Professional development opportunity: Blackboard Learn Teaching Essentials Certification

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for UA Little Rock faculty to participate in the Blackboard Learn Teaching Certification Program at no cost. There are two options for interested participants:

  • Blackboard Learn Teaching Essentials, geared toward those who are building a course for the first time
  • Blackboard Learn Advanced Teaching, which explores tools and features that help build engaging online communities

These online professional development trainings are delivered and failicated by Blackboard, and each participant that completes the training will receive a certification.

About the courses:

  • Course is six weeks in length
  • Participants should expect to spend approximately 30 hours to complete the course activities
  • Participants are asked to budget their time to complete the course during the six-week course duration

Learn Teaching Essentials

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In this six-week facilitated online course covering Learn Original, you will learn the basics of building a course; how to effectively select communication tools to increase student engagement; and how to design effective assessment activities. The course is divided into three main areas: Building Courses, Enhancing Communication, and Assessing Learners.

Learn Teaching Essentials

Building Courses
• Planning Your Course
• Course Building Basics
• Using Course Files
• Presenting Your Content
• Evaluating Your Course
Enhancing Communication
• Communication Overview
• Creating Discussions
• Working with Discussions
• Encouraging Collaboration
Assessing Learners
• Creating Assignments
• Grading Assignments
• Creating Tests
• Grading Tests
• Advanced Functionality

Learn Advanced Teaching

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In this six-week facilitated online course, you will explore the tools and features that help monitor and evaluate student performance; learn about the advanced collaboration tools available; and discover new strategies for effectively designing, organizing, and presenting content to increase student success. The course is divided into three main areas: Monitoring Student Performance, Building Online Communities, and Designing Engaging Content.

Learn Advanced Teaching

Monitoring Student Performance
• Preparing for Success
• Grade Center Basics
• Grade Center Advanced
• Working with Grades
• Retention Center
• Troubleshooting Student Performance
Building Online Communities
• Online Communities Overview
• Making the Most of Discussions
• Journals and Blogs
• Working with Wikis
• Collaborating with Groups
• Evaluating Students
Designing Engaging Content
• Plans and Possibilities
• Prepare Your Content
• Create Your Lesson
• Customize Content Delivery

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