LMS Demos: Blackboard Ultra and Canvas

As many of you have heard, Golden West College will be transitioning to a new Learning Management System in the near future.  Dr. Andreea Serban has arranged demonstrations of the two systems that are being considered.

Please note that Blackboard Ultra is different from the Blackboard Learn system you are currently using.  Familiarity with our current system does not equal familiarity with Ultra.  This demonstration will be our first chance to get an in-depth look at the new Blackboard Ultra system.

Please download the PDF flier for full details

These demonstrations will be recorded for those who cannot attend; however, the experience is different than seeing the systems live and being able to ask questions, so we encourage you all to attend, if possible.

Download the “Blackboard Ultra and Canvas Presentations” Flier

Blackboard Lunch & Learn Sessions this Fall

Want to learn how to use Blackboard or brush up on your skills?
Have an hour free at lunchtime on a Friday?

On select Fridays this Fall, join us in LRC 250 for a hosted pizza lunch and Blackboard demonstration.

Please RSVP through this link to help us plan the lunches.

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Download the Lunch & Learn PDF Flier

OCC Training – Available to All Coast Campuses

Eric Wilson, IT Facilitator and Trainer at OCC, has announced his workshops for Winter and Spring 2015, and he is inviting faculty from all Coast campuses to attend.

View the full Schedule of OCC Training Opportunities.

RSVP is required. Please fill out the RSVP form once for each training you wish to attend.

Most of the trainings are virtual workshops, so you can take the workshop from your office, home, or anywhere with a computer, phone, and internet connection.  However, there are two special on campus workshops scheduled:

– Hosting a Virtual Office, Meeting or Class for Dummies
– Why iClick the Class?

Blackboard Workshop: Communication

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

2:30 to 4:30 pm

GWC: Humanities 212

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to a hands-on workshop, where we will discuss the various methods of communication in Blackboard Learn:

  • Course Messages
  • Email through Blackboard
  • Announcements
  • Discussion Forums
  • Collaborations (Chat)

No RSVP required.  We recommend that you arrive a couple minutes early, to boot up / log into your computer station.

Blackboard Workshop: Grade Center

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2:30 to 4:30 pm

GWC: Humanities 212

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to a hands-on workshop, where we will cover the following Grade Center topics:

  • Creating Columns
  • Entering Scores
  • Utilizing Calculated Columns for Automatic Summing
  • Utilizing Categories for Weighting Scores
  • Assigning Letter Grades Based on Any Percentage Range

I will be presenting the topics of the workshop first, and then I will open it up to questions and independent work.  You are welcome to bring some of your actual grades and key them in, while following along at your computer.   And, time permitting, I will be able to address specific questions and provide assistance with your individual courses.

Blackboard Workshop: Upload & Organize

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2:30 to 4:30 pm

GWC: Humanities 212

Your course documents on a flash drive

Join us this Thursday and learn how to:

  • Log into Blackboard & find your class
  • Post course documents (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Create links to content on the web
  • Organize your documents in folders
  • Move/copy items to other areas in the course
  • And more!

This workshop will be hands-on in a computer lab.
Please bring your course documents on a flash drive, so you can upload as you learn!  🙂

Effective Discussions (Recorded Webinar) and the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

I recently attended a webinar that I wanted to share with all of you.

It is called The Ins and Outs of Writing Effective Discussion Questions, and it has been recorded and uploaded to YouTube as part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series.

In this 1-hour webinar, the presenter gives helpful insight on how to interact with students within discussion boards, to engage the students’ interest and encourage class collaboration.

Blackboard hosts new Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinars weekly:

I have set the embedded webinar archive to start at the 3 minute mark, where the content begins: