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Basic Blackboard Workshop Topics:

Intermediate Blackboard Workshop Topics:

Advanced Blackboard Workshop Topics:


Advanced Features of Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Promoting Online Collaboration with Blackboard Collaborate workshop and covers many of the advanced features of the Blackboard Collaborate online collaboration tool in Blackboard, including: sharing your computer desktop during an online presentation, breaking students into breakout rooms for small group discussion, and enabling video archives of recorded sessions for students to download for viewing on an iPod or other mobile video player. In addition, the workshops explores advanced configuration settings in Blackboard for enabling Blackboard Collaborate for individual class groups as well as viewing advanced polling and tracking results. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Promoting Online Collaboration with Blackboard Collaborate workshop or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate

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Assessing Student Learning with Blackboard Tests and Surveys

Description:
The test and survey tools in Blackboard offer faculty a variety of useful options for online assessment. In this hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the various testing tools, create quizzes using a range of questions types and experiment with creating test and survey pools. We will discuss strategies for reducing online testing errors as well as issues involving academic concerns with online testing. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard 9.1 Preview

Description:
On May 30, 2011, Blackboard Next Generation (NG) will make its campus-wide debut at NIU. With over 80 new features, this will be the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was first introduced at NIU almost ten years ago. In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard NG has a simpler process for creating and editing courses and new tools to facilitate classroom collaboration. In this hands-on workshop participants will get an introduction to the most significant changes and features of Blackboard NG. Following the session, participants will receive access to a sandbox course to further explore the changes coming to Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Suggested that the user attend Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or have previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard

Description:
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of course layout and navigation, have an opportunity to place materials in a sample course, and also get assistance with requesting their own Blackboard courses. Participants who wish to request their courses during the workshop must have an active NIU AccountID. [For information about NIU AccountIDs used in Blackboard, contact ITS Customer Support: helpdesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Advance registration is required.

Duration:
3 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills

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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course

Description:
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of developing 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. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard's Portfolio Tool

Description:
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio tool, bundled with the Blackboard Content System, allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning into custom Web pages. The portfolio can then be shared with individuals or groups of users. This hands-on session covers the features of Blackboard’s portfolio tool. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own portfolio and share it, both for viewing within a course and with users outside of their course and even outside NIU.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard Assessment Tools

Description:
The survey and testing features in Blackboard offer faculty a variety of useful options for online assessment. In this hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the various testing tools, create quizzes using a range of questions types, and experiment with creating test and survey pools. We will discuss strategies for reducing online testing errors as well as issues involving academic concerns with online testing. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard Communication Tools

Description:
The discussion and file-sharing tools provided by Blackboard can enrich communication in the web-enhanced traditional classroom as well as in the online venue. These tools provide faculty with a wealth of opportunities for building course communities, encouraging academic discussion outside the classroom and collecting assignments electronically. This hands-on session covers the features of asynchronous and synchronous discussion, group discussion, and electronic file exchange. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard Grade Center I: Basic Features

Description:
With the recent upgrade of the Blackboard course management system to version 8.0, NIU faculty will see an entirely redesigned and newly named Grade Center. This hands-on workshop will review the significant changes in the layout and functionality of the Grade Center and will cover such topics as recording grades using inline editing, entering comments, sending email from the Grade Center, using interactive and non-interactive views, and customizing the default Grade Center look. Additionally, such topics as creating calculated grades, hiding, displaying and freezing columns, Grade Center searching and sorting functionalities will also be covered. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard Grade Center II: Advanced Features

Description:
With the recent upgrade of the Blackboard course management system to version 8.0, NIU faculty will see an entirely redesigned and newly named Grade Center with many new advanced features. This workshop will briefly review the significant changes in the layout and functionality of the new Grade Center in Blackboard 8.0 and will then cover advanced topics of Grade Center management, such as smart views, grading schemas, downloading /uploading grades, and setting up grading periods. Additionally, such topics as managing categories, managing grading history/reverting grades, and creating grading reports will also be covered. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard and attendance at the Grade Center I: Basic Features workshop

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Blackboard Next Generation Assignments Preview

Description:
After the May 2011 upgrade to Blackboard Next Generation, the Blackboard Assignment tool will have several great new features, including the possibility for multiple attempts, the ability to designate group assignments, and an option for anonymous grading. Join us for this online session for a preview of the improved Assignment Tool. Note: Blackboard has removed the Digital Drop Box in Blackboard Next Generation, so it will not be available after the upgrade. If you currently use the Digital Drop Box to collect assignments, this is a great opportunity to learn about the Assignment tool so that you can make the transition! Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blackboard Open Lab

