University can be a daunting experience and the Blackboard platform is a centrepiece for student learning at USC. In response to learner needs, Ali Black is using her Blackboard sites in comprehensive, integrated and coordinated ways so that students’ learning experiences are relevant and engaging, and connect them to ideas, other learners and their own capabilities. This presentation shows some of structures, tools and strategies Ali is using via Blackboard to enhance student engagement and maximise student success. She will share examples across her Bb sites, highlighting places of support and scaffolding, and places for students to connect with ideas and peers, scholarly and authoritative readings, resources and a range of media. These all serve to develop in learners a sense of capability and self-direction, encourage students to engage with each other and to pursue and explore ideas they find relevant and meaningful. Students leave Ali’s courses recognising their own contributions to knowledge construction and reflective practice, and having experienced deep learning. If you are interested in developing your Blackboard sites to encourage students’ self-directed learning this workshop will offer ideas and possibilities.
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016