Silberman has embraced the use of educational technology to supplement your courses. You’ll find that many of your professors are using Blackboard, the course management system, to post the course syllabus, course materials, and announcements.
Please review this SSSW Student’s Guide to Blackboard to become familiar with the features of Blackboard.
As a student here, you can anticipate that some of your courses will have an online component. There are many advantages to taking a course with an online component. First, you have more flexibility with your time. For example, you can listen to lectures on your lunch break or before you go to bed. Another advantage is that is cuts down on your commuting. You don’t have to come to Silberman for every class. Finally, you will be improving your technology skills as you get more adept using the tools in Blackboard. Many of these skills can be applied outside of Blackboard as well.
Silberman offers two online course formats:
Hybrid – In this format, you will meet weekly in the classroom for two hours. However, your third hour of class will be completed online in Blackboard.
Super-Hybrid – In this format, you will meet in the classroom three times during the semester: the first class, a class at the midpoint, and the last class. In between these in-person sessions you will log into Blackboard, at your convenience, to access weekly content and interact with your classmates and professor virtually.
You can expect to do one or more of the following in Blackboard for the online component:
- Email your professor or classmates.
- Listen to or watch the lecture.
- Listen to podcasts or watch videos.
- Access your syllabus and readings.
- Submit assignments.
- Participate in the online discussions.
- Work on group projects/wikis.
- Write reflections in the blog or journal.
- Take quizzes.
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I, II, & III are offered in the super-hybrid format.
Technical Requirements: To participate in a hybrid course, you will need access to a computer with reliable high-speed internet access and connection. Your computer should be no more than five years old (to ensure that you have enough memory, at 4GB) and your high-speed connection should be fast. More memory and a faster connection will lead to a better online learning experience.
Need a laptop? You can borrow a laptop from the AV Team in 3-hour blocks. They are located just inside, and to the right, in the Social Work and Public Health Library.