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Faculty Blackboard Support:
860.768.4661 | fcld@hartford.edu

Student Blackboard Support:
860.768.4636 | E-mail | File a ticket

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. (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.

Blackboard Ultra is COming to UHART:  ULTRA cOURSE VIEW INFORMATION sESSIONS

Tuesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Virtual)
Thursday, March 2, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Thursday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Monday, March 20, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 22, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)

Several years ago, FCLD implemented Blackboard’s new landing page, Ultra Base Navigation (UBN), for the campus.  This change introduced new features such as the activity stream and the Institution page.  It was step one of a two-step implementation of the latest Blackboard, which is called Ultra Course View. Ultra Course View is a more modern interface designed to be responsive across all devices so that the experience is the same whether you are using a desktop PC, mobile device, or tablet.  Ultra Course View offers:

  • A modern, intuitive experience 
  • Responsiveness across mobile devices 
  • Consolidated cross-course information 
  • Quick access to the most critical information 
  • One-click to add a wide variety of content

While there are currently no plans to switch over all Blackboard courses, some programs will begin using it in spring and over the coming year.  Please join FCLD for a special preview of Blackboard Ultra and learn all about the benefits and exciting new features it has to offer.

Getting Started with Kaltura

Tuesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Thursday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Monday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Friday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Thursday, April 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Virtual)

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.

Microsoft Teams for Remote Instruction, Office Hours, and Collaboration

Friday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Monday, January 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Wednesday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 7, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)
Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.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.

 

ONENOTE CLASS NOTEBOOKS TO SHARE COURSE CONTENT & FOSTER COLLABORATION

Monday, March 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)

The OneNote Class Notebook tool is now 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 you having to add 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.  OneNote Class Notebooks can be used for journals and observation assignments, collaborative or individual projects, lab notebooks, interactive portfolios of student’s work, as well as providing instructors and students with a notetaking and organization tool.

storytelling & interactive learning with articulate

Monday, April 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (In-person, Woods Classroom)

Articulate 360 is a suite of nine applications, including Storyline 360, Studio 360, Rise and other solutions.  Content creators and educators can use Storyline 360 or Rise to develop custom, interactive courses and lessons that work on every device.  This software is powerful enough for experts to use, but easy enough for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable.  All you need is a web browser to create beautiful lessons and courses optimized for any screen size. In Storyline, you can import your PowerPoint presentations and build more interaction.  Rise is HTML5-driven and performs like an interactive webpage.  Both are great solutions for creating engaging content for your students!

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