Technical Skills Seminar | Blackboard: No Chalk Required

Event date: 
June 30, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Kelly A. Lake
Princeton University
History Department

Tuesday, June 30 @ 2 p.m.
Blackboard: No Chalk Required
Instructors: Kelly A. Lake | Rodney Hargis | Michael Blaakman

This is the second in a series of technical seminars designed to enhance the skills of teaching faculty, staff and students. Blackboard is a learning management system (LMS) which is a valuable pedagogical tool, for presenting instructional materials, engaging students in collaboration, and assessing their learning. Blackboard provides round-the-clock access to course materials; manages assignments and grades; supports a broad range of information-exchange mechanisms; facilitates student-student and student-faculty interaction, and dramatically reduces the administrative burdens on faculty.  

Topics Covered:

  • Thinking Beyond the Chalkboard
  • Communications Best Practices
  • Organizing Materials 
  • Course materials & Assignments
  • Assessments
  • Course reports and performance dashboard
  • Integrated Applications
  • Introduction to Canvas

All seminars are open to the Department of History faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as those in its associated centers and programs. 

Registration is required and attendance is encouraged. Register at:


  • Kelly A. Lake, Assistant Program Assistant, Department of History
  • Rodney Hargis, Senior Support & Training Analyst, OIT
  • Michael Blaakman, Assistant Professor of History


Jennifer D Loessy