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Live Online Training Sessions

The Office of Online Learning is offering the following workshops this Spring. Registration is not required, just click on the link for the session you'd like to attend. Recorded sessions will also be available for later viewing.
 
For trainings offered by IT, see this page.
 
Open Q&A Sessions 
Every Friday from February 5 (Except March 19th, April 2nd, and April 30th) 10:30AM-11:30AM Join session here

This is an open Q&A session, come prepared with your questions

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Wednesday, January 27th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, January 29th 1PM-2PM Join session here
In this workshop you will learn the following: How to add a Collaborate Ultra link into your course. We will go over all the features in Collaborate (Breakout sessions, attendance report, video recordings and basic troubleshooting.

Padlet Basics
Wednesday, February 3rd 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, February 5th 1:30PM-2:30PM Join session hereIn this workshop we will cover the following: What is Padlet and how can you use Padlet in your class, what are the many features in Padlet, how to insert Padlet into your Blackboard course, and effective strategies to get the most out of Padlet.
 

Using Tests in Blackboard (hosted by SUNY Online)
Tuesday, February 9th 1PM Join session here
In this focused topic drop-in session, we will discuss using tests in Blackboard courses. We'll walk through building tests, selecting test question types, as well managing test availability settings effectively. In addition to the setup involved in Blackboard tests, we'll cover what students need to know to be prepared to successfully complete a test.

Blackboard Basics with special guest Shelley Kohan
Wednesday, February 10th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, February 12th 2PM-3PM Join session here
In this workshop you will learn the following: How to navigate through the Blackboard Learning Management System. How to structure your course by “chunking” your course content into folders. How to create assignments, exams, discussions and how to grade them.

The New VoiceThread
Tuesday, February 16th 1PM-2:30PM (please join by 12:45PM) Join session here
Wednesday, March 10th 1PM-2:00PM Join session here
Wednesday, March 24th 1PM-2:00PM Join session here
VoiceThread just released a major update to their product that greatly enhances the way faculty design and create assignments of all types. Please join Jose Diaz (Office of Online Learning) and Jeffrey Riman (CET) for a comprehensive tour of the new features that will include a period for hands-on exploration and discussion. This workshop is for all faculty, especially those who have extensive prior experience using VoiceThread. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Online Learning and Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET). 
 
Screencast-o-Matic Premiere
Wednesday, February 17th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, February 19th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Thursday, February 25th 2PM-3PM Join session here
Learn about all the new features in Screencast-o-Matic Premiere. We will learn how to record, edit, caption and embed your videos to Blackboard. I will show you how easy it is to create “talking head”, demonstrations, and create screen capture videos.
 
All You Need to Know About Tests in Blackboard
Monday, February 22nd 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, February 26th 1PM-2PM Join session here
In this workshop you will learn the following: How to create a test from scratch. How to import and export tests. How to use a test generator. How to add media (audio, video) to your test. How to set the test options for the exam.
 
Annotating Assignments with Hypothesis
Tuesday, February 23rd 10:30 AM-11:30AM Join session here
Thursday, March 4th 11AM-12PM Join session here
Wednesday, March 17th 1PM-2PM Join session here
In this workshop you will learn how to create assignments where students collaboratively read and annotate on the reading materials. This type of assignment merges Reading, annotating, and discussion all in one.

Digital Storytelling Assignments with Adobe Spark
Monday, March 1st 1PM-2PM Join session here
Wednesday, March 3rd 1PM-2PM Join session here
Are you looking to spice up your written assignments? In this workshop, you will learn how to convert any essay type paper exam into a Digital Storytelling assignment. Your students will use their creativity to create fantastic video presentations using Adobe Spark Video.

How to Create Rubrics in Blackboard
Friday, March 5th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Thursday, March 11th 11AM-Noon Join session here
Are you looking to add rubrics to your assignments or discussions? Rubrics will speed up the grading process. Rubrics allow students to know how you are grading the assessment. In this workshop we will create a rubric, attach it to an assignment, grade the assessment using the rubric, and see how students view the rubric score.
 
Create Visually Engaging Presentations with Adobe Spark Page

Monday, March 8th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, March 12th 1PM-2PM Join session here
If you want to build visually engaging content on your Blackboard course then you should try Adobe Spark Page. Everyone who attends this workshop will be able to build their own Spark Page and embed it into your Blackboard course.

Padlet Faculty Demonstrations
Monday, March 15th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, March 19th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Faculty will share what they have done with Padlet in their courses.

Conducting Student Presentations
Monday, March 22nd 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, March 26th 1PM-2PM Join session here
In this workshop we will discuss various strategies on how to conduct student presentations in a remote teaching environment.

Flipping the Classroom
Monday, April 12th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Friday, April 16th 1PM-2PM Join session here
In this workshop, I will show you how to structure your course around the Flip Classroom Model. I will demonstrate how to create your videos, how to develop "On Your Own" assignments, and how to "bridge" the asynchronous work to the synchronous class.

Mastering the Grade Book
Monday, April 5th 1PM-2PM Join session here
Wednesday, April 7th 1PM-2PM Join session here
In this workshop we will cover the following: How to automate the gradebook. How to create categories. How to group gradable items into categories. How to make sure that your gradebook is accurately calculating the weighted total.

 

Get Help

If you need assistance with Blackboard, call the SUNY Online Support Services Help Desk (open 7 days per week) at 1-844-673-6786 during the following hours:

Monday - Friday 7:00AM-12:00AM Midnight EST
Saturday 10:00AM-8:00PM EST
Sunday 10:00AM-9:00PM EST

If you are having trouble with your FIT Username and Password, call IT for FIT at 212-217-4357

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