Faculty/Staff Tutorials for Service Pack 11

  • + Getting Started
    • + Prepare Your Course for Term
      • + End of Term Procedures
        • + Course Menu
          • + Course Design (the look and feel)
            • + Course Design (content layout) & Development (materials)
            • + Content Management
              • + Packages and Utilities
                • + Adaptive Release
                  • + User Progress
                    • + Course Files
                    • + Course Statistics and Reports
                      • + Grading
                        • + Grade Center
                          • + Rubrics
                            • + Grading Assignments
                              • + Grading Blogs
                                • + Grading Discussion Boards
                                  • + Grading Journals
                                    • + Grading Tests
                                      • + Grading Wikis
                                      • + Course User Management


                                        Distance and Online Learning Help Desk

                                        Provides support for Distance and Online Learning courses and the Blackboard/Portal system. We strive to respond immediately during business hours and within twenty-four hours for after hour requests. Please note: the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk is closed when the college is closed.

                                        • Blackboard Course Help Request Form: The best way for both students and faculty to get their problems logged and known by the Distance and Online Learning Help Desk.
                                        • E-mail: DLHelp@hvcc.edu
                                        • Telephone: 518-629-7070
                                        • In-person: stop by the office during office hours, we are located in Bulmer Telecommunications Center (BTC) 1042
                                          • Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
                                          • Summer Hours: Monday-Friday,  8:00 am to 4:00 pm
                                          • Weekend Hours: Weekend support is available by phone and email, you should receive a response within 24 hours
                                        • By Appointment for Faculty: online course development, reformatting course materials, learning new functions in Blackboard, developing multimedia, Web 2.0 technologies, and more. We can give you undivided attention if you make an appointment for a specific time. We also offer various workshops throughout each semester.


                                        Faculty/Staff Training

                                        Pedagogy of Online Course Development and Delivery

                                        This course is for instructors who are developing an online, distance course on the Blackboard Course Management System. During this 12-week class, participants meet two hours per week and develop their online course outside class time. Lecture, discussion, reading, and learning activities form the core instruction. Participants will utilize the Blackboard system, obtain a strong understanding of asynchronous pedagogy/andragogy, and experience how students take an online course. The outcome of the workshop will be a fully developed online course on Blackboard.

                                        Teaching and Learning Certificate Category: 1 Pedagogy, 1 Classroom Management, and 1 Technology (3 hours in each category)

                                        Instructor: Linda K. Ryder
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Linda by email at l.ryder@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8198.

                                        Blackboard Transition Training

                                        With each new service pack Blackboard releases we will continually see new feature enhancements and changes, along with patches, and sometimes interface changes. To assist with introducing you to these feature enhancements, interface changes, functionality, etc. we will offer transition trainings to help prepare users.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Enhancing Your Course with Blackboard I: Introduction

                                        The transition from the traditional classroom to teaching in the Web-enhanced environment can be very rewarding and challenging. Web enhancing your course can range from providing students easier access to course documents to providing opportunity to new approaches to teaching and learning. These sessions will be run in small groups or on an individualized basis as requested and is taught through a combination of in-person and online activities.
                                        If you are not sure what the benefits might be for you and your students, please see DePaul University’s 75 Reasons to Use Blackboard.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Enhancing Your Course with Blackboard II: Advanced

                                        This workshop will show you how to use some advanced features while using Blackboard as a tool to enhance student learning and support your teaching activities. Learn advanced online design and best practices along with enhanced discussion board features, student group options, and embedding multimedia. These sessions will be run in small groups or on an individualized basis as requested.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        New: Blackboard Course Files

                                        Course Files, what’s that? Each Blackboard course has an area called Files (Course Files), which stores any file that is attached, imported, inserted, etc. into a course. By understanding the course files area you can better manage your Blackboard course materials. Within the files area you can: organize files, upload one or many files at once, link to one file many times, overwrite files so changes are reflected within the course, link to one file from many courses, create HTML objects, and more.

                                        Basic: This workshop covers the basics of working within the Course Files area and you will learn how:

                                        • the Course Files area is set-up
                                        • to create and edit folders
                                        • to add files and overwrite existing files
                                        • to link to files and folders

                                        Advanced: This workshop covers the advanced uses of the Course Files area and you will learn how:

                                        • to manage files and folders
                                        • to control access to content in the Course Files area
                                        • to create HTML Objects
                                        • to create a repository course and link to files from multiple courses

                                        Instructor: Elissa Baker
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Elissa by email at e.baker@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8196.

