Black Belt Achievement Series

The Black Belt Achievements series offers Black Belts the opportunity to become Blackboard Grandmasters – the true experts on using Blackboard Learn! 

Users will receive the following upon completion of each Achievement course:

  • Digital Badge for sharing on professional and social media accounts
  • Achievement badges within the Black Belt Virtual Dojo organization in Blackboard

After completing both the Black Belt and Achievement series – all 8 courses – users will receive:

  • Honorary title of Blackboard Grandmaster
  • Blackboard Grandmaster 4" sewn patch to accompany the 4" Black Belt patch
  • Blackboard Grandmaster Certificate
  • Exclusive, first-round invitation to present what they’ve learned and offer tips and tricks at the Blackboard Black Belt Summit each year.

Grade Center Guru

This course allows Black Belts to expand their knowledge and utilization of the Grade Center. It will focus on customization, organization, and advanced tools in the Grade Center.

Cool Communicator

This course is all about Blackboard Collaborate. Users will learn about the differences between Collaborate Original and Ultra, learn how to add Collaborate to a course, create a session, and navigate the features within a session.

Content Curator

This Achievement session allows Black Belts to learn more about the Content Collection and advanced methods of content creation and management, as well as how to share content.

Assessment Ace

Blackboard offers some amazing assessment features, and this course allows users to learn all about the various ways to assess students’ progress in a course. From creating test pools, surveys, assignments, and tests to using SafeAssign, LockDown Browser, and Respondus Monitor to prevent cheating, this course will help instructors know which tools are best for their courses and how to utilize them effectively.

Engagement Expert

This course focuses on how to add more engaging material and media utilizing tools within Blackboard. Users will also learn about how to add gamification to their course through the Achievements tool.

Blackboard Grandmaster

Completion of all five Achievement courses, in no particular order, will earn users the Blackboard Grandmaster badge and title. This signifies the user’s commitment to professional development and expertise with the learning management system,

Grandmaster Badge

Congratulations to our Blackboard Grandmasters!



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