Blackboard Classes and Help at W&M

As the summer starts to fade we’re excited about the Fall Semester. Soon new students will come to campus ready to learn. Here in IT we’re getting ready to help them. But it’s not just students, our faculty members deserve a chance to learn new things and try new technologies.

With that in mind, we’re holding a series of educational sessions to show off all the ‘new tricks’ in Blackboard, as well as review the Blackboard basics. We’ll be holding sessions in several locations across the campus, and while some of them are put on by a specific department, they’re open to anyone.

First, we’ll host Scott Ready, Solutions Engineer and Faculty Advocate at Blackboard, for a series of sessions designed for the new and not-so-new to Blackboard on Monday, August 19:

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. — Getting Started with Blackboard, in Washington 315
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. — New Features in Blackboard, in Washington 315
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Getting Started with Blackboard, in Jones 235
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. — New Features in Blackboard, in Jones 235

Later in the week, a series of interactive Blackboard workshops will be at the School of Education, Room 1056, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.. Again, these sessions are open to everyone:

  • Tuesday, August 20 — Blackboard Gradebook and Assignments – bring your syllabus and create your Fall gradebook in Blackboard
  • Wednesday, August 21 — Tests and Assessments in Blackboard – create a syllabus quiz for your course
  • Thursday, August 22 —  Customizing Your Course – change the look and feel of your class in one afternoon

Finally, on Friday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again on Monday, August 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mike Blum will conduct a general session on Blackboard for faculty members. In each two hour session he’ll cover creating everything you need to get started with Blackboard.  These sessions will be in Washington 315.

Our goal with all of these sessions is the same: to encourage our faculty to get the most out of Blackboard. Reservations for sessions are appreciated but not required, click here to fill out the RSVP form.

Personally, I’m hoping to hear from the faculty what does and doesn’t work about Blackboard. I’ll be at all of the events, please introduce yourself and share your opinion.