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Blackboard Instructional Modalities

A. Fully Online Courses

A fully online course takes place completely on the Internet via the college’s Blackboard server. There are no scheduled  class meetings on campus although some instructors have required students to come to campus once or twice during the semester for proctored exams. An online course uses electronic mail, chat rooms, bulletin boards, course content notes, online quizzes, and electronically submitted assignments to support the learning process. An online course should be equivalent in content to a traditional on-campus section of the same course. Students should understand that taking an online course generally requires two or more hours of study per week for each credit hour (i.e. the regular “in-class” time plus homework).

Many publishers are beginning to provide pre-made course content for online courses. These course materials, called e-packs, can significantly reduce the amount of time and effort required to create an online course and provide a robust set of materials. Ask your publisher’s representative about e-packs.


B. Hybrid Courses

A hybrid course (H) takes advantage of the same features of a full online course, but there are scheduled on campus meeting times. These weekly on campus hours are no more than 50% of the time an equivalent face-to-face course would meet. Online Education fellowships are available to full-time faculty or senior adjuncts who wish to develop this type of course.


 

C. Online Supplements

An online Blackboard supplement is used to support a traditional on campus course. The syllabus, bibliography of resources, and course requirements are usually included in the supplement. The discussion board can be used for additional class dialogue and the quiz functions can be used for automatic grading, instant feedback for students and statistical analysis of class performance. The Grade Center is a big plus for both students and instructors.