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Ulster’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is being upgraded from Blackboard Vista (commonly referred to as WebCT) to Blackboard 9.1. The switchover is happening in September 2011, with all courses being taught in Blackboard Learn form September onwards.

To support staff during the transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn 9.1, a training programme has been designed to ensure the successful implementation of Blackboard Learn by September 2011.

The Blackboard Learn training programme will support all University of Ulster VLE users through a range of tailored methods by:

  • Training users in transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn 9.1 by September 2011
  • Promoting and supporting new users in the use and application of Blackboard Learn
  • Ensuring the training interventions enable users to become self sufficient in their application of the Blackboard Learn tools and able to prepare their course areas for forthcoming semesters
  • Facilitating tailored opportunities to add value to teaching and learning practices throughout the academic year using Blackboard Learn technologies

Target Audience
The Blackboard Learn training programme will meet the needs of teaching staff that currently have modules in Blackboard Vista (WebCT) and new users that may be interested in using the institutional VLE to support their teaching and learning. The training programme will be delivered across all campuses.

Delivery
The Blackboard Learn Training programme will be facilitated by staff from Access and Distributed Learning and course materials will be quality assured by a Staff Development elearning advisor.

Welcome to Blackboard Learn

Overview
This session is a hands on workshop using your content from Semester 1 10/11 to prepare for teaching in Blackboard Learn in September 2011. It will provide a range of demonstrations and give you the opportunity to explore the Blackboard Learn environment and the tools and functionality available.

Aim
The session aims to provide an overview of the new VLE, Blackboard Learn, and provide guidance on preparing a course migrated from WebCT Vista 8.

Objectives
By the end of the session, participants will be:

  • Able to login and become familiar with a course area
  • Provided with a step by step demonstration on what to do with your migrated course
  • Given a demonstration of new and improved tools available
  • Advised on requesting module access and content ready for Semester 1 10/11.

Duration
2 hours.

Target Audience
This session is highly recommended for staff that are regular users of WebCT Vista and will be using the new VLE, Blackboard Learn, in September 2011.

Blackboard Learn: The Basics for Beginners

Overview
This hands on workshop is for non users of WebCT Vista/new staff who wish to use Blackboard Learn to support their teaching.

Aim
This practical workshop introduces teaching and learning practitioners to Blackboard Learn 9.1, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Design a course structure
  • Utilise core information tools
  • Add and present course content
  • Integrate content tools

Target Audience
This workshop is targeted at staff in a teaching and/or a support role that wish to receive a basic introduction to Ulster’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard Learn. Recommended for basic PC users.

Duration
2 hours

Blackboard Learn: Assessment and Feedback

Overview
The Blackboard Learn: Assessment and Feedback workshop provides a range of useful resources addressing the pedagogical application of online assessment and feedback tools.

Aim
This practical workshop aims to explore a range of assessment and feedback tools available within Blackboard Learn and how they can be applied to enhance teaching and learning.

Objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • The Blackboard Learn A&F tools;
  • How the A&F tools could be used in practice;
  • The workflow of A&F tools;
  • How to submit an assessment and view grades & feedback (student perspective);
  • How to create, monitor, grade, provide feedback and manage assessments (instructor perspective).

Target Audience
This workshop is targeted at teaching staff who wish to explore and embed online assessment and feedback tools.
This workshop assumes working knowledge of Blackboard Learn.

Duration
2 hours

Blackboard Learn: Communication and Collaboration

Overview
The Communication and Collaboration workshop provides a range of useful resources and skills training on using a range of online tools for supporting student interaction, increasing collaboration and promoting reflection.

Aim
This practical workshop aims to explore a range of communication and collaboration tools available within Blackboard Learn to support student interaction.

Objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss tips for planning a communication strategy
  • Compare and contrast the use cases, benefits and challenges of each
  • Compare and contrast Discussion Board, Blog, and Journal tools
  • Create, manage, and grade Blogs, Journals, and Discussion Board forums and threads
  • Identify collaborative learning use cases and considerations
  • Create and populate Groups and Group Sets with self-enroll, manual, and random enroll options
  • Add, monitor and Grade a Group Assignment
  • Explore the addition of student-created content using Wikis
  • Discuss tips for enabling successful group work

Target Audience
This workshop is targeted at teaching staff who wish to explore and embed communication and collaboration tools within their course areas.
This workshop assumes working knowledge of Blackboard Learn.

Duration
2 hours

Blackboard Learn: A Tailored Course

If you would like to arrange a tailored session for a course Team, School, Department or Faculty on any aspect of Blackboard Learn and its pedagogical application please contact Colette Murphy (c.murphy1@ulster.ac.uk). A minimum of 6 participants are required to make a session viable.

Drop In Clinics

Drop In Clinics will be available on all four campuses from the 22nd August 2011 onwards.

Overview
The Drop In Clinics are an opportunity for staff to get 1-1 support face to face for problem solving topics that have not being covered in the training.
Please note the clinics are not a substitute for the Welcome to Blackboard Learn workshop or Blackboard Learn: The Basics for Beginners workshop.

Target Audience
Blackboard Learn users that have attended the Welcome to Blackboard Learn workshop or the Blackboard Learn: The Basics for Beginners.

Training Dates and How to Register

You can view the dates of training sessions on the Training Workshop and Clinic Dates page.

To register for any of the workshops, you must complete the online registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BlackboardCourses

Drop in Clinics
No registration is required. Simply show up and we will work with you to solve your problem.
Please note the clinics are not a substitute for the Welcome to Blackboard Learn workshop or the 'Blackboard Learn: The Basics for Beginners' workshop.

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