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Using Bb Course Templates

Getting an online course ready for the new semester takes an understanding of Regent's system, careful planning, organization and teamwork.  The following series of checklists and resources will help you create a course efficiently and effectively.

Before reviewing the list of resources, take a moment to watch this video tour of the Blackboard course template which demonstrates the difference between a course that is organized in the template and one that is not.


Timelines & Checklists

Understanding Terminology pdf file
This short document will explain to faculty and instructional technologists the terminology surrounding course creation at Regent.

Course Creation & the Registrar pdf file
These guidelines help course liaisons coordinate scheduling with the Registrar. Instructional technologists in schools may serve as course scheduling liaisons.

Creating Development Shells & Converting Courses to the New Template
This interactive graphic will walk instructional technologists through the process of creating a development shell for a course or converting an existing course to the new template. This graphic will help you determine what a faculty member needs.

Course Management Milestones pdf file
Use this proposed schedule to help you meet key milestones as you develop a course. Instructional Technologists can use the timeline to help ensure that courses are ready and offer assistance where necessary.

Modify Course Content Checklist pdf file
This checklist will assist faculty as they modify the content in your course. Instructional Technologists may want to use this as a job-aid for faculty who are new to Bb.

Course Planning Matrix (.doc)
This Blackboard Course Planning Matrix is meant for faculty to help them plan their content that will be loaded into Bb for each week/unit of your course.

Three Ways to Place your Dev Course Template into an Actual Course pdf file
Instructional technologists can use this tutorial to learn about the 3 ways they can place a development course template into an actual course.


Additional Resources

University Syllabus Template
Scroll down to find the link to Regent's syllabus template.

Open Resources List external link
When you are creating or redesigning a course, visit open education resources and consider what could enhance the course. Sasha Thackabeery's list is quite inclusive.

Student Engagement in the Online Classroom external link
A short article from The Chronicle of Higher Education giving valuable advice on how to engage students in your online course.

Using the Share Tab
A video introduction to the Blackboard Content System.


Helpful People

  Blackboard Reps* Faculty Coaches**
Undergrad Rachel Blisson x4638 Mike Pregitzer x4411
Lena Maslennikova x4229
Psychology & Counseling David Bilberry x4283 Jackie Bruso x4259
Government Alicia Bliss x4673 Markus Pfeiffer x4492
Business and Leadership Nile Gomez x4885 Bruce Winston x4306
Communication   Markus Pfeiffer x4492
Education Jackie Bruso x4259 Jackie Bruso x4259
Jason Baker x4447
Paul Carr x4768
Law Anca Potoan x4330 Jim Davids x4783
Divinity Pidge Bannin x4525 Markus Pfeiffer x4492
Jim Flynn x4527
Diane Chandler x4417
Library Jason Stuart x4184   

: The e-Rep in your school is Blackboard certified and can answer your questions about using the Regent Blackboard course template and other functionalities in the Learning Management System. Your eRep is responsible for copying courses from semester to semester and assists faculty with meeting course milestones.

**Faculty Coaches: Faculty coaches may refer you to Quality Matters standards so that you can be sure that your Bb course follows Regent’s exemplary practices in course design.  They are knowledgeable about course assessments and are available for consultations about an idea you may have or a technology that could assist you with a course activity for students. Faculty tend to be comfortable approaching other professors.


Asst Vice President for Online Learning & Instructional Technology Ginger Zillges x4494
Instructional Designer Olgy Gary x4128
Instructional Technologist Beth Johanson x4474

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