Description:
Faculty, staff, and TAs are provided an excellent opportunity in Open Lab to ask specific questions about Blackboard and other teaching-related technologies. Staff from 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 and other instructional technologies. No advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Blackboard Tune-up: Introducing New Features in Blackboard

Description:
Blackboard Learn Release 9.1 Service Pack 10/11 delivers a more user-friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike and includes many exciting new features and improvements to existing functionality, including: a refreshed interface, new "My Blackboard" social learning tools, new calendar, new content editor, item analysis for online assessments, and a completely redesigned discussion board. Join us to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Blogs, Wikis and Journals: New Ways to Collaborate and Communicate with Students in Blackboard

Description:
Using Blackboard, faculty can take advantage of several social communication tools, such as blogs, wikis and journals, to create interactive and collaborative activities for students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the communication tools and practice creating, participating in and grading blogs, wikis and journals. Additionally, we will identify the types of activities that these tools can be used for. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Build Better Tests with Blackboard Item Analysis

Description:
The new Item Analysis feature helps you easily refine your tests and quizzes to ensure they are accurately measuring student performance. An at-a-glance summary of student performance allows you to evaluate the quality and validity of each question with difficulty and discrimination values. Its easy to identify ineffective questions. If it is appropriate, it is also easy to update the questions and automatically regrade student submissions. In this online session, you will see the Item Analysis feature in action and learn how it can help you improve your assessments. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Characteristics of Effective Discussion Boards in Blackboard

Description:
The Blackboard Discussion Board continues to gain popularity as a tool supporting asynchronous collaboration in both blended and entirely online courses. This hands-on workshop will go beyond creating basic Question and Answer forums, in order to dive deeper into the attributions of a highly effective discussion. A discussion forum can be a great tool for engagement, assessment and social cognition. In this workshop, we will discuss best practice strategies in conceptualizing discussion board assignments, logistics, scheduling, and using exemplars and rubrics. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Prerequisites: Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Collecting Assignments Electronically Using Blackboard

Description:
In this hands-on session, participants will learn about the Assignment Tool in Blackboard. The Assignment Tool is an effective way to collect assignments electronically rather than in paper form. The Assignment Tool integrates with the Blackboard Grade Center and organizes assignments so that they are easy to access. In Blackboard, Assignments can be assigned to groups, enabled for multiple attempts, and graded anonymously. In this workshop, participants will learn about the Assignment Tool, including creating an assignment, grading submissions, and using the features. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Communicating Visually During Online Sessions Using Blackboard Collaborate Whiteboard

Description:
Learn how to use the Whiteboard feature within Blackboard Collaborate to present content in a visual and engaging way during an online Web conferencing session. During this online session we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate session for sharing and annotating content on the Whiteboard, including loading content on the Whiteboard, enabling access for students, drawing and writing, adding images and screen shots, and saving content from the Whiteboard for access offline. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Attendance at Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate.

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Conducting Online Office Hours Using Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
Whether teaching in a traditional face-to-face, hybrid, or online course, offering optional office hours provides students with the opportunity to seek further clarification and assistance, enriching the learning experience. The Blackboard Collaborate online collaboration suite is one technology that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard and can be utilized to offer online office hours, allowing students to communicate in real time with faculty at a mutually convenient time and location. This online workshop will provide a brief introduction of Blackboard Collaborate and explore best practices of conducting online office hours using Blackboard Collaborate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Configuring The Blackboard Gradebook

Description:
Maintaining a gradebook in Blackboard has many advantages: students really enjoy quickly checking their assignment and test grades online--and faculty benefit as they spend less time distributing this information. But efficiently setting up the Blackboard gradebook can present some challenges. This hands-on workshop provides assistance with creating gradebook settings and downloading and uploading data into the Blackboard gradebook. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Controlling Student Access to Materials in Blackboard

Description:
Course content does not always apply to all users in the course. Faculty at times may wish to create custom learning paths through course content and activities, displaying content to certain users for a limited period of time. This hands-on session will walk participants through the process of managing course content, discussions, assessments, assignments, or other activities within Blackboard using the Adaptive Release feature to create personalized learning paths for students. Principles for effective implementation within existing Blackboard courses will be shared. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Copying and Archiving Courses in Blackboard

Description:
Blackboard's version 6.0 offers a wealth of copy and archiving features that can assist faculty with copying among courses and creating back-ups of entire courses. This hands-on workshop will cover the various copy functions and when to use each. We will also review the processes of creating and copying shells and scheduled sections. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Creating and Sustaining Groups in Blackboard

