Workshops  

The IDSC offers the following workshops for USNA faculty on Blackboard and other often used software packages. Please  click here  to see current workshop schedule for Fall, 2014 and sign up for the workshops.   



The Instructional Development Support Center (IDSC) offers a series of innovative teaching sessions focusing on special topics of Blackboard. The Blackboard administrator from ITSD will also be present to answer any technical questions you may have.  Please  click here  to see the schedule for Fall, 2014 and sign up for these series.   

 


Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 

Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 is the latest version of Blackboard which offers many new and improved features including drag and drop user interface, social learning tools (wikis, blogs, journals), SafeAssign anti-plagiarism tool, improved calendar, Blackboard Mobile, and a vastly improved Grade Center with flexible grading options and interactive rubrics. 

Introduction to Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 – Course Management & Communication

This workshop provides an introduction to the course building and course communications tools in Blackboard Learn™ 9.1. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Become familiar with the new user interface of Blackboard 9.1
  • Manage and customize course menu
  • Create and manage course content (files, folders, links, learning modules, lesson plans, and Mashups, such as YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, and Flickr photos.)
  • Communicate with students using discussion boards, virtual classrooms, chat rooms, emails, announcements, blogs, wikis, journals, etc.
  • Import and export a course
  • Manage users and groups

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Introduction to Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 - Assessment & Grading 

This workshop provides an introduction to the course assessment tools and the Grade Center in Blackboard Learn™ 9.1. After this workshop, you should be able to: 

  • Create and manage assignments including SafeAssign assignments
  • Create and manage tests, surveys and pools
  • Create different types of quiz/survey questions
  • Understand and utilize interactive rubrics and different grading options: contextual grading, automatic grading, and inline assignment grading.
  • Use the new Grade Center to manage student grades

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Introduction to Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 - Content System 

This workshop provides an introduction to Content System in Blackboard Learn™ 9.1. The Content System provides an online repository for content storage equivalent to a web-based virtual hard drive. It also provides a platform for users to share content with others. This is especially useful for course coordinators. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create and manage files and folders
  • Batch upload files, folders and zip files
  • Use versioning, tracking and commenting features
  • Modify file and folder permissions in order to share content
  • Create links from within a course to file/folders in the Content System

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Introduction to PowerPoint 2010 

PowerPoint is a powerful tool for creating or enhancing presentation. This workshop is geared toward novice PowerPoint users. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create new PowerPoint presentations using different options
  • Work with different view options
  • Insert/Rearrange/Remove/hide slides
  • Insert/Edit text
  • Insert/Edit pictures
  • Insert/Edit diagrams and organization charts
  • Insert/Edit tables
  • Insert/Edit charts
  • Save and print presentations

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Microsoft PowerPoint: Advanced Features 

PowerPoint can be used to create simple text slides or rich multimedia presentations with animation, video, and sound. This workshop will focus on the many of its advanced features, such as animations. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Modify a color scheme
  • Change slide background
  • Create a slide master  
  • Add headers and footers
  • Insert objects
  • Add movie clips and sound files
  • Add animation schemes
  • Customize animations
  • Add slide transitions
  • Package a presentation
  • Publish a presentation

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PowerPoint Best Practices 

This workshop is for people that already use PowerPoint to teach and lecture but want to move beyond the usual techniques. Find out how to avoid "Death by PowerPoint" by creating an effective presentation and engaging students in the learning process, Prerequisites: familiar with basic PowerPoint Tools. In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • General rule of thumb while creating a presentation
  • How to incorporate graphics, animations, videos, and sound to engage students
  • How to use PowerPoint to increase interactivity
  • Best practice to help you give an effective presentation

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Introduction to Google Apps 

This workshop provides an introduction to a list of Google Apps that are currently avaialble to USNA users including Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Talk, Contacts, Groups for Business, Sites and Video. After this workshops, you should be able to access and use these Google apps for daily work.

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Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Designer 

Microsoft SharePoint Designer is a free program for designing, building, and customizing Web sites that runs on a SharePoint foundation and SharePoint server. You can create data-rich Web pages, build powerful workflow-enabled solutions, and design the look and feel of your site. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Open and create SharePoint sites
  • Create lists, libraries, and connections to data sources
  • Create custom views and forms
  • Create custom workflows
  • Design site pages, master pages and page layouts
  • Create templates

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Teaching with Wikis and Blogs 

A wiki is a Web site that allows a community of users to create and edit Web site content via a Web browser collaboratively. A blog is a Website with regular entries that are usually displayed reverse-chronologically. An entry can be a combination of text, audios, videos, graphics, hyperlinks, readers; comments, etc.

