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11 October 2006

Blackboard Intro Workshop October 18--

The Office of Distance Education is offering an Introductory Blackboard Training Workshop for faculty, staff, and administrators at JSU. This workshop is intended to familiarize you with the Blackboard e-learning software platform that delivers a powerful, user-friendly environment for online or supplemental online 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. **We will also be including some NEW functionality related to our recent upgrade to Blackboard 7.1**

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

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

  • Use of the Visual Text Box Editor (formerly WYSIWYG) Toolbar that allows instructors & students to copy/paste content into Bb without losing any formatting, or having to know HTML.
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 Wednesday, October 18, 2006 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 email to Dr. Sherri Restauri ( with "Enroll in Introductory Bb Workshop", and include your first and last name in the body of your email.

Please submit your request no later than Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at noon. You will receive a confirmation email 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 Workshop for Instructors webpage at: or you may contact me directly. Thank you for your interest in Distance Education!

*****Blackboard Instructors! Check out the 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.

Dr. Sherri Restauri
Director, Office of Distance Education
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Department
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265
Phone: (256) 782-8172
or 1-800-231-JAX1

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