To support the transition to fully online instruction for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses, the Academy hosted a five-part webinar series, from April 2-April 16, called Transitioning to Fully Online Instruction.
Click on each webinar toggle below for the description and links to view the webinar recording and presentation slides.
Part 1: Laying Out Your Online Course and Providing Quality Content
This webinar showcases proven strategies for designing online courses in Blackboard using intuitive, student-friendly navigation and transparent instructions. Methods to clarify student expectations and create a clear roadmap for success in your course are also shared. Last, techniques for creating and hosting microlectures along with other instructor-created and curated content and activities are demonstrated.
Part 2: Bringing Your Course Activities and Assessments Online
Intentional and transparent design is critical for online learners to have meaningful experiences with assignments and succeed on quizzes, tests, and alternate assessments. This webinar provides a technical overview of using the tools in Blackboard along with strategies to apply the transparency framework to assignment and assessment design. Examples of online discussion boards, group work, and student presentations are also included.
Part 3: Providing Feedback and an Organized Gradebook in Your Online Course
Providing students with timely and constructive feedback will help to maintain student motivation and foster continual growth and learning. This webinar shares strategies for providing collective and individualized feedback in a meaningful and efficient manner. An overview of best practices for using Blackboard’s Grade Center is also provided, along with tips for aligning your grade book with the grading policies in your syllabus.
Part 4: Building Community and Enhancing Communications in the Online Environment
Online courses provide opportunities for students to build relationships through interactions and feel a sense of belonging in a responsive, supportive environment. Much like social media, well-designed online courses connect students with each other and with their instructor, ultimately enhancing their learning experience and motivating them to engage more deeply. This webinar provides several strategies and Blackboard tools that foster community development and enhance communication.
Part 5: Supporting Every Student in Your Online Course Through Universal Design
All students benefit when Universal Design Principles are utilized to optimize accessibility in any course. In online courses, the likelihood of hidden disabilities among students is much higher and implementing ”on-the-fly” accommodations is particularly challenging. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to assess your course materials for digital accessibility and apply principles of Universal Design for Learning to improve the learning experience for students of all abilities.
For more resources with Blackboard and other tools that support online instruction, visit the Planning for a Rapid Transition to Online Instruction webpage.