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.

Click to open the Winter 2023 webinar flyer

Webinars are offered in the following categories:

Looking for training and professional development opportunities on your own schedule? Try our eLearning On Demand series!

Special Events: Blackboard and GVSU Sponsored Training: February 2 and February 3, 2023

2/2/23 (virtual webinar)

Creative Ways of Leveraging Blackboard Mobile
2/2/23 • 1:30pm – 2:30pm 

We know that our students regularly use their mobile app to access Blackboard, but did you know there are creative ways that you can use it as an instructor?  Learn more about the importance of updating your Blackboard Mobile app and clever ways you can use it for designing assignments and grading in your Blackboard Ultra courses. 

2/3/23 (In-Person / KC 2204 / Allendale campus)

Workshop Descriptions:

In this two-part workshop, we will focus on a number of course design and analytical enhancements found in Bb Ultra to support student engagement.  Throughout both workshops, faculty will explore a variety of tools and pedagogical approaches to setting your Blackboard Ultra course for success.  Faculty are encouraged to stay for both workshops but can choose to attend one or both.  

Breakfast and Meet-n-Greet with Anthology/Blackboard representatives, eLearning Technologies Liaisons and GV Staff/Faculty

2/3/23 • 8:30am – 9:00am (KC 2204 / PERE MARQUETTE / Allendale Campus)

Part 1:  Designing a Student-Friendly Bb Ultra Site

2/3/23 • 9:00am – 10:15am (KC 2204 / PERE MARQUETTE /Allendale Campus)

The Blackboard Ultra experience provides a cleaner interface to focus on the learning process. In this session, we will focus on a number of best practices for utilizing learning modules, documents, and video content.  GVSU Blackboard Ultra early adopters will also share course design ideas and feedback from students.

Break
2/3/23 • 10:15am – 10:30am

Part 2:  Harnessing the Power of Data Tools to Improve Student Engagement 

2/3/23 • 10:30am – 11:45 am (KC 2204 / PERE MARQUETTE /Allendale Campus)

Blackboard Ultra provides a number of tools that currently don’t exist in Blackboard Classic to help students stay informed about their progress and tell faculty quantitative stories about their learning. Faculty will learn about the power of due dates, the activity stream, calendar appointments, progress tracking, course analytics, and student progress reports.


Leveraging Blackboard to deliver content, communicate, and manage assignments and grades.

Pew FTLC Winter 2023 Blackboard Ultra Working Groups 

The Pew FTLC Blackboard Ultra working groups will be facilitated by a GVSU faculty member who is a graduate of the ACUE course on effective teaching strategies and is also an early adopter of Blackboard Ultra.  Groups will work together in making the move to Blackboard Ultra align with the best and most effective teaching practices.  Please complete this registration form to participate in the Blackboard Ultra Working groups. 

Blackboard

Blackboard Ultra Essentials
Blackboard Ultra Essentials 
This webinar is recommended for faculty/staff, who are comfortable learning new applications on their own and want to learn the most commonly used features of Blackboard Ultra.  
1/20/23, 2/1/23, 2/17/23 , 3/1/23, 3/17/23, 3/29/23   (11:00 am - noon)

Ultra Base Navigation Webinars 
Ultra Base Navigation
Join us to learn about Ultra Base Navigation, its components, and how to adjust settings and notifications.

2/7/23, 2/23/23, 3/13/23, 3/27/23, 4/12/23, 4/28, 23, 5/3/23 (12:00 pm - 1:00pm)

See this video playlist to learn more about Ultra Base Navigation.  

Blackboard Ultra Courses Show-and-Tell
Bb Ultra Show-and-Tell

Want some advice about how to organize your Ultra course?   Come and see how our early Bb Ultra adopters are organizing their courses and teaching in Ultra.
1/26/23, 2/21/23, 3/15/23, 4/13/23 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Blackboard Ultra Lunch-and-Learn 2023
Join us virtually every week during the lunch hour for a series of getting started with Bb Ultra topics.  Topics include Creating and Organizing Content in Ultra,  Assessments/Tests, Grading, and Communication Tools. Webinars will be offered in 50-minute segments with 20-25 minutes allotted for demonstrations and the remaining time available for questions. All webinars will begin at noon.

Creating and Organizing Content (Ultra Lunch-and-Learn) 
*All sessions begin at 12 noon. 
1/17/23,  1/31/23, 2/14/23, 2/28/23, 3/20/23

Assessments & Tests (Ultra Lunch-and-Learn)
*All sessions begin at 12 noon. 
1/19/23, 2/2/23, 2/16/23, 3/2/23, 3/22/23

Communication Tools Ultra Lunch and Learn (Discussions, Conversations, Messages, Notifications, Announcements)
*All sessions begin at 12 noon. 
1/23/23, 2/6/23, 2/20/23, 3/14/23, 3/28/23

Grading (Ultra Lunch and Learn)
*All sessions begin at 12 noon. 
1/25/23, 2/8/23, 2/22/23, 3/16/23, 3/30/23

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

2023 Blackboard Ultra Build-a-thon Sessions

The transition from Blackboard Classic to Blackboard Ultra will require faculty to think differently about presenting course content. Learn how to use Blackboard Ultra to present your content in a dynamic format for your students. We will help you put into practice Ultra’s functionality through guided instruction. 

