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July 2015

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Develop course content which includes components of theory, practice, and application.

Make the content meaningful/applied.

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Combine documents and materials and place them into neatly organized

modules/folders. The more organized the modules/folders, the more students will

benefit. The discussion board should not be the only place where the course content is

available.

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Use a variety of information sources to explore. Include different types of material such

as presentations, videos, audio, readings, articles, photographs. Digital material is

available through publishers, in MERLOT and the Internet. Bb features such as

Collaborate can be used to create your own digital content. Do not rely solely on the

publisher resources or third party content.

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Check any instructional materials requiring the installation of software, plug-ins, codes

or other controls to determine ease of use. Instructions must be provided to the

student.

Class Discussions and Community

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Set clear expectations for discussion

participation (quality, quantity, netiquette, participation, interaction with other

students).

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Create collaboration and community by using a variety of tools and approaches: groups,

discussion board, collaborate, mobile, Bb IM wikis, blogs, and journals.

Assignments

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Use the Blackboard assignment and assignment submission features. Keep the

assignments and routes of submitting them in Bb. Do not use TROJAN Email or any other

outside email account (Hotmail, Google, Yahoo, etc.) for assignment submission. If other

routes of assignment submission are required, build them into the Bb course design.

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Students should apply the content thru many forms of assignments. Build student

assignments that are meaningful such as problem based, service learning, synthesis,

field based, applied, experiential. Deliverables can include written documents, audio

visual productions, photographs, messaging, screenshots, and mashups (using

content/products from multiple sources to create a single product). Do not rely solely

on the publisher resources or third party assignments.

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The discussion board should not be the only place where the course assignments are

available and conducted.

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Assignment expectations, grading criteria (i.e., rubrics and/or checklists) and submission

requirements are clearly stated for each assignment.

Assessments

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Use the Blackboard assessment features and/or incorporate external

assessments into the course design. If other routes of assessment are required, build them

into the Bb course design. Do not rely solely on the publisher resources or third party

assessments.