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FCLD Summer Seminars
The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) is offering the following seminars for instructors over the summer months. 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 e-mailing email@example.com.
Getting Started with Blackboard – Every Tuesday
Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
In this general orientation to Blackboard, the University’s learning management system, instructors will learn strategies for organizing Blackboard courses, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding course content items like a syllabus, web links, and rubrics. Be sure to bring digital versions of course content; this hands-on seminar is designed to get faculty up and running on Blackboard!
Create Audio Files Using Audacity
Thursday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Adding small audio files to a Blackboard course is one step toward creating a multimedia-rich course and enhancing student engagement. Audacity is a free program for recording and editing sound. During this hands-on seminar, faculty will learn the basics of using Audacity by recording their own voice, editing the file, and making it portable for uploading into Blackboard.
Finding and Adding Video Content to Blackboard
Tuesday, June 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
A few well-timed, content-rich video clips can enhance learning tremendously. Internet resources such as YouTube, National Archives, and museum sites hold a wealth of video resources. During this hands-on seminar, faculty will learn how to harness those resources for use in their Blackboard courses.
Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share Research Sources Using Zotero
Thursday, June 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps collect and organize information on books, journal articles, and other resources to create a library dedicated to a specific research project. Zotero can also store web pages, PDFs and other files, images, and links in that library. Join Mortensen Library staff and FCLD to learn more about Zotero.
Tips and Tricks for Using Blackboard’s Grade Center
Thursday, June 10, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Offering continuous, regular feedback to students is paramount to effective teaching and learning. Grade Center is a great Blackboard tool that allows students to effectively monitor their progress via a continuous feed of grades and comments from instructors. With a few tips and tricks, setting up a Grade Center can be done in a short amount of time. This is a hands-on seminar during which faculty will set up a Grade Center.
Using Blackboard’s Assignment Tool Rather Than the Digital Dropbox
Wednesday, June 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 19, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 26, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Blackboard's Assignment Tool is the tool of choice if students need to submit assignments online without using email. In this seminar, FCLD staff will discuss the advantages of using Blackboard's Assignment Tool, rather than the Digital Dropbox. Instructors already using the Dropbox should plan on changing over to the Assignment Tool, as the Digital Dropbox is slated for removal in Blackboard 9, which is coming to campus May 2011.
Using Blackboard’s Tests and Surveys
Thursday, June 24, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 27, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Join FCLD to learn how to make the most of Blackboard’s quizzes and surveys. In this session, FCLD staff will demonstrate the step-by-step creation of quizzes and surveys in Blackboard, tips and tricks to improve online assessment experiences, and discuss strategies for using Blackboard surveys and quizzes that may improve student learning outcomes.
For more information please visit http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/fcld/Seminars.htm.