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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Summer Training Webinars water_eric.jpg
Grab your swim trunks and join us - it's time for some fun in the sun with our summer training webinars!!!  Be advised: Viewing our webinars on a mobile device out in the sun causes some major glare issues.

Once a session has taken place, below each webinar description you will find a link to a recorded version (where applicable - i.e. we remembered to press the record button).

July 2020

Easily Create Lecture Videos with Screencast-o-Matic
Tuesday, July 7, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Matt DeGrechie, Stacey Osborn, Brendan Harvey
Discover how you can use Screencast-o-Matic to easily create and edit video lectures for your students.  Screencast-o-matic can capture webcam video, audio, and your computer desktop (e.g. a tour of your Blackboard course site; an overview of your syllabus; a PowerPoint slideshow; an overview of digital text or web content).  

Also discover best practices for developing video lecture content for your students, including ideal recording time and where to place your webcam.  

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor​
Wednesday, July 8 at 2 pm ET (11 am PT)
Tuesday, July 14 at 3 pm ET (12 pm PT)
Thursday, July 16 at 2 pm ET (11 am PT)
Monday, July 20 at 2 pm ET (11 am PT)
Tuesday, July 28 at 1 pm ET (10 am PT)
Thursday, July 30 at 12 pm ET (9 am PT)​
Facilitator: Respondus Training Specialist
This comprehensive training is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams.  The training will cover: 
How to use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to protect integrity and ensure student identity
The instructor and student perspective using each application
How to analyze proctoring results, including a feature that ranks exam sessions by risk.

Part II: Power For (vs. Power Over): “Using” Relationships to Go From Tears to Referrals 
Thursday, July 9, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Dr. Roben Torosyan, Kathryn Crisostomo, Dr. Susan Eliason, Prof. Joanne McDonald
Findings at BSU consistently show that many students “never realized” what resources they could use, or “didn’t get” how valuable those resources would be to their success.  Our students also avoid asking for help, seeing it as weakness in themselves. Many also view faculty as having power over them, while some find that faculty use power for student benefit.  All the while, our efforts can backfire if we urge perseverance in the face of stress. 

In this discussion we consider ways to help students actually take advantage of support resources -- from working with a writing coach at any stage of writing, to meeting with an academic coach on managing time or attention, to tutoring on specific content and course skills, to talking to a wellness / counselor about stresses that impede studies and more. 

Developing and Facilitating Online Discussion Assignments
Monday, July 13, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Eric LePage, Dr. Susan Eliason, Prof. Joanne McDonald
In this session, discover how you can develop and facilitate engaging asynchronous discussion activities with your online students in your Blackboard course sites.  We provide guidance on developing engaging discussion board questions, share netiquette guidelines for students, share strategies for determining your own level of involvement in the discussions, and provide sample rubrics for assessing student work.

Discover “Annotate”, Blackboard’s New Assignment Tool!
Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.   
Facilitators: Stacey Osborn, Shannon Tocher, Tim Wenson
Blackboard recently implemented a new Assignment tool they are calling “Annotate”, a replacement for their “Box” tool.  In this webinar, discover how you can use Annotate to have students submit digital papers to you, review and assess their work, provide customized feedback and grades, and have their work scanned by SafeAssign, Blackboard’s anti-plagiarism checking tool. 

Maximizing Student Online Success: Non-Techie Version
Tuesday, July 14, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Dr. Deborah Barshay
You don’t have to be a techie to have a successful online course. So what is the best way to maximize student online success? A well-structured and delivered online course is key. Learning objectives, assignments, deadlines, etc. (e.g. the syllabus) must be well-defined and organized to initially assist the student in becoming familiar and comfortable with the course. The method of course delivery also assists the student in becoming a successful online learner. Inherent in this is a learner-centered approach (student-student interaction); substantive teacher-student interaction, and an informal and encouraging tone and style.

