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Register for FCLD's January Jumpstart Seminars


Posted 01/24/2019
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 month of January.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Harrison University Libraries.   Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu or calling (860) 768-4661. 

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Woods Classroom or FCLD Lab

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. 

Skype for Business

Friday, January 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Included in the recent upgrade to Office365 for all faculty, staff, and students, is the application Skype for Business.  Skype is an easy-to-use collaboration tool that provides instant messaging and the ability to do person-to-person and person-to-group calls with audio and/or video free of charge.  Instructors and students can connect with others around the world for office hours, collaborative projects, presentations, or to practice speaking foreign languages.  In this session, we will show you how to get started with Skype for Business, how to add people, create groups and how to start a conference call. 

Ensemble Next Steps: Captions, Student Submissions & Playlists

Monday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: Getting Started with Ensemble Session or prior use of Ensemble. Ensemble account is required.

Did you know that you can upload videos to Ensemble from your phone, or have your students submit video and audio files to your Ensemble account? In this session, we will demonstrate how to upload videos on mobile devices; create playlists and stream them in Blackboard; create digital dropboxes for students to send instructors their videos for grading and/or to share their videos with the class. Additionally, we will explore how to edit captioned videos in Ensemble. This session is for Faculty or Staff who are already using Ensemble.

One Note for Classroom SIG (Special Interest Group)

Thursday, January 31, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

In this new professional development series, Dr. James McDonald, Associate Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, along with Dr. Annette Rogers, Graduate Program Director in the Barney School of Business, will be presenting and guiding us in an interactive session on One Note Class Notebook. OneNote Class Notebook is a Microsoft tool integrated with Blackboard, allowing instructors to create a shared notebook and link it to their course.  Students enrolled in your Blackboard course can access the notebook automatically, and Notebook can pass through grade information back to Blackboard. 

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 One Note Class Notebooks 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 One Note, followed by a hands-on activity and an informal – and lively – conversation.

Using Cloud Storage to Upload Files to Blackboard

Wednesday, February 6, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In the most recent update to Blackboard, instructors now have the ability to easily and quickly browse their cloud storage such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox or Box and attach files within Blackboard either within the content editor or in the assignments area.  Students will additionally be able to attach documents from cloud storage when they submit assignments.  In this session, we will guide faculty and staff on how to quickly sign into cloud storage to upload files.