Training for Students

From a student perspective, Blackboard is a rather simple point-and-click system that does not require formal training to use. However, for those who are interested, we have an online orientation that you are welcome to explore.

To enroll in the self-study orientation:

  1. Navigate to Blackboard (click on the Open Blackboard option on left menu)
  2. Click on the Catalog tab (within Blackboard)
  3. Click on the Blackboard Orientation for Students folder (under Course Catalog section)
  4. Click on Enroll
  5. Click on Submit 

Training for Faculty

Faculty training, on the other hand, is suggested. Although the system is quite intuitive, the vast array of available features can be overwhelming. Listed below are several types of training opportunities that are available to faculty.

Self-study Online Blackboard Training for Faculty

You are welcome to enroll in a self-study online Blackboard Training course at any time. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Blackboard (click on the Open Blackboard option on left menu)
  2. Click on the Catalog tab (within Blackboard)
  3. Click on the Blackboard Training for Faculty folder (under Course Catalog section)
  4. Click Enroll next to the course labeled Blackboard Training
  5. Click Submit

Workshops

Formal Blackboard training is designed to provide hands-on experience using Blackboard as a course-management tool. Training workshops are offered on various days and times throughout the year. 

One of the most popular workshops currently offered is "Blackboard Basics." This workshop is highly recommended for all faculty, particularly those that have no previous experience using the system. In this workshop, participants will first view the course from a student's perspective as they navigate through various tools and content. The focus will then turn to the instructor's perspective, where participants will gain hands-on experience uploading and organizing course documents and creating a course menu, announcements, calendar entries and discussion forums. In the second half of the workshop, participants will receive a hands-on introduction to the Gradebook tool. Participants will first experience the student perspective by exploring the My Grades tool and becoming familiar with how grades will appear to their own students. Then, turning to the instructor perspective, participants will learn how to manage their online grading activities.

Sessions can be scheduled by contacting support@delval.edu.

Individualized Training

Personalized, one-on-one training is always available. To schedule a consultation, please contact support@delval.edu

Blackboard User Group Meetings

Blackboard User Group Meetings are informal meetings that are held on various days and times each month throughout the year. All are welcome to attend as this is a free forum for faculty to exchange ideas, ask questions and receive technical support. This is an excellent opportunity for both experienced faculty members that wish to know more about the system and how other faculty members are using it, as well as a good opportunity for those faculty members that are considering using it, but haven't yet gotten started.