eLearning Webinars, Training and More!

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Throughout each semester, the eLearning team offers a variety of webinars covering a wide array of teaching with technology topics.

  • All sessions are facilitated in a LIVE webinar format using Zoom.
  • Participants will be emailed a webinar link 24 hours prior to the session.
  • All attendees who register for the session will also receive access to the webinar recording.
  • Please register for all sessions in GVSU Sprout.
  • Remember, the New Semester Checklist is a great place to review some of Blackboard's basic and essential functions. See this knowledge base article for best practices and tips for course design in Bb Ultra. 

Upcoming Seminars

Road-Trip Training Series: Outlook Calendar Tips & Tricks (Windows)

February 27, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This training is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 applications for Windows PCs and need to know how to use Microsoft Outlook as a calendaring client.

5 Steps for Course Design Series

February 27, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This series uses best practices in course design in the most time efficient process possible. Each webinar will cover pedagogy and strategies, as well as plenty of examples on the following topics...

Beyond the Curtain: Unveiling Online Teaching

February 29, 2024 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Using a self-assessment to gain a deeper understanding of our online teaching we will discuss creating captivating and interactive learning opportunities.

Road-Trip Training Series: Email Management in Outlook (Windows)

March 12, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This webinar is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 applications for Windows PCs and need to know how to use Microsoft Outlook as an email client.

Creating Instructor Presence with Panopto

March 13, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about more functions available in Panopto, such as: video creation, captions, quizzing, and student video assignments!

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Webinars are offered in the following categories:

Blackboard

Learning the Basics

Blackboard Ultra Essentials
Register in Sprout 

  • 5/1/24 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
  • 5/7/24 • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Instructors are also encouraged to review our instructor Ultra resources in our service portal

Ultra Base Navigation Webinars 
Register in Sprout
This seminar has concluded this semester.  Instructors are encouraged to review our Ultra Base Navigation resources in our service portal. For any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact your eLearning Liaisons

Virtual Office Hours

The eLearning Technologies team will be hosting virtual office hours for Winter course preps and to assist with end-of-semester questions. Use this Zoom link and bring your questions!

  • 1/4/24 • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • 1/4/24 • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 1/5/24 • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • 1/5/24 • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Consultation Requests

Consultation Requests
Each faculty member has two eLearning Liaisons assigned to their department.  You are welcome to request a consultation with an eLearning Technologies team member. 

Watch a Recording

If our webinar times don't fit into your schedule, catch-up by watching a recording. Note: we'll try to record as many of our webinars as possible, but given that many sessions are repeated throughout the academic year, not all actual sessions may be recorded.

Lunch-and-Learns

Want some advice about how to organize your Ultra course? Please visit our Ultra Champions website to view how our early adopters organized their Ultra courses. You're also welcome to reach out to your eLearning liaison to schedule a consultation appointment.  We have also created this article which suggests best practices for organizing your course in Blackboard Ultra. 

Blackboard Sponsored Webinars

In addition to all the trainings developed and offered by eLearning, the GVSU community also has access to training offered by Anthology / Blackboard.

See a list of Ultra webinars led by Anthology / Blackboard

Individual Consultations

Need individualized help with Blackboard, digital media, and instructional design considerations? eLearning staff are happy to meet with you. Please submit a consultation request in our service portal. Please include your college, course title, number, and any course specific and/or technical questions so that we can direct your requests to the appropriate team member.

 

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics

Join the eLearning Technologies team to learn about specific areas of Blackboard Ultra. Topics include: Assessments, Data, Communication Tools, Gradebook, and Content Market.

Blackboard Ultra Assessments
Learn how to create assignments and tests in Bb Ultra.
1/17/24 • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This webinar will cover:

  • Creating an assignment
  • Creating a test 
  • Using question banks


Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
Using Data in Learn Ultra

This seminar has concluded for the semester.  For any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact your eLearning Liaisons.  You are also encouraged to review this resource about Course Activity Reports and Blackboard Analytics.

Holding every student accountable and identifying individuals who are falling behind is made easier in the Blackboard Learn Ultra experience. This webinar will focus on the data and analytics that are available throughout your Ultra Course and include an overview of Blackboard’s Assessment and Accreditation solution, EAC Visual Data. During the session, we’ll guide instructors through the assignment analytics, student progress analytics, and course data that will allow you to measure and boost your students’ performance.

