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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 during the fall semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library.   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 (Mortensen Library) or FCLD Lab
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. 

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. 

Grade Center: Do It Now!

Wednesday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Come and learn how setting up your Blackboard Grade Center early in the semester has numerous advantages.   Doing so earlier means you can:

  • Have course grades calculated automatically throughout the course.
  • Help students keep track of their own progress throughout the course.
  • Have information ready at your fingertips when it's time to submit mid-semester or final grades.
  • Weight grades and drop lowest scores quickly and easily.

SafeAssign/Assignment Tool Integration

Monday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Assignments. Learn about the new ways Blackboard has integrated these to make life simpler for students and faculty, how they are graded, and other options.  Also, learn about Designated and Anonymous grading options that have been added to the Blackboard Assignments tool.

Blackboard for Staff

Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. 

This session is geared to campus staff who are using Blackboard non-academic courses for organizations, search committees, communications, etc.  In this session, you will learn Blackboard basics, such as how to manually add and remove users, create announcements, email users, attach documents and organize items in Blackboard.

Blackboard’s Inline Grading Tool

Thursday, November 3, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 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.

Drag-n-Drop Files in Blackboard

Monday, November 14, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 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 and allows you to organize your materials in folders and sub-folders. Join us for this session where we show you how quick and easily it can be done.