Description:
The two major complaints we hear from students about group projects are (1) the problems of getting members together for meetings and (2) the inequity of effort among group members. Virtual groups, easily established using Blackboard, can address both of these legitimate concerns. Additionally, online groups can enrich class discussion and provide a virtual environment for sharing documents. This hands-on workshop will walk participants through the process of setting up Blackboard groups and will discuss some of the principles that make group projects successful. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Developing Discussion Board Assignments with Large Classes in Blackboard

Description:
The Blackboard Discussion Board continues to gain popularity as a tool supporting asynchronous collaboration in both blended and entirely online courses. Although used as a tool for facilitating communication between and among students and faculty, this practice may have certain limitations. In this workshop, strategies to use discussion boards with large classes will be discussed. Topics will include the process of conceptualizing discussion board assignments, logistics, scheduling, expediting grading, and use of exemplars and rubrics. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Electronic Submission of Assignments in Blackboard

Description:
Blackboard offers a variety of methods for collecting assignments electronically, saving students and faculty time and resources. This hands-on workshop provides a review of the various electronic submission methods and offers an opportunity for faculty to practice using the assignment-collection features. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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End-Of-Semester Considerations for Your Blackboard Course

Description:
Once the semester is over and all course materials are organized and posted in Blackboard, faculty can take steps to preserve the course for future use. While courses are not deleted for about 15 months, certain parts of each course, such as the Grade Center, should be downloaded and saved. This session will cover the save and copy features available through the Blackboard interface and offer suggestions for what types of activities faculty should routinely follow at the end of an academic term. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Rooms

Description:
Learn how to use the Breakout Rooms feature within Blackboard Collaborate to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this online workshop we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate 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. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.0 hour

Prerequisites:
attendance at "Introduction to Web Conferencing Using Blackboard Collaborate" or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate.

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Integrating Web 2.0 Tools into Blackboard

Description:
Many new, free web tools are emerging that allow for new approaches to fostering interpersonal interaction in the online learning environment. While many of these new Web 2.0 tools are designed for integration within blogs or other social networking applications, they may also be embedded within Blackboard to extend its existing collaborative capabilities. This workshop will explore various free Web 2.0 tools and discuss how these tools can be integrated within or utilized in conjunction with Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Intro to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
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 hands-on 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.

Duration:
3 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Introducing Academic Resource Sharing Tools in Blackboard

Description:
Do you struggle to keep track of all your favorite Web sites and other online resources? Would you like to share the links to your favorite online resources with your colleagues or students? A new social bookmarking feature in Blackboard allows for the storing, classifying, sharing and searching of links through the practice of folksonomic tagging. This online session will introduce the social bookmarking capabilities in Blackboard and will explore several practical applications for implementing social bookmarking activities in the classroom. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Introducing New Features in Blackboard 9.1 SP8

Description:
Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 8 delivers exciting new features and improvements to existing functionality, including a refreshed interface, a course set-up wizard, student activity reports, automated test regrading, and standards alignment. Join us to see the new interface and features first-hand. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Suggested that the user attend Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or have previous experience using Blackboard

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Introduction to Blackboard Communities

Description:
Blackboard communities have most of the same features and functionality as Blackboard courses but are meant to be used for NIU activities other than courses scheduled through Registration and Records. NIU departments, organizations, committees, and communities can request a Blackboard community from ITS for a fee for the purpose of communication, collaboration, and/or training. This hands-on session, open to faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants, will provide an overview of Blackboard community tools and features. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills

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Managing Students' Grades With Blackboard Grade Center

Description:
Learn how to record, track and submit student grades using Blackboard Grade Center. In this hands-on workshop we will review the layout and functionality of the Grade Center and will cover such topics as recording grades using inline editing, entering comments, sending email from the Grade Center, adding calculated columns and categories, and customizing the default Grade Center look. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Mastering the Control Panel in Blackboard

Description:
The Control Panel in Blackboard is the key to adding course content, managing discussion, setting-up groups and many other essential online course management functions in Blackboard. This hands-on session provides an overview of the various Control Panel features and offers participants an opportunity to work within their own courses to learn course management skills. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Mobile Series: Designing a Mobile-Friendly Blackboard Course

Description:
Blackboard Mobile Learn is designed to provide students with instant access to their courses via mobile devices. Materials posted in Blackboard are seamlessly integrated with the mobile app, so you do not need to duplicate course development to enable mobile access. However, the capabilities of the application and of mobile devices limit the mobile experience and can frustrate students using the mobile app to access course materials. In this online workshop, we will discuss some best practices and helpful hints for building your Blackboard course to make it mobile-friendly and present some examples of how you can use the app to manage their courses. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Mobile Series: Offering Mobile-Friendly Online Lectures Using Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
Blackboard Mobile Learn is designed to provide students with instant access to their courses via mobile devices. Materials posted in Blackboard are seamlessly integrated with the mobile app, so faculty do not need to duplicate course development to enable mobile access. However, the capabilities of the application and of mobile devices limit the mobile experience and can frustrate students using the mobile app to access course materials. In this online workshop, we will discuss some best practices and helpful hints for building your Blackboard course to make it mobile-friendly and present some examples of how you can use the app to manage their courses. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Attendance at "Intro to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate" or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate.

