Blackboard is a Learning Management System. It is web-based software for building and delivering your course’s content online. For online courses, it is the primary means of course delivery. For face-to-face courses, faculty can use Blackboard as a tool to communicate with students, provide grade feedback, and supplemental resources.
Basic skills in computer navigation, word processing, communication tools, and Internet use are necessary to be successful in teaching an online course in Blackboard. If you are not familiar with the Blackboard Learning Management System, we recommend completing the free 1-credit Blackboard training courses. Offered every semester, faculty may register for these classes online at INFOnline.
- ZERD-197 Introduction to Blackboard 9.1
- ZERD-198 Intermediate Blackboard 9.1
- ZERD-199 Advanced Blackboard 9.1
MATC’s faculty support liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions and assistance. See their schedule for their availability to consult one-on-one. MATC’s Blackboard administrators are available for high-level troubleshooting that requires investigation. Use the Contact Us form to request assistance.
Blackboard values faculty input to develop and improve their products. Join the Blackboard Community to share feedback with Blackboard’s development team, contribute your votes towards new features, and access free best-practice webinars!
Blackboard BITS and TV
The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinars are free one-hour professional development webinars lead by educators from around the world to train fellow educators on teaching strategies that increase instructional efficiency and effectiveness with Blackboard. See their schedule to register for sessions . Popular topics include assessment, student engagement, gamification, and accessibility.
Blackboard TV is Blackboard’s very own YouTube channel; it is an excellent resource of training videos, demonstrations, and best practice tips provided by, and for, higher education professionals. See the embedded video playlist below for ideas: