Use any theory or model for teaching your online course with Blackboard Learn because it's open, flexible, and centered on student achievement.

Whether you're new to online instruction or new to Blackboard Learn, you can start with the basics and add to it over time. Start with a week or two of materials and add more later. This process helps you get students involved while you develop and refine the next portion of materials.

We've compiled the basics of course building for the novice Blackboard Learn instructors. We want to help you build the basic course to get you started. As you get more comfortable working in Learn, you can add more to your courses.

Students may have anxiety about online courses too. You can help them feel comfortable in these ways in your Start Here Module:

Teaching online can be overwhelming to start, but we're here for you! After you complete these basic steps, you'll have a course ready for students!

Help for Instructors

The starting point for everything Learn Ultra for you, as an instructor. Find how to start as a new user, common questions, and a guide for troubleshooting. You can also choose to explore and learn about accessibility on Learn, assignments, course content, grading, tests, pools and surveys, and how to better interact with students or how to set up a course and track performance, among other interesting topics.

For information on course building, design, collaboration, and more.

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The Exemplary Course Program (ECP) recognizes instructors and course designers whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Submitted courses are evaluated by a peer group of clients using the Exemplary Course Program Rubric.

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Create tests

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