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Welcome to Teaching Online

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is Cabrillo's learning management system (LMS). It is web-based and contains features for communicating and sharing content, and assessing student performance.

Faculty must participate in Blackboard training before receiving an account. Contact the TLC Director for more information.

The following lists a sample of tools available:

Communication Tools

  • Announcements: post announcements for students to read. These can be found under the announcement tab, or can be made to pop-up when a student accesses Blackboard.
  • Chat: students who are online can chat in real time with other students in their class.
  • Discussions: instructors can create a discussion thread for group discussions.
  • Mail: allows for mass emailing to students' in a course.

Content Creation

  • Course content: allows instructors to post articles, assignments, videos etc.
  • Calendar: post due dates for assignments and tests.
  • Learning modules: post different lessons for students to access.
  • Assessments: post quizzes and exams and configure them for online delivery.
  • Assignments: submit assignments online.
  • Grade Book: post grades on Blackboard for students to view.
  • Media Library: videos and other media may be posted.


Workshop Calendar for Blackboard training days/times.

The TLC prefers to work with faculty individually to help them organize their courses to take full advantage of the communication and assessment tools. Please schedule an appointment with us to go over your course design in Blackboard. Call 479-5030 or email

You can get specific details on the new enhancements by attending the Flex presentations on Blackboard and through additional training sessions that will be scheduled at the TLC throughout the year. You are always welcome to call the TLC with questions at 479-5030.

About Distance Education

Distance Education is an approach to learning where instruction takes place outside the traditional classroom setting. Instead of teaching face-to-face, instructors use electronic or a blend of face-to-face and electronic delivery methods to develop and furnish content for instruction and interaction with students.

Distance Education Faculty HandbookStudents in distance education courses are required to ‘attend’ class and participate just as if they were in a face-to-face course. Attendance is based on documentation from “regular effective contact.” Instructors establish guidelines for how much each lecture, reading assignment, discussion or project qualifies as a meeting during the course of a week or course learning module. (Ed Code, Title 5, Section 55200)

In additional to "regular effective contact," instructors must insure all instructional materials meet guidelines for accessibility. (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act)


Standards for Teaching Online


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