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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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Groups. This course will cover the options and setup for Groups. Topics to be covered include self-enroll vs. manual enroll, single groups vs. group sets, and group assignments.

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

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Assessments. This course will provide an introduction to assessments in Blackboard. Participants will create an Assignment and a Test. Emphasis will be placed on effective use of these tools for authentic student assessment.

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

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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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Course Collaboration. This course will cover the use of Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis, Journals, and Chat as means of communication within a 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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Rubrics: Pedagogy and Practice. This course will cover both the pedagogical reasons behind using rubrics and the technical skills to use the rubric feature within Blackboard. Participants will be asked to bring an example assignment complete with the corresponding learning objectives for it.

Suggested Handouts: Blackboard Rubrics Quick Guide
What is a Rubric?
Sample Rubrics
Required knowledge: Introduction to Blackboard course or equivalent knowledge

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Advanced 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, creating calculated columns, and creating Smart Views.

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

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