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Getting Started with Blackboard Learn
Start Date: 4/26/2019Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 4/26/2019End Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:
Check out the Training Calendar Frequently Asked Questions page
(Note:  If you have a question that is not addressed, please email Tobi Krutt at the System Office. 

No prior experience with any version of Blackboard is required. However, a knowledge of essential computer skills is strongly recommended. For example, you can: Use a web browser is (i.e. FireFox, Safari, Chrome) to search the Internet, navigate to specific URLs (web addresses), select/copy/paste text from one doc to another, do basic text formatting a word processor, are able to save and navigate to files and folders on your computer.

Session Description:  
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 the CT community colleges.

First you will be introduced to the common course shell template being used by the community colleges as of Spring 2019. With minor variations, all of the menu buttons, the sequence of buttons, and naming of menu items are now the same from one college to another. Faculty new to Blackboard are encouraged to create, organize, and sequence their course content using a consistent organizational structure that will be discussed in this session. This consistent organization will make it easier for students to move from one Blackboard course to another without having to re-learn how to navigate in each course. 

In this you will learn how to:
- Apply essential best practices of course organization and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as you 
   create or modify your Blackboard courses.
- Upload your syllabus and other course documents
- Organize your course content and resources inside folders
- Understand the Course Menu and Control Panel functions
- Create announcements
- Create links to websites you want your students to visit
- Learn the difference between Blackboard's Email and Messages tools
- View and interact (as a student) in your course from your computer or a mobile device

Everything you do in this session will be grounded in best practices of online course design and delivery, so you can design your courses right from the start in ways that will enhance and streamline your course navigation and content organization, communication strategies, and classroom management. 

We strongly advise that you print out this handout prior to the session: 
Getting Started with Blackboard Learn - Quick Guide for Instructors
We follow this handout closely throughout the session, and it's useful for you to be able to take your own written notes:

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.

Location Information:
_CC Webinars- Community Colleges Faculty/Staff
Contact Information:
Name: Tobi Krutt
Phone: 860-723-0637

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