Time-Saving Tips for Reviewing Discussion Posts

Blackboard’s Discussion Board tool is flexible and lends itself to many applications for your classes. If you are looking for some ideas for how to build discussion and interactivity in your course, these posts will give you a place to start. Once you have a Discussion Board activity setup, the tips below can help you […]

Energizing Online Discussions

Face to face discussion gives students opportunities to engage with course content and each other in deep and meaningful ways. Sometimes, though, it is a challenge to create energetic discussions in an asynchronous, online format. Here are some ideas for taking class discussion online and keeping students engaged. Building Community Online discussion boards allow you […]

Checklist for Building Interaction in Your Online & Hybrid Courses

There are many different types of interpersonal interactions that can occur in an online or hybrid course. For example, As the instructor, you may periodically send announcements or email messages to your entire class about upcoming assignments or important updates. You may communicate with individual students, including messages about their performance in your class or […]

Supporting Collaboration in Your Face-to-Face Class

Many tools essential to fostering student collaboration in the online and hybrid environments are also useful for supporting collaboration in the face-to-face environment. Most of the tools mentioned here are Blackboard-based, meaning neither you nor the students have to sign up for an account (and remember yet another password). Class Discussions Even though students often […]

The Engaging Learners with Powerful Technology Tools Series

The Engaging Learners Series, co-sponsored by the Art and Science Technology Committee and the Faculty Development Committee, ran over a three month period during the Spring 2012 semester. The purpose of the series was for faculty and staff to share, with each other, the many ways they use technology tools to engage learners. The first […]