CIT Events

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.

Introduction to Blackboard

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

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 Ally

Learn how to make your Blackboard course accessible with Ally. See accessibility scores for uploaded files within your course and learn how to make your files more accessible with simple, step-by-step instructions from within your course. Also, learn about Ally's newest feature, Course Accessibility Reports... Ally checks the following file types:

  • Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint)
  • PDF's
  • Images
  • Uploaded HTML files
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  • Medial/MediaLecture
Bb Communication Tools

Learn the differences and similarities between the Discussion Board, 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.

Medial and MediaLecture


See what's new in Medial V6 including a video statistics and analysis feature, new editing functionality in MediaLecture, and the option to launch MediaLecture from Blackboard. 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.

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Introduction to Assignments and Inline Grading

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
Introduction to 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
  • Deploying Tests
  • 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

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 parts. You can provide clear descriptions of the characteristics of the work associated with each part, at varying levels of skill.

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. 

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

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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.

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Last Updated: 6/9/20