Here is a video with recommendations on how to create an innovative learning environment for adult learners that increases knowledge development and retention. While the video mainly focuses on the physical classroom, the learning theories such as constructivism and social cognitivism as well as active learning pedagogy can be applied to the online classroom context through the use of discussion boards, wikis, blogs, journals, group projects, peer assessment, and interactive synchronous sessions.
Wanamaker, P. (2012, November 27). Creating an innovative learning environment [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2lYT1ubW80&feature=youtu.be
Here are some job aids on these Blackboard tools discussed above: