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UT Online – Fall 2016 Workshops

UT Online is offering a series of faculty development workshops, training sessions, and online certificate courses for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

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Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) – Online
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Online Training Course – NEW!
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Responds
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Echo360 Active Learning Platform
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Online Teaching Certificate
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning

If you have any questions, please contact UT Online at UTLV@utoledo.edu or (419) 530-8835.

Class size is limited. Register early.


What’s New for Summer 2016

In Summer 2016, you will see some exciting new changes with our supported technology. Please read the headings below for what’s new:

Collaborate Ultra is here!
Collaborate Ultra Web Conferencing is a whole new experience. Most importantly, the new version no longer requires a separate “launcher” plugin to be installed. Entry into the “classroom” is much easier than ever before. While the new version doesn’t yet have some of the features of the classic version, it will meet the needs of many instructors and students and is a much more seamless experience than classic Collaborate. You can add Blackboard Collaborate Ultra using the instructions found here. More information about Blackboard Collaborate can be found here.

Collaborate “Classic” will be unavailable by default.
For those instructors who require some of the advanced features available only in the classic version of Collaborate, you will need to take a few extra steps to enable it in your courses. Please refer to the Enabling Collaborate Classic in Your Blackboard Course guide to learn what these steps are.

The classic chat and virtual classroom tools will be disabled.
Due to the removal of Java support in many browsers and the announcement that Java will be discontinued, we will be removing the Chat and Virtual Classroom tools from Blackboard. We highly recommend using the new Collaborate Ultra in place of these tools.

Batch add/remove Grade Center columns
The Batch Create/Delete Grade Columns tool allows instructors to add/remove manually-created columns at once. Please see the Creating Multiple Grade Columns and Deleting Multiple Grade Columns guides for more information. Information on making these tools available in your course can be found in the Enabling Third Party Building Blocks guide.

The New Echo360 Platform (previously Echo360 Lecture Capture and LectureTools)
Echo360 has migrated to a new platform that allows for seamless integration of classroom captures, personal video captures, and student engagement tools that allow for polling, note-taking, and other interactive experiences. Additionally, detailed analytics are available to track student participation in student activities and videos.

Single Sign On
Move between Blackboard and other UT applications that support single sign on! Coming this summer, users will be able to authenticate on one site and move seamlessly among Blackboard, e-mail, myUT, and other UT applications.

Bb Student
Bb Student is a free mobile app for students to access course content.For courses that make use of Blackboard, the app will provide mobile access to much of the content and many of the tools that you need. While using the app is a great way for you to stay involved in your courses, please remember that it is not a replacement for using a desktop or laptop. The app is still an evolving product and it is possible you may miss something important if you use only the Bb Student app to access Blackboard. You should always use a desktop or laptop directly connected to the internet to take graded quizzes, tests, and other high-stakes assessments. More information about the Bb Student app can be found on Blackboard’s Bb Student page. The app can be downloaded from your mobile device’s app store.

Bb Grader
Bb Grader is a free mobile app for faculty to use when grading student submissions and monitoring student progress. More information can be found on Blackboard’s Bb Grader page. The app can be downloaded from your mobile device’s app store. While using the app is a great way for you to access student submissions remotely, please remember that it is not a replacement for using a desktop or laptop. The app is still an evolving product and it is possible you may not be able to access all assignments or files submitted by students.

Refreshed Support Tabs
Be on the lookout for a fresh look and new content being added to the Faculty Resources and Faculty Support tabs at the top of your Blackboard window!

Have questions? Need help? Free one-on-one technology trainings and consultations are available to all UT faculty. Contact UTLV@utoledo.edu to schedule an appointment.


Fall 2015 Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, technology training sessions, and certificate courses this fall. All faculty and teaching assistants, with or without previous online teaching experience, are invited to attend.

Space is limited. Register now at:
Learning Ventures Workshop Registration Form

Accessibility

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics
  • ADA Compliance and Online Courses**
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Blackboard Learn

  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys Using Respondus

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric**
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Getting Learners Started
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Discussions
  • Online Teaching Certificate**
  • Promoting Online Instructor Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Using Video for Effective Online Learning
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing) – Intermediate
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

** Sessions marked with an asterisk are part of the Pathway to Master Online Instructor Program.

If you are not able to attend one of the workshops or certificate courses above, please email utlv@utoledo.edu to schedule a one-on-one or group consultation with an educational technologist or instructional designer.

If you have any questions, or encounter a problem with your registration, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419-530-8835.


Summer 2015 Faculty Training Schedule

 

Learning Ventures is offering a series of FREE online faculty development workshops, certificate courses, and technical training sessions for UT faculty. All faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend these sessions.

Sessions are offered in three different formats: face to face in our Memorial Field House training lab, online asynchronously via Blackboard Learn or Moodle, and online synchronously via Blackboard Collaborate, our web-conferencing platform.

Register Now: http://www.utoledo.edu/dl/training

A list of sessions is below. Click on the registration link above for more details!

Educational Technology Training

Blackboard Learn

-Blackboard Learn: Basics I and II

-Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys

-Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center

-Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys using Respondus

Live Web Conferencing, Video, and Lecture Capture Technologies

-Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

-Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing)

Instructional Design and Best Practices

Accessibility

-Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics

-Accessible PDF Documents

-Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses

Best Practices

-Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning

-Introduction to Blended Learning

-Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

-Using Video for Effective Online Learning

-Promoting Online Presence

-Customizing the Appearance of Your Course

-Rubrics

-Wikis for Collaborative Learning

Online Courses

-Applying Quality Matters Rubrics (APPQMR)

Space is limited. Register early!

If you have any questions, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419 530 8835.


