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Blackboard Training

Online Learning and Technology hosts workshops and presentations throughout the year to provide faculty development on instructional technology. The goal of these sessions is to educate, inform, and inspire faculty on how today's learning environment can be enhanced through technology. Faculty will earn 3 - 7 CTE Knight Points for each workshop and/or webinar attended (register below).

Ongoing Events:

Looking to refresh your Blackboard skills for the upcoming spring semester?
We are hosting Blackboard Drop-In Sessions for faculty at the Center for Institutional Technology (CIT) at the beginning of the new year!

No appointment is necessary – just drop in with your laptop or use one of our provided desktop computers.

All sessions run from 10 am–2 pm in Room 4100 at the Warwick Campus on the following dates:

• Wednesday, January 3–Thursday, January 4
• Wednesday, January 10–Thursday, January 11

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to Blackboard, our team can assist with course copies, content management, gradebook configurations, tool navigation, media creation, and more.

*Online Learning and Technology also offers alternate virtual and in-person Blackboard Consultations upon request.  

Be sure to check out our Blackboard Semester Start Reminders infographic for quick tips before you stop by one of our sessions.

Setting Up Your Blackboard Course

Register for our online, self-guided resource to learn the basics of Blackboard, so you can get your course up and running with a solid foundation. The course will also be a handy tool to refer back to while working in your course(s). Topics include:

  • The Basics
  • The Course menu
  • Bb Tools
  • Presenting Content
  • organizing your content
  • Creating Content Areas and uploading files
  • Content Collection and course file size

Register Here

Past Events:

Getting Started with Blackboard

Need to get your course up and running or just a refresher? These professional development workshops will be made up of demonstrations to help you build your online course.

Class Collaborate Ultra

A real-time video conferencing tool built for education. You have both a dedicated course room and the ability to schedule as many new sessions as you want within each of your Blackboard courses. Thanks to robust collaboration and conference tools, everyone feels like they’re in the same room together, regardless of their location or device. Learn all the Collaborate basics as well as taking attendance, creating breakout groups, recording sessions and sharing the recordings.

Medial and MediaLecture

Medial is CCRI's video streaming server and MediaLecture is CCRI's screen capturing app. Learn all the various options in which you can record your classroom lectures. The Workshop will also cover editing, adding titles to your video within MediaLecture as well as linking your videos to your Blackboard courses.

Discussions, Blogs, and Journals

Online discussions provide unique benefits. A sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With online discussions, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. Learn how to properly select the tool which is best suited for your course and teaching style. Also learn about the Groups tool... group work improves critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, and communication among students.

Assignments, Inline Grading and Tests

Learn how to use the Assignments tool to efficiently create assignments that assess students in a variety of meaningful ways and decide on the best way to present the assignments you create. Learn how to effectively create Tests to engage your students. You will also learn how to deploy tests within content areas of your courses.

Blackboard Tests

Learn how to effectively create Tests to engage your students. You will also learn how to deploy tests within content areas of your courses.

Mastering the Grade Center

This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the Grade Center tool. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance. This workshop assumes you are already familiar with Assignments, Tests, and other Blackboard tools.

Introduction to VoiceThread

Learn how to upload, share and narrate documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos to create effective engagement and discussions.