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2016 Upgrade - Blackboard 9.1 October 2014 Release


Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 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 October 2014 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 2016

  • Tue, 4/19, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard [online] ** Register here!

May 2016

To be announced

June 2016

To be announced

July 2016

To be announced

August 2016

To be announced

Workshop Descriptions:

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

This year's Blackboard update to Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 Release is fairly minor, although there are a number of exciting updates and enhancements. For example, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the modern and fully-rebuilt web conferencing tool, will be available in all courses. We will also highlight a new Goal Performance Dashboard for tracking student progress against course Goals, and improvements to the Helix Media Library for storing and sharing video content. 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.

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.

Last Updated: 3/16/2016