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FCLD Spring 2017 Seminars

Posted 03/02/2017
Submitted by Bevin Rainwater
Category: Campus Announcements

The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) offers ongoing seminars and instruction on a variety of instructional technology, including Blackboard, the University's learning management system (LMS).   FCLD will be offering the following seminars during the spring semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held temporarily in the Computer Lab on the Lower Level of Mortensen Library due to library renovations.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing or calling (860) 768-4661. 

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Computer Lab (Lower Level Mortensen Library) or FCLD Lab
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. 

Every Tuesday, we offer an orientation and drop-in clinic for Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. If you’re new to Blackboard, you’ll learn strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding course content items like your syllabus and web links to your course. Be sure to bring a digital version of your syllabus and/or other course materials; this is designed as a hands-on seminar. If you’re using Blackboard already, feel free to drop by with a question or for troubleshooting. 

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks from a Graphic Designer

Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: This session is for those who have gone through the PowerPoint Bootcamp session or who are Intermediate to Advanced users of PowerPoint.

Learn how to spice up your PowerPoints in this seminar, creating visually stimulating PowerPoint slides that appeal to the reader and incorporate media in its various forms.  Learn how to embed images, manipulate them, and also add graphics, transitions, animations and other tools to create interactivity within your presentations.

Recording Lectures for Students On-the-Go

Thursday, March 9, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

In this session, we will be exploring some software options for recording and/or narrating video lectures or audio lectures.  We will be sharing tips on how to upload them online for embedding in Blackboard for students to access, as well as discuss best practices for capturing and chunking lectures into lecturettes for students to listen or view.

Creating Video ‘Lecturettes’ with Personal Capture (PCap)

Monday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Echo360 Personal Capture is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and web cam video.  Its versatility means that you can use it to record audio podcasts, video lectures, or narrated presentations and demonstrations.  This session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard. Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an Echo360 account can be created for you in advance.

Getting Started with Ensemble, the Campus’ “In-House YouTube”

Thursday, March 30, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Ensemble works like an in-house YouTube, allowing faculty to quickly and easily upload videos, then link to them from Blackboard and other websites. Faculty who are flipping the classroom, teaching online, using video clips in instruction, or working with student video projects should plan to attend this special information session about Ensemble.  Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an Ensemble account can be created for you in advance.

Drag-n-Drop Files in Blackboard

Wednesday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Did you know that there’s a feature within Blackboard that allows you to drag-n-drop files from your desktop into Blackboard’s course files area?  You can upload single or multiple files at a time by using the browse button or the drag-n-drop feature which allows you to organize your materials in folders and sub-folders. Join us for this session where we show you how quickly and easily it can be done.

Best Practices in Accessibility

Thursday, April 6, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Join Tracy Carlson, Director of Access-Ability Support Services, and Bevin Rainwater of the Faculty Center of Learning Development, in discussing and sharing best practices in Accessibility.  Accessibility ensures that people of all abilities and disabilities are able to use resources (e.g. content in Blackboard, PowerPoint Presentations, Videos, Podcasts, etc.)  It is especially important to focus on making media (images, videos, audio) accessible to students who may be hard of hearing/deaf and/or visual impaired/blind.

Excel SIG (PC & Mac): Creating Pivot Charts with Slicers

Lee Townsend, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Technology & Architecture
Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None, this session is for new to intermediate users of Excel.
Equipment: Bring your laptop if you have one, we have a limited number of PC computers for use.

In this continuing professional development series, Dr. Lee Townsend, Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture will be presenting and guiding us in an interactive session on the creation of Excel Pivot Charts with Slicers. We will be using Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac and Office 2013 for PC. Mac users are welcome, but they will need to bring their laptops. Faculty and Staff are invited to join us for this Excel SIG session in the Computer Lab on the Lower Level of Mortensen Library.  Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to

These informal gatherings are open to all instructors and staff, and are designed to provide a forum for sharing ideas and effective techniques for using Excel in the classroom or in our daily university work.  They typically include a brief (15-20 minute) presentation by a faculty member on his or her use of Excel, followed by a hands-on activity and an informal – and lively – conversation.