INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN TIPS: Adding Content
Organizing Content - What is the purpose of the content?
When posting materials, the purpose needs to be clear to the students. Is
this for review? Is this an assignment? Is this required reading material?
Blackboard allows you to select appropriate names for your Blackboard sections.
For example, you could have a section for "syllabus," another for "assignments,"
and another for "course materials." Make sure your students know which section
goes with certain activities and be consistent.
For example, if you always want your students to read the materials in the
"course materials" section, and the comment on them in the discussion board,
make that clear. You can use announcements, the syllabus and e-mails to
communicate the processes for your particular course.
Printing vs. Reading Online
It is difficult for most people to read large amounts of text on the screen.
Students will want to print out lengthier papers. Be aware of students'
printing budgets. Do not use large fonts or double spacing for items the
students might print out.
For your syllabus and other lenghty documents, you may want to post it
in two formats. In the first, post the material in its entirety for printing.
Secondly, you may want to chunk the information for easier on-screen viewing.
For example, you could chunk the syllabus and have one file with the
"assignments," another with the "course timeline," and another with the
"required reading." This would serve two purposes. First, the student would
not have to scroll through the information on the screen. Secondly, if the
student is just looking for a particular thing, it will be easier for them to find it.
Accessibility and Blackboard
Information about Blackboard
software and accessibility.
of Students with Disabilities can assist students who require adaptive