5 Quick Ideas

All of the following tools are supported by the Blackboard Support Group (blackboard@american.edu) at AU. They can help troubleshoot any issues experienced by instructors or students. 

1. Communications: Stay in touch with your students through email in Blackboard and through the Announcements feature.

2. Deploying Blackboard Asynchronous Features: Some of the basic features in Blackboard can assist you. You can post additional readings, collect assignments, or provide links to other resources.

3. Use Discussion Boards: Consider a conversation in the BB Discussion Board. To engage students, consider posting more than one discussion board question about a topic so they are not all answering the same question. Save time responding to students’ posts with a composite that addresses several issues or concerns. Give your students expectations for discussions, including principles of “netiquette,” as well as the technical basics of posting new threads or responding to them.

4. Meet with Collaborate: You and your students can meet in real time using Collaborate, available via Blackboard (under Tools). It is a good idea to get alternate student contacts early in the semester and some faculty even practice using the software prior to an emergency.

5. Make Short Movies: The Panopto lecture capture tool can pre-record a few mini-lectures to post on Blackboard (keep them short).