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Title: Walk A Mile In Their Shoes Learn To Teach Online By Taking An Online Course

Walk A Mile In Their Shoes Learn To Teach Online
By Taking An Online Course
  • Annette Boyer Kimberly Hillyard

Westmoreland County Community College
  • Classes offered online since 1999
  • Spring 2007
  • 199 online courses (17.9 of all courses)
  • 2,291 enrolled in online courses (38.9 of
    student population)
  • 4,092 online course enrollments
  • Programs that can be completed 100 online
  • 5 AAS (60 credits)
  • 2 Diploma (30 credits)
  • 5 Certificates (18 credits)

Online Instructors
  • 198 Instructors trained to teach online
  • 154 are active (taught in last year)
  • 27 completed online training between March 1,
    2006 and February 28, 2007

Why Train Online?
  • Experience online course from student perspective
  • Course navigation
  • Assignments
  • Assessments
  • Communication
  • Increase training opportunities
  • Limited number of face-to-face sessions
  • Many instructors live some distance from campus

  • Familiarize instructors with the Blackboard
    Course Management System
  • Cover pedagogical techniques specific to the
    online learning environment
  • Review college policies affecting online students
    and courses

  • Practical
  • Provides structure
  • Consistency
  • Quality
  • Flexibility
  • Eliminates those not suited for online instruction

Blackboard Resource Shell
  • Contains support materials for current Bb
  • Contains training for new Bb instructors
  • Instructors are enrolled as students in this

General Overview Training
  • 11 Units
  • Each Unit
  • Content
  • Assignment
  • Quiz
  • Builds on previous unit
  • All content is multi-purpose

Mental Hurdles For Trainees
  • Computer ability or perceived lack thereof
  • Online environment
  • Cheating Issue

Upon Enrollment in Training
  • Materials Sent to New Trainee
  • Memo where and how to login
  • WCCC Bb Manual
  • Ryan Tansey article, recent graduate of
    University of Puget Sound
  • Bb Document on Educational Benefits of Online

1st Three Units
  • Ease trainee into online environment
  • Explore blackboard
  • Text reading
  • Explore specific related website
  • Retrieve documents
  • Simple tasks
  • Announcement
  • Contact information
  • Post to a Discussion Board

Assistance During After The Training
  • Email
  • Phone
  • One on one face to face time

Training Units
  • Unit 01 Parts of the Course Shell
  • Unit 02 Control Panel, Announcements, Faculty
  • Unit 03 Course Design Online Lectures
  • Unit 04 Managing the Course Menu
  • Unit 05 Adding Content
  • Unit 06 The Gradebook
  • Unit 07 Assignment Feature
  • Unit 08 Assessments
  • Unit 09 Communication
  • Unit 10 Groups
  • Unit 11 Wrapping Up

Sample Units
  • wccc.blackboard.com

An important part of this training process was to
experience an online course from a student's
Based upon 28 responses
I am prepared to teach my first online course.
(Answer only if you will be teaching online.)
Based upon 28 responses
The assignments were constructive.
Based upon 28 responses
The format of the online training course was
Based upon 28 responses
The material covered was very specific and
targeted to get me up and running with Blackboard.
Based upon 28 responses
The materials provided (notes and information in
the WCCC Blackboard Resources for Faculty) were
relevant to the training.
Based upon 28 responses
Going into this training, I was most concerned
about _________________. This course helped or
did not help me with this concern.
  • (everything) - I came into Blackboard not knowing
    anything about it.  I had never even taken an
    online course, so it was all new to me.  I now
    feel like I have a good understanding of it and
    am ready to aplly sic it.
  • I was most concerned with the length of time
    necessary to create a quality online course. I
    still have those concerns.
  • ...online communication with and between
    students.  This course helped to explain the
    different options and how to utilize them.
  • I was focusing most on my ability to communicate
    with the student.  How will they know what the
    expectations are?  What if they have questions? 
    How will they communicate with each other?  This
    has helped me with those concerns. 
  • My computer experience is not in programming. I
    was concerned of that lack. However, because I
    have taken online classes successfully, I was
    comfortable with Online Blackboard Training. This
    course helped me realize that I can teach in this
  • Adding different types of learning options so
    that students would not get bored easily. As I
    learned through the course that I can use
    discussion threads, lecture notes, upload files,
    create groups, conduct a chat, etc..., I am no
    longer concerned about the students being bored.
  • Organizing course materials so that students can
    access them with ease.
  • … My concerns were not as much with the course,
    but I suppose just like the students' concerns in
    that will I be self-motivated enough and find
    enough time to complete the assignments to the
    best of my ability.

General Comments? Suggestions for improving this
  • The comprehensiveness of the training amazed me.
    The manual and training units will serve as a
    great reference when creating a course.  If an
    instructor was not at all familiar with
    Blackboard, they may find this a bit
    overwhelming. But even someone with just very
    basic BB knowledge should be able to follow the
    Training. The information divided into units
    made the material "do-able" in nice size chunks.
    The order made sense.
  • I received the assistance that I needed when I
    called for help. Just the assessment portion of
    the training needs to be made a little more
    clearer. But the more I use it the more it will
    become more clearer to me in the use of the
    assessment portion of the online training.
  • My interests are with short movie clips. How to
    place them blackboard for class and what formats
    work , etc.
  • I enjoyed the training.  It gave me a full
    understanding of blackboard.  I knew if I had any
    questions I could get help.  Thank you for all
    the help.
  • I think I've said it all above. I do really
    appreciate the staff's patience and willingness
    to work with me. I had some stupid questions
    along the way, but I never felt that way from the
    staff. They've been responsive and helpful. Thank
  • Utilizing the various assessment tools was a good
    way to let the instructor have a student
  • The material is well organized, informative, and
    a good springboard to get started teaching
    online. I enjoyed the experience and look forward
    to the opportunity to use this knowledge.

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