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Fall lunch-hour events for instructors to cover technology topics, teaching tools

To help faculty, instructors and teaching support staff leverage the latest Blackboard Learn features and other technology tools, ITaP is hosting multiple “Brown Bag Events” this semester on teaching and learning topics.

The hour-long sessions, which include demonstrations by ITaP educational technologists, begin Thursday, Aug. 29 with an overview of the upgrade to Blackboard Learn Service Pack 10/11 (SP11).

All sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. Food is not provided, but may be acquired on the main floor of Stewart Center or the basement of the Memorial Union. Those interested in attending are asked to reserve a seat through the ITaP Training Calendar. Questions about Brown Bag Events or topics can be directed to tlt-consulting@purdue.edu.

More sessions will be added during the semester on topics such as organizing student email communication, selecting video capture tools, user activity tracking in Blackboard Learn, and web conferencing. Currently scheduled sessions include:

Blackboard SP11 Upgrade Overview: A review of the new features included in the latest Blackboard Learn upgrade. Items to be covered include a new content editor, item analysis for assessments, accessibility enhancements, a simplified file picker and more.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Monday, Sept. 23

Adaptive Release for Assessments: The Adaptive Release feature within Blackboard Learn allows instructors to control the release of course material to specific students based on preselected conditions. This session will discuss best practices for using Adaptive Release and provide training on how to create simple and complex Adaptive Release rules.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Best Practices for Implementing Assessments: This session will cover ideas and best practices for leveraging technology to administer assessments. Topics include Blackboard Learn assessments, rubrics, Respondus LockDown Browser and automated feedback tools.

Monday, Oct. 28

Student Assignment Tools Part 1: Best Practices for Wikis: A discussion on ways to enhance classroom use of wikis by both instructors and students. This session will cover how to choose student assignments that best utilize this collaborative tool. Examples of exemplary wikis will be provided and discussed in terms of setup, use and impact on student learning.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Student Assignment Tools Part 2: Student Writing Tools: This session looks at the type of student outcomes desired for writing assignments and selection of appropriate online tools such as journals, blogs, wikis and Gradient, a Purdue-developed Web-based writing and peer assessment tool.

Monday, Nov. 18

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Source: Suzanne Ahlersmeyer, instructional designer, ITaP, 765-496-7403, smahlers@purdue,.edu

Last updated: Aug. 13, 2013