E-Learning at Western
Effective Winter Intersession 2015:
ALL courses will be available in Blackboard Learn, regardless if Faculty are planning on using the learning management system 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 or that are cross-listed, please use the online merge request form. Please be patient as we transition to this new format, and keep in mind that courses are under construction at this time and are subject to change. Report any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. It’s 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, or by self-paced tutorials and videos. Helpful resources can be found at: https://websupport.ct.edu/content/where-can-i-find-faculty-training-how-use-blackboard-learn, or https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/Reference/Blackboard_Learn_Videos.
- If you would like to meet in person, please provide us with some days and times that you are available. You may also contact Instructional Technologists, Cheryl McCann at email@example.com or Tobi Krutt at firstname.lastname@example.org from the Board of Regents to arrange for training, or to be enrolled in a Blackboard Faculty Orientation course – which is an unmonitored, self-paced online resource course for instructors.
- You are also welcome to attend training at any of the other schools that you may live closer to listed on the following training calendar: https://calendar.ct.edu/.
Please let us know if you have any questions, or how we can further assist your technology needs by sending an email to email@example.com.