Blackboard University

About BbU

Beginning March 3, 2014 the University of Kentucky Office of eLearning and Faculty Teaching with Technology are teaming up to host a series of monthly mini-courses designed to help teach instructors how to use Blackboard as an effective educational tool. The courses will cover technical and pedagogical topics and will include interactive activities designed to provide a more thorough understanding of Blackboard and online learning. Participants will also be encouraged to share their previous online teaching experiences during the course.

The first course BbU101: Getting Started with Blackboard Learn involves a hands-on introduction to the teaching and learning features of Blackboard. Participants will be taught some of the basics of using Blackboard as an instructor, as well as receive first hand experience as a student in a Blackboard course. This course will start March 3 and will end April 2.

Course Registration

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Course Topics

BbU 101: Getting Started with Blackboard Learn
A hands-on introduction to the teaching and learning features of Blackboard Learn.

  • The Student Experience
  • Teaching in Blackboard Learn
  • The Instructor Experience
  • Sharing Materials
  • First Day Tasks

BbU 201: Building Courses
Introduces the principles and processes involved in building a course from the ground up.

  • Planning Your Course
  • Course Building Basics
  • Using Course Files
  • Presenting Your Content
  • Evaluating Your Course

BbU 202: Designing Engaging Content
Teaches strategies for effectively designing and organizing content to increase student engagement within courses.

  • Plans and Possibilities
  • Prepare Your Content
  • Create Your Lesson
  • Customize Content Delivery

BbU 301: Enhancing Communication
Teaches the effective use of select Blackboard Learn communication tools to increase student engagement within courses.

  • Overview
  • Creating Discussions
  • Working with Discussions
  • Encouraging Collaboration
  • Using Chat

BbU 302: Building Online Communities
Explores some of the communication and collaboration tools Blackboard Learn has to offer.

  • Online Communities Overview
  • Making the Most of Discussions
  • Journals and Blogs
  • Working with Wikis
  • Collaborating with Groups
  • Evaluating Students

BbU 401: Assessing Learners
Introduces features and functions of the tools used to deliver assignments and assess students.

  • Creating Assignments
  • Managing Assignments
  • Creating Assessments
  • Deploying Assessments
  • Grading Assessments
  • Advanced Questions
  • Question Pools and Sets

BbU 402: Monitoring Student Performance
Offers in-depth knowledge of the tools and features that help monitor and evaluate student performance.

  • Before the Course Begins

    • Preparing for Success
    • Reviewing Settings
  • Setting Up the Grade Center Grade

    • Center Basics
    • Grading Periods (optional)
    • Creating Columns
  • As the Term Progresses

    • Early Warning System
    • Working with Grades
    • Troubleshooting Student Performance