Blackboard: Info for Faculty

Blackboard Learn FAQ for Faculty

  1. What is Blackboard Learn?
  2. Blackboard, Inc. is a company that develops Learning Management Systems. Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn) is a product that falls under Blackboard. It is a self-contained place to present content to students. Bb Learn can be used in a variety of manners, i.e. online or hybrid instruction, to enhance a traditional class, as a community for users such as the drafting community or the nursing community, honor societies, or Faculty Learning Communities to post information relevant to all its members. The advantage of using such a system is that it is self-contained and therefore sensitive information is not accessible to unauthorized users.

  3. How do I get a class setup in Bb Learn?
  4. Faculty members are responsible for creating their Bb Learn course shells in myLC Campus. The directions for this process are emailed to Faculty, Adjunct Faculty each semester with the help document attached. If you have additional questions, please contact Paula Lee, plee@lee.edu.

  5. Who do I contact for instructional design questions?
  6. Rashmi Chhetri is the Instructional Designer. She will help you with the best practices in the layout and presentation of the material to the students. Her contact information is: rchhetri@lee.edu or 832.556.4042. Her office is in John Britt Hall Rm 124.

  7. Who do I contact when things don’t work in Bb Learn?
  8. You can contact Paula Lee, plee@lee.edu. You can also contact Rashmi Chhetri at rhhetri@lee.edu.

    If you are having difficulties logging in to Blackboard, you can contact the Help Desk at 281-425-6952.

    Please let your students know this as well.

  9. How do I login to Bb Learn?
  10. Your username and password will be the same one that you use to login to your Lee College email or onto one of the campus computers.

  11. What exactly does Bb Learn offer?
  12. Bb Learn gives instructors a container for their course material. Some of the features inside Bb Learn include discussion boards, blogs, wikis and journals, ability to create assignments and assessments, web links, modules, embed videos or audio files, a home page with information, notifications, etc., for your student’s use. There is a grade center and your students have a My Grades link that they can view posted grades, upcoming items, etc. Another feature inside of Bb Learn is SafeAssign, which is an anti-plagiarism program.

  13. What other resources do instructors have access to?
  14. Lee College is part of the Virtual College of Texas. As a member we have access to SoftChalk, which is lesson builder software. We also have Respondus and Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor. Respondus is a Windows-based authoring tool that makes it easy to create and manage exams for Bb Learn or upload publisher testbanks into Blackboard Learn. The Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor are products that help limit cheating on tests.

    Lee College also has access to Films on Demand. Will Mayer, wmayer@lee.edu, is the Distance Education and E-Resources Librarian and can help with Films on Demand issues. Jeannie Colson, jcolson@lee.edu, Librarian – Huntsville Center, is the point of contact for Digital Campus and copyright questions.

  15. What about training?
  16. Bb Learn training is ongoing throughout the year. Emails are sent out to let faculty know when trainings will occur. You can always contact Paula Lee or Rashmi Chhetri for additional information or help.

  17. Is there any training or orientation for students?
  18. Yes. There is an Online Student Orientation Bb Learn class that students have access to. The student should see the link for this course when they login to Bb Learn. It is set up like an actual course might be. The object is that it would help students become familiar with Bb Learn before they actually begin their true course(s).

  19. When are Bb Learn classes available?
  20. The Bb Learn classes are always available for instructors. Instructors can hide the courses that they do not want to see in their course list. Instructors are encouraged to create their own backups and a download of the grade center at the end of each semester. The current year and the previous year’s courses remain active on the server. After that, courses are archived and removed from the server.

    Students are enrolled into the Blackboard Learn courses with a script that runs several times each day for the entire semester. The script will edit course membership based on the settings in PeopleSoft. As students add/drop courses, that will be reflected in the Grade Center in Blackboard Learn.

    Students will not be able to access their Bb Learn classes until the first day of the semester. The Bb Learn classes remain visible to the students for about a week after the semester ends. If the instructor needs a class to remain open for students that received an “I”, then the instructor needs to contact Paula Lee, plee@lee.edu.

  21. What do I need to do in order to teach a HY or OL class?
  22. Faculty and adjuncts that want to be certified to teach in a HY or OL environment must complete the Online Faculty Certification Course. Contact Rashmi Chhetri at rchhetri@lee.edu for more information.

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