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ALL OF THE BELOW WEBINARS WILL BE HELD ONLINE AND WILL BE RECORDED.  Faculty interested in attending any of these sessions do not need to pre-register.  All you must do to join is click on the link(s) below at the date/time of your session.  If you do not have a headset, there is a call-in line for audio during the conference. 

GETTING STARTED WITH BLACKBOARD/BLACKBOARD DROP-IN

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Virtual) < Click to attend or stop by the FCLD office
or by appointment (online 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.

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

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Webinar) < Click to Attend or by appointment (online only)

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. 

ORIENTATION AND QUICK TIPS FOR BLACKBOARD ULTRA BASE NAVIGATION

Tuesday, August 16, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Webinar) < Click to Attend.
Friday, August 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Webinar) < Click to Attend.

On December 17, 2021, the University switched Blackboard to Ultra Base Navigation (UBN).  While this did not change Blackboard courses themselves, the landing page did change and this new landing page includes new features such as the Activity Stream, as well as familiar ones such as the Calendar, Grades, and more.  Join us for this session where we share some best practices for navigating UBN, finding your Blackboard courses, as well as customizations to make your life easier.

Blackboard Orientation for Support Staff

Thursday, September 1, 12:00 p.m. (Webinar) < Click to attend.

This session is geared to campus staff who are using Blackboard non-academic courses for organizations rather than CRN-based courses. In this session, you will learn Blackboard basics, such as how to manually add and remove users, create announcements, email users, attach documents and organize items in Blackboard.  We’ll also introduce participants to non-Blackboard alternatives for organizations, such as OneDrive, Teams, and SharePoint.

What do all of these microsoft apps do anyway?

Tuesday, September 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Virtual)

What is Yammer?  What can I do with Forms?  The University of Hartford is an Office 365 school and has access to a whole suite of Microsoft Tools available for free to all instructors, staff, and students.  We will review what app is best for what, including: OneNote, OneDrive, Yammer, Teams, Forms, SharePoint, Sway, and others.

We encourage participants to log into https://portal.office.com (use your UHart email and password) in order to explore the many other Office 365 applications available prior to attending this workshop.

Getting Started with Kaltura

Friday, September 23, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Monday, October 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Wednesday, October 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Monday, October 31, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Thursday, November 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Friday, December 16, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)

Video and audio files should never be added directly to Blackboard; instead, instructors should be using Kaltura (the new replacement for Ensemble).  Kaltura works like an in-house YouTube, allowing faculty to upload videos to a media library quickly and easily, 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 Kaltura.  Kaltura Capture is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and webcam video to create lecturettes. 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.

OneNote Class Notebooks: An All-in-One Notebook for Students

Monday, September 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Tuesday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

The OneNote Class Notebook tool is integrated with Blackboard, allowing instructors to create a shared notebook and link it to their course.  Students enrolled in your Blackboard course can access the notebook automatically without adding their names.  In this session, we will discuss how OneNote Class Notebook can help instructors deliver rich and engaging multimedia content, provide a space for students to work collaboratively, and provide private feedback.  The OneNote Class Notebooks can be used for journals and observation assignments, collaborative or individual projects, or even lab notebooks, which are interactive portfolios of student work, as well as a notetaking and organization tools.

Creating Folders and Sharing Content in OneDrive

Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Wednesday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Virtual)

Instructors, staff and students all get a free 1TB worth of file storage space on One Drive.  In this session, we will discuss the University of Hartford’s OneDrive for Business and how instructors can use it for instruction.   We will cover:

  • Creating a course folder.
  • Inviting students to your shared folder.
  • Uploading and organizing documents and/or other files.
  • Sharing files with students so they can access them.
  • Collaboratively editing documents in the Shared OneDrive folder with colleagues or others.

There will be time for Q&A throughout the session.

We encourage participants to log into https://portal.office.com (use your UHart email and password) in order to become familiar with One Drive and explore the many other Office 365 applications available prior to attending this workshop.

Using Microsoft Forms as a Teaching Tool

Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Thursday, December 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Use Microsoft Forms to assess and collect feedback from your students, collect feedback from others, and collaborate with other educators.

  • Create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see results as they come in.
  • Share surveys or quizzes with your students using any web browser, even on mobile devices.
  • Create and share forms to collaborate with other educators.
  • Export data, such as quiz results, to Excel for additional analysis or grading.

