Office of Open Learning

Office of Open Learning: Workshops

A one-stop shop for all your open learning needs

Welcome! Please log in.

As we all face the challenge and promise of moving rapidly to online learning as a result of the Corona virus' impact on our daily lives, support for developing your online teaching and for using the educational technology tools available to you is more important than ever. The Office of Open Learning is working closely with our colleagues in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and IT Services, as well as the campus community, to provide the support you need as a teacher heading online.

Options for support are being continuously updated to meet the needs of the campus, and the current courses, workshops and experience are available below. Courses and workshops include our 5-day Introduction to teaching online, and the half-day Online Teaching 101 course, as well as faculty-specific sessions.

If you need immediate support, please visit the Virtual helpdesk in the BB Cafe Organization site Virtual Classroom (Note: Log in to Blackboard before clicking the link above to go directly to the virtual classroom) or if that link doesn't work, use the guest link. Hours and updates are posted on the COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops page. If you require customized or tailored help that can't be addressed in the virtual classroom, please submit a ticket at uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and let us know what you need. Please note that the volume of requests is very high at this time, but we will do our best to accommodate your requests as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience! Other ways to get started include:

Show past offerings

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

A practical guide to creating videos

Schedule: Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM
Location: Online (Blackboard Collaborate)
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This short workshop will focus on the basics of creating a video. We will look at what is important for planning your video and review practical tips/suggestions. There will also be a demonstration of how you could use PowerPoint to create multiple videos types, including recording anything on your screen.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

1:00 PM

Creating free interactive content with H5P

Schedule: Thursday, June 02, 2022, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Location: Online (Blackboard Collaborate)
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This workshop will introduce you to the H5P tool, which all Ontario educators can use for free. Whether you want to explore those resources that have already been created and openly shared, or create your own, H5P has incredible potential. With H5P you can add quizzes, pop ups, and other interactions to videos, create interactive presentations, provide fillable and downloadable forms, allow audio input, create scenarios where the result depends on the choices you make, create virtual 360 degree tours, and much more.
In this workshop, participants will see how to create an account, find existing resources, and how to create some common popular interaction types. Additionally, they will be shown how to find examples and tutorials for any additional content types they may want to explore.

4:00 PM

How to use Stream to add subtitles to your class video

Schedule: Thursday, June 02, 2022, 04:00 PM – 04:15 PM
Location: Online (Blackboard Collaborate)
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This short workshop will show you how to create a channel for your class so that videos you upload are limited to that class. We will demonstrate how to enable the automatic creation of subtitles, as well as how to edit those subtitles. We will also review how to download a recording from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (virtual classroom) in case you want to add subtitles to it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS

Registration closes June 07, 2022.
Schedule: Wednesday, June 08, 2022, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
This session will explore Panorama, the accessibility audit tool available in Blackboard upon request. This tool assists users by providing alternative formats of a document including .mp3, .txt, voice-to-text, EPUB, braille, high contrast and others. Further, instructors will also be able to view accessibility audit reports on documents they have uploaded to their site. Accessibility checklists will be explored for the following file types:
  • MS Word .doc and .docx
  • PDF
  • MS PowerPoint .ppt and .pptx
  • HTML
Instructions on how to access Panorama will be given during the workshop.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Strategies for handling your online timed examination

Schedule: Thursday, June 09, 2022, 01:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Location: Online (Blackboard Collaborate)
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Please note this workshop will not discuss how to build a test or discuss proctoring solutions.
So, you have built an online timed test, but what should you do the day of the test? This workshop is meant for instructors who are planning to use the Blackboard tests tool to deliver an online timed examination. This sort of high stakes assessment comes with inherent technological/planning risks, so it is important to know how best to support our students. We will discuss strategies for how to try to avoid problems and how to deal with common issues that arise during the testing window. Advice based on timed examinations run this summer will be offered.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS

Registration closes June 28, 2022.
Schedule: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
This session will explore Panorama, the accessibility audit tool available in Blackboard upon request. This tool assists users by providing alternative formats of a document including .mp3, .txt, voice-to-text, EPUB, braille, high contrast and others. Further, instructors will also be able to view accessibility audit reports on documents they have uploaded to their site. Accessibility checklists will be explored for the following file types:
  • MS Word .doc and .docx
  • PDF
  • MS PowerPoint .ppt and .pptx
  • HTML

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS

Registration closes July 19, 2022.
Schedule: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
This session will explore Panorama, the accessibility audit tool available in Blackboard upon request. This tool assists users by providing alternative formats of a document including .mp3, .txt, voice-to-text, EPUB, braille, high contrast and others. Further, instructors will also be able to view accessibility audit reports on documents they have uploaded to their site. Accessibility checklists will be explored for the following file types:
  • MS Word .doc and .docx
  • PDF
  • MS PowerPoint .ppt and .pptx
  • HTML
Instructions on how to access Panorama will be given during the workshop.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Tools to support accessible document preparation for the LMS

Registration closes August 17, 2022.
Schedule: Thursday, August 18, 2022, 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
This session will explore Panorama, the accessibility audit tool available in Blackboard upon request. This tool assists users by providing alternative formats of a document including .mp3, .txt, voice-to-text, EPUB, braille, high contrast and others. Further, instructors will also be able to view accessibility audit reports on documents they have uploaded to their site. Accessibility checklists will be explored for the following file types:
  • MS Word .doc and .docx
  • PDF
  • MS PowerPoint .ppt and .pptx
  • HTML
Instructions on how to access Panorama will be given during the workshop.