If you are curious about how to build a class using CourseSites (aka Blackboard), you may be interested in this info:
Enrollment is now open for the next offering in our CourseSites Open Course Series: Designing an Exemplary Course.
Learn more about the course on the CourseSites Blog or self-enroll now! Please share this email with your colleagues. We hope to see you in the course.
Course Description: Whether you are just getting started or are an advanced online educator, this course will provide you with a framework to help identify and apply best practices for designing engaging online courses.
You will learn from 11 instructors and instructional designers including distinguished Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Directors and several of the 2012 ECP winners. Using the Blackboard ECP Rubric as a guide, the course will focus on the four critical elements of a course: design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, and learner support.
You will have the opportunity to participate in weekly live, online sessions, learn with peers in focus groups, and complete optional assignments to aid your course development and improvement. A panel of course design experts will facilitate each group to provide you with valuable feedback.
And from what I can tell, yes, this is free. It is an OPEN course.
Is BSU going to be getting Instructure/Canvas? It's fantastic.
My university just switched to Canvas from Blackboard/WebCT this semester. It's a really nice lms. Very inutitive, elegant, and easy for students. It's young and has some growing to do in terms of some important features expected in university settings, but it's coming along nicely. Not many folks are missing BB/WebCT very much.