Spring 2015 Faculty Training Schedule

Learning Ventures is offering a series of online faculty development workshops, certificate courses, and technical training sessions for UT Faculty. All faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend these sessions. 

Sessions are offered in three different formats: face to face in our Memorial Field House training lab, online asynchronously via Blackboard Learn or Moodle, and online synchronously via Blackboard Collaborate, our Web-conferencing platform. 

Register Now:

http://www.utoledo.edu/dl/training

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

Educational Technology Training

  • Blackboard Collaborate (Web Conferencing)
  • Blackboard Learn: Basics I and II
  • Blackboard Learn: Creating Tests, Assignments, and Surveys
  • Blackboard Learn: Managing Student Grades Using the Grade Center
  • Blackboard Learn: Importing Tests and Surveys using Respondus
  • Echo360 (Lecture Capture)

Instructional Design and Best Practices

  • Accessible PDF Documents
  • Accessible Word and PowerPoint Basics 
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (two-week online course)
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Creating Accessible Blackboard Courses 
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You
  • Online Discussions
  • Promoting Online Presence
  • Rubrics
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning

Space is limited. Register early!

If you have any questions, please contact Learning Ventures at utlv@utoledo.edu or 419 530 8835.


Online Learning Workshops for Spring 2014

Learning Ventures is offering a series of faculty development workshops for faculty and teaching assistants who are new to teaching online, as well as those with previous online experience.

Training Location:
Main Campus Memorial Field House
Room 1060

Register Now:
https://utdl.edu/DL_training/

Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Active Learning with Blackboard Web 2.0 Tools
  • Alignment 101
  • Applying the QM Rubric (a whole-day workshop)
  • Blogs and Journals for Reflective Learning
  • Customizing the Appearance of Your Course
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Designing Your Course Structure
  • Introduction to Blended Learning
  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Item Analysis
  • Managing the Online Workload
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You
  • Online Teaching Certificate (a 4-week online course)
  • Rubrics
  • Wikis for Collaborative Learning
  • Writing Measurable Objectives

If you have any questions, please contact Peter You, Director for Faculty Support and Special Projects, at (419) 530-4016.

Class sizes is limited. Register early.

NOTE: If you encounter problems with your registration, please email Lance.Stoll@utoledo.edu


Recorded Webinar: Setting Up Your Course Without a Template

Templates make it easy for faculty to get a jump start on course design and to ensure that students experience a consistent learning environment across courses. But what if you’re flying without one? In this previously recorded webinar, viewers will learn strategies and best practices for setting up a course in Blackboard Learn without a template, and discover embedded resources for design and technical support.

Setting Up Your Course in Blackboard Without a Template
Presenter: Phoebe J. Ballard, UT Learning Ventures

 This webinar is part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). To learn more, visit www.blackboard.com/BITS.


Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is a free weekly webinar series designed to help support and mentor faculty using Blackboard Learn. Harnessing its community of Blackboard users, BITS will share the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. The program consists of weekly faculty training webinars that are taught by faculty and supported by Blackboard experts.

To register for one or more of the following sessions, visit:

http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Webinars/Events.aspx?categoryType=BITS

  • Accessibility Matters! – Part Two
  • A Systematic Approach to Creating Accessible Video Content for Online Courses
  • BITS Office Hours: Course Design
  • Blackboard in the Flipped Classroom
  • Incorporating Gamification Into Your Curriculum
  • Maximize Engagement & Extend the Learning Experience with Social Learning
  • Organizing Your Course in Blackboard Learn
  • Setting Up Your Course in Blackboard Learn Without a Template
  • Strategies for Providing Effective Feedback to Students
  • Supporting the Seven Principles with Blackboard Learn
  • The Online Collaborative Experience

Free Training Webinars from Blackboard

With support from Blackboard’s global community, The University of Toledo is partnering with Blackboard to bring you a faculty training webinar series entitled The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). This program will bring best practices and evolved online pedagogy training to you in a concise and effective series consisting of weekly training webinars that have been designed for educators and will be led by your peers and product experts.

Who should attend? 
All educators are invited to join, regardless of your technical know-how or experience using Blackboard or other learning management solutions. These webinars are designed to share innovative practices — content that is applicable to educators of all levels and disciplines. To help you better gage which sessions to attend, the webinars are divided into three tracks: Getting Started, Collaboration, and Assessing Learners. All webinars are recorded and will be available for viewing. More information about the tracks, the schedule, and registration can be found at http://www.blackboard.com/bits.

To give you an idea of webinars offered, I’ve included the first five below:

  • From the Beginning: Setting up Your Blackboard Learn Course, February 4th at 11am ET
  • Meet the Grade Center, February 11th at 1pm ET
  • The Rewards of Rubrics, February 18th at 2pm ET
  • Getting Started with Publisher Content, February 25th at 1pm ET
  • Maximizing Student Engagement Through My Blackboard, March 7th at 1pm ET

If you have any questions, please contact utlv@utoledo.edu or Blackboard at community@blackboard.com.


Welcome To Tech Blast!

Over the past 20 years, technology has transformed the learning environment, and educational technology is a trend that is here to stay.  Whether teaching fully online or in a blended or web-assisted environment, there are many technological tools that can greatly facilitate teaching, learning and student engagement.

Each session of TechBlast will detail one particular tool that instructors can use to improve their teaching methods.  Instructors are then welcome to share their comments and experiences in using technology in teaching.  Our eventual plan is to combine all of our articles and user feedback into a book that can serve as a single reference point for using technological tools in education.

As we go through each session, we welcome your comments and feedback.  Also if you have a specific tool or method you would like us to feature, please let us know.