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Blackboard Learn is the Learning Management System (LMS) that the University of Windsor supports. These online courses featured below, are designed to provide valuable information and corresponding self-learning activities for instructors and their assistants, to help learn, use and configure Blackboard Learn. Please note, these courses are NOT facilitated, and there won't be any instructor interaction. If you would like face-to-face support we would be happy to help, so check out the Name Your Topic! offerings at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbworkshops

Please register for the courses you feel are most aligned with your teaching and learning goals, and you will be added to an online course to complete at your own pace.

For example, instructors who desire using the system to provide basic communications, some online assessments, and grading components would be encouraged to register for the following sequence of courses:
  • Getting Started
  • Assessing Learners
  • Monitoring Student Performance
PLEASE BE PATIENT AND CHECK YOUR EMAIL. It may take at least an hour or two to synchronize your registration into the course site(s). You will receive an email with instructions when it has completed. If you wish to cancel your access to a course, please complete a Service Request and specify the course code in your request, rather than using the Withdraw option with this page.

Face-to-Face Workshops Available (Open and Faculty Specific) Too!

Face-to-face Blackboard Learn Workshop Registration page - Open
Faculty Specific Workshop Registration Page

Self-paced and other workshops

1.0 Introduction to Blackboard IB-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
This non-facilitated online course is designed for faculty, teachers, course builders, trainers, departmental support who are new to Blackboard Learn. It is an introductory course for anyone who wants to understand the key features of Blackboard Learn Original. This is an introductory course that does not cover how to build courses or online course pedagogy. Specifically, this course will cover:
  • An overview of Blackboard Learn
  • Explains how to navigate within a Learn site
  • Reviews the main components of an Original Course
Time Investment: 1-2 hours. Appropriate for New Learn Users who are instructors or are supporting instructors.

1a. Getting Started with Blackboard (Pre-requisite) – GS-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
This online, self-paced course provides a hands-on introduction to the teaching and learning features of Blackboard Learn. You will view the course first as a student, so you will be familiar with how the course environment appears to your own students. As a student, you will learn how to access and navigate through tools and content.

Next, you will learn about the roles an instructor plays in the online environment and identify key attributes for success. From there, you will learn how to set up the course menu, your students' access point to tools and content, and how to create content areas that contain materials, tools, and resources. Finally, you will become familiar with some common start-up tasks, such as creating announcements, adding calendar entries, and setting up discussion forums.

Please note, there is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for New Learn Users who are instructors or are supporting instructors.

2. Building Courses (Basics) – BC-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
In this online, self-paced course, you will identify your course goals and objectives, analyze your students, and review your existing resources. Next, you will explore the Blackboard Learn environment and select tools appropriate for meeting your course objectives. You will learn about different methods for presenting content and then create content areas appropriate for your own course. You will learn how to access and organize Course Files, link to content in Course Files, and use WebDAV technology with Course Files. In addition, you will become familiar with the different containers that hold content, with a special emphasis on learning modules. Finally, you will learn how to evaluate whether your course is ready for students by assessing your course from multiple perspectives.

Please note, there is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for Faculty and Course Builders new to Blackboard Learn

3. Assessing Learners (Basics) – ASL-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
In this online course, you are introduced to the features and functions of the tools used to deliver assignments and assess students in Blackboard Learn. After learning to use the assignments tool to create, collect, view, and grade submissions, you will explore the different ways to present your assignments in your courses to suit your needs.

Then, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade tests. Finally, you will learn how to use the find question tool, and add basic and advanced question types, create question pools, and use statistics to help you determine the effectiveness of your tests.

Please note, there is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for Faculty and Course Builders new to Blackboard Learn

4. Enhancing Communication (Basics) – EC-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
In this course, you will learn to effectively use Blackboard Learn communication tools to increase student engagement within your course. After exploring strategies for building community among students, you will experiment with the tools to help you decide which are best for your course. Special emphasis is placed on understanding how to manage tools, such as the discussion board. In this course, you can learn how to: compare and contrast asynchronous and synchronous modes of communication, establish course communication policies and procedures, use discussions to enhance communication among you and your students, create, manage, and grade discussion forums and evaluate best practices for managing groups.

