FCLD January Jumpstart Webinars

January 11, 2022
Submitted By: FCLD


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 month of Jan, 2022. All seminars will be held online via web conferencing (webinars). Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing or calling (860) 768-4661. 

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, noon. - 1 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. 

Remote Teaching Q&A Sessions

Thursdays, noon - 1 p.m. (Webinar) < Click to Attend
or by appointment (online only)

Every Thursday in January, we will be offering a drop-in clinic for instructors interested in Collaborate and remote teaching. If you’re new to Collaborate, you’ll learn strategies for streaming Collaborate while in the classroom for working with remote students while teaching face-to-face. If you’re using Collaborate already, feel free to drop by with a question or for troubleshooting. 

Getting Started with Ensemble & Creating Video ‘Lecturettes’ With Anthem

Friday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. – noon (Webinar) < Click to Attend

Ensemble 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 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.

Blackboard Collaborate for Remote Classroom Instruction

Monday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Webinar) < Click to attend.

Blackboard Collaborate is a free tool available to faculty and students and used to host live, synchronous webinars – right from their Blackboard courses. Collaborate makes it easy to facilitate live sessions with students without all the headaches of setting up, scheduling, and managing a remote session. In this session, we will cover some basic setup and housekeeping tips, as well as share some best practices in facilitating live, remote synchronous class sessions with your students.