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Learning Management System

Best Practices for using an LMS as a Companion to your Face to Face Campus Course

  • Organize: Keep your course space well organized with each item located in an aptly named folder. Try to have the basic set-up in place before class starts, so students will know where to go when you ask them to locate a certain item or assignment.
  • Post Key Documents: Be sure to post any document that your students will need to reference throughout the semester – such as the syllabus, the course schedule, or the reading schedule.
  • Be Clear: Clearly name each folder and each item within your course space. Titles like “drop box” aren’t helpful to students who are looking for a specific drop box. A better title would be something like “Mid-term Essay Exam Drop Box.”
  • Post Once: Avoid posting the same information in multiple locations. Multiple postings create confusion for students and could potentially create frustration for you should you decide to copy your course space and use it in future semesters.
  • Dates & Point Values: Keep deadlines and points on your course schedule or syllabus only instead of sprinkling them throughout the course space. This will save you time and frustration should you decide to copy the course for future use.
  • Convert to PDF: When possible, convert documents to PDFs to ensure that students with varying versions of word processing software can access your documents.
  • Post Tech Help Policies: Post the IT Help Desk’s contact information and your policy about missing assignments or exams due to “technical” issues. You may also want to include this information on your syllabus.
  • Assessment Planning: We recommend having all heavily weighted assignments or exams posted at the beginning of the semester so that students know exactly where they will be submitting their work or taking their exam. For exams, this means leaving the Access dates unchecked, but setting the dates on the Interaction tab for when you want students to be able to see and take the exam.
  • Make Announcements: Start a discussion board where you can post announcements, updates, and other information you may have mentioned briefly in class. You can also use this area to clarify confusing items or remind students of due dates.
  • Supplement: Post supplemental materials and materials that reinforce your class lectures and discussions. If you do choose to post your entire lecture notes, we recommend posting them well after you’ve delivered the lecture; otherwise, you may notice a dip in attendance.
  • Use the Tools: Don’t shy away from trying different things, like a discussion board or a poll. These additional tools can make your course space fun and interactive.
  • Build Community: In a large classroom, students may not know one another. Encourage students to communicate by creating teams, group discussions, or study groups. They can facilitate their meetings using online tools like the virtual chat rooms or Web Conferencing.
  • Optional Activities: Continue challenging overachievers by posting optional or extra-credit activities in your course space.
  • Use the Grade Book: Post grades automatically in a safe, secure place by using the grade book feature. This is an excellent way to increase student satisfaction and boost performance!
  • Come to Training: Come to a training session here at WSU Global Campus to learn more about how WSU's LMS works. Every training session includes an opportunity for faculty to ask questions.

Learn More about Collaborating!

Did you know you can attend Blackboard Collaborate training? If you want to know what it is and how best you can use it to enhance your course, then sign up for Web Conferencing 101. Go here for the schedule and information.

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