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Blackboard Support is virtual!

Given the current situation with dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, CTL's LMS Team members and CoOp students are available with virtual help, in the BB Cafe Organization site Virtual Classroom (link works only when logged in) or if that link doesn't work, use the guest link
Hours and updates are posted on our COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops page.
If you require something customized that can't be addressed in the virtual classroom, please submit a ticket at uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and specify what you would like to discuss. We will try to arrange a mutual time to virtually discuss your topic. Please note - the volume for requests is high at this time so we will do our very best to support you based on availability. We appreciate your patience!

We have many options to support you!

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Hands-on workshops
Instructors and their assistants can join virtual classes which include some pedagogical best practices along with hands-on exercises detailing parts of Blackboard to prepare for online course delivery in 2-3 hour segments.

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Sprint sessions
On a tight schedule but still want to see how to use the important assessment and grading tools in Blackboard, or other featured topics? Join in a Sprint Session, geared to demonstrating the essentials in under an hour.

Are you Decaf or Espresso?

Some of the hands-on sessions have been designed with activities and pace geared to your technological comfort level. Please choose the session that is right for you!
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Decaf Level
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

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Espresso Level
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possess a high comfort-level in learning and adopting new technology.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Building your Test in Blackboard- (Part 1) Tips for Success (Sprint Session)

Registration for this event is now closed.
Schedule: Monday, July 13, 2020, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Lauren Sabourin
sprint session icon Do you have an upcoming test that you want to design using Blackboard's Test tool? Are you beginning to design your assessments for the fall semester? This sprint session will provide an overview of the test creation process. Participants will learn to manually create questions in Blackboard as well as use UWindsor's Blackboard Quiz Generator to import pre-existing tests into Blackboard in addition to exploring the use of random question blocks, question sets, and using pools and other tests to find questions.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Assessment of Student Learning (Tests and Assignments) (Decaf Level)

No seats available.

You may join a waiting-list for this workshop.

Schedule: Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Decaf session icon Hands-on session icon This workshop provides an introduction to Blackboard’s Assignments, and Tests, Surveys and Pools tools. Participants will learn to create, review, and deploy assignments and tests. SafeAssign, inline grading, and rubrics are presented as options to explore. Grading student work and reconciling the Grade Centre will be covered in a later workshop.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Deploying and Grading Tests -Part 2- (Sprint Session)

Registration closes July 14, 2020.
Schedule: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Niwit Aryal
sprint session icon You have a test built for your students to write…now what? This sprint session will provide you with an overview of the process of deploying the test to students and grading student submissions. Participants will learn about the deployment process including settings for availability, attempts, exceptions, and feedback to students. An overview of the grading process for tests that include manually graded and automatically graded questions will be provided as well.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Assessment of Student Learning (Tests and Assignments) (Espresso Level)

No seats available.

You may join a waiting-list for this workshop.

Schedule: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon This workshop provides an introduction to Blackboard’s Assignments, and Tests, Surveys and Pools tools. Participants will learn to create, review, and deploy assignments and tests. SafeAssign, inline grading, and rubrics, are presented as options to explore. Grading student work and reconciling the Grade Centre will be covered in a later workshop.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Espresso:
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possesses a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Collecting and assessing files online - Assignments and Rubrics - How you can manage your student work digitally (Sprint Session)

Registration closes July 16, 2020.
Schedule: Friday, July 17, 2020, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting
sprint session icon Considering adding an assignment as one of your assessments for your course? In this short demonstration, you will see how to:
  • add an Assignment Content area to your menu,
  • create an assignment for your students,
  • create a rubric to add/associate to the new assignment,
  • locate where to grade the assignments in Blackboard,
  • along with some features available for grading assignments including inline annotations and voice/audio recorded feedback.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre (Espresso Level)

Registration closes August 03, 2020.
Schedule: Tuesday, August 04, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the Grade Center, use Smart Views, add color rules, and organize their site using the Column Organization page. They will learn how to create columns to manage and calculate grades. Participants will learn how to access the Needs Grading page to increase instructor efficiency. Finally, they will learn how to add and manage grades, including grading test and assignment submissions.

Participants will need to have attended the Assessment of Student Learning workshop prior to taking this workshop or have had experience using tests and assignments in previous course sites to get the most out of this session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Espresso Level:
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possess a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

9:00 AM

Building your Test in Blackboard- Tips for Success -Part 1 (Sprint Session)

Registration closes August 04, 2020.
Schedule: Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Lauren Sabourin
sprint session icon Do you have an upcoming test that you want to design using Blackboard's Test tool? Are you beginning to design your assessments for the fall semester? This sprint session will provide an overview of the test creation process. Participants will learn to manually create questions in Blackboard as well as use UWindsor's Blackboard Quiz Generator to import pre-existing tests into Blackboard in addition to exploring the use of random question blocks, question sets, and using pools and other tests to find questions.

1:00 PM

Blackboard & Microsoft 365 (incl. Teams) - Features and Limits

Registration closes August 04, 2020.
Schedule: Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Tim Au-Yeung, Bodek Frak, Stephen Karamatos, Mark Lubrick, Lorna Stolarchuk
This workshop will introduce instructors and their assistants to Blackboard Learn features that can partner with Microsoft 365 Apps including Streams and Teams. As this is a pilot project for the Summer 2020 semester, instructors joining this project will be able to share with each other and the pilot project organizers, the processes they have been able to adopt to improve student learning with the new tools.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre (Decaf Level)

Registration closes August 05, 2020.
Schedule: Thursday, August 06, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Decaf session icon Hands-on session icon In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the Grade Center, use Smart Views, add color rules, and organize their site using the Column Organization page. They will learn how to create columns to manage and calculate grades. Participants will learn how to access the Needs Grading page to increase instructor efficiency. Finally, they will learn how to add and manage grades, including grading test and assignment submissions.

