Faculty Resources and Support: April Technology Workshops

The new version of Blackboard is coming this May! It’s new and improved, and we’re here to teach you anything you’d like to learn! Academic Technology and Distributed Learning (ATDL) continues to offer workshops to help you prepare for the launch.

Below you will find a brief description of each workshop along with the dates and times each is offered. Each workshop is 50 minutes long, and you can register at mySJU under “School Services,” “Employee Training”. All online workshops are held via Collaborate, and after registration can be accessed by visiting the “Faculty Resources and Support” organization in learn.sju.edu and clicking on “Workshops”. More details about each workshop and a current calendar can be found on the ATDL website.

If you’d like to schedule a tailored workshop for your department or group, or the times below just don’t work for you, please contact us at atdl@sju.edu and we’ll work to accommodate your needs.

Workshops and Times

What’s New in Blackboard:
Getting Social

SJU and Blackboard have taken a whole new approach to development and management of the learning management system. From hardware, support, and environments, it’s a new ball game.

In Person Training
4/3, 1pm
4/11, 3pm
4/16, 10am
4/25, 3pm
4/30, 9am

Online Training
4/4, 4pm
4/9, 5pm
4/22, 9:30am
4/25, 5pm
5/1, 9:30am

Blackboard Content Management:
Manage Less, Develop More

The Blackboard Content Management system lets you focus more time on developing your content, and less time managing it.

In Person Training
4/3, 3pm
4/10, 10am
4/17, 9:30am
4/23, 2pm
4/30, 1:30pm

Online Training
4/4, 4pm
4/9, 4pm
4/14, 1pm
4/22, 4pm
4/28, 5pm

Countdown to Collaborate!

This workshop is designed to educate faculty on Blackboard’s newest web-conferencing tool, Collaborate. Attendees will learn how to add Collaborate to their course space, create a Collaborate session, and use the interactive features of Collaborate to create a strong community of learning in the virtual classroom.

In Person Training
4/3, 11am
4/9, 10am
4/14, 4pm
4/22, 9:30am
4/28, 2pm

Online Training
4/2, 4pm
4/9, 5pm
4/15, 2pm
4/24, 9:30am
4/29, 2pm

Effective Online Presentations:
Let You Shine Through!

Are your students yawning through your presentations? Do you have the itch to wow them? In this workshop, we’ll cover the principles of good presentation design and delivery. We’ll also cover how to add audio to your slides, and give an overview of Camtasia, a screen capture software tool.

In Person Training
4/4, 10am
4/9, 9am
4/16, 1:30pm
4/22, 9am
4/28, 11am

Online Training
4/8, 5pm
4/15, 4pm
4/21, 12pm
4/29, 11am

Strategic Communication:
Building a Strong Community of Learners

Learn about Blackboard tools and communication strategies that can be used to create a truly collaborative learning environment.

In Person Training
4/2, 2pm
4/8, 1pm
4/17, 11am
4/21, 1:30pm
4/30, 9:30pm

Online Training
4/3, 5pm
4/10, 5pm
4/16, 5pm
4/22, 5pm
4/29, 9:30am

Learning Outcomes Assessment:
The Route to Continuous Improvement of Teaching & Learning

This workshop will focus on using learning goals, assignments, and rubrics to support continuous improvement of teaching and student learning.

In Person Training
4/11, 9am
4/22, 2:30pm
4/29, 2pm

Online Training
4/2, 3pm
4/3, 2pm
4/10, 5pm
4/17, 4pm
4/24, 5pm
4/29, 9:30am

Rubrics:
Effective Use and Implementation

This workshop will introduce SJU faculty, administrators, and staff to the creation and use of rubrics. In addition, this workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss previous experiences with the use of rubrics and why rubrics are used in evaluating learning activities.

In Person Training
TBD

Online Training
TBD

Blackboard Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. 
The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. 
In the new release of Bb you can now grade a papers directly in the Grade Center.

In Person Training
TBD

Online Training
TBD

Permission to post this article was received from Al Labonis on April 3, 2014.

Viewing, Saving and Printing PDF Files from your Web Browser

SJU computers are now being configured with the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to make in-browser behavior of PDF documents more consistent.Icon art for Adobe PDF document Regardless of your computer’s platform or whether you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, you will be able to accurately preview PDF documents in a browser window or tab without having to download and open the PDF in a separate application.

Clicking the link to a PDF file in your web browser opens a new browser tab or window with the content of the PDF document. To properly save or print the PDF, you must use the tool buttons provided by the Adobe Reader plug-in rather than your web browser’s menu commands.

