Workshops and Training
Fall 2014 – Workshop Schedule
 
To Register for these workshops, please visit the Registration Page.
These workshops are intended for WCU Instructors (including teaching assistants) only.
 
 
Quick Start: Introduction to Blackboard

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: Participants in this quick start session will learn how to start building course materials for online, hybrid, and/or face-to-face courses in the Blackboard Learning Management System. The session is a 30-minute, interactive session. Topics include: adding content, syllabus, email/messaging, and menu/file organization.

Advanced Topic: Course Design Best Practices in Blackboard

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: Would you like some new ideas about how to design your course in Blackboard? Please join us for a discussion about how you can help yourself and your students with a course design that is meaningful and easy to navigate. We will share our experiences and best practices during this session. (Please bring or have access to a current syllabus.)

Advanced Topic: Assignments and Safe Assignments in Blackboard

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM -10:45 AM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: This session will help faculty setup assignments and Safe Assignments in Blackboard as well as how to grade them using the new in-line grading tool. Assignments could be anything that the students' needs to complete and turn back into you for grading such as spreadsheets, essays, or presentations. A Safe Assignment is a tool that checks for plagiarism of a paper or essay submitted. You then will have the opportunity to grade that assignment.

Quick Start: Rubrics and Blackboard

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: Blackboard has Rubrics. The long awaited rubrics are here. In this session we will help you create your rubrics in Blackboard and then apply them to your assignments or projects. We will also show you how to grade using the rubrics to complete the process. You can also export and import your rubrics from one course to another course. Please bring a rubric that you would like to create and apply to an assignment.

Advanced Topic: Collaboration Tools in Blackboard

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: This session will cover the four main collaboration tools in Blackboard; Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs, and Journals. We will cover what each of the tools could be used for as well as when, how, and why you would want to use a specific tool.

Advanced Topic: Tests and Question Pools in Blackboard

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: Join us to find out how to include quizzes and tests into your Blackboard courses. We will cover the functional steps in setting up a test or survey as well as some tricks to help prevent cheating and to help your students have a successful testing experience. The new Test Activity Log will be demonstrated as well as the re-grading tool.

Advanced Topic: Discussion Boards in Blackboard

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM 11:45 AM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: There are different ways to setup Discussion Boards for the whole class and group work with and without grading. We would like to share our experiences and the experiences of your colleagues to help you get the most from the Discussion Boards within your courses.

Advanced Topic: Navigating the Grade Center in Blackboard

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM -1:45 PM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: If you are working to setup your Grade Center for the semester? This session will cover how to add columns, added calculated columns, how to organize your columns, how to setup Smart Views and new categories. Please bring a syllabus and we help you setup your Grade Center.

Quick Start: Setting up and Managing Groups in Blackboard

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: Group work can be very beneficial to your students but if not setup correctly, can become an administrative problem for you, the instructor. We will be sharing some best practices in how to setup groups in Blackboard as well as demonstrating how to use the new Group Management tools.

Webinar: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow: How to hold class when you may not feel safe on the roads due to adverse weather.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Online
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: The weather in the mountains of North Carolina in the wintertime can produce enough frozen precipitation that you may not feel safe driving on the roads. However, since a large number of our students live on campus and can still attend their classes, we do not normally cancel classes. The staff members in the CFC have some ideas about how you can hold class, and not miss a beat when safety issues hamper your ability to drive to campus. Please join us as we share our ideas about ways to 'continue on' during adverse weather.

This session is online and you may attend using your computer for the video aspect of this session and either a phone or microphone/speaker combo for the audio aspect. Upon registration, you will receive a meeting invitation from the session facilitator the day prior to the session, so that you can download the GoToWebinar software to your computer.

Advanced Topic: Blackboard Mobile: Best Practices for Designing Your Courses for Mobile Devices

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: Students today are incredibly connected through their smart phones or tablets. They are accessing their Blackboard courses on their smart devices and some have purchased the new Mobile Blackboard Learn App. Since the screens are generally much smaller, there are some design practices that need to be taken into consideration to ensure that the students do not inadvertently miss anything. Stop by this session so that we show you some of the "best practices" in creating our courses for use on a mobile device.

Advanced Topic: What's Coming: What new functionality is coming in Blackboard

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Location: Hunter 156
Facilitator: LMS Team

Description: The LMS Team, with direction from the LMS Advisory Board is looking forward to what new functionality we will be adding to the WCU Blackboard Environment. Please join our session to see what is on the horizon of WCU's Blackboard instance.

 

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