Blackboard Collaborate as a Moderator Certification Tool

Concurrent Session 5

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Brief Abstract

As online learning expands, the need for effective communication, teaching and training tools will also expand. This is a training module intended to provide professional development for higher-education instructors and K-12 teachers utilizing Blackboard and who would like to add a virtual component to the classroom.


Shelley Scott-Johnson is the Assistant Director of Programs at Norfolk State University Online. In this role, Shelley provides support and guidance over department initiatives and identifies programs and products that meet the needs of online students. She investigates best practices and research opportunities focusing primarily on program creation and enhancement, maintaining and providing learning management system consultation for online and learning related projects to include learning management systems support, and developing partnerships with internal and external constituents. Shelley conducts virtual, face-to-face, and blended training of Blackboard, various technologies and applications to a diverse group of faculty, students and staff. She also provides support services to distance education and residential students and assists faculty and academic units with providing virtual student services. Shelley is also an Alumna of Norfolk State University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems with honors. She is currently a doctoral student at Walden University studying Educational Technology and she has a Masters of Education in Educational Technology and Online Instruction from Liberty University. Shelley was also recently recognized as an Apple Teacher. Her passion is researching new technologies and assisting students, faculty, and staff with implementing these technologies to become more efficient and effective in their educational journey, professional career, and personal endeavors.

Extended Abstract

With the expansion of online programs in higher education and online courses in secondary education, educators must create innovative ways to engage learners, deliver content and provide a virtual learning environment where learners can collaborate. Educators must also continue to enhance their technological skills by participating in professional development opportunities, which is vital to student success and content delivery. Faculty will be able to incorporate Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in their courses to host discussions, synchronous sessions and adapt their instruction strategies to make use of the technology. Not only can this technology be utilized in online courses, it can be used in face-to-face courses and instructors can provide a virtual collaboration environment where learners can work with their peers on group projects or as study groups. The participants who complete the training module will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they acquire for professional and pedagogical purposes, improve instructional practice and enhance student learning.