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16 January 2007

Introductory Blackboard Training Workshop

The Office of Distance Education is offering the first Introductory Blackboard Training Workshop of the semester for faculty, staff, and administrators. This workshop is intended to familiarize users with the Blackboard e-learning software platform that delivers a powerful, user-friendly environment for online teaching and learning, as well as a supplement for videoconference and traditional classroom teaching and learning.

Goals of this workshop include:
  • Provide an overview of online learning policies such as copyright and instructional design, as well as online student characteristics.

  • Familiarization with the navigation structure and basic course design in Blackboard.

  • Practice adding course documents such as PowerPoint and Word files to your course through multiple methods.

  • Configuration of basic course settings in the Blackboard system.
There is no fee for this workshop, and it is open to faculty, staff, and administrators who may be interested in using the Blackboard platform, who need a refresher with any of the topics described above, or who would like to learn about the many valuable features available in Blackboard.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, Room 174 - Self Hall from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Further information about this workshop will be provided upon registration. To register for this workshop, please send an e-mail to Misty Cobb ( with "Enroll in Introductory Bb Workshop" in the subject line. Please be sure to include your first and last name in the body of the e-mail.

Please submit your request by no later than Monday, January 22, 2007 at noon. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that you have been enrolled into the workshop with additional information prior to the day of the training.

If you have any questions or need further information on workshops provided, please refer to the Blackboard Workshops for Instructors Web page Blackboard Workshops for Instructors or you may contact Misty Cobb directly at or 256-782-8127.

Thank you for your interest in Distance Education!

**************    IMPORTANT NOTE    **************

The Office of distance Education has restructured its Blackboard Workshop series. There are now 4 levels of workshops, Level I - Basic Content & Navigation, Level II - Advanced Content, Level III - Communication & Student Management Tools, and Level IV - Assessment. The new structure reflects our efforts to better serve our faculty and staff.

*****Blackboard Instructors! Check out the NEW Bb faculty training webpage for tutorials, handouts, a Demo Course, and more: Faculty Resources.

***Need information on Instructional Design, Copyright, Student Advisement, Software Training, and more? Review the new Faculty Teaching Resources website at: Faculty Teaching Resources.

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