Distance Education
Faculty Resources

 Online Teaching with Blackboard

El Paso Community College uses the Blackboard course management software to teach online courses. The Distance Education department provides training and support to prepare faculty to use Blackboard. Once training is completed Faculty and students have access to a 24/7 EPCC Blackboard Helpdesk for support.


The Distance Education staff uses EPCC email to communicate with faculty. Remember to check your EPCC email regularly using Outlook or Outlook Web Access.  


Launch Blackboard
Blackboard On Demand Tutorial
Blackboard Login Instructions
Browser Compatibility Chart

 Blackboard Certification

EPCC Faculty are required to complete an online certification course to teach with Blackboard. On campus training events are optional and are announced in the Campus Announcements section in Blackboard. You will receive a Certificate of Completion, and your course completion will be recorded in the EPCC Training Repository for you to use in Tenure Packets and to further your career goals.


To enroll in the online training course, fill out the online form, and click the "Submit by Email" button in the upper right corner of the form. The Distance Education office will email to confirm enrollment, and contact you to schedule an orientation to get you started.

Online Teaching Training Request Form (PDF)


EPCC Blackboard Certified Faculty (PDF)

 Course Development

The Distance Education office, and the Virtual College of Texas have licensed and made several software programs freely available to assist faculty prepare online content for use in Blackboard and to help teach online. Contact the Distance Education office for how and where to receive training and get started using the software listed in the link below for online course development and online teaching.


Faculty Software Programs and Tools


SACS Course Development Guidelines (PDF) - Principles of Good Practice for Electronic Delivery of Courses and Programs

 Blackboard Requests

Transferring Blackboard Course Content

Click here to learn how to move Blackboard course content from a development, practice, or previously taught course into a new semester course.

Request Blackboard for on Campus Classes

Blackboard Certified EPCC faculty can email a request to their Dean's office asking to have Blackboard added to on campus classes. After the Dean's approval a Schedule Revision Form is processed by the Registrar's office and Blackboard will be available to faculty and students.

Blackboard Course Development Shell

Blackboard Certified EPCC faculty can email a request to the DE office and request Blackboard Course Development Shell. Shells are set up for individual courses not sections. A development shell is not accessible to students and provides a place for faculty to work privately with online course content.

Publisher Content for Blackboard

Many textbook publishers provide course materials that can be used with Blackboard. Inform textbook publishers that EPCC uses Blackboard Learn 9.1. You are welcome to have your publisher’s representative contact the DE office for Blackboard information.