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Beyond workshops


The Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) is offering UIC instructors free registration to this series.

Blackboard learning management system

Would you like to expand your digital teaching toolkit while building your Blackboard skills? The Blackboard Digital Teaching and Learning Series (DTLS) offers instructors a comprehensive curriculum on integrating digital technologies into every aspect of the teaching and learning experience. The series consists of three courses:

Course A: Fundamentals of Digital Teaching and Learning

Course B: Designing for Digital Teaching and Learning

Course C: Excellence in Digital Teaching and Learning


The Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) is offering UIC instructors free registration to this series.

The next Blackboard DTLS session begins June 7th and future sessions will be available throughout 2023:





Each of the three courses is 8 week in length and consists of approximately 4 hours of work each week. In each of the courses participants:

  • Take part in weekly discussions
  • Take part in a one-hour biweekly webinar
  • Submit two assignments
  • Submit a capstone project
  • Complete weekly quizzes

The capstone project is based on the participants’ own practice. For Course A the capstone project is a planning document about their online courses, for Course B it is a series of resources built in a sandbox course, and for Course C the capstone project is the review of an online course and improvement plan.

Instructors who participate can improve their Blackboard courses and submit them for recognition by Blackboard as exemplary courses. The Blackboard Exemplary Course Award program recognizes excellence in course design demonstrated by faculty and designers. The core of the Exemplary Course program is the Exemplary Course Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high-quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support. The Rubric is offered under a Creative Commons license, and is available  for reuse and remixing when working toward creating quality course design. Educators and learners benefit from well-designed courses that take endless hours to perfect. Participation in this Blackboard Award program is free and gives recognition to those who dedicate the time to reach these high standards.


If you are interested in improving your course(s), taking part in the Blackboard Digital Teaching and Learning Series may be the way to do it. To register, please complete this Google form: Blackboard DTLS Registration.

If your department has 20 or faculty interested in registering, private DTLS courses can be set up. Please email and we can discuss your options.