Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Faculty News and Events (Workshops)

Workshop Schedule

The DLIT Division of iTech offers workshops for our TAMUK community. Review the schedule below and contact our offices to reserve your seat today.

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Workshop Descriptions

Getting Started in Blackboard Learn 9.1

This workshop will guide participants through the basic tasks and decisions required to set up a course. First, they will view the course from a student’s perspective as they navigate through tools and content.

The focus will then turn to the instructor’s perspective. Participants will walk through the process of planning, creating, and organizing the Course Menu. Participants will gain hands-on experience creating a Course Menu suitable for their own courses. They will also develop a Getting Started Content Area designed to provide students with the information they need to be successful learners. Participants will also learn to customize their courses to add visual interest and address pedagogical requirements.

Common start-up tasks such as creating announcements, adding calendar entries, building a syllabus, and setting up discussion forums will also be introduced.

Presenting Content

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to planning, organizing, and presenting content in the Blackboard Learn™ environment. Participants will first look at how content is organized and presented as they progress through a course as a student. They will view content in Learning Modules sequentially and non-sequentially, as well as view terminology in a Glossary.

Then, turning to the instructor perspective, participants will learn the skills necessary to integrate content and activities in their online courses. They will also learn about the importance of identifying course goals and objectives, how to analyze their audience, and they will explore the use of storyboards to depict the logical organization of their courses. Finally, they will learn the concepts behind Web-friendly page design and how to create their own usable and accessible pages. Along the way, they will discuss pedagogical and practical issues related to creating an online course that meets the needs of a broad and diverse audience.

Keeping Student on Track

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the tools that help instructors keep students on track and improve retention and results. They will learn to customize the release of content, monitor student progress, and view course statistics.

Participants will first look at how to mark content as reviewed as they progress through a course as a student. They will also look at the types of criteria that can be applied to content items to control the release of content. Then, turning to the instructor perspective, they will learn how to create Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release rules, how to monitor student progress through specific items or through the course in general, and how to view course and item statistics. Along the way, they will discuss pedagogical and practical issues related to using these tools to keep track of course usage and student progress.

Communicating with Student Online

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the tools that help instructors keep students on track and improve retention and results. They will learn to customize the release of content, monitor student progress, and view course statistics.

Participants will first look at how to mark content as reviewed as they progress through a course as a student. They will also look at the types of criteria that can be applied to content items to control the release of content. Then, turning to the instructor perspective, they will learn how to create Basic and Advanced Adaptive Release rules, how to monitor student progress through specific items or through the course in general, and how to view course and item statistics. Along the way, they will discuss pedagogical and practical issues related to using these tools to keep track of course usage and student progress.

Making the Most of Discussions

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Discussion Board tool. Participants will first use the tool as a student, becoming familiar with how it will appear to their own students.

Then, turning to the instructor perspective, they will learn to use the tool at each point in the lifecycle of discussions – from creating forums and threads to moderating, managing, and grading discussions. Along the way, they will discuss pedagogical and practical issues related to using discussions in online courses.

Assessments 1 - Creating and Grading

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn™, with a focus on creating and grading tests. Participants will first take a test as a student, becoming familiar with how tests will appear to their own students.

Then, turning to the instructor perspective, they will learn how to use assessments at each point in the lifecycle of a test—from test creation to deploying, grading, and reviewing the test. Along the way, they will discuss pedagogical and practical issues related to using assessments in online courses.

Assessments 2 - Beyond The Basics

This hands-on workshop introduces participants to the advanced features and functions of assessments. Participants will learn how to create advanced question types and how to add metadata to questions. Participants will explore Pool Manager and learn how it can be used to create a database of questions.

Participants will also be introduced to advanced test creation strategies, such as creating tests by searching pools and tests by question type and metadata, and adding random blocks of questions to tests. Participants will become familiar with the key differences between the Tests tool and Survey Manager. Finally, they will learn how to create a survey and view survey results.

Collaborating with Groups

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to using the Groups and Assignments tools. Participants will first use the tools as a student, as they upload an assignment and explore the Journals, Blogs, and Group collaboration tools. From the instructor perspective, they will create, review, and grade assignments.

Participants will learn to create Journal and Blog topics for enrolled users. Participants will also learn to create Groups and provide collaborative tools for students. Along the way, they will discover best practices and practical issues related to using the Groups and Assignments tools in online courses.

Mastering the Grade Center

.This workshop provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the Grade Center tool. Participants will first experience the student perspective by exploring the My Grades tool and becoming familiar with how grades will appear to their own students.

Then, turning to the instructor perspective, you will learn how to navigate the Grade Center and customize it to suit your needs. Next, you will learn how to create columns to manage and calculate grades. Finally, you will learn how to enter and manage grades, including grading test and assignment submissions.

This page was last updated on: September 12, 2014