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Center for Teaching & Learning: Training Opportunities

Supporting the MCPHS faculty and staff in their commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning

Training Calendar


Instructor Webinar Series: Teaching with Blackboard from Basics to Advanced  (Vendor-hosted Training)

Ongoing free webinars to help with getting the most out of teaching with Blackboard Learn and Collaborate


Whether you are brand new to teaching online or looking to make some improvements to what you have started, we designed a set of webinars from basic topics to advanced. These are 45-minute sessions to help give you the tools you need to succeed. These webinars are presented by Blackboard Academy.

All webinars will be recorded and emailed to you after the session. Even if you can't attend live, please register so you can receive the recording.

Topics include:

  • Blackboard Learn Basics
  • Collaborate Basics & Beyond the Basics
  • Setting up the Gradebook
  • Creating Assignments/Tests
  • Grading
  • Using Groups

And join into the "Ask the Experts" sessions to speak directly with Blackboard experts to answer questions and demonstrate workflows!



                                 (Vendor-hosted Training)

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor

This comprehensive training webinar 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.

Instructor Training: Respondus 4 and the Test Bank Network

Find out how Respondus 4 allows you to create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to your LMS, and how the Test Bank Network enables instructors to create online tests from official publisher test banks.

Introduction to Blackboard Learn                

Self paced, 3-6 hours to complete

Email and request enrollment!

Recently Offered Webinars

Building Exams in Blackboard

Originally offered: March 24th, 2022

Hosted by:  Caroline Frankel, Sr. Instructional Designer & Paul Brydges, Instructional Technology Specialist

Watch a 30-minute overview of how to set up your Weighted Total Column 

Session originally offered on 09/16/21 and re-run on 01/21/2022

Hosted by Caroline Frankel - Sr. Instructional Designer

Check the Pulse of Your Course

Originally offered:  October 5, 2021

Hosted by:  Caroline Frankel, Sr. Instructional Designer


Copy & Clean: Housekeeping for your Course  |  Presented by:  Reena Lederman Gerard |  April 2020

Designing A Basic Course Structure  |  Presented by:  Mary Soojian & Caroline Frankel  |  May 2020

Virtual Seminars & Symposiums



This year’s Colleges of the Fenway Teaching and Learning Conference builds on Dr. Joshua Eyler’s Keynote delivered to the COF community at Simmons University in October 2022, by focusing on “Innovations in Assessment, Feedback and Grading” by highlighting achievements, strategies, and techniques from our own COF faculty and staff concerning assessment, feedback, and grading.

Colleges of the Fenway (COF) including – Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, Simmons University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology- welcomes all faculty, staff, graduate students, and fellows to attend the annual COF Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday, March 31, 2023. The conference will have both in-person and virtual formats and feature presentations, panels, and workshops as well as exciting opportunities to congregate in small groups by area of interest. 


Save the date on your calendar. Click here to register now.

COF will send out additional event and registration details closer to the event.






Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Digital Teaching Symposium

Join us for a full day of peer-led sessions on digital teaching strategies for the unique needs of 2023 and beyond.

About the Event

The Digital Teaching Symposium brings educators together to share and discover innovative uses of technology in an ever-changing teaching environment. To keep learners engaged, teachers must be innovative and create an environment that successfully meets expectations while also delivering more personalized experiences. At #DTS2023, uncover the latest strategies to help you navigate, excel, and thrive in a shifting higher education landscape.

Check back for registration information soon!

Webinar Recordings (Pre-2021)

Missed a session? View the Webinars here:

Webinar Title Presented by:
Importing Tests w/ Respondus 4.0

Caroline Frankel, Instructional Design Specialist

Blackboard Tests, Surveys, and Pools Caroline Frankel, Instructional Design Specialist
Communication in Remote Teaching: Strategies & Tools Mary Soojian, Executive Director, Instructional Support
Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra  Caroline Frankel, Instructional Design Specialist

Advanced GoReact Webinar

January 12th, 2020

Kelly Fitzgerald, Customer Success Manager, GoReact



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