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Fall 2014 Jumpstart 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 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 please call 860-768-4661 or e-mail to register.

Check Out Whats New in Blackboard – Inline Grading, new Calendar and more! Multiple Dates: 
Friday, August 22, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Friday, August 22, 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 12, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, September 12, 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Blackboard was upgraded in May and now has some amazingly useful tools and enhancements, including inline grading, which allows instructors to annotate, comment and grade Blackboard assignments without downloading the assignments to their PCs.  Even better, there’s a new and improved calendar that can be synchronized with Outlook or Google calendars.  There’s also Video Everywhere, a new tool for creating short video clips on the fly – without leaving Blackboard.  This seminar provides an overview of the Blackboard new tools and features which have recently been added.

SMART Boards – Annotate, Capture, Present, and More
Monday, August 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.  

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’.

Grade Center: Do It Now!
Multiple Dates: 

Tuesday, August 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 4, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 11, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Come and learn now setting up your Blackboard Grade Center at the beginning of 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
  reports or final grades.
--Weight grades and drop lowest scores quickly and easily.

Creating Video ‘Lecturettes’ with Personal Capture (PCap)
Friday, September 5th, 1:00 - 2:00p.m.

This session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard using a free and simple tool called ECHO360 Personal Capture.

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop In
Tuesdays, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. (Extra Session)
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!

Blackboard’s New Inline Grading Tool
Thursday, August 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Tired of downloading papers from Blackboard just so you can grade them?  Blackboard’s new Inline Grading Tool is designed to allow instructors to grade and markup student assignments without the cumbersome process of downloading and using Microsoft Word’s markup tools or something equivalent.  This seminar is a must for online instructors, but very helpful for anyone who uses Blackboard’s assignment tool for homework submissions.

Communicating with Students
Friday, August 29, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Email?  Messages?  Phones?  What’s the best way to reach students and which tools are fully supported on campus?  We will demonstrate and discuss a variety of tools including Email, Announcements, Messages, and Alerts and Notifications.  We’ll also share the pros and cons of using tools like Skype and WebEx.  
NOTE:  This is a hands-on workshop.

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