Course Preparation Outside of Blackboard
This document provides tips for preparing course materials outside of Blackboard.
AssignmentsFaculty can create assignment instructions, rubrics, and even accept paper/project submissions with OneDrive inside of the Microsoft Office 365 suite. Consider creating a OneDrive folder for each of your courses and further organizing materials with unit/weekly sub-folder folders. Populate each folder with content, which you can create directly within OneDrive or upload from your desktop. Then, share the main course folder with your students. This will give students access to content within each sub-folder. See this article for tips on creating shared folders and files in OneDrive.
Alternatively, faculty can create assignment documents in a desktop version of Microsoft Office or use a different office suite to create instructions and rubrics, and then send and accept assignments via email. Student grades should not be communicated via email, OneDrive, or any other cloud service, however. Grades should be kept in Blackboard, CougarNet, or stored securely on your computer's desktop (ex: password protected, logged off, behind locked door).