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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


  • 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.

OAA Offers New Accessibility Workshops

The Office of Academic Access has partnered with Learning Ventures to offer two technical training sessions related to accessibility:

How to Make Accessible PDF Documents
February 19, 2014 from 9 AM – 10 AM in Carlson Library 0500C
Learn how to properly scan a PDF document, tag a document, add alternative text to images, and more. This workshop will show participants how to create PDF documents that are accessible and readable by computer software.

How to Make Accessible Word Documents
March 12, 2014 from 9 AM – 10 AM in Carlson Library 0500C
Learn how to add headers to a page, add alternative text to images, run accessibility checker, and more. This workshop will show participants how to create Word documents that are accessible and readable by computer software.

Space is limited. To register, please visit: https://utdl.edu/DL_training/.

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:


  • 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

WebCT –> Blackboard, Urgent Message


After consulting with faculty and assessing our options last spring, Learning Ventures began the transition from WebCT to Blackboard (Bb) 9 in March of 2010. If you are still using WebCT for online or web-assisted teaching, the time to switch is now.

The GOOD news is Bb 9 has some great tools for engaging students online:

  • The Blog (web log) tool is a great way to encourage the development of an online community.
  • The Discussion Board is easier to grade and easier to track student posts and replies.
  • The Journal tool offers a private way to communicate with your students while tracking their individual reflections.
  • The Wiki tool allows a group of students to collaborate on a collective document.
  • The SafeAssign tool helps students cite their writing properly.
  • The Assignment drop box allows you to submit multiple documents at once.
  • You can drag and drop files to the course.

Bb 9 is a very different experience for the faculty and the instructional designer; therefore, you will need time and assistance to create a maximally learning-centered experience for your students. Learning Ventures offers extensive, hands-on support for faculty who use Bb 9. In addition to our regularly scheduled workshops (schedule available here: https://utdl.edu/DL_training), we invite your department or program to schedule an instructional session at your convenience.

To get more information about Bb 9, or to make an important connection with an instructional designer, contact LV:

Email: UTLV@utoledo.edu
Phone: 419.530.8835
Chat: utoledo.edu/dl, use our chat window

For more updates on the transition, follow us on Twitter (@UTLV) and check our blog (feed available on the “Teaching” pane in the UT Portal. Also: http://wordpress.utoledo.edu/learningventures).