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BLACKBOARD WORKSHOPS

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BB01 Building Blackboard Courses

BB02 Getting the Most out of the Discussion Board

BB03 Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate

BB04 Collecting Assignments

BB05 Making Teamwork Work

BB06 Creating Tests and Surveys

BB07 Maintaining an Online Gradebook

BB08 Upgrading from Blackboard 9 to 9.1 (1 ½  hrs.) NEW!

BB09 Working with Multimedia in Blackboard

BB10 Problem-Based Learning via Blackboard

BB11 Using Blackboard to Facilitate Critical Thinking

BB12 Administering Course Evaluations via Blackboard

BB13 Using Blackboard to Implement the 7 Principles

BB14 Designing Coursesites for Easy Navigation

BB15 Using Safe Assign to Deter Plagiarism

BB16 Increasing Student Retention

BB17 Teaching Green

BB18 Grading with Blackboard Rubrics

BB19 Developing Student Competence via Blackboard's Adaptive Release (1 hr.)

BB20 Aligning your Blackboard Course with Learning Outcomes (1 hr.)

BB21 Creating and Managing Portfolios

BB22 Managing Multiple Sections of a Course

BB23 Coordinating Multiple Sections of a Course

BB24 Getting the Most out of Blackboard Mobile Learn


BB01 Building Blackboard Courses (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: Experience with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer

Note: BB01 or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for other Blackboard workshops.

A comprehensive introduction to Blackboard, this workshop will enable you to incorporate both texts and images in Blackboard and to organize them in folders. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to do the following:

  1. log in and navigate the Blackboard environment.
  2. email your class (without typing email addresses).
  3. type or copy and paste text.
  4. attach and drag-and-drop a file.
  5. display an image.
  6. embed a link to a website.
  7. organize material in folders.
  8. make your course available to students.
  9. integrate audio and video in content areas.
  10. list and define other Blackboard tools.
  11. integrate cloud storage (OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox).

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BB02 Getting the Most out of the Discussion Board (1½ hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Blackboard’s Discussion Board is a powerful tool for stimulating reflection, discussion, and peer review of drafts or designs. To help you take advantage of the Discussion Board, this workshop will teach you to do the following:

  1. set up a forum.
  2. participate in a forum.
  3. monitor students’ contributions to a forum.
  4. organize peer review of papers.

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BB03 Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Learn how to use this powerful web-conferencing tool that is designed especially for virtual classrooms and is integrated into the Blackboard course management system. You will be able to conduct classes with Voice over IP, multi-point video, interactive whiteboards, application sharing, polling, file transfer, breakout rooms, and more. Meanwhile, your students will be able to participate in “live” class sessions “on the go” via their laptops, tablets, or phones. To enable you to exploit Collaborate’s features, this workshop will show you how to accomplish the following tasks:

  1. access Collaborate via Blackboard.
  2. schedule a session.
  3. record a collaborate session.
  4. hold a "real-time" classroom discussion using voice and video.
  5. conduct guided Web tours.
  6. load PowerPoint presentations to the Whiteboard.
  7. use the Whiteboard tools (pointer tool, text tool, pen tool, eraser tool).
  8. access Collaborate help resources.

 

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BB04 Collecting Assignments (1 hr.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Are you tired of your students "maxing out" your email account with their papers? If so, we recommend this Blackboard workshop, especially for faculty who wish to teach distance-learning or flipped courses where they cannot exchange papers in the classroom. The workshop will teach you to do the following:

  1. create an assignment.
  2. view a student's submission and comment and grade the submission.
  3. create a self-evaluation and peer review assignment.
  4. create and manage blogs.
  5. create and manage journals.
  6. filter post.
  7. add Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to groups.

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BB05 Making Teamwork Work (1 ½ hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Do your students work on group projects? Blackboard’s Group Pages will permit them to collaborate anywhere and anytime, while enabling you to monitor not only the group’s progress but the contribution of each member. To set up the Group Pages for your students, you will learn how to complete the following tasks:

  1. create multiple groups.
  2. add, list, and remove members.
  3. activate group tools (e.g., discussion board or wiki).
  4. post a group assignment.

