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Blackboard - Integrating CECH Library Resources into Blackboard: a Guide for Faculty

This guide offers links and instruction for integrating library resources and other research tools into CECH course Blackboard sites.

Best Practices for Librarians Embedding in Blackboard Courses

Best Practices for Embedded Librarians: Integrating into a Blackboard Course

GETTING STARTED

  • Preliminary discussions with the instructor
    • Early is best, pre-term is ideal.
    • Discuss goals of the embedded collaboration.
    • Coordinate well in advance to build custom library instruction content to compliment course outcomes and course assignments.
  • Creating embedded content
    • Repurpose module content from semester to semester if possible.
    • Use Bb Kaltura to save and disseminate ad-hoc video content; use Reseacrh Guides or video-sharing websites to save and disseminate higher-quality content.
    • Consider using open-access resources with permission from the authors (i.e. MERLOT, YouTube, PRIMO.)
    • Keep your virtual library area in the source succinct – don’t remake a library website or a Research Guide.

BEING EMBEDDED

  •  Deliver instruction at students’ point of need.
  • When appropriate, embed content at students’ point of access (such as a weekly course module) instead of within a course content area button.
  • Incentivize students’ completion or use of library instruction modules (i.e. course points, badges.)
  • Use embeddedness to flip your instruction.  After asking students to view passive content, ask them to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
  • Be sensitive to course culture and Blackboard course setup conventions.
  • Subscribe to course Q&A discussion boards or other relevant course forums.
  • Communicate with the instructor prior to making course announcements or sending course emails.
  • Use naming conventions for modules, attachments, or other files.
  • Follow the QualityMatters Rubric.  

ASSESSMENT

  •  Use statistics tracking in Blackboard to determine library content usage.
  • Edit your embedded modules each semester based on student and instructor feedback.
  • Keep track of questions you receive over the course of a semester, noting areas for improvement.
  • Survey instructors and students each semester to assess how the embedded service can be improved. 
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