                                        Gradebook Basics: Blackboard and Excel

                                        Learn the basics of working with Blackboard Gradebook tools and Excel spreadsheets. Both are excellent tools for automating assessment scoring and grade reporting, and both have strengths and weaknesses that we will identify. This workshop is designed for absolute beginners who want to develop an e-gradebook but don’t know how to start or what to use. These sessions will be run in small groups or on an individualized basis as requested.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Power Gradebooks: Blackboard and Excel

                                        Learn to use Blackboard Gradebook tools and Excel either together or separately to design a “power gradebook” that automates your process. Pros and cons of using both or either will be discussed. These sessions will be run in small groups or on an individualized basis as requested.
                                        Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Excel and Blackboard.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Blackboard Collaborate: Voice Authoring Tools

                                        Tools Available: Voice Boards, Voice Presentation, Voice Authoring, Voice Podcaster, and Voice Email
                                        Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring tools are more powerful than narrated PowerPoint as they feature high quality, simple and easy audio creation that streams rather than downloads to students (allows large files), or can be downloaded as mobile files to mp3 players, iPods or students’ computers (students can choose for themselves). These presentation tools can be interactive because students can respond using easy-to-create audio response tools and can navigate web environments to which you link. You can upload pre-recorded audio as well. You can also create an audio discussion board for oral presentations. There is significant overlap in functionality between voice authoring tools, providing flexibility and student engagement not possible with other tools like PowerPoint or video clips. In this Voice Tools workshop you will get some experience with all the tools in an overview. Then we will engage in hands-on activities with the specific tools. You will make recordings and you will be ready to put robust, accessible, and versatile multimedia presentation material in your course.

                                        Is it hard to learn Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools? No – if you have ever used Blackboard you can easily use the tools in Blackboard. They work just like other tools you find there, only better.

                                        Prerequisite: Basic Blackboard skills

                                        Instructor: DL Staff
                                        For more information and session dates, contact DL Staff by email at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-7070.

                                        Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing

                                        Are you looking for a way to help your students at a distance? Do you ask your online students to prepare presentations? Have you ever thought about recording a mini lecture that includes video, audio and what is happening on your desktop? Or maybe you would like to bring someone to a meeting virtually, perform a job interview, teach synchronously at a distance, record review sessions or tutorials and/or have guest speakers in your classroom virtually. You can do all of this and more with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
                                        Online training from your office or home: This is the most authentic way to learn about desktop video conferencing because you will actually be using the application from your office or home. Requirements for this version of training would be a webcam and microphone. If you would like to participate in training from your office or home and do not have a webcam (optional) or microphone, you may sign them out from the Center for Distance and Online Learning.

                                        Instructors: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Blackboard Web Enhanced Course Tools and Strategies for Creating Prepared Students

                                        Want to get your students to read the text BEFORE they come to class? Wish they were more prepared so you could make better use of class time? Want to jump start great class discussions? This workshop will show you how to use Blackboard and other tools to help students be better prepared for class. Strategies for time on task, reading reinforcement, self assessment and other ways of meaningfully engaging students outside of class will be demonstrated and discussed. These sessions will be run in small groups or on an individualized basis as requested.
                                        Prerequisite: This workshop is for experienced Blackboard users

                                        Instructor: Linda K. Ryder
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Linda by email at l.ryder@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8198.

                                        Blackboard Web Enhanced Course Tools and Strategies for Student Group Work

                                        Learn to use the Blackboard Group and other related tools effectively and innovatively to support your students’ group activities. Structure, mechanics, and strategies will be discussed. Using Blackboard and WebQuest combinations, collaborative work and peer guided projects will be introduced.
                                        Prerequisite: This workshop is for experienced Blackboard users.

                                        Instructor: Linda K. Ryder
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Linda by email at l.ryder@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8198.

                                        Shared Resources for Teaching: Learning Objects, Repositories, and your Web Enhanced Course

                                        There are many online shared resources for teaching that go far beyond useful Web sites. Discrete lessons and multimedia units, entire curricular strategies and collaborative repositories are available for almost every skill level, every discipline and every technology environment. In this workshop you will explore these “learning objects”, identify key factors to be considered for their adoption, and learn some basic tools for bringing them into your Web Enhanced courses. Hands-on activities and the compilation of a list of resources for your specific discipline will be a major focus.

                                        Instructor: DL Staff
                                        For more information and session dates, contact DL Staff by email at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-7070.

