Blackboard-enhanced courses utilize KU’s learning management system, Blackboard. Course documents, learning materials or assessments, such as a syllabus, readings, discussion questions or quizzes/tests serve to supplement the course and do not replace face-to-face class time.
Listed below are some scenarios that depict ways the CODL instructional designers and eLearning support specialists have worked with faculty and instructors.
Transitioning from a traditional classroom format to a Blackboard-enhanced format:
An instructor wanted to move a traditional semester classroom course to a Blackboard-enhanced format. The classroom format utilized instructor study guides, assigned readings, in-class videos, lecture, classroom discussion, writing assignments, and exams. An instructional designer worked closely with the instructor in the re-design of the course to include adding module-level learning objectives to overall course goals, formatting documents for accessibility, chunking content, controlling the gradual release of content, integrating selected video into Blackboard, ensuring content review, and streamlining the submission of assignments. Desk-side coaching services helped to foster the faculty member’s comfort level in leveraging the functionalities of Blackboard to streamline the grading and testing processes.