BY Art Schneiderheinze,
Center for Teaching and Learning

Anyone can place content into a Blackboard course, but every instructor should ask themselves this important question: "Does the content I place into my course enhance teaching and learning?" 

Blackboard® is a course management system used campus-wide at Kendall College. The system allows faculty to post materials, hold online discussion, administer tests and surveys, record students' grades, and many other course-related functions. All currently-enrolled students and teaching faculty have access to the Blackboard system via the Kendall College Portal ( 

Technology, including Blackboard, has the potential to:

  • Provide extended access to materials (allowing students more opportunity to review and reflect)
  • Provide multiple material types for all learning styles
  • Encourage higher-level thinking (e.g., critical thinking, analyzing and synthesizing of information)
  • Enhance communication between instructor/students and student/students
  • Support group collaboration
  • Promote active learning
  • Provide prompt progress information. 

Using Blackboard for Effective Teaching and Learning

Chickering and Gamson (1987) identified seven principles of good teaching which can be applied in how you can use Blackboard to enhance teaching and learning. The principles are briefly described below, along with examples of how you can apply the principles in your use of Blackboard. 

Encourages Contacts Between Students and Faculty

Develops Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students

Uses Active Learning Techniques

Gives Prompt Feedback

Emphasizes Time on Task

Communicates High Expectations

Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning

Chickering, A. W., & Gamson, Z. F. (1987, March). Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin, 39(7), 3–7.