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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.

Blackboard Tests and Quizzes:  Making Online Assessment Useful   
Friday, January 23:  10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Friday, January 30:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In this session, FCLD will demonstrate the step-by-step creation of quizzes and tests in Blackboard, tips and tricks to improve online assessment experiences, and discuss strategies for using Blackboard tests and quizzes that may improve student learning outcomes.

Grade Center:  Do it now!   
Tuesday, February 3:  4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
It's never too early to start thinking about grading! Setting up your Blackboard Grade Center has numerous advantages: you can have course grades calculated automatically throughout the course, help students keep track of their own progress, and have information ready at your fingertips when it's time to submit mid-semester reports or final grades. In this seminar, we'll review best strategies for setting up and organizing your Grade Center including calculating final grades. We'll also share tips for dealing with unique grading scenarios, such as curves or extra credit points.

Using Blackboard for ‘Paperless’ Assignment Submission  
Friday, January 30:  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Last summer, FCLD added a new enhancement to grading in Blackboard.  This allows you to open submitted papers, correct them, leave comments and grade them, all without downloading or printing out the papers.  We will show you the tips and tricks that you can use so that you can use this new tool to correct papers - without ever having to leave Blackboard.

Designing and Recording Online Lessons with Personal Capture (PCap)
Friday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Echo360 Personal Capture is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and web cam video.  Its versatility means that you can use it to record audio podcasts, video lectures, or narrated presentations and demonstrations.  It is free for you to use as University of Hartford faculty.  This FCLD session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard.  It is important that you register with FCLD in advance for this workshop, as it requires a user account, fcld@hartford.edu.

Designing and Recording Online Lessons with Personal Capture (PCap)
Friday, February 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Echo360 Personal Capture is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and web cam video.  Its versatility means that you can use it to record audio podcasts, video lectures, or narrated presentations and demonstrations.  It is free for you to use as University of Hartford faculty.  This FCLD session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard.  It is important that you register with FCLD in advance for this workshop, as it requires a user account, fcld@hartford.edu.

Preparing to Teach Online One:  Planning and Designing an Online Course
Friday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part one of a seven week FCLD series.  “What do I need to know to be an effective online instructor?”  In this first seminar FCLD 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 an online course. 

Preparing to Teach Online Two:  Creating Organized and Effective Instruction
Friday, February 27, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part two of a seven week FCLD series.  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.

Preparing to Teach Online Three:  Basic Tools for Online Instruction
Friday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part three of a seven week FCLD series.  As with 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 Messages, the Assignment Tool, and Blackboard Groups.  We’ll also discuss synchronous communication tools such as WebEx.

Preparing to Teach Online Four:  Fostering Interaction and Collaboration
Friday, March 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part four of a seven week FCLD series.  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 shorten 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.

Preparing to Teach Online Five:  Tips and Tricks from Experienced Instructors
Friday, March 27, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
KF Room (Mortensen Library)
Part five of a seven week series.  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 show their online courses, share tips & tricks, and field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session.

Preparing to Teach Online Six:  Grading, Feedback, and Support
Friday, April 3, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part six of a seven week series.  Keep your students informed about their progress using Grade Center! Learn basic house-keeping 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.

Preparing to Teach Online Seven:  Must Have Tool for Teaching Online
Friday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Final part of seven week series.  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.