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Archive for April, 2015

Students Loaded to Summer Courses


Learning Ventures will begin loading students into Blackboard course sites for Summer 2015 on Monday, May 4. While students will be loaded into courses, they will not have access to the course materials until the designated starting date for the course:

– Monday, May 11 | College of Nursing Courses
– Monday, May 18 | Full Term and Summer Session 1 Courses
– Monday, June 15 | Summer Session 3 Courses
– Monday, June 29 | Summer Session 2 Courses

If your course begins on a date other than the above, your students will have access to the course on the course start date listed in Banner for the course.

Students who register late will be added to the course in 1-2 business days after the student has registered. Note: Adding a student to Blackboard does not register the student to the course for the purposes of receiving course credit.

If instructors would like to provide early access to their course materials, they can change the course start date in Blackboard. Additionally, instructions for copying course materials from a previous term can be found here.

If instructors have any questions related to best practices in online course design and delivery please contact our instructional designers. For technical support or information about using online learning technologies, please feel free to contact Learning Ventures Support at utlv@utoledo.edu or at 419-530-8835.

Please consider participating in some of our FREE trainings and workshops. These sessions cover various topics including: online teaching pedagogy, measurable learning objectives, accessibility, Blackboard, Echo360 lecture capture, Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing and much more!


The Learning Ventures Team

Learning Ventures Launches Its First Competency-Based Course on ADA Compliance

Starting this summer, Learning Ventures is offering a unique certification opportunity for faculty looking to incorporate accessible design in online courses.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, colleges and universities must ensure equal access to all electronic communication – especially in online courses.

*ADA Compliance and Online Courses* is a six-week, self-paced course that prepares faculty for addressing accessibility when designing and developing their online courses. The course covers topics that range from discussing accessibility law to identifying course design considerations for inclusivity and learning how to format course content and other documents for accessibility. Participants can choose to follow a suggested schedule to complete all modules within six weeks, or they can finish all course requirements within the academic year.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a wealth of guidance to institutions of higher education to ensure a satisfying learning environment for students with disabilities.  With each new online course a university develops, another opportunity presents itself for that university to be distinctive,” says David Cutri, Director of Internal Audit and Chief Compliance Officer. “ADA Compliance and Online Courses will provide you with tools and techniques to allow you to produce these distinctive courses.  The course is self-paced and flexible in its execution, which will allow you to learn in your own way and in your own time.  You will learn that not only is the ADA the law of the land, it also provides a blueprint for maximizing student success – which is good business.”

To register for the course, visit Learning Ventures Faculty Development Opportunities.

For questions regarding the course, please contact Peter You, Director for Instructional Design and Development, at 419-530-4016 or at peter.you@utoledo.edu.

ADA Compliance and Online Courses Certificate

Dates offered: May 18 – June 28, 2015

Location: 100% Online, Blackboard Learn

Completion requirements: Complete four required modules, and one elective module

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of accessibility in online learning based on diversity of learners and legislative standards;
  • Apply accessibility principles and guidelines in the design and development of course materials; and
  • Identify tools in Blackboard Learn, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint applications, and Adobe Acrobat XI to use to create accessible course materials.

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


-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


-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.