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Post Your Syllabus to Blackboard

The first thing you have to do to get your course started using Blackboard is to post your course syllabus. How else can your audience know that you give 10 bonus points just for showing up? Follow these [more…]

Give Online Assignments in Blackboard

As an instructor using Blackboard, you'll probably want to post an assignment for learners to turn in (and for you to collect and grade) online. Here’s how: [more…]

Set Up Your Gradebook in Blackboard

To save time later in your course, set up Item columns in your Gradebook as soon as you create your course so that you have to worry only about entering earned points for each learner. Here’s what to do [more…]

Start Discussion Topics in Blackboard

Communicating with learners in Blackboard takes several forms. A discussion works like an office bulletin board. For this task, you establish a discussion forum and start the conversation as shown in these [more…]

Blackboard For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Blackboard Learning System provides you, the instructor, with the tools to present class materials on the web, communicate online with the entire class, and track your lessons. But you're a teacher [more…]

Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Writers' Conference

No matter whether you're a first-time author or you've written several books, attending a writers' conference can do wonders for you, in several different ways. This bonus chapter discusses some of the [more…]

Five Steps to Finding True Happiness after Being Fired

You can actually find true happiness after you get fired. You probably won't be able to avoid the nausea and panic you will feel on the day you get fired, but if you see it coming, you can prepare to go [more…]


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