E-Learning at Western
Fall 2016 and Winter Intersession 2017
Starting Spring 2017
Blackboard Learn Access:
As we continue our transition from the existing Blackboard Learn environment hosted by the BOR, to our own new Blackboard Learn Saas (Software as a Service, cloud-based) environment, users will have access to the two environments until all courses are on the new system sometime in February. Please select the appropriate link accordingly:
For Fall 2016 and Winter Intersession 2017 courses, visit https://ct-wcsu.blackboard.com
For all other courses, visit https://wcsu.blackboard.com (this link will become the permanent URL, please update any bookmarks you may have)
While we are making every effort to create a seamless transition, we appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. Updated communications will be forthcoming as we move through the different phases of this transition with the final goal of upgrading to the newest version of Blackboard, called Ultra.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at RequestIT@wcsu.edu.
ALL courses are available in Blackboard Learn, regardless if Faculty are planning on using the Learning Management System (LMS) or not. Faculty no longer will have to request their section(s) to be created in Blackboard Learn each semester. If you have sections that you want to combine into one course shell, please use the online merge request form. No need to request cross-listed sections; they are created automatically.
Students please note: Not all professors use Blackboard Learn. If you do not see your course listed, or the course contains no content, please check with your instructor to verify if they are using Blackboard Learn, and/or when the course will become available to the class. Most courses are not available until the first day of classes, but instructors control when they want their content available to students.Have you ever heard of E-Learning or want to know what Blackboard Learn is all about? Would you like to incorporate videos and other media into your online or on-ground courses? Or learn how to engage the students more? Did you know that Blackboard Learn can be used in other collaborative ways other than in the classroom – for clubs, organizations, committees, training, etc.? If you would like more information or answers to these questions, please continue to read further.
- Western currently uses Blackboard Learn 9.1 as its E-Learning course management system. Its primary usage allows faculty to supplement their on-ground courses with online components, or to use for fully online courses. With a standard Web browser, students and instructors can login from anywhere in the world to access their class materials and interact with one another. Blackboard includes a virtual course environment built to support different teaching styles and learning needs, and is designed to provide the tools for faculty to prepare, deliver, and manage their courses.
- In addition, Blackboard can be used as an ‘Organization’ which is similar to a Blackboard course, but designed for use by non-academic community groups. Organizations provide a collection of web-based tools, making it easy for group members to participate in online activities.
- Depending on what type of training method you prefer, Blackboard training can be conducted either in person, via online/webinars, or by self-paced tutorials and videos. Helpful resources include Blackboard Learn support from ConnSCU or support from Blackboard Learn Videos.
- If you would like to arrange for training, please provide us with some days and times that you are available. You may also contact, Cheryl McCann at email@example.com from the Board of Regents to set up a time for training, or to be enrolled in a Blackboard Faculty Orientation course – which is an unmonitored, self-paced online resource course for instructors.
- Please check out the training calendar periodically for updated training sessions for Western: https://calendar.ct.edu/.
- Explore Blackboard Learn through the On Demand Learning Center which includes short videos, Getting Started Guides, and other documentation. Also check Blackboard’s Knowledge Base: Student
- Send email to the WCSU IT Help Desk at RequestIT@wcsu.edu, or call 203-837-8467. The hours of operation are: Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
- Visit our FAQ’s page at http://www.wcsu.edu/ithelpdesk/elearning/.
- Visit the Board of Regents' Student Support site at https://websupport.ct.edu, or call 860-493-0221. Their hours of operation are:
Monday through Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 9pm
Please let us know if you have any questions, or how we can further assist your technology needs by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.