Blackboard CourseSites – Free, Hosted, and Supported Courses

Just announced today [press release], Blackboard is now offering a free, hosted, and supported version of their latest version 9.1 release.

To create an account for yourself, visit:

Here are a few highlights and details:

  • Free
  • Hosted
  • Support for Faculty and Students – The hours of support are: Monday – Friday 8AM to 8PM EST and Saturday – Sunday 9AM to 5PM EST with tickets, knowledgebase, live chat, and phone.
  • 500 MB of storage per course
  • OpenID – Create a CourseSites account with your existing Facebook, Twitter, WindowsLive, Yahoo, or Google account.
  • 5 available courses at a time per instructor
  • No student enrollment limit

Here are a few of the innovative features included in this new offering:

  • Getting Started Course Wizard (with Templates) – The getting started wizard helps new users while the pre-structured course templates help the instructor get started quickly with course design, menu, and content areas.

  • Course Design Schemes
  • Instructor Home Page (with clean URL and blog)
  • Clean Course URLs
  • Student Invitation Tool
  • Access to SoftChalk, Wimba Pronto (Instant Messaging), Wimba Voice Tools, Elluminate, Respondus

About ekunnen
Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More

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