Getting Started and Getting to Know You and the Course Management System
Participants will prepare for the online learning experience by outlining
their current technology experience, needs assessment, technology available,
and dispositions for successful learning online.
Become familiar with the Blackboard online course management system
Send an e-mail message to your instructor (email@example.com)
with the following information:
your name and why you signed up for the course. I would also like to know
what kind of computer you will be using for this course (Mac or Windows)
the "productivity tools" software you will be using (AppleWorks, Microsoft
Works, Microsoft Office, etc.)
your prior experience using Blackboard
Read the documents that are listed on the first page: Course Overview and
Topic Outline, Course Policies, Assignments.
On the Blackboard website, Log in with your username (if you don't
know it, tell your instructor in the e-mail above). Write down
your Username and Password. Don't forget it!
Do the following activities on the BlackBoard website:
Read the Student Manual (you can download it in PDF format and read it
when you are not online - it will also be on the class CD-ROM) - it explains
what you need to know to use Blackboard.
Create a web page on the Blackboard website: go
to Tools, select Edit Your Home Page, and complete the two fields (Intro
Message and Personal Information) telling about yourself. If you post a
picture, make it very small, please!
Be sure to change your e-mail address on the Blackboard website, unless
you use your university's e-mail account (which many of you don't). Otherwise,
your class e-mail may be sent to the wrong address.
To view other students' pages, Click on Communication -> Roster
-> List All -> List All Button -> any student's name (whew! way too complicated!).
Use the Back button to go back to select another student's name.
Purchase the course CD.
Required texts: Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolio CD: Standards-Based Portfolios
Workshop Documents and Handouts