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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 spring semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held temporarily in the Computer Lab on the Lower Level of Mortensen Library due to library renovations.   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. – Computer Lab (Lower Level 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!

Tuesday, January 24, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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.

Drag-n-Drop Files in Blackboard

Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 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. Join us for this session where we show you how quickly and easily it can be done.

Mobile Apps Series, Part 3: Blackboard

Thursday, March 2, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Blackboard has its own suite of applications for the Learn experience: Bb Mobile, Bb Grader and Bb Student.  The Bb Mobile app grants instant mobile access to course content, discussions, etc. The Bb Grader app allows instructors to access their grade centers anywhere, streamlining workflows and making their time more productive.  The Bb Student app enables students to access their online classes in a simple, easy to use app. Please join us and explore these Blackboard apps.

Blackboard for Staff

Monday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.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.