COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops
Instructors (and assistants)! Get Help During the Disruption
We are there to support you getting your classes online!
- 1 Bb Cafe - Virtual Help Desk
- 2 CTL - Bb Workshops
- 3 CTL - General Workshops & Resources
- 4 Workshops Revisited - Session Recordings
- 5 Office of Open Learning
- 6 Troubles with Blackboard?
- 7 GATA Support
- 8 Remote Teaching Support/Tutorials
- 9 Blackboard (Vendor) Run Training
- 10 Online Self-paced Courses about Blackboard
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 Times Available
- The Bb Cafe hours during the Winter 2021 semester, will be from 9:30 am-4:30 pm beginning January 25 2021.
The BB Cafe will be closed on Family Day ( February 15) and the University Holiday ( February 19). We will be open regular hours for February 16-18.
Check back here for updates to hours of service in the Bb Cafe for Winter 2021 Exams.
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.
CTL - Bb 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 email@example.com 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
CTL - General Workshops & Resources
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.
Workshops Revisited - 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
Troubles 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.
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 Fall semester. Office hours are 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.
The GATA Network is also willing to hold departmental workshops designed to cater to the questions and needs within the department to help support your transition in supporting online teaching. These workshops are completely free to GAs, TAs, and those interested in teaching and learning. To coordinate an online workshop, please contact Laura Chittle (email@example.com) or Elizabeth Ismail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email@example.com) for information on upcoming workshops.
Remote Teaching Support/Tutorials
Tutorials for the Virtual Classroom
- 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.
Online Self-paced Courses about 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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