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Want fresh ideas about how to get your students more engaged? Interested in building your own online course? Join us at a training session or workshop! To view the current schedule of available sessions, select a topic area from the drop-down menu.
  • Blackboard Learn is where you'll find workshops related to the new Blackboard Learn learning management system. (If you haven't yet used Bb Learn, to get the best overview of the platform we advise you to start with Blackboard Learn Basics and Features and Functions to Fit Your Needs.)
  • Ed Tech Tools encompasses workshops describing a wide range of great tools to support your teaching activities whether you teach online, face-to-face, or hybrid courses.
  • Faculty-Led workshops are co-sponsored by the Provost's Office and Academic Outreach and Innovation, offering informative sessions led by your WSU colleagues.
  • General University Classroom These sessions provide an introduction to the equipment available to instructors in the General University Classrooms (GUCs).
  • Active Learning includes trainings and workshops that will address a diversity of technologies and pedagogies associated with active learning.
  • Technology Test Kitchen includes workshops and training sessions that feature tools on the cutting edge of teaching innovation.
If you don't see what you want, please let us know! Send an email to Bradley Clark,, and tell us what topic you're interested in or the teaching issue you'd like to address.

Blackboard Learn Basics

If you are new to Bb Learn, this course will give you the best overview of the platform.
You've got an empty Blackboard Learn course what? Join us for this informative session and learn how Bb tools can help you create interactive, collaborative learning opportunities, on campus or online. We will show you how to create, upload and edit content, including a review of the feature-rich content editor. We’ll also suggest valuable ideas, short cuts, and tips designed to save you time and energy managing your online class. Sign up today!

Sign-up for a Blackboard Basics training

Blackboard Learn Communities

Everyone's talking about "student engagement" but it's not always easy to figure out what will work best for your classroom. This session reviews Blackboard's community-building tools, including discussions, wikis, blogs, and web conferencing. Join us for this informative session!​

Sign-up for a Blackboard Communities training

Blackboard Learn Grade Center

Don't wait until grades are due! Join us for this review of Blackboard's Grade Center. We'll explain different setup options, show how to grade and comment on student work, and demonstrate how to use the electronic rubric. There is also a review of informative reports, including students' "My Grades".​

Sign-up for a Blackboard Grade Center training

Blackboard Learn Rubrics & Assignments

Save time and energy with electronic rubrics! We'll walk you through the steps to create a rubric and associate it with various Blackboard assessments. Electronic rubrics reduce grading fatigue and ensure more consistent judging criteria, whether you're reviewing the first or the hundredth essay! Sign up today and learn how to make grading more efficient. Please note that this session does NOT address TurnItIn. This session reviews Blackboard-based assignments and how to use an electronic rubric to make grading more effective and efficient. ​​

Sign-up for a Blackboard Rubrics & Assignments training

Blackboard Learn SafeAssign

Safe Assign is a powerful tool that can detect the similarities between student written submissions and other sources. Even in large classes, you can provide richer, more meaningful feedback to students. Join us at this informative session about how to use Safe Assign in your course.

Sign-up for a Blackboard SafeAssign training

Blackboard Learn Tests & Quizzes

Online quizzes and exams can help faculty be more efficient and save time, especially in larger classes. Join us for this review of Blackboard's full array of powerful question formats. We'll explain setting options that allow you to precisely control and manage delivery of online assessments, as well as demonstrate importing questions from other sources and building question banks.​

Sign-up for a Blackboard Tests & Quizzes training

Are you interested in knowing more about technologies that support teaching; from student engagement to increased efficiency? Come see, touch and try ed tech tools that others are using to enhance teaching and learning.​

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Are you curious about how to incorporate synchronous web conferencing into your teaching? Using Blackboard Collaborate, this training provides an overview of the basic user interface, exploring and explaining each function and what it does. You will learn to use the whiteboard, conduct polling, apply helpful hints and tips, schedule a session, and troubleshoot common problems. This session is appropriate for anyone intereste​d in including a web conferencing session (recorded or synchronous) as part of their teaching pedagogy.​

Sign-up for a Collaborate Ultra training


Panopto is a versitle presentation capture system. It can be used by faculty, staff, or students to easily record and upload presentations to the web. This training will cover the basics of using Panopto including tips for implementing the technology in online and face-to-face classes.

Sign-up for a Panopto training​

To login to WSU's Panopto site ​visit:​

The Provost’s Office, WSU Teaching Academy and Academic Outreach and Innovation are proud to sponsor faculty-led workshops periodically throughout the year. When you attend a Faculty-Led Workshop, you will hear presentations from your colleagues on a range of interesting and relevant topics. Refreshments will be provided.

Please use the following links to register for the event of your choice:

Date Time Workshop ​Presenter
Jan 10th ​Noon Motivating Students ​Tom Tripp
Feb 16th Noon Creating Engaging Tasks Through Technology Use ​Joy Egbert
Mar 7th Noon Augmented Reality Don McMahon
Mar 28th Noon Capstone Courses: Developing and Refining the Culminating
Experience for Seniors
Apr 13 Noon Team Based Learning – An Interactive Introduction ​Jennifer Robinson

You may prefer to join the event via live streaming. Please register for the event of your choice to ensure you receive all the relevant materials. Use this link at the noted start time to join a scheduled session via a live streaming link. ​​

Active Learning Classroom Training

This session provides an introduction to the equipment available to instructors in the Active Learning Classrooms on the Pullman campus. These classrooms include Bryan 404 and classrooms in the Digital Classroom Building that will be opening Fall '17.

Sign-up for an Active Learning Classroom training

GUC Training

This session provides an introduction to the equipment available to instructors in the General University Classrooms (GUCs). Please note the location of each training as they rotate around campus depending on the availability of rooms.

Sign-up for a GUC training

Technology Test Kitchen Events

The Technology Test Kitchen was created by the WSU Provost’s Office and Academic Outreach and Innovation to help staff and faculty try out the latest educational technologies in a supportive environment.

The Test Kitchen is located in Holland 150 at WSU Pullman. The Technology Test Kitchen Open House program is a series of events where participants are encouraged to drop-in anytime during the open timeframe to explore and ask questions related to educational technologies and their possibilities.

The Spring 2017 Open Houses* will feature:

  • Microsoft Surface Hub
  • Interactive White Boards
  • Lightboard
  • 3D Printers
  • Perusall
  • Mersive Solstice
  • Panopto
  • VoiceThread
  • HTC Vive Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Double Robot
  • Wearable technologies

Technology Taste Tester

January 18, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Holland 150

To start off the semester, the Technology Test Kitchen is hosting an open house technology taste tester for faculty to come by and check out a variety of emerging technologies that can be used to facilitate the experiences of students and faculty in courses.

Technology Potluck

February 15, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Holland 150

At this spring’s technology potluck faculty are encouraged to bring in technologies they believe have made a meaningful impact in their courses. Faculty will have the chance to meet and discuss the possibilities of the various technologies brought in.

*Two additional open houses will be hosted at other colleges on the Pullman campus. Please check back for updated locations, times, and dates.

"The LMS automatically grades the multiple choice questions and makes it really easy for me to grade the short answer questions. The fact that it automatically enters grades when I grade the assignments saves me hours of time."

Cherri Wemlinger

History Instructor

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