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 SP14.
The following preview workshops are scheduled to be offered during spring 2014 prior to the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 SP14, with follow-up hands-on workshops following the upgrade schedule for summer 2014.
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 June 8th 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 Service Pack 14 delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools. For example, the new test exception feature makes it easier to adjust test settings for individual students, group management is quicker, and the inline grading side-bar is added to additional tools like blogs and discussions. The new Quick Links button makes it easier to navigate Blackboard with a screen reader, the new Achievements tool adds the ability to recognize students with badges and certificates, and the new Date Management feature helps update availability and due dates after performing a course copy. To prepare for the anticipated update, join us for this preview to learn more about these (and 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 Testing Enhancements [Online]
Some the most requested features that were added as part of the May 2014 upgrade to Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 14 include the enhancements made to Tests. The new Testing Exceptions option allows faculty to establish rules that override the delivery settings for specific students, such as increasing or decreasing the timer and changing the availability dates. In addition, there is also a new feature to schedule Test feedback based on events so that students automatically see the appropriate feedback at the correct time. Together, these greatly simplify the process of setting up Tests and responding to the needs of students. In this online session, we will explore the use of these features and demonstrate how to set up the exception and feedback rules. Advance registration is required.
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.
Motivating and Recognizing Your Students with the Blackboard Achievement Tool [Hands-on]
The new Blackboard Achievements tool makes it possible for faculty to add excitement and recognition for their students in their courses through badges and certifications. This tool allows faculty to easily see which students have reached learning milestones and to reward them for their success. In this online workshop, we will discuss the use of "badges" as a motivation or recognition strategy and demonstrate how to set up criteria for recognizing and rewarding student achievement in Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Sharing and Discovering Learning Objects: An Introduction to Blackboard xpLor [Online]
xpLor, a new and exciting tool available in Blackboard, is an easy way to create, discover, and share rich learning objects, including files, videos, assessments, and more. While it is integrated in Blackboard, xpLor is also cross-platform compatible, which enables sharing within a department, across the institution, and around the world, regardless of the learning platform used. In this online workshop, we will explore the possibilities of xpLor, including the benefits of xpLor, how to find and use existing content on xpLor, and how to create content to share with others. Advance registration is required.
Video Everywhere: Enhancing Communication Online Using Blackboard [Hands-on]
The Video Everywhere tool in Blackboard can augment communication between faculty, student, and course content. Video Everywhere allows users to record video anywhere in Blackboard that the text box editor is available. In this hands-on workshop, participants will discuss the pedagogical rational of incorporating this tool in their course, examine strategies for implementation, review best practices, and create and post their own video content. Advance registration is required.
Last Updated: 4/24/2014