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Blackboard Seminars

Workshops and seminars are generally held in the Woods Classroom located in Mortensen Library or, if facilities are available, at a location within a particular department, school, or college. Faculty interested in attending should please call (860)768-4661 or e-mail to register.


Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

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.


Wednesday, October 14, 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

The Retention Center provides an easy-to-use data visualizer and pre-configured rules for identifying at-risk students in a course. Learn how to use this helpful early warning tool and run customized reports on your Blackboard courses. 


Monday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This session will demonstrate the step-by-step creation of quizzes in Blackboard, as well as discuss other innovative ways to gauge student progress and learning.  Learn about the many different types of test questions and popular test features such as randomizing questions and randomizing answers.  We’ll also demonstrate how to use Blackboard’s test banks – called pools – as well as ways to integrate publisher’s test banks into Blackboard courses.  


Monday, November 9, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn Assignments, making life much simpler for students and faculty.  Participants will learn how to set up an assignment with Safe Assign, how to mark up and comment on submitted assignments without ever having to leave Blackboard, and demonstrate the new Designated and Anonymous grading options. Rubrics are often used in conjunction with the Assignment tool, so this session will also include a quick overview of Blackboard’s Rubric Tool.  This seminar is a must for online instructors, but very helpful for anyone who uses Blackboard’s assignments.