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Teaching with Technology Institute

Take Your Teaching to the Next Level
by Making the Most of Blackboard's New Features

Friday, May 31, 2013
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Altgeld Hall 100


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.

This year's institute will feature full morning and afternoon sessions designed to empower faculty to elevate content delivery with new and revamped features designed to increase efficiency, engage learning and keep students on track. In the morning session, participants will learn about how their students can develop their own social presence through the use of posts and spaces in order to connect and engage with other students and faculty. Participants will discover how these features can increase the value of social learning and the ability to collaborate with others, both in and out of the classroom. You won’t want to miss the afternoon session when participants will work with tools designed to make teaching more effective and efficient, such as the in-line assignment grading feature, retention center, and item analysis.

Participants should be familiar with Blackboard basics to participate in this institute. A tentative agenda is as follows:

Tentative Outline

Morning Session
8:00 am  
8:30 am  
Opening Remarks
9:00 am  
Adding a Social Layer to Your Classes
New Content Editor, My Blackboard (Spaces, Posts)
10:15 am  
10:30 am  
Staying Connected in Blackboard
Creating your own spaces, redesigned Discussion Board
11:45 am  
Lunch Break (lunch on your own)
Afternoon Session
1:00 pm  
Taking Advantage of the New Features for Teaching Efficiency
Retention Center, Item Analysis, File Picker, Calendar
2:30 pm  
2:45 pm  
Grading Assignments More Quickly and Easily
New Inline Assignment Grading feature
4:15 pm  
Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open to all faculty, instructors, and teaching staff (SPS and Civil Service). Registered participants will receive institute materials and a certificate of participation. If you do not wish to receive a certificate, please indicate in the accommodation field on the registration form. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2013. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging materials, please register by the deadline here and plan to attend the entire institute.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by May 24, 2013 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the institute or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 7/16/2014