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October 1 - 31, 2015

Blackboard/Instructional Technology

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CCSU - Bb Learn Grade Center Workshop

Harness the power of the Bb Learn Grade Center.  Learn how to post and grade online assignments, manage your Grade Center and configure a final grade.  

* Please note this session is only for CCSU employees at this time.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Cancelled) Create Test, Surveys, & Pools

Pre-requisites: Blackboard Learn: Getting Started or comparable experience

This session will focus on strategies that will help instructors to plan and deliver online tests using Blackboards Tests, Surveys, and Pools tool, and to effectively integrate them into their course design.

  • Creating and deploying tests in your Blackboard course.
  • Effectively integrating Tests into your course design.
  • Grading and managing Tests in the Grade Center
  • Working with Pools
  • Working with Random Blocks and Question Sets
  • Overview of how publisher test banks work, what information instructors will need if they wish to use publisher test banks, and what options they have.

If you have any questions, please email the College Contact listed for the section(s) you are interested in.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mastering Grade Center

Pre-requisites:   "Getting Started with Blackboard Learn" or comparable experience 

This session will focus on strategies that will help instructors effectively manage student grades.

Topics will include:

  • Managing and organizing Grade Center
  • Re-order columns (in Grade Center and MyGrades)
  • Hide and sort students (rows) in Grade Center
  • Hide columns in Grade Center and in My Grades
  • Create various types of columns (including Totals and Weighted columns)
  • Grade manually created columns
  • Add grading Rubrics to columns
  • Create and use customized categories for grading
  • Use Smart Views

Friday, October 02, 2015

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Create & Grade Assignments

Pre-requisites:  "Getting Started with Blackboard Learn" or comparable experience

This session will focus on best practices and practical strategies for incorporating assignments into your online course environment, formatting assignments to help make your instructions and instructor�s expectations more easily understandable to students, and design strategies that can help instructors minimize changes to assignments from one term to another. Topics and tools to be explored include:

  • Creating and delivering assignments in your course shell
  • Creating Rubrics for assignments
  • Grading assignments in Grade Center
  • Assignments and Notifications: Using Blackboard�s built-in tools to identify students at risk

If you have any questions, please email the College Contact listed for the section(s) you are interested in.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Individualized Blackboard Course Design and Technology Training Lab

Pre-requisites:  Some basic experience with Blackboard navigation and tasks (such as uploading a syllabus or PowerPoints), or previous attendance at an introductory training session or webinar in Blackboard.

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with an instructional technologist, you can:

- Ask specific questions about the Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.

- Learn about other types of technologies, online resources (such as Open Educational Resources or OER), and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.

- Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

- Consider new ideas for designing and delivering both individual and collaborative assessments and activities, using various tools (assignments, SafeAssign, tests, wikis, rubrics, Office 365's collaboration options, etc.)

Each session listed is limited to a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.
These hands-on sessions are open to any community college faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., a classroom-based course that uses Blackboard to supplement in-class activities, as well as hybrid or fully online courses).

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Individualized Blackboard Course Design and Technology Training Lab

Pre-requisites:  Some basic experience with Blackboard navigation and tasks (such as uploading a syllabus or PowerPoints), or previous attendance at an introductory training session or webinar in Blackboard.

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with an instructional technologist, you can:

- Ask specific questions about the Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.

- Learn about other types of technologies, online resources (such as Open Educational Resources or OER), and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.

- Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

- Consider new ideas for designing and delivering both individual and collaborative assessments and activities, using various tools (assignments, SafeAssign, tests, wikis, rubrics, Office 365's collaboration options, etc.)

Each session listed is limited to a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.
These hands-on sessions are open to any community college faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., a classroom-based course that uses Blackboard to supplement in-class activities, as well as hybrid or fully online courses).

Monday, October 05, 2015

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CCSU - Bb Learn Grade Center Workshop

Harness the power of the Bb Learn Grade Center.  Learn how to post and grade online assignments, manage your Grade Center and configure a mid-term and final grade.  

* Please note this session is only for CCSU employees at this time.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Cancelled) Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Blackboard Learn_Master the Grade Center

This session will focus on strategies that will help instructors effectively manage student grades. Topics will include:

  • Managing and organizing Grade Center:
    • Re-order columns (in Grade Center and MyGrades)
    • Hide and sort students (rows) in Grade Center
    • Hide columns in Grade Center and in My Grades
  • Create various types of columns (including Totals and Weighted columns)
  • Grade manually created columns
  • Add grading Rubrics to columns
  • Create and use customized categories for grading
  • Use Smart Views

Thursday, October 08, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Bb Learn Grade Center Workshop

Harness the power of the Bb Learn Grade Center.  Learn how to post and grade online assignments, manage your Grade Center and configure a mid-term and final grade.  

* Please note this session is only for CCSU employees at this time.

