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Blackboard Resources: Course Creation Outline

Virtual or Blended Course Creation Outline

1.   Make a Plan.

              a.   Most important for course creation
             b.   Develop outline
             c.   Inventory of web-ready materials
             d.   Know you will need to create some new materials as well
             e.   Timing
                        i.   Make available only the first few weeks content
                       ii.   Hide all other content that you still need to work on.

2.   Create Content

          a.   Welcome students
          b.   Course information
          c.   Lectures, readings, files, amd multimedia
          d.   Assignments and tests
          e.   Participation and interaction

3.   Preview and feedback

           a.   Student preview view
             b.   View on different computers
           c.   View with different browsers
           d.   View with different operating systems
           e.   View on smaller devices
                      i.   Navigation
                     ii.   Communication
                    iii.   Ability to locate, access and download materials.
                    iv.   Smaller device preview also, such as:
                                1.   Smart phone
                                2.    iPad
                                3.    Other mobile device
      

5.   Evaluate your course

         a.   Evaluation should be ongoing
                    i.   Continue to refine and add to course
                   ii.   Student course evaluation -- end of term
                  iii.    Peer advice
                  iv.    Check out other online courses -- Always be willing to "steal from the best"
                   v.    Visit Blackboard Exemplary Course Program