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 April 2014 Release.
The following preview workshops are scheduled to be offered during spring 2015 prior to the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 Release, with follow-up hands-on workshops following the upgrade schedule for summer 2015.
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.
* = workshop designed for new users
** = workshop designed for experienced users
Note - All workshops following the Blackboard upgrade May 25th will be hands-on, with the exception of online workshops
The following workshops are currently being developed and will be offered during Spring and Summer 2014:
Preview of New Features in Blackboard [Online]
This year's Blackboard update to Blackboard Learn 9.1 April 2014 Release has a number of exciting updates and enhancements. For example, the Portfolio tool is completely rebuilt, making it easier than ever for students to create portfolios that synthesize their experience at NIU. A new Student Preview mode simplifies the process of testing the student experience of your courses. The new Anonymous & Delegated Grading workflow is a powerful tool for hiding student identify when grading or collaborating with other faculty or TAs for evaluating student work. The integration of the Assignment and SafeAssignment assessments combines the power of advanced grading tools with the option to include plagiarism prevention. In the April 2014 Release, all of this is wrapped in an updated modern look. To prepare for the anticipated update, join us for this preview to learn more about these (and a few more) enhancements and features. 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.
Blackboard Assessment Tools [Hands-on]
The online assessment tools in Blackboard can be utilized to facilitate meaningful and memorable learning activities for students. In this online workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore the various assessment tools from creating assignments, deploying tests and quizzes, and building rubrics. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard assessment tools? Join us for this online discussion to answer this question and share tips for assessing student learning using Blackboard. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard Communication Tools [Online]
The announcement, discussion board and email features in Blackboard are just a few of the many available tools for faculty to communicate with students and foster collaboration during the course. These tools provide faculty with a wealth of opportunities for building course communities and encouraging academic discussion outside the classroom. In this online session, we will share tips and best practices for communicating with students using Blackboard. Advance registration is required. Prerequisites: Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard, or previous experience with Blackboard.
Blackboard Tune-up: Introducing New Features in Blackboard [Hands-on]
Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 Service Pack 12/14 delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools, including: test exceptions, group management, inline grading side-bar, Quick Links, Achievements, and Date management. Join us to see the updates and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required.
Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate [Online]
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration tool that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, allowing faculty to conduct live class sessions with students online. During this online workshop, participants will receive an overview of the features of Blackboard Collaborate and step-by-step assistance with creating and managing Blackboard Collaborate sessions within Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center [Hands-on]
The Blackboard Grade Center is a useful tool for tracking student grades, but it also can be thought of as a communication tool to provide feedback to students about their performance and learning. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to use the Grade Center to grade assignments, record and calculate grades, provide comments, and customize the Grade Center for easier use. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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