News Release

Wilmington University Announces New Service for Online Students

Blackboard Organization is a new virtual community.

Wilmington University has created a new Online Student Association, a Blackboard Organization that will serve as a virtual community for students who are taking online classes.

Students will have a chance to network and interact with other students, faculty and staff from a distance in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the classroom by participating in a variety of online activities. Participants can:

>   Comment on the Discussion Board of the Month and enter to win a $25 Visa Gift Card.

>   Attend a monthly online group meeting, where students can ask questions, express concerns and share ideas. This meeting will be held using Blackboard Collaborate, a webinar tool similar to Skype. 

>   Read about previous students who were selected as "Student of the Block" and learn how to apply and become  one for an upcoming term.

“We are excited to open up the Online Student Association,” said Kelly Clayton, the Online Student Navigator. “It opens a new pathway for our students who are taking classes from a distance to connect with the Wilmington University community.” 

Students currently taking an online course will be enrolled in this new Blackboard Organization automatically. Students not taking online classes may join via self-enrollment. This can be done by logging to Blackboard, clicking on the Organizations tab, then following the "Directions to Self-Enroll in a Public Organization.”

This initiative was driven by the Online Learning and Educational Technology department, in collaboration with the Student Life Department, as a part of the Blackboard Community Engagement project. More information about Blackboard Organizations is available at, or contact Kelly Clayton at 302-356-2454 or by email at

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university committed to providing flexible, career-oriented traditional and online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and offering small class sizes, individualized attention and affordable tuition. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at or visit our web site at

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - New Castle, DE