Trainings & Webinars

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The Office of Continuing and Distance Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning and IT Support & Training are partnering to offer remote instruction workshops. Please see the workshop options for participation below.


Blackboard Overview for Instructors

Instructors and TA's only: Join us for an overview of the Blackboard Learn system for Instructors and Teaching Assistants. Topics include communication tools, posting content, tests and assignments, the grade center, Kaltura and the Collaborate conference tool.

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Ultra Collaborate Ultra is Blackboard's video conferencing tool used to meet with your class in real time. Ultra lets you share applications, share your screen, deliver PowerPoint-style lectures and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with your students. Additionally, we will discuss classroom technology tools.

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Blackboard Communication Tools

Instructors and TA's Only: This workshop will focus on Blackboard Learn communication tools including: Discussion Boards, Journals, Announcements, and Email.

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Blackboard Tests & Assignments for Instructors

This class focuses on setting up and deploying tests and assignments. This workshop also covers the features of the Blackboard Learn Grade Center. The Grade Center allows faculty to record grades, calculate grades and monitor student progress. Using the Grade Center, faculty can provide and manage students' grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts and journals. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, participation or attendance.. **FOR INSTRUCTORS ONLY**.

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Kaltura Kamps (Kaltura Academic Media & Pedagogy)

Join Kaltura's free masterclass series focused on helping higher education faculty and instructional designers better use video. This complimentary series for Kaltura customers will not only teach you tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Kaltura products, but will also give you some of the latest in pedagogical theory for how to use video as part of your courses for more effective learning.

Register for as many as you’d like! Each session will stand alone, so you can focus on the topics most important to you. 

  • January 14, 2021 - KAMP: Using Kaltura Capture to Easily Create Engaging Classroom Videos - Register for this class
  • February 11, 2021 - KAMP: Using Video in the Fully Online Environment for Improved Personalization and Student Engagement - Register for this class
  • March 11, 2021 - KAMP: Creating Interactive Video Opportunities That Provide Active Learning - Register for this class
  • April 8, 2021 - KAMP: Using Kaltura Analytics to Continuously Improve Student Engagement - Register for this class
  • May 13, 2021 - KAMP: Kaltura Transcriptions and Captions: More Than Accessibility! - Register for this class
  • June 10, 2021 - KAMP: Flipping 101: How to Provide More Asynchronous Video Content! - Register for this class
Kaltura Video Platform
Kaltura Reach: Video Captioning

A new tool in the Kaltura Video Platform allows for captioning of videos saved in the application. This workshop covers the basics of adding captions with the Reach tool, and discusses best practices for optimizing the effectiveness of the captioning. 

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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Essentials

Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Office 365 Apps that integrates all the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. Microsoft Teams Essentials covers the basics of using the Teams application.

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Microsoft Teams for Academics

MS Teams is now available from within Blackboard Learn! Teams Meetings can be used as a replacement for Collaborate Ultra. This session reviews the options for integrating Teams into your course. Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Office 365 Apps that integrates all the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. 

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Microsoft Teams Meetings

MS Teams meetings is a web based online meeting space. Teams meetings are a great way to come together with your colleagues both inside and outside of Kent State. Meetings in Teams include audio, video, and sharing. Join us for this introduction to holding meetings in MS Teams.

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Teaching Remotely

Teaching Remotely with the New Classroom Tech

Learn to use the newly installed classroom technology! We will cover how the room is configured with the new technology, highlighting the new Lumens model DC125 camera and Audio-Technica ATR4650 omni directional microphone. We'll look at how to configure Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to use these new input devices with the computer in the room or your personal tech.

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Previous Trainings/Webinars


Gradescope is a digital assessment tool that can replace Scantron bubble sheets while teaching remotely. Gradescope also has the flexibility for many other types of quiz and exam questions. We invite you to learn more about this exciting tool by watching introductory videos or the recorded workshop below.

Learn how instructors use Gradescope by watching the recorded workshop at the link below. The recorded workshop offers guidance on how to deliver assessments remotely and outline various assessment options to meet your immediate needs. The workshop also covers the grading and rubric-building workflow on Gradescope and walks attendees through both the instructor and student interface for creating and submitting assignments and viewing feedback.

How to Work From Home

How to Work from Home - Faculty Edition

This workshop is designed to support the Teaching at Home material found at This workshop will focus on digital tools like Blackboard, Kaltura and Collaborate Ultra.

How to Work from Home - Staff Edition

This workshop is designed to support the Work at Home policy (policy statement found at currently in place during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 modified class schedule. This workshop will focus on digital tools like MS Teams and Jabber. If you have questions regarding using these tools to work from home, join us at one of the workshops below.

Keep On Teaching: Science Labs & Assessing Learning

Keep On Teaching: Science Labs

The vast majority of science labs at Kent State University are delivered as face-to-face instruction. This webinar will provide guidance for science lab instructors on modifying or replacing face-to-face lab activities with remote instruction options such as simulations, demonstrations, data interpretation activities and other approaches.

Keep On Teaching: Assessing Learning

In this webinar, participants will consider various options for assessing student learning in a remote learning environment.  This will include perspectives on aligning learning outcomes with assessment strategies, options for creating assignments and tests in Blackboard, and considerations for students with accommodations through Student Accessibility Services.  The second half of the webinar will allow time for a question and answer session.

Moving the Needle on Remote Instruction

Moving the Needle on Remote Instruction: Creating Engaging Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Experiences

In this webinar, participants will consider various strategies for synchronous and/or asynchronous content delivery and student engagement in a remote learning environment. This will include interaction and engagement strategies that may be best for you and your course goals; quick and effective strategies for instructor presence; and teaching tools appropriate for your course. 

Moving the Needle on Remote Instruction: Top 5 Tools and Strategies for Instructors

Kent State University provides access to tools and resources to help conduct classroom experiences at a distance, such as real-time lectures, discussions, presentations, online office hours, and assignments. This webinar provides an overview of these tools, and ideas to enhance your class organization, communication, feedback, and student engagement in a remote learning environment.  

Online Teaching Orientation and Refresher (OTOR)

OTOR is a self-paced, asynchronous online session designed around essential online teaching topics and practices, and is perfect for both new and experienced online faculty. Participants will explore topics such as: creating and maintaining teaching presence, student accessibility considerations, classroom management techniques, collaborative group learning, online assessment tools and more. Faculty will also complete selected applied practice activities that they can then use in their current and future online courses. This session will take approximately 40-60 hours to complete, and feedback and guidance will be given by a Kent State Online instructor.

 If you have any questions regarding remote instruction and/or your fully online course, please contact us at