“Online” Training Option

There have been questions about the online training option for the new BB9, so I want to put more words to it.

There are 2 sets of online resources.

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/ (and this is the link I fat-fingered when we gave it out before, sorry!)

This is a link to a series of online tutorials about specific topics. These are mostly videos, they are short (2 to 5 minutes) and very targeted about the tools within Blackboard. There’s no ‘context’ in terms of how one might use the tool, they are technical videos about how to use a tool (or parts of a tool).

At the top, there are 3 sections:

  • understanding & building your course
  • communicating & collaboration
  • assessing learners

They are very helpful, but they are not enough. Like I said, not a lot of context.

http://www.coursesites.com/

This is an external web site, run by Blackboard. You need to create an account and sign in to this resource.  It will ask you about creating a course, you can do that if you want (and sometimes it’s easier to go with the flow than to fight the forms that pop up!). You can use the sandbox course to practice the techniques you learn inside.

Once you have logged in, if it takes you inside the course you created, look for the “My Course Sites” link at the top of the page and click on that. (clicky on hte pics to make them bigger!)

Then look for the box on the right that says “My Courses” and then the link that says “Getting  Started with Course Sites”

Work your way through all the “Steps” to complete the online training.  You’ve done reasonably well if you know how to (1) make a menu that looks like either of the ones below and (2) how they created the “Introduction: Start Here” module. If you can re-create those things, you’re on the right track. Think of those tasks as measurable SLOs.  ::grin::

That isn’t everything, but it’s a big step.

If you do work through the online training, do feel free to ask me questions…. More than willing to give pointers and discuss the philosophical “why did they do it that way; I’d prefer to do it this way” sorts of questions. I have my own bias, but willing to debate the question!

I’ll re-post all this on the blog at http://bb9atgcc.wordpress.com later today so we can point to it again at the end of July!

If all this makes your eyes cross, we’re still taking sign-ups for the in person training sessions. Dates and registration information available here: http://bb9atgcc.wordpress.com/training-schedule/

Talk to you soon!

–MJ

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