Distance teaching and learning can be a rewarding and exciting experience for both teachers and students. For faculty, teaching a distance course is a very different experience from a traditional course delivery. Moving a course from a campus-based environment to a fully online environment will require a redesign of course materials and often the assessment methods used, along with development of different teaching skills.
CCRI provides a comprehensive set of course tools for faculty interested in teaching from a distance. Faculty who are teaching a telecourse build their curriculum around videos telecast via Rhode Island cable.
Faculty who teach fully online web-based courses will use Blackboard Learning Management System (currently Release 9.0) as their primary application. Our former LMS - WebCT - is being phased out at the college. Faculty in some departments may use off-site systems such as MyMathLab and MyITLab. Blackboard is a learning management system that includes a large variety of tools encompassing communications, organization and distribution of materials, and tools for assessment and evaluation. Courses can be developed from scratch within Blackboard or instructors can draw on and adapt pre-packaged content developed by publishers called Course Cartridge.. Although MyCCRI has a limited number of course tools that may be adequate for classroom courses to use as a web supplement, a fully online course will need the added tools and features contained in a the full learning management system of Blackboard.
Using the full course management system of Blackboard Learning System, faculty can: