Instructional Technology & Center for Accessibility Training

Click the name of the session title to view the session description and session availability. All in-person training sessions are on the Mays Landing campus. Registration is required!. If at least five people are not registered for a training session, it may be canceled. Please contact Instructional Technology to register by phone at 1-800-617-2191 or by email at onlinehelp@atlantic.edu

Interested in learning the basics of what accessibility is and why it is important?

During this session we will define what accessibility is, and explore guidelines for building and analyzing accessible products. This session will provide information on the variety of disabilities and the technologies that users with disabilities interact with to reduce barriers they may find in accessing information. This session will also provide examples of the benefits of designing accessible products and showcase mainstream innovation that inclusive design has led to.

Topics discussed:
  • Overview of accessibility and usability.
  • Criteria for measuring usability and guidelines for building accessible products.
  • Overview of main types of disabilities and the technologies that support these disabilities.
  • Benefits, value and innovations regarding accessible products.

Accessibility 100 Session Dates
Date Time Location
Friday, March 6 10:00 am - 11:00 am Room K133
Friday, March 27 10:00 am - 11:00 am CANCELED

All students can benefit from an inclusive environment. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. Learn how to make content accessible to all students from the beginning to ensure equal access to the learning experience and success. In this session, you will learn the meaning of accessibility, the importance of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), and best practices for creating accessible Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations for use in your courses.

Accessibility 101 Session Dates
Date Time Location
Friday, February 7 10:00 am - 11:00 am Room K133
Friday, February 14 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)

Blackboard Ally is integrated in Blackboard Learn and assists faculty with making digital course resources more accessible. Blackboard 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.

Blackboard Ally Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, February 18 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Tuesday, April 21 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

The Blackboard Blogs, Journals and Wikis tools are robust communication tools that allow students to reflect individually or communicate and interact with a wider audience for a range of educational purposes. These tools allow you to incorporate meaningful assignments into your course where students can interact and have conversations. Interaction creates opportunity for students to learn about the subject and each other and learn to make group decisions. These tools are similar in some ways but operate in ways that make them more useful for course activities. We will explore each of these tools and demonstrate how to implement them into your course. We will discuss how to decide which tool to use for activities in your course. If you are currently using the discussion board and would like to try something different, then this session is for you!

Blackboard Blogs, Journals & Wikis Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, March 10 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Room K133
Friday, April 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am CANCELED

Blackboard Collaborate is a new, interactive and collaborative web conferencing tool built inside of Blackboard. In this session, you will learn how to add the Collaborate tool in your course as well as how to create a Collaborate conferencing 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 with students using the chat channels and utilize the whiteboard feature to maximize engagement with your students. Finally, you will learn how to record your Collaborate sessions as well as access those recordings and attendance reports.

Blackboard Collaborate for Beginners Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, February 25 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Tuesday, March 17 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Webinar (online)
Wednesday, March 18 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, March 24 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Webinar (online)
Thursday, March 26 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Tuesday, April 7 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 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
Friday, January 31 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, February 11 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Room K133
Tuesday, March 31 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Friday, April 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, April 14 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm CANCELED
Tuesday, April 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

Rubrics make the process of assessing students’ work consistent, effective, objective and efficient. In this session you will learn how to create, edit, copy, associate and manage rubrics in Blackboard. We will examine setting up rubrics for discussions and assignments, as well as associating a rubric with a Blackboard Grade Center column that could be used for projects and assignments delivered in class. Finally, we will examine reusing and sharing rubrics in other Blackboard courses by using the exporting and importing option.

Creating and Using Rubrics in Blackboard Session Dates
Date Time Location
Tuesday, February 4 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)

It is strongly recommended that all faculty 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 Blackboard 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
Friday, January 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Tuesday, January 7 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133
Thursday, January 9 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Room K133
Wednesday, January 15 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Room K133
Friday, February 21 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Friday, March 13 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133
Friday, March 27 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Monday, March 30 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Webinar (online)
Friday, May 1 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Friday, May 8 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room K133

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, January 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar (online)
Wednesday, March 25 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar (online)
Thursday, April 2 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 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, April 9 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Webinar (online)