Introducing Your Course
It's especially important to personalize an online course, where you won’t have the opportunity to interact with students face to face.
Intro Video (S|I, S|C)
Create a short video to introduce yourself and the course. Here are some best practices:
- Begin with a storyboard to help you hone your welcome message: Download storyboard here
- Create a script to use – it helps with delivery and also provides text for closed captioning
- Lengthen your video's shelf life by NOT mentioning days and times. For example, instead of saying, "Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 1-3pm" say, "Check your course syllabus for office hours." Also, avoid saying and writing "quarter" in your course materials.
- Avoid saying and writing "quarter" in your course materials
- See these MediaVision Audio Recording Preparation Tips
- See these MediaVision Video Recording Preparation Tips
- See this Blackboard Help Best Practice: Intro Video
- Watch this sample intro video: Dale McCabe – BIO 110
It's also a good idea to include a current profile picture in your Blackboard Instructor Information page, along with current contact information. The profile picture should be 150 x 150 pixels.
Video Tour/Course Overview (S|C)
Provide a "video tour" of your course to help your students explore the course, identify navigation strategies, and get familiar with terminology. All best practices mentioned above apply here.
Here are some recommended video creation tools:
- Adobe Connect - Request Adobe Presenter/Adobe Connect by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s also a good idea to have your students go through the eOrientation of the Blackboard Learning Management System if this is their first online course.
Profile Picture (S|I)
Be sure to include a profile picture in your Blackboard Contacts page along with current contact information. The profile picture should be 150 x 150 pixels.