Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshops

Event Date: 
Feb 19, 2014 1:30 pm
Feb 20, 2014 1:30 pm
Feb 25, 2014 2:00 pm
Feb 26, 2014 3:00 pm
Mar 11, 2014 2:00 pm
Mar 12, 2014 3:00 pm
Mar 19, 2014 1:30 pm
Mar 20, 2014 1:30 pm
Apr 1, 2014 3:00 pm
Apr 2, 2014 4:00 pm
Apr 15, 2014 2:00 pm
Apr 16, 2014 3:00 pm
Apr 23, 2014 1:30 pm
Apr 24, 2014 1:30 pm
Blackboard Testing: In this sessionwe will look at the Blackboard Testing features which include creating a test directly in Blackboard, setting up the testing options, and deploying a test in your Blackboard course. We will also review how to view and score the test results. This workshop will not cover utilizing publisher tests or Respondus tests in Blackboard. We will also discuss tips and tricks you can pass along to students to help them successfully complete a Blackboard test.
Keysville: February 19th from 1:30 - 2:30 in room 21
Alberta: February 20th from 1:30 - 2:30 in room B47

Blackboard Grade Center Clean-Up and Check:
  We will walk through what you need to do each semester to set-up your grade center and make sure it is clean and functioning properly for students.  We will then use our instructor "student" accounts to access our course areas and look at the grades area through a student's eyes.  You might be surprised as to what they are seeing. 

Keysville:  February 25th from 2:00 - 3:00 in room 21
Alberta:  February 26th from 3:00 - 4:00 in room B45

Blackboard Collaborate Online Meeting Rooms:  Set-up an online meeting room in one of your courses that can be utilized for online office hours, online review sessions, trouble shooting with a student, tutoring a student, etc.  We will then practice accessing that meeting room and using the tools that are available as an instructor (moderator) and as a student (participant). During the session, we will discuss the pros and cons of using this tool, including the common technical issues that students experience and how to resolve them.

Keysville:  March 11th from 2:00 - 3:00 in room 21
Alberta:  March 12 from 3:00 - 4:00 in room B45

Blackboard Journals and Wikis: Blackboard journals are online diaries where students can post entries that only the individual student and the instructor can access (privacy settings can be changed). Blackboard wikis allow students to contribute and modify wiki entries resulting in a wide variety of sharing and collaboration among students. In this workshop, we will discuss both tools and how they can be used in Blackboard. We will look at how to set up and monitor both journals and wikis from an instructor standpoint and how students will work with these tools.
Keysville: March 19th from 1:30 - 2:30 in room 21
Alberta: March 20th from 1:30 - 2:30 in room B47

Using the Rubrics Tool in Blackboard:  Rubrics can be great tools that can benefit both instructors and students.  They can help provide clear expectations on assignments, especially writing assignments and projects, and help make grading student work more consistent, quick, and objective.  During this session we will briefly discuss the components of a rubric, but most of our time will be spent looking at how to use the rubric creator in Blackboard to create an online rubric, associate it with an assignment, and use it for grading.  If you have a rubric you have created, bring it with you to the workshop.

Keysville:  April 1st from 2:00 - 3:00 in room 21
Alberta:  April 2nd from 3:00 - 4:00 in room B45

Google Docs:  In this session we will look at the sharing capabilities in Google Docs.  Use it as a way to Collaborate on documents with students or colleagues.  Create your syllabus or other course documents in Google Docs and share the web address (url) of the document in your Blackboard courses. Update the document(s) online at the start of a new semester, and it automatically updates what the students see in Blackboard.

Keysville:  April 15th from 2:00 - 3:00 in room 21
Alberta:  April 16th from 3:00 - 4:00 in room B45

Flipping the Classroom: Flipping the Classroom has recently become a "buzz phrase" in the last few years, but many of you are already doing it and may not even realize it! Flipping the classroom deals primarily with how and when students are exposed to new information outside of the classroom and the changes this leads to when working with students inside the classroom. This workshop will discuss various strategies that you can begin to incorporate into your teaching to "flip your classroom."
Keysville: April 23rd from 1:30 - 2:30 in room 21
Alberta: April 24th from 1:30 - 2:30 in room B47