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Blackboard: Faculty Training

If you are new to Blackboard 9.1 or just need help using it, this LibGuide contains how-to videos that demonstrate some features.

 

 

 

 

UA-PTC Blackboard Support offers Blackboard Training on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Training topics are offered based on the flow of the semester. Training is scheduled according to the academic calendar and the master college calendar. Sessions range from 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on the topic covered.

UA-PTC Blackboard Support seeks to offer a comprehensive training curriculum that addresses a range of faculty and staff support needs. Below, you will find a list of all of the training currently offered through the team. If you find that there is not currently a training on a topic that you wish to cover, please send in a request and someone will follow up with you: Training Request Form

 

Training Descriptions

Training Title: Blackboard Basics

Estimated Time: 2.5 hours

DescriptionThis course guides instructors through the fundamentals needed to create, organize, customize, and manage a course shell in Blackboard. Instructors will learn the Blackboard use requirements minimums for displaying a syllabus, student handouts, assignments, readings, PowerPoints, hyperlinks, and test. Each instructor is required to create a development shell for one of their courses prior to granting of certification.

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Training Title: Level the Playing Field

Estimated Time: 45 minutes

Description: Online learning may be challenging enough for some students, learn how you can help equal the playing field by employing best practices of accessibility in your Blackboard course shell.

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Training Title: Blackboard Advanced Grading

Estimated Time: 1.5 hours

Description: This course teaches instructors key features in Blackboard to best customized the grade center for their individual course needs. Instructors will learn to organize their grade center, create a variety of grade column types, using color-coding, create grading schemas for custom scoring, and other nifty tips for using the Blackboard Grade Center.

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Training Title: Use Blackboard to make Group Work work!

Estimate Time: 45 minutes

Description: Sometimes instructors and students can be at odds when it comes to understanding the benefits of group projects, especially in online environments. Learn how to use features in Blackboard to make group work work for you and your students.

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Training Title: Blackboard Portfolios

Estimate Time: 1 hour

Description: Do you value web portfolios for students but have concerns about their privacy? Student portfolios can be tremendously valuable for showcasing skills and potential while teaching students to use artifacts to tell a story. Teach your students to safely build a digital portfolio housed in Blackboard.

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Training Title: Use SafeAssign to Reduce Plagiarism with Blackboard

Estimate Time: 45 minutes

Description: Teach your students how to implement proper citation practices with SafeAssign Original Reports in Blackboard. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers and the web to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.

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Training Title: Blackboard CopyCat!

Estimate Time: 30 minutes

Description: Start the next semester with a reduced workload by using the copy features in Blackboard to transfer your course material.

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Training Title: Blackboard Tracking and Reporting

Estimate Time: 30 minutes

Description: Learn how students are engaging with your course using Blackboard tracking and reporting. You will learn how to run reports for various observations in your course.

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Training Title: Blackboard Retention Center

Estimate Time: 45 minutes

Description: Life is hectic; sometimes students fall off track. Nudge your students in the right direction with the help of the Blackboard Retention Center. This easy-to-use alert system, will keep you and your students in sync with their progress throughout the semester. 

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Training Title: Blackboard Rubrics

Estimate Time: 1 hour

Description: Are rubrics your go-to for grading? Learn how to build a rubric in Blackboard. Associate your rubric with an assignment to assess student learning.

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Training Title: Blackboard Academic Advising Shell

Estimate Time: 30 minutes

Description: Are you advising students? Learn how the Academic Advising Shell template in Blackboard can make your job a bit easier by reviewing some of the basic features of the standard template. Note: This session is an overview of the technical aspects of the standard shell. Policy and best practices will not be reviewed. Discipline specific shells will not be reviewed.

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Training Title: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Estimate Time: 1 hour

Description: Make class meetings more convenient with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Even if you are teaching a face-to-face or hybrid course, your students may benefit from the added option of virtual conferencing. Use Blackboard Collaborate to simulate, face-to-face conferencing, hold online lectures, conduct online group work or even peer revision groups.

Blackboard Collaborate features include:  video and/or audio chat, desktop and mobile web conferencing, dynamic whiteboard, slideshows, screensharing, ability to edit content on the fly, multi-platform and low-bandwidth support, and universal accessibility, including for those with disabilities

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Training Title: Blackboard Student Orientation

Estimate Time: 30 minutes

Description: Blackboard Student Orientation reviews ALL Blackboard course features including hybrid and face-to-face course. Orientation is available in multiple formats.

  1. Face-to-Face (Information Literacy Library Classroom on Main Campus)
  2. Blackboard Collaborate Session (webinar format)
  3. Self-paced Blackboard Course (requires quiz completion)

Face-to-face and Collaborate sessions will be offered regularly for the first three weeks of each semester. Schedules are sent via email every semester. After the first few weeks, only the self-paced option will be available. The self-paced option is available year-round. All options are eligible for a digital certificate as requested to Blackboard@uaptc.edu.

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Training Title: Adopting the Standardized Course Shell Template

Required Materials: None (recommended Blackboard shell access)

Description: Learn how to adopt your current content to the new standardized course shell. 

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Training Title: Tracking Attendance with Blackboard

Estimate Time: 30 minutes

Description: Build attendance tracking in the Blackboard Grade Center to track attendance in Blackboard. Track your attendance for your course and it archives along with your course at the end of the semester.

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Training Title: Blackboard Advanced Testing: Pools and Cheat proofing

Estimate Time: 1.5 hours

Description: Blackboard's testing features will help you assess student learning in simple, automated ways that will make tracking student progress easier. Learn the best practices to build a test that is final exam worth using the many features of Blackboard’s testing tool. This session includes best practices for setting test options, adjusting for accommodations, and building test pools.

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Training Title: Building Online Communities with Discussion Boards

Estimate Time: 45 minutes

Description: Learn how to effectively use the discussion board feature in Blackboard by regulating post activity, monitoring interaction, and adding grades.

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Training Title: Blogs, Journals, and Wikis Oh My!

Estimate Time: 45 minutes

Description: In a successful online learning community, students need to have access to the right tools for their interactive tasks. Blackboard offers several communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration, and communication. Learn how to use Blogs, Journals, and Wikis tools to provide rich assignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge.

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Training Title: Using Self and Peer Assessment for Peer Revision

Estimate Time: 45 minutes

Description: Do you work peer revision into your course? Do your students have to work in groups at some point during the semester? Would you like to better evaluate / monitor those interactions? Set up self and peer assessment in Blackboard to allow students to submit work and review each other’s assignments to provide feedback or just a score with an explanation. You can even allow anonymous revisions.

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Training Title: Blackboard Open Hour

Estimate Time: 1 Hour

Description: Stop by to get your questions and problems answered during the Blackboard session. Even if you don’t have any questions, you may find someone else’s solution helpful.

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