Online courses are conducted using Blackboard, a Web-based learning management system designed to allow students and faculty to interact via the Internet. Most online course activities are conducted asynchronously, but some may have a limited number of site-based or synchronous activities.
Teleweb courses are a type of online course that combines online class participation on Blackboard with 13 one-hour video programs by local and national experts. Students access the videos through Idaho Public Television, a DVD course set, or streaming video access from the Intelecom Student Store.
Telecourse classes blend home viewing of nationally pre-produced educational program broadcasts in 13 one-hour segments on Idaho Public Television with either 6 required in-person class meetings or 13 required labs. Video broadcast times are set by Idaho Public Television, and the schedule is given to instructor prior to the beginning of the semester. Students can watch the free broadcasts or purchase a DVD set of the videos. Instructors have the option to insert video segments into a Blackboard course site.
Instructors who are interested in the Telecourse format need to contact Kelley Brandt (208) 426-5962 in order to properly address all set-up issues and confirm availability of the appropriate classroom.
Videoconferencing classes provide synchronous instruction through video broadcasting technology. The instructor’s lecture at one location is viewed in real time by students at another location. Students at the remote site can ask questions of the instructor during the lecture through the two-way audio and video system.
Instructors are encouraged to provide course information such as a syllabus, schedule, and assignments on a Blackboard online course site or webpage. Classroom lectures can be recorded and linked on Blackboard for student review. Site coordinators assist with information distribution and in-person exam proctoring.
Instructors who are interested in using videoconferencing technology to broadcast a Boise State class to other locations or receive a broadcast from another institution need to contact Kelley Brandt (208) 426-5962 in order to properly address all set-up issues and confirm availability of the appropriate classroom.