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Blackboard and 7 Principles of Good Practice

This page contains some potential ideas around leveraging Blackboard to help meet Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles of Good Practice in higher education.

  1. Encourages Student/Faculty Contact

    Respond to student e-mail within 24 hours. Facilitate multiple forums of communication with students. Be available electronically and in person, and inform students of availability.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Email
    • Announcements
    • Discussion Board
    • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Sessions
    • Blackboard Instant Messaging
    • Video Orientations and Welcome Messages
    • VoiceThread
  2. Encourages Cooperation among Students

    Use online communications tools for groups, collaborative learning, and problem solving. Create opportunity for class discussion of assignments and concepts.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Discussion Board
    • Groups
    • Instant Messaging
    • Collaborate Ultra Sessions
    • Wikis
  3. Encourages Active Learning

    Leverage live real-time collaboration. Design lessons that use active learning principles, are hands-on, and facilitate engagement.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Discussion Board/Journals/Blog/Wikis
    • Gamification (Kahoot, etc.)
    • External Links
  4. Give Prompt Feedback

    Effective use e-mail, assignments, gradebook, etc. to give students prompt, constructive and meaningful feedback. Regularly monitor classroom environment (in person and online) to ensure student concerns are addressed and quality timely feedback is provided.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Assessments
    • Assignments
    • SafeAssign
    • Gradebook 
    • Discussion Board 
    • Email
    • Wikis/Blogs/Portfolios
  5. Emphasizes Time on Task

    Ensure appropriate amount of time to complete online content and assignments. Refer students toward available resources. Design online experiences that allow for flexibility.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Web Links
    • Providing Estimated Times on Activities
    • Extend Classroom-based Activities Online
    • Adaptive Release
    • Deadlines/Availability
    • Assignments
  6. Communicates High Expectations

    Provide criteria for evaluating assignments/activities that are clearly articulated.  Collaboratively create course expectations with students. Provide samples of excellent, average, poor performance.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Stating Learning Objective at Beginning of Week or Activity
    • Group Work
    • Examples of Student Work
    • Wiki Participation
    • Adaptive Release
    • Praise on Discussion Board increases Participation
    • Gradebook Feedback
    • Discussion Board Feedback
  7. Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

    Leverage different methods of learning through visuals and well-organized narrative.  Establish course tasks requiring analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, with application to real-life situations. Encourage self-reflection and self-evaluation. Assess student learning styles and tailor the educational experience. Facilitate student collaboration and group problem solving.

    Recommended Blackboard Tools
    • Videos
    • Animations
    • Group Work
    • Discussion Board
    • Empathy for Students with Difference levels of Technology Literacy