Training Sessions for Summer 2020 Courses

The Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology is providing a series of professional development sessions to help faculty prepare for going online this Summer 2020.

Who is this training for?

  • Faculty new to online learning who would like to become familiar with best practices.
  • Those who want a refresher on the topics shared.

Trainings include:

The purpose of these sessions is to provide faculty the support needed to design an effective online course and introduce tools that will help facilitate, deliver, and manage online courses. The workshops will cover topics such as course structure, copyright, accessibility, and will explore data-driven online strategies and practical tips for applying them to your online courses.

  1. Blackboard Basics
  2. Blackboard Intermediate
  3. Blackboard Advanced (Grade Center)
  4. Online Course Design
  5. Online Course Delivery

To register, please visit the  UTRGV Training Services Portal

All 5 trainings comprise a larger professional development package for faculty who have not completed the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop and will be teaching this Summer 2020. It does not replace Quality Matters training.

Leverage our Templates

We also have weekly templates available for faculty to use that follow the 5.5 week and 10 week schedule. You don’t have to build from scratch: these templates are designed to help you meet Quality Matters Standards. Having consistent and logical navigation and structure helps students easily find their needed materials and increases self-efficacy. The goal is to organize content in logical units, weeks, or modules, in which each module is organized around a major topic and contains relevant objectives, material, and associated activities. To access this template, please let your assigned Instructional Designer know.


Blackboard Basics

This training is designed to help faculty members develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to use Blackboard Learn. This is Part 1 of 2 and covers the basics of Blackboard navigation, creating, editing, and deleting items, folders, etc.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
April 22 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online
April 23 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online
April 28 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online
April 29 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online

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Blackboard Intermediate

This training will add on to the skills learned in the Blackboard Basics training and help faculty members dive deeper into Blackboard Learn. This series will cover Discussion Board, Rubrics, Assignments, Gradebook, and Needs Grading.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
April 22 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online
April 24 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online
April 28 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online
April 30 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online

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Blackboard Advanced (Grade Center)

This training will cover the various features from the Blackboard Grade Center. From creating a regular and/or calculated column to assigning letter grades.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
April 23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online
April 24 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online
April 29 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online
April 30 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online

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Online Course Design

The purpose of the Online Course Design session is to provide faculty the support needed to design an effective online course. During the session, participants will explore online course design best practices, including learning objectives, assessments, activities, and tools. The workshop also touches on topics such as course structure, copyright, and accessibility.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
April 21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online Online
April 22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online Online
April 23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online Online
April 24 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online Online
April 29 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online Online
April 30 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online Online

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Online Course Delivery

The purpose of the Online Course Delivery session is to provide faculty with the support needed to facilitate and deliver an online course. During the session, we will explore different types of presence we can create and practical tips for applying them to our online courses.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
April 21 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online Online
April 22 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online Online
April 23 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online Online
April 24 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online Online
April 29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online Online
April 30 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Online Online

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