As you journey through Kent State University’s online Master of Public Administration or Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, you’ll find your roadmap to success in the innovative Blackboard learning management system (LMS). This user-friendly digital platform features intuitive, easy-to-use navigation and structure, and it elevates your online experience with multimedia tools, interactive features and opportunities for real-time feedback.
By navigating Blackboard from course to course—and taking full advantage of its many features—you will quickly unlock the vast benefits of our online learning management system, including schedule flexibility, pacing to match your learning style, content on demand, and real-time engagement with faculty and peers. Throughout our online public administration and nonprofit management programs, Blackboard will give you direct access to course syllabi and schedules, individual course outlines, weekly assignments, discussion forums, and more. Whether you’re studying at home, on the road or from your favorite coffee shop, everything you need to complete your online graduate degree will be at your fingertips.
Each of your courses is structured around its own homepage, where you can find information about your instructor, a course overview, the syllabus and schedule, as well as a link to the weekly modules you’ll work through over the length of the term. Also included on this page is a short video overview of everything you’ll need to access during the course and how to find it.
The number of weekly modules you’ll need to complete will vary from course to course, but the elements within each module will remain essentially the same. When you click into a new module, you will be greeted immediately by the Module Learning Objectives and important assignment due dates, and you’ll also find links to the following:
A powerful and effective learning management system like Blackboard Learn can help you stay closely connected to those who share your virtual classroom. At Kent State, we understand the value of collaboration and feedback, and we leverage Blackboard to facilitate numerous opportunities for this kind of engagement throughout the program:
At the end of each module, students are invited to participate in an anonymous survey about that module’s content, including how much time was required for individual lectures and assignments and which were most useful for helping students learn and apply the module objectives. When students take advantage of this opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences, Kent State is better-equipped to enhance the benefits of online learning and improve student outcomes.