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
October 5th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Campus Sign Up!
Oct. 9th - 23rd N/A Online Sign Up!
Nov. 2nd 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Campus Sign Up!
Nov. 6th - 20th N/A Online Sign Up!
Dec. 7th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Campus Sign Up!
Jan. 11th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Campus Sign Up!
Jan. 11th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Campus Sign Up!
Feb. 1st 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Campus Sign Up!
Feb. 5th - 19th N/A Online Sign Up!
March 22nd 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Campus Sign Up!
April 5th 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brownsville Campus Sign Up!
April 9th - 23rd N/A Online Sign Up!
May 10 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburg Campus Sign Up!
May 14th - 28 N/A Online Sign Up!

Quality Matters Sixth Edition Rubric Update

This free self-paced training is designed for individuals who have completed the fifth edition workshop of the Quality Matters Rubric. The rubric update will introduce the differences between the Fifth Edition Rubric and Sixth Edition Rubric. It will also discuss the changes that have been made to the Course Worksheet and Course Review Management System. This course takes approximately two hours to complete. 

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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
September 20th 12:15 PM - 1:45 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
September 5th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
October 31st 12:15 PM - 1:45 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
September 6th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
November 1st 12:15 PM - 1:45 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
October 10th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
November 28th 12:15 PM - 1:45 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.

Date Time Brownsville Campus Edinburg Campus
October 11th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM 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.

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


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
September 19th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202
November 29th 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BCASA 617 EEDUC 2.202

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Tegrity

This training is meant to aid faculty in recording lessons, lectures, and skills for traditional, hybrid and online courses. It will cover the basic features of Tegrity, providing the opportunity to learn how to create a recording, edit a recording and make the recording available to students in Blackboard Learn.

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

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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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