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Blackboard How-To Sessions Offered in September

With the start of the new school year will come a wide variety of How-To Sessions to help faculty members get the most out of Blackboard Learn. Sign up for any of these sessions at the How-To Sessions signup page. We look forward to working with you!

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Blackboard Learn Course Building

This course is the first in a three part series that will ensure you are well acquainted with Blackboard @ SHSU. Become familiar with the Blackboard environment including: layout, navigation, adding, editing and deleting content. Attendees will gain control over their course’s navigation menu and learn how to interact with their courses from an instructor role. 


Blackboard Learn Communication

This course is the second in a three part series that will ensure you are well acquainted with Blackboard @ SHSU. Learn how to communicate and collaborate with your students using Blackboard’s onboard set of tools. Announcements, Notifications, Email, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Journals and Wikis will all be covered.

Blackboard Learn Assessment

This course is the third in a three part series that will ensure you are well acquainted with Blackboard @ SHSU. Attendees will learn how to assess student progress with Blackboard Assignments, Turnitin Assignments, Test/Quiz/Survey Creation and how each of these interact with the Blackboard Grade Center. 

Blackboard Grade Center

Participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress. Manage students’ grades and create grade columns for any activities or requirements you wish to grade. 

Blackboard Mashups Multimedia & More

Participants will learn how to place YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, Flickr photos, audio recordings and multimedia directly into the course with a few clicks of their mouse. The use of Blackboard’s new Video Everywhere tool will also be covered for communication from/with/to your students and for giving assignment feedback. This 90 minute session will help bridge the distance in distance learning.

Blackboard Rubrics

Participants will learn how to use the rubric tool that lists evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provide a means to convey expectations to students for the quality of completed assignments. This session lasts approximately 60 minutes. 

Blackboard Collaborate – Host Webinars with your Students

Get the low-down on this tool in Blackboard that will allow have live meetings with your students interact with your student in real time over the internet via audio/video/whiteboard and application sharing. Check your student’s understanding by giving polls.

Blackboard Retention Center

Use the Retention Center to provide an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.

Lecture Capture, Student/Instructor Presentations & Remote Proctoring with Tegrity

SHSU has technology in classrooms and on campus computers that allows instructors to capture in class lectures as well as recordings of narrated PowerPoints, screen captures and more. Tegrity Campus records class time and course content for students to watch live, or review on-demand. 

Feedback Strategies for Online Courses

Engagement in online courses is key for student success, teacher evaluation and the overall course experience.  A great way to promote student engagement in your online course is to work on feedback. Students that receive regular feedback tend to perform better and as a result have good opinions of their time in the course.  There are many sound strategies for providing feedback in an online course. This Session will cover a few key feedback strategies. 

Strategies for Success when Teaching Online

As with teaching a face-to-face course, there are strategies and methods you can employ to give yourself and your students a better chance for success.  No matter what technology we are using, what web 2.0 tool we employ or what activities we plan in the end, it is all about the METHOD and NOT the tool. This information-packed how-to session covers strategies for teaching, course participation, managing your time, assessment and academic integrity.

Turnitin Plagiarism Defense and Grading Papers Online

Learn how to leverage the Turnitin Assignment Tool in blackboard to check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against the world's most accurate text comparison database. Grade your paper online with Turnitin Grademark. Leave comments directly on paper, use voice comments and rubrics to give great feedback and general comments.