COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops

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Instructors (and assistants)! Get Help During the Disruption
We are there to support you getting your classes online!

Join us in the Bb Cafe Virtual Help Desk - Drop-in Sessions

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Bb Cafe Virtual Help Desk

If you're looking for virtual help, join us in the BB Cafe virtual classroom: If that link doesn't work, click here to enter as a guest
Steps to get to the Virtual Bb Cafe Classroom - Visit Organizations, select Bb Cafe - choose Virtual Classroom from the menu, select Click here to join the Virtual Classroom, then Join Session.
Support available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (subject to change - please check this page often).
The best experience will be if you have a microphone, speakers and reliable internet. Webcam is optional.

  • If you are having trouble getting into the session, please make sure you are using Google Chrome
    • If you are still having trouble, check that you are allowing cookies: enter chrome://settings/content/cookies?search=cookies into your browser.
    • Click Add beside Allow (toward the bottom of the screen).
    • Then enter "ca-lti.bbcollab.com" and click Add.
      • This allows your browser to accept cookies and local storage from the Collaborate server.
      • You won't need to restart your browser, but you will need to re-click the Collaborate link.

Centre for Teaching and Learning - Blackboard Development Workshops

Learn how to harness the power of Blackboard to facilitate putting your courses online. Offered at two different technological comfort levels to suit your style. Priority will be given to those with teaching assignments in the Inter/Summer semester. You will need to become familiar with using Blackboard Collaborate in advance. Please review your confirmation email for instructions and links regarding preparing and accessing the session.

Bb Decaf Level:
This option will offer a relaxed, and slower-paced workshop by placing an emphasis on step-by-step learning. This category is suitable for the emerging technical explorer or the learner who is new to using learning management systems.

Bb Espresso:
This option will offer a fast-paced more technically driven workshop. This category is suitable for the learner who is confident using learning management system tools, or other online systems, who possesses a high comfort level in learning and adopting new technology.

These pragmatic two-hour and fifteen minute workshops will introduce you to many features that Blackboard has to offer. Additionally, you will be notified of areas to avoid or have caused others issues. Find out more and registration at HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbworkshops. Visit this page frequently as new workshops are being added based on demand. If you'd like a particular topic explored, email bbconsults@uwindsor.ca and provide the details and one of the team will get back to you.

Topics include:

For details on registration and dates / times the sessions are offered, visit HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbworkshops

Centre for Teaching and Learning - General Workshops

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering workshops available at HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/ctlworkshops

The CTL has also prepared an online resource in regards to fostering academic integrity which provides further details and key strategies about fostering academic integrity.

Sprint Sessions!

Join us in our Bb Cafe (see instructions to access above) for hot topics to help you with the upcoming new semester! Click on the Click here to join Blackboard Sprint Webinars button to join the session. Sessions begin at times and dates listed below. Sessions will be recorded so you can visit them any time after the session has occurred.

As a backup location, if the Bb Cafe is unserviceable for unexpected reasons, the session will be held in this Zoom Room.

Sprint Sessions Workshop Schedule
Date May 20, 2020 May 21, 2020 May 22, 2020
Time 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Workshop A Practical Guide to Creating Videos Creating free interactive content Using the Virtual Classroom
Presenter Mark Lubrick Mark Lubrick Mark Lubrick
Description This short workshop will focus on the basics of creating a video. We will look at what is important for planning your video and review practical tips/suggestions. There will also be a demonstration of how you could use PowerPoint to create multiple videos types, including recording anything on your screen.
Register for session
This workshop will introduce you to the H5P tool, which all Ontario educators can use for free. Whether you want to explore those resources that have already been created and openly shared, or create your own, H5P has incredible potential. With H5P you can add quizzes, pop ups, and other interactions to videos, create interactive presentations, provide fillable and downloadable forms, allow audio input, create scenarios where the result depends on the choices you make, create virtual 360 degree tours, and much more.

In this workshop, participants will see how to create an account, find existing resources, and how to create some common popular interaction types. Additionally, they will be shown how to find examples and tutorials for any additional content types they may want to explore.
Register for session

Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use.

This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.
Register for session

LInks to previous sessions recorded below. Stay tuned!

Recording Links Previous Sessions Grade Centre - Highlights and Features. So, you still want to have a Blackboard Test: Tips and Tools Assignments - backward design, rubrics and assignments. Recommended and humane approaches to assessment for Winter 20 Troubleshooting the Grade Centre
MS Teams - Capitalizing features for student engagement Leveraging the Virtual Library: Managing Resources in Blackboard

Office of Open Learning

The Office of Open Learning is offering multiple sessions to help get you started on your online offering of your course. There are multiple dates and times available.

A practical guide to creating videos
This short workshop will focus on the basics of creating a video. We will look at what is important for planning your video and review practical tips/suggestions. There will also be a demonstration of how you could use PowerPoint to create multiple videos types, including recording anything on your screen.
Find out More and Registration for A practical guide to creating videos!

