Events - Spring 2014

Blackboard Virtual Office Hours

Date: Second Friday of every month, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 

Location:  Online

CIRT staff members hold online office hours to answer your Blackboard questions! 

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Boosting Student Engagement using the Blackboard Retention Center

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Online

The Blackboard Retention Center offers tools that assist instructors with monitoring and engaging students who fall below performance criteria (course log in, grades, activity level, due dates) in a course. This is especially useful in online courses. Instructors set these criteria and the Retention Center identifies students and allows the instructor to communicate via email to alert students and offer support resources. In this online workshop we discuss best practices for use and demonstrate tool functionality.

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The Flipped Approach to Online Teaching and Learning - Webinar

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Location: Building 1 Room 2002 / Graduate School Conference Room

Flipping a classroom is a pedagogical approach that enables instructors to create student-centered learning environments by changing when and how certain activities happen. It’s an approach that’s received a lot of attention of late, but most of the conversations have only focused on the face-to-face classroom experience where students participate in activities during class time and watch videos as homework. What if you teach in an online environment without traditional “class time”? Can you still integrate flipped strategies? Yes, you can. In The FlippedApproach to Online Teaching and Learning you will analyze current models for the flipped class and explore how to expand and adapt these models to include online learning environments.


Technology Petting Zoo


Location:  Building 1 Room 1801

Wondering about tablets? Get your questions answered at this casual training! Tablets are growing in popularity and becoming widely available. For the purpose of providing an opportunity for faculty to explore and get hands-on with these devices, CIRT will be hosting a Technology Petting Zoo. Come explore the different devices you can check-out  from us and discuss instructional, research, and personal productivity applications with CIRT staff. Our collection includes the following devices:

  •  iPad 
  •  iPad mini 
  •  Kindle Fire 
  •  Microsoft Surface Pro
  •  Google Nexus 7 

New Media Consortium Webinar - Natural User Interfaces

DateWednesday, May 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location:  Building 1 Room 2002 / Graduate School Conference Room

Join CIRT Staff, the NMC and their panel of natural user interfaces thought leaders.





Teaching Online Tool Essentials (TOL4100)


 Location:  Online 


TOL4100 is designed to help you learn to navigate and become familiar with the most-used tools in Blackboard for designing web-enhanced, hybrid and online courses. This course offers a basic overview of the Blackboard Learn system presented in six learning modules:

  • Blackboard Introduction
  • Adding Content
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Assessment Tools
  • Grade Center

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Navigate, build, and customize your Blackboard course.
  • Add and organize course content.
  • Communicate within Blackboard using announcements and email tools.
  • Build collaboration spaces for students using the Discussion Board and Blackboard Groups
  • Build and customize assignments, assessments, SafeAssignments in Blackboard. 
  • Organize and grade in the Grade Center.

There are two main sections of this course:


The Portfolio section of the course details the instructions for the Blackboard development (DEV) course you will create and use to demonstrate your mastery of the tools in Blackboard.


The Learning Modules consist of tutorials and practice activities that will help you complete the portfolio assignments.


Self-paced course; register and start at any time. 6 – 8 hours.

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Online Bb Training 
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