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 will take place online, via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, at the times in the schedule for current sessions 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 JUL 2020:

Participant Link for all sessions:

Please use the Google Chrome Browser

Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Getting Started with Learn


Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Getting Started with Learn


·        Navigation Overview (Global Navigation, Tabs & Modules, etc.)

·        My Blackboard, Notifications, Email, and Messages

·        Course Navigation

·        Course Menu & Course Customization

·        Student Preview

·        Announcements, Instructor Contact Information

·        Calendar


Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Content


Wednesday, July 15, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Content



·        Course Organization

·        Items, Folders, Learning Modules, and Lesson Plans

·        Content Editor

·        Mashups (e.g., YouTube™, SlideShare™, and Flickr™)

·        Course Links, Tool links, and Web Links

·        Course Files: Upload, Organize, and Overwrite


Thursday, July 16, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Assignments & Rubrics


Thursday, July 16, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Assignments & Rubrics


·        Assignments

o   Create, Manage, and Grade

o   Inline Grading

o   Create and Link Rubrics

o   Individual and Group Assignments

o   SafeAssignments™ and SafeAssign Reports

·        Rubrics

o   Create and assign

o   Grading


Friday, July 17, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Q & A

This session is open for questions about creating courses in Learn.


Friday, July 17, 2:00 pm- 3:00pm, Test & Quizzes


Monday, July 20, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Test & Quizzes


·        Create Tests and Surveys

·        Question Types: Auto Graded and Instructor Graded

·        Reuse Questions: Pools, Random Blocks, and Question Sets

·        Advanced Test Creation Settings

·        Deploy Tests and Student Exceptions

·        Due Date Exceptions

·        View Assessment Item Analysis Statistics


Monday, July 20, 1:30pm – 2:30 pm, Communicating with Students


Tuesday, July 21, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Communicating with Students


·        Discussion Board

·        Announcements

·        Messages

·        Email

·        Calendar


Tuesday, July 21, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Mastering the Grade Center


Wednesday, July 22, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Mastering the Grade Center


·        Columns and Manual Grade Entry

·        Configure Default Total or Weighted Total Columns

·        Column Options and Organization

·        Anonymous & Delegated Grading

·        Grading Periods and Smart Views

·        Letter Schemas

·        Add Additional Calculated Columns

·        Grading Exceptions & Color Coding

·        Download Grade Center to Excel

·        Grade from Activity


Wednesday, July 22, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Groups


Thursday, July 23, 8:30 am – 9:30am, Groups


·        Create and Manage Groups

·        Advanced Group Creation and Management

·        Group Tools

·        Group Options for Adaptive Release and Smart Views

·        Monitor Participation and Grading


Thursday, July 23, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Collaborate


Friday, July 24, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Collaborate


·        Create a Session from a course

·        Attendance

·        Recording

·        Settings

·        Polling

Friday, July 24, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Q & A

Open question and answer session.