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use. This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.
Find out More and Registration for Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)!

Having Trouble with Blackboard? Submit a Ticket

Submit a Service Request ticket if you have a problem with Blackboard or need your questions answered. Login at HTTP://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp Please avoid emailing CTL or OOL staff directly, as this may delay you getting your questions answered or problems solved regarding Blackboard. Instead, submit the ticket and one of the team members will reply to your concerns as quickly as possible.

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GATA Support

GATA Network Coordinators, Laura Chittle and Elizabeth Ismail, will be holding virtual drop-in office hours through Blackboard Collaborate to answer questions that you may have about online teaching: The GATA Network is hosting virtual drop-in office hours to help support GAs/TAs in their transition to supporting online teaching. Drop-in office hours are currently on-going and will occur until the end of the Summer Session. After this time, new office hours will be posted.

Office hours will occur at the following times:

Monday through Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm and 4:00pm-5:00pm Note: Any changes to office hour dates/times will be announced on the GATA Network Blackboard site.

To access these virtual office hours, please click this link: https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/7993944146824cda8e24e344d6dd2115

After selecting the link, please select ‘join room’.

If you cannot make these drop-in office hours, we are also happy to set-up individual meetings. To set-up an individual meeting, please email Laura Chittle (chittlel@uwindsor.ca) or Elizabeth Ismail (ismaile@uwindsor.ca) or (gata@uwindsor.ca). In your email, please include a brief description of the questions that you have to ensure we can best support you.

The GATA Network is also willing to hold departmental workshops designed to cater to the questions and needs within the department. To coordinate an online workshop, please contact Laura Chittle and Elizabeth Ismail (details above).

The GATA Network will be presenting a series of workshops on using Blackboard to help support your transition in supporting online teaching. These workshops are completely free to GAs, TAs, and those interested in teaching and learning.

GA/TA Teaching and Learning Workshops offered by the GATA Network:

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) Instructor: Mark Lubrick Thursday, May 21, 2020, 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, GAs/TAs, and students to use. This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.

For registration information, please visit: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/52/#wkshp-2968

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Blackboard Environment: Tips for GAs and TAs Instructor: Lauren Sabourin Friday, May 22, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This session will provide an overview of key Blackboard tools and topics for GAs and TAs in the online environment. Our focus will be on communicating with students (announcements, discussion board), and grading the different types of assessments found on Blackboard (tests, assignments, and discussion boards) in addition to using the Grade Centre and related featured. For an optimum experience, you should be using Google Chrome for this session.

For registration information, please visit: http://cleo.uwindsor.ca/workshops/52/#wkshp-2968

Supports for GAs and TAs as they transition to support online teaching:

Virtual Drop-in

The GATA Network is hosting virtual drop-in office hours to help support GAs/TAs in their transition to supporting online teaching. Drop-in office hours are currently on-going and will occur until the end of the Summer Session. New office hours after the Summer Session will be posted with advanced notice.

Office hours through Intersession/Summer will occur Monday through Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm and 4:00pm-5:00pm

Note: Any changes to office hour dates/times will be announced on the GATA Network Blackboard site. Access to these virtual office hours through BlackBoard Collaborate at this link: https://ca.bbcollab.com/guest/7993944146824cda8e24e344d6dd2115

After selecting the link, participants simply need to select ‘join room’.

Individual Meetings

We are also happy to set-up individual meetings for those who cannot attend the pre-set office hours. To set-up an individual meeting, or a meeting with yourself and your GATA supervisor, please email the GATA Network Coordinators, Laura Chittle (chittlel@uwindsor.ca) or Elizabeth Ismail (ismaile@uwindsor.ca) or gata@uwindsor.ca. In your email, please include a brief description of the questions that you have to ensure we can best support you.

Remote Teaching Support/Tutorials

Tutorials for the Virtual Classroom on Blackboard

Tutorials for Recording PowerPoint

Blackboard (Vendor) Run Training

Blackboard is offering free 30-minute webinars designed for those who are new to the Blackboard Learn or Collaborate environment and need to make a transition to deliver instruction remotely. A webinar is also being offered on how to design your content so that it is mobile friendly. Click on the link below to register and to find more information about the specific workshops.
https://go.blackboard.com/Instructor-webinar-series
Recordings of these sessions are also available.

Online Self-paced Courses to Learn How to Use Blackboard

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The University of Windsor has purchased access to and modified these online courses from Blackboard to provide self-paced (non-facilitated) learning to members of campus. Choose from 11 different courses that you can begin and explore only what you need to get your task done. Topics within the courses and the time estimated for full completion are listed in the description. Once you register for the course with your UWinID, you will automatically be enrolled in the online course. Access by logging into Blackboard at https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca and view the newly registered course through the Courses tab. Allow for at least an hour to sync from the registration system to Blackboard.

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