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New Webinar, Update Featured in Upcoming How-To Sessions

SHSU Online is pleased to offer a number of faculty development opportunities for April 2018. This month we have a brand new webinar and an update for one of our self-paced online options. Be sure to go to our sign-up page to enroll.

First, we are offering a brand new webinar to assist with student engagement in faculty members' Blackboard courses.

teachingmodesEngaging Students

Do you ever feel like your students are not engaging with your online or blended course? Encouraging students to engage with you, your content, and each other can seem like a wrestling match. This webinar covers strategies and methods that can help increase student engagement in your online course. This one-hour webinar touches on:

  • placing yourself and your students in the course,
  • personalized learning
  • personalization without confusion
  • feedback
  • the “tools of engagement”

SHSU Online is offering two of these sessions in April, so pick the day that works best for your schedule and enroll!

We are also bringing back one of our popular self-paced online options with an important update.

Multimedia in Your Blackboard Courses – Interactive Video Quiz Update

Kaltura has released an update for its interactive video quiz tool. For over a year, Kaltura has had the ability to create interactive video quizzes from any video you create or upload into the “My Media” area in Blackboard. Kaltura has updated this tool with an easier-to-use editor and the ability to sync quiz grades to the Blackboard Grade Center. Enroll in this self-paced development course in Blackboard to learn more.

Below you will find the full schedule for April, as well as descriptions for each offering.

Faculty Development - March 2018

Fully Online Self-Paced

Blackboard Ally: Making Course Content Accessible

This online, self-paced series allows instructors to learn how to utilize the Blackboard Ally tool to improve course content accessibility. Online materials and activities will guide participants through the instructor workflow, how to interpret accessibility scores and reports, universal design for learning and how to improve file accessibility. For more information about Blackboard Ally, see the article in last August’s edition of the newsletter

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

This fully-online, self-paced series is designed to familiarize Blackboard instructors with how to use Blackboard Collaborate's new Ultra Experience in their Blackboard courses. This course covers:

  • Web conferencing as it applies to education
  • The continuous release cycle as it applies to Collaborate
  • Comparing and contrasting session roles in the Ultra experience
  • Navigating and participating in a session using the Ultra experience
  • Setting up a Collaborate session in the Ultra experiences
  • Use Moderator tools to facilitate a Collaborate session in the Ultra experience

Successful completion of this course awards the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra certification.



VoiceThread is a Blackboard enabled, collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in five ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Participants will learn how to Add VoiceThread to their course, set up the VoiceThread link and grade student work. For more information on VoiceThread, check out this video.

Blackboard Grade Center Best Practices

This one-hour webinar covers some key points and best practices to remember when you are working with your grade center in Blackboard. Topics covered include common reasons that lead to miscalculation of grades for students, grade center columns (the ins and outs), extra credit, what those grade center icons stand for, and more.