Please note, there is limited instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for Faculty and Course Builders new to Blackboard Learn

5. Monitoring Student Performance - Course Outline – (Advanced) – MSP-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
In this course, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the tools and features that help monitor and evaluate student performance. First, you will learn how to set up, customize, and manage the Grade Center to meet your particular evaluation goals. Then, you will discover how to effectively leverage the Retention Center to help monitor, and ultimately improve, student performance.

You will learn to use the Performance Dashboard, the inline assignment grading feature, the review status feature, and available reports and statistics to better track student progress. Along the way, you will explore pedagogical and practical issues related to monitoring, evaluating, and grading students in a hybrid or online course. Strategies for improving student success are also discussed.

Please note, there is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for Faculty and Course Builders new to Blackboard Learn

6. Building Online Communities (Advanced) – BOC-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
In this course, you will explore the concept of building online or virtual learning communities in your online courses. Tools that promote conversation and interaction among course members are discussed, and how you can best facilitate this communication and collaboration. Further, best practices for writing effective discussion questions and how to create journals, blogs, and wikis for your students are explored. You will review ways to form groups based on your course outcomes and which group tools may best fit an assignment's requirements. Common concerns and challenges from the student and instructor perspectives are explored, along with how you can help students succeed in group work. Finally, you will explore components of the evaluation process, the step-by-step process of grading student work, and how best to use commenting, rubrics, and self-assessment to help students become actively involved in the learning process.

Please note, there is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for Faculty and Course Builders new to Blackboard Learn

7. Designing Engaging Content (Advanced) – DEC-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
In this course, you will learn new strategies for effectively designing and organizing content to increase student engagement within your course. After exploring new ideas and strategies for presenting engaging content, you will develop a plan for improving your own course. As you continue through the lessons, you will also build a sample lesson incorporating techniques discussed. Finally, you will learn how to adaptively release content to create individualized learning paths for your students.
Specifically, some of the specific tools and topics covered include:
  • Deciding on using Content Areas, Content Folders, Learning Modules, or Lesson Plans,
  • Using the Content Editor and creating accessible, well-designed content,
  • Explaining the benefits of multimedia in online learning,
  • Identifying methods to repurpose course content in other courses,
  • Identifying strategies for using adaptive release in your course, and
  • Revising content based on web-friendly guidelines, and using graphics and presentations more effectively.
Please note, there is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 7-10 hours. Appropriate for Faculty and Course Builders new to Blackboard Learn

8. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – BBCULTRA-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
This course is organized into modules (see below). Each module contains lesson content and some with activities. You can jump between the modules in any order you like. However, for the most optimal learning experience, we recommend that you go through the course sequentially.
  • Module 1: An Overview of Collaborate - This module will introduce you to the Ultra experience.
  • Module 2: Collaborate Ultra Essential Features - Within this module, you will learn the basics of using the tools within a session.
  • Module 3: Communication- In module three you will explore the features used for communicating in Collaborate Ultra.
  • Module 4: Content Sharing Tools - This module will introduce you to the tools for sharing content.
  • Course Completion - This section contains additional resources and advanced help.
Please note: There is no instructor interaction in this course.
Time Investment: 3-5 hours. Appropriate for - Faculty, Administrators, IT Staff, Support Staff, Project Leads, Instructional Designers.

9. Using the Content Collection – UCC-O-W19-01

Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online
The Content Collection™ allows you to store, share, and publish digital content. There are several advantages to using the Content Collection, such as storing your files in one place, sharing files with other users by granting permissions or sending passes, reusing your files in multiple courses, accessing your files anywhere there is Internet access, creating portfolios of your work, using content that can be linked to courses, assignments, or portfolios, and editing content once then have updates appear throughout your work.

This online course covers exploring the Content Collection, adding and managing content, linking to content, editing content, setting permissions, comments, versioning and tracking of files and folders, and creating and managing portfolios.
Please note: There is no instructor interaction in this course.