Workshops and events

Learning Environments provides a regular series of training and information events for all staff relating to the LMS and other supported learning technologies.

Canvas LMS workshops and webinars

An extensive set of workshops, events and webinars in support and preparation for the 2020 rollout the new Canvas LMS and Kaltura VMS.

See sessions and timetable

LMS and other learning technology workshops

To make way for the new LMS, Canvas, the following workshops are not being offered at this stage. Please submit a support request if you require any assistance with these topics.

Blackboard LMS workshops

  • Blackboard LMS: Essential Elements

    Prerequisites

    No prior LMS experience is needed.

    Description

    This two hour workshop introduces the LMS and the basics of using and building content in a subject or community.

    Topics include: structure and design of your LMS subject, providing information and resources to students, staff and student management, subject availability and discovery of LMS self-help resources.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of LMS subjects and communities.
    • Identify key features of the LMS including global navigation, subject and community lists, and subject menus and control panels.
    • Create content incorporating text, attached documents, images, audio and/or video.
    • Explore various tools such as announcements, staff roles, and student preview.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of the LMS.

    Workshop notes

  • Blackboard LMS: Grade Centre

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on tools within the Grade Centre that help in the management of student assessment and feedback.

    Topics include: managing student grades, setting up and using 'Smart Views', using weighted columns, student display options, Grade Centre history and grade statistics.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of Grade Centre and My Grades tools.
    • Create, delete, show, and hide Grade Centre columns to students and staff.
    • Add and modify grades and provide feedback to students via Grade Centre.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use LMS Grade Centre.

    Workshop notes

  • Blackboard LMS: Turnitin Assignments

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop provides an overview of creating, viewing and grading student assignments using the Turnitin tool.

    Topics include: options when creating assignments, discussion and review of 'Similarity Reports', marking online and providing rich feedback to students.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of Turnitin assignments, including similarity reports, grades and feedback.
    • Access a student submission and interpret a Turnitin similarity report, identifying text matched to other sources.
    • Create feedback on student assignments including general and inline comments, rubrics, grading forms, and number grades.
    • Create a Turnitin assignment, selecting options suitable for different purposes.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of Turnitin assignments.

    Workshop notes

  • Blackboard LMS: Blackboard Assignments

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the Blackboard assignments tool; a tool that allows online assignment submission, marking, and feedback.

    Topics include: providing an assignment submission area for students and groups, reviewing submissions, marking and annotating submissions online, and providing rich feedback to students.

    Note: Turnitin is an alternate assignment tool available for use in the LMS and is covered in a separate workshop.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the purpose and function of Blackboard assignments, including group options, grading and feedback.
    • Create a Blackboard assignment, selecting options suitable for different purposes.
    • Review student submissions and give feedback via number grades, inline annotations and rubrics.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of Blackboard Assignments.

    Workshop notes

  • Blackboard LMS: Tests and Surveys

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the Test and Survey options in the LMS. Tests can be used for formative or summative assessment, while Surveys may be used by students to provide information or feedback anonymously.

    Topics include: creating tests and surveys, question types, question management, setting test conditions, providing feedback and grades, and viewing test and survey data.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the contexts of use of LMS tests, surveys and pools.
    • Create and deploy an LMS test, including importing questions from other sources.
    • Review and interpret test results.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of LMS tests and surveys.

    Workshop notes

  • Blackboard LMS: Journals, Blogs, and Wikis

    Prerequisites

    LMS Essential Elements or equivalent experience.

    Description

    This 90-minute workshop focuses on the journal, blog and wiki tools in the LMS. These tools can be used for private reflection, group projects, or the generation of collaboratively authored resources.

    Topics include: an overview of the similarities and differences between the three tools, and creating and managing the tools for subjects, communities, individuals and groups.

    Learning outcomes

    • Recognise the contexts of use of LMS journal, blog and wiki tools in a typical subject or community.
    • Create a journal, blog and/or wiki in a subject. Review and apply grades to student journal, blog and/or wiki posts in a subject.
    • Locate and identify relevant resources and support to assist the use of LMS journals, blogs and wikis.

    Workshop notes

  • Blackboard LMS: Rubrics

    Prerequisites

    No prior experience is needed.

    Description

    Well-designed task briefs and rubrics are essential to ensuring that students are clear on the expectations and aims of assessments. For teaching staff, a clear assessment task brief and rubric also assists in ensuring an accurate and fair grading process and in quickly providing rich feedback to students.

    This 90-minute workshop introduces the key features to consider when designing task briefs and rubrics for assessment. Participants are asked to bring along an example rubric from their own teaching context to reflect upon in light of the information discussed. Choices of technology in the LMS that support the use of rubrics will also be demonstrated.

    Learning outcomes

    • Identify the key elements in a quality task brief
    • Critically evaluate a rubric and reflect on rubric participants bring along
    • Review technology options for using rubrics to provide feedback

    Workshop notes

Custom workshops

The Learning Environments team is also able to organise customised workshops for your particular group, Department or Faculty. To arrange a customised workshop and discuss staff development requirements for your session, please submit a support request.

Designing for learning with technology

Learning Environments and the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education jointly offer professional development opportunities. Sessions will provide a diverse range of topics covering the use of learning technologies in teaching.

Using the LMS does not remove your copyright responsibilities. The Copyright Office has copyright awareness and information sessions available including how to use Readings Online to deliver subject readings.

The LMS is a learning technology service provided by Learning Environments