Why use Blackboard?

What exactly is Blackboard, why is it important and how do I use it?

Blackboard is the Learning Management System at George Brown College. Faculty can use the software to post course outlines, communicate with students, post and receive assignments, quizzes, grades as well as many other interactive online features. Our students want one, consistent online learning experience regardless of program or division. We work with Chairs and course coordinators to ensure all faculty have the training and support they need to get on Blackboard.

We invite you to watch the Technology-Enabled Learning Series and take inspiration from faculty peers. This video series is part of GBC and eLTI’s efforts to enhance the online learning experience for students by helping faculty engage more effectively with Blackboard.

This series presents the perspectives and experiences of GBC professors as they work to integrate Blackboard in their daily teaching practice. Professors speak candidly about what works, what doesn’t and how they manage obstacles they face using technology.

You can watch the complete series or pick any one video.
Video playlist (complete series):  

  • Communicating with students: the communication tools in Blackboard can help you reach out to students with important information. Students can access this information anytime, anywhere, on any device.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4vMv8QScqo 
  • Providing timely feedback and grades to students: students want to know how they are doing in their classes. Using Blackboard to provide grades and feedback helps the students manage their effort and adjust their focus.
  • Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-CS0HJBoVI 
  • Sharing course content: students want access to class notes, slides or any other course materials the professor may wish to share. Using Blackboard to structure the course content. It allows you to offer content in various formats and serve diverse student needs.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgnr1tXylm8 
  • Fostering student participation and interaction: student engagement is very important for their success and Blackboard can help. Tools such as discussion boards, blogs and wikis are spaces for exchange, interaction and reflection inside and outside of the classroom.
    Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg959hgtMOc
  • Using Blackboard to assess learning: assessing learning can be time-consuming. Using the Blackboard tools can help instructors focus on meaningful aspects of assessing while reducing the time spent on repetitive tasks, which can be automated.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd8m3Udl_nw 
  • Managing Student Groups: the group tool in Blackboard allows you to preconfigure groups of any size in your class. Blackboard also provides a suite of tools for students to communicate within their group, email members, share documents, and create wikis, blogs, and journals.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qR9rkqRf7k 
  • Making testing flexible: students today face a number of responsibilities.  and it is a challenge to prepare for a test, quiz or exam with a set time/date. Blackboard tools make it to provide the students with the flexibility they may need to write the exam or text.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azjCsoA8JBo 
  • Why use Blackboard: It is a great course management tool, that allows you to have all course related material in one central place. It helps structure the material and present it in various formats. It makes your course very portable and accessible.
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmS65nWxyrQ 
  • Finding Support: becoming proficient using Blackboard is easier with support. GBC faculty can find support working with eLTI to explore the benefits of the LMS. Peers are also a great source of knowledge, they tinker, they innovate and support one another. 
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQNyG6gqyQA 
  • Supporting the new college student: college leaners come from all walks of life: some may be working towards their first career, others might be exploring a new one. By using Blackboard, whether for online and face-to-face courses, instructors facilitate the learning process and offer flexibility.  
    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrUggsvT52g