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7 KEY SITES

1. Blackboard Home Page (Start)

2. About Blackboard

3. Reasons to Use CourseInfo (Blackboard)

4. Teaching Online (To access or create courses)

5. Blackboard Support Documents, including online manuals

6. Surf, Stumble & Lurch--Advice for Newcomers

7. Ten Stages of Working the Web for Education--More Good Advice for Newcomers

CONTEXT: THE CONTROVERSY

Workshop #2 HOW OTHER PROFESSORS USE COURSE INFO & TEXT-LINKED WEB RESOURCES FROM PUBLISHERS

Workshop #3 USING COURSEINFO TOOLS TO DEVELOP WEB ENHANCEMENTS FOR ONE OF YOUR COURSES

Workshop #4 USING COURSE-RELATED EXTERNAL LINKS & OTHER TOOLS

Workshop #5 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER TO TRY OUT

CTITERIA for STIPEND

A Course developed using Blackboard's CourseInfo

1. Interactive Feature (Discussion Board/Chatroom, etc.), used for minimum of two months in fall course

2. series of external links

3. Complete exit survey

4. Write a 2-3 page self-evaluation of implementation.

CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT USING THE WORLD-WIDE WEB

Workshop #1

Create a course with CourseInfo at Blackboard.com and you will immediately begin to realize the benefits of online learning.

1) Enhance communication Web-based education tools provide many ways to increase communication between class members and faculty, including discussion boards, chats, and e-mails. Researchers have found that adding these elements to a course increases student motivation and participation in class discussions and projects.

2) Learn from Participation Online forums, like Blackboard.com's discussion board and chat, provide public areas to post information. Each student can view another student's answers and learn through the exposure to different perspectives. This benefits students because they can combine new opinions with their own, and develop a solid foundation for learning.

3) Increase resources for Students Every student has a unique learning style. Some students are visual learners, some learn better when they "learn by doing." Web-based learning environments permit the instructor to deliver one course, yet upload a variety of resources, so students can utilize materials in whichever way works best for them.

4) Provide 24 hour/ 7day a week access Using the Web to support courses allows students to access educational materials when they need them the most. Web-based learning environments are accessible 24 hours a day 7days a week. All your students need to access this material is an Internet connection and a computer with a Web browser. Provide your students with "triple A" access - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere.

5) Involve Students In Developing Web Components Many students are "web-savvy" and can do much of the resarching of sites and images that correlate with selected topics in our courses. This is an option that some call "SWAT Teams" [Students Working to Advance Technology]. Asking your students if any would like to work on an "External Links" project for your course is one way to start.

Active Learning, one of the goals of the college's mission statement, is promoted online by threaded discussions and chatrooms.

Threaded Discussions [Discussion Boards]
Threaded discussions are an excellent source of interaction within your course. This is where you can post topics pertinent to your course material and promote a discussion within the confines of the course. Think of it as an in-class discussion, only better:

You don't have to worry about interruptions

Students can formulate an appropriate response that can include supporting materials, quotes, etc.

A conversation response can be posted by your students anytime of the day or night

All of your students will respond and provide their insight to your topic. Effective use of the Threaded Discussion feature insures the involvement of the entire class

Chatroom
The Chatroom allows for synchronous (two way, real time) online communication. This means all participants must be online at the same time. You may be familiar with "chatting," which is nothing more than typing messages back and forth. These messages are instantly updated for others to read. Some instructors specify times each week they will be online with students who would like to "chat."

DISCUSSION BOARD FORUM

Workshop #2