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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.

Online Self-Paced Courses

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Monday, November 30, 2020

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

Registration closes November 27, 2020.
Schedule: Monday, November 30, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Location: Online
Decaf session icon Hands-on session icon In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate and organize the Grade Center, create columns to manage and calculate grades, and how to access the Needs Grading page to increase instructor efficiency. Finally, participants will learn how to add and manage grades, including grading Blackboard's Test and Assignment submissions.

Participants are recommended to have experience using Blackboard's Tests and Assignments to get the most out of this session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. Attendees will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review the 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, December 2, 2020

Upcoming Online Exam? (Part 1)

Schedule: Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Online

The first in a two-part series, this session will walk you through converting a previous exam in MS Word format to a Blackboard friendly version using an easy to use online tool, then demonstrates how to put together an online test using individual questions and ones drawn from a Pool for maximum variety and randomization options. Discussions about student mobile use to complete tests will also be featured in addition to Instructor best practices to consider when preparing an online test. You will be expected to build your online test, then attend Part 2 of the series to learn about deployment options and troubleshooting. A Question and Answer segment will be featured at the end of the session to bring your specific questions to the experts. Drop-in support between sessions will be available in the Online Virtual Help Desk in the Bb Café.

Links to the video of the session will be available following the session in case you are unable to attend Part 1 but are able to attend Part 2.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

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

Registration closes December 02, 2020.
Schedule: Thursday, December 03, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Instructors: Tim Au-Yeung, Craig Brown, 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. Topics include:
  • How the Blackboard / Teams integration works and what that does/does not include
  • An overview of Teams, chats, meetings, channels, and notifications
  • An overview of Stream and sharing videos, access control, limitations on sharing, transcriptions and captions
  • Comparison of the two synchronous tools - Bb Collab and Teams
  • Activating the team that maps to your Bb Course
  • Q & A

Friday, December 4, 2020

1:00 PM

Upcoming Online Exam? (Part 2)

Schedule: Friday, December 04, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Location: Online

The second session in this series will begin with you arriving with an already prepared test that you are looking to deploy. Discussions about best practices for deployment and choosing appropriate settings will be demonstrated in addition to addressing important pedagogical considerations. Once the test has been deployed, troubleshooting a completed test and grading features available will help you with the most common situations that arise, and provide you with ways to avoid potential problems. The session will wrap up with time to work with instructors and try to troubleshoot any issues that might have arisen.

2:00 PM

Upcoming Online Exam? (Supplementary Drop-in Session)

Schedule: Friday, December 04, 2020, 02:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Online

It is strongly recommended that you attend parts 1 and 2 of this series to learn about building your test. This supplementary 30-minute session will follow immediately after part 2 in case participants need help with troubleshooting their test and settings. If you would prefer to learn the tool on your own, however, there are videos from previous sessions you can view in your own time and take advantage of the Bb Café drop-in for specific support.

Monday, December 7, 2020

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

Registration closes December 04, 2020.
Schedule: Monday, December 07, 2020, 01:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Location: Online
Espresso session icon Hands-on session icon In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate and organize the Grade Center, create columns to manage and calculate grades, and how to access the Needs Grading page to increase instructor efficiency. Finally, participants will learn how to add and manage grades, including grading Blackboard's Test and Assignment submissions.

Participants are recommended to have experience using Blackboard's Tests and Assignments to get the most out of this session. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the current or upcoming semester. Attendees will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review the 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.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Upcoming online exam?

Registration closes December 09, 2020.
Schedule: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Online synchronous session using Blackboard Collaborate
Are you planning to use your Blackboard course site for an upcoming exam? This session will demonstrate how to use the Blackboard Test, Surveys and Pools tool, which might be beneficial. Topics discussed include:
  • Building a test and creating various question types
  • Using pools to improve the integrity of a test by giving students different questions and randomization
  • Recommended test deployment settings
  • Links offered for further learning on importing some publisher testbanks using TestGen or using the Blackboard test generator for importing MS Word documents for certain question types
  • Tips to avoid common pitfalls with online assessments
Drop-in support will be available in the Online Virtual Help Desk in the Bb Café 8:30 am - 4:30 pm M-F at HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbcafe.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Communication - Getting Started (Decaf Level)

Schedule: Friday, December 11, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Online synchronous session using Blackboard Collaborate
Instructors: Lorna Stolarchuk
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.

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.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Communication - Getting Started (Espresso Level)

Registration closes December 11, 2020.
Schedule: Monday, December 14, 2020, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Online synchronous session using Blackboard Collaborate
Instructors: Lorna Stolarchuk
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.

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.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

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

Registration closes January 06, 2021.
Schedule: Thursday, January 07, 2021, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online Meeting
Blackboard & Microsoft 365 (incl. Teams) - Features and Limits This workshop will introduce instructors and their assistants to Blackboard Learn features that can partner with Microsoft 365 Apps including Streams and Teams. Topics include:
  • How the Blackboard / Teams integration works and what that does/does not include
  • An overview of Teams, chats, meetings, channels, and notifications
  • An overview of Stream and sharing videos, access control, limitations on sharing, transcriptions and captions
  • Comparison of the two synchronous tools - Bb Collab and Teams
  • Activating the team that maps to your Bb Course
  • Q & A