Zoom in for Webinar Best Practices
Monday, July 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Eric LePage, Dr. Roben Torosyan
BSU has a new campus license for Zoom web-conferencing!  Discover the power of virtual teaching and learning in the Zoom classroom. We will show you the steps and best practices from two points of view: student (downloading the app then joining and participating in the class), and teacher (scheduling, joining, hosting, and in-meeting tools) before wrapping up with live Q&A.​

Teaching Remotely? Virtual Library: Online Resources for You and Your Students
Tuesday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Christine Brown, Pamela Hayes-Bohanan, Orson Kingsley, Lifeng (Cindy) Li, Dipti Mehta, Cynthia Svoboda, Xiaocan (Lucy) Wang
Come join other faculty members and librarians for a look at the library resources and services that are available virtually/remotely. Share how you've changed your research assignments so that we collaborate on the best way to provide research assistance to your students during the unprecedented pandemic and beyond. 

Poll Everywhere Onboarding: The Basics!
Monday, July 27, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Samantha Fullen from Poll Everywhere
In this session we will cover the basics of using Poll Everywhere, such as the different polling question types, reporting, as well as integration with Powerpoint.

Learning Sciences and the Impact on Virtual Teaching Strategies
Tuesday, July 28, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Prof. Joanne McDonald
In this session, we will explore new findings in the area of learning sciences, the interdisciplinary study of a number of academic fields, that inform how we learn and therefore how we teach. Discover instructional strategies that align with new understandings, a few tried and true teaching myths, and how to design virtual environments with the learning brain in mind. ​

​Poll Everywhere for Online Teaching and Engagement
Thursday, July 30, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Samantha Fullen from Poll Everywhere
In this session, we will look at using Poll Everywhere within an online learning environment. This will include functions such as using Poll Everywhere for attendance, quizzes, and knowledge checks while on a live virtual session, as well as managing participation for students and reporting into Blackboard.

August 2020

Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center
Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Stacey Osborn, Tim Wenson
Discover how the Blackboard Grade Center functions, how to enter grades for students, create weighted grading, control what students can see, and more.  

The Context for Online Learning: Building Community and Engaging Students
Wednesday, August 5, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Facilitators: Dr. Margaret Brooks, Dr. Jeanne Carey Ingle, Dr. Susan Eliason, Dr. April Megginson, Eric LePage
In this one-hour webinar, join four experienced online instructors from Bridgewater State University as they share their approaches for building community in their online teaching through varied student engagement techniques.  Topics include: online community building, open pedagogy, facilitating small group discussions, using photos and videos to facilitate online student engagement, conducting productive virtual office hours, and using free third party tools that engage students beyond the LMS.

More sessions to be announced!

June 2020

Supporting “Struggling” Students Online Part I:  “Only connect”: Building relationships online
Thursday, June 18, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. via Zoom (details in the advertised email) 
Facilitators: Dr. Roben Torosyan, Kathryn Crisostomo, Dr. Susan Eliason, Prof. Joanne McDonald
Studies show that student-faculty relationships can make or break the online learning experience for students from multiple backgrounds.  Furthermore, relationships are also a key element of teaching to be inclusive of historically underserved students.  While frequency or quantity of interaction can help, more important is interacting consistently (vs. fading away over time) and positively (reassuring students the work is hard for everyone, but we believe in them because of what they already did to get this far). 

In this discussion, we consider ways to develop an inclusive classroom culture and build relationships with students online, while safeguarding our time.  Join facilitator Roben Torosyan and guests Sue Eliason on social emotional learning, Joanne McDonald on building relationships online, Kathryn Crisostomo on our learning assistance services, from tutoring on course content and skills, to working with a writing coach at any stage of writing – and arguably most valuable of all, students Keith Abaka-Amuah and Adamajan Bah on what they experience as inclusive teaching online. 

Blackboard: Getting Started
Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Stacey Osborn, Tim Wenson
Focusing on navigation and basic features of Blackboard, this workshop will introduce the new Blackboard user to the basic functions of a course site, such as adding a syllabus and other types of documents, creating folders, and posting an announcement.

Flipgrid: Making Learning Visibly Active
Monday, June 29, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Susan Eliason
Explore the use Flipgrid in hybrid and fully online courses. After a discussion of benefits, you will discover implementation strategies used in several courses, and how to gather data for the scholarship of teaching and learning.  There will be time for questions.

This page is maintained by the Teaching & Technology Center. Send comments and suggestions to​. Last reviewed 07/03/20.​​