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Center for Teaching Excellence

CTE Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology Workshops

As part of the Center for Teaching Excellence mission, we offer workshops to faculty in the adoption and use of technology to enrich teaching in and out of the classroom. Unless otherwise noted, sessions take place from 1215 - 1345 in room 414 of Jefferson Library.
The schedule for current sessions is located at the bottom of the page.
We ask that you sign-up for these workshops so that we will know the number of attendees for planning purposes. Click the CTE Workshop Sign-up button below. This will re-direct you to the Instructional Technology Workshops sharepoint sign-up page on the CTE Sharepoint site. You may have to enter your O365 credentials to authenticate.

In the Instructional Technology Workshops sharepoint module, click the CTE/IT Workshop Sign-up link and choose your preferred session(s) from the drop-down menu in the resulting pop-up window. When you click Save after making your choice, your name and session choice will be recorded internally. Each session choice requires a separate registration and all registrations will be confirmed via an email to your USMA email account. Please Note: Since the workflow requested in the pop-up is on an internal site, this sign-up process only works within the USMA network.
More information about standard workshops is located in the schedule below.


Workshops for the month of SEP 2019:
Introduction to Blackboard 9.1-1 09/10/2019 12:15 PM-13:30 PM (JH121)
Introduction to Blackboard 9.1-1 09/17/2019 12:15 PM-13:30 PM (JH121)
Using Respondus Test/Survey Editor and Respondus Lockdown Browser 09/24/2019 12:15 PM-13:30 PM (JH121)

CTE Instructional Technology Workshop Descriptions

Blackboard I:  Introduction to Blackboard 9.1

Introduction to Blackboard provides an overview of the most commonly used features of the Blackboard course management system. The workshop consists of a demonstration and discussion of the faculty and student interfaces and building courses. Participants learn the features and functionality of the software.

Blackboard 2:  Creating and Managing Discussions and Assessments in Blackboard 9.1

This workshop is designed as a follow up to the Introduction to Blackboard workshop. The workshop will focus on the use of asynchronous and synchronous discussions to enhance teaching and learning and provides an overview of the assessment and survey features of Blackboard. This consists of a brief demonstration of a discussion and an assessment created in Blackboard followed by hands-on experience building discussions and assessments.

Using the Respondus Test Editor and Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus is a Windows-based authoring tool that makes it easy to create and manage exams and surveys for Blackboard Learn. 

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard. When students use LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. This workshop demonstrates the use of both applications.

Turning Technologies Turningpoint 8 is a web-enabled version of the TurningPoint software already in use at USMA. TurningPoint 8 mobile solution requires a PC or Macintosh computer to create response sessions and can then enroll any combination of web-enabled devices as "clickers," allowing participants to view and respond to interactive questions.