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CDE Showcase of Courses in Blackboard

Sometimes looking to see what others have done with their online courses can have a great impact on how you would organize and develop your own online course. CDE has put together some sample course syllabi and lesson modules from the online courses developed specifically for CDE into a Blackboard course that you can access.

CDE Showcase in Bb

We’ve chosen to use the Blackboard framework since this is the platform that almost all of our online courses use. It’s familiar to most UA students and poses as a portal for our online program. Anyone who has a university ID should be able to self-enroll themselves in the CDE Showcase as a student and look as some of the examples we’ve placed there.

All syllabi examples include the UAF Faculty Senate required elements as well as certain information that is course specific. Looking through these documents will give suggestions of the level of detail that an online, often asynchronous, course syllabus should contain.

A complete lesson (or module, unit, week: insert your name of choice here) from several different courses are included in the Lesson Example section. One thing in common among all the examples is that they follow the CDE suggested lessons structure which you can also find under this section. Examples include a variety of learning activities that might be similar to activities that you could incorporate into your courses. A mix of audio, video, web resources, reading, and writing are highlighted.

To access this course, log in to the Fairbanks Blackboard with your university userid and password. When you get to the home page, click on the courses tab on the upper left. Click in the search box and type in CDE Showcase. The course will be returned in the results with an enroll button. Click on this button and the subsequent SUBMIT and OK buttons until you see the sample course. View this online tutorial created using JING.

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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