New Blackboard Teaching and Learning Online Certification Series Receives High Grades From Participants
February and March Registration Open; Training Also Offered at Bb World '06 in San Diego
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 01, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to
educational institutions announces a new Blackboard instructor
certification series titled, "Teaching and Learning Online." This
online training series, comprised of three facilitated asynchronous
courses, provides an introduction to the pedagogy of online learning
and presents best practices for teaching in both Web-enhanced and
distance education environments.
Participants who complete all three courses in the series receive
"Certified Blackboard Instructor" status -- a standard helpful to
both K-12 and higher education institutions to determine if
instructors are prepared to deliver online courses.
Registration is now open for online training classes being offered in
February and March. Additionally, a variety of in-person Blackboard
training classes will be offered at Blackboard's upcoming Users
Conference, Bb World 2006, scheduled for February 28 - March 2nd, in
San Diego. More information on the conference and training programs
is available at http://www.blackboard.com/company/events/bbworld.
"The Teaching and Learning Online course was Excellent," said Dr.
Barbara A. Harper, a professor at Berkeley College who completed the
series this month. "The instructor's expertise, dedication and
selfless guidance were always readily available. The course
activities focused simultaneously on the student's point-of-view and
learning style while, at the same time, demonstrating the most highly
effective and innovative teaching methods available today. I have not
only incorporated these new techniques into my online courses but am
also able to utilize some of this new material in my traditional
classroom courses as well -- what a "plus"!"
Participants in the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Online
-- explore basic instructional design principles
-- learn how to create and organize learning materials
-- build robust courses
-- discuss facilitation and communication techniques
-- review methods for assessing student performance
"As Blackboard becomes more ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms and on
campuses across the United States and abroad, there is a real need for
instructors to have access to just-in-time training," said Matthew
Pittinsky, Chairman of Blackboard. "Clients are developing so many
new and innovative uses for Blackboard it is becoming increasingly
important that users can access the specific instruction they are
looking for at a time and location that is convenient for them.
Blackboard training addresses all of these needs."
The series is delivered in the Blackboard Learning System(TM), the
core of the Blackboard Academic Suite which provides an open and
flexible platform enabling online instruction, communication and
For more information on Blackboard Certification Training, visit
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