What is Blackboard and do I need to use it for my course?

The School offers courses in a number of delivery methods, including in-class, online and hybrid formats. Online courses are hosted through the University’s Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard.

For all course formats, including in-class, we recommend enhancing the learning experience for your course by connecting to lectures, materials, and research using the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) Using Blackboard, you can post announcements; add documents, images, and files to share with your learners; and create links to external Websites. Blackboard also provides opportunities for innovative instructional strategies that allow enhanced interaction between learners and instructors, learners  and content and learners and other learners. Many of our students consider this a beneficial service because it is easy to access, simple to use and a one-stop shop for course materials and resources.  An added benefit for the School is that we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and to alleviate administrative workloads.

The School’s Learning Innovation team offers tutorials and professional development on how to use the Blackboard LMS for teaching and learner engagement. Below we’ve included some of the most popular online interactive tools available to you. If you are interested in exploring how to teach with Blackboard contact the Learning Innovation team at elearning@utoronto.ca.

 

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