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Learning Technology Team

NILE Help, Support & Training

Information for Staff

An Introduction to Blackboard Ultra: Getting started with Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an overview of and introduction to Blackboard Ultra courses.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Find their way around a Blackboard Ultra course; 
  • Create a course structure via the use of learning modules and folders; 
  • Create and add content to their Ultra course (including creating Ultra documents, adding images and videos, and uploading external files into Ultra courses); 
  • Control the availability of their course and individual content items; 
  • Communicate with students via messages and announcements; 
  • Use Student Preview Mode.

In-person/on-campus workshops (Waterside Campus)

  • 13th January, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 7th February, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 7th March, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00
  • 6th April, 2022, 12:30 to 13:30
  • 5th May, 2022, 09:30 to 10:30
  • 6th June, 2022,13:30 to 14:30
  • 20th July, 2022, 13:30 to 14:30
  • 4th August, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 5th September, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 4th October, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 7th November, 2022, 09:30 to 10:30
  • 5th December, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00

Online workshops

  • 19th January, 2022, 13:30 to 14:30
  • 18th February, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 21st March, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 13th April, 2022, to 13:30 to 14:30
  • 19th May, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 22nd June, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 19th July, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 17th August, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 22nd September, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 18th October, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 18th November, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 19th December, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00

Using Turnitin Assignments in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to setting up and marking Turnitin assignments in Blackboard Ultra courses.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Set up and mark a Turnitin assignment in an Ultra course;
  • Use Turnitin Rubrics and Grading Forms.

Online workshops

  • 12th January, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 10th February, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 14th March, 2022, to 14:00 to 15:00
  • 7th April, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 9th May, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00
  • 15th June, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 7th July, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 5th August, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 14th September, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 7th October, 2022, 15:00 to 16:00
  • 8th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 6th December, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00

Setting up Blackboard Assignments and Marking in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to setting up and marking Blackboard assignments in Blackboard Ultra courses. Please note that this workshop only covers the use of Blackboard assignments, not Turnitin assignments.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:  

  • Set up and mark a Blackboard assignment in an Ultra course;  
  • Use a Blackboard Rubric to mark a Blackboard assignment. 

Online workshops

  • 12th January, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 17th February, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 11th March, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00
  • 12th April, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 16th May, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 15th June, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 11th July, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 2nd August, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 29th September, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00
  • 14th October, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 14th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 7th December, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00

Discussions and Journals in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Discussions and Journals tools in Blackboard Ultra courses.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:  

  • Enable and use discussions and journals in Ultra courses for formative (i.e., not graded) or summative (i.e., graded) assessment.

Online workshops

  • 17th January, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 15th February, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 14th March, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 12th April, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 16th May, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 14th June, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 11th July, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 16th August, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 12th September, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 18th October, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 14th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 13th December, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00

Creating and Deploying Tests in Blackboard Ultra

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Test tool in Blackboard Ultra courses.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Create and deploy computer-marked and manually marked Tests in Ultra courses.

Online workshops

  • 20th January, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 17th February, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 18th March, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 14th April, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 11th May, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 9th June, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 11th July, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 12th August, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 14th September, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 5th October, 2022, 15:00 to 16:00
  • 8th November, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 16th December, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00

Learning and Teaching in the Virtual Classroom with Blackboard Collaborate

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Blackboard Collaborate, the University’s virtual classroom tool.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Set up and run a virtual classroom session in Blackboard Collaborate.

Online workshops

  • 7th January, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 14th February, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 17th March, 2022, 15:00 to 16:00
  • 12th April, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00
  • 11th May, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 17th June, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 5th July, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 4th August, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 16th September, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 5th October, 2022, 12:00 to 13:00
  • 7th November, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 7th December, 2022, 15:00 to 16:00

Introduction to Padlet

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to Padlet.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Create, deploy, and use Padlet for teaching and learning.

Online workshops

  • 26th January, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 21st February, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 17th March, 2022, 13:30 to 14:30
  • 8th April, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 9th May, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 16th June, 2022, 13:00 to 14:00
  • 17th August, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 16th September, 2022, 11:00 to 12:00
  • 6th October, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00
  • 7th November, 2022, 13:30 to 14:30
  • 8th December, 2022, 14:00 to 15:00

Content Development

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully transfer presentations designed for classroom delivery into presentations designed for online, ABL (Active Blended Learning) delivery.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Plan the conversion of an online presentation session into a blend of online material and classroom activity;
  • Actively work with an example PowerPoint to plan the conversion to appropriate online material.

Online workshops

  • 19th January, 2022, 13:30 to 16:30
  • 23rd February, 2022, 09:30 to 12:30
  • 23rd March, 2022, 09:00 to 12:00
  • 14th April, 2022, 13:00 to 16:00
  • 16th May, 2022, 09:30 to 12:30
  • 24th June, 2022, 10:00 to 13:00
  • 20th July, 2022, 13:00 to 16:00
  • 24th August, 2022, 09:00 to 12:00
  • 23rd September, 2022, 09:00 to 12:00
  • 27th October, 2022, 09:30 to 12:30
  • 28th November, 2022, 13:00 to 16:00

Recording and editing video

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with the knowledge and skills to make short, instructional/informational videos using a mobile phone and University-supplied laptop.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • write a short script and plan how to video components (action and dialogue) of the script;
  • use their mobile phones to film the shots;
  • perform basic video and editing operations;
  • compose a video montage to convey information in a short film.

Online workshops

  • 12th January, 2022, 14:00 to 16:00
  • 10th February, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 9th March, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 5th April, 2022, 14:00 to 16:00
  • 5th May, 2022, 09:30 to 11:30
  • 1st June, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 4th July, 2022, 13:30 to 15:30
  • 18th August, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 14th September, 2022, 14:00 to 16:00
  • 11th October, 2022, 14:00 to 16:00
  • 22nd November, 2022, 09:30 to 11:30
  • 21st December, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00

Xerte for Beginners Training

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with an introduction to the Xerte e-learning software, which is a University supported tool used to create interactive e-learning and online content.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Access and use Xerte, and understand the software templates, page types, and features and tools available to enable them to produce an interactive e-learning session or online content provision;
  • Understand the importance of instructional design for e-learning and online content projects, and benefit from some useful hints and tips, technical advice and items relevant to developing e-content generally.

Online workshops

  • 26th January, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00
  • 4th February, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00
  • 24th February, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 3rd March, 2022, 14:00 to 16:30
  • 30th March, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 8th April, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00
  • 27th April, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00
  • 11th May, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 30th May, 2022, 10:00 to 12:30
  • 30th June, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00
  • 13th July, 2022, 13:30 to 16:00
  • 3rd August, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 5th September, 2022, 10:00 to 12:30
  • 28th September, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 9th November, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00
  • 7th December, 2022, 10:00 to 12:30

Xerte Advanced Training

The aim of this workshop is to provide staff with the knowledge and skills to make use of some of the more advanced features of Xerte.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • use the advanced features of the Xerte software such as 'Variables', Opinion Page and the Results Page;
  • develop non-linear e-learning packages using options available.

Online workshops

  • 31st January, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 16th March, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 25th May, 2022, 14:00 to 16:00
  • 27th July, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00
  • 7th September, 2022, 14:00 to 16:30
  • 4th November, 2022, 09:30 to 12:00

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