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Looking for fresh ideas to get your students more engaged?

We provide a variety of learning opportunities to faculty teaching in any environment. Interested in building your own online course? Join us at a training session or workshop!

  • Registration for all courses is through Skillport

Summer 2018 Training Schedule

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is where you’ll find workshops related to the Blackboard (Bb) Learn learning management system. If you haven’t yet used Bb Learn, to get the best overview of the platform we advise you to start with the Basics class and then sign up for further workshops, including CommunitiesGrade CenterRubrics & AssignmentsSafeAssign, and Tests & Quizzes.

All Summer 2018 Blackboard Learn trainings will be held online.

Blackboard Learn Basics July 12, August 2

If you are new to Bb Learn, this course will give you the best overview of the platform.
You’ve got an empty Blackboard Learn course area…now what? Join us for this informative session and learn how Bb tools can help you create interactive, collaborative learning opportunities, on campus or online. We will show you how to create, upload, and edit content, including a review of the feature-rich content editor. We’ll also suggest valuable ideas, short cuts, and tips designed to save you time and energy managing your online class. Sign up today!

Sign-up for a Blackboard Basics training

Blackboard Learn Grade Center July 10, August 8

Don’t wait until grades are due! Join us for this review of Blackboard’s Grade Center. We’ll explain different setup options, show how to grade and comment on student work, and demonstrate how to use the electronic rubric. There is also a review of informative reports, including students’ “My Grades”.

Sign-up for a Blackboard Grade Center training

Blackboard Learn Tests & Quizzes July 17, August 8

Online quizzes and exams can help faculty be more efficient and save time, especially in larger classes. Join us for this review of Blackboard’s full array of powerful question formats. We’ll explain setting options that allow you to precisely control and manage delivery of online assessments, as well as demonstrate importing questions from other sources and building question banks.

Sign-up for a Blackboard Tests & Quizzes training

Classroom Technology

The Spark Training July 10, 26

Staff from Academic Outreach and Innovation will provide training directed toward the new learning spaces in The Spark Building. These trainings will be focused on pedagogy and technology approaches that will help faculty in their teaching efforts in these spaces.

Sign-up for The Spark training


Active Learning Training June 5, July 18

This session provides an introduction to active learning. We provide examples of instructional activities and online tools that could be used to foster an active learning environment. Please bring an electronic device—laptops, tablets, and phones—to engage in the workshop. Please note the location of each training as they rotate around campus depending on the availability of rooms.

Sign-up for an Active Learning training

Educational Technology Tools

Educational Technology Tools provides training for a wide range of great tools to support your teaching activities whether you teach online, face-to-face, or hybrid courses. Tools: Panopto (Lecture Capture), Collaborate Ultra (Webconferencing) and Video Conferencing. Are you interested in knowing more about technologies that support teaching, from student engagement to increased efficiency? Come see, touch, and try ed tech tools that others are using to enhance teaching and learning.

Panopto (Lecture Capture) June 19, July 26

Panopto is a versatile presentation capture system. It can be used by faculty, staff, or students to easily record and upload presentations to the web. This training will cover the basics of using Panopto, including tips for implementing the technology in online and face-to-face classes.

Sign-up for a Panopto training

To login to WSU’s Panopto site visit

Collaborate Ultra (Webconferencing) June 6, July 10

Are you curious about how to incorporate synchronous web conferencing into your teaching? Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, this training provides an overview of the basic user interface, exploring and explaining each function and what it does. You will learn to use the whiteboard, conduct polling, apply helpful hints and tips, schedule a session, and troubleshoot common problems. This session is appropriate for anyone interested in including a web conferencing session (recorded or synchronous) as part of their teaching pedagogy.

Sign-up for a Collaborate Ultra training

Video Conferencing July 24

This synchronous distance learning technology allows students throughout the state and beyond to take part in WSU’s educational experience. Learn the basics of video conferencing and how to use it in your classroom.

Sign-up for a Video Conferencing training

Technology Test Kitchen

Coming Fall 2018

Faculty-Led Workshops

Coming Fall 2018

Community of Practice

Coming Fall 2018

New! Training on Demand

Are these scheduled events at inconvenient times for you? Do you have a group you’d like trained at one time? Schedule a custom training session! Use the online Request Training form to tell us what topic you’re interested in or the teaching issue you’d like to address.