The appearance and behavior of the tool bar will vary a bit depending on the version of your software, but the concepts remain consistent. You’ll see controls for navigating a multi-page document, downloading and saving, and printing are represented by buttons in an anchored tool bar at the top of your PDF window, or a floating tool bar in the lower quarter of your PDF window.

Image of Adobe Reader Browser Plug-In Anchored Tool Bar

Tool Bar buttons in the dark gray row from left to right: Toggle Side Bar (to show page thumbnails and document outline), Previous Page, Next Page, View Page, Zoom Out, Zoom In, Zoom presets menu, Presentation Mode (full screen), Print, Download (save to your computer), Current View, and finally a pop-up list with commands to jump to first or last page, and to rotate the document in your window.

If you do not see the row of buttons anchored to the top of your PDF browser window, move your cursor over the content in the PDF window and the floating tool bar will become visible.

Image of Adobe Reader Browser Plug-In Floating Tool Bar

Floating Tool Bar buttons from left to right: Download (save to your computer), Print, Previous Page, Next Page, View Page, Zoom Out, Zoom In, Hide Tool Bar.

Technology Boot Camp Improves Outcomes for Summer Reading Program Participants

The Saint Joseph’s University’s Summer Reading Program, under the direction of Dr. Mary DeKonty Applegate, is a summer graduate studies program in the Department of Teacher Education that provides children in grades K-9 with individualized assessment profiles, small group instruction and collaborative literacy learning focused on higher-level thinking.

The program’s literacy coaches and graduate students experienced increasing technology problems from 2011 to 2012 that were disruptive to the productivity of the program participants. Some of these difficulties were attributable to the diverse models of digital video cameras being implemented as the preferred Flip digital video cameras were discontinued and reaching end of life: unintentionally large file sizes, not sure how to download video from the newer cameras, difficulty deleting videos, etc. Additionally the participants had multimedia file-handling issues such as difficulty inserting large video files into PowerPoint and uploading video files to the university Blackboard server.

In response to this growing need for technology support, Duane Glover, Technical Support Specialist for the College of Arts & Sciences, implemented an intensive Technology Boot Camp for the literacy coaches and graduate students participating in the 2013 Summer Reading Program. Additionally, dedicated on-site technical support was made available for ongoing training and support for the duration of the program. The Technology Boot Camp and the subsequent support sessions covered:

  • Camera setup and use
  • Downloading video from cameras
  • Video file formats and conversion options
  • Resources for editing videos
  • Simple editing of videos (rotate, clip, etc)
  • Blackboard video uploads (supported by a Kaltura video hosting server)
  • PowerPoint (Inserting Audio/video objects)

Pre and post program surveys were provided to the attendees of the Technology Boot Camp to collect feedback to guide future training programs and provide a baseline to assess whether the training proved to be useful to the attendees. To view a report summarizing and highlighting the survey results click here.

With the successful outcomes that were obtained at this year’s Summer Reading Program, we would like to include technology training and direct support every year. We also successfully integrated 3 Apple iPad mini tablets into the program to replace the aging Flip video cameras and would like to add more iPads in the future. The iPads enabled the coaches, graduate students and children to engage in digital audio and video projects that enhanced their learning experience and demonstrated their understanding in many different ways. It is also important for prospective teachers to have sufficient time, support and resources to prepare for implementing the iPad into their curriculum.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

New Features in Blackboard (Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9)
This Spring we will be upgrading Bb to Service Pack 9. In this workshop you will learn about all of the new features in Bb9.1 Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
*Thursday Dec. 13, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Online)
*Tuesday Dec. 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (Online)

Creating Rich Media for Online Use
This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Quality Matters (QM) On-line Courses
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses. The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
*Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Online)

Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!
Wednesday, Dec. 5,  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
*Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Online)

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
*Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Online)

To register for these workshops:

  • Log into MySJU (https://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf ).
  • Click on the “School Services” tab.
  • In the “Employee Training” section, locate the “ATDL Workshops” heading.
  • Click on the plus sign next toBlackboardto view the available workshops.
  • Click “Register”

Bb Workshops for November 2012

Five new Bb Workshops have been scheduled for November 2012.

To register for these workshops:

  1. Log into MySJU (https://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf )
  2. Click on the School Services Tab
  3. In the “Employee Training” area locate “ATDL Workshops”
  4. Click on the plus sign ( + ) next to “Blackboard” to view the available workshops
  5. Click “Register”

New Features in Blackboard (Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9)
This Spring we will be upgrading Bb to Service Pack 9. In this workshop you will learn about all of the new features in Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 29, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   New Features in Bb Service Pack 9

Creating Rich Media for Online Use
This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM   Creating Rich Media
Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Creating Rich Media
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1:00 PM – 2:30   Creating Rich Media
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Creating Rich Media

Quality Matters (QM) On-line Courses
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses. The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Monday, Nov. 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Thursday, Nov. 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)

Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM   Bb Collaborate
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Bb Collaborate

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Grade Center
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM   Grade Center

How to Zip and Unzip Files on the Mac Platform (Part 2)

This post is Part 2 of “How to Zip and Unzip Files.” To view Part 1 click here.

