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FCLD’s Jumpstart Seminars (August & September)

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 month of August and early September.  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.  

Check Out What’s New in Blackboard – True Student Preview, SafeAssign/ Assignment Integration, Retention Center, Grade Center updates, and more!

Multiple Dates: 
Friday, August 28, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, September 11, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Blackboard was upgraded in May and now has some amazingly useful tools and enhancements, including inline grading with annotations, which allows instructors to comment and grade Blackboard assignments without downloading the assignments to their PCs.  Inline grading is also available for journals, wikis and blogs. The new service pack also integrates SafeAssign into the Assignment tool in Blackboard along with some other changes to the Assignment tool set up.  The Retention Center has been added and the Grade Center has been updated. There are other additional updates that have been added to Blackboard as well.

SafeAssign/Assignment Integration

Thursday, September 3, 1:00pm – 1:30pm

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn Assignments. Learn about the new ways Blackboard has integrated these to make life simpler for students and faculty, how they are graded, and other options.  Also, learn about Designated and Anonymous grading options that have been added to the Blackboard Assignments tool.

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks from a Graphic Designer

Wednesday, August 26, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Learn how to spice up your PowerPoints in this seminar.  Create visually stimulating PowerPoint slides that are appealing to the reader and incorporate media in its various forms.  Learn how to embed images, manipulate them and also add graphics, transitions, animations and other tools to create interactivity within your presentations.

Grade Center: Do It Now!

Thursday, August 27, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Wednesday, September 9, 10:00am – 11:00am

Come and learn how setting up your Blackboard Grade Center early in the semester has numerous advantages.   Doing so early 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.

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop In

Tuesdays, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Have a quick question about Blackboard?  Stop by and ask!  Just getting started or need a refresher? This general orientation to Blackboard will provide you with strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding content such as a syllabus to your Blackboard course. Be sure to bring digital versions of your syllabus or other course documents; this hands-on seminar is designed to get you up and running on Blackboard!