These descriptions comprise starting points. Feel free to fashion your consultation with only part of the description, by combining parts of various workshops, or by creating your own topic. We want to be as flexible as possible. Use the contact information to set up sessions at the time and place of your preference. The Center for Teaching with Technology workshop space is in the Cheng Library 120k. To set up an appointment please contact either Tony or Jae.

Teaching with Blackboard - The Blackboard InterfaceCourse Design - Accessibility

Tony Krucinski
Department Administrator
Email: krucsinskit@wpunj.edu
Phone: 973 720-2659
Jae Kim
Sr. Instructional Designer
Email: kimj@wpunj.edu
Phone: 973 720-2937

Teaching with Blackboard

Academic Integrity

We’ll discuss issues related to academic integrity as they pertain to traditional, hybrid and online courses. We’ll offer on how and when to address academic integrity concerns and violations with students, with suggestions offered on how to dissuade students from committing academic integrity violations. Finally, we’ll introduce the Turnitin anti-plagiarism tool.

The deconstructed syllabus

A single-document syllabus makes the most sense in a traditional class but no sense online. Being your syllabus and we’ll break it down into sections easily accessible by students.

Open educational resources (OER)

Studies show that the cost of textbooks causes almost two thirds of students to avoid purchase altogether. We’ll show you how open educational resources can drive down the cost of education, increasing participation and grades while decreasing the time to graduation.

Respondus test software

In this workshop we will learn how to use Respondus and how to get it installed on a campus system or home computer that is running a recent version of the Windows operating system.

Content-forward course design

We will help faculty design courses that feature content rather than tools. Why place the Week One lecture, video, discussion, and assignment in four different folders when consolidation makes them so much more accessible? We’ll conceptualize your course and create an interface that makes the most sense for faculty and students alike.

Turnitin anti-plagiarism tool

Turn-it-in (Tii) compares student work to millions of student papers and 165 million journal articles and subscription content sources. And because it is integrated with Blackboard we will show you how to set up and assignment to check papers against this database and interpret the results.

Using the rubric tool

We will explore creative uses of building and employing the Blackboard rubric tool. Participant familiarity with creating and using rubrics will determine the balance we put on creating rubrics and using the tool.

Blackboard interface

Getting started

his consultation starts with a tour of the Blackboard interface including accessing Blackboard, changing languages, the home page, and uploading content. An introduction to standard practices will cover accessing faculty support as well as copying and merging courses.

Collaboration tools

Explore Blackboard’s many collaboration options including discussion boards, blogs, journals and wikis. We’ll cover the bet use for each tool as well as creation, properties and management of the tools you identify as useful for your style of teaching.

Creating/Grading Assessments

We’ll explore how to create a test as well as setting time and grading properties.

Creating/Grading Assignments

Beginning with the art of creating written assignments we’ll proceed to the mechanics of creating an assignment and finish with how to grade and return assignments within Blackboard.

Using the Grade Center

Discover how to create and edit, and move grade center columns. Tips on column management will help you navigate the grade center with ease. Finally, we’ll cover weighting grades, the process of assigning values to grades commensurate with their worth in the course.

Video Streaming

Supplementing student readings and class discussions with educational videos that further explore topics in your course can greatly increase your students’ engagement and understanding.  We provide best practices and training on how and why incorporating online video into your course will enhance your students’ learning.

Course Design

Online Course Design

Designed to equip faculty with online teaching strategies and to prepare them for teaching online courses with confidence, the session focuses on designing weekly session with various online activities. By reviewing the existing activities for face-to-face course, the instructor will find most appropriate strategies for the given subject matter.

Blended Learning Course Design

Designed for those who are teaching in Blended or Hybrid course for the first time, the session will cover to set up a plan for face-to-face and online activities based on the best practice from pedagogy and educational strategies.

Encouraging Learner Engagement

The session offers instructional design consultation to instructors as they plan to implement active learning into their courses. Instructor will review a comprehensive list of strategies to choose from followed by recommendations to find way to engage students by keeping them focused and improving motivation.


Making Courses More Accessible

In this companion to our session on Blackboard Ally, we will explore additional ways in which to make their courses more accessible to all of their learners. Faculty will learn more about how to create and select accessible materials and about how to design accessible activities and assessments that are well-aligned with learning objectives and outcomes.

Making the Most of Ally

In this consultation, faculty will be introduced to Blackboard Ally, a tool that will help make their course shells more accessible to all types of learners. Ally automatically checks all course materials for common accessibility issues and even coverts many items to alternative accessible formats, including Semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic braille.