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Looking to get more in-depth with building your online course? We offer a variety of trainings designed to support the building of your course. Each topic includes a live training session, as well as complimentary, hands-on, live workshop sessions. Space is limited for all trainings and workshops, so early registration is highly encouraged. Training sessions will be limited to 15 participants and workshops will be limited to 10 participants.

Note: Trainings are live sessions with an overview of concepts and methods. Workshops are live sessions with a focus on specific methods or tools. You are not required to attend a training before a workshop, but it is recommended.

Registrations are available three weeks ahead of time. Check back often as new sessions are added every week.


 


Calendar

Please use the calendar below to view trainings and workshop by dates. Click on "Register for this Session" to register. Use the slide-down options further down the page to view by subject.



Looking for more support with making your content and materials accessible? The Instructional Accessibility Group offers a variety of sessions to best fit your needs. In the General Accessibility Training we examine the foundations of accessibility work, as well as key components needed to ensure full access to our students.

  • Workshop 1: Accessible Text & Documents:
    • This workshop will demo how to make accessible documents in MS Office, Google Docs, and Adobe Acrobat

  • Workshop 2: Images & Alternative Text
    • This workshop will demo how to create alternative text description and inform participants about Best Practices.

  • Workshop 3: Video & Audio Accessibility
    • This workshop will demo how to use accessible video and audio content and creating captions on Several platforms 

  • Workshop 4: Presentations, Posters, and Accessibility
    • This workshop will demo how to make and delivery accessible presentations via accessible platforms

  • Workshop 5: Web & Social Media Accessibility
    • This workshop will demo how to consider accessibility when using social media and web content

All Instructional Accessibility trainings and workshops are found on the CTLD Calendar. Please use the calendar to register.

All sessions for these trainings and workshops have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

In this training, we will cover the concept of course alignment. We will discuss strategies to help you determine if your learning objectives, assessments, and course materials are aligned.


Workshops

Workshop #1: Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

In this workshop, we will practice writing measurable learning objectives that can improve course alignment.

 

All sessions for these trainings and workshops have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Assessments are a tool that allow you to "see" students' understanding, and can range from relatively low-stakes to high-stakes. This training will cover different types of assessments as well as different options for assessing different content. While some tools will be suggested, we will not demo the tools, please see the corresponding workshops for more in depth information on specific tools.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Assessments: Microsoft Forms

This workshop will demo low-stakes assessment tools such as MS forms.


 

Workshop #2: Assessments: Test Tool in Blackboard

This workshop will demo the Test tool in Blackboard.


 

Workshop #3: Assessments: Assessing Visible Thinking

This workshop will demo different options for students to submit their visible thinking, such as their work for a mathematical problem (tools discussed are scanning work, short/long answer options in Blackboard tests, etc.).


 

Workshop #4: Assessments: Assessing Multimedia

This workshop will demo different options for students to submit multimedia.

All sessions for this training have ended.

Please see the or attend the . For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Creating and adding multimedia to your course can be a confusing and frustrating experience. We'll walk you through a variety of ways to add different types of media to your courses, as well as how to improve the quality of your videos.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Adding Multimedia Content to your Blackboard Course

What's the best way to share a PDF? How can I get a video into a module? Can I just use Youtube? We'll answer those questions and a lot more as we walk you through the various ways you can add multimedia to your courses.


Workshop #2: Tips for Creating Better Videos

We all know that students expect multimedia content in their courses, but did you know that audio is more important than video when it comes to content? That cameras record better when the lighting is good? In this workshop, we'll share some tips on creating better sounding and better looking videos.


 

Workshop #3: Working with Yuja and Teams

Feeling frustrated working with Yuja? Not completely clear on how to get video into Yuja and into Teams? We'll walk you through how to do this and answer any questions you have along the way.


All sessions for this training have ended.

Please see the or attend the . For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Intentional instructor actions can support building a sense of community in a course. This training will discuss different structures that can be added to a course to build community and encourage student participation.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Building Student Community/Participation using VoiceThread/GoReact

This workshop will demo the Blackboard tool VoiceThread/GoReact


 

Workshop #2: Building Student Community/Participation using Discussion Board

This workshop will demo the Blackboard Discussion Board Tool


 

Workshop #3: Building Student Community/Participation using MS Teams

This workshop will demo MS Teams, including the channel feature


All sessions for this training have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

In this training, we will cover how you can achieve collaboration and group work in an online course. We will discuss how you can promote and plan for group work and collaboration in your online course.


