Blackboard Best Practice Guides
Below are links to a number of Best Practice guides published by Blackboard.
- Best Practice: Analyze Course Effectiveness
Learn Course At a Glance: Analyze how a particular course is designed, how the course compares to other course sections in the same department or with the same course number, and how students are using the course.
- Best Practice: Approaches to Adaptive Release
You want the readings to be available after the overview has been reviewed, so you apply a review status rule to each of the readings, selecting the overview.
- Best Practice: Assignment Instructions
List grading elements in the assignment instructions, or include a rubric listing the criteria and assigning points for increasing levels of sophistication.
- Best Practice: Assignment Rubrics
Just as you need a reasonable number of assignments to gauge your students’ grasp of the material, they also need to know just what you are looking for when they hand in a graded assignment.
- Best Practice: Attaching Files
You edit a copy of the file on your computer and upload the new version of the syllabus to the repository using the Overwrite File function in the item’s contextual menu.
- Best Practice: Benefits of Reflective Learning
The University of Worcester distributes a study skills advice sheet listing the benefits of reflective learning, which states: “Reflective learners are more likely to develop a deeper understanding of their subject and …
- Best Practice: Captioning Video Content
Before adding a captioned video to your course, play it all the way through to ensure the captions are accurate and the content is what you are expecting.
- Best Practice: Commenting on Reflective Writing
As you evaluate and comment on students’ reflective writing, remember that your goals are to encourage your students to write more, examine their own writing and learning, and feel comfortable when sharing their thought…
- Best Practice: Delegated Grading Examples
If the grades differ significantly -OR- the graders can’t agree on a final grade, the lead instructor reviews the two sets of grades and assigns a final grade.
- Best Practice: Effective Discussion Questions
You can start with guiding questions and lead up to the essential question through the course of the discussion.
- Best Practice: Explaining Content Release
Review status criteria: Students, who are progressing through course content quickly and marking the content as reviewed, see content before the default release date.
- Best Practice: Formatting Accessible Documents
For screen readers to interpret data in a table so that users can understand how the data is organized, the screen reader needs to be able to identify which cells are part of the header row and which cells contain data.
- Best Practice: Grading Reflective Writing
The decision to grade students’ reflective writing is a struggle between giving the freedom to write and securing the willingness to write.
- Best Practice: Group Assessment
Take the time to meet virtually with each team to discuss team roles, how you expect the team to work together, how often meetings need to take place, and how the peer assessment portion affects their final grades.
- Best Practice: Group Collaboration
To encourage this interdependence, create group assignments that require the students to divide the work to meet the goal, question and challenge each other’s ideas, and share feedback and encouragement.
- Best Practice: Group Membership
Random enrollment is available only for group sets and automatically distributes membership into groups based on a designated number of students per group or the designated number of groups.
- Best Practice: Help Students Succeed
These are the top three reasons students named when they did not succeed in their online courses, according to a study of community college online students from 2001 to 2010 (Fetzner, 2013):
- Best Practice: Increase Student Retention
In your Announcements and Discussions areas, consider using phrases such as “our class” instead of “the class” and “we’ve had a great week” instead of “it’s been a good week.” This helps the one-to-many posts seem more …
- Best Practice: Interactive Tools in Action
In the course wiki, students provide text, images, and rich media to support the course content and the topic they chose in the discussion board.
- Best Practice: Intro Videos
Whether you are just starting the design process or a seasoned online instructor, consider adding an engaging introduction video to welcome your students.
- Best Practice: Plagiarism
SafeAssign only identifies the potential for plagiarism and provides you with the tools to review the information and determine if a student has committed plagiarism.
- Best Practice: Presenting Assignments
The Assignments content area provides a single location for you to access and update assignments.
- Best Practice: Presenting Content
Accessibility: Products and services that are accessible provide the means for people with disabilities to receive the same level of information, services, and use that people without disabilities receive.
- Best Practice: Presenting Groups
After you create groups and add users, the groups are available to enrolled members in My Groups where users can expand each group name for quick access to its tools.
- Best Practice: Put a Badge on It
It will contain a picture of a blue-and-white circle, roughly one inch in diameter, embossed with the stylized image of an atomic force microscope bouncing a laser beam off a cantilever into a photodiode, which is how s…
- Best Practice: Reduce Your Course Size
Your institution might have course size limits, so minimizing uploaded file sizes as you create content will help you stay within the limit for the entire term.
- Best Practice: Reuse and Save Content
When to use: If you are creating a course that has many of the same features as an existing course, you can copy the existing course to create a new course.
- Best Practice: Twitter
For example, students watch a political debate while having a play-by-play discussion on Twitter. When students add an event hashtag to their Tweets, anyone can run a Twitter search to review all the backchannel Tweet…
- Best Practice: Web Tools
The table indicates which tools you can use to communicate with students – users can interact with each other, and which tools you can use to collaborate with students – users can create content together.
- Best Practice: Wikis in Action
A primary goal of using a wiki is to build a shared repository of knowledge. As the knowledge base grows over time, you can expect the wiki to have some degree of seriousness and permanence.
- Best Practices: Assignments
Best Practice: Presenting Assignments Best Practice: Assignment Instructions Best Practice: Assignment Rubrics
- Best Practices: Groups
Best Practice: Group Collaboration Best Practice: Presenting Groups Best Practice: Group Membership Best Practice: Group Assessment
- Published: 3 years ago