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BB06 Creating Tests and Surveys (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience


Would you like to create self-grading tests for diagnosis, practice, and evaluation? Then sign up for this workshop so that you can master the following skills:

  1. create a question pool.
  2. create a test or survey shell.
  3. import questions from a pool into a test or survey.
  4. randomize test items.
  5. make a test available and limit its visibility.
  6. view test access log.

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BB07 Maintaining an Online Gradebook (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

What if you could save time and help your students at the same time? Well, you can via Blackboard’s Grade Center.  Redesigned for better navigation and customization, Blackboard's Grade Center will automatically enter Blackboard quiz grades, compute all of your grades (from Blackboard and non-Blackboard sources), and show students, anytime and anywhere, how they are progressing in your course. To enable you to use the Grade Center, this workshop will guide you through the following steps:

  1. access entries in the Grade Center.
  2. customize the grid, using "Smart Views."
  3. modify Blackboard quiz scores.
  4. create entries for non-Blackboard tests, papers, or classwork.
  5. activate grade center color coding based on student performance.
  6. weigh and compute grades, adding exemptions when needed.
  7. delete multiple gradebook columns.
  8. generate reports.
  9. view submission receipts.
  10. send missing coursework reminders.

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BB08 Upgrading from Blackboard 9 to 9.1 (1 ½  hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Designed to help proficient users of Blackboard 9 transition to Blackboard 9.1, this workshop will highlight the most significant differences between Blackboard 9 and 9.1. You will find that the new features in Blackboard 9.1 will improve student collaboration and information-sharing.  By the end of the workshop, you will be able to do the following:

  1. create blogs, journals, and wikis.
  2. create mashups (i.e., YouTube, Flicker, Slideshare).
  3. create learning modules.
  4. create peer review assignments.
  5. create rubrics.

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BB09 Working with Multimedia in Blackboard (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

An advanced workshop, BB09 shows faculty how to use multimedia to make Blackboard instruction more stimulating, interactive, and memorable. During the workshop, you will construct a Blackboard Learning Unit that demonstrates the following skills:

  1. how to create a Blackboard Learning Unit.
  2. how to find appropriate and legal digital content to improve teaching and learning.
  3. how to ensure that digital media are accessible to students and compatible with network constraints.
  4. how to attach a media file (e.g., PPT slide show, Flash animation).
  5. how to link to an offline or online media file (e.g., a movie on a CD, a simulation).
  6. how to display a media file (e.g., an audio file, a short video clip, images within a quiz).

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BB10 Problem-Based Learning via Blackboard (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach starts with an authentic, open-ended problem, provides students with tools and resources to investigate the problem, and engages student groups in collaborative problem-solving. To facilitate such learning, the PB01 workshop uses Blackboard to present the whole class with a problem and a collection of related resources, while assigning small groups their own discussion boards, where they can formulate hypotheses and explore possible solutions with strategic input from the instructor. Consequently, this workshop will show you how to do the following:

  1. set up groups via the Group Pages.
  2. present a problem via the Discussion Board.
  3. provide related resources via the Discussion Board as well as in the External Links area.
  4. facilitate group discussion via each group’s Discussion Board.

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BB11 Using Blackboard to Facilitate Critical Thinking (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: None

A hands-on workshop, this session demonstrates how to use technology to stimulate critical thinking by engaging faculty in interactive online activities. Although the workshop harnesses Blackboard’s technology, faculty do not need Blackboard skills to participate because they will experience instruction as their students would. During the workshop, faculty will explore ways to use Blackboard to facilitate independent and interdependent decision-making as follows:

  1. to analyze information by identifying causes, making inferences, or finding supporting evidence.
  2. to synthesize information by integrating it into a new pattern or proposing alternatives.

After the workshop, faculty may sign up for the Blackboard workshops that will equip them to create these activities.

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BB12 Administering Course Evaluations via Blackboard (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite:BB01 or equivalent experience

Blackboard’s survey tool offers teachers a fast, easy method of collecting student evaluations of courses in a password-protected environment. Blackboard will compute the statistics and display typewritten comments, while preserving the students’ anonymity. In fact, Blackboard surveys are so efficient that teachers can administer evaluations throughout the semester to monitor their teaching and their students’ learning. Take this workshop to learn how. During the workshop you will do the following:

  1. complete a Blackboard course evaluation.
  2. view the results of the evaluation.
  3. create a question pool.
  4. create a survey shell.
  5. import questions into a survey.
  6. make a survey available to students.

