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Online Learning Workshops

Learning Ventures is offering a series of faculty development workshops for faculty new to teaching online and those with previous online experience.

Training Location:
Main Campus Memorial Field House
Room 1060

Register Now:


Register for one or more sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
  • Alignment 101
  • Writing Measurable Objectives
  • Designing an Online Module
  • Item Analysis
  • Rubrics
  • Online Delivery, Copyright, and You

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

Class size is limited. Register early.

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

Call for Submissions: Blackboard Catalyst Awards

Every year, the Blackboard Catalyst Awards program recognizes outstanding professionals who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences to students. The Exemplary Course Program, one of six award categories, recognizes online and blended courses that demonstrate best practices in four major areas:

  • Course Design
  • Interaction & Collaboration
  • Assessment
  • Learner Support

Submitted courses are reviewed by a peer group of Blackboard clients using a rubric. Participants have reported that the experience has improved their course design and made them stronger course designers.

Visit Blackboard’s Catalyst Awards website for detailed information and important dates for the 2014 Exemplary Course Program

If you would like to submit your course, please contact our instructional designers for more information. Visit this link to view a sample submission form.

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:


  • 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

Join the Blackboard Exemplary Course Cohort (7/22 – 8/12)

Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course (ECP) Rubric as a guide, Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Cohort will provide theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended and online learners. Over the course of four weeks, ECP Directors and 2013 Exemplary Course Winners will expand upon each element of the rubric. This program is most beneficial to educators and designers who are new to online learning.

The cohort will not have weekly assignments, and there is no cost to participate. Live sessions will be held each Monday at 11 AM EDT and will run from July 22 until August 12. All sessions will be recorded and posted online.

To register and learn more, visit: http://learn.blackboard.com/ecpcohort

BAJ Update: FAQ’s and Instructional Sessions

The BAJ “Modules” are now accessible to all students and faculty enrolled in a BAJ course. In order to get to your course, log in to blackboard.utdl.edu and click on the course title. The “course” is called “BAJ Connection,” which is distinct from the individual BAJ course you are facilitating. Once there, feel free to poke around but please, don’t change anything! That site is shared by all students and faculty, so changing something there means changing something for everybody! If you spot a typo, an inaccuracy, or if you have something to add, please send your note to “utlv@utoledo.edu” and we’ll make sure it gets to the right person.

Remember that modules can be copied to your own course site (and all “required” modules will appear in the course site’s “template”, by the way). For instructions on how to do this and lots of other things related to the BAJ project, go to this FAQ document on a web-based sharing site. The doc can be downloaded in multiple formats:


Finally, instructional sessions will be offered throughout the months of August and September. Visit our LV web site for a link to our scheduled sessions, and if your program, department or college would like to schedule a customized session, contact us.

More to come. Please contact UTLV@utoledo.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.