Course Design for Online Teaching in Blackboard – Award Winning Course!

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Strengthen Your Online Course Design for Increased Student Achievement

NOTE: The University will be discontinuing this course on October 31, 2022. Please enroll today.

This USD course is the winner of the 2021 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Training & Professional Development. By the end of it, participants will be able to plan, design, and develop a basic asynchronous online course using an evidence-based instructional design framework for distance and online learning within the Blackboard learning management system. Participants will be introduced to an instructional design framework, known as Backward Design, to help them develop their own course in an asynchronous online modality. Participants will work backwards to design and develop their course beginning with the learning outcomes and ending with instructional activities and course materials. The course will consist of hands-on course planning and design activities to prepare for an asynchronous online format.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for anyone who would like to transition and strengthen their curriculum for remote/online teaching, using Blackboard LMS, including higher education faculty and any K-12 schools that use Blackboard as their LMS.

Course Materials: No textbook requirement

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X770P – 002 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307

Course Design for Online Teaching in Blackboard

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Alejandra Lizardo

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Apply backward design framework to determine ways curriculum can be designed for an online modality
  • Design online assessments that align to Course Learning Outcomes and develop rubric to assess student performance
  • Design online peer learning activities that scaffold student progression and skill-build toward achieving Course Learning Outcomes
  • Develop asynchronous instructional content and curate course materials that prepare students to participate in learning activities, succeed in their assessments, and achieve the intended learning outcomes
  • Design an online course in Blackboard using backward design framework


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Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into three or seven learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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