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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 summer semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held temporarily in the Woods Classroom, in Mortensen Library.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu 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. 

Preparing to Teach Online Series

This summer, in partnership with University Programs, FCLD again will be offering a seminar series designed to prepare instructors for online teaching and learning. The sessions are all on Mondays and Wednesdays, in the Woods Classroom, Mortensen Library, based on the following schedule:

Planning and Designing an Online Course

Monday, June 5, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 “What do I need to know to be an effective online instructor?”  In this first seminar we will answer this question, as well as demonstrate best practices for transforming face-to-face courses into online courses, show examples of exemplary online courses and syllabi, build a Blackboard Learning Module, and share useful resources that will help you as you design your online course.

Creating Organized & Effective Instruction

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this hands-on seminar, we will use Blackboard to apply what was discussed in week one. Participants will learn different ways to structure and organize course content, as well use Blackboard Learning Modules to create easy-to-follow online lessons.  Finally, we’ll explore the many diverse sources of ready-made course content readily available on the Internet.

Basic Tools for Online Instruction

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Just like any instruction, we need to be able to communicate with students, collect assignments, and facilitate group work such as case studies and projects.  This seminar covers basic Blackboard tools that are essential for online instruction including Email, Announcements and Alerts, the Assignment Tool, and Blackboard Groups.  We’ll also discuss synchronous communication tools such as WebEx.

Fostering Interaction and Collaboration

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Distance education means there is “a distance between learner and teacher which is not merely geographic, but educational and psychological as well” (Moore, 1983). One hallmark of a well-designed online course is that it uses interaction to close up this distance, building in lots of different ways for students to work together and form their own online community.  During this seminar, participants will learn how to foster and encourage interactivity using tools such as the Discussion Board, Blogs, Wikis, Journals, and other non-Blackboard tools.

Tests, Grading, Feedback, and Support

Monday, June 19, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Your course is designed, your content prepared and loaded, your instruction and assignments align with your objectives, there’s a good mix of media presented, and opportunities for collaboration and interaction -- but how will you inform your students about their progress? Grade Center! Learn basic and necessary house-keeping of Grade Center and ways to set up Grade Center to reflect your grading scenario. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss ways you can offer feedback and build in support for students into your course.

Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

One of the best ways to learn about teaching online is hearing about the experiences of instructors who have taught online in the past.   University of Hartford instructors will share their online courses, tips, and tricks they’ve learned, as well as field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session.

Must Have Tools for Teaching Online

Monday, June 26, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Just because you are not face-to-face with your online students, it doesn't mean you can't 'talk' to them and with them.  It's not difficult to prepare audio and video clips so you can demonstrate worked problems, introduce a topic, summarize a complex issue, or even meet together once or twice.  This session will offer a 'survey course' on tools that can help.

Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu or calling (860) 768-4661.