Friday, October 09, 2015

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Individualized Blackboard Course Design and Technology Training Lab

Pre-requisites:  Some basic experience with Blackboard navigation and tasks (such as uploading a syllabus or PowerPoints), or previous attendance at an introductory training session or webinar in Blackboard.

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with an instructional technologist, you can:

- Ask specific questions about the Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.

- Learn about other types of technologies, online resources (such as Open Educational Resources or OER), and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.

- Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

- Consider new ideas for designing and delivering both individual and collaborative assessments and activities, using various tools (assignments, SafeAssign, tests, wikis, rubrics, Office 365's collaboration options, etc.)

Each session listed is limited to a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.
These hands-on sessions are open to any community college faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., a classroom-based course that uses Blackboard to supplement in-class activities, as well as hybrid or fully online courses).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Bb Learn Grade Center Workshop

Harness the power of the Bb Learn Grade Center.  Learn how to post and grade online assignments, manage your Grade Center and configure a mid-term and final grade.  

* Please note this session is only for CCSU employees at this time.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

Friday, October 16, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Bb Learn Grade Center Workshop

Harness the power of the Bb Learn Grade Center.  Learn how to post and grade online assignments, manage your Grade Center and configure a mid-term and final grade.  

* Please note this session is only for CCSU employees at this time.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to Weighted Columns in the Grade Center

Have you been thinking about posting student grades in Blackboard, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Or you’re considering using the Weighted Column to calculate a Final Grade, but you’re not sure how to get started? Let us simplify it for you and explain the nuances.   

We’ll talk about the columns you’ll see in the Grade Center, what kinds of columns you can create manually, and what kinds of columns are created automatically (when you use various Blackboard tools).  

Most importantly, we’ll show you how to edit two important columns that are already provided for you (the Weighted Column and the Totals Column). But we’ll also talk about the things you’ll need to consider and set-up before using the Weighted Column. Looking forward to seeing you there!

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ndividualized Blackboard Course Design and Technology Training Lab
Prerequisites:  Some basic experience with Blackboard navigation and tasks (such as uploading a syllabus or PowerPoints), or previous attendance at an introductory training session or webinar in Blackboard.

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with an instructional technologist, you can:

    - Ask specific questions about the Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.

    - Learn about other types of technologies, online resources (such as Open Educational Resources or OER), and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.

    - Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

    - Consider new ideas for designing and delivering both individual and collaborative assessments and activities, using various tools (assignments, SafeAssign, tests, wikis, rubrics, Office 365's collaboration options, etc.)

Each session listed is limited to a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.
These hands-on sessions are open to any community college faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., a classroom-based course that uses Blackboard to supplement in-class activities, as well as hybrid or fully online courses).

Monday, October 19, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Cancelled) Introduction to Weighted Columns in the Grade Center

Have you been thinking about posting student grades in Blackboard, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Or you’re considering using the Weighted Column to calculate a Final Grade, but you’re not sure how to get started? Let us simplify it for you and explain the nuances.   

We’ll talk about the columns you’ll see in the Grade Center, what kinds of columns you can create manually, and what kinds of columns are created automatically (when you use various Blackboard tools).  

Most importantly, we’ll show you how to edit two important columns that are already provided for you (the Weighted Column and the Totals Column). But we’ll also talk about the things you’ll need to consider and set-up before using the Weighted Column. Looking forward to seeing you there!

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Set Up the Grade Book for On-Campus

Wouldn’t it be easier at the end of the semester to input your final exam scores and that blackboard compute the overall final grade for each of your students? Even if you are not teaching a distance learning course, the Grade Center tools are a tremendous help to both you and your students. You will create grade center columns; organize the columns for faster grading; use the settings for totaling, averaging, dropping lowest grades, and showing letter grades; and high grades from students that are not finalized. 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Upload Media with Kaltura

Pre-requisites:   Prior training or experience working with Blackboard Learn.

Kaltura solves many problems and provide several opportunities associated with using videos in your course. Kaltura is a streaming service that plugs into blackboard to allow you to upload various kinds of videos to your course in blackboard. The service can take recordings from video cameras, phones, tablets, and laptops. It can also produce recordings of screens and webcams. The recordings can be used in multiple courses.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Set Up the Grade Book for On-Campus

Wouldn’t it be easier at the end of the semester to input your final exam scores and that blackboard compute the overall final grade for each of your students? Even if you are not teaching a distance learning course, the Grade Center tools are a tremendous help to both you and your students. You will create grade center columns; organize the columns for faster grading; use the settings for totaling, averaging, dropping lowest grades, and showing letter grades; and high grades from students that are not finalized. 

Note: Although all CSCU employees are welcome to attend, this webinar is designed for the faculty of Three Rivers Community College. It will use a Three Rivers template for demonstration purposes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Using the Assignments tool in Blackboard Learn

Have your students been submitting their assignments to you as attachments to an email message or a course message in Blackboard?  Do you find it cumbersome to download each file to your computer, type your comments, resave the files, and then send them back as attachments?

