Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

Technology Workshops and Training

Technology Workshops - Spring 2021

Register here for Webex and Microsoft classes

as well as BlackBoard Workshops from Design Help!

To register for a class:

  1. Complete the registration form indicating which class session you would like to attend
  2. Accept the meeting invitation that you are sent

All workshops will be held online until further notice. You will be receive an email with additional information on how to join the session when you register.

Technology Training

An introduction to Office 365. Explore creating and using Teams and Groups to share files and calendars, storing and sharing files with OneDrive for Business, creating presentation with Sway, collaborating on documents with Word, Excel and PowerPoint Online and more. 2 hrs.

  • March 17 - 9:30 AM
  • March 25 - 1:00 PM
  • April 2 - 12:00 PM
  • April 5 - 10:00 AM
  • April 13 - 2:00 PM
  • April 20 - 1:30 PM
  • April 29 - 9:00 AM

If the times listed above are not convenient, please use this form to schedule a time that works for you.

Register for Office 365 - OneDrive and Teams

Below find a list of training opportunities from software vendors and other sources outside SUNY Cortland:


Microsoft 365 Applications Training Series

The SUNY Center for Professional Development will hold a Microsoft 365 Applications Training Series starting in March 2021. These trainings are meant to assist the end-user of Microsoft 365 applications to understand and use the capabilities of the tools and applications at their disposal.  All SUNY Staff and Faculty are welcome to attend.

The following are some of the many topics covered as part of this series: 

  • April 7 -   OneDrive for Business
  • April 19 - MS Teams Breakout Rooms
  • April 26 - Excel
  • April 27 - OneNote
  • April 28 - ToDo/Tasks in Office 365
  • April 28 - Office 365 Accessibility: Creating Accessible Content
  • May 4 -    Word
  • May 5 -    PowerPoint
  • May 7 -    Forms/Lists

There is no cost to these webinars, but registration is required. Use the link in the title to register.

The webinars will be recorded; please register for the event in order to receive a link to the recording post event.


The SUNY Coursera for Campus partnership allows free access to Coursera courses and specializations for all SUNY students, faculty and staff. Register at the following link:

Register for SUNY Coursera for Campus

MS logo

Microsoft 365 Tips


Photoshop Tutorials

Learn the basics, or refine your skills with tutorials designed to inspire.

Lightroom Tutorials

Learn the basics, or refine your skills in editing, organizing, storing, and sharing photos from anywhere.

InDesign Tutorials

Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

Make your presentations faster and better. Learn how to create your presentation from a Word outline, reuse slides from old presentations and work with a slide master to create your own templates. Also learn how to add audio and video to your presentations, animate text and objects and how to share and annotate your presentations. 2 hrs.

  • March 18 - 12:00 PM
  • April 6 - 2:00 PM
  • April 21 - 10:30 AM

If the above times are not convenient, please schedule a time for individual help at using this form.

Register for PowerPoint

This workshop will teach you how to use Webex. Webex accounts are available to people with a cortland.edu email address. If Webex is not on your computer you will learn how to get an account. We will review how to meet spontaneously and how to set up a meeting in advance, how to share your screen or documents and how to record meetings. Time: 1 1/2 hr

  • March 15 - 1:00 PM
  • March 23 - 10:00 AM
  • March 31 - 2:00 PM
  • April 8 - 1:00 PM
  • April 16 - 11:00 AM
  • April 19 - 9:00 AM
  • April 28 - 1:30 PM

If the time listed abovew are not convenient, please use this form to schedule a time that works for you.

Register for Webex

Instructional Design

Virtual walk in hours with an instructional designer.  

Have a quick question and want to safely meet with an instructional designer?

No appointment necessary! Log in to Design Help Virtual Walk-Ins to meet one-on-one with an instructional designer.

You can drop-in anytime during the scheduled Open Lab times below.  Please note you will be placed in a waiting room and a designer will meet with you as soon as possible.  Just like a live walk-in session, it is first come, first served.  We will limit interactions to no more than 15 minutes. 

Starting Monday March 8, 2021 until May 20, 2021.

  • Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM*
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM*
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*There will be no walk in hours on March 9 and April 14 in observance of the campus Wellness Days. 

Flipgrid is a dynamic way to share video responses with your students to create engaging video discussions, and is incorporated with your MRD account through Microsoft. Learn how to create an account, create discussion topics, and share it with your students by embedding it into your Blackboard courses. 

Time: 1 hour

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

In this workshop, you learn to use Webex as a teaching tool for synchronous communications within your course. We will also discuss the Office Hours feature to allow you to use Webex for virtual office hours with your students. Blackboard Learn allows you to integrate Webex directly into your course to allow a seamless transition for your students. Time: 1.5 hours

Topics will include:

  • Integrating Webex into your Blackboard course
  • Creating and scheduling synchronous sessions 
  • Virtual Office Hours 
  • Recording sessions and making them available 
  • Presentation and tools available within Webex 
  • Tips and Best Practices for synchronous sessions

Note: You should have an account with Webex before this session. Please request an account through our Webex Account Request form.


