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Blackboard Seminars

The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) offers ongoing seminars and instruction on a variety of instructional technology, including Blackboard, the University's learning management system (LMS).   FCLD will be offering the following seminars this summer.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Harrison University Libraries.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing or calling (860) 768-4661. 

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Woods Classroom or FCLD Lab

Every Tuesday, we offer an orientation and drop-in clinic for Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. If you’re new to Blackboard, you’ll learn strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding course content items like your syllabus and web links to your course. Be sure to bring a digital version of your syllabus and/or other course materials; this is designed as a hands-on seminar. If you’re using Blackboard already, feel free to drop by with a question or for troubleshooting. 

What’s New in Blackboard?

Thursday, August 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Please join us for this lunch-and-learn session where we discuss some of the new changes you’ll see in Blackboard this coming fall.  We will showcase the new tabs and modules for Faculty and Students, Hawkmail, Libraries and Technical Support.  Additionally we will talk about our LTI Connections to tools such as Echo360, Office Mix and Publisher Content such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Cengage and Norton.

Designing Banners for Blackboard Courses

Monday, August 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Want to spruce up your Blackboard course? In this hands-on session, you will create and design a banner for use in your Blackboard Courses, using a tool that everyone has at their fingertips: Microsoft PowerPoint.  We will apply basic principles of design, discuss size constraints, and after is completed, will upload it to a Blackboard Course. 

Blackboard’s Inline Grading Tool

Thursday, August 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tired of downloading papers from Blackboard just so you can grade them?  Blackboard’s Inline Grading Tool is designed to allow instructors to grade and markup student assignments, as well as grade blogs, wikis and journals without the cumbersome process of downloading and using Microsoft Word’s markup tools or something equivalent.  This seminar is a must for online instructors, but very helpful for anyone who uses Blackboard’s assignments, blogs, wikis, or journals tools.

SafeAssign/Assignment Tool Integration

Thursday, August 24, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 8, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In this session, we will discuss how to use the integrated SafeAssign (plagiarism detection) tool that is embedded into Blackboard Assignments. This integration makes life simpler for students and faculty to view SafeAssign reports, to use them as a learning tool, and makes grading much easier for faculty. Also, learn about Designated and Anonymous grading options that are embedded into the Blackboard Assignments tool.

Drag-n-Drop Files in Blackboard

Monday, August 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Did you know that there’s a feature within Blackboard that allows you to drag-n-drop files from your desktop into Blackboard’s course files area?  You can upload single or multiple files at a time by using the browse button or the drag-n-drop feature which allows you to organize your materials in folders and sub-folders. Come learn how quickly and easily this can be done.