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What it is:

BBLearn is Linfield’s online learning management system. It provides a place for faculty and students to securely build and share content and interact with one another. The system hosts a variety of components to help facilitate teaching and learning such as discussion boards, a grade book, journals, chat rooms, an assignment manager, and more. The components help people to connect and learn outside of the classroom.

How we use it:
  • Technology enriched instruction. McMinnville (MAC) and Portland (PDX) campus faculty use BBLearn activities to supplement their classroom teaching.
  • Hybrid instruction. MAC and PDX campus faculty use BBLearn activities to replace some of the time students would spend in the classroom.
  • Fully online instruction. OCE, MAC and PDX  faculty use BBLearn as the classroom where all course interaction and learning activities occur.

For every course offered at Linfield, a BBLearn course is created automatically. As students enroll they are automatically added to the BBLearn course. Note that if a Mac instructor wants to use their BBLearn courses they must make the course available for students.

Blackboard Components:

Once the course is available, the CIA acronym is a handy way to remember BBLearn’s main components. There are several ways that we can use BBLearn.

Course content. There are a variety of components in BBLearn that help instructors share their content. You can easily create web pages; share photos, videos, slide shows and web links; and leverage resources such as NBCLearn and publisher content;

Interaction is the key to learning. BBLearn offers a variety of tools for students to interact with content, with their instructor and with each other. The most popular of these tools is the discussion board. Faculty post open-ended questions that allow students to exchange ideas about course topics. Other tools include assignment tools, chat rooms, journals, wikis, and more.

Assessments deal with assignments, tests, essays, etc. The main benefit of doing these through BBLearn is that it allows for students to know their grades in real time. The system also reminds students when assignments are due and whether they’ve been completed or not.

What if I have problems?

You can call or email your Blackboard Administrator, or you can visit the Blackboard FAQ and How To wiki. Blackboard has a help link that can be found within each course, which is sometimes useful. 

If you have suggestions for ways we can improve the system or how we help you, please let us know at blackboard@linfield.edu.