Develop course content which includes components of theory, practice, and application.
Make the content meaningful/applied.
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
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.
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
Class Discussions and Community
Set clear expectations for discussion
participation (quality, quantity, netiquette, participation, interaction with other
Create collaboration and community by using a variety of tools and approaches: groups,
discussion board, collaborate, mobile, Bb IM wikis, blogs, and journals.
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.
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.
The discussion board should not be the only place where the course assignments are
available and conducted.
Assignment expectations, grading criteria (i.e., rubrics and/or checklists) and submission
requirements are clearly stated for each assignment.
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