Way back in May of 2012, I posted on a new addition to Blackboard, Course Structures. However, I haven’t seen any faculty really putting these to use, so I wanted to showcase at least one structure.
In the video below I use the organization by Chapter (which, for any class based around the textbook, works fairly well), and show off a bit of the sample content and my thoughts on the mindset behind the structure.
In particular, points I like in the structure are:
- The default entry point is a module page optimized for student use.
- The syllabus information is not a single linked document, but instead multiple shorter items.
- The content area for the syllabus materials is not right at the top of the course menu.
- The “Chapters” area, where the bulk of the instructional content dwells, is at the top of the course menu.
I wouldn’t suggest using every single idea from that structure, but as a source of inspiration to cherry-pick through I think it is very solid. Maybe seeing these sorts of demo pieces can inspire you to reorganize your own course site and make it more effective. That’s the theory, anyway. But see for yourself, in the video below: