1. Use the Student Preview tool to see your Blackboard course from a student’s perspective. Double-check the availability of your items, Assignments, and Tests.

2. Use clean, simple design with clear contrast when creating materials. Avoid watermarks and extra graphics and decorations. Less clutter = more accessible and more elegant. Use high-contrast colors like black text on white backgrounds. Avoid red and green because of colorblindness issues with these hues.

3. Semester conversion tip: In your semester course, plan opportunities for students to deliberately recall what they have learned. “Brain dumps” (take 5 minutes and write everything you remember from last class or last week), low-stakes closed book quizzes, and cumulative questions are all easy to include and have been shown to increase learning substantially.