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ATI Faculty Workshops in Alternate Teaching Modalities

Please see the table below for the schedule for recent webinars and (after they have passed) their recordings. Workshop descriptions follow at the bottom of the page.





Length (min.)

Webinar Title
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May 19



Introduction to the Blackbaord Ultra home page


May 22



Virtual Course tune-up

Workshop descriptions (alphabetical)

Best practices in alternate teaching modalities 

In this basic-to-intermediate workshop we will focus on how we can utilize Blackboard resources that facilitate key principles of quality learning and teaching, and support the instructor’s teaching goals and pedagogy. These key topics include communication and Instructor presence; collaboration and feedback; assignment & assessment tools; and technology and software use. We will cover best practices in the use of such Blackboard features as Announcements, Discussion Boards, course content items, Assignments, Assessments, and the use of video-based communication. 


Building and organizing your Blackboard course content 

In this virtual workshop, we will take a look at the different ways we can utilize Blackboard to organize, present and display course content, including the creating content folder structure and adding learning modules, web links, videos, files and item creation.  We will help you discover how building quality online course content can benefit you and your online learners.


Creating online quizzes and tests in Blackboard

We will cover the basics of creating assessments in Blackboard, including setting up the assessment, creating items (multiple-choice, short answer, etc.), assigning item point values, and (time permitting) how to re-use items from previous assessments and how to use random items from pools to vary exams from one student to another. After the assessment is created, we will look at how to deploy it and how to set deployment options such as availability window, timed completion, item order, number of attempts allowed, and creating exceptions for students who, for example, receive more test time due to a disability.


Enhancing social presence with VoiceThread

By allowing faculty to post content in any medium (text, image, audio, video) and students to comment on it in any medium (text, image, audio, video), VoiceThread helps you create engaging and collaborative content for every discipline and learning style. VoiceThread is a tool that enhances human interaction and social presence in the virtual environment.


G-Suite: Using Google apps for instruction and organization

With G-Suite’s comprehensive collection of tools, instructors can create opportunities for learning, streamline administrative tasks, and challenge their students to think critically.  


Google Classroom: Streamlining file-sharing with students

Google Classroom is a free web service that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading paperless assignments. During this webinar, participants will learn how to streamline the process of sharing files with and between students, how to link Google accounts to the classroom, how to increase communication among students, and have a better understanding of how Google Classroom integrates with the Google Suite apps available free to students. 

Online proctoring with LockDown Browser and Monitor

This webinar explains the basic features of Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (LDB+M), and how together they can help deter cheating. During the webinar, participants will learn how to access the LockDown Browser and Monitor settings in Blackboard and the basic (and, time permitting, more advanced) features of using the LDB+M system when giving a quiz or exam on Blackboard. We will also explore how students use the LDB+M system to take tests, and how Monitor analyzes webcam-recorded video and keyboard/mouse data to flag possible breaches of academic integrity.


Setting up your Blackboard course site

In this virtual workshop you will learn how to get started with Blackboard by creating a navigation panel that is intuitive for students, making it quick and easy for them to identify and access the components of their online course. Throughout this workshop we will share easily-applied best practices which enhance the online teaching and learning experience.


Student video assignments with feedback in GoReact

This tool helps students learn performance skills such as public speaking online through video assessment, peer feedback, and observation. GoReact's intuitive navigation and robust feedback options foster an engaging environment for both students and faculty.


The hidden power of the Blackboard Grade Center

In this 90-minute intermediate workshop, participants will learn about the Blackboard Grade Center and engage in hands-on exercises that will help them address common grading issues. The Grade Center is a complex tool that offers extensive functionality when used properly. In addition to learning about best grading practices and forms of student feedback, participants will learn about column management, weighted grades, grading schemas, reports, column statistics, color coding, and many other features.


Video lessons with PlayPosit

Playposit is an interactive web-based video platform that allows instructors  to embed quiz-type questions into videos on Youtube, Vimeo, and other popular video platforms. Student responses can then be analyzed on the individual or group level to provide a powerful assessment of student learning.


Zoom and alternate teaching modalities

In this basic-to-intermediate workshop we will demonstrate how to set up and schedule a Zoom meeting through MyCoyote; how to link a Zoom room to your Blackboard course; and how to record and share a Zoom session with your students. In addition, we will cover some additional Zoom tools which may be useful in instruction and communication, such as the Participant Panel (how to manage users); the Chat Panel (how to “text” users); Share Screen (sharing content and facilitating student sharing); and Breakout Rooms (creating groups among Zoom participants for virtual group work). We will also touch on Zoom’s Polling feature and its Closed Caption function.