Workshops

Workshop #1: Using the Discussion Tool to Promote Group Work and Collaboration

In this workshop, we will practice using the Blackboard discussion tool to help set up group work and collaboration, such as mimicking the discussions you'd have in a face-to-face course and setting up peer-reviews.


Workshop #2: Using Microsoft Teams to Promote Group Work and Collaboration

In this workshop, we will demo how you can use Microsoft Teams to set up live group work and discussions for students.


 

Workshop #3: Using Groups and Wikis to Promote Group Work and Collaboration

In this workshop, we will demo how to set up groups and wikis to help you promote group work and collaboration among students in your online course.

All sessions for this training have ended.

Please see the or attend the . For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Discussions are a powerful tool for student engagement and monitoring student learning. This training will cover how both synchronous and asynchronous discussions can be used in your class. We'll cover different discussion structures you can add to your course, how to determine if a question is "discussion-worthy," and how a rubric can encourage participation and set clear expectations for students.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Synchronous discussions using MS Teams

This workshop will demo how to use MS Teams to hold synchronous discussions with your course. This will include how to utilize channels for smaller group discussions.


 

Workshop #2: Asynchronous Discussions Using the Discussion tool in Blackboard

This workshop will demo how to use the discussion tool in Blackboard to hold asynchronous discussions with your course. (perhaps also cover setting up groups so smaller groups of students can participate in BB discussions)


 

Workshop #3: Discussions: Crafting "Discussion-worthy" Questions

This workshop will demo how to craft "discussion-worthy" questions for your course. Come prepared with a module/topic that you would be interested in creating a discussion for.

All sessions for this training have ended.

Please see the or attend the . For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Effective rubrics provide clear assignment criteria to students, allow for quicker and objective grading, give concrete feedback to students, and can be a great tool for peer feedback. Rubrics can be created for assignments, group projects, and discussion board participation. In this training we will discuss the components of effective rubrics.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Rubric Alignment: From Assignment to Evidence

This workshop will demo how to take an assignment and identify performance criteria, evidence, and scale. We'll get into the nitty-gritty of creating distinct categories with clear evidence with rubrics.


 

Workshop #2: Rubric Creation: Creating Rubrics in Blackboard

This workshop will demo how to build a rubric in Blackboard, using the rubric tool.


Training

Your in-person lectures are still possible in the online world, either synchronous or asynchronous. However, some considerations for the world of online should be made, especially to ensure the lecture is engaging. This training will cover different lecture format options (live or recorded), and how to bring in best practices from story-telling, live demos, and more.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Creating Engaging Lectures: Synchronous

This workshop will demo MS Teams and how to hold a live lecture, just like your original class!


 

Workshop #2: Creating Engaging Lectures: Recording in MS Teams

This workshop will demo MS Teams and how to create a recording.


 

Workshop #3: Creating Engaging Lectures: Recording in Yuja

This workshop will demo Yuja and how to create a recording and share with students.

All sessions for these trainings and workshops have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Many online courses can still be driven by a final project or product. This training will discuss how to adapt a final project to the online space by providing supports and tools to students along the way.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Project-Based assignments: Using the GoReact tool in Blackboard

This workshop will demo how to use the GoReact tool to provide timely and helpful feedback to students during the course of the project.


 

Workshop #2: Project-Based Assignments: Using the Assignment tool in Blackboard

This workshop will demo how to use the Assignment tool in Blackboard, including adding instructions/video/images.


 

Workshop #3: Project-Based Assignments: Using MS Teams for Small Group Projects

This workshop will demo how to use channels in MS Teams to create spaces for small groups of students to work on a project.

Training

Inheriting a course is great proof of teamwork and collaboration among faculty members. This training covers how to customize a copy of a course created by another faculty member or group of faculty members to personalize and teach it yourself.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Organizing and Creating Content

In this workshop we will discuss different Blackboard tools for organizing and creating content (modules, weblinks, assignments, etc).


All sessions for this training have ended.

Please see the or attend the . For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Creating and adding multimedia to your course can be a confusing and frustrating experience. We'll walk you through a variety of ways to add different types of media to your courses, as well as how to improve the quality of your videos.


