Blackboard Learn Faculty Training Information

Have you heard that the Chico campus is moving from the Vista Learning Management System to the Blackboard Learn system? No? Well here is some information to let you know what is coming and help you to better understand how to prepare.

Early Adopter Faculty
Self-selecting faculty will attend workshops during the fall semester of 2011 to obtain information about the new system, how it works, and what is needed to prepare to move to it. (Training will begin in September.) TLP’s goal is to train 50% of the faculty to move during the initial wave. These faculty who are trained during the fall 2011 semester will move all, or at least some of their classes, into Blackboard Learn to teach with in the spring of 2012.

The Second Wave of Faculty
The remainder of the faculty who do not get trained during the fall will be trained during the spring and summer of 2012 and will move all of their classes into Blackboard Learn to teach with in the fall of 2012. At this time the first wave of trained faculty will also have all of their courses moved into Learn for this semester.

Department Training
Initially TLP will supply department-level training to those who request it. The objective is to train these groups as cohorts who can then assist each other in the transition process. Laura Sederberg, TLP Manager, is leading this effort. Please contact her as soon as possible to schedule a department training. She can be reached at lsederberg[@]csuchico.edu or X 4326.

Transition to Learn: The First in the Series
The first workshop that faculty will attend is called Transition to Blackboard Learn. This 90-minute training is mandatory. During the Transition workshop TLP trainers will provide participants with basic information necessary to start building a course in Bb Learn, guide them through the process of planning, creating, and organizing the course menu and content area, and explain the migration process from Vista to Bb Learn.

The objectives of the Transition to Bb Learn are as follows:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
· develop the course menu, upload files to courses and work with features of the content area.
· decide whether to use the migration application and guide tool, or to build a course from scratch.
· locate support resources and select further training opportunities.
· make informed decisions about transitioning to Bb Learn.

The 60-minute informational portion of this workshop, will be followed by a 30-minute hands-on session where the migration process will be explained. Assistance with migrating courses from Vista to Learn will be available.

Additional Training
After attending the Transition to Learn workshop, faculty may opt to take any of the following workshops at TLP:
– Communication and Group Work
– Presenting Content in Bb Learn
– Assessments and Assignments
– The Gradebook

Online asynchronous tutorials will also become available as resources are created by TLP.

Please keep watching this blog for more information about the campus transition to the new LMS, Bb Learn. For questions or comments, please contact Laura Sederberg at TLP.

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