Would it be helpful to you to be able to view the assignments, correct them, make comments, and grade them online in Blackboard (and then have your students see their graded assignments immediately)? 

The assignment grading options can be set to offer your students multiple attempts and utilize the highest grade, last graded attempt, or the average of all their attempts!

For the students, submitting an ‘assignment’ is as easy as attaching a file to an email or course message!

Want to learn more about it?  Come join us!

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Course Design Lab / Kaltura
This training session will review best practices for effective course design in the Blackboard learning environment. Additionally, the process of copying exiting courses into future course shells will be reviewed.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Cancelled) Upload Media to Kaltura

re-requisites:   At least some prior training or experience working with Blackboard Learn.

With the rapid increase in the use of media in higher education, instructors need user-friendly tools that enable them to incorporate video into their Blackboard courses.

This workshop introduces faculty in the ConnSCU system to the Kaltura streaming media system, and includes information about the options available for uploading, managing, and sharing media files (video, audio) with students.

Once media files have been uploaded and made available through Blackboard, students and faculty can access as easily and intuitively as they would other types of content within a course. The Kaltura Building Block also includes support for mobile playback, and (optionally) enables faculty to allow students to upload media, as well.

If you have any questions, please email the contact person listed for this session.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Cancelled) Using the Calendar in Blackboard
The Calendar tool in Blackboard offers instructors a way to visually display and manage important events in a course and provides students the ability to view information by month, week, or day. If supported, users can navigate to the associated activities directly from the Calendar. You can access the Calendar tool from the My Institution page or from within a course and display all of the events for the courses you are enrolled in (or display only those events for the courses you want to see). Each calendar and their associated events are color-coded. A Personal calendar is also available for use. Institution and Organization calendars may be available, if supported by your institution. When instructors create activities with due dates (using various Blackboard tools such as Assignments, Test, and Discussions) events are automatically created in the Calendar and students can navigate to those activities from the calendar events. Instructors can also grade activities from the calendar events or edit them. When an instructor drags an event to a new date on the calendar, the due date in the activity is automatically changed as well. Come see how easy it is to use!
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Create and Grade Assignments

Prerequisites:  Blackboard Learn: Transitioning from Bb Vista to Bb Learn session or Blackboard Learn: Getting Started

This session will focus on best practices and practical strategies for incorporating assignments into your online course environment, formatting assignments to help make your instructions and instructor’s expectations more easily understandable to students, and design strategies that can help instructors minimize changes to assignments from one term to another. Topics and tools to be explored include:

  • Creating and delivering assignments in your course shell
  • Creating Rubrics for assignments
  • Grading assignments in Grade Center
  • Assignments and Notifications: Using Blackboard’s built-in tools to identify students at risk
If you have any questions, please email the College Contact listed for the section(s) you are interested in.

Friday, October 23, 2015

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Cancelled) Interacting w/Discussions, Blogs, & Journals

Pre-requisites: "Getting Started with Blackboard Learn" or comparable experience

This session will focus on practical strategies that will help faculty build a sense of community and trust in their courses, set clear grading policies and expectations related to communications and interactions, address the use of Rubrics in grading, and include discussions on various techniques that will encourage participation, interaction, and peer support. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Create and manage discussion forums using the Discussion Board.
  • Creating and using effective Rubrics for Discussions, Blogs, and Journals.
  • Use the Journals tool for individual reflection and individualized feedback.
  • Create course and/or individual student Blogs

If you have any questions, please email the College Contact listed for the section(s) you are interested in.

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Blackboard Learn: Getting Started with Blackboard
This session will provide instructors with a solid introduction to the Blackboard Learn learning management system, which provides a standardized interface and a set of online educational tools that can help facilitate learning, communication and collaboration in on-ground, hybrid, and fully-online classes offered in our system. In this session, you will learn the basics of designing and uploading content into a Blackboard course shell. Everything discussed in this session is grounded in best practices of online course design and delivery. Designing your online materials and interactions in ways that enhances and streamlines course navigation, content organization, communication strategies, and classroom management can cut down on questions from students and enhance their learning. This session includes: •An introduction to the Blackboard interface •Using the global navigation panel and settings •Selecting the course entry point •Course Menu modification and customization options •Uploading a Syllabus •Adding and organizing course content •Introduction to the Content Collection •Introduction to the Email and Messages tools Note: For each class section listed, the length of the class, the curriculum, and degree of interactivity may vary depending upon location, delivery mode, and instructor. If you have any questions, please email the Contact person listed for the section(s) you are interested in.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Blackboard Learn - Course Design Lab / Kaltura
This training session will review best practices for effective course design in the Blackboard learning environment. Additionally, the process of copying exiting courses into future course shells will be reviewed.

