaching Strategies

A large part of successful learner outcomes is figuring out the best teaching strategies for your subject matter and students. Keeping students engaged and excited about learning is a combination of course design and student management.

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.

From the Beginning: Setting up Your Blackboard Learn Course

Getting Started: This webinar, facilitated by Lesie Day of Blackboard, is a beginner's guide to using the quick set-up guide, course themes and structures, setting up your course menu and more! By the end of this session, you should leave with ideas on how to set up your course, leaving you ready to begin creating content.

Meet the Grade Center

Getting Started: This webinar faciliated by Paige Brooks-Jeffiers, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, takes a look at the basic functions of the grade center. Creating columns, organizing columns and calculating the final grade are covered. The student view is also coverd to ensure they see grades the way you anticipate.

Getting Started with Publisher Content

Getting Started: This webinar faciliated by Brian Morgan, Marshall University and Misty Cobb of Blackboard shows you how tointegrate 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 faciliated 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 faciliated 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.

The Rewards of Rubrics

Assessing Learners: This webinar facilitated by Dr. Torria Bond, California Baptist University, shows you how to locate rubrics in Learn, discusses two types of rubrics, and helps you construct an assignment in Blackboard with an attached rubric given a live demonstration in Learn.

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.