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There are now 3 tracks in the Alternate Delivery Program (ADP):


The Skill Builder track offers modular training in core components of Blackboard and supporting technologies (Bb Collaborate, TechSmith Relay, Box) to help faculty better utilize the features available in Blackboard and to prepare for the Course Designer track.


This track is available to faculty who have completed the foundational “Skill Builder” track or demonstrated competency with the Skill Builder components and most closely resembles the “old” ADP. The Course Designer track typically requires at least a semester for course development before the redesigned course is offered in summer or winter session. It includes a one day training workshop and an opportunity to work one-on-one with an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT). Faculty who participate in the Course Designer track should have prior experience teaching in summer or winter sessions and convert courses that have a proven enrollment “track record” in Summer or Winter Sessions.


The Quality Booster track is designed for faculty who are already offering hybrid or online courses, but who have either not previously participated in formal course redesign training through the ADP or participated in ADP prior to the Quality Matters (QM) process integration. Quality Matters is an internationally recognized peer review process to assess the design quality of an online or hybrid course. The goal is to carefully evaluate the components of a hybrid or online course to ensure that it meets nationally identified quality standards.


The participation requirements for each track are provided below.


Participant requirements include the following workshops or demonstration of competencies in the following areas:

  • Building Course Content
    Box; Blackboard Content Collection; Items, Pages & Folders; Mash-ups
  • Screencasting Fundamentals
    Requesting access; starting & linking a recording; best practices
  • Delivering Bb Assignments & Tests
    Assignment; tests; exceptions for accessibility; rubrics
  • Grading & the Grade Center
    Grading with rubrics & embedded feedback; customizing the grade center
  • Communication Tools
    Announcements; discussions; messages; Video Everywhere
  • Blackboard Collaborate
    Accessing a room vs. scheduling a session; uploading PowerPoint; whiteboard tools; sharing desktop apps; polling;
    inviting external guests; engaging students; recording; Ultra experience
  • Course Management
    Course copy vs. export/import; date management; course tools; course availability; reporting (A4L, item analysis,
    grade history, tracking)

Electives (optional modules)

  • Universal Design for Learning & Student Success (accessibility)
  • Academic Honesty & Plagiarism in the Digital Age (SafeAssign, Respondus LockDown Browser)
  • Competency-based learning (Adaptive Release, upcoming competency-based learning tools)
  • Publisher integration (Cengage, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, WileyPLUS, others)



Participant requirements include the following activities:

  1. Provide Department Chair’s letter of support
  2. Attend the two-day Hybrid Course Design Workshop
  3. Engage/interact with the other ADP participants (e.g, cohort) and specialists within the Blackboard ADP Organization
  4. Complete the Hybrid Milestone/Deliverables Worksheet that maps out the timeline for completing your course redesign
  5. Attend (2) milestone brown bag sessions coordinated by the Instructional Technology team
  6. Complete Instructional Technology Specialist review of redesigned courses against the Quality Matters (QM) rubric
  7. Complete peer faculty content review to ensure content is in alignment with the course description and departmental expectations
  8. Present (10 minutes) a design concept that you adopted during the ADP process at the closing milestone meeting
  9. Offer the designated hybrid course
  10. Complete an evaluation of the ADP process

Deliverable Presentations

As part of the requirements for one-time ADP course redesign funding support, each faculty member is required to present a design concept that he/she adopted during the ADP process as part of their course redesign (5-10 minutes). All presentations will follow the outline below:

  1. Identify the problem addressed by your design concept
  2. Describe the solution implemented to address the problem
  3. Present the results of the both the peer and instructional technology specialist reviews
  4. Describe your next steps
  5. Q & A

A review panel of faculty who have taught a summer or winter ADP course twice will hear the presentation, which is open to the campus and may be videotaped.

Even if you are not requesting financial support through the ADP, these open sessions are a great way to hear how others address issues and opportunities that emerge from redesigning a course for hybrid delivery. If you are thinking about teaching a hybrid course in the future or requesting ADP funds, these sessions will help you reflect on solving a current pedagogical problem or creating a new learning opportunity for students.



Participant requirements include the following activities:

  1. Provide Department Chair’s letter of support
  2. Attend the Kick-Off/Information Session
  3. Complete the Quality Matters Instructor Worksheet
  4. Complete a Self Review of the designated course
  5. Redesign course based on the results of the Self Review
  6. Complete Instructional Technology Specialist review of redesigned courses against the Quality Matters (QM) rubric
  7. Offer the redesigned course
  8. Complete an evaluation of the ADP process