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Blackboard Learn Workshops

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will offer training programs introducing faculty, staff, and teaching assistants to the new features in Blackboard 9.1 SP11.

New workshops for the spring and summer will include the following:

  • Preview sessions prior to upgrade (online and hands-on)
  • Hands-on workshops for new users

Schedule of Sessions:

The following preview workshops are scheduled to be offered during spring 2013 prior to the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 SP11, with follow-up hands-on workshops following the upgrade schedule for summer 2013.

Descriptions for each of the available workshops are available here. To register for a workshop, click the "Register here »" link provided and log in to register online.

April 2013

  • Fri, 4/19, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [online]
  • Wed, 4/24, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [hands-on] **
  • Fri, 4/26, 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [hands-on] **

May 2013

  • Fri, 5/3, 9:00 am to 10:30 am - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [hands-on] **
  • Fri, 5/10, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Preview of New Blackboard Inline Assignment Grading Feature [online] **
  • Wed, 5/22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [online] ** 
  • Fri, 5/31, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm - Take Your Teaching to the Next Level by Making the Most of Blackboard's New Features [hands-on] ** 

June 2013

  • Tue, 6/11, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
  • Wed, 6/12, 10:00 am to11:30 am - Blackboard Tune-up: Introducing New Features in Blackboard ** 
  • Thu, 6/13, 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Blackboard Tune-up: Introducing New Features in Blackboard ** 
  • Tue, 6/18, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course

July 2012

  • Wed, 7/10, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
  • Thu, 7/25, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course [online] * 

August 2012

  • Wed, 8/14, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Blackboard Tune-up: Introducing New Features in Blackboard ** 
  • Mon, 8/19, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
  • Fri, 8/23, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard

  * = workshop designed for new users
** = workshop designed for experienced users
Note - All workshops following the Blackboard upgrade June 8th will be hands-on, with the exception of online workshops

Workshop Descriptions:

The following workshops are currently being developed and will be offered during Spring and Summer 2013:

Preview of New Features in Blackboard [Online]
NIU's Blackboard system is scheduled to upgraded in June 2013 to Release 9.1 Service Pack 11. This update will deliver a more user-friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike and include many exciting new features and improvements to existing functionality, including: a refreshed interface, new "My Blackboard" social learning tools, new calendar, text notifications, new content editor, item analysis for online assessments, and a completely redesigned discussion board. To prepare for the anticipated upgrade, join us for this preview to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required.

Preview of New Features in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 [Hands-on]
NIU's Blackboard system is scheduled to upgraded in June 2013 to Release 9.1 Service Pack 11. This update will deliver a more user-friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike and include many exciting new features and improvements to existing functionality, including: a refreshed interface, new "My Blackboard" social learning tools, new calendar, text notifications, new content editor, item analysis for online assessments, and a completely redesigned discussion board. To prepare for the anticipated upgrade, join us for this preview to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required.

Preview of New Blackboard Inline Assignment Grading Feature [Online]
NIU's Blackboard system is scheduled to upgraded in June 2013 to Release 9.1 Service Pack 11. This update will deliver a more user-friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike and include many exciting new features like the Inline Assignment Grading feature. Inline Assignment Grading is a revision to the workflow for grading Assignments in Blackboard. Instead of downloading student-submitted files to view or edit those submissions, faculty will now be able to view student-submitted files “inline,” i.e. in the web browser, without requiring any plugins, applets, or client-side applications. Additionally, annotation tools will be made available as part of the inline viewer, enabling faculty to provide feedback including comments, highlights, and even drawings/annotations directly on the inline view of the document. To prepare for the anticipated Blackboard upgrade, join us online to see a preview and demonstration of the Inline Assignment Grading feature. Advance registration is required.

Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard [Hands-on]
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.

Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course [Hands-on]
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of building a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses and should bring to the session any course materials they want to upload or work with during the workshop. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or on a CD. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Take Your Teaching to the Next Level by Making the Most of Blackboard's New Features [Hands-on]
Are you ready to take your teaching to the next level? Would you like to energize your courses while simplifying your day-to-day teaching-related tasks? Then get ready to explore some new and dynamic features of Blackboard, which will enhance the teaching and learning environment. The new features (available after the Blackboard upgrade on June 8, 2013) will allow you to customize and integrate your own style of teaching into your courses and keep your students motivated and engaged through enriched communication tools and anytime, anywhere functionality. With the new features, you can enhance your students’ educational experience as well as streamline and simplify course-related tasks. Be the first to explore the next level of course enhancements that will provide an even more user-friendly and state-of-the-art experience for students and faculty alike. Advance registration is required. 

Blackboard Tune-up: Introducing New Features in Blackboard [Hands-on]
Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 Service Pack 10/11 delivers a more user-friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike and includes many exciting new features and improvements to existing functionality, including: a refreshed interface, new "My Blackboard" social learning tools, new calendar, new content editor, item analysis for online assessments, and a completely redesigned discussion board. Join us to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required.

Last Updated: 3/24/2016