Bb Learn Training Opportunities

To make more Blackboard Learn Training opportunities available to our faculty, the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) will increase the offerings on “Transition to Learn” throughout this semester. This will include the week AFTER final exams just before Christmas, and during January before the spring semester begins. Transition to Learn is the 90-minute workshop that will introduce you to the differences between Vista and Bb Learn, and help you make decisions about migration.

Please consider signing up for one of the many open sessions, linked from the TLP homepage, or ask your department chair to arrange for a custom group training. For department trainings, contact Laura Sederberg, Manager of TLP by email or phone, 898-4326.

During January there will be additional workshops offered for more advanced tools and features of Blackboard Learn, including: Content, Gradebook, Assessments and Assignments, Communication, and Collaboration.

Helpful Tool for faculty: Online PDF to Word Online Converter

by Asad Khan, TLP Faculty Lab Staff

Do you have an Acrobat PDF file that you need to edit, such as a past syllabus? The PDF to Word Online Converter is immensely powerful for those situations where a PDF needs editing. The tool will convert a PDF into an editable MS Word document that can be formatted to specific needs. It does this through a web interface. First upload the document using the web interface, then click  “Upload and Convert”. Take care not to close the browser window. The tool will then notify you that the converted document is available for download in a convenient zip file. This tool will even convert pictures embedded in a PDF so that they can be edited as well. Happy converting!