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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 fcld@hartford.edu to register.

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop In

Every Tuesday, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Have a quick question about Blackboard?  Stop by and ask!  Just getting started or need a refresher? This general orientation to Blackboard will provide you with strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding content such as a syllabus to your Blackboard course. Be sure to bring digital versions of your syllabus or other course documents; this hands-on seminar is designed to get you up and running on Blackboard!


Check Out What’s New in Blackboard – True Student Preview, SafeAssign/ Assignment Integration, Retention Center, Grade Center updates, and more!

Multiple Dates: 
Friday, August 28, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, September 11, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Blackboard was upgraded in May and now has some amazingly useful tools and enhancements, including inline grading with annotations, which allows instructors to comment and grade Blackboard assignments without downloading the assignments to their PCs.  Inline grading is also available for journals, wikis and blogs. The new service pack also integrates SafeAssign into the Assignment tool in Blackboard along with some other changes to the Assignment tool set up.  The Retention Center has been added and the Grade Center has been updated. There are other additional updates that have been added to Blackboard as well.

SafeAssign/Assignment Integration

Thursday, September 3, 1:00pm – 1:30pm

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn 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.

Grade Center: Do It Now!

Thursday, August 27, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 9, 10:00am – 11:00am

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