These webinars are part of the 2017 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). BITS brings faculty, instructional designers, partners, and Blackboard experts to you. Speakers share their tips, best practices, pedagogy, and higher education hot topics so you can stay ahead of the curve on teaching efficiency, course design, and student learning outcomes.

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series concluded in 2017. We’d like to share some additional resources that you may find beneficial, along with the BITS resources listed below:

You can access the following archived 2017 webinars for on-demand viewing here.

These resources are available in English only.

Please note we’re currently in the process of updating this page to reflect current, published links and remove non-working links.


Teach online? You need this list of 17 course best practices!

Presented on January 26, 2017 by Carey Smouse and Lisa Clark, Blackboard Senior Customer Success Advocates

Effective strategies to prevent cheating in distance learning courses

Presented on February 9, 2017 by Adam Authier, Jason Kane, and Kaylyn Cesarz, Instructional Designers from Schoolcraft College

Blackboard Collaborate: Is it more than a course tool?

Presented on February 23, 2017 by Dr. Dorothy L.R. Jones, Dean, School of Extended Learning & Director for the Office of Faculty Development and Shelley Scott-Johnson, Apple Teacher, Online Student/Faculty Support Specialist, Online Student Organization Advisor, School of Extended Learning/NSU Online, from Norfolk State University

Tips on how to create a mobile-friendly course

Presented on March 9, 2017 by Carey Smouse and Lisa Clark, Blackboard Senior Customer Success Advocates

3 tips to personalizing online learning for students

Presented on March 23, 2017 by Brian Morgan, Associate Professor, Computer and Information Technology, from Marshall University

5 tips for running successful breakout groups in Blackboard Collaborate

Presented on April 13, 2017 by Juan Moran, Blackboard Solutions Engineer

Gamifying your course using achievement badges

Presented on April 27, 2017 by Michael DiFonzo, Blackboard Trainer and Instructional Designer, from SUNY Buffalo State

Universal Design for Learning and ReadSpeaker

Presented on May 4, 2017 by Tricia Ritschel-Trifilo, Ph.D., Director of WBU Online, from Wayland Baptist University, and Paul Stisser, Business Development for eLearning and Mobility, from ReadSpeaker

  • Recording
  • Presentation Slides
  • Certificate of Attendance

Accessibility at Blackboard: Bringing education to everyone

Presented on May 18, 2017 by Nicolaas Matthijs, Product Manager of Blackboard Ally and Scott Ready, Principal Strategist for Accessibility, from Blackboard

  • Recording
  • Presentation Slides
  • Closed Captioning Transcription
  • Certificate of Attendance