Before faculty can access an online course shell and begin to develop their course in Blackboard, they need to successfully complete a basic level of training in the platform. At a minimum, faculty need to complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Blackboard training conducted by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
Phase 1 and 2 are available in an online format or in a face to face format. The face to face sections are typically held in Big Rapids, but occasionally scheduled at various regional locations in Michigan. To find out when the next available sections are scheduled, contact the Faculty Center for more information.
In addition to Phase 1 and 2, there are a host of other training programs available from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning which would be of help in teaching online. Sessions on Building Community in the online classroom, Utilizing Groups, etc are all available.
Ferris also supports faculty who want to participate in the Maryland Online program for Certification for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT). This will provide participants with additional information on how to build community through discussion boards. As it is taught all online, participants will also experience online learning from the student perspective.
To contact FCTL or find out more, check out their website: www.ferris.edu/fctl