Monday, October 26, 2015

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses). Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Getting Started with Bb Learn
Prerequisites:  No prior experience with any version of Blackboard is required. Prior knowledge of essential PC navigation skills and knowledge is recommended (such as knowing how to select/copy/paste text from one doc to another, format text in a word processor, do basic searches and navigation of files and folders on your own PC and on the Internet, etc.)
ONLY for HCC Faculty

This session will provide instructors with a solid introduction to the Blackboard Learn learning management system, which provides a standardized interface and a set of online educational tools that can help facilitate learning, communication and collaboration in on-ground, hybrid, and fully-online classes offered in our system.

In this session, you will learn the basics of designing and uploading content into a Blackboard course shell. We will review how to create and customize the course menu, upload content files, add links tools (such as Discussions, Messages, etc.) onto the course menu, and explore other features and functions of the system. Everything you do in this session will be grounded in best practices of online course design and delivery, which help you design your own courses in Blackboard right from the start in ways that will enhance and streamline your course navigation and content organization, communication strategies, and classroom management. This session includes:

  • Course Menu modification and customization options
  • Uploading a Syllabus
  • Create and organize your course with Content Areas, Folders, Learning Modules
  • Work with Content Collection to upload and organize files (PDFs, PowerPoints, etc.) that you wish to include in your course
  • Introduction to the Email and Messages tools
  • Add an (ungraded) “Course Questions” Discussion Forum

Note: For each class section listed, the length of the class, the curriculum, and degree of interactivity may vary depending upon location, delivery mode, and instructor. If you have any questions, please email the Contact person listed for the section(s) you are interested in

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Introduction to Weighted Columns in the Grade Center

Have you been thinking about posting student grades in Blackboard, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Or you’re considering using the Weighted Column to calculate a Final Grade, but you’re not sure how to get started? Let us simplify it for you and explain the nuances.   

We’ll talk about the columns you’ll see in the Grade Center, what kinds of columns you can create manually, and what kinds of columns are created automatically (when you use various Blackboard tools).  

Most importantly, we’ll show you how to edit two important columns that are already provided for you (the Weighted Column and the Totals Column). But we’ll also talk about the things you’ll need to consider and set-up before using the Weighted Column. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - BB Learn Weatherproofing Your Course

Bb Learn Weather Proofing Your Course

Do the thought of weather related delays or cancellations cause you stress?  Bb Learn can be used to weather proof your course by posting lectures, creating assignments or having a discussion. 

Come to this session to learn how accomplish these tasks so you can take advantage of the snow days!
 
*Please note these sessions are only for CCSU employees at this time.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Blackboard Learn_Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism with SafeAssign and DirectSubmit

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Blackboard. Only for HCC faculty

Learn how to detect possible plagiarism with SafeAssign and DirectSubmit, a software tool included in Blackboard Learn, and how to encourage academic honesty in your courses.

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Getting Started
Prerequisites:  No prior experience with any version of Blackboard is required. Prior knowledge of essential PC navigation skills and knowledge is recommended (such as knowing how to select/copy/paste text from one doc to another, format text in a word processor, do basic searches and navigation of files and folders on your own PC and on the Internet, etc.)

This session will provide instructors with a solid introduction to the Blackboard Learn learning management system, which provides a standardized interface and a set of online educational tools that can help facilitate learning, communication and collaboration in on-ground, hybrid, and fully-online classes offered in our system.

In this session, you will learn the basics of designing and uploading content into a Blackboard course shell. We will review how to create and customize the course menu, upload content files, add links tools (such as Discussions, Messages, etc.) onto the course menu, and explore other features and functions of the system.
Everything you do in this session will be grounded in best practices of online course design and delivery, which help you design your own courses in Blackboard right from the start in ways that will enhance and streamline your course navigation and content organization, communication strategies, and classroom management. This session includes:
  • Course Menu modification and customization options
  • Uploading a Syllabus
  • Create and organize your course with Content Areas, Folders, Learning Modules
  • Work with Content Collection to upload and organize files (PDFs, PowerPoints, etc.) that you wish to include in your course
  • Introduction to the Email and Messages tools
  • Add an (ungraded) “Course Questions” Discussion Forum
 Note: For each class section listed, the length of the class, the curriculum, and degree of interactivity may vary depending upon location, delivery mode, and instructor. If you have any questions, please email the Contact person listed for the section(s) you are interested in.
 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Individualized Blackboard and Technology Training Lab

(Pre-requisites: None)

Bring your own course materials, thoughts, ideas, and questions to these sessions, and you’ll get individualized assistance that will help you learn how to effectively use Blackboard and other kinds of technology, and understand better how these tools can help enhance the teaching and learning in your courses. These hands-on sessions are open to any faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) for any type of class (i.e., to "web-enhance" a classroom-based course, or to work on hybrid or fully online courses).
Working with one of the distance learning staff at your college, you can:

  • Ask specific questions about the specific Blackboard tools you’re interested in, and learn how best to integrate their use into your own course.
  • Learn about other types of technologies and strategies that can enhance your instructional content and activities, to help keep your students engaged and elicit more active learning in your courses.
  • Explore course redesign options that can help simplify everyday course management tasks, such as grading, tracking student participation, communicating with students, encouraging interaction among students, etc.

