Faculty Workshop Catalog

Getting Started with Blackboard in 45 minutes

This workshop covers the best that Blackboard has to offer. From uploading course materials to engaging a discussion board to grading student assignments, participants will watch step-by-step demonstrations and explore diverse ways faculty use Blackboard at GW. 

Blackboard: Assignments and Tests

This 60-minute workshop will primarily cover how to create assignments and develop tests that make the best of both your time and your students' efforts. Participants will also discuss test settings and how they impact the student experience of taking a test online. 

Blackboard: Blogs, Wikis and Discussions

In this 60-minute session participants will explore blogs, journals, and wikis and learn about best practices within the Blackboard Discussion Boards. From informal inquiries to graded topical interactions, we will explore the diverse ways in which you can enhance the student experience outside of the traditional classroom. 

Blackboard: Grading Your Students

The Blackboard Grade Center can be used simply as a storage table for graded items you receive in class, or it can be a fully dynamic way to closely survey your students' success. It also helps your students remain focused on your course! In this 60-minute workshop, we share how to quickly build a powerful assessment dashboard, a nerve-center that is the Grade Center. 

Blackboard: Using Rubrics

Have you ever had students wondering why they got a certain grade on their assignment, or what their grade was made of? Consider using Blackboard rubrics. A Blackboard rubric lists evaluation criteria for a graded activity. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment. Instructors can use rubrics to assess the students consistently against a set of criteria, and to explain their evaluations to students. This workshop will cover the basics of Blackboard rubrics. Participants will learn how to create a rubric, associate it to a graded activity and effortlessly grade using an interactive rubric.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 

Discover the essentials of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the new version of the synchronous virtual classroom tool, beginning with a general geography of the new and improved user interface and ending with a practice session. Participants will leave the workshop with hands-on experience in features such as text and voice chat, PowerPoint slideshow delivery, and desktop sharing.

Student Response System: Getting Started with Clickers

The TurningPoint Audience Response System can engage students and give you real-time feedback on comprehension during class. This workshop will cover the most commonly used features of TurningPoint, including creating questions, conducting polling, and saving results.

Getting Started with VoiceThread 

VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows users to share and have conversations around media. Users can comment on the material using text, audio or video creating an interactive discussion around the content. Participants will learn how to integrate VoiceThread into their Blackboard course and how to create, comment and share content on VoiceThread.

Creating Online Lectures

Enhance your online lectures with rich media. This workshop will cover the basics of online lecture creation using PowerPoint narration, iSpring, and Echo Personal Capture as tools to bring audio, video, and screen captures to lectures. Participants will also learn how to make such lectures available to students on Blackboard.

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