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IIT Online provides ongoing IIT faculty orientation and hands-on workshops for Blackboard. 

Faculty can always schedule one-on-one, small group or departmental meetings by contacting us directly at bkatz2@iit.edu. We also have drop-in office hours. 

IIT Online will be holding training sessions for faculty, teaching assistants, and staff during the weeks of August 17 and August 24 covering:

  • Blackboard Learn (course tools)
  • Blackboard Collaborate (collaboration and conferencing tools)

An RSVP is not required but is appreciated to estimate headcount.

Sessions will address applications basics and focus on certain aspects of each set of tools (including some new testing security features). However, the agenda is designed to be highly responsive to the questions raised by the individual participants.

We encourage faculty who are new to using Blackboard to participate, but we also invite experienced faculty who have questions about specific features like the how to use Blackboard for tests, managing the Grade Center, or reusing content from course to course.

*Note: IIT Online is now a unit under the Office of Academic Affairs and provides support for these tools across the university independent of whether faculty are teaching online or not.*

All sessions will in Stuart Building, Room 103 and will last about an hour.


Topic 1: Blackboard Basics 
Tuesday, August 18 at 10 a.m.
Friday, August 21 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 25 at  10 a.m.
Wednesday, August 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Topic 2: Bb Collaborate
Monday, August 17 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, August 20 at 10 a.m.
Monday, August 24 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, August 27 at 1 p.m.

If you are unable to attend, contact Brad Katz (bkatz2@iit.edu) directly to schedule a department meeting or small group/one-on-one session.

An updated calendar is below. To sign up for sessions, please use this form

To suggest or schedule additional topic-specific training sessions, please use this form.

Blackboard Orientation and Training