Each session listed is limited to one, or a very limited number, of registrants, so you will get one-on-one instruction and feedback that is specifically relevant to your current level of experience and interests.

 

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Master the Grade Center

Prerequisites: Blackboard Learn: Transitioning from Bb Vista to Bb Learn session or Blackboard Learn: Getting Started

This session will focus on strategies that will help instructors effectively manage student grades. Topics will include:

  • Managing and organizing Grade Center:
    • Re-order columns (in Grade Center and MyGrades)
    • Hide and sort students (rows) in Grade Center
    • Hide columns in Grade Center and in My Grades
  • Create various types of columns (including Totals and Weighted columns)
  • Grade manually created columns
  • Add grading Rubrics to columns
  • Create and use customized categories for grading

If you have any questions, please email the College Contact listed for the section(s) you are interested in.

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Blackboard Learn_Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism with SafeAssign and DirectSubmit

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Blackboard. Only for HCC faculty

Learn how to detect possible plagiarism with SafeAssign and DirectSubmit, a software tool included in Blackboard Learn, and how to encourage academic honesty in your courses.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Using the Assignments tool in Blackboard Learn

Have your students been submitting their assignments to you as attachments to an email message or a course message in Blackboard?  Do you find it cumbersome to download each file to your computer, type your comments, resave the files, and then send them back as attachments?

Would it be helpful to you to be able to view the assignments, correct them, make comments, and grade them online in Blackboard (and then have your students see their graded assignments immediately)? 

The assignment grading options can be set to offer your students multiple attempts and utilize the highest grade, last graded attempt, or the average of all their attempts!

For the students, submitting an ‘assignment’ is as easy as attaching a file to an email or course message!

Want to learn more about it?  Come join us!

Friday, October 30, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Blackboard Learn - Getting Started with Bb Learn
Prerequisites:  No prior experience with any version of Blackboard is required. Prior knowledge of essential PC navigation skills and knowledge is recommended (such as knowing how to select/copy/paste text from one doc to another, format text in a word processor, do basic searches and navigation of files and folders on your own PC and on the Internet, etc.)
ONLY for HCC Faculty

This session will provide instructors with a solid introduction to the Blackboard Learn learning management system, which provides a standardized interface and a set of online educational tools that can help facilitate learning, communication and collaboration in on-ground, hybrid, and fully-online classes offered in our system.

In this session, you will learn the basics of designing and uploading content into a Blackboard course shell. We will review how to create and customize the course menu, upload content files, add links tools (such as Discussions, Messages, etc.) onto the course menu, and explore other features and functions of the system. Everything you do in this session will be grounded in best practices of online course design and delivery, which help you design your own courses in Blackboard right from the start in ways that will enhance and streamline your course navigation and content organization, communication strategies, and classroom management. This session includes:

  • Course Menu modification and customization options
  • Uploading a Syllabus
  • Create and organize your course with Content Areas, Folders, Learning Modules
  • Work with Content Collection to upload and organize files (PDFs, PowerPoints, etc.) that you wish to include in your course
  • Introduction to the Email and Messages tools
  • Add an (ungraded) “Course Questions” Discussion Forum

Note: For each class section listed, the length of the class, the curriculum, and degree of interactivity may vary depending upon location, delivery mode, and instructor. If you have any questions, please email the Contact person listed for the section(s) you are interested in

Desktop/Cloud Applications

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Friday, October 02, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Word 2013 - Intermediate

Microsoft Word 2013 - Intermediate 
In this workshop you will have hands-on training and learn how to use Quick Styles and Themes in Word, and use orientation for all or parts of your document.  You will also learn how to work with images, tables, and create and print labels and use mail merge to create multiple labels and save label files for future use.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Monday, October 05, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Excel 2013 - Basic
Microsoft Excel 2013 - Basic
In this workshop you will have hands-on training and learn how to create a new workbook and create one using a template. You will also learn how to open, save, and close a workbook. You will come to understand “compatibility mode” and how to change your default save location. You will also learn how to preview and print your worksheets, and how to use the “Help” feature.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Excel 2013 - Intermediate

Microsoft Excel 2013 - Intermediate
In this workshop you will have hands-on training and learn how to work with Worksheets (selecting, navigating, renaming, inserting, deleting, and moving), Comments (adding, editing, deleting, display/hide), Views (Normal, Page Break, Layout, and Custom), and Page layouts.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Friday, October 09, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Basic
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Basic
In this workshop you will be introduced to the tools built into Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. You will have hands-on training on creating and opening presentations, slide and text basics, applying themes, and previewing and printing slides, notes, or handouts. You will also learn how to save in “compatibility mode” as well as how to change your default save location.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Intermediate

