Our synchronous and asynchronous training options teach participants how to use the Blackboard Open LMS platform to its fullest potential.
Our self-paced courses allow participants to learn on their own using in-depth, online resources, as well as to communicate with other members of their cohort using built-in communication tools.
Many of our online courses are remotely facilitated by a Blackboard consultant, while others are non-facilitated. Remote-facilitated courses further provide individual attention to each participant, providing one-on-one feedback between participants and facilitators, as well as across the participant cohort. Both types of courses include a number of graded activities to help track comprehension and progress. Our non-facilitated courses are designed for participants who do not wish for facilitator feedback or need access to a subject matter expert.
Time investment quotes are estimates only. Actual time investment will depend on the user’s level of comfort in an online environment, prior knowledge, level of effort invested in the studies, and more. Below you will find a list of our online courses.
Purchasing a seat
To purchase seat(s) in an online course you may contact your Blackboard Account Executive or email the Blackboard Consulting Team. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the Blackboard Open LMS Training Center or Blackboard Classroom K-12 Training Center to self-enroll to the site. You will need to confirm your enrollment via e-mail. Once enrolled to the site, log in, access the courses list, and then click on the course you wish to enroll in. Enter the enrollment key that was sent to you from the Blackboard Consulting Team.
Automating administrative tasks can save your staff valuable time while ensuring greater accuracy. Blackboard has created a systems integration tool called Conduit that allows administrators to load critical information quickly from an existing SIS, ERP, or other learning databases into the LMS. This course is designed to teach the ins and outs of Conduit, its functionalities, and best practices of its use.
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS | Delivery mode: Non-facilitated | Time investment: 12-15 hrs. | Cost: $250
Course Building for New Users
Learn how to get started in Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS by learning how to navigate in the system and use its basic functionality to build courses. This course focuses on skills for new users and includes topics such as using the file repository for managing files, using the HTML editor, updating of profile settings, and creating resources for a course. This course also covers how to use activity completion and restricted access settings, how to add video to increase engagement, how to leverage available communication tools, and how to work with course management tools such as enrollment and course backups/restores. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
- Navigate through a course
- Set up a course
- Use the file repository system
- Use the HTML editor to add content, format text, and add media
- Incorporate labels, files, URLs, pages, books, folders, and IMS content packages into a course
- Use conditional release and activity completion
- Communicate with students through the LMS
- Use course management tools
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS | Delivery Mode: Facilitated or Non-facilitated | Time Investment: 9-11 hrs. | Cost: $325/facilitated; $150/non-facilitated
Course Building for Intermediate Users
Build your knowledge of Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS by learning how to use the gradebook, create graded activities, and use key features. This course focuses on configuring the gradebook, creating commonly used activities, best practices to follow as you build your courses, how to grade, and how to use powerful features such as the Personalized Learning Designer (PLD), messaging and alerts. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
- Set up and manage the gradebook for their course
- Add assignments, forums, advanced forums, and quizzes to a course and grade them
- Create rules using the Personalized Learning Designer
- Run and filter reports to analyze course data
- Stay up-to-date with course events and messages by selecting to receive various types of streams and alerts
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS | Delivery mode: Facilitated or Non-facilitated | Time investment: 10-12 hrs. |Cost: $325/facilitated; $150/non-facilitated
Course Building for Advanced Users
Take your courses to the next level by learning the advanced features of Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS. This course focuses on creating advanced activities in order to add collaboration, increase interactivity, and gain student feedback. It also covers how to grade those activities, map outcomes to resources and activities, use select widely used third-party plug-ins, configure groups and groupings, create and award badges, and best practices. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
- Incorporate glossary, lesson, SCORM, wiki, workshop, and database activities into their courses and grade them
- Identify the use cases for using Blackboard Collaborate in a classroom
- Add chat activities to your courses
- Gather student feedback and opinions using the choice, survey, and feedback activities
- Utilize the following popular third-party plug-ins: Quickmail block, attendance block, class list block, drag-and-drop matching quiz questions, questionnaire, lightbox gallery, and certificate
- Align outcome sets to a course and map outcomes to modules and mark them as complete or incomplete when evaluating each student’s performance.
- Map modules to outcomes and mark them as complete or incomplete when evaluating each student’s performance
- Use groups and groupings in courses
- Create badges and award them to students
- Manage competencies.
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS | Delivery mode: Facilitated or Non-facilitated | Time investment: 9-11 hrs. | Cost: $325/facilitated; $150/non-facilitated
Course Building Bundle
- Course Building for New Users
- Course Building for Intermediate Users
- Course Building for Advanced Users
Appropriate for: Blackboard Open LMS | Delivery mode: Facilitated or Non-facilitated | Time investment: 28-34 hrs. | Cost: $750/facilitated; $375/non-facilitated
Effective Site Administration
This remote-facilitated online course will help new clients get started in site administration. Participants will review the Site Administration menu in detail, including topics such as:
- Course templating
- Language localization
- Module configuration
The course will also focus on best practices in site administration and will be facilitated by an expert Site Administrator who will provide announcements, answer participant questions, grade assignments, and more.
