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Spring 2018 Workshops

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 fall semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu or calling (860) 768-4661. 

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Woods Classroom or FCLD Lab

Every Tuesday, we offer an orientation and drop-in clinic for Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. If you’re new to Blackboard, 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 course. Be sure to bring a digital version of your syllabus and/or other course materials; this is designed as a hands-on seminar. If you’re using Blackboard already, feel free to drop by with a question or for troubleshooting. 

Grade Center: Do It Now!

Monday, February 5, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

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

Blackboard Orientation for Support Staff

Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This session is geared to campus staff who are using Blackboard non-academic courses such as organizations, search committees, and communications. In this session, you will learn Blackboard basics, including how to manually add and remove users, create announcements, email users, attach documents and organize items in Blackboard. 

Getting Started with Ensemble, the Campus’ “In-House YouTube”

Wednesday, February 14, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 29, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

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. Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an account can be created for you in advance.

Blackboard’s Markup & Annotation Tools for Grading

Thursday, February 15, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tired of downloading papers from Blackboard just so you can grade them? Blackboard’s Inline Grading Tool is designed to allow instructors to grade and markup student assignments, as well as grade blogs, wikis and journals 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 assignments, blogs, wikis, or journals tools.  There have been some changes to the preview pane, which we will be discussing in this session.

Creating Video ‘Lecturettes’ with Personal Capture (PCap)

Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Personal Capture (PCAP) is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and webcam video. Its versatility means that you can use it to record audio podcasts, video lectures, or narrated presentations and demonstrations. This session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard. Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an account can be created for you in advance.

Blackboard's SafeAssign/Assignment Tool

Thursday, February 22, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Students often make mistakes with citations when writing papers.  SafeAssign, now built into the Blackboard Assignment tool, provides just-in-time instruction to students to see how they’re using citations, and gives instructors immediate feedback about where students are sourcing information. Learn how to deploy assignments with or without the SafeAssign feature enabled, how to grade and markup assignments from within Blackboard using the Box annotation tool, the inline grading panel, how to grade using a rubric, and other options. 

SMART Boards – Annotate, Capture, Present, and More

Monday, February 26, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SMART Boards are located some 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’.

Engaging Students: Online Tools that Provide Immediate Feedback

Thursday, March 1, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Do you want to engage your students and give all students the chance to participate in learning without feeling self-conscious? Do you want just-in-time feedback during class so you know where students are in their learning? We have some tools for you. Bring your smart phone or tablet for this hands-on session presented by Dr. Aime Levesque (Biology, A&S), Kori Stewart (Health Sciences & Nursing, ENHP), and Jillian Maynard (Reference, Harrison Libraries). We will be exploring Turning Point Clickers, PollEverywhere, and Kahoot, tools you can add to your teaching arsenal which are quick, friendly, and easy to set up.

Digital Concept Maps for Visual Learning

Wednesday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In this session, Danielle Bellows (Rehabilitation Sciences, ENHP) and Tricia Prokop (Rehabilitation Sciences, ENHP) will present Digital Concept Maps and how they can be used in learning contexts to integrate knowledge, demonstrate arguments, and present information resources.  Known as concept mapping, idea mapping or other variations, these are graphic organizers that demonstrate relationships between ideas in a map-like form.  We will share resources for free online concept maps, as well as tips and tricks to get started for use in teaching and learning.

Skype for Business

Thursday, March 15, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Monday, April 16, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Included in the recent upgrade to Office365 for all faculty, staff, and students, is the application Skype for Business.  Skype is an easy-to-use collaboration tool that provides instant messaging and the ability to do person-to-person and person-to-group calls with audio and/or video free of charge.  Instructors and students can connect with others around the world for office hours, collaborative projects, presentations, or to practice speaking foreign languages.  In this session, we will show you how to get started with Skype for Business, how to add people, create groups and how to start a conference call.

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Teaching, Plus Blackboard Banners

Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn how to spice up your PowerPoints in this seminar, creating visually stimulating PowerPoint slides that appeal 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. As a bonus, we will also design a banner for your Blackboard Course.

Setting up Blackboard Tests and Quizzes

Wednesday, April 11, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this session, FCLD will demonstrate the step-by-step creation of quizzes and polls in Blackboard, tips and tricks to improve online assessment experiences, and discuss strategies for using Blackboard tests and quizzes that may improve student learning.

Ensemble Next Steps: Captions, Student Submissions & Playlists

Thursday, April 5, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Prerequisites: Getting Started with Ensemble Session or prior use of Ensemble. Ensemble account is required.

Did you know that you can upload videos to Ensemble from your phone, or have your students submit video and audio files to stream via Ensemble? In this session, we will demonstrate how to upload videos on mobile devices; create playlists and stream them in Blackboard; create digital dropboxes for students to send instructors their videos for grading and/or to share their videos with the class; as well as how to caption videos uploaded to Ensemble. This session is for Faculty or Staff who are already using Ensemble.

Blackboard Course Reports

Monday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Instructors can generate course reports to view the statistics and usage of a particular tool or areas within their Blackboard course.  In this session, we will cover the kind of reports instructors can generate to track student activity, including how many times the student accessed your course and at what time, and what content was accessed.

GIMP for Beginners: Free Photo & Picture Editing Software

Thursday, April 26, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Do you want to learn how to retouch photos, resize them for use in your classes, and how to create banners and memes with text on top of the photos?  Join us for this hands-on session presented by Timothy Becker (Computer Science, A&S), in which he will explain how the program works, easy steps to get started, and have participants work through several examples on using GIMP to create and modify images. GIMP is a free graphic and photo editing program similar to Photoshop, available on both Mac and PC.  

Preparing to Teach Online Series

This spring, in partnership with University Programs, FCLD again will be offering a seminar series designed to prepare instructors for online teaching and learning. The sessions are all on Fridays, in the Woods Classroom in Harrison University Libraries, based on the following schedule:

Planning and Designing an Online Course

Friday, February 9, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 “What do I need to know to be an effective online instructor?”  In this first seminar we 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 your online course.

Creating Organized & Effective Instruction

Friday, February 16, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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.

Basic Tools for Online Instruction

Friday, February 23, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Just like 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 Alerts, the Assignment Tool, and Blackboard Groups. 

Fostering Interaction and Collaboration

Friday, March 2, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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 close up 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. 

Tests, Grading, Feedback, and Support

Friday, March 9, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Your course is designed, your content prepared and loaded, your instruction and assignments align with your objectives, there’s a good mix of media presented, and opportunities for collaboration and interaction -- but how will you inform your students about their progress? Grade Center! Learn basic and necessary house-keeping of Grade Center 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.

Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors

Friday, March 16, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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 share their online courses, tips, and tricks they’ve learned, as well as field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session.

Must Have Tools for Teaching Online

Friday, April 13, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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.

Closed Captions & Alt Tags? Learn Universal Design!

Friday, April 20, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to use automatic video captioning in Ensemble (new!), how to edit captions, how to create alternative text (alt tags) for images in Blackboard, as well as some tips and tricks for making documents uploaded to Blackboard accessible.  FCLD will also demonstrate Ally, a new accessibility tool coming soon, which uses a wizard tool to assist faculty in automatically making documents accessible, as well as giving just-in-time tips to instructors.  Creating accessible courses is required by law and is best practice for all instruction.  This session is open to all faculty, but will be especially helpful for online, flipping or hybrid instructors.

Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu or calling (860) 768-4661.