Online Course Development Using the Blackboard System
Participants in this program engage in a six-month cycle of training, preparation
of course material, and carefully sequenced activities leading to delivery of a partially
(“hybrid”) or completely (“asynchronous”) online course using the
Blackboard learning management system. Two levels of programming are available: Level 1,
for first-time online instructors, and Level 2, for experienced online instructors who wish
to revise and redesign their course. For both groups, the sequence of program activities is
- Summer – face-to-face meetings, held in early June, followed by online course development
activities which meet specified, sequential goals.
- Fall semester (Level 1) – delivery of a transitional web-enhanced version of the course
selected for development. )"Web-enhanced" means a normal classroom schedule while using a
Blackboard site to house documents, provide resources, and offer additional learning
activities.) Participants also meet once per month during the fall term to share
experiences and troubleshoot difficulties. Level 2 participants deliver their redesigned
course during the fall semester.
- Spring semester (Level 1) – delivery of a hybrid or asynchronous version of the course.
This program structure follows the pattern first introduced at BCC in 2005, and which adds
well-designed, well-taught courses to BCC's online offerings each year. Participants
collaborate with faculty mentors during all stages of the program, from June face-to-face
meetings and online summer course development to fall “web-enhanced” course
delivery and the spring hybrid/asynchronous course delivery. Mentors are BCC faculty members
who are experienced and skilled online instructors. Participants receive a stipend, paid in
increments corresponding to achievement of program benchmarks.