Roadmap to Teaching Innovation is an online self-paced course program, open to all Hostos faculty and staff, that is a guide for those interested in having an online presence in their teaching and bringing instruction to the online environment. Roadmap can be considered a course, a certification program and a resource for online pedagogy. Its open structure of units covering basic and advanced topics in online teaching and Blackboard allows users to manage the program in ways that fit their own online goals. They may use it as a source of how-to tutorials on tools and features of Blackboard and other technologies that they wish to introduce into their coursework; they may treat it as a course, following the units sequentially to gain expert skills, or they can take the full course with the certifications, passing the course certifying exams, and therefore demonstrating that they are highly prepared to take teaching online in hybrid and fully online asynchronous courses.

The Roadmap is divided into three sections, “The Basics”, “Taking It Further” and “Going the Distance.” The Basics essentially corresponds to topics covered in EdTech Blackboard workshops while the other sections get into more advanced features and practices. Each section is divided into units which include content on particular topics, and a quiz. You can take a quiz as many times as you wish. At the end of each section there is a section test. There are three tests in the course, “The Basics Test”, the “Taking It Further Test”, and the “Final Exam.” The first two earn you certificates for each of their sections, while the third will earn you the course certificate. Completing each section also earns you an EdTech Innovation Chase Roadmap badge, and points towards awards, prizes and recognition at the Celebration of Innovation held each semester. While the unit quizzes are optional and meant for practice, the section tests are required for certification. You must take the section tests in order and you must earn 100% in each to make the next one available. All tests have no time limits on them and can be taken an unlimited number of times, so if you don’t score 100% the first time, you are welcome to try again.


All current faculty are already enrolled in the Roadmap course as Students, and should look for Roadmap to Teaching Innovation in the Blackboard “My Courses” module. If you need help with the course or have any questions about it then don’t hesitate to contact EdTech.  For those interested in teaching a hybrid or an asynchronous course with modest online experience, this course will be especially valuable, and for them earning the certificates of completion for all the sections may be among the best options.

Roadmap to Teaching Innovation is a self-paced online course in Blackboard that covers the important basic and advanced features of Blackboard.  Current full-time and adjunct faculty are enrolled in the course and are free to navigate throughout the course and look up specific Blackboard topics.
To go directly to the Roadmap course, click on the following link (be prepared to log into Blackboard): Roadmap to Teaching Innovation.
If you are a new faculty member and cannot access the course or do not see it in your My Courses module, click on the following link to enroll: Roadmap to Teaching Innovation Self-Enrollment.
Once enrollment is submitted, you can continue on to the course.


A tour through the most essential tools of Blackboard. All you need to manage the online assets of a course, whether you just plan to only have a web presence or teach a fully online asynchronous course.

Roadmap to Teaching Innovation Basics Badge

Bronze Badge

Unit 1: Getting Started
Unit 2: Getting to Know Your Blackboard Course
Unit 3: Begin Building Your Course
Unit 4: The Discussion Board
Unit 5: Assignments, SafeAssignments and Turnitin
Unit 6: Online Tests in Blackboard
Unit 7: Blogs, Journals and Wikis
Unit 8: The Grade Center
Unit 9: Copy, Exporting, Archiving and Importing Courses


Taking It Further is about tools and techniques that bring more in-depth management to course assets and greater levels of collaboration, and introduces innovative online streaming media.

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Silver Badge

Unit 1: Grade Center Part 2
Unit 2: Rubrics
Unit 3: Introduction to Video Streaming
Unit 4: Groups
Unit 5: Evaluation and Notification
Unit 6: Content Collection



After completing this level you will be familiar with virtually every tool and feature that will help you manage a collaborative learning environment online with innovative tools, practices and course structure.

Roadmap to Teaching Innovation Going the Distance badge

Gold Badge

Unit 1: Self and Peer Assessment
Unit 2: Collaborative Learning Live
Unit 3: Adaptive Release and Achievements
Unit 4: Building Blocks and LTIs
Unit 5: – Online Tools Outside of Blackboard

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