Winter 2023 Blackboard Ultra Build-a-thon Sessions
*Webinars begin at 9 am and are scheduled for 3 hours. 
1/27/23, 2/10/23, 2/24/23, 3/3/23, 3/24/23, 4/14/23


2022-23 Five Steps for Course Design using Blackboard Ultra
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).
This session has concluded. See Winter 2023 offerings.

Step 2:  Assessments
Assessments ideas for student engagement and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
This session has concluded. See Winter 2023 offerings.

Step 3:  Activities
Learning activity ideas for student engagement, rubrics, and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
This session has concluded. See Winter 2023 offerings.

Step 4:  Navigation
The ability for 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.
1/31/23 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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.
2/28/23 2:00pm - 3:00pm

2023 Five Steps for Course Design using Blackboard Ultra

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).
3/21/23 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Step 2:  Assessments
Assessments ideas for student engagement and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
4/18/23 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Step 3:  Activities
Learning activity ideas for student engagement, rubrics, and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
5/9/23     2:00pm - 3:00pm

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.
5/30/23  2:00pm - 3:00pm

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.
6/20/23 2:00pm - 3:00pm

I wish I had known Blackboard Could Do That (eLearn On Demand) Classic

Blackboard Grade Center (eLearn On Demand) Classic

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS AND SELF-PACED TRAINING

Need individualized help with Blackboard, digital media, and instructional design considerations? 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.

eLearning Technologies also offers self-paced on demand workshops.  They are on the same content we offer as in person and webinar-based sessions, but with the additional convenience of working through content at your own pace and on your own schedule. Each workshop is delivered through Blackboard as a series of readings, videos, and hands-on activities.  Learn more on our eLearn on Demand Self-Paced Training website

Respondus

Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor Instructor Training for Blackboard Learn Ultra
Additional dates for this webinar will be posted in the future

Please visit our Respondus webpage for faculty support resources.

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
Additional dates for this webinar will be posted in the future

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.

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.

Video, Screen Capture, Interactive Digital Media

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

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto
*This session has concluded but will be repeated Winter 2023 semester.

Creating Instructor Presence:  Advanced Panopto Functionality
*This session has concluded but will be repeated Winter 2023 semester.

Creating Engaging and Interactive Digital Media
*This session has concluded but will be repeated Winter 2023 semester.

Introduction to Flip (Formerly FlipGrid) for Video-based Discussions
11/18/22     10:00am - 11:00am 

Using Padlet to Engage Online Learners
*This session has concluded but will be repeated Winter 2023 semester.

Instructional Videos with Panopto (eLearn On Demand)

Glue Them to Their Seats (eLearn On Demand)

Interactive Instruction with 3rd Party Tools (eLearn On Demand)

Sneaky Slides: How to Rescue PowerPoint from the Dark Side for More Engaging eLearning Videos (eLearn On Demand)

eLearn On Demand workshops are the same content we offer as in person and webinar-based sessions, but with the additional convenience of working through content at your own pace and on your own schedule. Each workshop is delivered through Blackboard as a series of readings, videos, and hands-on activities.  

Digital Media Support

Digital Studio | gvsu.edu/elearn/ds

Presentation Tips & Techniques

Creating Engaging and Interactive Digital Media
Check back for 2023 offerings

Glue Them to Their Seats (eLearn On Demand)

Interactive Instruction with 3rd Party Tools (eLearn On Demand)

Sneaky Slides: How to Rescue PowerPoint from the Dark Side for More Engaging eLearning Videos (eLearn On Demand)

eLearn On Demand workshops are the same content we offer as in person and webinar-based sessions, but with the additional convenience of working through content at your own pace and on your own schedule. Each workshop is delivered through Blackboard as a series of readings, videos, and hands-on activities.  

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY & BLACKBOARD SUPPORT

The eLearning Technologies team is here to help!

Zoom & Synchronous Instruction

Zoom 101
Additional dates for this webinar will be posted in the future

Zoom 101 (eLearn On Demand)

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

Upcoming Seminars

Blackboard Ultra Lunch-and-Learn

February 6, 2023 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Learn a feature of Bb Ultra in 50 minutes or less.

Ultra Base Navigation: An Overview

February 7, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us to learn about Ultra Base Navigation, its components, and how to adjust settings and notifications.

Blackboard Ultra Lunch-and-Learn

February 8, 2023 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Learn a feature of Bb Ultra in 50 minutes or less.

Winter 2023 Blackboard Ultra Build-a-thon

February 10, 2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the eLearning Technologies team to learn how to set up your course in Blackboard Ultra. The session will provide dedicated time for guided hands-on practice.

Blackboard Ultra Lunch-and-Learn

February 14, 2023 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Learn a feature of Bb Ultra in 50 minutes or less.

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