Information Services offers various opportunities for professional development for faculty, staff, and students throughout the year. Please see below for current options, including schedule and registration information.

Please let us know if you'd like to arrange for any customized group instruction or individual mentoring.

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Ultra Feedback Discussion with Blackboard
Friday 9/13, 1:00 to 2:30 PM, in Merrick 201

Chris Edwards, our Client Success Executive, and staff from the Ultra Product Development team, will be on hand to answer questions, and provide status updates for the Ultra course view in Blackboard Learn. Bring your questions, concerns, and complaints. Blackboard has taken a lot of feedback from us and many other clients, and they have many enhancements to the Ultra product on their roadmap. Come and learn more.

See the Staff Council's Professional Development page for other training topics. See below for:

Technical Training Sessions

All of the sessions below will be offered in Corns 109, and led by our Instructional Technologist, David Soliday. Noon workshops include lunch for all who register by the evening before the event. We also provide customized group instruction and individual training upon request.

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Fall 2019

Date Time Workshop Title and Description
Thurs., 9/5 1:00 to
3 PM
BigTree Introduction and Intermediate

In addition to the intro, described above, this session will dive into callout blocks, search engine optimization, and embed code. For those who would like to go beyond the basics.
Tues., 9/10 Noon to 
1 PM
Blackboard Ultra Introduction

Learn the ins and outs of Blackboard's new course--and organization--interface. Find out where the Control Panel went, what's changed, and why. Instructors now have the option to choose the original course view or the new Ultra view. See how it all integrates into the Ultra base navigation.
Wed., 9/11 2:00 to
3 PM
BigTree Introduction and More

(Originally scheduled for Wed., 9/4.) Learn to use the content management system that powers our Oh-Wooo website. Keep your department or program pages fresh and up-to-date. Arrange pages in easily navigable order, and even automatically hide them at a pre-defined date of your choosing. For beginners and those who don't use it often.
Tues., 9/17 Noon to 
1 PM
Managing Time in Google Calendar

Come and learn how to take advantage of the communication and collaboration features that are integrated with BishopMail, including how to share your calendar, invite others, see when they're available, and update meetings with notes. For anyone/everyone at OWU who works with others here.
Tues., 9/24 Noon to 
1 PM
Working with Data in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets

Spreadsheets, rows, and columns--Oh my! They're nothing to be afraid of! Learn how to easily work in one or the other, and to transfer data between them. Pick up helpful tips, like keyboard shortcuts and settings. For anyone who's new to spreadsheets and/or anyone who'd like to learn more about them.
Tues., 10/8 Noon to 
1 PM
BigTree Intermediate and Beyond

This session will dive into the more advanced features of our main website's CMS, such as callout blocks, search engine optimization, and embed code. For those who are ready to go beyond the basics.
Tues., 10/22 Noon to 
1 PM
Communicating with BishopMail and BishopApps

Do you get too many emails? Do you have them automatically categorized? Do you have filters that automatically handle them? Gmail is a powerful email client, and can even finish your sentences for you. Learn many options to improve your communication. For all OWU BishopApps account holders.
Tues., 11/19 Noon to 
1 PM
Combined: Starfish and Degree Audit

An introductory or refresher training on our student success and degree audit systems. Starfish can be used by students to schedule appointments with you, and they can use Degree Audit to check their progress toward their major and to plan future courses.

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NOTE: We may cancel workshops for insufficient registration. We will send notice of cancellation by the end of day before the session.

NEW! The Trainer is IN...

Information Service is pleased to offer roaming technical training and support--open, drop-in sessions--coming soon to a location near you. No need to register or RSVP, just stop by! Look for Instructional Technologist, David Soliday, in these locations on the following dates and times.

  • Friday, Sept. 6, 9:30 to 11:30 AM in Modern Foreign Languages Office, University Hall
  • Thursday. Sept. 12, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Information Commons, Beeghly Library
  • Thursday. Sept. 19, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Business and Economics Department, R.W. Corns Building
  • Thursday. Sept. 26, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Hall of Heroes, Edwards Gymnasium
  • Thursday. Oct. 3, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Sociology-Anthropology Department, Elliott Hall
  • Thursday. Oct. 10, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Atrium, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center
  • Thursday. Oct. 24, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Lounge, Merrick Hall
  • Thursday. Oct. 31, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Faculty Lounge, Phillips Hall
  • Thursday. Nov. 7, 1:00 to 2:30 PM, location to be announced...
  • Thursday. Nov. 14, 12:00 to 1:30 PM in the Green Room, Slocum Hall
  • Thursday. Nov. 21, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Atrium, Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
  • Thursday. Dec. 5, 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Reading Room, Slocum Hall

These sessions are also shown on the calendar below.

Workshops Calendar

Contact Info


Information Services Help Desk
R.W. Corns Building
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015

David Soliday
P 740-368-3120
F 740-368-3272

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