Blackboard Festival 2013

The Learning Technologies Team at CELT is very excited to announce our first Blackboard Festival at NUI Galway, to take place from Thursday 15th to Wednesday 21st August.

We have carefully planned a full schedule of events and we are sure that there is something for everybody. Events include one- and two-hour workshops and demonstrations, with both beginner and intermediate instructors catered for.

Schedule

Timetable V2Descriptions of the workshops and demonstrations are below.

To sign up for any of these events, please use the online registration form.

Event Descriptions

Introduction to Blackboard

Level: Beginner

Event Type: 2 hour workshop

This popular workshop is targeted at users who are new to Blackboard and is aimed at getting participants up and running with the system. All attendees are provided with their own Blackboard training course shell, which they populate with a variety of content during this hands-on workshop session.

Goes well with: Setting up the Grade Centre.


Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 2 hour workshop

Suitable for instructors who have already been using Blackboard, but would like to bring their courses to the next level. In this hands-on workshop, find out how to customise your Blackboard course to increase student engagement.

Goes well with: Copying Content between Courses; New Features in Blackboard; New Assessment Features in Blackboard; Kaltura Video in Blackboard.


Using Turnitin on Blackboard to deter Plagiarism

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 2 hour workshop

Turnitin’s Originality Check helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against the world’s most accurate text comparison database. Turnitin has been fully integrated into Blackboard to make it easier for staff and students to use. A Turnitin Assignment can be created so that students can each submit their own work for automatic scanning. Any instructor on the course can then view the results and check the reports for signs of plagiarism.


Copying Content between Courses

Level: Beginner

Event Type: 1 hour workshop

Do you want to re-use your materials from last year, but need a little help to copy the content and tidy up materials? Come along to this hands-on workshop which goes through the steps and gives you the chance to complete this task with a little support from the CELT Learning Technologies team.

Goes well with: Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience; Setting up the Grade Centre.


Setting up the Grade Centre

Level: Beginner

Event Type: 1 hour workshop

Do you intend to use Blackboard to return continuous assessment marks or provisional results to students? Find out how to set up the Grade Centre from the start of term so that you understand and control exactly what a student can see in My Grades. This hands-on workshop will go through the steps and give you the chance to complete the task with a little support from the CELT Learning Technologies team.

Goes well with: Introduction to Blackboard; Copying Content between Courses; New Assessment Features in Blackboard; Creating a Survey.


Creating a Survey

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 1 hour workshop

Would you like to find out how to use the Survey tool to create and deploy surveys to your students, and access the results through the Grade Centre? A survey at the start of the semester can be used to find out more about your students and their current level of knowledge in a topic. Bring along some sample questions and this hands-on workshop will give you the chance to create and deploy the survey with a little support from the CELT Learning Technologies team.

Goes well with: Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience; Setting up the Grade Centre; New Assessment Features in Blackboard.


New Features in Blackboard

Level: Beginner

Event Type: 1 hour demonstration

Find out about some new features in Blackboard including: Global Navigation and the My Blackboard menu; the new Calendar tool; the Discussion Boards; and the Retention Centre.

Goes well with: Introduction to Blackboard; Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience


New Assessment Features in Blackboard

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 1 hour demonstration

See how to create an assignment link in Blackboard, so that students can submit their work electronically. A demo of the new inline grading feature will show you how to grade your students’ work online and return feedback quickly and easily.

Goes well with: Setting up the Grade Centre.


Kaltura Video in Blackboard

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 1 hour demonstration

Find out how you can use the Kaltura building block in Blackboard to upload you own video content and share it across multiple courses; create simple screen recordings; or record a short message from your webcam.


Drop-In Sessions

Level: Any

Event Type: Drop-in

Do you have a specific question and need a little bit of hands-on help from the CELT Learning Technologies team? Why not come along to one of the scheduled drop-in sessions.


Further workshops on using Blackboard to enhance teaching and learning are planned. For an up-to-date listing of our events for the year, visit the CELT website at http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/events/events.html

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