Bb Mailbag: Blackboard Workshops during the Faculty EdTech Bootcamp


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Upcoming Bb Workshops before the start of the Spring Semester in January

We will have several Blackboard Workshops during the Faculty EdTech Bootcamp in the beginning of January for faculty to brush up on Bb or ask last minute questions before the start of the semester.

Tuesday, 1/9/24 10:00 AM Setting Up Your Blackboard Ultra Course with Q&A (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 1/10/24 10:00 AM Blackboard Ultra: Assessments (via Zoom)
Thursday, 1/11/24 10:00 AM Blackboard Ultra: Gradebook (via Zoom)
Thursday, 1/12/23 10:00 AM Blackboard: Improvements and New Features (in person at RH)

Faculty EdTech Bootcamp

These workshops are part of the Faculty EdTech Bootcamp, a weeklong event at helping faculty leverage technology to enhance teaching, research, and student engagement by providing you with immediately applicable strategies to save time, boost productivity, and energize your classes.

Overview of Schedule
Full Schedule, Descriptions, and Agendas 

Bootcamp schedule

This comprehensive professional development program scheduled before the start of the Spring semester, will equip you with foundational digital skills and familiarity with tools to enhance your teaching and research. It is also a great opportunity to foster collaboration and share knowledge among your fellow attending faculty members from different departments and disciplines.

The week will culminate with an in-person keynote and reception featuring a renowned speaker on AI applications in higher education who will offer clear recommendations for pedagogical and classroom practice, including policy decisions, syllabus statements, grading, and academic integrity. 

 Abstract and Bio:  Pedagogical Practice in the New Era of AI: Preparing For a Successful Spring Semester

Edward Watson, Ph.D.,AVP for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director of Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). 

Attendees that day will also enjoy a catered meal, reception, door prizes, and opportunities to network with other faculty members.

Please note: You don’t need to attend each day of the bootcamp.  This program is open to all instructors, whether faculty, adjuncts, or graduate students. However, those who attend the entire week will receive 10 hours of individual support during the semester, a digital badge, and be entered in a special raffle.  

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Kristen Treglia, Senior Instructional Technologist, who is organizing these events.  

For additional FAQs and resources about Blackboard, visit, attend one of our workshops, or reach out to us with your availability and we will accommodate small groups and one-on-one sessions.

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