Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
Enter each Blackboard folder and add the content. Include a short description for each item. Indicate what the item is and how it is relevant to the lesson. The description helps students understand how to associate (frame/attend to) this item in relation to the rest of the course materials.
Enter the Blackboard Discussion Board, create a Forum, and post an introductory assignment. For example, you might ask each student to write on to three paragraphs explaining who they are and why they took your course. Require students to read entries from other students. You might also encourage them to respond to each other. This is the first step in creating an “online community” for your course.
Tips for strengthening discussions
Plan on adding at least one new topic to the Discussion Board Forum each week. Make sure this topic requires students to formulate an answer and back it up with facts to demonstrate their understanding. Monitor and respond to student threads and encourage student to do the same.