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Introduction to Atomic Learning

Wednesday, August 28th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

I’m very excited to announce that Atomic Learning is HERE! 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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Getting Started with WebMeeting

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Wednesday, September 4th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

In this training you will learn how to use WebMeeting 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. After a brief introduction, we will break up into groups and use the tool so you have an opportunity to get familiar with it. Bring a headset with microphone to class if you have one. We will have a limited number available for training.

IMPORTANT: At least 24 hours before attending this workshop, please go to http://ttvnwebmeeting.tamu.edu/?pg=acct&destn=scheduling&need=acct to request a WebMeeting Account. It can take up to 24 hours to fulfill your request, so do not delay.

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Professional Development Workshops

Accessibility – Simple Steps to Compliance

Wednesday, October 2nd OR Thursday, October 3rd, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, UC249

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

Monday, October 7th, Tuesday, October 8th, OR Wednesday, October 9th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

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!

Wednesday, September 11th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC241

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

Monday, September 9th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

Thursday, September 12th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

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 9.1 Content Management

Monday, September 16th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

Thursday, September 19th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

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 9.1 Assessments

Monday, September 23rd, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

Thursday, September 26th, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

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

Monday, September 30th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

Thursday, October 3rd, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

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

Wednesday, September 25th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, UC324

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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Introducing NBC Learn

Wednesday, September 18th, 11:00 am -12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm -3:00 pm, UC324

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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Online Course Development Workshops

Designing Online Course Content for Student Engagement to Promote Student Learning Outcomes

Monday, June 10th through Friday, August 16th, Blackboard

This ten-week online workshop will introduce you to tools and techniques designed to engage students to promote student learning outcomes. You will look at the needs and characteristics of online learners, examine some online best practices, and get an overview of some free tools to help engage your online students. 5 CEU Credits Available!

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