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Getting Started with Blackboard

This “getting started” workshop is designed to provide faculty members with an introduction to the functionality and uses of the Blackboard learning management system (LMS) to support teaching and learning in their courses. It is an ideal session for the new user looking to gain an understanding of this technology and how to use it effectively. As Blackboard also continues to change form time to time, this is a good session for faculty members familiar with Blackboard to learn about new functionality.

Getting Started with Blackboard is just that – an overview of the LMS and how its use could enhance your class. Topics include the basic functionality, organization of course materials, linkage to other web resources and customization to have Blackboard match your instructional needs. Check other Blackboard workshops for specific instructional use. The intent of this series is to move the use of Blackboard for students from access and convenience to learning. The use of this and other web tools can open new doors to designing and offering learning-centered courses.


By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Understand the basic functionality of the Blackboard environment.
  • Describe the wide range of tools that are available with Blackboard.
  • Identify tools and uses of Blackboard that can support teaching and learning in your courses.
  • Customize the navigational buttons and organize your Blackboard course environment to meet your teaching objectives
  • Upload content and digital media into Blackboard
  • Effectively use the Assignments feature for online submission of assignments
  • Set up the grade book to provide feedback to students
  • Link in Blackboard to other web sites that enhance instruction in your course
  • List communication options available to you

Session Overview


For more information, contact Britt Watwood (828-1896 or bwatwood@vcu.edu).



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