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Professional Development Workshops

Blackboard Collaborate Training

Collaborate 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. It is available both as a standalone tool and completely integrated into Blackboard Learn.

Blackboard Collaborate Basics

In this two-hour webinar you will learn how to use Collaborate to setup and host synchronous online meetings. This session is offered both via a face-to-face classroom session or online via webinar. 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 download and install the Collaborate Launcher at least one day prior to the session so they will be ready to participate.

Collaborate Essentials and Beyond

In this two-hour ebinar we will review the Collaborate interface for newcomers and as a refresher to prior users. We will go over various communication methods, and then we will cover the more advanced tools. This session is offered both via a face-to-face classroom session or online via webinar. First-time 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 for the first time online are encouraged to download and install the Collaborate Launcher at least one day prior to the session so they will be ready to participate.

Plan and Publish

This two-hour webinar will present the desktop applications that individuals use to create whiteboards as well as package and automate the delivery of their sessions and produce multimedia presentations from the recordings. This session is offered both via a face-to-face classroom session or online via webinar. 

Blackboard Learn Training for Beginners, Advanced Users, and F2F Instructors

Introduction to Blackboard Learn 9.1

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.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Content Management

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.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Assessments

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.

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

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.

Blackboard Refresher Course

Come for a two hour hands-on refresher course covering the tools you’ve forgotten how to use. Based on participant interest we will cover topics such as discussion boards, groups, journals, blogs, wikis, e-portfolios. media integration, NBC Learn, Atomic Learning, Collaborate Web Conferencing, the Library integration tool, assessments, Turnitin integration, Respondus, partner content integration (Pearson, Cengage, McGraw Hill, etc.), course customization, and grade center functionality. Plan to bring a list of your course and unit objectives and a USB drive with (or links to) your instructional content you need assistance incorporating into Blackboard.

What's New In Blackboard Learn?

Learn about some of the improvements and changes that have been added to Blackboard, such as the Global Navigation Menu, which includes access to My Blackboard, the Retention Center, the improved Calendar tool, and Social Learning profiles. Learn about changes to the Content Editor and the addition of Video Everywhere. Have you tried using Inline Grading yet? Have you see the improvements made to the Discussion Board or Tests? Did you know you could update all your dates in your copied course with just a few clicks? Design an entirely new course with a wizard? Organize all your courses into terms? There have also been improvements to Blackboard’s already stellar accessibility. Come find out what you’ve been missing.

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.

Technology Workshops

Respondus 4 Campus & Respondus Lockdown Browser: Easy Test Creation/Conversion & Online Test Security

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. We will also discus the use of Respondus Lockdown Browser to secure the online test environment, including the use of Respondus Monitor as a web-cam proctoring service.

Integrating NBC Learn into your Traditional and Online Course

In this training you will learn more about this fabulous resource 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.

Atomic Learning: Your Technology Training Solution

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!

Introduction to Campus Pack: Social Learning within Blackboard

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.

Introducing Sharestream Media: Effortlessly Incorporate Streaming Media into your Course

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.

Professional Development Workshops

Accessibility – Simple Steps to Compliance

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.

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!

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is also the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer. This F2F full-day workshop includes lunch and all participant materials.

Online Instructor Certification Course

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 jallen@tamut.edu. 8 CEU Credits Available

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