Teaching and Learning Centre

Interacting and collaborating with students

Engage your students with Blackboard discussion board

This workshop explores ways you can make your Blackboard discussion boards even more engaging for students by using some handy tools such as Kaltura video. Learn how to add video and images to a Blackboard discussion forum and analyze inviting inquiry strategies for online discourse. Walk out with ready-to-apply tools and strategies that will enhance the all-important learning community you build in your Blackboard discussion forums.


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Web conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. It opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Use Ultra for virtual classroom, office hours, tutoring and mentoring sessions, and departmental meetings.

Learn how to successfully deliver live, interactive Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing sessions, display PowerPoint content, and record sessions for later playback. 

Participant requirements:
This workshop is held online on Blackboard Collaborate. If you have not logged into Collaborate previously we recommend logging in 15-30 minutes early to ensure we are able to start on time. We also recommend everyone have their own computer to log in with a microphone if possible so you are able to participate in all the hands-on activities.


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Using Google Suite apps to help facilitate learning

Learn how to effectively use Google Suite applications as active collaboration tools to help facilitate learning in an online or face-to-face class. This session answers all the questions you might have about G Suite: 

  • Where do you store files, docs, or slides?
  • Who creates them?
  • How do you share them?
  • Can they be edited synchronously?
  • How are they saved?
  • Are they secure?

What you need for this workshop:

  • A Gmail account
  • If you have a laptop, please bring it

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Using Google Docs as a collaborative learning tool

If you or your students need to work collaboratively on a document but can’t meet in person, how would you do it? That’s right, Google Docs — along with the other G Suite apps — is about the only option, and it’s free. Its power, convenience, and simplicity make it a very attractive tool for students, faculty, and staff.

Join this Google Docs workshop to understand how to configure its settings in order to make your collaborations flexible and secure.


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Using Padlet as a collaborative teaching tool

Have you ever had students brainstorm using Post-its? Have you been in a workshop that had groups create a wall of Post-its? It is a fun and engaging activity to learn, collaborate, and reflect.

Padlet is a versatile online tool that allows you to do just that in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes. For instance, you can embed Padlet into your Blackboard course and use it as a way to flip classrooms. Here's an example of a Padlet used to brainstorm teaching ideas.

This workshop teaches you how to use Padlet to its maximum potential and allows you to create and share your own for others to contribute to.


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Duration: 30 min
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Educational tools for the in-class instructor (Learning combo)

Designed with the in-class instructor in mind, this custom knowledge upgrade session help you adopt some essential educational technologies to enhance engagement within the classroom and promote collaboration outside the classroom.


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Educational tools for the hybrid class instructor (Learning combo)

Designed with the hybrid class instructor in mind, this custom knowledge upgrade session help you adopt some essential educational technologies to enhance your blended classes.


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Educational tools for the online class instructor (Learning combo)

Designed with the online class instructor in mind, this custom knowledge upgrade session help you adopt some essential educational technologies to deliver your online curriculum.


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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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