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Blackboard for Dummies (For Dummies)

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More and more schools, colleges, universities and business organizations – and even government training agencies – are taking their classes online. Blackboard is the leading platform for managing online classes, but surprisingly, there are no books telling instructors how to use it. Most places have a general hands-on introductory online course for new faculty that says, here is Blackboard, here is our course template, here are “ best practices” in teaching online, here is what we expect from you, here are our policies and procedures, here’ s the link to library services, now go get a ready to start. And it usually takes place over 5-6 weeks, leaving faculty somewhat bewildered and overloaded with information. Blackboard provides an online manual with each classroom, and instructors have access to it, but it’ s not especially teacher-friendly. This book is intended to tell potential and current instructors, OK, you've been told to take your class online with Blackboard, now what? Here's what you need to know to get it online successfully.

The book is organized to follow the order of concerns that an instructor would be likely to have, and then in the order in which the instructor would begin using the features. It is specific, detailed, with step-by-step examples to the common issues facing all teachers using Blackboard to set up a classroom. The book also discusses using Blackboard as an adjunct to a face-to-face classes. When learning theory or instructional design theory  is presented, it is in the context of “ best practices” with applications, rather than as theoretical discussion. Readers will be able to go from classnotes to developing a ready-to-go online class, and then on to actually running the class successfully.

Synopsis:

Use the quick-start guide to create your course in a flash

Post course materials, give quizzes, facilitate discussions, and handle grades

You're an educator, not a psychic, so how would you know how to use Blackboard with no instructions? These step-by-step examples show you how to set up a Blackboard classroom, put your materials on the Internet, communicate online with students, and even evaluate their performance.

Discover how to

* Navigate the Blackboard environment

* Customize your course menu

* Add and organize course materials

* Give online assignments

* Conduct online discussions and chat rooms

* Keep track of grades

Synopsis:

Use the quick-start guide to create your course in a flash

Post course materials, give quizzes, facilitate discussions, and handle grades

You're an educator, not a psychic, so how would you know how to use Blackboard with no instructions? These step-by-step examples show you how to set up a Blackboard classroom, put your materials on the Internet, communicate online with students, and even evaluate their performance.

Discover how to

  • Navigate the Blackboard environment
  • Customize your course menu
  • Add and organize course materials
  • Give online assignments
  • Conduct online discussions and chat rooms
  • Keep track of grades

About the Author

Howie Southworth is an experienced teacher, trainer, and facilitator with a background in both student and instructor development. His academic degrees are in computer science (BA) and higher education administration (MA). He has been consulting on the use of online course management systems for the past 5 years, and teaching people how to teach for the past 15.

Howie has been invited to teach across the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is the director of education for the Disaster Recovery Institute International in Washington, D.C.

Yianna Vovides holds a PhD in instructional design and technology and works at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Vovides assists faculty with the integration of instructional technologies in teaching and learning. She is the lead instructor in the use of the Blackboard Learning System and Blackboard Content System and designs and implements learning environments for both blended-hybrid and fully online courses.

Kemal Cakici has expertise in designing and implementing information systems solutions in the contexts of education and healthcare and has worked as a consultant in industry. He has taught business, information systems, and engineering courses as a faculty member. His academic degrees are in mechanical engineering (BS and MS). He is completing his doctoral studies in information and decision systems focusing on predicting the acceptance and usage of Web-based information systems. Kemal is working as a senior consultant for IMS Government Solutions.

Susan M. Zvacek, director of instructional development and support at the University of Kansas, has been involved with educational technology for more than 20 years and has worked in community college, university, and corporate training environments. Dr. Zvacek’s teaching experience includes faculty and dissertation advisor positions at the University of Northern Colorado, Old Dominion University, and Nova Southeastern University.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: What’s Blackboard All About?

Chapter 1: Your First Look at Blackboard.

Chapter 2: The Course-Development Process.

Part II: Easing into Blackboard.

Chapter 3: Got Learners? (Getting People into Your Course).

Chapter 4: Making the Course Your Own.

Chapter 5: Building Your Class Materials.

Chapter 6: Connecting with Learners.

Part III: Earning Your Blackboard Black Belt.

Chapter 7: Getting the Most from Blackboard.

Chapter 8: Assessing Learner Progress.

Chapter 9: Course Implementation.

Chapter 10: Course Management.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 11: Ten Superimportant “Think Abouts” for Building Your Course.

Chapter 12: Ten Strategies for Organizing an Outstanding Course in Blackboard.

Chapter 13: Ten Ways to Keep Learners Involved by Using Blackboard Communication Features.

Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Assess Learning.

Chapter 15: Ten Questions to Ask Your Blackboard System Administrator.

Chapter 16: Ten Things to Look Forward to in Blackboard Learning System 7.1.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Real-Life Issues in Teaching with Technology.

Appendix B: An Overview of the Blackboard Content System.

Appendix C: A Blackboard Course-Building Checklist.

Appendix D: Additional Resources on the Web.

Glossary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471798323
Author:
Southworth, Howie
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
wie Southworth
Author:
acek, Susan
Author:
Cakici, Kemal
Author:
Zv
Author:
Vovides, Yianna
Author:
Ho
Author:
Zvacek, Susan
Subject:
Teaching
Subject:
Computer-assisted instruction
Subject:
Aids and devices
Subject:
Educational software
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence - General
Subject:
Educational Software - General
Subject:
Teaching -- Computer network resources.
Subject:
General & Introductory Education
Subject:
Software Engineering - Programming and Languages
Subject:
General & Introducto
Subject:
ry Education
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20060724
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
9.44x7.24x.84 in. 1.30 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Use the quick-start guide to create your course in a flash

Post course materials, give quizzes, facilitate discussions, and handle grades

You're an educator, not a psychic, so how would you know how to use Blackboard with no instructions? These step-by-step examples show you how to set up a Blackboard classroom, put your materials on the Internet, communicate online with students, and even evaluate their performance.

Discover how to

* Navigate the Blackboard environment

* Customize your course menu

* Add and organize course materials

* Give online assignments

* Conduct online discussions and chat rooms

* Keep track of grades

"Synopsis" by , Use the quick-start guide to create your course in a flash

Post course materials, give quizzes, facilitate discussions, and handle grades

You're an educator, not a psychic, so how would you know how to use Blackboard with no instructions? These step-by-step examples show you how to set up a Blackboard classroom, put your materials on the Internet, communicate online with students, and even evaluate their performance.

Discover how to

  • Navigate the Blackboard environment
  • Customize your course menu
  • Add and organize course materials
  • Give online assignments
  • Conduct online discussions and chat rooms
  • Keep track of grades

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