Faculty Training

Faculty Training

The Center for Online Learning & Teaching Technology will be offering various training on Quality Matters, Blackboard Learn and other supported tools. These sessions are open to all UTRGV faculty interested in learning more about Blackboard Learn and how they can apply it to their courses and beneficial for faculty who are currently teaching or will be teaching fully online or hybrid courses in the near future.

The training that we offered are listed below, please check our training website for specific dates and times.  If you need to request a special training session for a group of faculty or staff, please submit a  Faculty Help Request.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop

Goes over how to Apply the Quality Matters Rubric. This rubric introduces participants to best practices, instructional design, and research-based design principles of an online/hybrid course to ensure quality assurance.  This workshop is required if you are planning to teach online.

Date Time Location Register
August 6th - 20th N/A Online Sign Up!
August 16th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Sign Up!
September 6th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Sign Up!
September 10th - 24th N/A Online Sign Up!
October 4th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Sign Up!
October 8th - 22nd N/A Online Sign Up!
November 1st 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Sign Up!
November 5th - 19th N/A Online Sign Up!
December 3rd - 17th N/A Online Sign Up!
December 6th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Sign Up!

Blackboard Ally

This new integration will allow faculty to check the accessibility of files uploaded to Blackboard. This tool will also provide guidance to improve the accessibility of your files and generate alternative accessible formats for students. 

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
Sep 12 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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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
Aug 21 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
Aug 23 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online Online
Sep 11 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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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
Aug 22 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
Aug 23 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Online Online
Sep 19 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
Oct 16 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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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
Sep 13 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM Online Online
Sep 18 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
Oct 17 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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Blackboard Advanced - Rubrics

Are your students capable of better quality work than their current submissions? Are you searching for a way to end the rough-is-my-final-draft pandemic? Are you ready to maximize the impact of your rubrics?

Join us as we explore the anatomy of a scaffolded rubric to transform one of your own! To get the most out of this session, be sure to bring a rubric you plan on using in an upcoming module or term. It would be ideal to bring a range of samples from previous submissions if they are available.

There are currently no scheduled upcoming trainings. Please contact the COLTT office for assistance.

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

The purpose of this training is to aid faculty in the use of Bb Collaborate Ultra for synchronous class delivery. Faculty will become acquainted with its tools and features. In addition, this training will cover best practices and techniques in the implementation of Bb Collaborate Ultra into the classroom.  Bb Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with participants. Bb Collaborate Ultra is an integrated tool within Blackboard Learn and is available to all courses. Bb Collaborate Ultra now opens right in your browser, so students and yourself do not have to install any software to join a session.

There are currently no scheduled upcoming trainings. Please contact the COLTT office for assistance.

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Panopto Basics

The Basic Training Webinar is designed for new users and beginners who would like to learn how to use the Panopto software. This webinar will cover creating, managing, and editing sessions as well as navigating the Panopto interface.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
Aug 22 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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Respondus Test Generator and Lockdown Browser/Monitor

Creating quizzes and exams is often a time-consuming task, but Respondus takes much of the difficulty out of it. With Respondus, instructors can import test questions from a word document, and the program will convert the document to a format that is ready to upload to Blackboard- no more copying and pasting.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
Oct 9 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
Oct 18 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM Online* Online*

* This is a special session on Test Generator for Mac users.

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SoftChalk Cloud

Create, customize and personalize content by mashing up your own materials with rich media, interactive exercises, quizzes, and text.

The combination of personalized content, embedded assessment, interactivity, and immediate student feedback increases student engagement and improves learning outcomes.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
Oct 10 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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Top Hat

Introduction to Top Hat - We'll cover the basics of Top Hat, from creating your account and setting up your first course, to advanced features like adding a TA and managing sections. Attend this webinar if you're brand new to Top Hat, or if you've gotten started on your own but want to review or ask questions.

New Top Hat Gradebook - The new gradebook is still a work in progress so you will be able to navigate between the old and new grade book as you wish, but we are also excited to share the new and existing features we have in the new gradebook view. This webinar will cover the new gradebook features and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Active Learning Webinars with Top Hat - Join us for an hour packed with active learning tips and tricks designed for UTRGV faculty. You will learn: the benefits of active learning, how Top Hat can boost student engagement and how to build student comprehension before, during, and after class. Sign Up!

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Turning Technologies

This training will cover the setup of Turning Point, how faculty use the receiver, how to create a polling presentation in PowerPoint and how to integrate or create sessions.

There are currently no scheduled upcoming trainings. Please contact the COLTT office for assistance.

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Ask COLTT

Join the COLTT team and ask any questions that you may have related to Blackboard or any of our supported tools such as Collaborate, SoftChalk, Respondus Lockdown Browser, etc.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
Sep 20 12:20 PM - 1:50 PM Online Online

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