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Intermediate

In this workshop you will learn how to apply “Backgrounds” in PowerPoint, how to “Crop a picture” to fit a shape, and how to work with Watermarks. You will also learn how to work with handout masters.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Access 2013 - Basic

Microsoft Access 2013 - Basic 
This workshop will provide basic hands-on training on Microsoft Access 2013. Discussions will be held on what Access is used for and understanding database basics. We will review the process of planning a database before building one. The topics to be covered in this basics workshop, include, building and maintaining a database file, adding tables, creating forms, and analyzing data using filters, sorting, and queries.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Monday, October 19, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Outlook 2013 - Basic

Microsoft Outlook 2013 - Basic 
New to Microsoft Outlook 2013? This workshop will cover the basics of Microsoft Outlook 2013. You will have hands-on training on adding and using contacts, work with fonts, hyperlinks, and spell check, recall and replace sent messages, send and open attachments, the ins and outs of BCC, send automatic replies when you're out of the office, use Instant Search to find contacts, use Instant Search to find messages and text, calendar basics, and use Instant Search to find Calendar Items.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Word 2013 - Intermediate

Microsoft Word 2013 - Intermediate

In this workshop you will have hands-on training and learn how to use Quick Styles and Themes in Word, and use orientation for all or parts of your document.  You will also learn how to work with images, tables, and create and print labels and use mail merge to create multiple labels and save label files for future use.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Monday, October 26, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Word 2013 - Basic

Microsoft Word 2013 - Basic

In this workshop you will have hands-on training and learn how to create a new document, create a document using a template, open and close existing documents, save, change your document location, and preview and print your documents.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CCSU - WebEx Essentials

WebEX

Are the potential of weather related delays or cancellations causing you stress
?  No need to cancel class when you can hold it online using WebEX?

Come learn the basics of WebEX, how to establish and run a webinar, and Learn how your student’s connect.

*Please note these sessions are only for CCSU employees at this time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - Microsoft Excel 2013 - Basic

Microsoft Excel 2013 - Basic

In this workshop you will have hands-on training and learn how to create a new workbook and create one using a template. You will also learn how to open, save, and close a workbook. You will come to understand “compatibility mode” and how to change your default save location. You will also learn how to preview and print your worksheets, and how to use the “Help” feature.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

 

Friday, October 30, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CCSU - New to Microsoft Office 2013?

New to Microsoft Office 2013?
Not to worry... 
We have a Microsoft Office 2013 Overview workshop scheduled in the Instructional Design Resource Center (IDTRC), Willard Hall, Room #004, on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:00 am.

Come join us to hear about all the "spooky" new changes you will see.

Please Note, at this time these workshops are limited to CCSU Employees.

Media Applications

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Friday, October 02, 2015

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Camtasia Studio: Create Your First Multimedia Tutorial

Pre-requisites:  None, beyond basic Windows computer skills.

Camtasia Studio is a video screen recording program that enables users to capture screen recordings of Windows desktop activity, then edit and publish them in various video formats. For example:

- With just a headset and microphone you can easily record and narrate any short classroom PowerPoint presentation, demonstration, or lecture, and make it available in your Blackboard Vista class, on a website, or CD.

- Record full-motion video demonstrations or tutorials of any software application or websites, including narration or other audio. Camtasia Studio's easy-to-use editing functions then enable users to combine videos, screen recordings or images into a single video.

- Combined with a tablet PC, Camtasia can even capture the kind of information that you might normally write on a whiteboard during a class.

- Edit your video to incorporate transitions, callouts, and voice-over narration.

- Easily add captions to your videos to make them ADA compliant

In this introductory session, you will learn how to plan and script your multimedia tutorials, the basics of screen recording and editing, and the essentials of production. By the end of this session, learners should be able to create a simple multimedia tutorial that they can upload to Blackboard or to a website.

Friday, October 16, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to SnagIt for Screen Capture and Screen Recording

Pre-requisites: None, other than a general understanding of how to navigate the Internet and download and install a software application such as SnagIt.

The SnagIt application from Techsmith provides an easy, inexpensive way to capture both static screen captures of images, as well as and videos of what you see on your computer screen. 

This session will provide a quick overview of the tools available to create professional-looking screenshot images that you can quickly paste into your Word documents or PowerPoints. 

It will also introduce you to SnagIt's video screen recording and "screencasting" capabilies (using the free website Screencast.com to share your videos). You can then either download the video you recorded and upload it to a website or to Blackboard, etc., OR upload it and share it immediately online from a free account from Screencast.com.

Give your students the information they need, when they need it, by using SnagIt to create short, targeted, re-usable tutorials that your students will love. Create a short introductory "video tour" of your course in just a few minutes, or create a series of tutorials that answer questions that students ask on a regular basis. Provide a tour of research websites or demonstrate how to solve worked examples--the possibilities are endless.

