Blackboard Summer Festival 2014

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The CELT Learning Technologies Team has been working hard to put together a schedule for our 2nd annual Blackboard Summer Festival. We aim to cater for all staff who use Blackboard, no matter what your level of experience. So, whether you are completely new to Blackboard, a regular who would like to know a little more, or an expert, we are confident that you’ll find something of interest in our programme.

Events include one- and two-hour workshops and demonstrations on topics that cover start-of-semester course set-up, using Blackboard for assessment, interactive tools and teaching online. If you’d just like to get some tips on using Blackboard more effectively, we have a special “Quick Hits” demo session. We’re also scheduling three Drop-In sessions, when team members will be available to answer your questions.

Schedule

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Descriptions of the workshops and demonstrations are below.

To sign up for any of these events, please use the online registration form. Note that you do not need to sign up for Drop-In Sessions.

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.

Blackboard do Thosaitheoirí

Leibhéal: Tosaitheoir

Cineál Ócáide: Ceardlann dhá uair an chloig

Tá an cheardlann seo dírithe ar úsáideoirí nach bhfuil cleachtadh acu ar Blackboard agus é mar aidhm againn na rannpháirtithe a chur ag úsáid an chórais. Tugtar creatlach cúrsa oiliúna Blackboard do gach rannpháirtí, agus cuirfidh siad ábhar  air seo le linn na ceardlainne praiticiúla seo.

Feiliúnach le déanamh le: An tIonad Grádála a shocrú

Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate

Level: Beginniner (to Collaborate)

Event Type: 2.5 hour workshop

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration platform which provides a Web Conferencing interface. The highly responsive audio and video features, along with the instant chat and interactive white board features, creates a real time environment for all users. Blackboard Collaborate sessions can be created inside a Blackboard course and are ideal for virtual classrooms or virtual office hours.

Come along to this introductory hand-on session where you will experience Blackboard Collaborate from both student and instructor perspectives. In the workshop you will create your own Blackboard Collaborate meeting room, use a range of learning tools (e.g. live voting), and learn how to record/archive your online learning sessions.  The session will conclude with useful tips and tricks on how manage your online learning experience and an overview of how Blackboard Collaborate is being used throughout NUI Galway to enhance the student learning experience.

Goes well with: Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience.

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; Quick Hits in Blackboard; Kaltura Video in Blackboard; Assessment Options in Blackboard; Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate

Using Turnitin on Blackboard to deter Plagiarism/Blackboard agus Turnitin

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; Assessment Options in Blackboard; Creating a Blackboard Survey.

Getting Started with MCQs

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 1 hour workshop

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) can be used for self testing or for continuous assessment as part of an overall assessment and feedback strategy. Some disciplines use MCQs, or other question types, for high stakes assessment. This hands-on workshop will give you the chance to create and deploy an MCQ test in your Blackboard course, covering recommended test settings, with a little support from the CELT Learning Technologies team.

Goes well with: Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience; Returning Marks in the Grade Centre; Assessment Options in Blackboard

Creating a Blackboard Survey

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 1 hour workshop

Would you like to find out how to use the Blackboard 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; Assessment Options in Blackboard.

Quick Hits in Blackboard

Level: All

Event Type: 1 hour demonstration

In this one hour session, the CELT learning technologies team will demonstrate some of our favourite time-saving features and tricks in Blackboard. This will include: how to post announcements and send emails to multiple courses simultaneously, using the Qwickly Tools; how to organise and access your courses quickly and easily; how to change the theme of your course to give a fresher, more engaging look; how to access global tools to more easily monitor student activity and organise your calendar.

Goes well with: Introduction to Blackboard

Assessment Options in Blackboard

Level: Intermediate

Event Type: 1 hour demonstration

Blackboard at NUI Galway provides a range of options to support student assessment, including: online submission of student work; support for marking and the return of feedback; interactive tools to support reflection and collaboration; originality checking; video assignments; multiple choice quizzes; and more. This one hour demo will give a very quick overview of the tools available and direct you to resources where you can find out more.

Goes well with: Setting up the Grade Centre; Getting Started with MCQs

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. You can also create video assignments for your students; they upload their videos and you can easily moderate them before adding them to a course gallery.

Goes well with: Course Design to Enhance the Student Experience; Quick Hits in Blackboard

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.

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