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Bb Ultra Assessment - Assignments & Tests

Engagement: 2 days (2-3 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: create Blackboard Ultra tests and assignments; take advantage of IDS services to streamline assessment creation; score Blackboard Ultra tests and assignments and provide students with feedback; use proctoring tools on Blackboard Ultra tests and assignments; add accommodations to timed assessments

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Bb Ultra Communication and Discussion

Engagement: 2 days (3-4 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: use Blackboard Ultra tools (Announcements, Messages, Documents, Discussion, Class Conversations) to effectively communicate with students; select the appropriate tool for the appropriate type of communication; set appropriate expectations for communicating with students; take advantage of due dates, the course calendar, and the student Activity Stream to communicate new and upcoming course expectations

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Bb Ultra Course Organization and Content

Engagement: 2 days (2-3 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: Add and organize content and activities in a flexible manner such that the same course site can be used regardless of modality (online, face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex) or timeframe (15-week, 10-week, 7-week, etc); use conditional availability to stage release of content based in timing and completion of course requirements

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Bb Ultra Grades and Grading

Engagement: 2 days (2—3 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: set up a Blackboard Ultra Gradebook; export and import grades; view and score assessments; track attendance

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Blackboard Ultra - Assignments, Grading, Q&A

This session will start with some common questions about assignments and grading in Blackboard Ultra course sites. After a short intro, we’ll open the floor up to questions. The sessions will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate and run from an Ultra style course site populated with instructions on how to use various aspects of Blackboard Ultra.

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Blackboard Ultra - General Topics, Q&A

In this session we’ll briefly touch on some broad areas of interest in Blackboard Ultra style course sites, with an eye toward content and community. Then we’ll open the floor up to questions, addressing the particular issues and questions faculty may have. This session will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate, and run from an Ultra style course site populated with instructions on how to use various aspects of Blackboard Ultra.

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Online Testing for Law School Faculty

This single synchronous online session offered via Blackboard Collaborate will consist of a roughly 20 minute presentation on Blackboard's online testing and assessment tools, followed by 40 minutes of question and answer time.

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Course Building Fundamentals

This intensive two week course provides Detroit Mercy faculty with all the basic skills needed to create high quality online experiences for fully online, hybrid, hyflex, or face-to-face courses. We will cover the principles behind creating effective activities and content and the online tools used to implement these activities. Both "classic" and "ultra" Blackboard tool instruction will be available as a part of each offering.

Each week consists of roughly 4 hours of asynchronous content and a 1 hour of synchronous meeting. Office hours will also be provided each week, creating a formal opportunity for attendees to ask specific questions.

Due to the intensive nature of the classes, sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Additional registrations will be placed on a first-come, first-served wait list.

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Mastering Collaborate Breakout Rooms

If you’ve got a larger class, at some point you’ll probably want to split your students up into smaller groups so they can discuss a topic, solve a problem, or work though a case study. In this live online session, we’ll look at Collaborate’s Breakout Rooms. We’ll talk about the basics of creating and moving students to breakout rooms. We’ll also talk about some of the strategies for helping students move themselves into breakout rooms, so your live-session groups can mimic project groups established elsewhere in the course.  

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Online Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Course Content

In this 50-minute workshop, we will cover practical ways to create content that can be accessed by all students. We will cover creating and uploading accessible documents, adding captions to our online lectures, and practical tips for using Blackboard in a way that opens doors for all learners. Each participant will leave with strategies to make their class more accessible to all learners.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Discern what materials might create accessibility challenges
  • Create content using common software that is accessible
  • Structure an online course in a way that is accessible to students
  • Implement multi-modal learning strategies
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Communicating with Students Through Blackboard's Calendar and Activity Stream

Blackboard's Calendar and Activity Stream are focal points of the new Blackboard interface. These tools can be very useful to students, helping them track what they need to do and when they need to do it across all their courses. But the usefulness of these tools is limited to the information we add to them -- if an assignment or quiz isn't on the calendar it may be forgotten. In this session we'll look at how to add items to both of these lists, as well as how to use Blackboard's Date Management tool to easily adjust these dates when you re-use a course site.

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