Blackboard training online

UKy faculty and instructors who need training in Blackboard can find seven (yes, seven!) new online training courses with resource materials and video demonstrations included. Developed through a collaboration among UKIT’s Academic Technology GroupDistance Learning Programs, and CELT, the course materials are continually updated by Blackboard’s training specialists.

The materials are available for faculty and instructors to use on their own, at their  own pace, and they are available to those who may be facilitating face-to-face or online training sessions.

To get started, you’ll need a Development Course shell and a Practice Course shell, which will allow you to complete the assignments in the courses. If you do not have one or both of those course shells available to you, you can login to an online form to request one now.

The new courses in “Blackboard University” (BbU), include:

  • BbU101: Getting Started with Blackboard Learn (introduction to Bb)
  • BbU201: Building Courses (planning, course files, content)
  • BbU202: Assessing Learners (assignments, assessments, question pools and sets, and more)
  • BbU301: Building Online Communities (discussions, journals/blogs, wikis, groups, evaluation)
  • BbU302: Designing Engaging Content (preparation, customization)
  • BbU401: Monitoring Student Performance (Grade Center, Early Warning System, settings)
  • BbU402: Enhancing Communication (discussions, collaboration, chat)

Get started now! After requesting (if necessary) your Development Course and/or Practice Course, login to Blackboard using your link-blue login ID and password. Click on the ‘Courses’ sub-tab, and then within the “Course Catalog” module, select “.Learning Systems Support.”

To self-enroll, click once on the drop-down menu for any of the training courses listed and select “enroll.”

For more information about these and other training materials, please visit the Academic Technology Training Library.

Microsoft Lync app

For those who use Microsoft Lync, at University of Kentucy or elsewhere, there’s a new (free) app for that – an iPad app, iPhone app, Windows Phone app, Android app, and Nokia Symbian app. Lync is a business app and requires a Lync server or Office365/Lync Online account to work.

I have tried it out on the iPad, and it’s easy to use.  Once you load the app and sign in, your contacts list (from your existing Lync account) will be populated. Give it several seconds to update everyone’s status, and you are good to go.

Lync is an instant messaging/instant meeting (audio/video/screensharing) tool that is available to all faculty, staff and students at UKy. Users can add contacts from “affiliated” companies and chat applications. UKy users can download Lync on the UKy download page and can find support at the Lync Wiki.