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Multimedia Integration into Blackboard

Description:
This workshop will cover basic multimedia integration using Blackboard. Participants will learn how to import images, video and audio clips into different sections of the Blackboard online package. Participants will be using a browser (Internet Explorer). Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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New Tools & Features in Blackboard

Description:
With the recent upgrade of the Blackboard course management system to version 7.3, NIU faculty can expect to see a number of new and enhanced features when they log in to Blackboard. The new version introduces significant changes in the layout and functionality of the discussion board, some enhanced features in the gradebook and assessment component as well as a new early warning system that monitors student progress in a course and alerts faculty to possible performance problems. This online session will highlight these new and enhanced features and tools. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Personalizing the "Look" of Your Blackboard Course

Description:
Learn the basics of how to customize the interface of your Blackboard course. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn basic interface design principles and have the opportunity to create a customized course banner and buttons for use in their own Blackboard course. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Plagiarism Prevention Using Blackboard SafeAssign

Description:
Despite our efforts to educate students regarding the principles of solid academic writing, students may not always understand how to properly reference source content. The new SafeAssign plagiarism prevention service that is now integrated in Blackboard allows students to protect the originality of their work as well as to have it checked for inadvertent citation errors prior to submitting (to the faculty member) for credit. This hands-on session will introduce the features of the SafeAssign plagiarism prevention service and its integration with Blackboard and will illustrate how to incorporate opportunities for students to self-check their work for citation errors. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard.

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Podcasting with Blackboard

Description:
Podcasting is a powerful technology involving the selective subscription of audio or video content delivered over the Internet. NIU has installed a building block to Blackboard that allows faculty to easily create a course podcast in Blackboard. This hands-on workshop provides participants a brief overview of podcasting technology and the opportunity to create a course podcast in Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard

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Promoting Online Collaboration with Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
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 and students to engage in meaningful and memorable interactions by combining interactive technologies with instructional best practices. During this hands-on 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.

Duration:
3 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Self and Peer Assessment Made Simple with Blackboard

Description:
Self- and peer-assessment are valuable tools that leverage the power of reflection and critique. Students may learn more deeply when required to assess themselves and/or their peers. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to incorporate self- and peer-assessment into a course and will work hands-on with the Blackboard Self and Peer Assessment tool. This tool allows students to submit work through Blackboard which is then evaluated by a random group of fellow students. Students may even reflect upon and evaluate their own work. Participants will experience the Self and Peer Assessment process and will create a Self and Peer Assessment in Blackboard. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard

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Sharing Your Computer Screen during an Online Lecture Using Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
Learn how to move beyond presenting content from PowerPoint slides during an online session using Blackboard Collaborate. During this online session we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate session for showing your computer screen to students, including showing web pages, applications running on your computer, as well as Web pages. We'll also demonstrate how to also pass control to students and discuss best practices for incorporating screen sharing into your online sessions. Prerequisites: attendance at "Promoting Online Collaboration with Blackboard Collaborate" or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Promoting Online Collaboration with Blackboard Collaborate workshop or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate

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Social Bookmarking Using Blackboard Scholar

Description:
Do you struggle to keep track of all your favorite websites and other online resources? Would you like to share the links to your favorite online resources with your colleagues or students? A new social bookmarking feature in Blackboard allows for the storing, classifying, sharing and searching of links through the practice of folksonomic tagging. This hands-on session will introduce the social bookmarking capabilities in Blackboard and will explore several practical applications for implementing social bookmarking activities in the classroom. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard.