Training

Grading in an online course can be very similar to grading in a face-to-face course. You can even save yourself time while grading in an online course if you have the right strategies and tools at your disposal. In this training, we'll dive into how you might implement effective grading strategies in an online course.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Using the Blackboard Test Tool to Grade 

In this workshop, we'll cover how to use the Blackboard tools for grading. We'll talk about the different test tools settings that can save you time, such as automatically-graded questions and pre-programmed feedback. We will also cover some of the test settings that can help you ensure that your grades are populated in the Blackboard gradebook. 


 

Workshop #2: Using the Blackboard Gradebook

The Blackboard gradebook can help you record and distribute grades very similarly to how you would do it in a face-to-face class. In this workshop, we will cover how to manually set up the gradebook, manually enter grades, review automatically populated grades, and override grades. 

 

Workshop #3: Using the Blackboard Assignment Tool

In this workshop, we’ll cover how to use the Blackboard assignment tool. We will walk through how to set up the assignment, including different options for media and attachments. In addition, we will cover submissions options and how to grade the assignment.


Training

In this training, we will discuss the effectiveness of instructor presence in an online course as well as strategies to promote and grow instructor presence. We will also talk about communication strategies for instructors to maintain engagement with students.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Recording in Teams

In this workshop we will cover how to use Microsoft Teams to create recordings for instructor introductions, course/module overviews, or lectures.


 

Workshop #2: Recording in Yuja

In this workshop we will cover how to use Yuja to create recordings for instructor introductions, course/module overviews, or lectures.

 

Workshop #3: Communication Tools in Blackboard

In this workshop we will cover different communication tools in Blackboard including creating announcements and sending emails.


All sessions for these trainings and workshops have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

In this training, we will talk about strategies that can help you proctor your assessments and reduce opportunities for plagiarism and cheating in your online course. We will talk about some free and simple ways to reduce plagiarism and cheating as well as the service called ProctorU.

 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Using ProctorU in an Online Course

In this workshop, we will dive deeper into how you can use ProctorU to proctor exams you have set up in Blackboard.

 

Workshop #2: Free Proctoring Strategies for Your Online Course

In this workshop, we will dive deeper into how you can reduce cheating and plagiarism on your assessments using free tools and test creation strategies in Blackboard.

All sessions for these trainings and workshops have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

Frequent and meaningful feedback to students can support engagement in the online course, mastery of objectives, and improve final course products. This training will discuss tips and tools for feedback, including the "why, how, when, what" of it.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Tips and Tools for Feedback: Video Feedback

This workshop will demo tools for recording short, video feedback on assignments/discussion board posts/thoughts of the week/etc.

 

Workshop #2: Tips and Tools for Feedback: Creating Knowledge Checks

This workshop will demo some tools for creating knowledge checks, such as MS forms

 

Workshop #3: Feedback tools in Blackboard

This workshop will demo some tool in Blackboard that can be used to provide feedback to students, including GoReact and the ever-handy announcements tool

All sessions for these trainings and workshops have ended.

Please see the self-help tutorial sections or attend the virtual drop-in hours. For groups of 3 or more, please request a training session by emailing the CTLD.


Training

In this training, we will discuss the effectiveness of scaffolding and chunking in your course. We will talk about how to scaffold material and assignments to help learners succeed as well as chunk material to help learners retain the information.


 

Workshops

Workshop #1: Scaffolding Assignments

In this workshop, we will practice scaffolding your assignments to help students succeed.


 

Workshop #2: Module Building in Blackboard

Want to learn how to organize your content in blackboard using modules? In this workshop we will practice building modules to chunk and organize your content.


Training

In this training, we will discuss the differences between asynchronous and synchronous online learning, for example, what sections are needed in a synchronous versus asynchronous course syllabus. We will also talk about ways you can help get students acquainted with your online course, hold office hours, and organize materials and content in Blackboard for both types of courses.

Workshops

Workshop #1: Organizing your Online Course with Modules

In this workshop, we will cover how to create learning modules to help you organize content and materials in your online course. We will discuss some ways to set up the modules to help students easily navigate through them, and we will talk about how to write effective "primers."


 

Workshop #2: Introducing Students to Your Online Course

In this workshop, we will practice setting up a Start Here section to help your students become acquainted with the content and layout of your online course.


 

Workshop #3: Recording a Course Tour in Yuja

In this workshop, we will demo how to use yuja to record a course tour video.


 



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