OIT's Instructional Design and Technology team provides training and support for faculty, staff, and students in Blackboard and other instructional technologies. Previous training topics include Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Ally, Zoom, Echo360, video creation, and strategies for active learning and technology-supported instruction. Current training options are listed on this page.
Faculty/Staff Blackboard Training (Online) - All faculty and staff who intend to use UHCL's Blackboard system must complete our team's online training, regardless of previous Blackboard or LMS experience at other institutions. Participants should expect to spend approximately hours in training-related activities and may take as long as needed to complete the training. The online training has rolling enrollments, permitting us to enroll participants continuously, upon request. To request access to this training, please contact the Support Center. A help ticket will be generated and assigned to the appropriate member of our team, who will then enroll you and provide access instructions.
Faculty/Staff Blackboard Training (Face-to-Face) - The Instructional Design and Technology team can offer face-to-face Blackboard training sessions upon request by programs/schools (with a minimum of 6 participants). To request a face-to-face Blackboard training for your department, program, or college, please contact the Support Center.
Summer 2021 Training Schedule - The latest version of the IDT team's training schedule is posted on the Instructional Design and Technology Blog. To request a specific additional training/professional development topic for consideration, please send your requests to the team at IDT@uhcl.edu. We are always happy to accept faculty/staff suggestions for training that best suits your needs and interests.
Recorded Previous Training Sessions - We maintain a catalog of previously-recorded training sessions on our team's blog site. This site will be continuously updated as new sessions are conducted and recorded.
Blackboard Ally Training - A fully online, self-paced session on Blackboard's Ally tool is available upon request. Ally is a tool integrated into Blackboard Learn to assist faculty and students with improved content accessibility. To enroll in this training, please contact the Support Center.
Blackboard Student Training (Online) - The IDT team's Learning Technology Administrators (LTAs) maintain a fully online course for students that introduces them to Blackboard, online/technology-support learning, technical troubleshoooting tips, and more. Students may self-enroll in the course at any time. Although this training is optional, some instructors require students to submit a copy of their Blackboard training completion certificate during the first week of class.