Blackboard is a learning management system (LMS). It provides you with a ready-made online course that can be used to supplement your face-to-face instruction or to teach online. In addition to being able to post articles, assignments and other course documents, it includes teaching tools such as discussion boards, blogs, journals, online tests and surveys. In an emergency (pandemic flu, flood), instructors should plan to use Blackboard to continue teaching.
Blackboard course sites are created automatically for all scheduled courses. You will receive instructions for logging in to Blackboard when you apply for University email. New instructors are encouraged to attend the Getting Started with Blackboard seminar offered through the Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD). For a schedule of seminars, as well as other resources on Blackboard, please visit the FCLD website.
Located in Mortensen Library, the Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) provides instruction and support to faculty who are using technology in instruction, including the Blackboard Learning Management System. The FCLD website contains a schedule of seminars and resources on Blackboard and other tools for teaching and learning. The FCLD Faculty Lab in Mortensen Library, room L203A, is available for faculty use and is equipped with instructional technology-related equipment including PCs, Macs, cameras, tablets, e-readers, scanners and digital video. Support staff is available to work with instructors on these technologies. Please call 860.768.4661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule appointments.