Instructional Technology Professional Development Training

With continuous advances in educational technology, on-going professional development is vital to the success of individuals and organizations.  Atlantic Cape is proud to offer an array of opportunities to its faculty and staff to advance their knowledge and understanding of the tools we use to design accessible, innovative, and engaging learning environments.

Please explore the below list of training sessions and click the name of the session title to view the full topic description, format, and next available session. Registration is required!  Please follow the registration information for each department offering the workshop.

Instructional Technology Workshops

Please contact Instructional Technology to register by phone at (800) 617-2191 or by email at onlinehelp@atlanticcape.edu.

Ally is integrated in Blackboard Learn and assists faculty with making digital course resources more accessible. Ally helps you approach accessibility in a way that is beneficial to all students. In this session we take an in-depth look at Ally’s 3-step model for improving accessibility. We will uncover Ally’s many capabilities such as its ability to automatically provide alternative formats for digital course content. We will explore what Ally is, how it works, how it scores digital course content within Blackboard and its positive impact on students.

Ally Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 11 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

Many instructors who teach face-to-face, remote and hybrid courses use attendance data as part of their students' overall grades. In this session we will look at the Blackboard Attendance tool. You will learn how instructors can use the Blackboard Attendance tool for each class meeting to mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused. You will learn how instructors can use attendance as part of grade calculations just as you can for an assignment grade column. You will learn that when using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, attendance data can be sent directly to the Attendance tool in the course. Lastly, you will learn how Attendance data can easily be exported at the end of the semester as a CSV file for record keeping.

Blackboard Attendance Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 4 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Webinar (online)
Tuesday, July 9 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Webinar (online)

During this session we will take an in-depth look at the Blackboard Grade Center. You will learn how to create columns and categories, enter grades, monitor student progress, and how to communicate information to students using the Blackboard Grade Center. Finally, you will learn how to create reports and export your grades from the Blackboard Grade Center to an Excel spreadsheet.

Blackboard Grade Center Session Dates
Date Time Location
Thursday, June 6 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Webinar (online)
Thursday, July 11 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

Collaborate is an interactive web conferencing tool built inside of Blackboard. In this session, you will learn how to add the Collaborate tool link in your course shell and how to create a Collaborate session. You will explore the basic design interface of a Collaborate session as well as do a deep dive into the session settings. You will learn how to share content, interact using the chat tool and utilize the whiteboard, polling and breakout groups features to maximize student engagement. You will also learn how to record your Collaborate sessions, access your recordings and utilize the auto-captioning feature. Finally, you will learn how to access attendance, polling and recording usage reports.

Collaborate for Beginners Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, July 30 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

In this session, we will explore designing an exemplary Blackboard course shell. Student success in an online or remote setting begins with a properly designed course shell. Some areas of course shell building we will be covering during this session are course layout, interactivity, assessment and support. Sample courses will be shown to illustrate the do's and don'ts of designing a Blackboard course shell.

This webinar is for Blackboard beginners or any faculty who want to improve their current Blackboard course by examining the important concepts of design.

Designing an Exemplary Course on Blackboard Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, July 23 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

All Atlantic Cape faculty are required to attend our Getting Started with Blackboard Learn training session prior to using Blackboard at Atlantic Cape. In this session you will learn how to request Blackboard course shells each semester and how faculty and students access Blackboard. You will learn how to navigate the My Institution page, navigate the Blackboard course menu, and utilize edit mode and student view within your course. You will learn how to add content to your course and the importance of making sure that your content is accessible to all students. You will also learn the difference between the Course Messages and Send Email tools, learn how to use Discussions, learn how to send Announcements, view the Grade Center, and more.

Getting Started with Blackboard Learn Session Dates
Date Time Location
Thursday, June 27 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

Are your students submitting their assignments through Blackboard Messages, email or paper? Are you downloading endless attachments to grade, and then inputting the grades in your Blackboard gradebook? Learn how utilizing the Blackboard Assignment tool can streamline this process for you and save you time. Students can view and submit their assignments all within Blackboard and all of your grading will take place directly through the Blackboard Grade Center. You will learn how to create, edit, and grade assignments in Blackboard. Utilizing Turnitin Assignments in Blackboard will also be demonstrated.

Time to Assign Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, July 16 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

Increase, engage, and track your students' class participation by using the Discussion Board in Blackboard Learn. In this session, you will learn how to create a link to the Discussion Board, set up graded forums, post and reply to threads as a student, grade posts and provide feedback, close forums, and lock threads.

Using Graded Discussions in Blackboard Learn Session Dates
Date Time Location
Thursday, June 20 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

In this session you will learn about Atlantic Cape’s adopted online proctoring tool, Honorlock. Honorlock is used with online and remote courses to protect the integrity of online exams and verify student identity. All faculty who teach online and remote courses are required to use Honorlock with a minimum of one assessment. We will look at how Honorlock works and how it can be used both with Blackboard tests and third party publisher tests. We will look at how to add Honorlock to a Blackboard course shell and then how to set it up to be used with a test, including a deep dive look at the available proctoring options and student guidelines. Finally, we will look at how to review Honorlock results and a summary report.

Using Honorlock to Protect the Integrity of Online Exams Session Dates
Date Time Location
Thursday, June 13 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Webinar (online)
Thursday, July 18 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Webinar (online)

In this session you will learn about Atlantic Cape’s plagiarism detection tool, Turnitin. We will look at how to create and edit Turnitin assignments, directly through Blackboard. We will look at how to interpret similarity reports, how to add annotations, add feedback and more. We will discuss the Turnitin AI detection feature and how to request Turnitin paper deletions. Finally, we will look at how to update a Turnitin assignment in a copied Blackboard course shell for an upcoming semester.

Using Turnitin to Deter Plagiarism Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 25 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CANCELED
Thursday, July 25 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CANCELED

Zoom is an audio and video conferencing platform that is utilized for remote education. In this session, you will learn how to schedule a class meeting through Zoom as well as how and where to post your meeting information inside Blackboard. We will take an in-depth look at the Zoom interface and the various interactive teaching tools. Finally, you will learn how to view and download participation reports from your Zoom meetings.

Zooming Through Remote Teaching Session Dates
Date Time Location
TBA