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The Center for Instruction & Technology hosts workshops and presentations throughout the year to provide faculty development on instruction and learning technology topics. The goal of these sessions is to educate, inform, and inspire faculty on how today's learning environments can be enhanced through technology.

Blackboard Instructor Webinar Series:

Blackboard's Instructor Webinar Series will take place between August 2nd and September 30th. This series is designed for Instructors, whether you are brand new to teaching online or looking to make some improvements to what you have started, they have designed a set of webinars from basic topics to advanced. Each session is 45 minutes and webinar topics include:

  • Blackboard Learn Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate Basics
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Beyond the Basics
  • Setting up the Gradebook
  • Creating Assignments
  • Creating Tests
  • Grading in Blackboard Learn
  • Improving Student Engagement
  • Guide to Building Mobile Content
  • Using Groups

Register Here

Past Events:

Blackboard Basics

New to Blackboard and need to get your course up and running or are you in need of a Bb refresher? These “Intro to Bb” professional development workshops will be made up of demonstrations and lecture to begin building your course in Bb… topics that will be covered include:

  • Bb user interface for you and for students
  • Course design methods based upon your teaching style and consistent with your syllabus
  • Organizing, building, and managing course content based on pedagogical best practices
  • Communication with students
  • Uploading and using video content

Blackboard Assignments

Learn how to use the Assignments tool to efficiently create assignments that assess students in a variety of meaningful ways and decide on the best way to present the assignments you create. Topics will include:

  • SafeAssign
  • Multiple Attempts
  • Grade Center Correlation
  • Inline Grading
  • My Grades
  • Due Dates

Blackboard Tests

Learn how to effectively create Tests to engage your students. You will also learn how to deploy tests within content areas of your courses. Topics will include:

  • Creating Tests
  • Question Types
  • Test Pools
  • Test Options
  • Respondus Test Generator


Mastering the Grade Center

This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the grade center tool. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance. This workshop assumes you are already familiar with Assignments, Tests, and other Blackboard tools. This workshop will cover the following Grade Center topics:

  • Navigating the Grade Center
  • Organizing rows and columns
  • Managing Grades
  • Using categories
  • Create calculated columns
  • Grading Assignments
  • View Grade Details


Discussion Board, Blogs, Journals, and Groups

Online discussions provide unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before they post ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations. You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. A sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With online discussions, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. Also, learn the differences and similarities between Discussions, Blogs and Journals. Learn how to properly select the tool that correlates with what you want to accomplish and which is best suited for your course and teaching style. Also learn about the Groups tool... group work improves critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, and communication among students.

Course Copying and the Content Collection


Learn how to copy last semester's course into your summer course shell and save yourself a lot of time and headaches. Copying course materials into an existing course will add content to a course, but it won't remove existing content.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

A real-time video conferencing tool built for education. You have both a dedicated course room and the ability to schedule as many new sessions as you want within each of your Blackboard courses. Thanks to robust collaboration and conference tools, everyone feels like they’re in the same room together, regardless of their location or device. Learn all the Collaborate basics as well as taking attendance, creating breakout groups, recording sessions and sharing the recordings.

Medial and MediaLecture

Medial is CCRI's video streaming server and MediaLecture is CCRI's screen capturing app. Learn all the various options in which you can record your classroom lectures. The Workshop will also cover editing, adding titles to your video within MediaLecture as well as linking your videos to your Blackboard courses.

Introduction to VoiceThread

Learn how to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos to create effective engagement and discussions between you and your students. This webinar covers the below topics:

  • Activating your VoiceThread account
  • Creating a VoiceThread
  • Creating a direct link in Blackboard to a Voicethread

Blackboard Rubrics

Rubrics can help ensure consistent and impartial grading and help students focus on your expectations. A rubric is a scoring tool you can use to evaluate graded work. When you create a rubric, you divide the assigned work into groups. You can provide clear descriptions of the characteristics of the work associated with each part, at varying levels of skill.

Blackboard Course Reports

You can run several types of course reports to view information about course usage and activities in your Blackboard course. You can view summaries of course usage such as which course areas are used most frequently and course access patterns for specific students.

Creating Exemplary Courses

What does it take to create an engaging, effective course? Learn about the standards that demonstrate exemplary course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, and student support.

Ongoing Events:

Setting Up Your Blackboard Course - Self-guided Bb Resource

Register for our new online, self-guided resource to learn the basics of Blackboard, so you can get your course up and running with a solid foundation. The course will also be a handy tool to refer back to while working in your course(s). Topics include:

  • The Basics
  • The Course menu
  • Bb Tools
  • Presenting Content
  • organizing your content
  • Creating Content Areas and uploading files
  • Content Collection and course file size

Register Here

One-on-One Instruction & Technology Consultations

One-on-One instruction and technology consultations are available in the CIT on each campus by appointment.

These highly successful one-on-one, customized training sessions can be the answer to your faculty technology development and instructional support needs.

  • Receive individualized assistance with instructional technologies
  • Apply technologies to meet your course learning objectives
  • Get started with Blackboard or learn a new tool
  • Instructional Design Services
  • Faculty Technology Orientation

Please go to the IT Help Desk Portal to schedule your one-on-one consultation appointment. Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.