Professional Development

Professional Development Workshops

The Office of Distance Education offers opportunities for professional development throughout the academic year. Professional development workshops are offered through multiple delivery methods including face-to-face sessions, online courses, and webinars. Our focus is to prepare faculty to design and deliver online courses. Workshops cover both technology features and functionality as well as online teaching best practices and pedagogy. Some workshops are required for faculty to be eligible to teach online courses. See the professional development schedule and registration form below.


FALL 2021 Professional Development Workshop Schedule


Blackboard Ultra – Beginning the Semester

 Bb Ultra: Course Building Office Hours

Major Topics: This is a question-and-answer session. Participants will be able to ask questions about Bb Ultra and get their questions answered. Participants can stay for the entire 2-hour session or just long enough to get their questions answered. This is a great opportunity to get assistance before classes begin on August 17th.

Facilitator: Blackboard/Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Friday, August 13, 2021 | 1:00PM-3:00PM | Online Webinar
Join Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/0a845fe97db74883aa506feb15f5b264

or

Date: Friday, August 13, 2021 | 3:00PM-5:00PM | Online Webinar

Join Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/0a845fe97db74883aa506feb15f5b264

 

Echo360 Lecture Capture

 

Enhancing Your Blackboard Course with Echo360

Major Topics: Learn how to add engaging content into your Blackboard Ultra course. Participants will learn how to create their Echo360 course within Blackboard and become familiar with the Universal Capture software and its associated workflows. Participants will learn how to embed and use Echo360 content using Blackboard Ultra's new Content Market and learn how to record their audio, video, and computer screen with one easy to use tool. Finally, participants will learn how to access quick walk-through guides and tutorials to help them become familiar with Echo360 features and functions.

Facilitator: Echo360/Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Monday, August 16, 2021 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Online Webinar

Join Zoom Meeting: https://echo360.zoom.us/j/98256726459?pwd=Ukh6TGIvSkhickphbC9CaE1nSmZkQT09

or

Date: Monday, August 16, 2021 | 1:00PM-2:00PM | Online Webinar
Join Zoom Meeting: https://echo360.zoom.us/j/98314690919?pwd=YjBpVHVnREtZM3NFV09EVWd6OGJ3QT09

 

Blackboard Ultra Series (6 webinar workshops)

  1. Bb Ultra: Getting Started with Blackboard Ultra

Major Topics: This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and features.

Participants will become familiar with the following:

  • Base Navigation overview
  • Institution Page
  • Profile settings
  • Activity Stream and Notification Settings
  • Course management and availability
  • Course Structure and navigation
  • Announcements
  • Beginning of Semester Procedures

Facilitator:  Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Monday, August 16, 2021 | 2:30PM-3:30PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/95875828551
or
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/98232927542

 

2. Bb Ultra: Presenting Content

Major Topics: This workshop introduces participants to the various content types they can create in their courses. Faculty will begin to build a framework for their course content.

Participants will become familiar with the following:

  • Creating, editing, and deleting content
  • Creating folders, learning modules, and documents
  • Uploading files and adding links
  • Organizing content
  • Student Preview
  • Accessible Content

Facilitator:  Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/95637527217
or
Date:
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/94766653262

 

3.  Bb Ultra: Designing Engaging Discussions

Major Topics: This workshop introduces participants to the discussion board.

Participants will become familiar with the following:

  • Creating, editing, and deleting discussion forums
  • Linking a discussion board within a folder or learning module
  • Defining participation requirements
  • Grading discussions

Facilitator:  Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/99458321163

 

4.  Bb Ultra: Assignments and Rubrics

 Major Topics: This workshop introduces participants to the benefits of using Assignments, Safe Assign (anti-plagiarism tool), and Rubrics.

Participants will become familiar with the following:

  • Creating, editing, and deleting assignments
  • Manage and grade assignments
  • Using Safe Assign
  • Create and link rubrics

Facilitator:  Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/96246622998

5. Bb Ultra: Assessments

Major Topics: This workshop provides an introduction to creating and deploying tests.

Participants will become familiar with the following:

  • Creating, editing, and deleting tests
  • Test question settings
  • Question types
  • Deploy tests
  • Grade tests
  • Due dates and exceptions

Facilitator:  Office of Distance Education Staff

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/92845972166

6.  Bb Ultra: Mastering the Gradebook

Major Topics: This workshop introduces participants to the gradebook.

Participants will become familiar with the following:

  • Item list and Student Grid view
  • Overall Grade setup
  • Add columns
  • Grade an assignment with a rubric
  • Post grades

Facilitator: Office of Distance Education Staff 

Date: Monday, August 30, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Online
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/91224568092

 

Blackboard Certification Course

Bb Ultra: Blackboard Online Certification Course

Major Topics: The Teaching and Learning Online Certification includes five Blackboard online training modules. These modules cover features of Blackboard as well as online pedagogy. This is a self-paced course

Facilitator: Office of Distance Education Staff

Note: Required for faculty teaching online courses. 

Date:  Fall Cohort Begins September 1 | Online Course | Faculty have access to this course on their Blackboard Courses page or search your courses for Bb Ultra Training Course (certification). You may begin September 1st.

        

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor

 Exam Proctoring: Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor

 Major Topics: This workshop is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications.

 Facilitator: Respondus Trainer

Dates: Instructor Training Webinar Schedule - Register Here

 Or

Facilitator: Office of Distance Education Staff 

 Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Online

Join Zoom Meeting: https://ecsu.zoom.us/j/96161213299