Spring 2014 Educational Technology Workshops

Please feel free to join us for one, or all, of our sessions this Spring! If you can’t make it to a session, just get in touch with the ID Team to schedule a one-on-one session tailored to your individual needs.

You are welcome to send any questions directly to Sherri Place.

Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 12:30-1:30pm in Blackboard Collaborate (sign up)
Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 1:00-2:00pm in Olney 101 (sign up)

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that can be used to hold virtual class sessions or office hours. It’s also a great tool for students working in groups to meet outside of class.

In both the hands-on and online workshops, you will learn how to create a Collaborate session and explore the tools for facilitating a successful virtual classroom experience.

Getting Started with the Grade Center
Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 1:00-2:00pm in Olney 101 (sign up)
Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 12:30-1:30pm in Blackboard Collaborate (sign up)

Blackboard’s Grade Center helps you provide feedback to your students and chart their progress. In this session, we’ll explore the basics of using the Grade Center and by the end of the session, you will be able to

  • Add and reorder columns
  • Enter scores and provide feedback to students
  • Export Grade Center information out of Blackboard

We’ll also take a peek at My Grades, the student view of the Grade Center.

Doing More with the Grade Center
Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 1:00-2:00pm in Olney 101 (sign up)
Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 12:30-1:30pm in Blackboard Collaborate (sign up)

In this session, we’ll take a more in-depth look at the Grade Center and examine how to link course activities to the Grade Center. By the end of this session, you will be able to

  • Add assignments or graded discussions, blogs, journals, or wikis
  • Grade assignments, discussions, blogs, journals, or wikis
  • Edit column information to make changes, hide from students, or remove from Grade Center calculations
  • Create a weighted, average, or total column

We’ll spend some time exploring My Grades, the student view of the Grade Center, and discuss strategies for making this useful resource for students.

Exploring Rubrics in Blackboard
Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 1:00-2:00pm in Olney 101 (sign up)
Friday, Feb. 21 from 12:30-1:30pm in Blackboard Collaborate (sign up)

Blackboard’s Rubrics tool allows you to attach a rubric to an assignment, streamlining the grading process. By the end of this session, you will be able to

  • Build a rubric in Blackboard
  • Attach a rubric to an assignment
  • Grade an assignment and provide feedback with the rubric

During our exploration, we will view rubrics in both instructor and student views.

Using Tech Tools to Facilitate Peer Review
Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 1:00-2:00pm in Olney 101 (sign up)

Peer review can be a powerful tool to support learning. It offers students the opportunity to learn from each other’s feedback and experiences, and it gives the instructor additional perspectives on students’ work. It can also motivate students when they need to perform for an audience of their peers.

In this session, we will explore ways that you can use Blackboard and other technology tools to facilitate the peer review process. We will look at tools and strategies that have been used successfully by La Salle instructors to implement peer review in their courses, including the discussion board, blogs, and surveys. You’ll have a chance to experiment with how these tools can be used to support peer review in your courses.