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
Learn how to communicate with students in Blackboard Ultra using notifications, messages, discussions, conversations, and announcements.
Communication Tools
1/18/24 • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

For additional assistance please don't hesitate to contact your eLearning Liaisons.  You are also encouraged to review this resource about Communication tools. 

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
Learn how to navigate and use the gradebook. You can access grades from Ultra Base Navigation or the Gradebook tab in a course.
Gradebook
1/16/24 • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

For additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact your eLearning Liaisons.  You are also encouraged to review this resource about the Bb Ultra Gradebook. 

Five Steps for Course Design using Blackboard Ultra

Five Steps for Course Design using Blackboard Ultra
This series uses best practices in course design in the most time-efficient process possible. Each webinar will cover pedagogy and strategies, as well as plenty of examples on the following topics for designing and building your course.

Step 1:  Foundational Items
Foundational Items needed for the first step will be discussed (Syllabus, Course Schedule, Learning Objectives, Begin Here/Welcome content, Navigation instruction, and more).

  • 1/23/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Step 2:  Assessments
Assessment ideas for student engagement and components available in Ultra will be discussed.

  • 2/6/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Step 3:  Activities
Learning activity ideas for student engagement, rubrics, and components available in Ultra will be discussed.

  • 2/27/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Step 4:  Navigation
The ability of your students to navigate your course site is critical. Being thoughtful about navigation can lead to student inspiration to dive into the online experience and engage in the course content. How do you build quality navigation into your course? We will discuss what considerations need to be included in your course design and build, as well as, how you can experience your own class as a student. Examples will be shown in Ultra.

  • 3/19/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Step 5:  Tech Check
We will talk through building blocks to include for students in your course, considerations in your course design, and strategies for instructor and student success using technology.

  • 4/16/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Digital Pedagogy

Instructional design assistance to support faculty in the design, development and delivery of digital learning experiences.

Hypothesis: Collaborative Annotation Tool for Blackboard Learn Ultra
Learn how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can make student reading visible, active, and social in your Blackboard Ultra course.

This webinar has concluded.  For additional assistance, please see this article


Essential Time Management Strategies for Online/Hybrid Instructors

Come learn in this virtual webinar how to leverage technology to save time, work smarter/not harder at grading, and respond to student questions more efficiently. Participants will leave with practical advice and strategies that can be immediately used in your courses.

  • 1/16/24 • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • 3/15/24 • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Engaging a Digital Generation
In this webinar, we will explore the changing demographics, define what it means for students to be engaged in an increasingly digital world, and share examples and strategies for instructors to apply in their classrooms to keep students engaged. We will introduce supported eLearning tools, briefly examine how Bb Ultra Analytics can help you identify struggling students, and introduce the Message Manager.

This webinar has concluded, and a recording is available to watch

Behind the Virtual Curtain: Fostering Engaged Learning
Using a self-assessment tool, we will consider our strengths and weaknesses to find practical strategies that facilitate deep thinking, critical analysis, and sustained reflection.

  • 2/1/24 • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Serendipity and Liminality in Online Learning
What if we could build asynchronous online classes that offered the strengths of face-to-face or synchronous courses as well?

  • 2/8/24 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Raising the Virtual Curtain: Cultivating Deeper Learning
By employing a self-assessment tool to evaluate strengths and identify opportunities, we will explore strategies to create a more connected and interactive virtual learning environment.

  • 2/15/24 • 1:30 PM  – 3:00 PM

Beyond the Curtain:  Unveiling Online Teaching
Using a self-assessment to gain a deeper understanding of our online teaching we will discuss creating captivating and interactive learning opportunities.

  • 2/29/24 • 1:30 PM  – 3:00 PM

Alone at the Table Together: Hospitality, Community, and Online Education
This virtual session provides a framework for improving online course quality by incorporating principles of hospitality- a concept not usually connected with online education.

  • 2/20/24 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development

This self-paced workshop has been designed to meet the University requirement that all faculty teaching hybrid and online classes be personally certified. Visit this site for more information including registration instructions.

Online/Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities

Whether you’ve been teaching online or hybrid courses for several years, or just getting ready to start your first semester teaching hybrid or online, all levels of expertise are welcome to join our “Online and Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities.

These learning communities provide a venue for faculty-led dialogue and sharing collective expertise regarding online/hybrid instruction at GVSU. 

Please note that our learning communities do not meet over the summer.

