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. 
  • Departments can also request that webinar topics be customized and scheduled at their convenience. Send email requests to [email protected] with the requested topic, date/time, and format preferences (Zoom or in-person).

Upcoming Seminars

Blackboard Ultra Essentials for Organizations

July 23, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn more about organizations in Blackboard Ultra.

Microsoft Excel 101

July 25, 2024 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 understand the basics of Microsoft Excel in order to manage and organize...

Hypothesis Summer Workshop Series: Social Annotation Starter Pack

July 30, 2024 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join Hypothesis for their Summer Workshop Series and take a pedagogical deep dive into social annotation in this two-week series.

Quizzes And Surveys With Microsoft Forms

July 31, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 Forms to create basic surveys, forms, quizzes,...

Hypothesis Summer Workshop Series: Social Annotation Starter Pack

August 1, 2024 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join Hypothesis for their Summer Workshop Series and take a pedagogical deep dive into social annotation in this two-week series.


Webinars are offered in the following categories:


Learning the Basics

Blackboard Ultra Essentials for Courses
Registration link coming

  • 8/20/24 2:00 -3:00 PM
  • 8/21/24 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • 8/23/24 10:00 AM - 11 AM

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

Blackboard Rubric Design Assistant  
Registration link coming

  • 8/22/24 11:00 - 12:00 PM                 

Learning how to create effective rubrics and the best practices for using them is important for all educators. All teachable content has learning goals and outcomes, and therefore any and all content can benefit from the use of good-quality rubrics. To make the process of developing and creating rubrics simpler, Blackboard has introduced a new Rubric Design Assistant for automatically generating rubrics directly in your Learn Ultra courses. Creating rubrics with the Design Assistant are less time consuming, more consistent and easily adapted to meet changing standards and outcomes. 

Using Learn Ultra Analytics
Registration link coming

  • 9/9/24 11:00 - 12:00 PM
  • 10/10/24 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Holding every student accountable and identifying individuals who are falling behind is made easier in the Blackboard Learn Ultra experience. This seminar will focus on the data and analytics 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 assignment analytics, student progress analytics, and course data that will allow you to measure and boost your students’ performance.

    Accessibility and Ally: Creating Course Materials That Work for All
    Registration link coming
    Accessibility improves everyone's learning experience. Learn how to create accessible content for Word and PowerPoint, interpret Ally's feedback, understand the accessibility of content, and become familiar with how to set accommodations in Bb Ultra. 
    8/13/24 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    You are also encouraged to review this resource about the Bb Accessibility Report in Bb Ultra.

Virtual Office Hours

The eLearning Technologies team will host virtual office hours every Wednesday from 12 to 12:30 p.m. starting May 8, 2024. 

  • All questions are welcome! 
  • Use this Zoom link

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.


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.


Digital Pedagogy

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

Exploring Quality Matters for Online and Hybrid Courses - 2024 FTLC Learning Community

How do your courses measure up with the research on quality standards in online and hybrid course design?

In this semester-long learning community, participants will gain experience applying internationally recognized and research-driven standards for online and hybrid courses. Participants will explore each of the eight standards that make up the 7th edition of the Quality Matters rubric and will apply those standards to one of their own existing courses. Each meeting will include a dialog among participants, offering insight and suggestions to others based on their own experiences.

Facilitators:  Glenna Decker and Matt Roberts
Dates:  TBD
Format:  Online

Apply on the FTLC Faculty Learning Community website.

  • Select “Apply for a Grant”
  • Select “Create a new Application”
  • From the drop-down arrow, select “Faculty Learning Community Participation Grant”
  • Follow the on-screen prompts and then select from the drop-down menu the “Quality Matters Learning Community”


Exploring AI in Higher Education
Join us for "Exploring AI in Higher Education," a three-part series designed to equip educators with the knowledge and tools to integrate AI into their teaching practices, enhance student engagement, and address educational challenges.

  • 8/9/24 1:00 - 2:30 PM

  • 8/16/24 1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Registration link coming

  • 11/7/24 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
    Registration link coming

Introduction to Quality Matters
*Registration link coming
In this session, you'll be introduced to the nationally recognized standards for online/hybrid courses.  In addition to an overview of each of the eight standards, we'll discuss the QM rubric, what informs it, its value, and how to take the next step toward validating the quality of your online courses and recognizing where you can make improvements.  

  • 9/10/24  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • 9/12/24  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • 11/6/24  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Time Management Strategies for Online/Hybrid Instructors
Registration link coming
Managing your time when teaching online courses can be an enormous challenge. In this webinar, we will offer many practical strategies that have proven effective in the courses taught by experienced online/hybrid instructors at GVSU. Learn 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.

  • 9/13/24  10:00 - 11:00 AM

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.

Creating Instructor Presence with Panopto
Learn more functions in Panopto, such as video creation, captions, quizzing, and student video assignments!

  • 8/8/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • 8/22/24 -11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • 9/19/24 - 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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.

  • 8/12/24 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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!

  • 8/20/24 -  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 9/3/24 - 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.

Hypothesis Summer Workshop Series:
Please note that Hypothesis is hosting these workshops. To participate, you must register directly with Hypothesis using this link. You will receive an email from Hypothesis confirming your registration and the Zoom meeting link.

Annotate your syllabus (30 minutes)
7/30/24 • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Asking your class to annotate the syllabus allows you to introduce students to social annotation in a low-stakes way. Even better, you're providing them with an opportunity to engage with the syllabus, share ideas, and ask questions about the course in a way that sets the tone for engagement throughout the term. In this workshop, the Hypothesis team will review ideas and guidance for the collaborative syllabus annotation assignment.

Annotate your syllabus (30 minutes)
Registration link coming
• 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Annotation starter assignments (30 minutes)
8/1/24 • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This workshop is ideal for instructors who are interested in using social annotation in their courses but aren't exactly sure how to guide students. The Hypothesis team will review ideas for annotation starter assignments and provide you with ready-to-use instructions for a variety of disciplines and modalities.

Hypothesis in your LMS (30 minutes)
8/8/24 • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Annotation starter assignments (30 minutes)
Registration link coming
9/13/24 • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Hypothesis: Research-based Strategies For Social Annotation
Registration link coming
In this workshop, the Hypothesis team will review two pedagogical approaches for social annotation assignments as described in peer-reviewed research: expansive framing and participation roles. This will include describing each pedagogical strategy’s goals for student learning.  We’ll discuss how to implement each of these pedagogical approaches in your teaching and why they are effective for social annotation practice in particular. We’ll also explore the research findings and considerations for real-world application. Participants can expect to come away with new insights and strategies for implementing Hypothesis social annotation in their classrooms.
10/17/24 • 2:30 - 3:00 PM

Digital Media Support

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Microsoft 365 and Zoom

Microsoft 365 Efficiencies Series
Register for any number of webinars in this series to save time, simplify tasks, and maximize workplace productivity. Learn how to maximize the planning and task-management tools offered in Microsoft 365.

All training is conducted via Zoom, and recordings are made available to registered participants. 

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
8/28/24  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Microsoft Bookings Basics
Fall workshops to be announced

Microsoft Excel 101
Fall workshops to be announced

Practical Ways to Enhance Your PowerPoint Presentation
8/19/24   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Quizzes and Surveys with Microsoft Forms
Fall workshops to be announced

Time-Saving Tips in Outlook
8/22/24   1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Zoom 101
Registration link coming
8/29/24 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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


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