You can even use SnagIt to record your feedback as you grade papers or to provide feedback to students on documents or projects they have submitted.

Webinar

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Thursday, October 01, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Personalized! BbLearn for YOU.
Personalized!  Blackboard Learn for YOU!
Custom one-on-one time to design your class to your needs

Prerequisite:  Faculty who want to use Blackboard Learn and don't know where to start.
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

Need ideas or suggestions?
Have files but don't know how to deploy them?
Let me help.  We will work together to get your course going and released to students.
We will start with an hour and work from there.

Be sure to have your files available to you or a listing of readings, articles, web sites you want to reference.

If this time is not convenient, email me with a alternate time and I will make every effort to accommodate.

Friday, October 02, 2015

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Gradebook in BbLearn

Using the Grade book in Blackboard Learn

Prerequisite:  Faculty who have used Blackboard Learn before and have a familiarity with the tools. 

This webinar includes:
Overview of the Grade book
Customizing the Grade book
    Re-order columns, hide columns, hide students
Creating columns (assessment, totals and weighted)
Creating categories and assigning columns to categories
Manually grading and adding comments in columns
Checking grade history 

 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tests in BbLearn

Creating Assessments in Blackboard Learn

Prerequisite:  Faculty who are using at least the basics of Blackboard Learn
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

This webinar includes:
Creating Tests
- setting properties
- creating questions
- deploying the test
- grading the test
- uploading question sets

Monday, October 05, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Personalized! BbLearn for YOU.
Personalized!  Blackboard Learn for YOU!
Custom one-on-one time to design your class to your needs

Prerequisite:  Faculty who want to use Blackboard Learn and don't know where to start.
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

Need ideas or suggestions?
Have files but don't know how to deploy them?
Let me help.  We will work together to get your course going and released to students.
We will start with an hour and work from there.

Be sure to have your files available to you or a listing of readings, articles, web sites you want to reference.

If this time is not convenient, email me with a alternate time and I will make every effort to accommodate.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM WebEx Instead of Canceled Classes
WebEx Teleconferencing Tool

No more stressing over missed classes!
Prepare for bad weather, canceled classes unexpected events.

Use WebEx to pre-record lectures, hold synchronous classes
or class project sharing.

It's Free for Faculty and Staff and easy to use.



3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Personalized! BbLearn for YOU.
Personalized!  Blackboard Learn for YOU!
Custom one-on-one time to design your class to your needs

Prerequisite:  Faculty who want to use Blackboard Learn and don't know where to start.
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

Need ideas or suggestions?
Have files but don't know how to deploy them?
Let me help.  We will work together to get your course going and released to students.
We will start with an hour and work from there.

Be sure to have your files available to you or a listing of readings, articles, web sites you want to reference.

If this time is not convenient, email me with a alternate time and I will make every effort to accommodate.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Assignments in BbLearn

Creating Assessments in Blackboard Learn

Prerequisite:  Faculty who are using at least the basics of Blackboard Learn
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

This webinar includes:
Creating Assignments
- changing
- deploying
- grading

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Gradebook in BbLearn

Using the Grade book in Blackboard Learn

Prerequisite:  Faculty who have used Blackboard Learn before and have a familiarity with the tools. 

This webinar includes:
Overview of the Grade book
Customizing the Grade book
    Re-order columns, hide columns, hide students
Creating columns (assessment, totals and weighted)
Creating categories and assigning columns to categories
Manually grading and adding comments in columns
Checking grade history 

 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Discussions in BbLearn

Creating Discussions in Blackboard Learn

Prerequisite:  Faculty who are using at least the basics of Blackboard Learn
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

This webinar includes:
Creating Discussions
- forums
- posts
- responses
- grading


Thursday, October 08, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Personalized! BbLearn for YOU.
Personalized!  Blackboard Learn for YOU!
Custom one-on-one time to design your class to your needs

Prerequisite:  Faculty who want to use Blackboard Learn and don't know where to start.
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

Need ideas or suggestions?
Have files but don't know how to deploy them?
Let me help.  We will work together to get your course going and released to students.
We will start with an hour and work from there.

Be sure to have your files available to you or a listing of readings, articles, web sites you want to reference.

If this time is not convenient, email me with a alternate time and I will make every effort to accommodate.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Personalized! BbLearn for YOU.
Personalized!  Blackboard Learn for YOU!
Custom one-on-one time to design your class to your needs

Prerequisite:  Faculty who want to use Blackboard Learn and don't know where to start.
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

Need ideas or suggestions?
Have files but don't know how to deploy them?
Let me help.  We will work together to get your course going and released to students.
We will start with an hour and work from there.

Be sure to have your files available to you or a listing of readings, articles, web sites you want to reference.

If this time is not convenient, email me with a alternate time and I will make every effort to accommodate.