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Structuring Your Online Class in Blackboard

Description:
Preparing to teach online presents many challenges as we rethink our course materials and plan how we can delivery the content in an effective format. This hands-on session provides an opportunity to build a pedagogically-sound structure for an online class. We will discuss how-and why-courses can be organized and what features of Blackboard can used to enhance the students' online learning experience.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Submitting Final Grades Automatically from Blackboard to MyNIU

NIU faculty can use the Blackboard Grade Submission Tool to publish grades from the Blackboard Grade Center directly to MyNIU, saving time and reducing the opportunity for data entry errors. After submitting grades using this tool, faculty simply login to MyNIU to view the final grades and post them officially. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the new Blackboard Grade Submission Tool and provide faculty who have been using the Blackboard Grade Center with step-by-step assistance in submitting their final grades from Blackboard to MyNIU. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to individually address questions and provide assistance. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Tips for Assessing Student Learning Using Blackboard

Description:
The online assessment tools of Blackboard can be utilized to facilitate meaningful and memorable learning activities for students. These online assessment tools include: surveys, test, quizzes, and electronic submission of assignments. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard assessment tools? What recommendations exist for reinforcing academic integrity and providing meaningful feedback? Join us for this online discussion to answer these questions and share tips and best practices for assessing student learning using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Tips for Communicating Effectively Using Blackboard

Description:
The announcement, discussion, and email features in Blackboard are just a few of the many tools available for faculty to communicate with students and foster collaboration during the course. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard communication tools? Join us for this online discussion to answer this question and share tips and best practices for communicating with students using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Tips for Effective Group Collaborations in Blackboard

Description:
The built-in groups tools available in Blackboard make it possible for students to engage easily in online discussion, share files, chat, and email. However, simply placing students in groups in Blackboard and enabling these available tools is no guarantee that students will engage in meaningful group collaborations. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard group tools? Join us for this online discussion to answer this question and share tips and best practices for creating and sustaining group activities using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Tips for Engaging Online Sessions with Blackboard Collaborate

Description:
Do you want to know the secret to designing and leading effective Blackboard Collaborate sessions? In this one hour introductory online session, we will share tips for designing and leading engaging, interactive online sessions. You will learn the recommended techniques to prepare participants before they attend your live session. You will also learn how to communicate with and manage the interactions of your participants, best practices for designing online presentation content, and the importance of archives. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Tips for Implementing Successful Discussion Board Forums in Blackboard

Description:
The Blackboard Discussion Board continues to gain popularity as a tool supporting asynchronous collaboration in both blended and entirely online courses. In this workshop, tips and strategies for implementing successful Discussion Board Forums will be discussed. Topics will include the process of establishing guidelines and expectations for student participation, exploring different types of forums and their appropriate application in your course, using the Discussion Board as an assessment strategy by making forum postings gradable assignments, and the use of exemplars and rubrics. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Tips for Managing Large Classes in Blackboard

Description:
Teaching large classes is challenging, but Blackboard can help simplify the "behind the scenes" administrative tasks. How can large classes be divided into small groups to work online? What is the Early Warning System, and how can its notifications assist with managing large classes? What tools are available to organize assignment submissions? How can the Blackboard Grade Center be structured to simplify tracking grades? Join us for this online discussion to answer these questions and share tips and best practices for working with large classes in Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Tracking Student Performance in the Blackboard Retention Center

Description:
Blackboard provides a variety of tools that help faculty track student performance in the course. The Blackboard Learn Retention Center is a feature integrated into Blackboard that allows faculty to monitor student performance proactively based on grades, activity-level, access to Blackboard course, and missed deadlines. In this online workshop, we will focus on setting up and running the Retention Center, creating rules and setting criteria, and how to notify students on their performance. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard.

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Using Blackboard Goals and Alignments

Description:
In Blackboard, every item, interaction, and assessment can be aligned to system-wide standards, including both the NCATE and the Illinois standards. These alignments can help students see how course content and activities connect to these competencies. Alignments can also be used for course-level assessment to determine whether students are meeting the standards. Unfortunately, goals and standards must be added administratively, so the current selection is very limited. In this session, you will learn how to add alignments to course content and assessments and how to evaluate student achievement against the standards. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.0 hour

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Using the Blackboard Content Collection to Manage Your Course Content

Description:
The Blackboard Content Collection feature provides NIU faculty with an easy and efficient way to store, share, and manage their course content. The Content Collection feature fully integrates with the Blackboard System and provides an easy way for faculty to manage files, grant file permissions, and link the same files to multiple courses and sections without the need for duplication. This session will walk participants through the process of managing course content using the Blackboard Content Collection. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard.

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Using Interactive Rubrics in Your Blackboard Course

Description:
Blackboard Rubrics help you evaluate student work consistently and objectively by listing evaluation criteria for any given assignment and more. In this workshop, participants will learn how create and use rubrics. Rubrics can help make grading fast and easy. In addition to regular assignments, Blackboard's Interactive Rubrics can be associated with short answer Test questions, gradable Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Discussion Board threads and forums. During grading, as scores and feedback are entered into a Rubric they are also automatically reflected in the Grade Center, which becomes a great time saver. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard.

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Last Updated: 07/30/2014