Teaching and Learning Centre

Enhancing course content

Blackboard Learn: Introductory workshop

This workshop provides you with an overview of Blackboard Learn. Topics include:

  • How to navigate Blackboard.
  • How to personalize your course.
  • How to use Blackboard tools to add and organize course content.
  • Design issues and best practices for online courses.

The last hour of this workshop is an optional hands-on lab for course development. TLC staff members will be available to answer questions and assist you with your individual Blackboard course shells.

Note: You may wish to bring a digital photo or avatar of yourself to create a welcome message during the workshop. You may also wish to bring a course syllabus, or other course content to upload.


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Duration: 30 min, 1 hour or 2 hours
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Creating and adding videos in Blackboard with Kaltura

Are you creating video assignments or introductions in your course? In this workshop, you learn how to access the Kaltura building block in Blackboard, capture from your webcam, and upload audio/video guidelines for student assignments.


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Duration: 1 hour
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Introduction to Blackboard ePortfolios

Learn how to create and edit digital portfolios, save and add digital artifacts, and share portfolios with others inside and outside of UFV. This workshop also explores best practices for organizing and displaying content. Please bring some digital photos or documents to start building your portfolio as this is a hands-on session.

Pre-registration is required.


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Duration: 45 min
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Kaltura U, online training for Blackboard Media

Learn how to upload, manage, publish, track and share media in your Blackboard environment with Kaltura U.

Note: All material uploaded/recorded must comply with the UFV's Terms of Use, the relevant UFV policies, and applicable privacy and intellectual property laws.


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Adding audio narration to PowerPoint presentations

This workshop offers step-by-step instructions to add audio narration to your PowerPoint presentation, including:

  • initial presentation setup and recording;
  • technical troubleshooting issues with audio quality and equipment;
  • how to edit the audio after the fact;
  • how to incorporate other audio and video to the presentation;
  • how to save in an appropriate file format;
  • how to share the presentation (e.g., upload it as an online course or to other media sharing sites).

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Facilitating Learning Online

Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) is designed for UFV faculty who wish to improve or have little online teaching or online learning experience. The course covers four of the key components of an online course.

  • Week one: we build community
  • Week two: we explore the characteristics of adult learners online
  • Week three: we learn about team building
  • Week four: we consider self-assessment and application

Using the tools available in Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, you get to experience being an online student and practice online facilitation in small groups.


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Duration: 4-week online asynchronous course with scheduled synchronous sessions.
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Get up to speed on eTexts and eReaders

This workshop explores ways you can introduce and support mobile learning through eReader applications, eArticles, and eTextbooks. Learn about eBook formats such as ePub and how students can highlight and make notes on them with applications like Xodo or Prestigio. This workshop also looks at various ways students can store their marked-up documents for easy access. Lastly, you get to learn about Calibre, a tool that lets you create your own eBooks.

Bring your phone.


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Duration: 30 min
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Cost: free for UFV faculty and staff.

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Make online courses easy to navigate

In this workshop, you will explore the structure of online courses and how hyperlinks, embedded media, and redundancy can allow students to access your activities and resources quickly and easily. The goal of this session is to look at your course from a student's perspective and see how you can best lay it out so that they can intuitively roll through it like they would flip through a good book.


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Duration: 30 min
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Make your course mobile-friendly

In a recent survey, more than 70% of online learners reported improved motivation to learn when they were able to use their mobile devices to navigate the course successfully. Make sure your online or hybrid courses are mobile-friendly within Blackboard Learn.

This course provides you with five totally adaptable tips to help your course go mobile.


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Duration: 30 min
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Set up your personal video recording space (at home)

More and more instructors offer online virtual office hours and online synchronous classes from home. Is your home audio/video environment set up to support this?

To achieve an effective synchronous online session, you must consider your personal room, audio setup, and equipment. For example, lighting, audio, and Internet connection should be set up well in advance, so you and your students can get the most of your online sessions.

In this workshop, you learn how to set up an effective environment, conducive to online synchronous sessions.


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Duration: 30 min
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Using a variety of apps for the classroom

In this session, you get to discover a variety of online apps to enhance your face-to-face and virtual teaching. Share and learn from others, and be prepared to walk away from the workshop with a list of new tools. Log in to one of our computers during the session or bring your own device.

All levels of technology users are welcome.


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Duration: 1 hour
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The Teaching and Learning Centre has been an incredible source of support. From my first encounters with getting help to create online videos for blended and online learning to my most recent requests for increasing whiteboard space around classrooms to foster collaboration, the TLC has always been welcoming and supportive of my ideas. I have always felt comfortable asking whether something is possible or not, and more often than not, the TLC team offers me a variety of solutions and options.

  • – Judy Larsen
  •    Upgrading and University Preparation

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