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Blackboard 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 fall semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.