UNI eLearning Suite

Getting Started with the UNI eLearning Suite

Are you just starting to use our UNI eLearning Tools for instruction? Here's a list of the classes that we offer to teach you more about the UNI eLearning Suite of Tools.

Visit the Faculty/Staff Workshop Calender to learn about scheduled times for workshops. Register online.


Tier 1 - START HERE!

These workshops should get you started with our three core tools in the UNI eLearning Suite. If you have only time for one, take Bb01.

Bb01: Getting Started with Your Bb Learn Course - New to Blackboard? Learn the basics including navigation, organizing and getting started with adding content, an overview of the rich feature set including Grade Center, and more. Please bring a syllabus file, content files and assignment details. Also see "Getting Started with Your Blackboard Learn Course" (video).

Panopto - Panopto helps you to easily create online videos for your class. Learn how to start using Panopto in your classroom to record your lectures, record tutorials, or have your students submit their own videos. Also see "Get Started with Panopto" (video).

Zoom: Cloud Video Conferencing for Meetings and Course Collaboration - Zoom is a desktop video conferencing solution perfect for meeting with individuals or groups at a distance. During this session we'll explore how you can use this in your classes and how to get signed up for an account. Also see "How to use Zoom with your Class" (video).


Tier 2 - Take when you have time.

Bb02: Assessing your Students Using Bb Learn's Assignment Tool - Learn about Blackboard's Assignment tool which enables electronic submission of individual or group assignments. Mark up and give feedback online or download. Assigned scores automatically register in Grade Center.

Bb03: Using Bb Learn's Discussion Tool To Facilitate Student Interaction - Blackboard's Discussion tool enables graded or ungraded discussions online any time with no need for participants to log in simultaneously. Learn to use this Blackboard tool to replicate robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom.

Bb04a: Testing 1, 2, 3: Developing, Deploying and Editing an Online Test in Bb Learn - Online testing can be used in numerous ways to assess students or to provide a means of self-assessment. Learn the process involved in setup and delivery of online testing in Blackboard Learn and look at several of Blackboard's numerous question types.

Bb05a: Bb Learn Grade Center: Just Give Me the Nuts and Bolts - This session addresses the Blackboard Grade Center layout. Learn about manual, automatic, and calculated columns and how to organize them. We'll also address the "Needs Grading" interface, how to set up a letter grading scale and generating grade reports.


Advanced Workshops

Bb04b: Putting Bb Learn Online Testing to the Test - Experience the student perspective in online testing with Blackboard Learn. We'll discuss online testing obstacles, viewing and analyzing student test results, responding to manually graded questions such as essays, and strategies to help limit cheating.

Bb05b: Things I Never Knew About Bb Learn Grade Center - Tap into the power of Blackboard Grade Center's more advanced features to customize what's displayed. Learn tips for organizing columns into grading periods and how to color code data based on criteria you set.

Bb05c: Weighting Grades Using Categories and Calculated Columns in the Bb Learn Grade Center - The Blackboard Grade Center can accommodate a number of different grade weighting schemes (the process by which grades are weighted for a course's final grade). Attend this session to learn how to use Calculated Columns and Categories for this purpose.

Panopto: Advanced Features - In the advanced Panopto class you'll learn how to edit your videos, add closed captioning, and add quizzes to your videos.


Special Tools/Workshops

Bb06: Facilitating Collaborative Group Work Via Bb Learn's Groups Feature - Learn how to use Blackboard Learn's Groups feature to facilitate student collaboration and interaction. Bb course groups have their own areas in a course to collaborate on coursework with tools to assist in the collaborative process.

Bb07: Improving Accessibility in Your Course with Blackboard Ally - Learn how to make files uploaded to Blackboard accessible for ALL students. This workshop addresses both the instructor and student services available within Blackboard Ally, designed to assist you with accessibility in your courses.

Bb08: Transitioning Your Bb Learn 9 Course for the Next Semester - Copying an existing Bb Learn 9 course for use in subsequent semesters can save time, but can cause potential snags. Come prepared to walk through this process with an experienced instructional designer.

Bb09: Integrate Attendance Data Into the Grade Center Using the Bb Learn Attendance Tool - Do you use attendance data as part of your students' overall grades? Learn how to track attendance data using Blackboard Learn's Attendance Tool. The overall Attendance score can be included when calculating grade totals in the Blackboard Grade Center.

Poll Everywhere - Poll Everywhere is a student response system or clicker system that utilizes cellphones, tablets, or computers to respond to polls.

Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention and Online Grading Tools - UNI has licensed the Turnitin Building Block which gives Blackboard users convenient access to Turnitin's suite of learning tools from within the Bb Learn 9 environment.

Google Apps in the Classroom - Come and learn about the new tools available through UNI's implementation of Google Apps and explore how you can use them in the classroom along with your students.

Are you prepared? Keep your course running when you can't meet face-to-face! - Whether a snowstorm, conference, family emergency or whatever, learn how to keep your class on track when unable to meet. Topics include adding your syllabus, informing your students, how to get started now and other options for an emergency.


Visit the Faculty/Staff Workshop Calender to learn about scheduled times for workshops. Register online.