Q. What is a Zip file and why should I use it?

A. Zip is a common file format used for data compression and archiving files. The Zip format was first implemented way back in 1989 and in later years adopted by both Microsoft and Apple for incorporation into their operating systems.

In the early days of the internet, file transfer speeds and storage capacity were only a fraction of our current capabilities. Zipping Word or Excel files could reduce their size by up to 80% and the benefits were obvious. Even today, compressing files helps to dramatically speed transfers and reduce storage demands as well as ensure that files attached to an email message can still be opened successfully at their destination.

Benefits of zipping files:

  1. Collect a number of files into a single, easily managed archive file.
  2. Reduce the size of a file or group of files.
  3. Ensure the integrity of the files attached to an email message.

 

Q. My Apple computer does not have WinZip. How do I open a “zipped” file?

A. Zip compression is now a built-in feature of the Mac operating system, so the WinZip application is not required to zip or unzip.

To open or unzip a zip archive in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7):

  1. Double-click the zip archive file.
  2. The unzipped file or folder will be placed at the same folder level as the zipped file.

Screenshot of how to open a zip archive on Mac OS X.

 

To zip a file or folder of files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7):

  1. Right-click a file or folder of files.
  2. Select “Compress” from the pop-up menu.
  3. The result is a new Zip archive file with the same name as the original file or folder, but with the “.zip” file extension appended to the name.

Screenshot of how to create a new zip archive on Mac OS X.

How to Zip and Unzip on Your Windows 7 Computer (Part 1)

Q. My new SJU computer has the Windows 7 operating system and does not have WinZip. How do I open a “zipped” file?

A. Zip compression is now a built-in feature of the Windows 7 operating system, so the WinZip application is no longer required to zip or unzip.

To open or unzip a zip archive in Windows 7:

  1. Right-click the zip archive file.
  2. Select “Extract All…” from the pop-up menu.
  3. Specify the name and location of the folder for the extracted files.
  4. Click the “Extract” button or press the “Enter” key.
  5. If the “Show extracted files when complete” box is checked, as in the screenshot below, a new folder window will be opened to display the unzipped files.

Screenshot of extracting files from a zip archive in Windows 7

 

To zip a file or folder of files Windows 7:

  1. Right-click a file or folder of files.
  2. Select “Send to” from the pop-up menu.
  3. Then select “Compressed (zipped) folder” from the additional pop-up menu.
  4. The result is a new Zip archive file with the same name as the original file or folder, but with the “.zip” file extension appended to the name.

Screenshot of creating a new zip archive in Windows 7.

 

In Part 2 we’ll review the steps to zip and unzip on the Mac platform and talk a bit more about what exactly a “zipped” file is and its importance in computing more efficiently.

Blackboard Workshops Offered by Al Labonis of ATDL

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Basic” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Thursday Sep 6, 2:30-4:00 Bb Basics Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Monday Sep 17, 8:00-9:30 Bb Basics Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Thursday Sep 27, 9:30-11:00 Bb Basics Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class.

You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students.

You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday Sep 4, 3:30-5:00 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Sep 12, 9:00-10:30 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Thursday Sep 27, 11:30-1:00 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

· Have a general knowledge of how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.

· Have a working knowledge of how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep 10, 1:30-3:00 Bb Wimba Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Monday Sep 17, 1:30-3:00 Bb Wimba Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Sep 26, 3:30-5:00 Bb Wimba Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Creating Rich Media for Online Use

This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.

The Bb9.1 “Creating Rich Media” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep 17, 10:00-11:30 Creating Rich Media Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Tuesday Sep 25, 11:30-1:00 Creating Rich Media Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Rubrics

The Bb Rubrics tool allows you to specify criteria and performance levels for grading, providing clear guidelines for students, instructors, and teach assistants.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Rubrics” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep 26, 11:00-12:30 Bb Rubric Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.

There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.

We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep 10, 10:00-11:30 Bb Assessments Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Monday Sep 13, 9:00-10:30 Bb Assessments Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.

The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.

Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep 5, 9:00-10:30 Grade Center Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Tuesday Sep 11, 1:00-2:30 Grade Center Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Safe Assign

SafeAssign is a valuable tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course.

