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Blackboard

Blackboard is a course management system using Blackboard software. This allows quick and easy dissemination of information to students, including on-line testing, and communication tools. Faculty can login to Blackboard and find their course listing.

Introduction to Blackboard. This course will provide an introduction to the Blackboard system and how to customize a course. Topics to be covered include basic navigation, making the course available, adding content, working with the visual editor, changing the course entry point, adding a banner, and changing the look of the course menu.

Suggested Handouts: Getting Started With the Course Environment
Required knowledge: Know their UNO Net ID and Password

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Top 10 Ways to Improve Course Management. During this hands on session faculty will learn ways to improve day-to-day course management tasks by having the Blackboard system work "smarter, not harder" on their behalf. This session is geared toward those who have a basic working knowledge of Blackboard.

Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Authentic Assessment and Evaluation. Blackboard has several options for assisting faculty with assessment. Tests can be created using 17 different types of questions which can be created individually, from a quiz generator, or from pools to accommodate a range of testing options. The Assignment feature provides an easy way for students to submit electronic documents and the associated InLine Grading allows faculty to grade certain types of documents within Blackboard. Rubrics can be created to aid in evaluating several different types of assessment and reused throughout the semester and then copied to future semesters. During this session we will discuss best practices for using all of the available assessment tools in Blackboard to provide students with ways to be evaluated in authentic ways. This session is geared toward those who have a basic working knowledge of Blackboard.

Suggested Handouts: Getting Started with Building a Test
Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Managing the Grade Center. This course will cover the use and functionality of the Grade Center. Topics to be covered include adding columns, weighting, color coding, rearranging columns, and running reports.

Suggested Handouts: Getting Started with Grade Center
Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Automating Your Course with Blackboard. During this hands-on session learn how to automate your Blackboard course so that the system does the work for you. We will discuss ways to organize course materials and use Date / Time Restrictions to release information to your students. To streamline the course management process, we will also explore using rubrics attached to Discussion Forums and Assignments.

Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Blackboard / Google Apps Integration. This hands-on session will provide tips for integrating some of the Google Apps for Education with Blackboard. We will embed a link to a Google Doc, a form within Blackboard, walk through three different ways of providing access to a YouTube video, and embed a Google Presentation within a Blackboard wiki. Experience with Blackboard and Google Drive is recommended.

Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Fostering Collaboration. During this hands-on session we will explore options for the set up and use of Discussion Forums, Blogs, Wikis, and Journals to foster collaboration and a greater sense of community in your course.

Suggested Handouts: When to use a Blog vs. Wiki vs. Discussion Board
Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Blackboard Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking. This hands-on session will cover ways in which faculty can utilize Blackboard tools to engage students in critical thinking and active learning. Time will be spent discovering how to transition proven classroom techniques into a digital environment.

Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Online Test Integrity with Respondus. During this hands-on session we will walk through the process of associating the Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor to existing online tests in Blackboard. Participants will have the opportunity to experience taking a test as a student would using both tools. Previous experience with Blackboard tests is recommended.

Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge and Grade Center course

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