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BB13 Using Blackboard to Implement the 7 Principles (online)
Prerequisite: NO KNOWLEDGE OF BLACKBOARD REQUIRED, just familiarity with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer (Note: We strongly recommend that you access this tutorial via a high-speed Internet connection such as the campus network, cable or DSL.)

You may work through this tutorial at your own pace. However, since the tutorial is interactive, you must log into the site at least once a day during the days that the workshop is in session. After reading Arthur Chickering and Steve Ehrmann's article "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever,” you will perform a series of Blackboard activities that illustrate the seven principles. During the tutorial, you will witness how Blackboard can help you do the following:

  1. encourage student-faculty contact.
  2. facilitate student collaboration.
  3. stimulate active learning.
  4. provide prompt feedback.
  5. emphasize time on task.
  6. communicate high expectations.
  7. respect diversity.

To take the tutorial, email cetla@howard.edu for login information.

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BB14 Designing Coursesites for Easy Navigation (1 hr.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Do your students have difficulty finding information you post on Blackboard? Would you like Blackboard menus that match your class structure and objectives? Blackboard has a vast array of customizable features that you can master in one hour. Upon completion of this workshop, you will accomplish the following tasks:

  1. create a Blackboard design that matches your course objectives.
  2. develop a module-based navigation structure in Blackboard.
  3. create, edit, and delete Blackboard menu buttons.
  4. use color, font size, button shapes, and file structure to help students find information that you post in Blackboard.

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BB15 Using Safe Assign to Deter Plagiarism (1 hr.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience 

If you use Blackboard, you can take advantage of the new Safe Assign tool to deter and detect plagiarism.   Within Blackboard, you can set up Safe Assignments so that Safe Assign automatically checks students’ papers for plagiarism as students submit them online.  Alternatively, you can submit selected papers yourself.  All submitted papers will be checked against (1) public webpages, (2) ProQuest’s scholarly databases, (3) a database of all papers submitted by students at Howard, and (4) a database of papers volunteered by students at Blackboard, Inc.’s client institutions.

To set up Safe Assign, you will perform the following tasks during the workshop:

  1. ensure that students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
  2. establish policies that place the burden of proof on the student.
  3. create a Safe Assignment for student submissions.
  4. upload a paper on your own via Direct Submit.
  5. access an Originality Report via the Blackboard Gradebook or Control Panel.
  6. interpret an Originality Report.

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BB16 Increasing Student Retention (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite:
BB01 or equivalent experience

Blackboard is packed with tools to increase student retention.  You can monitor each student's online activity easily via the Performance Dashboard, generate statistical reports via the Grade Center , and activate an Early Warning System to alert students who miss assignment deadlines, fall below a certain grade, or stop accessing Blackboard.  Using Adaptive Release, you can also time the release of course materials so that each student must master the previous material before accessing the new material.  To take advantage of these tools, you will learn how to perform the following tasks:

  1. use the MANAGE button to set up and monitor student access to a content item.
  2. apply rules to release content to a student based on the date, group membership, grades, or review status (Adaptive Release).
  3. enable students to indicate which items they have reviewed (Review Status).
  4. enable Blackboard to track student access, item by item (Statistics Tracking).
  5. set up rules for notification via the Early Warning System.
  6. monitor each student's participation via the Performance Dashboard.
  7. customize grade reports via the Grade Center .

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BB17 Teaching Green (1 ½ hrs.) 
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Blackboard is packed with tools to help you teach "green." Not only can you post your syllabus and handouts on Blackboard, but you can also reduce paper use by collecting, marking, and grading assignments via Blackboard. To take advantage of these tools, you will learn how to perform the following tasks:

  1. use Blackboard's Assignment Tool to collect an assignment via the Grade Center.
  2. use MS Word's Reviewing Toolbar to mark the assignment.
  3. grade and return the assignment via the Grade Center.
  4. apply for Green Certification via the HU Syllabus Database.

