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Fall 2014 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 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.

Check Out What’s New in Blackboard:  VideoEverywhere and more!
Thursday, October 9, 3:30 to 4:00
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
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.

Assignment Tool and Inline Grading – New!
Thursday, October 9, 4:00 to 4:30
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Blackboard’s Assignment Tool is the perfect way for students to “hand in” assignments electronically.  In this session, you’ll learn how to set up, retrieve, grade, and return assignments using the Assignment Tool and the Grade Center.  It’s also helpful for students to follow rubrics, a standard of performance, so a quick overview of Blackboard’s Rubric Tools will also be covered in this session.

Check Out What’s New in Blackboard – new Calendar and more!
Monday, October 20, 4:30 to 5:00
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
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.

Assignment Tool and Inline Grading – New!
Thursday, October 9, 5:00 to 5:30
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Blackboard’s Assignment Tool is the perfect way for students to “hand in” assignments electronically.  In this session, you’ll learn how to set up, retrieve, grade, and return assignments using the Assignment Tool and the Grade Center.  It’s also helpful for students to follow rubrics, a standard of performance, so a quick overview of Blackboard’s Rubric Tools will also be covered in this session.

SMART Boards – Annotate, Capture, Present, and More (multiple offerings – just pick one that fits your schedule)
Monday, November 10, 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Woods Classroom
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’.

Digitizing Old Slides
Thursday, November 20, 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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)
Friday, November 21, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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.

Getting Started Using Ensemble, the University of Hartford’s “YouTube”
Friday, November 21, 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 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.