  • Monday, April 12 - 10:00
  • Thursday, April 29 - 1:00
  • Wednesday, May 5 - 3:00

If these dates do not meet your needs please fill out a Workshop Request.

Register for Blackboard and Webex: Synchronous Classes and Virtual Office Hours

The assignments tool enables you to collect student documents uploaded in Blackboard. Use it to create, manage, and distribute activities that assess students in meaningful ways beyond traditional objective tests. The Grade Center's organization and management capabilities are incorporated into the assignments tool, allowing you to efficiently provide feedback and grades. Time: 1 hr.


  • Wednesday, March 10 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 25 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 6 10:00
  • Monday, April 19 10:00

If these dates do not meet your needs please fill out a Workshop Request.

Register for Blackboard: Assignments

Online discussions provide some unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before posting ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations play out.

You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and can correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours by reaching students more often during the week, so learning is continuous. Time: 1 hr.

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

Blackboard: Getting Started and Wrapping up the Semester

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and organization features. You will focus on navigation, course style, and the process of planning, adding, and organizing links on the course menu as well as finalizing and wrapping up your semester. 

Along the way, you will examine different strategies for organizing the course menu, which is the students’ access point to tools and content.

Time: 1.5 hrs.


  • Tuesday, 3/23 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, 4/8 1:00 PM
  • Monday 5/3 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday 5/12 1:00 PM

If these dates do not meet your needs please fill out a Workshop Request.

Register for Blackboard: Getting Started/Wrapping Up

A grade center is as individual as a course so this will be a basic overview of the grade center. One on one meetings are encouraged to fully set up a grade center. Time: 1.5 hrs.

This workshop will provide a basic overview of:

  • How to create new columns, numeric and calculated
  • Using Smart Views to filter the grade columns
  • How to enter and edit grades
  • Downloading and uploading grade data from Excel
  • Entering manual overrides to grades
  • Needs grading


  • Thursday 2/4 10:00 AM
  • Thursday 2/11 9:30 AM
  • Tuesday 2/16 10:30 AM

Register for Blackboard: Grade Center

In this workshop you learn to facilitate collaboration among students by setting up groups. In Blackboard Learn groups can have their own discussion board, blog, journals and wikis. Group members can exchange documents, submit group assignments, send email to other group members, and distribute tasks to keep the group on track. Time: 1.5 hrs

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

A Blackboard rubric lists evaluation criteria for a graded activity. Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment. Instructors can use rubrics to assess the students consistently against a set of criteria, and to explain their evaluations to students. This workshop will cover the basics of Blackboard rubrics. Participants will learn how to create a rubric, associate it to a graded activity and effortlessly grade using an interactive rubric. Time: 1.5 hours

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

In Blackboard Learn, you can use tests to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.

In this workshop the main focus is on creating tests and questions, choosing appropriate settings, and adding tests to course areas. Along the way, you will learn some best practices for encouraging academic honesty. An introduction to Respondus Lockdown Browser will be provided, however, a separate workshop is dedicated to this tool. Time:1.5 hours

Blackboard: Quiz Generator

At the end of the workshop we will look at using the quiz generator adapted by SAWS. It is an easy way to convert paper tests into Blackboard compatible files.  It allows you to type up the quiz offline in a program like Word or Notepad and not have to go through the trouble of making long quizzes via the Blackboard web interface.


  • Thursday, March 11 1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 16 11:00 AM
  • Monday, March 29 9:30 AM
  • Tuesday, April 27 10:30 AM

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

Register for Blackboard: Tests

In a successful online learning community, students have the right tools for their interactive tasks. Blackboard Learn offers communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration, and communication.

The Blackboard wiki, blog, and journal tools allow you to provide rich assignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge. In this workshop, you will learn about these tools and how to grade student contributions. Time:1.5 hrs

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

In Ensemble you can now create quizzes to put on videos you created in your Ensemble library.  Ensemble quizzing allows instructors to easily create quizzes on top of existing video content. Quiz questions can be added at strategic points throughout the video or at the end, then published to Blackboard.

Video quizzing promotes active viewing and encourages students to participate with lessons. It also facilitates measurement of viewership and comprehension, providing another way to improve teaching and learning. The Ensemble Video quizzing feature also allows instructors to combine instruction and assessment, helping to reinforce key concepts.

You should be familiar with uploading videos to Ensemble before this session.  In addition to quizzing in Ensemble, you will be shown how to embed a video into a traditional quiz/test in Blackboard. Time: 1 hr

Please fill out a Workshop Request with times that work for you. 

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor

This comprehensive training webinar given by Respondus is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use.

Register for Respondus Training

Design Help offers a variety of workshops to all members of the SUNY Cortland community (Faculty, Staff, and Students).  While we try to give you plenty of dates and choices you may need a different workshop than one we have listed. 

Please fill out a workshop request form and a member of Design Help will contact you.