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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 – Every Tuesday
    Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
    Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
    This session is designed as a general orientation to Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. 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 Blackboard course. Be sure to bring a digital version of your syllabus and/or other course materials; this is designed as a hands-on seminar.

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 June based on the following schedule:

  • Planning and Designing an Online Course
    Monday, June 1, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Woods Classroom, Mortensen Library)

    “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 3, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Woods Classroom, Mortensen Library)

    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 8, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Woods Classroom, Mortensen Library)

    Just like any instruction, we need to be able to communicate with students, collect assignments, and facilitate group work like 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 10, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Woods Classroom, Mortensen Library)

    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.
  • Grading, Feedback and Support
    Monday, June 15, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Woods Classroom, Mortensen Library)

    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 and experiences, as well as field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session. Come hear from your colleagues!
  • Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 3:00pm – 4:30pm (KF Room, Mortensen Library)

    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.

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