Fall 2015 Instructional Technology Events


Schedule of Events

Faculty at Ferris State University use a wide variety of instructional technology to help student reach learning objectives.  Because of this, we have created a comprehensive schedule of faculty enrichment events.

Please RSVP for these events by calling the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at 231-591-3826 or by email at FCTL@ferris.edu.

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The staff in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning are eager to assist faculty, programs, departments, and colleges in making effective use of the University’s Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard Learn.  We are available to provide support and training for numerous topics and tools in a variety of modes, from one-on-one consultations to workshops.

To RSVP for one of these sessions below, please contact us at fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826.

Blackboard Training

Basics (Phase 1) Monday, August 24 from 9:00 - Noon in FLITE 108
Monday, December 21 from 2:00 - 5:00 in FLITE 108 

This workshop will cover the basics of Blackboard and is designed for instructors who wish to utilize the learning management system for some aspect of the course. You can expect to learn how to navigate through the new look of Blackboard. The workshop will cover the basic course tools such as: Announcements, Syllabus, Learning Modules, Calendar, Contacts, E-mail, and Messages. It will also explore the Grade Center, adding a course syllabus, and how to customize settings. Please Note: Faculty teaching face-to-face courses must complete Blackboard/Blackboard Basic training in order to request Blackboard course shells.

Assignments & Tests

Monday, September 28 from 10:00 - Noon in FLITE 108

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create an assignment, a safe assignment, and a rubric; the rubric will be used to grade the assignment. Participants will also learn how to import a test pool, create a test, create test questions, reuse test questions, and deploy tests. 

Collaboration Tools (Phase 2)

Monday, August 24 from 2:00 - 5:00 in FLITE 108
Friday, September 25 from 9:00 - Noon in FLITE 108

This workshop highlights some of the Blackboard collaboration tools that have the potential to enhance student learning. Participants will learn how to use groups, discussion boards, journals, blogs, wikis, and other collaboration tools. Participants will also learn how to create and use rubrics to grade collaboration assignments. Please Note: Faculty teaching web-enhanced or online courses must complete both Blackboard Basic training AND Blackboard Collaboration Tools in order to request Blackboard/Blackboard course shells.


Thursday, October 1 from 9:00-10:00 AM in FLITE 108

The use of groups in Blackboard can facilitate collaboration, but it can be a little tricky to manage. In this session, you will see how to set up, edit, and manage groups and group sets. You will also learn how to create and grade group assignments, discussion boards, and journals. There are some "gotchas" to groups, so you will not want to miss this session!

Discussion Board

Thursday, October 1 from 10:00-11:00 PM in FLITE 108

The discussion board can be a significant learning experience for students if faculty employs it effectively. In this workshop, we will evaluate best practices and strategies to make your discussion board conversations contribute to learning outcomes. You will learn how to write an effective discussion board prompt that will enhance active learning in your class. You will also learn how to create a discussion board forum in Blackboard, how to facilitate the discussion, and how to grade the student activity.

Grade Center

Wednesday, September 30 from 9:00 - 11:00 in FLITE 108
Friday, December 4 from 1:00-3:00 in FLITE 108

This is an in-depth workshop on all the components of the Grade Center. Participants will learn how to create, configure, and manage grade center columns, weighted grades, grading schemas, grading periods, and categories. We will also explore color codes and smart views. This workshop is most useful when the participant has a Blackboard Learn course with enrolled students enrolled. 


 Wednesday, August 26 from 3:00 - 4:00 in FLITE 108

Using rubrics is a great way to communicate expectations to your students. It is also a great tool to help you grade quickly and fairly, while giving your students timely feedback to help them be more successful. In this session, you will learn how to create various types of rubrics, how to associate the rubric to gradable items, and how to grade using the rubric. You will also learn how to export the rubric so that you can import it into another course or share with other faculty.

Mobile Learn

Thursday, September 24 from 9:00-10:00 in FLITE 108

Imagine a classroom without walls. Learning does not does not have to happen only in the classroom. Faculty can use Blackboard Mobile Learn to take the classroom out into the world and to keep students engaged as they experience online content and collaboration anywhere they go.

Retention Center

Thursday, October 8 from 11:00-Noon in FLITE 108

In this session, we will examine course reports, the Early Warning System, and the new Retention Center in Blackboard. We will also discuss what information is needed by the Registrar's Office when a student withdraws, as well as special reports you can request from the e-Learning team that come directly from the database.

One-on-One Walk-in Sessions

 EVERY Monday from 1:00-5:00 PM in FLITE 404 Workroom

Instructional Technologists, Jackie Hughes or Andrew Peterson, will be available in the Faculty Center workroom every Friday from 1:00 – 5:00 for one-on-one Blackboard check-off sessions and to assist faculty with any instructional technological need. No problem is too big or small! Feel free to drop in at your convenience during these times. No need to RSVP, because we are here to serve you!

Other Training


Friday, January 4 from 9 AM - Noon in FLITE 108
Wednesday, January 9 from 9 AM - Noon in FLITE 108 

StudyMate is a tool by Respondus that “helps students "master the basics" of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games.” StudyMate also has flash cards, crosswords and quizzes. Come to this session to see how you can integrate these interactive exercises such as flash cards, crosswords and quizzes into your Blackboard courses.


Friday, January 11 from 10 AM - Noon in FLITE 108

Tegrity is the University's standard lecture capture tool. Secure recordings are automatically made accessible in FerrisConnect so students cans access the videos easily at any time. In addition to capturing a lecture in the classroom, Tegrity can be used to create quick tutorials by faculty and administrators at work or at home. In this workshop, you will learn how to access and navigate Tegrity, as well as how to create, upload, edit and delete a recording.

Atomic Learning


Monday, January 7 from 10-11 AM in FLITE 108

Atomic Learning video tutorials provide a GREAT way for staff, faculty and students to learn a variety of topics/software on their own time outside of work and class. You can easily embed videos on APA citation, plagiarism, Adobe Photoshop, CAD, Blackboard and even how to use a Texas Instruments calculator! This interactive session will guide instructors on embedding Atomic Learning video tutorials into Blackboard to be used as reference material, lab assignments, or to teach students how to use particular software tools.


Friday, January 18 from 2-4 PM in FLITE 108

Respondus is a test creation tool that allows you to create your own questions, quizzes, and surveys for use in Blackboard while you are offline. Questions can be typed directly into Respondus, imported from a file, or retrieved from a Blackboard course. This workshop will guide participants in creating a Respondus test and deploying it in Blackboard.

Turning Technologies Clicker Training

Wednesday, January 16 from 3-5 PM in FLITE 108

Turning Technologies offers training in a variety of formats to help you learn how to use the TurningPoint software and the ResponseCard hardware. The Turning Technologies training website has online training, on-demand tutorials, detailed documentation, self-paced training courses and more. You can also contact them for direct assistance with your individual needs. For more information, go to the web link below.


Test Proctoring

Wednesday, October 7 from 2-3 PM in FLITE 108

Online testing can easily challenge academic integrity. How can faculty know the student taking the test is the person who is really enrolled in the course? What can be done to prevent cheating? Though these issues may seem daunting, there are easy solutions readily available through either Tegrity or Respondus! This session will show you how to set up Tegrity and Respondus to for test proctoring within Blackboard.


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