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BB18 Grading with Blackboard Rubrics (1 hr.)
Prerequisite:
BB01 or equivalent experience

Good news! The rubrics in Blackboard are interactive now! Yes, you can finally use a Blackboard rubric to calculate a student's score and provide feedback. Come learn how to set up grading rubrics for Blackboard's discussion board, blogs, wikis, and assignments. By the end of the workshop, you will have learned how to do the following:

  1. create a grading rubric.
  2. associate a rubric with a gradable item such as a discussion forum or assignment.
  3. calculate scores and provide feedback via a rubric.

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BB19 Developing Student Competence via Blackboard's Adaptive Release (1 hr.)
Prerequisite:
BB01 or equivalent experience

Would you like to have greater control over the content in your Blackboard course? Would you like to make some items available to some students and not others? Or perhaps you would like items or whole folders to become available to students only after students pass an online test or assignment.   If this sounds like something you would like to try, then this workshop is for you.  Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to do the following:

  1. make items visible to specific members of the class.
  2. make items visible based on a grade criterion.
  3. create rules making items visible based on both grade criterion and class membership.

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BB20 Aligning your Blackboard Course with Learning Outcomes (1 hr.)
Prerequisite:
BB01 or equivalent experience (Note: The Dean must authorize CETLA and ETS to set up a school's core competencies in Blackboard prior to the workshop.)

How well does your course cover your school's core competencies? How well do your students fulfill those competencies during your course? Now you can find the answers to those questions in Blackboard. Align course materials (e.g., documents, hyperlinks, or videos) as well as discussion board forums, wikis, and individual test items with your school's learning outcomes. If you wish, you can print or download course coverage and course performance reports for promotion, departmental review, or accreditation. By the time you complete this workshop, you should be able to perform the following tasks:

  1. search for your school’s learning outcomes (called “goals” in Blackboard).
  2. align a content item (e.g., document, hyperlink, PowerPoint, or  video).
  3. align an assignment.
  4. align a discussion board forum with an outcome.
  5. align a test item with an outcome.
  6. run a course coverage report.
  7. run a course performance report.
  8. print or download a report.

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BB21 Creating and Managing e-Portfolios (2 hrs.)
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Accrediting bodies and administrators expect faculty to document their students’ progress and proficiency. Imagine if your students could do that for you. Well, they can. If you present students with standards or guidelines for a portfolio, they can post evidence, or “artifacts,” that demonstrate how they have attempted to meet those standards or guidelines. At the same time, they can collect evidence that they can cite later on applications for jobs, graduate school, and professional school. Most important, if you require them to explain how each artifact supports their claims about their performance, they will gain a valuable opportunity to reflect upon their experiences—and reflection, of course, leads to deeper learning.

Upon successfully completing this workshop, you will be able to do the following:

  1. explain to students the purpose and benefits of building a standards-based portfolio.
  2. create a portfolio assignment
  3. prepare your students to create, share, download, and submit portfolios for grading.
  4. comment on students’ portfolios.
  5. evaluate "snapshots" of students’ portfolios, using a rubric.

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Recommended for Faculty Who Teach Multiple Sections of a Course:
BB22 Managing Multiple Sections of a Course (1 ½ hrs.) 
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Are you tired of copying the same information to multiple sections of your course (e.g., English 002-03, 002-04, and 002-05)? Do you get frustrated when you need to change a PowerPoint or a document and you have to perform the same procedure in two, three, or four different Blackboard sites? Well, help is here!

During this workshop you will do the following:

  1. upload files to the "my content" system.
  2. delete and edit files in the content system.
  3. use keyword searches and find files in the content system.
  4. link to files in the content system within different courses.

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Recommended for Course Coordinators:
BB23 Coordinating Multiple Sections of a Course (1 ½ hrs.) 
Prerequisite: BB01 or equivalent experience

Are you in charge of multiple sections of a large departmental course (e.g., Biology 101)? Or do you coordinate sections of a school-wide orientation? In either case, you know how exhausting it is to update content in a zillion different Blackboard sites. Well, now the Blackboard Content system can make sharing and updating content with the teachers of other sections a breeze! During this workshop you will do the following:

  1. upload files via the "institution content" system.
  2. delete and edit files in the "institution content" system.
  3. use keyword searches and find files in the content system.
  4. link to files in the content system within different courses.
  5. share or email content between multiple sections.

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