Frequently Asked Questions - Online Courses and Blackboard
FACULTY AND DEANS
- I am interested in teaching an online class. How do I get started? OR I have a faculty member who I’d like to have teach online. What is the process of getting them started?
There is an online form coming soon that either a faculty member or a dean can fill out, indicating their interest in teaching online. The form will ask for the faculty member’s name, division, semester expected to teach online, and name of the course, if known. Both faculty and deans will be notified when this form is completed.
- Are the TLETC classes available for stipend?
The online pedagogy portion of the required TLETC classes is available for stipend/column movement credit; the Blackboard courses are not. The MVCR class, “Online Learning: an Overview” is also not available for stipend credit through the TLETC. The total stipend available is 4 contact hours.
- How can I keep track of how many TLETC courses I’ve completed?
When you log in to the TLETC website as if you were to register for a course, you’ll see a button that says “Completed Training.” Selecting this will provide a list of all TLETC courses you have completed.
- I’ve completed the MVCR class “Online Learning: an Overview” and would like to take more MVCR courses. Can I do so?
Illinois Online Network has an excellent series of courses available to faculty. Faculty also have the opportunity to take a series of their courses toward a Master Online Teacher Certificate. However, the TLETC will only pay for the Overview course that is required prior to online teaching. Please use PLARP or professional development money if you are interested in taking other MVCR classes.
- What if I’ve taught online at another institution? Do I still have to go through the TLETC training?
We can determine this on a case-by-case basis. We’d ask that you show us specifically what was done at the other institution. Please contact Scott Rial or Page Wolf for further discussion on this.
- I’ve been using Blackboard in my face-to-face classes. Do I still need to take the required training?
- I’ve been teaching a hybrid class. Do I still need to take the required training?
Yes, for the online pedagogy classes. For the Blackboard classes, it is possible to demonstrate proficiency in certain areas. Please contact Scott Rial or Page Wolf for further discussion on this.
- I’ve taken previous Blackboard training through the TLETC. Do I need to go through the training again to teach online?
If you have taken Blackboard training within the previous year, we will count that toward the Blackboard prerequisites for teaching online.
- My teaching schedule prohibits me from taking some of the required training. What should I do?
The TLETC has tried to schedule repeated training at least twice per semester, some of which are offered online. We also offer an all –encompassing bootcamp class in the summer. If it is impossible to attend any training, please contact Page Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can determine if alternate training times could be made available.
- How do I track the completion of these required classes by my potential online faculty?
The TLETC will keep track of completion of all of the classes offered through our office. For the MVCR class, Illinois Online Network will be sending us a report of those who have completed “Online Learning: an Overview.” If at any time you would like to know the progress of a faculty member’s completion of these required courses, please contact Scott Rial (email@example.com) or Page Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Will the deans be notified when their faculty who are slated to teach online have completed all their courses?
The TLETC will notify the deans at the end of each semester what a faculty has done so far to meet the requirements. We will only do this for faculty who are slated to teach in the semester immediately following.
CURRENT ONLINE INSTRUCTORS
- How do I setup a new Blackboard course?
Blackboard Courses are automatically setup for any credit course.
- How do I roll over an existing course into a new course for the upcoming semester?
You are able to copy existing course materials into a new course. This is a very common practice at the beginning of a new semester as course shells are created for each new semester. To copy your course please follow these instructions. How do I copy my course material into my new course shell?
- I want to keep my old course on Blackboard, but don't want the students to see it, how do I do this?
To make a course unavailable, go into the course you want to hide, go to the Control Panel, Click on Settings, then Course Availability, and choose No. Then click the submit button. All courses stay on blackboard for two years after that they are archived and removed. Two weeks after a student has received a grade for a course it is automatically made unavailable to them.
- I have old courses on Blackboard that I don't need any more, how do I get rid of them?
Since PeopleSoft and Blackboard are connected we cannot remove individual courses. If you wish to hide those old courses from your course list you can do that by following this tutorial. All course more that two semesters old are archived and removed from blackboard. If you need access to this material after that please contact Russ Pearson and he can restore that course for you.
- I want to update my course information on CLC Online, how do I do this?
If you are teaching an Online or Hybrid course your course information is listed on CLC Online. Most of this information can be updated by the course instructor through the CLC Online Faculty site. Please log into the CLC Online Faculty site and update your course information before registration starts. Instructions on using the CLC Online Faculty site.
- When I log into the CLC Online Faculty site I do not see my course, what do I do?
When you log in, if you see a course listed that you are not teaching or a course is missing that you will be teaching please let Scott Rial or Russ Pearson know right a way so it can be updated. Instructions on using the CLC Online Faculty site.
- I'm interested in teaching online at CLC. How do I get started?
See the Steps to Get Started Teaching Online