Portal Training

CTSI is responsible for the administration, support and training (on the St. George campus) for Blackboard, the University of Toronto’s online learning management system. Commonly known as the Portal, available at www.portal.utoronto.ca, Blackboard allows instructors, students and members of campus and staff organizations to access information on courses, grades, degree navigation, university news and browse library catalogues through one website.

Within a course or organization, you can communicate through discussion boards, blogs, journals or email, post course content, share documentation, administer tests, record grades and so much more. Please visit www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca for information on how to use this system.

Sessions will be held in the CTSI Teaching Studio, Robarts Library (130 St. George Street), 4th floor, Room 4034 unless indicated otherwise.

 

GETTING STARTED: BUILDING YOUR PORTAL COURSE
The University of Toronto’s Learning Portal uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide online access to course materials and a variety of tools to enhance teaching and learning activities.

This two-hour hands-on session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who are new to Blackboard and are looking to get an overview of the system and tools available.

This session will cover the following: understanding the lifecycle of a U of T Blackboard course, organizing and managing a Blackboard course, managing enrolments, posting files, using the Discussion Board, as well as sending announcements and emails through Blackboard. Participants will also be briefly introduced to other features in Blackboard including Export & Archive and the Grade Center.

April 20, 2017, 1pm to 3pm    

 

GRADE CENTER: PROVIDING FEEDBACK & MARKS ONLINE

Prerequisite: Attended Getting Started: Building Your Portal Course workshop or have equivalent proficiency using Blackboard (see Getting Started description above); confident use of Internet browsers.

The Grade Center in the Learning Portal is an online repository of assessment data for your courses. It is a flexible tool that allows the instructor to enter grades directly into their Blackboard course and can be used in conjunction with other Blackboard features to develop an efficient grading and record keeping system.

This two-hour hands-on session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who have been introduced to the Grade Center and are looking for a more detailed overview of the capabilities of this tool.

  • This session will cover the following:
  • Creating columns in the Grade Center
  • Organizing and customizing your columns
  • Setting up weights for assessments
  • Entering grades and viewing how they are displayed to students
  • Understanding how to back up your Grade Center
  • Exploring additional features such as Grade History, Smart Views, Categories and Reports
  • Following U of T grading policy and best practices in the dissemination of grades

April 25, 2017, 10am to 12pm   Register

 

WEB CONFERENCING WITH BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE

Prerequisite: Attended Getting Started: Building Your Portal Course workshop or have equivalent proficiency using Blackboard (see Getting Started description above); confident use of Internet browsers.

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that is available in all Blackboard Courses and Organizations. Blackboard Collaborate provides the ability to conduct live classes or meetings online with synchronous video and audio. Presenters can share presentations, software applications, multimedia, and files.  Numerous activities using polls, quizzes and other tools can be easily conducted in real time.

This two-hour, hands-on session has been developed for instructors, teaching assistants and course administrators who are looking to get a detailed overview of using Blackboard Collaborate.

This interactive session will cover the following:

  • Creating and scheduling Collaborate sessions through the Learning Portal
  • Understanding Collaborate as a Moderator and as a Participant
  • Sharing presentations and applications with Participants
  • Conducting polls and other interactive activities
  • Effectively managing a Collaborate session

April 24, 2017, 1pm to 3pm   Register

 

For online documentation on the use of Blackboard, please visit:
www.portalinfo.utoronto.caOn UTM campus, please see:
library.utm.utoronto.ca/faculty/blackboardOn UTSC campus, please see:
ctl.utsc.utoronto.ca/technology/blackboardFor Blackboard support, please email portal.help@utoronto.ca or visit www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca for more information.