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Faculty Workshops - Fall 2020


Instructional technology users meet-ups: If you are using a technology tool in your course and would like an informal Zoom opportunity to trade tips and tricks with other instructors using the same tool, register below. Contact Rachel Remmel at with questions. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, AS&E Instructional Technology, Online Learning, and University IT.

  • Perusall Users Meet-up: September 30
  • Gradescope Users Meet-Up: October 22
  • Padlet Users Meet-Up: October 29
  • Yellowdig Users Meet-Up: November 5
  • Voicethread Users Meet-Up: November 12

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Workshops from Fall 2020

A series of one-hour “how-to” workshops to get you started with some basic online activities.  This series covers everything from giving live or recorded lectures, using various discussion board tools, giving an online test, and providing a platform for asynchronous student presentations.

Feel free to register for the ones that are most relevant to your teaching needs. Register for each topic using the links below. 

How to Facilitate Discussion, Sharing of Student Work, and Peer Review Activities Using Blackboard Tools

Learn how to set up a discussion board within Blackboard. See how different settings can be used to facilitate different kinds of activities. The use of the Blackboard Blog tool will also be shared in this session. Examples of different discussion boards and blog activities will be discussed. 

Dates: Friday, September 25, 12 noon


How to Add Collaboration Tools into your Course

Learn how to use Blackboard Wiki, Padlet, Google docs/Box Note to add online collaboration tools into your course. 

Dates: Friday, October 9, 12noon


How to use Voicethread for Discussions

Voicethread is a tool that can add life to your discussions by allowing audio and video, as well as text-based comments. Learn how to build a Voicethread, add comments, and share it with your class for discussion. 

Dates: Friday, October 16, 12noon



How to use Yellowdig for discussions

Looking for a different kind of discussion board? Yellowdig is similar to Facebook in that it provides a conversation that is more like social media. Additionally, students earn points for their contributions to the conversation on Yellowdig, whether it be through original posts or comments on posts from classmates. Learn more about how Yellowdig works, and how to set up Yellowdig for you in your course. 

Dates: Friday, October 23, 12noon



Supporting Academic Honesty

With students taking courses remotely this semester, many instructors will need to learn new techniques for preventing and detecting cheating during exams.  This session will share techniques instructors can use to support student integrity in remotely administered exams, including key choices in the design of exams and remote proctoring using Zoom.

Dates: Friday, October 30, 12noon


Creating and Using Blackboard Groups

Learn how to use Blackboard Groups for project assignments, discussion boards, sign-up sheets, and more.

Dates: Friday, November 6, 12noon


How to Collect Online Assessments, including Projects, Presentations, and Performances

Learn how to set up the Blackboard assignment tool to collect individual student submissions and group submissions. Learn about different options for collecting various kinds of student assessments, including video and online presentations. 

Dates: Friday, November 13, 12noon


How to Facilitate an Online Exam

Learn how to create and set up a Blackboard Test. The various options available for testing will be discussed including when and how to use each option. Additional testing software will be mentioned. 

Dates: Friday, November 20, 12noon


The Blackboard Grade Center

Learn how to set up the Blackboard Grade Center. 

Dates: Friday, December 4, 12noon




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