April 2015 How-to Sessions

learn_blogEach month, SHSU Online offers face-to-face and completely online technology training/how-to sessions for faculty and staff at Sam Houston State University. In April we are offering 12 face-to-face and 2 online courses to keep faculty and staff connected and in the know.

April 2015 brings with it a continued focus on our sun-setting of Tegrity at SHSU with 4 sessions covering the technologies you will use in its place.  Piggy-backing off of their debut at the SHSU Online Teaching and Learning Conference, the use of electronic portfolios in Blackboard courses will also be covered. To help with student engagement SHSU Online is also offering sessions on voice tools (audio in your courses), creating and grading with rubrics as well as feedback strategies for your online courses.

To sign up, please visit our Development Sessions sign-up page.

Session Name Description Date/Time
What’s New in Teaching and Learning for Blackboard? This self-paced, completely online course is designed to familiarize SHSU faculty with the latest features and enhancements in Blackboard Learn. Modules cover enhancements in building and designing courses, communication and assessment. Online/Self-Paced
Blackboard Learn: Designing Engaging Content This self-paced, completely online, Designing Engaging Content course is put together so that SHSU instructors learn strategies for effectively designing and organizing content to increase student engagement within Blackboard courses. Online/Self-Paced
Blackboard Learn: Portfolios This 90 minute session covers an invaluable tool in academic professional development. Porfolios provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Attendees will learn create portfolio assignments as well as build out a portfolio so that they can better communicate with students about buidling their own. 4/1/2015 – 1pm
Blackboard Collaborate: Voice Tools This 1 hour session will show attendees how to utilize Blackboard Collaborate voice tools throughout their course. Topics covered include: personalizing your course by adding your voice anywhere you add text, and implementing a “Voice Board” for a different take on an asynchronous discussion. 4/2/2015 – 2pm
ProctorFree – Online Proctoring for Blackboard Exams and Quizzes This one hour session covers how to use ProctorFree for your online exams & quizzes in Blackboard. ProctorFree is an on-demand, automated online proctoring service that deters cheating in an online testing environment. Using biometric and machine learning technologies, ProctorFree has eliminated the need for a human proctor during testing. This innovative technology creates a convenient testing option for distance education students and increases the credibility of online certificates and degrees for higher education institutions. 4/7/2015 – 1pm
Kaltura: Lecture Capture in Blackboard Adding video to our Blackboard course just became easier! This 60-90 minute session covers how to add video to your Blackboard course using the Kaltura Mashup tool. Attendees will learn how to record and upload video from their webcam as well as capture what is on their own computer screen (PowerPoints etc.). 4/8/2015 – 1pm
Blackboard Learn: Portfolios This 90 minute session covers an invaluable tool in academic professional development. Porfolios provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Attendees will learn create portfolio assignments as well as build out a portfolio so that they can better communicate with students about buidling their own. 4/9/2015 – 2pm
Blackboard Learn: Rubrics Participants will learn how to use the rubric tool that lists evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provide a means to convey expectations to students for the quality of completed assignments. This session lasts approximately 60 minutes. 4/14/2015 – 1pm
ProctorFree – Online Proctoring for Blackboard Exams and Quizzes This one hour session covers how to use ProctorFree for your online exams & quizzes in Blackboard. ProctorFree is an on-demand, automated online proctoring service that deters cheating in an online testing environment. Using biometric and machine learning technologies, ProctorFree has eliminated the need for a human proctor during testing. This innovative technology creates a convenient testing option for distance education students and increases the credibility of online certificates and degrees for higher education institutions. 4/15/2015 – 2pm
Blackboard Learn: Portfolios This 90 minute session covers an invaluable tool in academic professional development. Porfolios provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Attendees will learn create portfolio assignments as well as build out a portfolio so that they can better communicate with students about buidling their own. 4/16/2015 – 10am
Kaltura: Lecture Capture in Blackboard Adding video to our Blackboard course just became easier! This 60-90 minute session covers how to add video to your Blackboard course using the Kaltura Mashup tool. Attendees will learn how to record and upload video from their webcam as well as capture what is on their own computer screen (PowerPoints etc.). 4/16/2015 – 2pm
Blackboard Collaborate: Voice Tools This 1 hour session will show attendees how to utilize Blackboard Collaborate voice tools throughout their course. Topics covered include: personalizing your course by adding your voice anywhere you add text, and implementing a “Voice Board” for a different take on an asynchronous discussion. 4/21/2015 – 1pm
Blackboard Learn: Portfolios This 90 minute session covers an invaluable tool in academic professional development. Porfolios provide a powerful medium for users to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time. Attendees will learn create portfolio assignments as well as build out a portfolio so that they can better communicate with students about buidling their own. 4/22/2015 – 1pm
Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course Engagement in online courses is key for student success, teacher evaluation and the overall course experience. A great way to promote student engagement in your online course is to work on feedback. Students that receive regular feedback tend to perform better and as a result have good opinions of their time in the course. There are many sound strategies for providing feedback in an online course. This 90 minute session will cover a few key feedback strategies. 4/23/2015 – 2pm

To sign up, please visit our Development Sessions sign-up page.