Accessibility Fundamentals for Instructors and Course Designers is a facilitated fully online course designed to provide participants with a broad knowledge of accessibility issues in educational environments. Participants will learn how disabilities can limit access to electronic instructional materials, and what they can do to make their course content as accessible as possible to the greatest number of learners.
Skills learned in this course are not Blackboard-specific, and can be applied to materials created and
deployed in any LMS.
This facilitated course is designed for the busy professional who needs a flexible way to quickly get up to speed using Collaborate with the Ultra experience. You’ll also have access to an expert Blackboard Collaborate consultant who will help guide you through the course and answer questions along the way. Participants will be able to practice suggested tasks in a Collaborate practice room, and you’ll have opportunities for knowledge checks throughout the course to solidify your understanding of the platform and web conferencing. You’ll be able to share your ideas by contributing to discussion boards and learn from the developing repository of ideas accumulated from other participants, who have previously completed the course.
- Lecturer: Cheryl Cox
The goal of this course is to help teachers get started with online course design. While teachers know how to design a course for the face-to-face environment, they don't always have the knowledge required to design an online one. Designing online courses requires a paradigm shift in thinking about what a course is and how it is delivered. It can be more challenging than most expect. For this reason, we've created this course to aid in easing the transition and in creating an online course that meets the needs of both students and teachers.
Participants will learn about delivery approaches, course structure and flow, and design strategies. This course also introduces participants to best practices for online course design, and it provides an Online Course Planning Document to use while planning and designing online courses. A course facilitator will review submitted design documents and provide feedback to course participants.
This course focuses on course design and is not platform specific; therefore, it is relevant to all users, no matter the system participants plan to use for delivering courses.
The goal of this course is to help participants with online course facilitation. Being an effective, online facilitator requires a set of skills that are similar to those required in the face-to-face classroom. The online or blended learning facilitator must be able to build community while having little to no face-to-face contact, offer clear and informative feedback, communicate effectively in a medium that lacks body language and tone of voice, as well as use instructional strategies that are independent of time and space to support student learning. The added aspect of the required technologies also comes into play.
This course will introduce participants to the many facets of online facilitation to build skills in four areas: technical, managerial, social, and pedagogical. Finally, to synthesize all you have learned, you will build a Facilitation Checklist to help guide your ongoing facilitation needs. This course is facilitated by an instructor.
This self-paced course is designed for faculty, teachers, course builders, trainers, and site administrators who are new to Moodle/Blackboard Open LMS, as well as those who are who are migrating from another Learning Management System and want to understand the core features of Moodle. It includes an overview of Moodle, how to navigate within it, how it may be customized, reviews the basic components of a Moodle course, introduces basic course design and course building information, and introduces course management information. This course is not facilitated.
Take your courses to the next level by learning the advanced features of Moodle/Blackboard Open LMS. This course focuses on creating activities that add collaboration, increase interactivity, and gain student feedback. It also covers the Personalized Learning Designer, Open Reports, ways to monitor progress, gamification features such as badges and H5P, groups and groupings, activity grading, outcomes, competencies, select third-party plug-ins, and course building best practices. This course is facilitated by an instructor.
Get started in Blackboard Open LMS by learning how to navigate in the system and use its basic functionality to build courses. This course focuses on topics such as building resources and activities, configuring the gradebook, managing files, tracking completion, restricting access, adding videos, communicating with students, and using course management tools. You will also learn best practices to follow as you build your online courses and how to grade using the activity graders and the Open Grader. This course is not facilitated.
- Time commitment: 16-18 hours
- Enrolment duration: 75 days
- Enrolment key: moodle37
- Lecturer: Cheryl Cox
This course is designed for the course builder and course facilitator, taking you from ground zero to full on grading and facilitation, utilizing the most efficient pieces of the gradebook and grading methods. Learn how to set up your gradebook, choose aggregation methods that meet your course goals, create and grade with advanced and alternative grading methods, and more! This course is facilitated.
This self-paced course is designed for students who are new to the Blackboard Open LMS. It introduces participants to Blackboard Open and prepares them for taking online courses in it. Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to navigate in a Blackboard Open site; describe the basics of the Open LMS from a student perspective; identify ways that you may personalize your Blackboard Open LMS experience; recognize the features of a Blackboard Open course that are key to a successful learning experience; participate in the most common activities and resources in a Blackboard Open course; and identify how to monitor academic progress through the Open LMS. This course is not facilitated.
This remote-facilitated course trains you not only to configure your site but also how to be an effective and efficient site administrator in the long term. With topics aligning to each area of the Open LMS Site Administration area, you will learn about managing users and courses, configuring your site to be secure, and more!