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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 IN WEBEX 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. The meeting password for all of the WebEx sessions is s3minars2020.

Directions for accessing WebEx Webinars

Blackboard Orientation for New Instructors

Email fcld@hartford.edu to schedule a live online session Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Every Tuesday, we offer live synchronous online clinics 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. If this timeslot does not work for you and you need to make alternate arrangements, we are flexible and can accommodate you.  Please email us with your availability.  A link will be sent to you to join the session.

Existing Blackboard Users should continue to email fcld@hartford.edu or call 860.768.4661 to  schedule a  session to work on a specific Blackboard question or issue.

Blackboard Training (by Topic)

CREATING BASIC BLACKBOARD TESTS

Monday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
In this session, FCLD will introduce faculty to the basics of creating and deploying multiple choice and true/false tests in Blackboard.  Participants will also learn best practices for providing feedback and providing accommodations for students with letters. This is a 30-minute webinar with time for Q&A after.

GRADE CENTER: DO IT NOW!

Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
Monday, October 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
Come and learn now setting up your Blackboard Grade Center at the beginning of the semester has numerous advantages.   This is a 30-minute webinar with time for Q&A after.
Doing so early 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 reports or final grades.
  • Weight grades and drop lowest scores quickly and easily.

BLACKBOARD ASSIGNMENTS AND SAFEASSIGN

Monday, October 12, 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
In this session, instructors will learn the basics of setting up Blackboard assignments and using SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism detection tool. This is a 30-minute webinar with time for Q&A after.

Training on Other Academic Technologies

GETTING STARTED WITH ENSEMBLE & CREATING VIDEO ‘LECTURETTES’ WITH ANTHEM

Thursday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
Friday, October 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
Ensemble works like an in-house YouTube, allowing faculty to quickly and easily upload videos, 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 Ensemble.  Anthem (Ensemble Personal Capture) is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and web cam 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.
If you do not have an Ensemble account, please sign up here.

ONE DRIVE FOR INSTRUCTION

Monday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
In this session, we will discuss the University of Hartford’s OneDrive for Business (where instructors, staff and students get a free 1TB worth of space) and how to use it for instruction.  We will cover:
  • Creating a course folder
  • Inviting students to your shared folder
  • How to upload and organize documents
  • How to share with students so they can access
  • Utilizing documents in the Shared OneDrive folder for collaboration work
There will be time for Q&A throughout the session.

ONENOTE CLASS NOTEBOOKS: AN ALL-IN-ONE NOTEBOOK FOR STUDENTS

Friday, October 23, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. < Click to attend.  Password is: s3minars2020
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 adding their names, and Notebook has the capacity to pass through grade information.  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, an interactive portfolio of student work, as well as a note-taking and organization tool.

Preparing to Teach Online Series

Preparing to Teach Online Series

In partnership with Online Programs, FCLD again will be offering an 8-part seminar series designed to prepare instructors for online teaching and learning. The below sessions are all webinar-based, in preparation for Spring 2021, based on the schedule below. All faculty will be enrolled in a Blackboard Course and the sessions will be live in Collaborate within that course. Faculty interested in registering should email fcld@hartford.edu.

FALL SESSION III:

Session 1: Planning and Designing an Online Course

Monday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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, show examples of exemplary online courses and syllabi, build a Blackboard Learning Module, and share useful resources that will help you as you design your online course.

Session 2: Creating Organized & Effective Instruction

Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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, as well as use Blackboard Learning Modules to create easy-to-follow online lessons. Finally, we’ll explore the many diverse sources of ready-made course content readily available on the Internet.

Session 3: Basic Tools for Online Instruction

Monday, November 9, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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, and Blackboard Groups.

Session 4: Fostering Interaction and Collaboration

Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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 up 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, Journals, and other non-Blackboard tools.

Session 5: Tests, Grading, Feedback, and Support

Monday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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 house-keeping of Grade Center and ways to set up Grade Center to reflect your grading scenario. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss ways you can offer feedback and build in support for students into your course.

Session 6: Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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.

Session 7: Must Have Tools for Teaching Online

Monday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Just because you are not face-to-face with your online students, it doesn't mean you can't 'talk' to them and with them. It's not difficult to prepare audio and video clips so you can demonstrate worked problems, introduce a topic, summarize a complex issue, or even meet together once or twice. This session will offer a 'survey course' on tools that can help.

Session 8: Closed Captions & Alt Tags? Learn Universal Design!

Monday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to use automatic video captioning in Ensemble (new!), how to edit captions, how to create alternative text (alt tags) for images in Blackboard, as well as some tips and tricks for making documents uploaded to Blackboard accessible.  FCLD will also demonstrate Ally, a new accessibility tool coming soon, which uses a wizard tool to assist faculty in automatically making documents accessible, as well as giving just-in-time tips to instructors. Creating accessible courses is required by law and is best practice for all instruction. This session is open to all faculty, but will be especially helpful for online, flipping or hybrid instructors.


SPRING SESSION I:

Session 1: Planning and Designing an Online Course

Monday, January 4, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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, show examples of exemplary online courses and syllabi, build a Blackboard Learning Module, and share useful resources that will help you as you design your online course.

Session 2: Creating Organized & Effective Instruction

Tuesday, January 5, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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, as well as use Blackboard Learning Modules to create easy-to-follow online lessons. Finally, we’ll explore the many diverse sources of ready-made course content readily available on the Internet.

Session 3: Basic Tools for Online Instruction

Wednesday, January 6, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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, and Blackboard Groups.

Session 4: Fostering Interaction and Collaboration

Thursday, January 7, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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 up 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, Journals, and other non-Blackboard tools.

Session 5: Tests, Grading, Feedback, and Support

Monday, January 11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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 house-keeping of Grade Center and ways to set up Grade Center to reflect your grading scenario. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss ways you can offer feedback and build in support for students into your course.

Session 6: Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors

Tuesday, January 12, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 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.

Session 7: Must Have Tools for Teaching Online

Wednesday, January 13, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Just because you are not face-to-face with your online students, it doesn't mean you can't 'talk' to them and with them. It's not difficult to prepare audio and video clips so you can demonstrate worked problems, introduce a topic, summarize a complex issue, or even meet together once or twice. This session will offer a 'survey course' on tools that can help.

Session 8: Closed Captions & Alt Tags? Learn Universal Design!

Thursday, January 14, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to use automatic video captioning in Ensemble (new!), how to edit captions, how to create alternative text (alt tags) for images in Blackboard, as well as some tips and tricks for making documents uploaded to Blackboard accessible.  FCLD will also demonstrate Ally, a new accessibility tool coming soon, which uses a wizard tool to assist faculty in automatically making documents accessible, as well as giving just-in-time tips to instructors. Creating accessible courses is required by law and is best practice for all instruction. This session is open to all faculty, but will be especially helpful for online, flipping or hybrid instructors.