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Course Structure Tool in Blackboard
We’ve created some sample courses using the Course Structure tool in Blackboard. If you’re new to Blackboard or open to changing your course structure to give your course a facelift or new design, give this tool some consideration. You can access the sample courses as a guest, by clicking the link(s) below. You must be logged into Blackboard first, before you access the sample course. Simply open a new tab or window, log into Blackboard, then come back to this page and click the link(s) to view the sample course(s).
C O U R S E Course Structure
- Sample Course 1 > Case Study
- Sample Course 2 > Content
- Sample Course 3 > Week
- Sample Course 4 > Traditional
- Sample Course 5 > Science-Focused
- Sample Course 6 > Guided Discussion
- Sample Course 7 > Topic (focus: Flipped Classroom)
Selecting a Course Structure:
Your Control Panel is where you will find the Course Structure Tool. Customization > Teaching Style. Also, please review this Course Structures on how to get started, and what you should know about Course Structures. Take a look at Blackboard’s Course Structure Help Page for an expanded description of course structures.
Following are very brief descriptions of the course structures used in the sample courses above:
CASE STUDY – focus on activity
Use the case study approach to engage students in critical thinking for real-world situations.
MODULE – focus on content
A module is an independent unit or lesson. Modules are usually self-contained and students can access them in any order, making them suitable for self-paced courses.
WEEKLY – focus on time
Organizing content by time can help students stay on track. You can make folders for future weeks unavailable until they are needed to keep students focused.
TRADITIONAL – focus on content
The traditional course structure organizes the online environment by content type or function. For example, there are course areas for assignments, tests, and your content.
SCIENCE-FOCUSED – focus on content
You can use the science-focused course structure to present information and lab materials to students and provide areas for reflection and collaboration.
GUIDED DISCUSSION – focus on communication
Guided discussion is an active learning technique that encourages students to reflect on their own experiences, explore alternative ways of thinking, connect to a topic, and improve analytical skills.
TOPIC – focus on content
Use the topic-based course structure to organize your course in self-contained segments. (This course has some information on the flipped classroom, but does not have the canned content from Blackboard.)