COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops
Instructors (and assistants)! Get Help During the Disruption
We are there to support you getting your classes online!
- 1 Join us in the Bb Cafe Virtual Help Desk - Drop-in Sessions
- 2 Centre for Teaching and Learning - Blackboard Development Workshops
- 3 Centre for Teaching and Learning - General Workshops
- 4 Sprint Sessions!
- 5 Workshops Revisited - Past Training Session Recordings
- 6 Office of Open Learning
- 7 Having Trouble with Blackboard? Submit a Ticket
- 8 GATA Support
- 9 Remote Teaching Support/Tutorials
- 10 Blackboard (Vendor) Run Training
- 11 Online Self-paced Courses to Learn How to Use Blackboard
Join us in the Bb Cafe Virtual Help Desk - Drop-in Sessions
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 5:30 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.
ITS Service Desk Hours
If you are looking for general ITS support please visit the IT Services Support page to get contact information and hours of availability.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the details and one of the team will get back to you.
- Communication - Getting Started and Using Discussions
- Sharing Course Content
- Assessment of Student Learning (Tests and Assignments)
- Grading Student Work and Reconciling the Grade Centre
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.
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.
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|Date||August 7, 2020||August 21, 2020|
|Time||09:00 AM - 10:00 AM||09:00 AM - 10:00 AM|
|Workshop||Deploying and Grading Tests||Troubleshooting the Grade Centre|
|Presenter||Niwit Aryal||Lorie Stolarchuk|
|Description|| You have a test built for your students to write…now what? This sprint session will provide you with an overview of the process of deploying the test to students and grading student submissions. Participants will learn about the deployment process including settings for availability, attempts, exceptions, and feedback to students. An overview of the grading process for tests that include manually graded and automatically graded questions will be provided as well.
||In this Sprint Session, we provide an overview of common problems encountered in the Grade Centre in Blackboard and how to solve them! This session demonstrates how to use the default Weighted Total column and Total column, using Categories, ways to organize your Grade Centre, some reports, importing external spreadsheets and transferring your final grades to UWinsite Student. |
|Register||Register for session'||Register for session|
Workshops Revisited - Past Training Session Recordings
Miss a workshop? Want to go back and review a Sprint Session? Have no fear! Our recordings from most sessions can be found on the Webinars Revisited - Past Training Session Recordings page. Most sessions will have both the link to the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Recording as well as a link to the Microsoft Streams video. Microsoft Streams links feature accessibility features including captioning and interactive links and timestamps. You can also follow our CTL Sprint Sessions Channel on Microsoft Stream for the latest accessible recordings of Sprint Sessions.
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)!
Creating free interactive content
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.
Find out More and Registration for Creating free interactive content!
Strategies for handling your online timed examination
Please note this workshop will not discuss how to build a test or discuss proctoring solutions. So, you have built an online timed test, but what should you do the day of the test? This workshop is meant for instructors who are planning to use the Blackboard tests tool to deliver an online timed examination. This sort of high stakes assessment comes with inherent technological/planning risks, so it is important to know how best to support our students. We will discuss strategies for how to try to avoid problems and how to deal with common issues that arise during the testing window. Advice based on timed examinations run this summer will be offered.
Find out More and Registration for Strategies for handling your online timed examination
How to use Stream to add subtitles to your class video
This short workshop will show you how to create a channel for your class so that videos you upload are limited to that class. We will demonstrate how to enable the automatic creation of subtitles, as well as how to edit those subtitles. We will also review how to download a recording from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (virtual classroom) in case you want to add subtitles to it.
Find out More and Registration for How to use Stream to add subtitles to your class video
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.
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 (email@example.com) or Elizabeth Ismail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com). 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:
|Date||July 21, 2020||July 29th, 2020||July 29th, 2020||August 10th, 2020|
|Time||1:00 PM - 2:00 PM||12:00 PM - 1:00 PM||1:00 PM - 2:00 PM||1:00 PM - 2:00 PM|
|Workshop||Digital Feedback of Student Work- Assignments, Rubrics, Online Grading||Being a GA/TA Online||Communicating with Students - Office Hours and Beyond||Tips and Tricks: Top 10 Things GA/TAs need to Know about Blackboard|
|Presenter||Lauren Sabourin||Laura Chittle & Elizabeth Ismail||Niwit Aryal||Lauren Sabourin & Niwit Aryal|
|Description||As a GA/TA, are you wondering how you can provide effective feedback using Blackboard's tools? In this sprint session, participants will learn the basics of providing feedback as a part of grading assignments in the online environment and best practices for a productive grading experience.||During the workshop, participants will be provided with an introduction to being a GA/TA online. Various topics will be covered, including tips for how best to prepare to support online teaching, questions and concerns to anticipate before beginning the semester, suggestions for communicating with the course instructor and the students, and ideas for troubleshooting issues.||Are you looking for how to connect with your students in the digital space as a GA/TA? This sprint session will give you an overview of how to add announcements in Blackboard, send emails to students, and meeting with students using the available tools at the University of Windsor (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, MS Teams).||Overwhelmed with where to start with using Blackboard as a GA/TA? This sprint session will dive into the wonders of Blackboard as a GA/TA. This session will overview best practices informed by our experiences as GAs and members of UWindsor's Blackboard team in using Blackboard to support teaching and learning in the digital space.|
|Register||Register for session||Register for session||Register for session||Register for session|
Supports for GAs and TAs as they transition to support 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. 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’.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elizabeth Ismail (email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- getting started and accessing the virtual classroom
- setting up audio, video, and recording
- using the tools (chat, screen sharing, etc.)
- importing the student tutorials into your Blackboard site
- Integrating using an iPad with Collaborate for annotating
Tutorials for Recording PowerPoint
- recording your PowerPoint presentation and uploading to Stream
- doing a screen capture video using 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.
Recordings of these sessions are also available.
Online Self-paced Courses to Learn How to Use Blackboard
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.
- Check out the self-paced non-facilitated courses at the registration page at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbonline.
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