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Faculty Workshops/Training

Please return to the Bb Information page and check the dates in the right-hand sidebar for any upcoming training events (In the future, the training calendar will be listed here, as well).  As an Instructor, you can also issue a TrackIt for any specific training needs you may have.  Most all of our training is currently being done on a one-on-one ,as-requested basis.  Remember, you need a username and password before any training can be done.  If you don't have these, please contact the Computing Help Desk for more information about obtaining those.  Please contact the Univeristy Technologiy Services Help Desk with any additional questions.

Not sure what you need?  Feel free to peruse some of these previously requested training sessions to whet your appetite and better communicate your needs when you issue your TrackIt.

Introduction to Blackboard

This session designed for faculty assumes no prior knowledge of Blackboard, but requires basic computing skills. Experience with word processing, e-mail, and familiarity with the World Wide Web is expected. Two hour interactive workshop which provides an overview of Blackboard, its capabilities, different ways that the courseware is used at USF, and how it is supported on campus. (part I of II)

The Nuts and Bolts of Using Blackboard

This is a hands-on workshop for faculty. Assumes completion of Introduction to Blackboard. Focus is customizing a template to support a class with a Blackboard course site. Faculty are strongly encouraged to select one course for the current or upcoming semester for Blackboard support. Faculty should bring a disk or flashdrive with course files to the workshop to add to their new Blackboard course site. Topics include adding/removing announcements, entering faculty information, creating folders to organize a course, uploading and managing Word and PowerPoint files in Blackboard, creating external links, using the course calendar and developing a grade book on Blackboard. (part II of II)

Blackboard 9.0

This hour long session reviews the new tools and features available with the upgraded 9 version of Blackboard. A closer look will be given to Journals, Blogs, Learning Modules, SafeAssignment, and Grade Center, where significant changes have been made. Faculty will also be introduced to the notion of LDAP authentication and what it means for them and their students as well as the new processes now in place due to a recent systems integration between Jenzabar and Blackboard.

Blackboard "Creating Web-Based Classes:Translating Content to an Online Environment" 

This is a completely hands-on, interactive workshop for faculty interested in creating a course site for a web-based course. Assumes completion of Introduction to Blackboard and/or The Nuts and Bolts of Using Blackboard. The workshop will focus on creating and customizing a Blackboard course site using not only Blackboard resources and online tools, but also extensive multi-media such as podcasts, audio/video, YouTube, making use of Mac's Keynote to create interesting and stimulating presentations for your students. This course is designed to bring your classroom teaching into the world of on-line educational technology. Requirements: Innovation, excitement and imagination. Faculty and instructors will need to have in mind an actual class for the upcoming semester for which they wish to create a site.  The workshop will start with a two hour instructional design classroom session and will continue as one-on-one meetings between the Instructional Designer and Faculty until the course creation is complete.

Training Bites

These are short training sessions designed to provide reminders of useful Blackboard tools in easy, chewable bites. Instructors should already have a course in mind and a basic understanding of Blackboard and how it works.

Blackboard Exclusive

A customised Blackboard session designed to meet department needs, approximately one hour. This session introduces the non-Blackboard user to features such as logging in to Blackboard, the Blackboard interface and how Blackboard interacts with the university's other network systems,  plus any other areas that may be of importance to a specific department.


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