Blackboard tools

  • Basic Blackboard and computer skill resources are offered through the links below

iTeach Certification Process: iTeach website

The process of becoming iTeach Certified requires the completion of two components: Best Practices of Pedagogy and the self-paced Course Design and Delivery Competencies modules. These components are independent of each other and can be completed in any order. Please review each section below that will outline prerequisite and expectations of participation.

Best Practices of Online Pedagogy

Who should take the Pedagogy course?

This course is targeted at instructors would like to teach fully-online courses. Participants have included those who have already been using Blackboard in their on-ground or hybrid courses, as well as instructors who have been teaching online but have never really had the opportunity to explore best practices of online teaching. It is not an introductory course in how to use the Blackboard learning management system.

What are the goals of the Pedagogy course?

  • Provide faculty with the opportunity to experience online learning as a student, rather than as an instructor, so they have a personal perspective of online learning.
  • Introduce faculty to theory, as well as many practical strategies, related to online teaching and learning, and to share their experiences, ideas, and insights with fellow course participants in a fully online setting.
  • Model best practices of online teaching, course design, classroom management, and online communication and interaction, for participating faculty.

Course Design and Delivery Competencies

All faculty has been enrolled in the Course Design and Delivery Competencies course. It can be found at the bottom of your Blackboard home page in the ‘Where You are a Student’ section. The folders consist of self-paced online pedagogical and technological resources. The competencies required for the iTeach Certification are in specially marked folders. Please review this material prior to scheduling your competency demonstration. A document including a detailed description of the competency process is posted in the Best Practices of Online Pedagogy. The specific task list for the demonstrations is posted in each folder.

Earning the required competency of the specific Blackboard tools is accomplished through an unassisted live (virtual) demonstration with a local Blackboard Administrator.

Participant Expectations

  • The process was intended for college professors, most of whom hold graduate degrees, and so our expectations for standards for reflective writing were based on that level of education. As college level instructors, the definition of a “substantive post” should meet the criteria of Proficient or Exceeds Expectations on the discussion rubric.
  • Anyone who is considering taking, or teaching, a fully-online course should already possess a fundamental set of technological competencies, such as the ability to upload/download documents, organize their computer’s files and folders, attach content to emails, do effective Internet searches, understand how to use a web browser, navigate to specific URLs, etc.
  • They must have a basic familiarity with how to use and navigate the Bb Learn interface, either by having used it to "web-enhance" an on-ground classroom based course, OR by having a solid technical foundation in a comparable learning management system.
  • If you are not certain if you have the fundamental skillset, we recommend you attend training through the CSCU Training Calendar:
    • Trainings should include:
      • Blackboard - Getting Started with Basics
      • Blackboard – Using the Discussion Tool
      • Blackboard – Creating/Managing Tests
      • Blackboard – Creating/Grading Assignments