Video, Screen Capture, Interactive Digital Media and Accessibility, Google

Learn more about creating and managing video and digital applications in these seminars.

Ultra Google Workshop
Looking for a way to promote student collaboration on a project? Need a simple way for students to share documents or give presentations? Want to collect information from your students quickly? This workshop will provide faculty with several ideas for integrating Google applications within Blackboard.

  • 1/18/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 2/15/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Creating Instructor Presence: Panopto Functionality and Overview

  • 1/17/24 • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 3/13/24 • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Creating Instructor Presence: Panopto with Blackboard Ultra (Advanced functions…quizzing and creating video assignments)

  • 1/17/24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 3/13/24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Accessibility and Ally: Creating Course Materials That Work for All
Accessibility helps everyone have an improved learning experience. Learn how to create accessible content for Word and Powerpoint, as well as interpret Ally's feedback, understand the accessibility of content, and become familiar with how to set accommodations in Bb Ultra. 

  • 1/12/24 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • 2/16/24 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For immediate assistance, please don't hesitate to contact your eLearning Liaisons You are also encouraged to review this resource about the Bb Accessibility Report in Bb Ultra.

Embracing AI as an Accessibility Tool
As colleges and universities figure out how to adapt to the usage of AI as a teaching and learning tool, it’s important to remember that AI is a valuable tool for students with disabilities. Dismissing AI as a tool that violates academic integrity renders it a nuisance when, in fact, it makes learning possible for students with disabilities. This webinar will explore how AI is effective as an accessibility tool. 

  • 1/19/24 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction to Flip (Formerly FlipGrid) for Video-based Discussions

This webinar has concluded.  Please see this video and this knowledge base article for assistance getting started with Flip. 

Using Padlet to Engage Online Learners
Padlet lets you create a virtual bulletin board where you and your students can write notes and upload documents, photos, slideshows, record videos/audio files or add hyperlinks. During this webinar, participants will learn how to activate their Padlet account and how it can be used for brainstorming, storyboarding, collecting resources (such as images, attachments, hyperlinks, recording videos/audio), gathering the results of group work, and much more!

  • 1/19/24 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 2/22/24    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 For immediate assistance, please don't hesitate to contact your eLearning Liaison. You should also review this resource about integrating Padlet into Bb Ultra.

Media Assessments: Transform Your Existing Assignments into Student-Created Video
In this course, we will walk through how you might be able to convert one of your existing assignments into a project that will help your students develop their media creation skills. There are many different methods that you could use, from Panopto assignments to having your students create TikToks for class. Importantly, we will cover different assessment categories that you might want to consider when developing a rubric for a project of this nature.

  • 3/18/24 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Digital Media Support

Digital Studio | gvsu.edu/elearn/ds

Microsoft 365 and Zoom

Microsoft 365

Road-Trip Training Series:  Email Management in Outlook (Windows) 
2/20/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3/12/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4/18/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 applications for Windows PCs and need to know how to use Microsoft Outlook as an email client.

Road-Trip Training Series:  Outlook calendar Tips & Tricks (Windows)
2/27/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3/14/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This training is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 applications for Windows PCs and need to know how to use Microsoft Outlook as a calendaring client.

Road-Trip Training Series:  Outlook Basics for MACs
3/26/24 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 applications for MacOS and need to know how to use Microsoft Outlook to manage communications.

Road-Trip Training Series:  Microsoft Bookings Essentials
4/10/24 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This training is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 web applications and need to know how to use Microsoft Bookings to schedule and manage appointments.

Road-Trip Training Series:  Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
4/16/24 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4/25/24  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This training is intended for faculty/staff who have a basic understanding of Microsoft Office 365 web applications and need to understand the basics of Microsoft Teams to collaborate more effectively.

Zoom 101
Zoom 101
Learn how to use Zoom to conduct synchronous class meetings and schedule virtual office hours.

1/10/24 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
*This webinar has concluded for the semester.  You are encouraged to contact your eLearning Liaison and review this article on scheduling Zoom office hours in Blackboard Ultra.

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY & BLACKBOARD SUPPORT

The eLearning Technologies team is here to help!

Emerging Technology

Learn more about innovative technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and more!

Hands-On with Emerging Tech + Technology Showcase Tour
LIB 012 Mary Idema Pew Library (Allendale)
gvsu.edu/techshowcase

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