Overview of Faculty Expectations
End of course evaluations here at LTU consistency underscore the themes mentioned in the previous video. These evaluations show the importance of clear expectations, regular communication and faculty presence throughout a course.
Here at LTU, we use Blackboard as a course management tool. Blackboard provides a tool to manage course documents. It gives students access to course materials 24/7 even on mobile devices. Faculty can post announcements and email students directly in just a few clicks. Blackboard keeps track of grades and provides easy tracking of student progress.
Blackboard has many features to assist faculty in delivering content, assessing learning and engaging student and faculty are encouraged to use any that enhance their course. However, there are four minimum requirements regarding faculty use of Blackboard.
1) Create and post a Syllabus that meets department, College, and University requirements.
2) Post your Contact Information with your preferred method of communication, anticipated response time, office hours, etc.
3) Communicate via Announcement page and reminders, updates, notifications.
4) Post grades in Grade Center so students can monitor their grades and receive feedback on assignments.
Below are detailed, target support videos and step-by-step directions to guide you through each of these requirements.
A course syllabus is the blueprint detailing your course plan. It must clearly communicate your expectations for student -- what assignments they will complete, when they are due, how they will be graded, etc. Many departments and colleges provide syllabi templates or syllabi language that you will use. Please work with your program chair to ensure your syllabus meets their requirements.
Resources for creating a quality syllabus:Preparing an Effective Syllabus
, Rethinking the Syllabus Rubric
Resources for posting syllabus to Blackboard:
, Posting a Syllabus Video Tutorial
Blackboard Grade Center is a great way to help you keep track of student grades AND let students know how they are progressing through the course. You can set up things in Blackboard so that students actually submit assignments directly in Bb so you can give feedback and grade them all within the system (no need to collect papers, carry them home and back). At the very least, LTU expects you to post grades for assignments in Blackboard so students can track their grades. Becoming a proficient uses of Grade Center takes some time, but we’ve created videos and step-by-step directions to help you become a master.
Directions for Common Grade Center Features