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Teaching with Blackboard: Using the CTE’s Blackboard Template


Quality online teaching includes creating a course designed with students' learning needs in mind. Here at the Center for Teaching Excellence, the instructional design team developed a Blackboard template doing just that—and integrated many best practices and boilerplate language for high-quality courses. In this session, we'll demo this template and discuss how you can develop a well-organized, easy-to-navigate course using the template—saving you time and effort, while increasing student satisfaction (and course evaluation) scores in the process!

About the Facilitators

Lydia Frass is a senior instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is currently working with faculty in online course design and development and quality assurance reviews. In addition, she is facilitating our Instructional Designer's Community of Practice. Lydia holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education and Master of Public Health (MPH) from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining CTE, she coordinated the South Carolina Public Health Training Center which provided professional development opportunities for current and future public health practitioners.

Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is certified in Quality Matters' Applying the QM Rubric and the Peer Review Process. Gloria is also a certified Blackboard Trainer with more than 17 years of experience in higher education at USC. Prior to coming to CTE, she worked in the Teaching and Technology division of University Technology Services and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center. She holds an MBA in Technology Management; a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction; and is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Technology. Her expertise is in the pedagogical use of learning management systems to support student learning. Her instructional design philosophy is "pedagogy first, technology second."

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Teaching with Blackboard: Using the CTE’s Blackboard Template

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