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Teaching with Technology

Virtual In-Seat Learning (VISL), Blackboard Basics, Classroom Instructional Technology:  A Faculty Learning Curriculum for faculty to better learn VISL, Blackboard, and other technology used in the classroom.

Davenport's Faculty Learning is proud to partner with our IT group to offer faculty a full curriculum of workshops designed to support Virtual In-Seat Learning (VISL) and Blackboard.  The following four training sessions are offered to faculty at multiple campus locations across DU. It is strongly recommended that you complete the curriculum in the order specified below, as they build on each other.  To register for these and other learning events at DU, please visit the DevelopU training calendar at (

1.Blackboard (Bb) Training:  Faculty Learning offers Bb Basics and Bb Advanced workshops.

2.Bb Collaborate:  The IT group offers technical training on using Collaborate, the new web-based meeting and teaching tool for synchronous online presentations, office hours, and meetings.

3.VISL Technology Training:  This session, facilitated by the IT group,  focuses on setting up the room and connecting   equipment.

4.VISLPedagogy:  Hosted by Faculty Learning, this session offers teaching tips and best practices for synchronous eLearning.  Faculty teaching blended or online courses may also find this session helpful.

Blackboard Requirements for In-Seat Faculty

Effective Fall, 2013, all in seat faculty are asked to utilize Blackboard to its fullest.  Faculty are required to:


  • Maintain the Blackboard grade book and keep it current for students to access.
  • Post syllabus and supporting assignments and keep them current.
  • Allow students to submit assignments electronically via Blackboard and return grades/ feedback via Bb
  • Post Rubrics for assignments in Blackboard.