Blackboard Black Belt Series

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Computer Services has developed a series of courses for instructors that guide you through the features of this important instructional tool. These courses can be taken individually or as part of the Blackboard Black Belt Series. Master all levels and become a Blackboard Black Belt! Each class also counts as an activity toward your Certified Distance Educator Award

Obtain a Blackboard Black Belt

After completing the White, Green, and Black Belt Level courses, users receive the following commendations:

  • Blackboard Black Belt Certificate 
  • Blackboard Black Belt 4" sewn patch to display in your office.
  • Digital Badge for sharing on your professional and social media accounts. 
  • Blackboard Black Belt image to include in your signature line, websites, or share in your course information. 
  • Inclusion in the Black Belt Virtual Dojo organization in Blackboard, a collaborative space for Black Belts to share tips and enhance their Learning Management System knowledge.
  • Exclusive invitations to additional webinars, sneak peeks at upcoming features and Blackboard updates, and opportunities to maintain mastery and earn the current year's Black Belt patch. 

Register for a class

Take a class in-person - You can reserve your seat for a class via My Learning Connection, but registration is not required. See the list of classes in our Upcoming Events.

Take a class online via self-paced video - Video Training Courses are found under the Community tab in Blackboard under Learning Management System Resources for Faculty. Email the Help Desk if you don't see that Blackboard organization.

Upcoming Events

See Upcoming Events for the next session dates and times. 

Jumpstart is the perfect place for new faculty and teaching assistants to start! Note: It is recommended that you complete this Jumpstart course prior to participation in Green Belt Level courses in the Blackboard Black Belt Training Series

Blackboard Jumpstart: White Belt Level (1 hour)

This course introduces users to the basic features and tools of Blackboard Learn at Missouri State. 

The Jumpstart class includes:

  • Basic user interface and navigation
  • Perspectives of both the student and the instructor
  • Overview of core tools used in Blackboard Learn
  • Upload your syllabus, create a class Announcement, and make your course available for students to view

This course will count as one activity towards your Certified Distance Educator Award.

Jumpstart is also delivered as a self-paced Video Course. You can find the Video Training Course library in in the Learning Management System Resources for Faculty organization, found under the Community tab.

Achieve a Blackboard Green Belt by completing the Green Belt Level course. Note: It is recommended that you complete the Jumpstart White Belt Level course prior to participation in Green Belt Level courses in the Blackboard Black Belt Training Series

Green Belt Level (2 hrs)

The Green Belt course offers a more in-depth look at Blackboard Learn.

Class content includes:

  • How to build and manage course content
  • Utilizing the control panel and course menu
  • Setting up enhanced communication tools such as Blogs, Wikis, and Discussion Boards
  • An introduction to setting up assessment tools and working in the Grade Center

Black Belt Level

Green Belts can achieve a Blackboard Black Belt by completing the Black Belt level course.

Black Belt Level (2 hrs)

In this course, you will explore a variety of advanced options in Blackboard Learn. 

The Black Belt course focuses on:

  • Adding more engaging content to courses through media files and online resources
  • How to utilize group work and learning modules more effectively
  • The different ways to monitor student activity and performance

Hours of Operation

Follow the above link to view our locations and hours. Contact us by phone or chat at the Service Desk, or stop by one of the Open-Access Computer Labs for any technical assistance you may need!

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