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Faculty Training for Blackboard 

Registration and Cancellation Overview
Registration at least one day in advance is required for all training sessions. Seating is limited to 10-12 participants and is scheduled on a first-come basis. Use one of the Enroll Now links below to access the online registration form. All enrollment is tracked via the form.

If you have registered for a session but cannot attend, please use the form to cancel your registration. If you have any questions, please contact the training coordinator at tsstraining@stthom.edu.

Faculty members who have not had training on the current version of Blackboard should begin with the Bb 9 Fundamentals session. After that, select additional sessions that cover the skills you need: Assessments, Discussion Board, Grade Center, Group Management, or Retention Center.

Synopses and Registration

Check this page and the enrollment page for updates to training opportunities. If you have questions, please contact the Training coordinator at tsstraining@stthom.edu.

Duration: Class sessions vary in length from 1 hour to 2 hours.
Location:  O'Rourke 103 unless otherwise noted.  Seating is limited to 10-12 participants per session.
Session Outlines: View a general outline for all sessions.
Current Calendar: Download the current Training Calendar (PDF). This calendar is subject to change. Please check the online enrollment form for the most current schedule.
Tutorials: Blackboard 9 Tutorials are PDF documents of 1-12 pages in length. Blackboard Support is no longer printing the entire manual.
Prerequisites:

Required—You must register for the classes below at least one business day in advance of attending. You must also have a valid UST Celt ID (this is your Blackboard Login).
Recommended—We suggest that you view your courses for the current or coming term before attending training. You may also wish to submit requests for course mergers or recycling of content via MyStThom's Faculty Center.

New & Enhanced Features
For a limited time, we are offering sessions at which instructors can “test-drive” new features such as Social Learning, Portfolios, Date Management, and Student Preview. They can also get an idea of Blackboard’s new look, including minor changes in the locations of certain options.

 

Blackboard 9 Fundamentals—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 2 hours

This session provides a general overview of the Blackboard system as implemented at UST. It is designed to provide new and existing faculty with a general understanding of the Blackboard 9 system basics and tools necessary to assist with teaching and course management.

Blackboard 9 Fundamentals is the prerequisite to all other sessions listed below. If you have used previous versions of Blackboard Learn, it is helpful for learning the features of the current version and the workflow involved in using them.

 

Retention Center—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 1-1/2 hours
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

Learn the various functions of the Retention Center tool. This session will cover creating rules that will help gauge students’ engagement and participation, which can alert the instructor to potential risks. It will also demonstrate how to notify at-risk students from within Retention Center.

 

Discussion Board & Communication Tools—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All (highly recommended)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

This session focuses on the general Discussion Board and other communication tools that promote interactivity between instructors and students. It also covers the uses of (and differences between) Journals, Blogs, and Wikis.

 

Grade Center—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 2 hours, more if needed
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

This session provides a general orientation to the grading functions of Blackboard.  It includes adding, deleting, moving, and freezing grade columns; grading assignments within Blackboard; exporting grades to Excel; adding a Test Student; and creating Rubrics. Also, you will learn how to create calculated columns, including weighted averages, and incorporate advanced grading schemas.

 

Group Management—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

This session provides an overview of the functions that facilitate interaction between students in group settings. It covers creating groups and group sets, assigning group membership manually or automatically, the tools available to groups, and using graded assignments within groups.

 

Assessment Tools (Testing)—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

This session focuses on creating and deploying tests within the Blackboard environment. Special attention is given to reviewing the distinctions between tests and surveys, using question pools and random blocks, various testing options, and viewing and grading online tests and surveys.

 

Social Learning Tools—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

Learn how students and instructors can create academic networks through Blackboard's suite of Social Learning tools. Begin the process by creating a MyEdu account, which also serves as your Blackboard Learn Profile. Find other users via the People tool, communicate with them via Messages, and establish Spaces for them to share the results of their research. Blackboard also has a built-in Social Learning course structure that encourages participation and collaboration.

 

Portfolios and Artifacts—[Enroll Now]
Target Audience: All
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

Learn how to create assignments that students submit as Portfolios—Blackboard-based websites to post their work—and share within the class or beyond. Documents and other files take the form of Artifacts, and students can add graded assignments to their Artifact collections. Portfolios and Artifacts remain available to their authors even after the course is completed.

 
Ask the Trainer—[Enroll Now] - by appointment, no sessions scheduled
Target Audience: All
Prerequisite: Blackboard 9 Fundamentals

Do you or your colleagues have specific questions about your Blackboard course? This open-format session provides faculty with guidance and hands-on Blackboard training. Our trainers will work with faculty on a specific problem or to troubleshoot an issue.  Please bring any documents, such as the course syllabus, that may need to be uploaded or displayed. Seating is limited to six participants for this session. All registering participants should complete the Blackboard 9 Fundamentals training prior to registering for this session.

If you have questions, please contact the Training Coordinator at tsstraining@stthom.edu.

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