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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series 2013 Recordings

These webinars are part of the 2013 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). BITS brings Blackboard community experts to you. They share their top strategies and pedagogy so that you can increase educator efficiency and improve learning outcomes. To attend an upcoming webinar, visit

These resources are available in English only.

Get started with publisher content

Facilitated by Brian Morgan, Marshall University and Misty Cobb of Blackboard

Learn how to integrate content from your textbook publisher into your Blackboard course. Brian shares his experiences about integrating Cengage Learning content into his courses. Brian highlights the positives and negatives about the use of publisher content for both fully-online courses and as a supplement to traditional courses.

Video: Using digital textbook content in higher education

What you need to know about the Grade Center

Facilitated by Dr. Julia K. VanderMolen, Assistant Professor-Health and Science, Davenport University

Learn how to record and share grades and comments with students through the Grade Center. Also, learn some tips and tricks for managing grades.

Video: What you need to know about the Grade Center

Maximize student engagement through the discussion board, wikis, blogs, and journals

Facilitated by Marcie Newton, The College of Saint Rose

Blackboard Learn offers four communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration, and communication: the discussion board, blogs, journals, and wikis. With these tools, you can provide rich assignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge.

Each of the four interactive tools can serve distinct purposes. You can use one or all of them in your course, and they can work well in combination. Select the tools that meet your course goals and allow students to interact in the most efficient ways.

Marcie also discusses effective teaching strategies based on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy to encourage student engagement.

Video: Using Bloom's digital taxonomy to maximize student engagement

More on comparing the interactive tools

Effective practices for course communications

Facilitated by Misty Cobb of Blackboard

This webinar provides an overview of various communications tools in Blackboard Learn. Effective best practices based on evidence from 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 discussed include messages, email, text, notifications, and more.

Video: Best practices for communicating with your higher ed students

Writing effective discussion questions

Facilitated by Cheryl Cyrus of Blackboard

Learn how to build community online with discussion board questions that build engagement and don't result in a series of 'me too' responses. Learn how to write effective discussion questions and build authentic interaction online.

Video: The ins and outs of writing effective discussion questions