OIT Training and Workshops

Training and Workshops

Faculty and Staff Workshops

Faculty Technology Zone Workshops

Spring 2016 Brown Bag Event

What: Lunch Provided - OIT & Area 207 Brown Bag Event: "SRSU New Technology Update"
When: Friday, April 22nd, 2016 from 11:50 a.m. to 1-ish p.m.
Where: MAB (Morelock Academic Building) Room #302
Who: Open to All Faculty


Brown Bag Agenda:
  • OIT CIO Dave Gibson will open with an OIT "state of the union" update (w/a Q&A on the campus-wide password change and it's upcoming April 27th deadline).
  • Next, our campus support folks will give updates and showcase live examples of all our current campus technologies such as Blackboard Collaborate, the Microsoft Office365 portal / OneDrive / SR Sites area (Sul Ross Sharepoint), Smarthinking, Library Resources, new LTAC support areas, as well as provide updates on our newest fac/staff/student resources and where to find them!
  • We'll also have a guest speaker giving us a preview of a new SRSU technology: TracDat

          Spring 2016 Brown Bag Event Handout


Spring 2016 Faculty Technology Zone Workshop Schedule

Location: Area 207 (aka - ACR 207) 

For more information or personalized training contact:

Sandy Bogus at sbogus@sulross.edu or 432-837-8523


Popcorn Videos

Join us for these scheduled sessions to watch educational technology videos. The HITAP grant has recently purchased access to the Atomic Learning on-demand technology training website. On selected Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4:00 pm we will explore the Atomic Learning website. We will also watch selected videos from Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. Popcorn will be provided!

Online Course Design

This session covers online course design industry standards. We will look at the Quality Matters Rubric and the Blackboard exemplary course rubric to give faculty an idea of what is considered optimal online course design. The rubrics address learning objectives, assessment, learner engagement, technology and learner support.

Monday, 4/4/2016, 10:00 am until 11:30 am 
Monday, 4/18/2016, 10:00 am until 11:30 am

Course Organization and Structure

This session examines different methods for organizing your course including the use of folders, modules and customizing the course menu.

Tuesday, 4/5/2016, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm                                          
Thursday, 4/19/2016, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm

Safe Assign

The Assignment Tool in Blackboard allows an instructor to manage and grade regular written assignments.

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention tool that detects unoriginal content in students' papers by identifying areas of overlap between submitted assignments and existing works. SafeAssign can also be used to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase without giving credit to the original source. The SafeAssign feature is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool                              

Tuesday, 4/20/2016, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm

Announcement Tool / Calendar

The announcement tool is a very powerful communication tool. You can add videos, audio, images and text to your class announcements. Use the announcement tool to recap previous activities and prepare students for future ones. The calendar tool helps keep students up to date and aware of upcoming assignments                        

Wednesday, 4/6/2016, 10:00 am until 11:30 am

Communication Tools

Get an overview of the different communication tools Blackboard offers. We will cover the discussion board, blogs, journals, wikis and the glossary too. Learn the differences between them and how and why you want to use them.

Tuesday, 4/7/2016, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm                               

Grade Center / Rubrics

See the new inline grading interface and learn how rubrics can speed up the grading process. We will cover creating columns, organizing the grade center and how to add rubrics to assignments, discussion boards and other tools.                           

Monday, 4/11/2016, 10:00 am until 11:30 am

Quiz Tool / Respondus

Learn how to set up quizzes and exams and reduce cheating. Respondus is a program that allows you to create your exams in Microsoft Word and upload them into Blackboard, saving time and eliminating the tedium of adding one question at a time.    

Wednesday, 4/13/2016, 10:00 am until 11:30 am


We have just purchased the E-Portfolio tool for Blackboard. Learn how students can use this tool to collect artifacts and track their progress throughout their careers at Sul Ross.  

Tuesday, 4/12/2016, 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm  

  Web Conferencing

Web conferencing offers the opportunity to talk to your students live and share your computer screen. We have just purchased Blackboard Collaborate. Blakcboard will be conducting several webinars for Sul Ross in October and November. Stay tuned for dates

Blackboard Instant Messaging
SAS Advanced Workshop (Collaborate Ultra):   Date TBD
Backboard Collaborate Essentials: Date TBD
Beyond the Basics of Blackboard Collaborate: Date TBD