Participants will need to have attended the Assessment of Student Learning workshop prior to taking this workshop or have had experience using tests and assignments in previous course sites to get the most out of this session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Deploying and Grading Tests - Part 2 (Sprint Session)

Registration closes August 06, 2020.
Schedule: Friday, August 07, 2020, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Niwit Aryal
sprint session icon You have a test built for your students to write…now what? This sprint session will provide you with an overview of the process of deploying the test to students and grading student submissions. Participants will learn about the deployment process including settings for availability, attempts, exceptions, and feedback to students. An overview of the grading process for tests that include manually graded and automatically graded questions will be provided as well.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Communication - Getting Started and Using Discussions (Decaf Level)

Registration closes August 10, 2020.
Schedule: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Decaf session icon Hands-on session icon This workshop will introduce participants to the Blackboard Learn environment and online learning. Participants will walk through creating and organizing the course menu, adding simple content, ensuring site availability, and determining tool availability. Setting up a simple Discussion Board will be discussed.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Communication - Getting Started and Using Discussions (Espresso Level)

Registration closes August 11, 2020.
Schedule: Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon This workshop will introduce participants to the Blackboard Learn environment and online learning. Participants will walk through creating and organizing the course menu, adding simple content, ensuring site availability, and determining tool availability. Setting up a simple Discussion Board will be discussed.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Espresso Level:
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possess a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sharing Course Content (Espresso Level)

Registration closes August 17, 2020.
Schedule: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon Explore refining navigation menus in your course site, structuring Content Areas, building learning modules, using file folders, and sequencing content. Explore embedding media and linking to web sites.

Please review your confirmation email for details regarding preparing and accessing the session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Espresso Level:
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possesses a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Sharing Course Content (Decaf Level)

Registration closes August 18, 2020.
Schedule: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Decaf session icon Hands-on session icon Explore refining navigation menus in your course site, structuring Content Areas, building learning modules, using file folders, and sequencing content. Explore embedding media and linking to web sites.

Please review your confirmation email for details regarding preparing and accessing the session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the Inter/Summer semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Troubleshooting the Grade Centre (Sprint Session)

Registration closes August 20, 2020.
Schedule: Friday, August 21, 2020, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Lorna Stolarchuk
sprint session icon In this Sprint Session, we provide an overview of common problems encountered in the Grade Centre in Blackboard and how to solve them! This session demonstrates how to use the default Weighted Total column and Total column, using Categories, ways to organize your Grade Centre, some reports, importing external spreadsheets and transferring your final grades to UWinsite Student.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Assessment of Student Learning (Tests) (Espresso Level)

Registration closes August 21, 2020.
Schedule: Monday, August 24, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon This workshop provides an introduction to Blackboard’s Tests, Surveys, and Pools tools. Participants will learn to create, review, and deploy assignments and tests, discuss ways this tool can enhance interactivity in your course, and review the Pools segment of the tool. Pools allow for banks of questions to be created and reused. A demonstration of the importing MS Word tests to Blackboard using a test generator tool will also be featured.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Espresso Level:
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possess a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

10:00 AM

Assessment of Student Learning (Tests) (Decaf Level)

Registration closes August 24, 2020.
Schedule: Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Decaf session icon Hands-on session iconThis workshop provides an introduction to Blackboard’s Tests, Surveys and Pools tools. Participants will learn to create, review, and deploy assignments and tests, discuss ways this tool can enhance interactivity in your course, and review the Pools segment of the tool. Pools allow for banks of questions to be created and reused. A demonstration of the importing MS Word tests to Blackboard using a test generator tool will also be featured.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

1:00 PM

Assessment of Student Learning (Assignments – Combined Decaf and Espresso Level)

Registration closes August 24, 2020.
Schedule: Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Hands-on session icon This workshop provides an introduction to Blackboard’s Assignments tool. Participants will learn to create assignments and discuss using SafeAssign, inline grading, and the rubrics tools to enhance the workflow and integrity of your assignment. The Assignments tool is the best way to collect student file uploads for all kinds of purposes in your online course – from receiving completed forms to essays, to sharing private material with the professor.

Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre (Decaf Level)

Registration closes August 25, 2020.
Schedule: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:45 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Decaf session icon Hands-on session icon In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the Grade Center, use Smart Views, add color rules, and organize their site using the Column Organization page. They will learn how to create columns to manage and calculate grades. Participants will learn how to access the Needs Grading page to increase instructor efficiency. Finally, they will learn how to add and manage grades, including grading test and assignment submissions.

Participants will need to have attended the Assessment of Student Learning workshop prior to taking this workshop or have had experience using tests and assignments in previous course sites to get the most out of this session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre (Espresso Level)

Registration closes August 27, 2020.
Schedule: Friday, August 28, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:45 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the Grade Center, use Smart Views, add color rules, and organize their site using the Column Organization page. They will learn how to create columns to manage and calculate grades. Participants will learn how to access the Needs Grading page to increase instructor efficiency. Finally, they will learn how to add and manage grades, including grading test and assignment submissions.

Participants will need to have attended the Assessment of Student Learning workshop prior to taking this workshop or have had experience using tests and assignments in previous course sites to get the most out of this session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Espresso: Level
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possess a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.