SafeAssign compares your students’ work with previously submitted papers and published works from several databases, including, Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Institutional document archives with papers submitted by students at your institution, Global Reference Database with papers voluntarily submitted by students from Blackboard® client institutions.

Once a paper is submitted in SafeAssign, a report is generated that indicates the percentage of the paper that matches existing sources. This overall score can be an indicator that you need to review the paper more closely.

The SafeAssign report also shows the suspected source for each section of the paper that returns a match, allowing you to easily investigate whether the text was properly attributed.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Safe Assign” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep 12, 11:00-12:30 Bb SafeAssign Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Quality Matters (QM) On-line courses

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses.

The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom.

In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.

The Bb9.1 “Quality Matters (QM)” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Thursday Sep 13, 11:00-12:30 Quality Matters (QM) Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard Collaborate

This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!

The Bb9.1 “Bb Collaborate” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday Sep 11, 11:00-12:30 Bb Collaborate Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Sep 26, 2:00-3:30 Bb Collaborate Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Communicating with Students

This workshop will focus on how to communicate with students using various Blackboard features, including Announcements and Private Message.

You will also learn the appropriate application for these features, as well as some strategies to consider.

Thursday Sep 27, 2:00-3:30 Bb Communicating with Students Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Oct 3, 11:00-12:30 Bb Communicating with Students Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Turning Storm Water Challenges into Opportunities: A Workshop for Homeowners

To celebrate the anniversary of the installation of Saint Joseph’s University’s first green roof, the University partnered with Lower Merion Conservancy in inviting homeowners from the surrounding areas to a free workshop funded by a grant from the Department of Energy on November 18-19 — “Turning Storm Water Challenges into Opportunities: A Workshop for Homeowners.” The workshop was considered a success and well attended.

On Friday night, a keynote address was delivered by Carol Franklin,Principal of Andropogon Associates – ‘Metropolitan Paradise- The Wissahickon Valley.’  On Saturday, throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to attend panel discussions on storm water solutions, toured SJU’s green roof system and learned about rain gardens, rain barrels and meadows as management systems for storm water issues.  The workshop concluded with a tour of Villanova’s storm
water management system. Presenters included members from Saint Joseph’s University, Lower Merion Conservancy, PA Environmental Council, Philadelphia Water Department, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Natural Lands Trust, Cramer Design Associates, Andropogon Associates, Montgomery County Conservation District & Villanova University.

Dr. Mike McCann explained how, “Green roof systems provide a wide range of benefits including reduced energy use and increased energy efficiency.  Basic green roofs usually involve a structure built on an existing roof that includes a waterproofing membrane and additional layers of root barrier and drainage systems.  Growing medium and specialized plant vegetation is then added to that structure.”

SJU’s green roof system on the Science Center permits the direct, side by side comparison of four green roofs.  This novel, ‘many roofs on one building’ approach will provide valuable data on the various systems in use in Southeastern Pennsylvania”. “What really makes the roof unique is that built into it are sensors and other instruments that measure and track factors such as heat retention, heat flux inside and outside the building, water retention and more. Over time, Dr. McCann said, researchers, including SJU students, will be able to study whether there are “real performance differences.” Green roofs are said to lessen the urban heat effect, help in storm water management and decrease building energy.

Blackboard Workshops for September 2011

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please RSVP to labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Thursday Sep, 8           4:30-6:00   Bb Getting Started

Wednesday Sep, 14     2:00-3:30   Bb Getting Started

Thursday Sep, 22         4:30-6:00   Bb Getting Started

Tuesday Sep, 27          1:00-2:30   Bb Getting Start

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.

The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.

Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please RSVP to labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep, 12          11:00-12:30     Bb Grade Center

Tuesday Sep, 13          1:00-2:30         Bb Grade Center

Thursday Sep, 15         4:30-6:00         Bb Grade Center

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a general knowledge of  how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.
  • Have a working knowledge of  how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please RSVP to labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep, 7       2:00-3:30     Bb Wimba

Tuesday Sep, 20          1:00-2:30     Bb Wimba

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class.  You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students.  You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please RSVP to labonis@sju.edul to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep, 12          4:30-6:00    Bb Blogs and Wiki

Wednesday Sep, 21     2:00-3:30    Bb Blogs and Wiki

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.

There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.

We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please RSVP to labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep, 19          11:00-12:30    Bb Assessments

Monday Sep, 26          11:00-12:30    Bb Assessments

Wednesday Sep, 28     2:00-3:30        Bb Assessments

Al Labonis, Blackboard Administrator, Office of Information Technology