Get up to Speed with Blackboard

Start off the new semester by finding out what’s new in Blackboard!  Resolve to learn and use one new feature this year.

On-site training
All on-site workshops will be held is Science 129. Please RSVP to Al Labonis at

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.

January 11           2:00-3:30
January 13           2:00-3:30

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.

January 13           10:00 – 11:30
January 14           10:00 – 11:30

Online Training

Get geared up to use Campus Pack’s social media tools at your institution by attending a free training.  In this one-hour webinar, Learning Objects’ educational technology strategist, Dr. Nancy Rubin will discuss how to implement social media assignments and activities using Campus Pack 4.4 within your LMS.

What: Campus Pack 4 training
When: Several dates scheduled
Cost: No charge

Sign up here!

On Demand Training

Blackboard’s Tutorials for using the Assessment features
This page includes video and PDF tutorials for using Blackboard’s Grade Center, Tests and Surveys, and Assignment features.

Wikis vs. Blogs

Wikis are websites enabling multiple users to create and edit content. Although wikis can be created by single users, they are generally used for collaborative projects. A wiki is most useful when creating a community accessible site, where constructive criticism is encouraged. In general, wikis work well when you have a fairly limited number of people contributing content, and a larger body of readers.

A blog is an online journal that an individual creates. Blogs allow for a much tighter focus on editorial control. The editor can disable comments, for instance. Even with comments enabled, they typically are not shown when a visitor comes to the site – the visitor has to choose to view comments.

Both tools provide a platform for feedback – blogs do it in the form of comments, while wikis do it by letting users directly edit the contents of a given page.

Below is a lighthearted look at the differences between the two (not a political commentary!) Enjoy~

Training Opportunities

Be sure to take advantage of the many training workshops offered by I.T. on
the new Blackboard 9 platform. Contact Al Labonis (
to reserve your spot. All Blackboard workshops will be held in Science 129 (On
the ground floor of the Science Building)

Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started:

September 22, 2010      5:00-6:30
October 4 2010              
October 12, 2010          
October 14, 2010          
October 19, 2010         

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

September 28, 2010     10:30-12:00
September 29, 2010      5:00-6:30
October 7, 2010            
October 20, 2010          5:00-6:30
October 26, 2010         

For additional I.T. Training opportunities in MS Office products, you can
register online by following these steps:

Login to MySJU using your username and password
Click on the School Services tab
Click on the link on the lower right hand side under Information Technology that
reads Enroll for Technology Training
From the  Class Type drop down, select Technical
From the Subject drop down, select the desired course
Choose Search
To register for a course click the Register Class button