FerrisConnect Training

Self-Paced Online Class

This online course is designed for you to take at your own convenience and pace. Two phases are available. Each phase builds on the content learned in the previous phase. Some may choose to complete only Phase 1.

FerrisConnect Basics (Phase 1)

Required for all faculty who wish to use the learning management system (FerrisConnect) as a teaching tool.

You can expect to learn how to navigate through the new look of FerrisConnect. It will cover the basic course tools such as: Announcements, Syllabus, Learning Modules, Calendar, Contacts, Email, and Messages. It will also explore the Grade Center, adding a course syllabus, and how to customize settings. Faculty teaching face-to-face courses must complete FerrisConnect Basic training in order to request FerrisConnect course shells.

FerrisConnect Collaboration Tools (Phase 2)

Required for faculty who teach a blended or fully online course.

It highlights some of the FerrisConnect 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. Faculty teaching web-enhanced or online courses must complete both FerrisConnect Basic training AND FerrisConnect Collaboration Tools in order to request FerrisConnect course shells.

Just-in-Time Training Videos

Video tutorials are available online for quick answers to questions you may have about a particular feature of FerrisConnect. Blackboard offers online video tutorials called OnDemand. We have also subscribed to Atomic Learning's repository of online training videos.


Blackboard offers short online video tutorials at their On Demand Learning Center. You can find videos on Understanding & Building your Course, Communicating & Collaborating, Assessing Learners, and there are even video tutorials for Students.

Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning offers online video tutorials for just about every software tool available, including Blackboard.  This subscription is available to all Ferris faculty and students.  It can be used in a number of ways.  Faculty can select a video tutorial and create a link to it in FerrisConnect Learn for students to watch before coming to class! To access the Atomic Learning training videos, log in to myfsu.ferris.edu and click on the Atomic Learning link located on the MyFSU tab within the Login Links channel.

One-on-One Personal Sessions

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) is available to sit with you one-on-one and help you with your particular needs.  If you would like to schedule a one-on-one session, please contact Jackie Hughes or Andrew Peterson in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at (231) 591-2440.

Instructor Guide

Everybody learns differently.  You may prefer to simply read the Instructor Guide for quick answers to questions you may have about FerrisConnect.  This guide is available for you to download in a .PDF format.