Coronavirus Update

In-person classes will not resume for the spring semester. Classes resumed through remote instruction on March 30 and will continue until the end of the semester. Find full details of changes to the University’s schedule and operations, and additional information regarding our response to COVID-19 at

#renderEmergencyWidget( $widget )

FCLD Workshops to Be Held as Webinars

March 16, 2020
Submitted By: Bevin Rainwater

Due to President Woodward closing the University to all non-essential personnel, we have developed a plan to move all sessions that were to be held in the library over the next few weeks to be online. ALL OF THE BELOW WILL BE WEBINARS AND WILL BE RECORDED.  Faculty interested in attending any of these sessions, should email FCLD at  We will be holding the 3-hour Boot Camp as two one-and-a-half hour sessions, as this is more appropriate for an online webinar, both for attendees and those presenting.  If you do not have a headset, there is a call-in line for audio during the conference. To join a session, please click the links to join the sessions.


The 3-hour bootcamp sessions to be conducted 3/16 – 3/19 are changing to (2) 1.5 hour session Webinars (will be recorded), with unlimited space each.  Please note the following:

Monday, March 16, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Part 1 
Wednesday, March 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Part 2

Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Part 1
Thursday, March 19, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Part 2

In part 1, we will be discussing Blackboard Basics:

  • Basic online communication tools: Announcements, email, and discussions
  • Organizing courses: Course menus, learning modules and folders
  • Narrating lectures: Narrating and uploading PowerPoints to Ensemble for linking within Blackboard
  • Assessment: Assignments and Tests (basic multiple choice and/or true false formats)

In part 2, we will be discussing:

Please plan to attend both sessions.  Email to confirm that you will be able to attend either the M/W or the T/Th sessions.


Monday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – NOTE TIME CHANGE!
Friday, March 20, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Web conferencing is useful for advising, office hours, review sessions and conducting classes when face-to-face meetings may not be possible.  FCLD will introduce participants to the basics of setting up, starting, and facilitating a web conference meeting.  Participants will be able to experience WebEx from both a host and attendee point of view. If you do have a WebEx account, please sign up for a WebEx Session ahead of time by going to and click on the My Webex link à Sign Up.


Friday, March 20, 3:00 pm. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adding narration to a PowerPoint slide show can help you create standalone “mini lectures” that can be posted on Blackboard. Students can view the PowerPoint slides and hear your commentary right from their computers at home, allowing instructors to free up class time for interactive engagement and to make up canceled classes. This session will guide you through the steps to narrate your PowerPoint.


Tuesday, March 17, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – NOTE TIME CHANGE!
Thursday, March 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.


Tuesday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Monday, March 23, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Included in Office365 for all faculty, staff, and students, is the application Skype for Business.  Skype is an easy-to-use collaboration tool that provides instant messaging and the ability to do person-to-person and person-to-group calls with audio and/or video free of charge.  Instructors and students can connect with others around the world for office hours, collaborative projects, presentations, or to practice speaking foreign languages.  In this session, we will show you how to get started with Skype for Business, how to add people, create groups and how to start a conference call.


Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In this session, we will discuss the basics needed to create a lesson online in Blackboard, such as Learning Modules or Content Folders, uploading PowerPoints and other files, linking to websites and/or PDFs, and creating an assignment so students can submit their work online.


Monday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.


Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this session, instructors will learn the basics of setting up Blackboard assignments and using SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism detection tool.


The below all run from 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.  To register for these sessions, email or

Week One

Monday, March 16, 2020
Blackboard Introduction, Learning Modules and Menu Items

Tuesday March 17, 2020 Happy St Patrick’s Day
Blackboard Announcements, Assignments and Other Tools

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Blackboard Tests and Grade Center

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Blackboard Ensemble and Power Point voiceovers

Friday, March 20, 2020
Blackboard Questions and WebEx Overview


Week Two

Monday, March 23, 2020
Blackboard Introduction, Learning Modules and Menu Items

Tuesday March 24, 2020
Blackboard Announcements, Assignments and Other Tools

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Blackboard Tests and Grade Center

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Blackboard Ensemble and Power Point voiceovers

Friday, March 27, 2020
Blackboard Questions and WebEx Overview