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Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Release 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 Q4 2016 Release.

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

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

Schedule of Sessions:

The following preview workshops are scheduled to be offered during spring 2016 prior to the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 October 2014 Release, with follow-up hands-on workshops following the upgrade schedule for summer 2016.

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 2017

  • Fri, 4/21, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [online] [View recording]

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

Workshop Descriptions:

The following workshops are currently being developed and will be offered during Spring and Summer 2016:

Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [Online]
This year's Blackboard update is fairly minor, although there are a number of exciting updates and enhancements in store in the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Release. For example, following the update you and your students will be able to add files to Items, Assignments, and more using drag and drop. There are also some enhancements to assessments and grading, such as Submission Receipts created whenever a student submits an assignment, and email reminders you can send from the Grade Center to students who have missing coursework. We will also look at Bb Student, the newer mobile app that provides anytime, anywhere access to Blackboard for students. 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 Open Lab [Hands-on]
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.

Blackboard Portfolios [Hands-on]
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The all-new Blackboard Portfolio tool allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the recently redesigned Blackboard Portfolio tool. Advance registration is required.

Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Breakout Rooms [Hands-on]
Learn how to use the Breakout Groups feature within Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this face-to-face workshop we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session for organizing students into small groups for discussion, including creating Breakout Rooms, assigning students to Breakout Rooms (both manually and automatically), moving whiteboard content into Breakout Rooms, and monitoring small group discussion. Prerequisite: You should be familiar with the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool. Advance registration is required.

Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra [Hands-on]
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is web conferencing/collaboration tool that faculty and students rely on to provide opportunities for live interaction and personal connection in online and blended courses. Blackboard recently released an updated version of Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which offers a modern and streamlined user-friendly interface, improved audio and video quality, and easy-to-use application sharing. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the new Collaborate Ultra first-hand. You do not need any previous experience with Blackboard Collaborate to quickly learn to present and communicate with Collaborate Ultra. Advance registration required.

Last Updated: 4/28/2017