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Friday, January 30

The University is operating on a normal schedule.

Spring 2015 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 in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library. 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.

Getting the Most of Out of Your SMART Classroom
Wednesday, January 21, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, February 23, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
SMART Boards are located in many classrooms on campus.  SMART Boards work with a computer, projector, digital pens, and software called Notebook. The computer screen is projected onto the SMART Board, where the board’s surface allows you to control the computer with your finger and/or annotate using a digital pen. Come and find out what you can do with a ‘SMART Classroom’.

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 and how they can be graded automatically.  We will also show tips and tricks to improve online assessment experiences, and discuss strategies for using Blackboard tests and quizzes that may improve student learning outcomes.

Setting up Your Grade Center for the Term  
Thursday, January 29:  12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
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.

Tired of Defending Your Grading?  Rubrics Can Help
Friday, February 13: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Grading essays and projects can be challenging for instructors and students may not understand why they earned a particular grade.  Rubrics can help both instructors and students by serving as a blueprint which differentiates exemplary products from acceptable or poor ones.  In this seminar, Peter Oliver, Associate Professor in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions will explain how rubrics work, share tips and resources for creating them, and demonstrate how he uses rubrics built right into Blackboard to grade writing assignments.

Getting Started Using Ensemble, the University of Hartford’s “YouTube”
Thursday, february 26: 12:30 pm. - 1:00 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Last year, ITS and FCLD worked together to pilot a new media server called Ensemble. Ensemble works like an in-house YouTube, allowing faculty to quickly and easily upload videos, then link to them from Blackboard and other websites. Faculty who are flipping the classroom, teaching online, using video clips in instruction, or working with student video projects should plan to attend this special information session about Ensemble and learn how to access and start using it in instruction.


Digitizing Old Slides
To Be Announced

Woods Classroom
Finding it harder and harder to use your slides in class?  Do you have a collection of old slides that you still use in your class or research project or do you have slides that you can’t use anymore because you have no way to show them?  If that is the case, then think about digitizing them!  FCLD has a professional slide scanner that will scan and digitize them for you.  Have a lot of slides?  The slide scanner can do batches up to 50 slides at a time.  Once your slides are digitized, you can use them in PowerPoint, documents and other files.  The Nikon slide scanner will even eliminate old scratches and touch up that lackluster color that time has wreaked havoc on.  This session will show you the basics on slide scanning.  Afterwards, you are welcome to return the FCLD faculty lab to use the slide scanner anytime we are open.

Creating Video ‘Lecturettes’ with Personal Capture (PCap)
To Be Annouced
Woods Classroom
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 session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard.