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FCLD April Seminars
The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) offers ongoing seminars and workshops on a variety of instructional technology, including Blackboard, the University’s Learning Management System.
FCLD will be offering the following seminars in April. Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library. Faculty interested in attending should register by calling 860.768.4661, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Started with Blackboard – Every Tuesday
Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This session is designed as a general orientation for instructors who are new to Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. Participants will learn strategies for organizing a Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding course content items like a syllabus and web links to Blackboard.
Conducting Online Tests and Surveys in Blackboard
Friday, April 9th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Although there are several methods to assess student learning such as discussion board responses, journals, group projects, or case study analysis, a simple quiz or survey is still a great assessment tool. In this session, FCLD will demonstrate the step-by-step creation of quizzes and surveys in Blackboard, as well as discuss innovative ways to gauge student progress and learning in an online course.
Grading Online using Blackboard’s Grade Center
Friday, April 16th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In this seminar, FCLD will demonstrate how to set up Grade Center items so they are aligned with the course syllabus, post grades and comments, and create a final grade calculation. In addition, instructors will learn about more advanced Grade Center features such as adding extra credit, dropping lowest grades, using Grade Center’s evaluative tools, and exporting to an Excel spreadsheet.
Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors
Friday, April 23rd, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 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.
Student Perspectives on Blackboard
Friday, April 30th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This session, designed and led by a panel of current undergraduate students and moderated by Fred Sweitzer, Assistant Provost and Dean of Faculty Development, offers an opportunity for faculty members to hear from students about how they make the best use of Blackboard for their learning. The students plan to cover topics such as “Going Green with Blackboard,” “My Smart Phone is My Computer: Mobile Access to Blackboard,” and "My Grades" (the student view of Grade Center), and will field questions from faculty attendees. Please come with questions about student use of Blackboard and join FCLD for this lively panel!