How Our Programs Make an Impact

The CIT hosts professional development programs and workshops throughout the year and provides instructional design and educational technology consulting to assist faculty in teaching with technology and in achieving pedagogical objectives. These sessions intend to educate, inform, and inspire faculty on how they can enhance today's learning environments through technology.

Blackboard Ultra Professional Development Webinar Registration

There are 4 Blackboard Ultra webinars that will be provided to all faculty between April 15 and June 30. While the schedule allows some flexibility for the time frame in which you complete the trainings, you will want to attend the four webinars in the following order: 

  1. Communicating with Students
  2. Creating Dynamic Content
  3. Assessing Student Learning
  4. Gradebook Management

Please Note: The webinars are scheduled in a consecutive order. 

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Other Assistance

Customized Professional Development

One-on-One consultations are available to all faculty by appointment. These customized, one-on-one professional development sessions can be the answer to your faculty technology development and instructional support needs.

  • all areas of Blackboard explored
  • apply technologies to meet your course learning objectives
  • Instructional Design Services
  • getting started with Kaltura and Kaltura Capture

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Respondus LockDown Browser Workshop

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When LockDown Browser is required for an online exam, students are unable to print, copy, visit other websites, or access other applications. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Enabling LockDown Browser on specific tests in a Bb course
  • Setting up LockDown Browser's advanced settings
  • Student experience when taking a test with Lockdown Browser.

Getting Started with Blackboard

New to Blackboard and need to get your course up and running or are you in need of a Bb refresher? These “Intro to Bb” professional development workshops will be made up of demonstrations, lectures and hands-on time to begin building your course in Bb… topics that will be covered include:

  • Bb user interface for you and for students
  • course design methods based upon your teaching style and consistent with your syllabus
  • organizing, building, and managing course content based on pedagogical best practices
  • communication with students
  • uploading and using video content

Please bring a paper and electronic copy of your syllabus and 2–3 documents (in electronic form) that you want to use in your course.

Organizing Content into Manageable Sections

Does your current course menu have a lot components and is very long? Are you looking to consolidate your course menu and rethink how to organize your course material in the best interest of your students? Then this would be a good session to attend. Topics that will be covered include:

  • ways to store your course content - folders vs learning modules
  • ways to organize (chunk) your course material in more manageable sections
  • how to place your manageable sections in sequential order

Assignments, Inline Grading, and Tests

Learn how to use Assignments and Tests tools to efficiently create assignments and tests that assess students in a variety of meaningful ways and decide on the best way to present the assignments and tests that you create. Topics will include

  • SafeAssign
  • multiple attempts
  • grade center correlation
  • inline grading
  • my grades
  • due dates
  • question types
  • deploying tests
  • test options
  • Respondus Test Generator

Mastering the Grade Center

This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the grade center tool. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve education performance. This workshop assumes you are already familiar with Assignments, Tests, and other Bb tools. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • navigating the Grade Center
  • organizing rows and columns
  • managing Grades
  • using categories
  • create calculated columns
  • grading assignments
  • view grade details

Kaltura and Kaltura Capture

Kaltura is RIC's video streaming server and Kaltura Capture is RIC's screen capturing app. Learn all the various options in which you can record your classroom lectures. The Workshop will also cover editing and adding captions to your videos as well as linking your videos from your Kaltura account from within your Blackboard courses.

Ally and Accessibility in Blackboard

Learn how to make your Blackboard courses accessible with Bb's Ally tool. See accessibility scores for uploaded files within your courses and learn how to make your files more accessible with simple, step-by-step instructions from within your course. Also, learn about the alternative formats Ally automatically creates when you upload files to your courses. Ally checks the following file types:

  • Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint)
  • PDF's
  • images
  • uploaded HTML files
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Information Technology Services

The department of Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for the support of academics and administrative functions including planning, management and direction of technology initiatives at Rhode Island College.