IT Training Update

IT Training Rolls Out Formalized Blackboard Training for Students

As you are no doubt aware, Saint Joseph’s University upgraded to Blackboard 9.1 at the beginning of this semester. In order to further support this transition, and to ensure a more comprehensive utilization of the CMS, Information Technology began offering Blackboard training for students.

While students have always been able to receive answers to their Blackboard questions by contacting the Student Help Desk, formal training in this area has been completely lacking. In the past, this responsibility fell to faculty members or to the students themselves.

Training sessions were conducted at orientations and in classrooms at the request of faculty members. On average, these sessions ran about 20 minutes in length, and covered everything from the basics to more advanced topics like Blogs and Wikis.

A total of 11 sessions were presented, and 302 students received training. IT Training wishes to thank the faculty members who took advantage of this opportunity, and would like you all to know that this service will be available on an ongoing basis.

Faculty members wishing to schedule Blackboard training for their current or upcoming classes are asked to contact Ben Jezierski, IT Training Coordinator at Ext. 3386, or by e-mail at

IT Training Opportunities: Fall 2010

Want to create professional-looking Word documents?
Want to get more out of your Excel spreadsheets?
Want to create PowerPoint presentations that pop?

The Office of Information Technology is offering free day and evening Microsoft Office workshops for all SJU faculty, staff and students.

Topics for these workshops include:
• Understanding the Basics of Microsoft Word
• Creating Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel
• Creating Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint
• And MANY more
Check out the current IT Training schedule for a complete list of workshops, course descriptions, and information on how to register at

Can’t find what you’re looking for? SJU’s IT Training department will also develop custom training to suit the needs of your department, class or student study group.

IT Training has worked with admins, professors and directors to produce quality and time-sensitive training geared toward their specific needs.

Many students have also taken advantage of custom Microsoft Word and PowerPoint training to help them produce professional-quality papers and eye catching PowerPoint presentations for their classes.

For further information, or to talk about YOUR training needs, contact Ben Jezierski, IT Training Coordinator by phone at (610)660-3386, or by e-mail at

Blackboard 9.1

Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started:

All Blackboard courses from previous semesters have been imported into Bb9.1.

Any faculty teaching over the summer will continue using Bb7.3

To begin preparing faculty members for the move to Bb 9.1, ITDL is offering workshops to introduce the new platform.

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Creating Content and Control; Panel.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform some of the basic operations in the new platform.

The Bb9 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science Center 129.

August 24 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

August 25 10:00-11:30 Getting Started

August 26 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

The Bb9 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science 129.

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Learn 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.

August 24 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

August 25 2:00-3:30 Grade Center

August 31 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

Please reply to to schedule.