Learning Technology Professional Development

The Learning Technology Solutions team offers free professional development through online webinars and in-person workshops to help faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants with teaching with technology. For more details and to register, please click on the date of the workshop or webinar that you are interested in. If you have any questions, please email us at LTS@uic.edu.

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Fall 2017 Professional Development Webinars
(Hosted on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

For one-on-one or departmental training and development, we welcome appointments year-round on the topic of your choice. Simply email ACCC-LTS at LTS@uic.edu to submit your request. 

Humanizing Online Learning with VoiceThread (VoiceThread-Sponsored Webinar)

  • October 3, 2017, 6pm
  • Creating engaging online courses is not easy. In many courses based on discussion boards, students feel isolated and disconnected from their instructors and classmates. VoiceThread bridges the gaps in social presence typically found in online courses. In this webinar, you will learn how to establish that social presence and connect with your students using VoiceThread to improve student satisfaction and learning.

    Use E-learning to “Captivate” Your Audience (Webinar)

    • October 10, 2017, 12pm-1pm
    • Looking for ways to integrate e-learning into your online course or want to increase interactivity in the classroom? Adobe Captivate may be the tool you’ve been looking for! This webinar lists the pros and cons of the e-learning tool, possible uses, and the available resources for UIC. In this webinar, you will learn to:
      • Evaluate use cases for Adobe Captivate
      • Explore possible uses for Adobe Captivate
      • Locate available training resources

    Using VoiceThread for Assessments (VoiceThread-Sponsored Webinar)

    • October 10, 2017, 6pm
    • Are you looking for new ways to assess your student work? If you use written exams and quizzes, this webinar can show you alternative ways to evaluate student learning using VoiceThread. You will learn:
      • Strategies for improving student presentations
      • Using comment moderation
      • Designing portfolios that can replace written exams

    Timesaving Tips in Grade Center (Webinar)

    • October 18, 2017, 12pm-1pm
    • Grade Center can sometimes be confusing to navigate, especially when you’re setting up your class early. This webinar will give you a few tips on how to set up your grade center to save some time in the future. In this workshop, you will use more advanced features with the Grade Center interface and learn to:
      • Use the groups function with smart views
      • Use grading periods and categories

    Create Assignments in Blackboard (Webinar)

    • October 24, 2017, 12pm-1pm
    • Looking for ways to assess students beyond the traditional test? Need a way to check for plagiarism? The Assignments tool is a great way to create assessments as well as manage grades and feedback for each student separately. In this in-person workshop, you will learn to:
      • Create an assignment
      • Associate a rubric
      • Check for plagiarism
      • Grade assignments

    Clear the Clutter: Use E-Portfolios (Webinar)

    • October 31, 2017, 12pm-1pm
    • ​Need another way to showcase student work or keep a running log of student-submitted documents? In addition to creating portfolio assignments, Blackboard's E-Portfolio option allows students to keep portfolio documents online for up to 6 months after graduation. In this webinar, you will learn to:
      • Create a portfolio
      • Create a portfolio assignment
      • Add pages and artifacts



    Watch On Demand: Basics of Blackboard (Webinar)
    - This took place on Thursday, August 25, 2016 on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Click the link to watch the recording.

    Watch On Demand: Using Voicethread (Webinar)
    - This took place on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Click the link to watch the recording.


    Screencast Fundamentals using Adobe Captivate
    Watch this Lynda tutorial for an introduction on how to use the screencast feature.
    Remember to login using your UIC netID to access Lynda. 

    Adobe Captivate Interactive Elements  
    This Lynda tutorial will show you how to author e-learning content using a wide range of impressive features.
    Remember to login using your UIC netID to access Lynda.   


    Do you prefer independent study or don't have time for any of our scheduled sessions? Find Blackboard video tutorials to help you manage your courses on YouTube.
    Some of the topics covered include:  

    - How to make your course available to students
    - How to create discussion board forums
    - How to add a tool link to your course
    - How to grade using a rubric

    Click here to access all Blackboard Video Tutorials for instructors


    Keep checking back for future live webinars and in-person workshops offered by LTS. Have a suggestion for a workshop? Send it to LTS@uic.edu.


    Last updated: 

    October 02, 2017