This workshop will introduce two educational technology tools that are adopted by more and more educators nowadays - wikis and blogs. In this workshop, we will learn how to create wikis and blogs and explore how to use these tools to facilitate collaborative learning. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create and maintain a blog
  • Create a wiki and edit wiki pages
  • Understand how to use wikis and blogs to facilitate collaborative learning

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Introduction to Adobe Acrobat  

This workshop focuses on the basic features of Adobe Acrobat. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with Adobe Acrobat interface
  • Create PDF files
  • Edit PDF files
  • Markup PDF files
  • Insert hyperlinks
  • Insert movies and sounds

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Creating Fillable PDF Forms with Adobe Acrobat  

This workshop provides instructions on how to create, edit and deploy fillable PDF forms with Adobe Acrobat. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Create a fillable PDF form
  • Edit filalble PDF forms
  • Deploy filalble PDF forms

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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop  

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful image/photo editing software. It allows you to create and edit digital images, and retouch photos. This workshop will introduce you to some basic tools of Photoshop. After this workshop, you should be able to:
  • Become familiar with the Photoshop interface
  • Understand different types of images and different file formats
  • Use basic tools to create and edit digital images

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Editing Digital Photos with Adobe Photoshop  

Adobe Photoshop allows you to create and edit high quality digital images/photos. This workshop is geared toward faculty members who are unfamiliar with Photoshop but want to start using it for image/photo editing. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Import images/photos into Photoshop from a scanner or digital camera, or download them from the Web
  • Become familiar with the Photoshop work area
  • Edit photos (crop and resize photos, adjust colors, contrast and brightness, retouching photos, add special effects, etc.)
  • Save images/photos for the Web and for print

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Introduction to Adobe InDesign  

Adobe Indesign is a powerful desktop publishing software to create and layout periodical publications, posters, and print media. This workshop provides an introduction to the basic features of Adobe Indesign. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the InDesign work area
  • Create and set up a document
  • Create/edit master pages
  • Insert text and graphics
  • Working with different tools
  • Printing and packaging files

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Using Technology to Improve Feedback to Student Writing Projects  

As an instructor, you often need to review student writing projects and provide feedback to them. Instead of printing out those writing projects and manually adding your feedback, you can easily use Microsoft Word to provide feedback to students electronically. Through this hands-on workshop, you will find out how a technology tool, such as Word, can make the process of providing feedback to student writing projects more efficient and less laborious. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Use reviewing tools to add comments and track changes
  • Use a tablet pen to add ink annotations to a document
  • Use color coding to indicate specific problems
  • Create different versions of a document
  • Understand file naming conventions
  • Choose different view and printing options
  • Participate in a review that has multiple reviewers

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Getting Familiar with Microsoft Word 2010  

This workshop will help you get used to the user interface and introduce new and enhanced features of Word 2010. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Find, use, and customize different tools on the new ribbon toolbar
  • Learn and use new and enhanced features of Word 2010, such as enhanced reviewing, commenting and comparison feature, live preview, building blocks, SmartArt, blog integration, enhanced themes and styles, mini toolbars, contextual spell checker, translation tool tip option, automated generation of citations and bibliographies, etc.

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel  

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that can be used to store, organize and manipulate data. This on-demand workshop provides an introduction to Microsoft Excel. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the interface of Microsoft Excel
  • Enter, import and manage data in Excel
  • Use some basic features in Excel including formulas, calculations, graphing tools and pivot tables

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Introduction to Microsoft Access  

Microsoft Access is a database management software. This workshop provides an introduction to Microsoft Access. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Become familiar with the interface of Microsoft Access
  • Create and manage a database
  • Use some basic features of Microsoft Access including tables, queries, forms, and reports

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Introduction to Video Editing  

This one-on-one workshop will introduce you to some basic video editing techniques using Pinnacle Studio. After this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Import and edit video clips
  • Add menus, titles, credits and transitions
  • Add special effects
  • Export videos

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Assignment Drop Boxes

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard assignment drop boxes. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create assignment drop boxes
  • Create assignment drop boxes with SafeAssign (Plagiarism checker)
  • View and grade student submissions
  • View SafeAssign reports
  • Best practices to determine when to use SafeAssign

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards 

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create/edit Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Adjust availability and grading settings for Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Build creative content in Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
  • Discuss the differences between Blogs, Journals and Discussion Boards

        ·Best practices to choose among Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards for different instructional goals and  objectives

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Test, Surveys and Pools

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Tests, Surveys and Pools. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create/edit tests, surveys and pools
  • Adjust availability and grading settings for tests and surveys
  • Create/edit different types of test/survey questions
  • Access tests and surveys, and grade test questions through the Grade Center.
  • Import tests and surveys, and question pools.
  • Best practices on using different types of questions for different instructional goals and objectives.

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Grade Center

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Grade Center. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Adjust Grade Center settings
  • Create calculated columns
  • Adjust column availability and grading settings
  • Access/grade student assignment, test and survey submissions through the Grade Center
  • Download and upload grades.
  • Best practices on how to better use the Grade Center to manage student grades

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series - Content System 

This session will cover the settings and best practices for the Blackboard Content System. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Create and manage files and folders
  • Batch upload files, folders and zip files
  • Link Content System files/folders to courses
  • Use versioning, tracking and commenting features
  • Modify file/folder permissions in order to share content
  • Best practices to share content via the Content System as a course coordinator

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