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Blackboard 9.1 SP8 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 SP8.

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

  • Preview sessions prior to upgrade (online and F2F)
  • Hands-on workshops for new users

Schedule of Sessions:

The following preview workshops are scheduled to be offered during spring 2012 prior to the upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 SP8, with follow-up hands-on workshops following the upgrade schedule for summer 2012.

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

  * = workshop designed for new users
** = workshop designed for experienced users
Note - All workshops following the Blackboard upgrade May 30th will be hands-on, with the exception of online workshops

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Workshop Descriptions:

The following workshops are currently being developed and will be offered during Spring and Summer 2012:

Preview of New Features in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 [Online]
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. To prepare for the anticipated upgrade, join us for this online sessions to see the new interface and features first-hand. Advance registration is required.

Preview of New Features in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 [Hands-on]
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. To prepare for the anticipated upgrade, join us for this preview to see the new interface and features first-hand. Advance registration is required. 

Introducing New Features in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 [Hands-on]
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. 

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. 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. 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. 

Last Updated: 3/22/2016