Online & Hybrid Faculty Training Opportunities for Fall

Dear Online & Hybrid Faculty,

The Learning Technology & Alternative Delivery Team has been working throughout the summer to assist about 115 faculty prepare their courses to teach this fall using the new Blackboard Learn 9.1 system.  We would like to invite all our online & hybrid faculty to participate in the next round of sessions which we will be offering throughout the Fall term to help you prepare to teach your Spring 2011 courses using the new system.

Training Opportunity Details:

This facilitated training opportunity has two main goals.  First it helps you transition your course content from WebCT over to the new system while providing an opportunity for you to learn the tools available in the new system.  This course provides faculty members with 10 hours of professional development credit.  The course, which is broken into specific themes, takes users from Navigating the new environment to monitoring student performance using Blackboard 9.1.

How to Register for Fall Training:

During the fall semester, we have training opportunities starting each month.  Each training class takes about 4 weeks to complete, and will require weekly participation in a 2-hour lab.  Please review the schedule for training below and choose the month you would like to participate in training:

Month Class Start Date Orientation Date (virtual) Class End Date Registration
September 2010 Sept 8th, 2010 Sept 8th, 2010 1-230pm October 6th, 2010 Registration Link
October 2010 Oct 4th, 2010 Oct 4th, 2010 1-230pm Nov 8th, 2010
November 2010 Nov 8th, 2010 Nov 8th, 2010 1-230pm Dec 13th, 2010
*Space is limited!  You must register to one of the training sessions listed above in order to reserve your seat!

Please note there is a required orientation session which will be held on the date listed above via GotoWebinar.  You also have the opportunity to attend this session remotely (from off campus), from your desk, or from a Learning Technology Center near you.  Details will be provided after you complete the form.

Not interested in PD credit?

If you are not interested in obtaining professional development credit, please note that you already have access to self-paced course called Blackboard Essentials Self-Paced Course.  To access this course full of tutorials designed to help you learn the various tools available in the new system, you simply have to login with your atlas credentials.  Every faculty and staff member at the college currently has access to this growing repository of resources and training documentation, videos and guides.

Login button for Blackboard Essentials Self-Paced Course_

If you want to teach in the new system WITHOUT attending the training, you will need to speak with your dean prior to coding your courses in banner as “blackboard learn” courses instead of WebCT.  We encourage you contact IF you are interested in taking this step.  This is a great choice for independent learners who don’t want to attend the facilitated training opportunities scheduled above.

We look forward to working with you,

Angelique Smith, M.Ed.
Director, Learning Technology & Alternative Delivery
Associate Faculty – Education

Valencia Community College * 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811  * Tel 407-582-5403 *Fax 407-582-1861* *

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