New Webinars for Becoming Advanced Users Turnitin Academy Live

All sessions are ONLINE WEBINARS. Participants can access the sessions from home or campus.
For more information contact Ann Steckel in TLP at X6780 or

Pushing Past Plagiarism Prevention with Originality Check
Ready to take your use of OriginalityCheck to the next level? Learn to use some advanced features of Turnitin like discussion boards, reflection assignments, and revision assignments, to improve writing skills and encourage original work.

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM PDT
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Peer Review Across the Curriculum with PeerMark
Want to conduct student peer reviews effectively and efficiently? Learn how to use PeerMark to distribute papers to review, collect useful reviewer feedback, encourage student participation, and achieve cognitive benefits of peer review.

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM PDT
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Beyond Awkward: Offering Meaningful Feedback with GradeMark
Tired of lugging stacks of papers all over town and scribbling illegible feedback in the margins for hours on end? Learn how to use GradeMark to provide more meaningful feedback in less time and track class progress and problem areas.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM PDT
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A Brief Cartoon History of Social Networking 1930-2011

Blackboard Learn Training at CSU Chico

Bb Learn Training Group

Training for those who will lead the first wave of instructors transitioning to the Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS) began this week in the Technology and Learning Program’s (TLP) faculty training lab here at Chico State.

Kathy Saville of Marshall University in West Virginia, who has worked with Bb Learn since its inception in 2009, demonstrated some of the new and improved functionality including the Grading Center, which is “easier to use, with more capabilities” than the currently employed Vista system. She also introduced Bb Learn’s wiki tool, which adds a new level of interactive capability to the LMS.

During her two-day training, Saville emphasized that Bb Learn is “similar to Vista, so the transition [to Bb Learn] is relatively easy, but there are enough differences that getting hands on experience is valuable.”

Saville also said that the staff at Marshall University has been “very pleased with the way Blackboard has worked with and taken input from its users. It’s almost like a team, in the way that the vendor has listened to us.”

Attendees of the training sessions included TLP’s staff of Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs), DLT’s application administrators, as well as staff from Butte College and Sacramento State, who will be passing along their knowledge to the first wave of CSU Chico instructors transitioning to Bb Learn in the Fall 2011 pilot program.

For further developments regarding Bb Learn keep your eye on this blog and the transition to Blackboard Learn website. [ ]

article by TLP student staff Carey Wilson

Learn how to find and use publisher test question banks within Respondus

If you’re a Respondus user, you might be using a publisher test bank. Have you tried the all-new Respondus Test Bank Network? Now you can search for your textbook test bank while you’re using Respondus, and import the questions directly without installing additional software or manipulating the format. Learn how at one of these Respondus free webinars coming up:

Webinar: Fast, Easy Ways to Use Publisher Test Banks in Online Learning (45 minutes)

  • Tuesday, March 8th at 4 pm ET (1 pm PT) – Register
  • Wednesday, March 9th at 2 pm ET (11 am PT) – Register
  • Thursday, March 10th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT) – Register

If you haven’t tried Respondus to build online assessments, you can learn mroe about it at

Designing Online Learning with Richard Culatta

This video features an interview with Richard Culatta and centers around the importance of developing interactive online learning. According to Culatta, “Online learning should connect learners with each other and with experts and not just content. The more online leverages social learning practices the more effective it will be. Instructional design is essential to effective online learning.”

NOTE: The volume is low on this video. You may need to turn up your speakers.