Blackboard has a really cool web site at http://www.coursesites.com (don’t forget that “s” at the end of ‘coursesite’ or you’ll end up at the wrong place.
For free — a very important concept — Blackboard will let you build a course. What’s even cooler, is that if you build a course there, you can ‘export’ it and we’ll be able to import it into our Blackboard instance. So, no wasted time in building a course somewhere only to have to re-build it again when we’re fully live.
I’ll be talking a bit about the Course Sites site, what’s there and where you might want to start.
I have this really huge delusion that I’m going to re-build my online Mat 129 Stats class there, kind of a ‘performance art’ approach. I’ll talk about the differences between what I’ve done in the past and what does and doesn’t work for me now. I’m not going to just ‘roll’ an existing class into the Course Site, I’m going to build from scratch so I can see how things work.
I do feel obligated to say: YES, you can roll courses from our existing BB8 to BB9. Things will change but the majority of your existing work will transfer over.
This also will be a primer on teaching an online class that anyone can take advantage of. I’ll talk about the tools I use, what I don’t use, why I’ve made those choices and how they’ve worked for me. Laying it all out there!
After I get the build started, if you’d like to play, let me know and I’ll invite you as a student so you can see how it’s going. I’d love the feedback!