Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Updates and Reminders

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I have updated the list of known issues and suggested solutions for Blackboard:
View current list of known issues (pdf).

The September DL training schedule has been posted.
View DL Professional Development page.

Blackboard Training, Any Place, Any Time

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Do you have difficulty attending live Blackboard training due to schedule conflicts? If so, the Department of Distance Learning has a solution.

We are now offering our basic Blackboard training courses as self-paced courses, which you can choose instead of the face-to-face workshop. If you choose this option (select through the registration form), you will be enrolled in a course with an empty shell, and be provided with instructions on how to complete some basic activities. The instructional materials are available to everyone, but you must register and complete the course online to receive credit for this training, if choosing the self-paced option.

View Blackboard 9.1 self-paced faculty tutorials.

Of course, we will continue to offer these workshops live, for those of you who prefer this method.

Are You Having Issues with Your Blackboard Course?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

As we slowly approach the summer and fall semesters, please make note of some important resources available for building your online and Internet courses:

Have a great summer!

Spring Cleaning: Reminders and Updates

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Don’t let your students be the ones to notice problems in your online courses.  As you are making copies and revisions for summer and fall, here are some reminders and new items to consider:

  • Since CFCC is moving to the new portal ( , remove references in your course to Campus Cruiser, including in the contingency plan.
  • Do NOT use update Internet Explorer to version 9 yet, since Blackboard does not support it; doing so could result in display and functionality issues. Use Firefox or IE 8 instead.
  • Review the “Preparing your summer and fall courses” post to help ensure that your courses are ready for the first day of class.
  • If copying and pasting from a Word document, use the Paste from Word tool to remove excessive code that results display problems in some browsers.
  • There are some lingering minor issues in Bb. For a list of these issues and work arounds or solutions, view the Blackboard Issues and Solutions document (pdf).

In addition to the items mentioned above, don’t forget about professional development opportunities from the Department of Distance Learning.  In addition to Blackboard training, we offer workshops on course quality and eLearning applications.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with the DL instructional technologist to assist with course development, please contact Liz Stover at or x7722.

You might also check out training from the LRC, where you can learn about exciting tools for your traditional and online courses.

FREE eLearning Webinars from NC Learn

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

These free webinars, provided by NC Learn, will offer valuable information on some great tools to enhance your courses.

Visit NC Learn Online for more information and to register for these workshops.

eLearning on a Shoestring

Tuesday, October 26, 10-11 a.m.

In these times of tight budgets, teachers struggle with the need to deliver quality learning experiences, often via online means. This program focuses on strategies for building effective, no-cost online training solutions.

Social Media for Teachers

Tuesday, November 9, 10-11 a.m.

Explore the use of free technologies like blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and online groups to help build communication, increase participation, and enhance retention of new learning. We’ll both define and demystify each tool. You will get ideas for applying no-cost collaboration strategies to your own training programs—both classroom and online.

July and August Blackboard Training

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

If you will be teaching on Blackboard this Fall, please make sure to complete the Bb 101 course on the new Blackboard 9.1 server. All instructors are enrolled in this course, so it will appear on your list of courses after you login to Blackboard.

After completing Bb 101, you can attend a face-to-face workshop, which will introduce you to the Bb 9.1 course management system. You will also be enrolled in a Sandbox course as an instructor. You can use this area to practice using Blackboard tools.

To view a list of workshops being offered , select the “DL Training for Instructors” link on this blog.

Don’t Get Stung by the Blackboard Upgrade

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

prepare for the Blackboard 9 upgrade

CFCC will be upgrading from Blackboard 7.3 to Blackboard 9.1 starting on May 10. The system may be unavailable through May 13. Be forewarned that the new version of Blackboard is significantly different from the current version so it’s important that you complete Bb 101 and attend training as soon as possible to prepare for this new and exciting change.

Are you prepared for the upgrade?

  • Have you completed Blackboard 101 for Bb9?
  • Have you attended either a What’s New in Bb 9 workshop (current online instructors) or a Getting Started with Blackboard workshop (new instructors)? See training schedule.
  • Have you copied course content for your summer and/or fall courses?
  • Have you reviewed our Teaching with Blackboard 9 webpage?

The Department of Distance Learning is here to help you with this transition. Please contact us for further assistance with your courses and have a great summer!

North Campus Training

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Department of Distance Learning will offer one final workshop before the end of the semeseter at the North on What’s New in Blackboard 9 on April 29. For more information and to sign up for this workshop, visit the DL Training page on this blog. 

This will be the last training opportunity at North campus before the summer semester. We will be upgrading the Blackboard server to the new version from May 10-13, so the system might be unavailable for those dates. You can continue to work on your courses in the current Blackboard system and make your course copies. We will move all content over during the upgrade.

What’s New in Bb 9 Training at North Campus

Friday, April 16th, 2010

If you are current online instructor at North Campus and have not yet attended a What’s New in Blackboard 9 workshop, the Department of Distance Learning is offering one just for you on April 19. For details, please visit our Training Page.

Just Enough, Just in Time

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Blackboard On Demand Learning CenterMany of you are preparing for the Blackboard upgrade to version 9. Be reminded that the interface is quite different (and more flexible) though most of the tools will look familiar. Blackboard has recently released many short movie and text tutorials (see link below) to help familiarize you with Blackboard 9 and the many exciting improvements offered.

I encourage you to bookmark the following page and visit as needed. The library of tutorials will continue to grow, so check back from time to time.

Blackboard On Demand Learning Center (will open in new window)

March 19 Blackboard Training Added!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The Department of Distance Learning has added a morning workshop for What’s New in Blackboard 9. The workshop will be conducted on Friday, March 19 at 9 a.m. in L210 (technology training center in the library). You should complete Bb 101 on our test server before attending. Please refer to the training page for more details and contact information to register for this workshop.

Join us online for What’s New in Blackboard 9?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I will be conducting an online training equivalent to our face-to-face workshop entitled “What’s New in Blackboard 9?”.  This workshop will be conducted in DimDim, which is a fully web-based free conferencing program. It will be beneficial for you to have a microphone to ask questions, but this is not required; there is a text-based chat available, as well.

We are hoping to use more web-based tools for training and feel this is a good move since our instructors are teaching online. DimDim will allow you to see the screen and hear audio, just as you would in a training lab.

The online workshop will be held on Thursday, March 4 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

Prerequisites: Blackboard 101 and “Getting Started with Blackboard” workshop.

Important: Please send me an email to sign up for this (or any) workshops: . I’ll send you the web address for the workshop at that time.

Don’t forget to check our training page on this blog for more training dates.

DL Workshops for Spring 2010

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Happy New Year! Distance Learning has posted a schedule of workshops being offered for spring 2010.  Workshops include basic Blackboard training and other topics related to course design and development. Stay tuned as more workshops will be added.

View schedule of workshops.

Blackboard Getting Started December 21

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Blackboard Getting Started

This workshop will cover the very basics of Blackboard and online course design. It will provide you with just enough information to get started developing or editing your course.

When: Monday, December 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: L-210 Technology Training Center
Prerequisites: Completion of Bb 101 online, basic computing skills

Contact: Liz Stover, Instructional Technologist / S200-E / 910-362-7722 /

Blackboard Getting Started Training

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Distance Learning is offering another Blackboard Getting Started training in L-210 (Technology Learning Center in the Library) on December 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

If you will be teaching online (hybrid or fully online) and have not attended Blackboard Getting Started training, please mark your calendar as the spring semester is quickly approaching. Contact Liz Stover by email at or by phone at 910-362-7722 with any questions.