Training & Professional Development

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About Our Training Learn more about the training and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
Training Calendar Register for upcoming training sessions.
Training Details Read more about upcoming and past training offerings.
Request an Appointment Schedule an appointment to speak with our STaR support staff about training, professional development, or support services.

About our Training

Our support staff is here to help with your Blackboard questions. We offer specialized training and support for faculty and students by appointment or walk-in. We also have several professional development opportunities available including our weekly Learning Shorts series.

Face-to-Face Training

Currently we offering face-to-face training based on appointment only. These workshops can cover everything from the basics to more advanced topics like interaction and engagement.   We encourage you to schedule a group session with your colleagues. It’s more fun that way and we can tailor the training to meet your needs.  Contact the STaR office to schedule a customized workshop today!

Online Training

Our online workshops are fully online and self-paced, covering everything from the basics to building community in an online course.  Workshops are scheduled to start every two weeks to encourage cohorts.  However, there is no set completion time and participants have ongoing access to these workshops so that they can be returned to whenever needed.

The courses run for two week sessions and are completely asynchronous.  A facilitator provides feedback and guidance throughout the session.  Faculty are able to share and interact with one another while discussing best practices and gaining hands-on experience in the online environment. It is recommended to begin with the Getting Started workshop before moving on to any of the other online workshops.

Learning Shorts

We know life is hectic and schedules are busy, so our Learning Shorts video series will give you a chance to relax, kick-back, and enjoy getting up to speed on the latest in online teaching. Each Monday we post a new video about the uses, updates, and/or pedagogical best practices for a tool or feature.

After watching the video join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #starshorts. Ask questions, share ideas, and respond to others. We’ll be monitoring the feed throughout the week.

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Training Calendar

Check our training calendar to find out more details and register for upcoming training and professional development offerings.

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Training Details

Find out more about our synchronous and asynchronous trainings offerings including detailed descriptions, time and location, and registration information.


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Request an Appointment

Schedule an appointment to speak with our STaR support staff about training, professional development, or support services.
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