The purpose of the “Four I’s” (Integrating the Internet Into Instruction) program is to train faculty to enhance student learning by giving students in traditional, face-to-face courses 24/7 access to course materials and/or activities on the LPC Blackboard portal.
A web-enhanced course combines face-to-face instruction with resources on the Internet. Students can access these resources either in class (if the class is in a computer lab), or, more typically, at home. Students in web-enhanced courses will always have access to course materials, such as syllabi, class policies, course links, course information, announcements, frequently asked questions, model assignment submissions, and even lectures or lecture notes if you so choose.
In addition, as the instructor, you have the option of adding learning activities, such as assignments, quizzes, practice quizzes, whole-class discussions, group work, and chats.
Web-enhanced courses are not meant to replace face-to-face courses; they merely augment them. And since these are not Distance Education courses, no new curriculum forms are required.
Program selection process
There is no selection process. Just sign up by clicking the Workshops link on the left, and choose the Blackboard Basics workshop, along with any other workshops you want to attend.
The amount of training will depend on how many of the Blackboard tools you want to learn. If you just want to be able to create basic course materials from within Blackboard, upload materials into Blackboard, and revise materials, come to the 2-hour Blackboard Basics workshop, or train online.
If you choose to add learning activities, such as quizzes and whole-class discussions, training for using those tools typically lasts 1.5 hours each. Training on the above tools, as well as training on the Blackboard gradebook and assignments tools, will be provided in the weeks following the Blackboard Basics workshop.
You should complete Blackboard Basics before attending the subsequent workshops. However, if you don't want to attend the subsequent workshops, that's OK; after completing Blackboard Basics, you can request your course in Blackboard so you can begin using it with your students.
Training for all faculty using Blackboard is highly recommended. On March 11, 2009, the LPC Academic Senate approved the following statement: "Whereas Blackboard is such an integral part of our education, all faculty who use it, need proper training, including copyright and accessibility issues."
All face-to-face workshops will take place in the Innovation Center. Online training is also available. The Workshops link on the left will give you descriptions of the workshops, along with their times and dates.
Ongoing support will be provided throughout the semester and while you are teaching your web-enhanced course.
Participants do not need to have any prior experience using Blackboard or developing web pages. The only prerequisites are knowledge of using a computer and a willingness to learn new technical and/or instructional skills. And there is no limit on the number of courses you want to make web-enhanced. Whether it’s one course or five, it’s your choice.