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FCLD Spring 2017 Seminars

Posted 03/16/2017
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.

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.

Create Signatures, Forms & More in Adobe Acrobat Pro

Friday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, we will explore some advanced features available in Adobe Acrobat Pro, such as creating digital signatures and developing fillable forms. We will also discuss some other features, such as how to convert a scanned image PDF to a text-based PDF, using Adobe’s built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. OCR creates digital PDFs with selectable text are accessible to those using Screen Readers for visual impairments. We will also demonstrate how to run the Accessibility Checker to ensure that our PDF documents meet Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act guidelines.

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 FCLD, 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.