We encourage participants to log into https://portal.office.com (use your UHart email and password) in order to become familiar with Forms and explore the many other Office 365 applications available prior to attending this workshop.

Microsoft Teams for Remote Instruction, Office Hours, and Collaboration

Monday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Tuesday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Microsoft Teams is a video-conferencing application that now integrates with Blackboard.  It is a platform that can be employed for remote instruction, office hours, or collaborative group work in your courses. Microsoft Teams can be accessed via a desktop application or a browser and is available on mobile devices as well. In this session, we will show you how to set up a Teams Meeting in your Blackboard course, how to navigate the Teams interface, how to share files or documents with students, and how to share screens. We will also show you how to set up groups so your students can work on collaborative activities together.

Creating SharePoint Sites for Committees & Groups on Campus

Tuesday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)

Wednesday, December 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Microsoft SharePoint is a suite of tools, included with Office 365, that allow online collaboration between groups on campus. A SharePoint site gives groups access to features such as file sharing, data storage and retrieval, and communication via chat or virtually via Teams. In this workshop, we will demonstrate setting up your own SharePoint site for your campus group.  Once your site has been created, faculty, staff, and students may collaborate virtually. Some of SharePoint’s features include:

  • Document storage and sharing with your group
  • Shared tasks, contacts, calendars, announcements, and link lists
  • Online discussion forums, including the integration with Teams for meetings online
  • Subsites for teams, departments, or collaborations on meetings and documents
  • OneNote for meeting minutes

In partnership with Online Programs, FCLD again will be offering a seven-part seminar series designed to prepare instructors for online teaching and learning.  Participating faculty will be enrolled in a Blackboard Course called Preparing to Teach Online and all live sessions will be held in the Collaborate web conferencing room of this course. Faculty interested in registering should email fcld@hartford.edu so you can be added to the course.  All sessions will be held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library on Fridays from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SESSION 1: PLANNING AND DESIGNING AN ONLINE COURSE

Friday, October 7 - 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, discuss principles of learning objectives and chunking, build a Blackboard Content Folder, and share useful resources, such as a course development template, that will help you as you design your online course.

SESSION 2: CREATING ORGANIZED & EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

Friday, October 14 - 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, using Content Folders to create easy-to-follow online lessons. We will explore the many diverse sources of ready-made course content available on the Internet, and cover important legal concerns, such as accessibility, FERPA, HIPAA, Copyright and Fair Use.

SESSION 3: BASIC TOOLS FOR ONLINE INSTRUCTION

Friday, October 21 - 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, SafeAssign, Blackboard Annotate for grading Assignments, and Journals.

SESSION 4: FOSTERING INTERACTION AND COLLABORATION (ASYNCHRONOUS BEST PRACTICES)

Friday, October 28 - 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 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 and Groups.

No Class November 11 and 18 – SPRING BREAK

SESSION 5: REMOTE/SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING BEST PRACTICES

Friday, November 4 - 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In this session, we will show you how to hold your classes online in a synchronous format using Blackboard Collaborate. We will cover how to use polling solutions such as the built-in polling engine in Collaborate and the application Poll Everywhere. Additionally, we will show you how to set up Breakout Rooms for group work, as well as OneDrive and OneNote for document sharing and collaboration. Finally, we will cover some housekeeping for conference recordings, as well as show a comparison of various web conferencing tools currently available to faculty.

SESSION 6: TESTS, GRADING, FEEDBACK, AND SUPPORT

Friday, November 11 - 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 housekeeping of Grade Center and ways to set up Grade Center to reflect your grading scenario. We will also demonstrate and discuss ways to offer feedback and online support for students in your course.

SESSION 7: ACTIVE LEARNING & LECTURE TOOLS

Friday, November 18 - 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' with them, creating video ‘lecturettes’ to engage students and prepare them for assignments. Using audio and video clips, you can demonstrate worked problems, introduce a topic, summarize a complex issue, etc. We will be covering the suite of Ensemble tools, including: Anthem for recording lectures offline and sharing them with students in Blackboard, creating playlists for organizing videos/audio files in the media library, and creating an Ensemble Dropbox for student video assignment submissions. We will also cover quick quiz tools, such as Ensemble Quizzes, Quizlet and Cram.