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS | Delivery mode: Facilitated | Time investment: 15-20 hrs. | Cost: $400/seat
Getting Started with Blackboard Classroom
This orientation course will introduce you to the Blackboard Classroom Suite and provide a general overview of several key features of the Blackboard Classroom solution. The goal of this course is to help you understand what components are included in the Blackboard Classroom Suite, introduce you to those components, and define key terminology. Upon completing this course, you’ll be ready to begin taking the in-depth Blackboard Classroom online courses that are available to your organization as part of your Blackboard Classroom training package.
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom | Delivery mode: Non-facilitated | Time investment: 30 min. | Cost: $99/seat
Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate
This facilitated course is designed for the teachers who need a flexible way to quickly get up to speed using Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience in Blackboard Classroom. You’ll also have access to an expert Blackboard Collaborate consultant who will help guide you through the course and answer questions along the way. Participants will be able to practice suggested tasks in a Collaborate practice room, and you’ll have opportunities for knowledge checks throughout the course to solidify your understanding of the platform and web conferencing. You’ll be able to share your ideas by contributing to discussion boards and learn from the developing repository of ideas accumulated from other participants, who have previously completed the course.
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom | Delivery mode: Facilitated | Time investment: 4-6 hrs. | Cost: $250/seat
Getting Started with Online Course Design
The goal of this course is to help teachers get started with online course design. While teachers know how to design a course for the face-to-face environment, they don’t always have the knowledge required to design an online one. Designing online courses requires a paradigm shift in thinking about what a course is and how it is delivered. It can be more challenging than most expect. For this reason, we’ve created this course to aid in easing the transition and in creating an online course that meets the needs of both students and teachers. The course introduces participants to best practices for online course design, and it provides an Online Course Planning Document to use while planning and designing online courses. A course facilitator will review submitted design documents and provide feedback to course participants. This course focuses on course design and is not platform specific; therefore, it is relevant to all users, no matter the system participants plan to use for delivering courses.
Appropriate for: Any platform | Delivery mode: Facilitated | Time investment: 8-10 hrs. | Cost: $400/seat
Getting Started with Online Course Facilitation
Being an effective online facilitator requires a set of skills that is similar yet different than those required in the face-to-face classroom. The online or blended learning facilitator must be able to build community while having little to no face-to-face contact, offer clear and informative feedback, communicate effectively in a medium that lacks body language and voice tone, as well as use instructional strategies that are independent of time and space to support student learning. Add to that the technical aspect of using an LMS and other technologies. This course will introduce you to the many facets of online facilitation as you build skills in four areas: technical, managerial, social, and pedagogical. Finally, to synthesize all you have learned, you will build a Facilitation Checklist to help guide your ongoing facilitation needs. This course focuses on course facilitation and is not platform specific; therefore, it is relevant to all users, no matter the system participants plan to use for delivering courses.
Appropriate for: Any platform | Delivery mode: Facilitated | Time investment: 6-8 hours | Cost: $400/seat
Making the Most of Blackboard Classroom
This self-paced course is designed for Blackboard Classroom teachers. It teaches how to use the powerful tools in Blackboard Classroom that allow for personalized learning, the flipped classroom, mobile learning, class analytics, interactivity with H5P, cloud and productivity tools. This course reviews pedagogy, shows examples, and provides how-to instructions. You will learn about the Personalized Learning Designer, groups and groupings, Blackboard Classroom tools for Flipping the Classroom, Blackboard apps for Blackboard Classroom users, IntelliBoard, and Google G-Suite and the Microsoft Office integrations.
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom | Delivery mode: Facilitated | Time investment: 6-8 hrs. | Cost: $400/seat
Using Blackboard Open Content
Blackboard Open Content is an advanced learning object repository that allows users to author and store rich educational materials and use them across multiple courses and even across multiple platforms. Using Blackboard Open Content will change the way you discover, deliver, share, author, and copyright content. This course is designed for teachers, content developers, instructional designers, and anyone else involved in the building of online and/or hybrid courses. Take this course to learn how to easily add Open Educational Resources to your courses; share your resources with teachers around the world; and share content across your school, county, or district. This course addresses a number of common use cases for Blackboard Open Content use in practice and focuses on best practices for using the Blackboard Open Content system. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
- Discuss what Blackboard Open Content is and what it can do
- Explain the Blackboard Open Content licensing model
- Explain the various copyright licenses
- Navigate in Blackboard Open Content
- Search Blackboard Open Content to find content
- Reuse existing Blackboard Open Content content in a course
- Create a new version of Blackboard Open Content based on an existing Blackboard Open Content resource
- Manage versioning of resources
- Author new content resources in Blackboard Open Content
- Use channels to distribute Blackboard Open Content content
- Grade in Blackboard Open Content
Appropriate for: Blackboard Classroom/Open LMS | Delivery mode: Non-facilitated | Time investment: 2-4 hrs. | Cost: $350/seat