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Frequently Asked Blackboard Questions

Frequently Asked Blackboard Questions

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
423/424 Glickman Library

shane USM's Online Learning Support Specialist, Shane O'Hara, presents Frequently Asked Blackboard Questions.  

Have you ever wondered what some of the common pitfalls were with Blackboard?  Yes, then this event is for you!  Shane will cover topics ranging from "Why do I need to make my course available?" to "How can I remove users from my course?".   Shane will also open the floor to questions and provide on-the-spot guidance.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, October 10th from 12-1pm in room 423/424 of the Glickman Library on the USM Portland Campus.

This is a brown bag workshop - please feel free to bring your lunch.

This workshop will be recorded.

Workshop Resources

Blackboard Support (USM resource page)


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Emerging Learning Technology Workshop: Getting Started With Google Drive

Emerging Learning Technology Workshop: Getting Started With Google Drive

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Glickman Library, 423-424

Pieter TryzelaarSince 2009, all UMS email has been hosted by Google. As a result, anyone who has an email account also has access to Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud-based document storage and synchronization tool, which allows users to create, share, and collaborate on the web with documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. It is a great resource for both educators and students. During this workshop, you will learn the basics of Google Drive and how it can be utilized in your classes- whether online, blended, or face-to-face.

Rucha ModakCTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak will lead this workshop. This is a hands-on workshop, so please bring your mobile device or laptop along. We will primarily focus on creating a Google document, a spreadsheet and a form and sharing it with your collaborators. You are welcome to bring specific projects that you would like to add to your Google Drive.

Thursday 10/17/13 | 12:00-1:30 pm | Glickman Library, 423-424 | USM Portland Campus

Workshop Resources:

Getting Started with Google Drive Slideshare

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Using Research About Online Learning to Inform Online Teaching Practice

Using Research About Online Learning to Inform Online Teaching Practice

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
301 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus

Using Research About Online Learning to Inform Online Teaching Practice       

Faculty members Rachel Brown-Chidsey and Walter Kimball consider engagement in an online course, or any course for that matter, to be a cohesive experience supporting students' gaining a deeper understanding of knowledge and increased proficiency of skill in areas defined by the goals of the course.  They have used research in online learning to guide their online course design and online teaching practice to these ends.  

During this presentation, they will share research findings and the resulting teaching practices that have had staying power in their online courses. Special emphasis will be placed on synchronizing varied elements of the online learning environment, the organization of course content, and teacher presence.

Using Research About Online Learning to Inform Online Teaching Practice

Wednesday, October 23rd
1pm to 2:30pm
301 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus

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Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown-Chidsey, Ph.D., NCSP is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to obtaining her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2000), she taught middle and high school history and special education for 10 years. Her research areas include curriculum-based measurement, response to intervention (RTI), and scientifically based instruction methods. Dr. Brown is the editor of Assessment for Intervention: A Problem-Solving Approach (2005, 2012), and co-author of Response to Intervention: Principles and Strategies for Success (2005; 2010) and RTI in the Classroom: Guidelines and Recipes for Success (2009). In addition, Dr. Brown-Chidsey has authored articles about reading assessment and instruction as well as implementation of RTI. Dr. Brown is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist, and has consulted with numerous Alaska schools districts to support RTI implementation. She is a native Alaskan and spends the school years in Maine and summers in her home town of Palmer with her husband and daughter. Learn more about Rachel Brown-Chidsey.

Walter KimballWalter H. Kimball, PhD is Professor of Special Education at the University of Southern Maine in the School of Education and Human Development.  Dr. Kimball offered his first online course in 1999 and has been teaching primarily online since 2005. He currently co-coordinates an online initial teacher certification and Master's degree program serving teacher candidates and school districts across the state of Maine.  Dr. Kimball completed in July, 2012, the Sloan-C Certificate Program in Online Teaching.  Dr. Kimball’s professional interests include how technology tools can be used to support program completers in their first years of teaching. Learn more about Walter Kimball.

Presentation Resources 

Questions about this topic?

Keep the discussion going – feel free to reach out to the faculty presenters:
Walter Kimball
Rachel Brown-Chidesy

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