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The Office of Online Learning sponsors a variety of workshops and training on topics related to educational technologies, online and hybrid & blended learning, Blackboard Learn, and emerging technologies for teaching and learning.

  • Training Sessions discuss and demonstrate the use of Blackboard and related educational technologies.
  • Coffee Break Sessions serve as a way for colleagues to share their teaching experiences using educational technologies. Coffee and light refreshments are served.
  • Workshops are also peer-to-peer opportunities for learning instructional strategies with educational technologies that include hands-on practice.

Fall 2017


Session Type and Title

Date, Time, Location

Presenter 

 
Training - Content Organization and Communication Plan: Use the Right Tools

August 18, 2017

10:00am - 11:30am

MS 1.03.14

Melissa Padalecki

Instructional Designer

In this session, the presenter will show you how to organize content in the course menu by adding different content containers and create a communication plan with the different communication tools in Blackboard Learn.

Training - Don’t Start Over from Scratch! Copy Blackboard Course Content

August 22, 2017

2:00pm - 3:00pm

MS 1.03.14

Melissa Padalecki

Instructional Designer

Instructors put a lot of effort and time into building their Backboard courses. Fortunately, Blackboard provides instructors with some useful features to be able to copy course materials from one course to another, copy the entire course, or copy individual files. Copying does not mean starting over from scratch; it is a simple process that requires a few clicks!

 
Training - Gradebook Setup!

August 24, 2017

10:00am - 11:30am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, the presenter will show attendees how to navigate the grade center and set up a grade book.

Training -  Assess Student Knowledge

August 31, 2017

2:00pm - 3:00pm

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, the presenter will show attendees how to create assignments and tests.

 
Training - Rubrics and Feedback for Assignments

September 6, 2017

2:00pm - 3:00pm

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, you will explore the Assignment tool in Blackboard and how to provide written feedback to students, including the inline grading tools.   Rubrics for various types of assignments will also be analyzed and discussed.

Training - Course Management Strategies

September 8, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, the presenter will share with you tips and strategies to manage your course and student performance using different tools and settings in Blackboard Learn.

 
Training - Engage Students with Online Class Discussions

September 12, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, the presenter will show how to effectively use and manage the discussion board.

Training - So Many Collaboration Tools: What’s the Difference?

September 15, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, faculty will learn the difference between the collaboration tools to collaborate more effectively with their students. Examples of how to use each tool will be presented.

 
Training - Building Learning Communities Through Groups

September 19, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

In this session, the presenter will share tips and strategies to work with groups using Blackboard Learn.

Coffee Break: Engage Your Students with Online Presentations

September 21, 2017

11:00am - 11:45am

MS 1.03.14

LesLeigh Ring

Lecturer I, Department of Communication

How can you adapt a traditional presentation for an online course? The presenter will share her experience and tips in converting a traditional class into an online course. Participants will discover how to engage students in active learning activities interchanging different tools available to UTSA faculty such as the Medial Library, Interview Stream, and Google Drive.

 
Workshop: Camera, Lights, Action! Create Effective Video Lessons  CANCELED

September 26, 2017

2:00pm - 3:00pm

BB 3.04.16B

Becky Huang

Assistant Professor, Department of Bicultural and Bilingual Studies

Do you need acting skills to record a video lessons? This hands-on workshop will help you visualize how to build an engaging video lesson using a storyboard template. The presenter will showcase some of her video lessons and will share her designing and recording process. Participants will have the opportunity to practice with their first storyboard.

Coffee Break: The ROWDY Badges. Gamified Elements to Promote Course Expectations

September 28, 2017

11:00am - 11:45am

MS 1.03.14

Nancy Hall

Lecturer III, The Writing Core Program

What is gamification and does it have an instructional value? The presenter will explain the teaching strategy related to the use of badges in a hybrid course and how she managed the achievement tool in Blackboard. Participants will explore the potential of gamified elements in an online learning environment and how to connect gamification to learning.

 
Training - Create Digital Lessons with SoftChalk Cloud (BYO Laptop)

September 29, 2017

10:00am - 11:30am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

Bring Your Own Laptop – we show you how to install SoftChalk Create. If you have a UTSA owned laptop, call OIT Connect before to request temporary administrator rights to your laptop. In this session, you will learn the basics of creating an interactive lesson in SoftChalk (Create 10) that can be published to Blackboard Learn.

Training - Blackboard to ASAP Grade Transfer

October 5, 2017

10:30am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Melissa Padalecki

Instructional Designer

In this session, you will learn how to setup Blackboard Grade Center to communicate with ASAP to transfer Midterm and Final grades. Note: Creating columns to enter grades and calculating the Final Grade will not be discussed during this session – attend the Gradebook Setup class to learn this information.

Coffee Break: Smarten up your Grade Center with Smart Views

October 12, 2017

11:30am - 12:15pm

MS 1.03.14

Shakira Johnson

Lecturer II for the Department of Economics

How can the Grade Center in Blackboard help you to manage your course? The presenter will explain how to set the smart views and what benefits this feature includes from an instructor's point of view. Participants will learn how to save time for course management and grading by setting up their Grade Center in a more effective way.

Training - Interactive Learning Activities: Content Presentation and Scoring Activities in SoftChalk

October 13, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

Requirements: Must have attended Create Digital Lessons with SoftChalk Cloud – BYO Laptop ( CT0874) or be able to create a simple interactive lesson in SoftChalk.

Training - Play@UTSA. Game-Based Learning in Action

October 17, 2017

2:00pm - 3:00pm

MS 1.03.14

Claudia Arcolin - Senior Instructional Designer

Mayra Collins - Instructional Designer

Gamified courses increase students’ motivation and participation and allow for the capability to reinforce knowledge and skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, persistence, and creativity.   In a game-based learning environment, learners are involved in a more challenging, meaningful, empowering, and deep understanding process.   Get engaged with us in a playful session about game design in Blackboard Learn.

Training - Quiz Activities in SoftChalk

October 20, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

MS 1.03.14

Mayra Collins

Instructional Designer

Requirements: Must have attended Create Digital Lessons with SoftChalk Cloud – BYO Laptop (CT0874) or be able to create a simple interactive lesson in SoftChalk. In this session, the presenter will share the new assessment features of SoftChalk Create 10.

Workshop: Problem-Based Interactive Lessons for Scientific Disciplines CANCELED

October 24, 2017

2:00pm - 3:30pm

BB 3.04.16B

Michael Almeida

Professor, Department of Philosophy and Classics

Is it possible to explain logic and math concepts in an online course? The presenter will share his experience in creating problem-based lessons combining OfficeMix and SoftChalk. Participants will have the opportunity to practice with OfficeMix and will discover how to gain access to SoftChalk Cloud, a UTSA campus-wide licensed tool.

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