                                        Creating Course Banners in Blackboard

                                        A graphic banner can provide an attractive and effective ‘welcome mat’ for your Blackboard course. In this workshop you will learn how to create a graphic banner and import it into Blackboard. No knowledge of digital graphics is necessary for this workshop.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Blackboard Organizations: “Participant” Tips and How-To’s

                                        A workshop for those who would like to learn about Blackboard Organizations, a tool that looks and acts just like a Blackboard Course but is actually used to support committee, organizational or collaborative activities. If you are already participating in a Blackboard Organization site, learn how to get the most out of your Blackboard Organization role of “Participant.” Learn about file formats, discussion boards, groups, and other tools provided to “Participants.” Helpful tips on finding, navigating, using and accessing information in your organization. How-to sheets will be available. If you are also a “Leader” in a Blackboard Organization there is also a workshop for “Leaders.”

                                        Instructor: DL Staff
                                        For more information and session dates, contact DL Staff by email at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-7070.

                                        Blackboard Refresher

                                        Has it been awhile since you have used Blackboard? Do you need a refresher on how to export and import a course? Have you forgotten how to make your course available, or check your roster? Do you want to know how to archive a course? Would you like to clean up your course or move old links? Have you tried something and it did not work? This is an informal two-hour session devoted to refreshing your Blackboard end/beginning of semester skills.

                                        Instructor: DL Staff
                                        For more information and session dates, contact DL Staff by email at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-7070.

                                        Learn to Podcast in 30 minutes or less!

                                        In less then 30 minutes you will learn to create a podcast for your students (but feel free to stay for the full hour).

                                        Using the Blackboard Collaborate Voice Podcaster you can record and post a podcast for your students that:

                                        •  will download to their iTunes folder
                                        • they can subscribe to via RSS
                                        • they can simply listen and/or save to their own computer

                                        The Voice Podcaster allows you to:

                                        • simply and easily upload previously recorded materials
                                        • simply and easily create audio directly in Podcaster
                                        • narrate your visuals with audio
                                        • create ADA compliant materials by using transcript display
                                        • give students choices for accessing and storing material
                                        • use audio in the context of Blackboard course material
                                        • use audio beyond Blackboard environments
                                        • create streaming materials for low bandwidth
                                        • create portable audio files in multiple formats

                                        Podcaster is one of several robust audio tools in the Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools suite available. This suite includes presentation tools and communication tools that allow your students to listen and reply with audio files. The Podcaster workshop will focus on podcasting – the “best practices” and innovative strategies, as well as the nuts and bolts of “how-to.”

                                        Instructor: DL Staff
                                        For more information and session dates, contact DL Staff by email at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-7070.

                                        Introduction to the Use and Instructional Applications of Second Life

                                        This course will provide instructors with an introduction to the use and instructional applications of Second Life, an immersive virtual learning environment (VLE) that is becoming widely used as an instructional medium by college faculty who teach online, hybrid, web-enhanced, or face-to-face courses. Participants will learn how to create Second Life accounts; create, modify and manipulate their Second Life avatars (alter egos); and effectively navigate through Second Life SIMS (virtual environments). Working from this, instructors will be introduced to pedagogical best practices for using Second Life in the context of diverse instructional modalities, and they will discover the range of instructional resources available to them through the various educational networks and web-based communities that are dedicated to the effective instructional integration of Second Life.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.

                                        Respondus for Creating Quizzes and Exams

                                        Hudson Valley has a site license for Respondus software. This tool will convert your Word documents into Blackboard tests, help you move tests from one site to another, lets you modify, save or build assessments offline and load up when done, and so much more. If you are an experienced Blackboard user and use the assessment tools this workshop is for you. Additionally, Respondus can create tests and test keys that can be printed. It is suggested but not required that you put in a work order to have Respondus installed on your Hudson Valley system before hand. Additionally, Respondus can create tests and test keys that can be printed.

                                        Instructor: DL Staff
                                        For more information and session dates, contact DL Staff by email at DLhelp@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-7070.

                                        Adapting PowerPoint for Blackboard

                                        This workshop will introduce you to the principles of message-design and instructional-design that support the pedagogically effective use of PowerPoint slideshows in your Blackboard courses.  Emphasis will be given to your choice of ways in which to present your PowerPoint slideshows.  The options that we will cover will include converting your PowerPoint slideshows to PDF format, converting those slideshows to HTML format, and making them accessible to your students in YouTube-style format via the social networking site, AuthorStream.Com.

                                        Instructor: Mark Petersen
                                        For more information and session dates, contact Mark by email at m.petersen@hvcc.edu or by phone at (518) 629-8128.









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