Friday, October 09, 2015

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Personalized! BbLearn for YOU.
Personalized!  Blackboard Learn for YOU!
Custom one-on-one time to design your class to your needs

Prerequisite:  Faculty who want to use Blackboard Learn and don't know where to start.
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

Need ideas or suggestions?
Have files but don't know how to deploy them?
Let me help.  We will work together to get your course going and released to students.
We will start with an hour and work from there.

Be sure to have your files available to you or a listing of readings, articles, web sites you want to reference.

If this time is not convenient, email me with a alternate time and I will make every effort to accommodate.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Tests in BbLearn

Creating Assessments in Blackboard Learn

Prerequisite:  Faculty who are using at least the basics of Blackboard Learn
Requires users to have basic computer skills.

This webinar includes:
Creating Tests
- setting properties
- creating questions
- deploying the test
- grading the test
- uploading question sets

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM WebEx Instead of Canceled Classes
WebEx Teleconferencing Tool

No more stressing over missed classes!
Prepare for bad weather, canceled classes unexpected events.

Use WebEx to pre-record lectures, hold synchronous classes
or class project sharing.

It's Free for Faculty and Staff and easy to use.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Get Started with WebEx online meetings

WebEx is an online conferencing tool that has proven useful for both staff and faculty in the ConnSCU system. It enables you to meet with students or colleagues from wherever you are, home or office, as long as you have Internet access on your computer or have the WebEx mobile app installed for your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. If you can get online, you can collaborate with others online, and share data, presentations, online demonstrations, etc. Faculty can use WebEx to bring guest speakers into their classrooms, hold virtual office hours, provide one-on-one or group tutorials, participate in committee work and much more. You can even record lectures or meetings with WebEx.

This short webinar will provide you with the information you need to:

  • Request a WebEx "Host Account" (Note:  Attendees at a WebEx meeting do NOT need an account; only those who are setting up and managing the meetings do)
  • Create WebEx meetings
  • Invite attendees
  • Start your meetings
  • Share documents, applications, or your computer desktop, in order to demonstrations or presentations
  • Allow participants to become "presenters" at a meeting your are hosting
  • Record your meetings and download the recorded meetings to your computer, in order to upload them to Blackboard

Self-paced training and documentation:  

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Blackboard Learn_Upload Media with Kaltura Video Building Block

Pre-requisites:   At least some prior training or experience working with Blackboard Learn.

With the rapid increase in the use of media in higher education, instructors need user-friendly tools that enable them to incorporate video into their Blackboard courses.

This workshop introduces faculty in the ConnSCU system to the Kaltura streaming media system, and includes information about the options available for uploading, managing, and sharing media files (video, audio) with students.

Once media files have been uploaded and made available through Blackboard, students and faculty can access as easily and intuitively as they would other types of content within a course. The Kaltura Building Block also includes support for mobile playback, and (optionally) enables faculty to allow students to upload media, as well.

If you have any questions, please email the contact person listed for this session.

Friday, October 23, 2015

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM WebEx Instead of Canceled Classes
WebEx Teleconferencing Tool

No more stressing over missed classes!
Prepare for bad weather, canceled classes unexpected events.

Use WebEx to pre-record lectures, hold synchronous classes
or class project sharing.

It's Free for Faculty and Staff and easy to use.



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Cancelled) Blackboard Learn_Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism with SafeAssign and Other Strategies

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Blackboard.

Learn how to detect possible plagiarism with SafeAssign, a software tool included in Blackboard Learn, and how to encourage academic honesty in your courses.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Cancelled) Get Started with WebEx online meetings

WebEx is an online conferencing tool that has proven useful for both staff and faculty in the ConnSCU system. It enables you to meet with students or colleagues from wherever you are, home or office, as long as you have Internet access on your computer or have the WebEx mobile app installed for your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. If you can get online, you can collaborate with others online, and share data, presentations, online demonstrations, etc. Faculty can use WebEx to bring guest speakers into their classrooms, hold virtual office hours, provide one-on-one or group tutorials, participate in committee work and much more. You can even record lectures or meetings with WebEx.

This short webinar will provide you with the information you need to:

  • Request a WebEx "Host Account" (Note:  Attendees at a WebEx meeting do NOT need an account; only those who are setting up and managing the meetings do)
  • Create WebEx meetings
  • Invite attendees
  • Start your meetings
  • Share documents, applications, or your computer desktop, in order to demonstrations or presentations
  • Allow participants to become "presenters" at a meeting your are hosting
  • Record your meetings and download the recorded meetings to your computer, in order to upload them to Blackboard


Self-paced training and documentation:  

  • There is also a self-paced module on how to use WebEx in the “Blackboard Learn Faculty Resource Center.” If you are not already enrolled in this course, simply email tkrutt@commnet.edu or fskalicky@commnet.edu, and we will enroll you.

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