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Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate

Wednesday, August 20th, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Thursday, August 21st, 9:00 – 11:00 am

UC324 or online at

In this webinar you will learn how to use Collaborate to setup and host synchronous online meetings. This is a fabulous tool for virtual office hours, synchronous class sessions, pre-test review sessions, tutoring sessions, online project presentations, faculty or staff meetings, or other meetings where getting together face-to-face would be difficult or impossible. Attendees to the in-class session will be given their choice of a headset with microphone or webcam to keep following successful completion of the training. Those attending online are encouraged to visit at least 24 hours before the meeting to ensure you have the correct software installed on your computer. If you need anything loaded on your system, please submit a ticket with IT by emailing Mention that you need it for the meeting on Thursday morning for priority service.

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Introduction to Campus Pack


This training is an introduction to our new social learning tools. Campus Pack is an extension of Blackboard which provides wikis, journals, blogs, podcasting, ePortfolios, and more. Students and guests have limited access to these tools OUTSIDE the LMS to allow extended applications such as use for job searches or guest participation in group discussions. Learn how to implement this great tool in your online or hybrid courses.

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Introducing Sharestream Media


Want a way to store, organize, and easily add streaming video to your online course? Now we have it! Sharestream media makes it easy to add streaming media, and assign video projects to your students. Learn how to use this powerful new tool.

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Using Blackboard Instant Messaging


This new tool allows for secure, private instant text, voice, or video chat (think Skype). This application is great for group functions such as our IT Help Desk, or individual use such as faculty virtual office hours, student tutorials, person-to-person chat, etc. It can also be used for business puposes such as answering student questions (One Stop, student support) or perspective student questions (recruiting, admissions). Learn how this tool could work for you and your department.

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Professional Development Workshops

Accessibility – Simple Steps to Compliance

Monday, September 8th, 9:00 – 10:00 am, UC 335

Monday, September 8th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, UC 232

Monday, September 15th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, UC 335

Tuesday, September 16th, 10:00 – 11:00 am, UC 326

Accessibility is the new buzzword in today’s society, but nothing can strike fear into the heart of the educator faster than wondering if their online course is accessible and compliant. In this workshop you will learn some simple steps you can take to ensure that you design a course that considers the needs of all students and meets compliance standards for accessibility, long before it’s an issue.

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BYOD – Embrace Student Devices in Your Classroom Teaching


Today’s students come to your classroom carrying cell phones, tablets, and even laptops. You can ban them, tell them to put them away, or you can put them to use to make your course more engaging and interactive. This training will demonstrate some ways you can utilize student devices in the classroom including interactive polling, collaborative group work, “Twitter” conversations, virtual field trips, video and audio podcasting, video conferencing with “guest” speakers, and more. 2 CEU Credits Available!

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Why Do I Need Blackboard? I Teach Face-to-Face!


You're a face-to-face instructor, so why do you have a Blackboard shell, and why should you care? This workshop will show you both pedagogical and expedient reasons face-to-face instructors should make use of Blackboard, and will list various ways Blackboard can support your face-to-face instruction.

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LMS Workshops

Introduction to Blackboard Learn 9.1

Wednesday, August 20th, 8:00 – 9:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm

Thursday, August 21st, 1:00-2:00 pm

Friday, August 22nd, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

UC 324

This one-hour workshop will introduce you to the navigational features and outline the wide range of tools available to faculty and students in Blackboard 9.1. All faculty members new to Blackboard 9.1 should attend this course. You will get a brief overview of the course menu and control panel and learn the basics for adding, deleting, and hiding menu tools and customizing the appearance of your course.

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Blackboard Learn 9.1 Content Management

Tuesday, September 2nd, 8:00 – 9:00 am, UC 324

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, STEM 222

This one-hour workshop will provide instruction on incorporating content into Blackboard, including plain text, HTML, Microsoft Word text and documents, PDFs, video, audio, and more. You will learn how to add basic content to your course, such as PowerPoint presentations, documents, and a syllabus. Also, you will learn how to embed video files from YouTube without ever seeing HTML code. Additionally, you will get tips on organization and timed release of content.

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Blackboard Learn 9.1 Assessments

Wednesday, September 10th, 10:00 – 11:00 am, SCIT 215

Wednesday, September 10th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, UC 324

Thursday, September 11th, 8:00 – 9:00 am, UC 324

Thursday, September 11th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, SCIT 222

This one-hour workshop will demonstrate how to use assessment tools such as assignments, tests, and quizzes in Blackboard.  You will also be introduced to Respondus, a third-party software application that simplifies test creation and promotes academic integrity during online testing, and SafeAssign, a plagiarism prevention tool available to you.

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Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

Wednesday, September 17th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm or 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 18th, 10:00 - 11:00 am or 2:00 - 3:00 pm


In this one-hour workshop you will learn how to set up and use Blackboard Grade Center. Topics include how to enter/delete grades and comments, clear attempts, exempt grades, add extra credit grades, change display options, set up Total/Weighted Total columns, customize the letter grade schema, work with column organization, and download/upload the Grade Center. This session will be more helpful if you have prior experience with Blackboard or have taken other Blackboard workshops such as the introduction and assessment sessions.

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Technology Workshops

Respondus 4 Campus

Monday, September 15th, 10:00 – 11:00 am, SCIT 222

Tuesday, September 16th, 8:00 – 9:00 am, UC 324

In this one-hour workshop you will learn how to format and import a test or pool using Microsoft Word into Respondus, use the Test Bank Network to locate and download publisher test banks, create tests and pools from scratch using Respondus, set up a test in Respondus, publishing a test or pool to Blackboard, and download tests or pools from Blackboard.

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Introduction to NBC Learn

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 4th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

UC 324

In this training you will learn more about this fabulous new resource that is available which provides access to thousands of current and archived educational videos from NBC. You’ll discover how to leverage this content in your online or traditional classroom, how to access the videos, and how to easily integrate the content into Blackboard.

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Introduction to Atomic Learning

Wednesday, September 3rd, 10:00 – 11:00 am, SCIT 215

Thursday, September 4th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, SCIT 222

This training provides an overview of what Atomic Learning is, why you need it, what’s in it for you and your students, a preview of what you might want to check out first, and how to access it, use it and incorporate it into Blackboard. You don’t want to miss this training! If you use technology, YOU NEED Atomic Learning!

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Online Course Development Workshops

Online Instructor Certification Course

Ongoing, Online

The Instructor Certification Course is an online course designed to prepare you to teach online. You will learn the basics of using and navigating the learning management system, how online teaching and learning is different from traditional instruction and how to design an online course which will meet the unique needs of online learners. You will learn techniques for online facilitation to avoid common pitfalls and help your learners remain engaged and motivated. Finally, you will learn about the laws regarding accessibility of online courses and discover ways to keep your courses in compliance.

The course is asynchronous and can be completed in approximately 8 hours of time. The course is facilitated and your work will be checked for completeness before a certificate will be awarded. To enroll, contact Julia Allen at 8 CEU Credits Available

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