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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 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. 

SafeAssign/Assignment Tool Integration

Wednesday, October 4, 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 assignments can be grade from within Blackboard, 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, October 5, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 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 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.

Blackboard for Staff

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

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.

Setting up Blackboard Tests and Quizzes

Monday, November 6, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

In this session, FCLD will demonstrate the step-by-step creation of quizzes and polls Blackboard, tips and tricks to improve online assessment experiences and discuss strategies for using Blackboard tests and quizzes that may improve student learning.

Blackboard’s Inline Grading Tool

Monday, November 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 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.