This is a list of recommended best practices for any Faculty member who uses Blackboard at Missouri State University.
Know where to find your resources and how to use them. The Computer Services Help Desk has compiled an abundance of resources that will assist in your usage of Blackboard while teaching at the University. We have training sessions, instructional videos, online instructional guides, and phone support – just to name a few. Check our Learning Management System Resources for Faculty in the Blackboard Community tab to access our training materials.
Request and use a development course to design your courses. To ease the process of developing your course, contact Computer Services Help Desk to request a development course that you can use to design a template for each of your courses. After developing the template development course, copy it to each Blackboard section that you teach. This will make your copies cleaner, and you won't need to worry about student data being transferred from section to section.
Upload your files to the content collection. Blackboard has a new feature called Content Collection where you can store all of your files on Blackboard. Using Content Collection will make updating files easier if you use them year to year, in multiple courses, or if you share them with other instructors.
Learn how to use Test Availability Exceptions. Blackboard has many features that allow you to meet all your students' needs. Test availability exceptions and adaptive release will help you accommodate your learners.
Communicate course organization and expectations with students. Let your students know exactly where course content can be found in your Blackboard Course and what you expect out of them.
Use Due Dates and the Blackboard Calendar. Adding a Due Date when deploying an assessment will ensure that it shows up on the students Blackboard Calendar. Students can check this calendar as well as sync it with their mobile devices and other calendars to help them stay on top of their course work.
Be aware of your web browser. Blackboard supports Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome, but Chrome is the preferred browser.