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July 11, 2014

Summer 2014 Blackboard Trainings from eLIT

Beginner Blackboard 

  • 3:00pm-4:30pm, Tuesday July 22nd 2014
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm, Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Business Science - M319

Adjunct and full-time faculty new to Blackboard

If you are new to Blackboard and would like to get a jump start on developing the basic structure of your course and learning how the main features work, this workshop is for you. We will do our best to answer all your questions and get you well on your way to developing your course in time for the fall term.

Topics will include:

  • Making course available to students and setting a course entry page
  • Adding course syllabus
  • Adding faculty contact information
  • Managing course menus or buttons
  • Customizing course settings and manage your screen displays
  • User management - includes getting your class roster in blackboard
  • Adding and modifying announcements
  • Adding course content (e.g. an assignment)

Intermediate Blackboard

  • 3:00pm-4:30pm, Tuesday July 29th, 2014

Business Science - M319

Any and all adjunct and full-time faculty

Users who feel confident with Blackboard basics and want to expand their knowledge about using functions such as Grade Center and Testing/Assessment should consider this intermediate level workshop. The workshop will cover the topics listed below:

Topics will include:

  • Managing grades using grade center
  • Creating, modifying, and deploying a test with multiple question types
  • Clearing attempts and managing multiple attempts on assignments and tests
  • Options for using Respondus and lockdown browser for testing
  • Creating and modifying a discussion board forum
  • Adding/Replying to a Discussion Board Thread


For more information or to receive additional Blackboard support, contact Ramona or Carrie in the eLit office at:

Phone: 540-857-6202 Email: eLIT@virginiawestern.edu

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2014-2015 Budget Update

As most of you are aware, the Virginia General Assembly was late adopting a state budget. The college only became aware of our funding for next fiscal year on June 23, 2014. As a result of the delay, the college’s internal budget process is similarly delayed. To carve out more time for our internal college process, 25% of the base operating budgets (same as last year’s allocation) will be loaded this week to allow spending in 2014 -2015 to continue; however, the college’s budget for the 2014 – 2015 budget year will not be finalized until on or around August 1st. At that time, you will receive information about the pending operating and personnel requests and your new budget for 2014 -2015.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly by email or phone. Your continued cooperation and patience is appreciated.

Cheryl C. Miller,
Vice President of Finance