Learning Systems Announcements

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Six Blackboard instructor-led online training opportunities are scheduled. Email blackboard@vcu.edu if you have any questions.

To Register — http://training.vcu.edu/course.asp?Keyword=Blackboard&Sponsor=TS&Category=All&Audience=All&Campus=On&trainingType=1


Blackboard – Mastering the Grade Center – February 23, 8:00-10:00am & March 4, 3:00-5:00pm

  • Column Organization
  • Columns and Manual Grade Entry
  • Display Options and Settings
  • Grading Periods and Schemas
  • Download Grade Center to Excel
  • Calculated Columns for Average, Total, and Weighted Grades
  • Grading Exceptions
  • Smart Views to Customize Display
  • Color Coding

Best Practice Topics: How can you use the Grade Center to flag “at risk” students? What are some Grade Center shortcuts?


Blackboard – Creating and Managing Tests & Surveys – February 24, 3:00-5:00 pm & March 9, 8:00-10:00am

  • Assessment Cycle
  • Creation Process
  • Auto-Graded Question Types
  • Instructor-Graded Question Types
  • Creation Settings and Test Options
  • Question Import
  • Grading Tests and Viewing Statistics
  • Question Sets and Pools
  • Random Block Tests
  • Surveys

Best Practice Topics: What are the benefits of different question types? What are strategies to deter cheating? How can tests be used in ways other than summative assessment?


Blackboard – Presenting Dynamic Content – March 2, 8:00-10:00am & March 12, 3:00-5:00pm

  • Course Organization
  • Textbox Editor tools, including Multimedia
  • Paste from Word Mashup
  • Course Files, Links to Folders
  • Course Links, Files, Tool links, and URLs
  • Mashups, such as You Tube, SlideShare, and Flickr
  • Folders
  • Learning Modules
  • Lesson Plans
  • Goals Alignment

Best Practice Topics: Where will you get content for your course? How can you best present it? Are there already some exemplary courses? In what ways can you use instructional design models in planning your course?

———- Before Attending the Online Training ———-

First time user with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
Get started by completing the steps outlined below:

  • STEP 1 – Check System Requirements
    Make sure that your system is compatible with Web Conferencing.  Please verify your system requirements: system requirements for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
  • STEP 2 – Each workshop attendee needs to download and install the Collaborate Launcher. This is a one-time only step and may take a few extra minutes, so you’ll want to do this in advance of the workshop.
  • STEP 3 Once the Launcher is installed, go to our First Time Users Center to conduct a short test on the computer that you will be using for training and ensure it is ready for the workshops.
  • STEP 4 – Please make sure that each computer has a microphone/speakers or the workshop attendee has a headset with built-in microphone.
Categories Bb News, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Notice, Blackboard Training, Private, Quizzes/Assessments

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