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Course Overview:
In this facilitated online course you will learn to effectively use select communication tools to increase student engagement within a Blackboard Learn course. Topics include:

  1. Compare and contrast asynchronous and synchronous modes

  2. Establish course communication policies and procedures

  3. Enhance communication with participants using the Discussion Board

  4. Learn how to conduct synchronous communication sessions using web conferencing tools
  5. Grading discussions using Rubrics

You will work independently and collaboratively to investigate the opportunities and challenges of online teaching and learning. Activities are completed in three separate Blackboard learning courses. The main course contains all of the class readings, discussion activities, and assessments. A second development course provides an area to complete assigned course development activities. The third practice course provides an area to complete a variety of management and grading activities.

Who Should Attend:
ECSU instructors, faculty, course designers, administrators, and support staff who will be teaching or supporting blended or fully online courses using Blackboard Learn.


  • Course is 4 weeks in length
  • Participants should expect to spend approximately 6-8 hours to complete the course activities
  • Participants are asked to budget their time to complete the course during the 4 week course duration

Fully online/asynchronous (Facilitator provides leadership, feedback, and support, but participants do not have to be online at a particular time of day).

Registration Information:
Register for Part 2: Enhancing Communication using our online Training Registration Center at http://ecsu-de.eventbrite.com. Enrollment in each course is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Participants will receive a welcome email from the facilitator on the morning of the course start date with all necessary course access information. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Distance Education, Teaching Excellence, and Videoconferencing at lbpowers@ecsu.edu.

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