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Wednesday, September 4, 2019


Union Hall exterior construction; tortilla food truck moving
 Rendering of Union Hall renovation 

The second phase of the Union Hall construction project is about to get underway. (Phase one was the complete renovation of Union Cafe last year.) As part of the project, the front section of Union Hall will be fenced off so that a new ramp and stairs can be added. This will bring the main entrance up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Once the fencing is in place, you will have two ways to enter Union Hall from the courtyard area: The ramp to the lower level of Union Hall or the ramp running alongside the entrance to the Police Department. While those ramps will remain open, the sidewalk between the Library (Columbus Hall) and Delaware Hall will be closed to pedestrians.

The construction will continue through the end of the semester. During that time, the picnic tables next to Union Hall will be moved to the Courtyard area.

Another change involves Tortilla Street Food, the food truck that has been located outside Delaware Hall. Since that spot will be the epicenter for construction equipment, it will park daily in front of Davidson Hall.

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Faculty promoting First4Weeks

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The first four weeks of each semester provide an experience that can set students up for success. That’s why the College now places a special emphasis on those weeks at the beginning of each term. Dozens of faculty and staff members are involved in this ongoing project. One of those is Eric Neubauer, professor of social sciences.

Neubauer teaches geography in the online environment. In his many years of teaching, he has come to understand just how important his role is in student success. For Neubauer, First4Weeks reiterates some of the best-practices he already implements in classes. And it keeps him thinking about new strategies to help students.

During the first week of his online classes each semester, he invites students to come to campus for an in-person orientation to his course and Blackboard. That is one of the First4Weeks categories: Build Relationships and Connect. Meeting with students is a proven strategy for success.

Under the category of Engage and Encourage, Neubauer demonstrates technology and skills that will be used in the class, so students become familiar with it. That way, it doesn’t become a barrier to success.

To asses this work, Eric is partnering with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to track course success rates of students who participate in both the online and the in-person orientation. Initial results show that students who take part in an orientation with him perform on average 20 percent better overall in his courses. Neubauer says, “Getting students off to a good start with online class technology in the beginning is important. Students who feel more connected to the instructor, especially in an online course, will perform better in the class.”



 This chart shows course success rates in Neubauer’s online courses.

Cybersecurity corner

Online learning: best practices for online safety
National Online Learning Day is September 15. It recognizes the advantages and potential of online learning around the world. The Information Security Office is celebrating National Online Learning Day by sharing seven online cybersecurity practices to ensure classwork and student data are protected.

  1. Assume all materials are copyrighted.
  2. Use trusted third-party tools for online course enhancements (videos, chatrooms, online communities, etc.).
  3. Be on alert for technical support scams.
  4. Verify before releasing student data.
  5. Think twice before clicking on email links or opening attachments.
  6. Protect your passwords and never share your passwords.
  7. If you see something, say something.

If you receive a suspicious email, report it right away.  Email or call the IT Support Center at extension 5050.


Library research guides for student success

Faculty members are invited to explore research guides available in the Library. The guides are online topic or course pages librarians create to help students begin research. To determine the guides that exist for your subject, go to the Library’s home page, click the “Research Help” tab, and select “Research Guides” from the drop-down menu.

Columbus State librarians are eager to collaborate with faculty to make research guides in all disciplines as beneficial as possible for students. If you would like to collaborate or recommend a book, website, or database that we can add to an existing guide, please contact the librarian listed in the guide. If you would like a librarian to create a new guide specific to a course or for a new subject area, please contact the Reference Department at

Librarians need your help directing students to these valuable research tools. A research guide is a much better research starting point for students than a Google search bar. This short video explains how to embed guides in your Blackboard course. To learn more, you may also attend a DEIS workshop on Blackboard features.


Behavioral Intervention Team news

As we begin a new semester, we would like to remind you of a resource for faculty, staff, and students: the Columbus State Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). The BIT is dedicated to educating the College community about proper responses to any behavioral issues or concerning behaviors. Employees can access a 30-minute training to learn more about the BIT process and how to effectively use the team as a resource. To access the training, log in to Cornerstone using the learning tab/learning search. Type “BIT” to find the module “Engaging the Behavioral Intervention Team.” This will also show up on your completed transcript.

If you have concerns about an individual's behavior, please complete an informational report online at as soon as possible. No issue is too small to report. Trust your instincts and notify someone. You may also consult a member of the team to consult. Team members include representatives from Student Conduct, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Victim Advocacy, Equity and Compliance, Police Department, and Human Resources. For supplemental information about the BIT at a glance, including contact information, please see the online brochure here.


Join the Student Conduct Hearing Board

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for Columbus State students, faculty, staff, and administrators to join the Student Conduct Hearing Board (SCHB). Representation on the SCHB allows you to educate students on expectations, maintain community standards, and uphold the Student Code of Conduct.

SCHB meetings are convened by the Office of Student Conduct for either of two reasons:

  1. When an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurs that is severe enough to warrant potential suspension or expulsion
  2. When a student denies responsibility for an allegation(s) or disputes the sanctions proposed by an Administrative Hearing Officer in non-suspension level situations

Benefits of being involved with the SCHB include:

  • The opportunity to partner with faculty, staff, and students to forge professional and mentoring relationships
  • The opportunity to practice critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • The opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to your campus community and provide a valuable service to the College

The deadline to submit your application is September 30. To apply, please use this Cougar Connect link.

Successful applicants must attend a required training session. Members are asked to be available to participate in two or three board meetings each semester. Hearing Boards typically occur from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the workweek. If you are interested, please check with your supervisor before applying.

If you have any questions, contact Rich Kane, Office of Student Conduct, extension 2104.

Chefs installed as national officers

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Chef Jim Taylor, chairperson of Sport & Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs, and Chef Barry Young, assistant professor, have been elected by peers as national officers of the American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF). Taylor will serve as the National Treasurer while Young will be the Northeast Region Vice President. ACF is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America with more than 15,000 members belonging to more than 150 chapters in the nation.

Seeking student representative for the Board of Trustees

The Office of the President needs your help seeking applicants for the 2019-20 Student Representative for the Board of Trustees. If you know of any students who are wanting  advanced co-curricular experience and possess the skills, ability, and desire to engage with Executive Leadership, please encourage them to submit an application by clicking here. Applications are due Wednesday, September 11 at noon. 

Please contact Sarah Baker for additional information on the position or application.


Career Workshop for students

Business, Engineering, and Technology students are invited to a career workshop this month. They will have the opportunity to practice interview techniques, build or refine a resume, and hear from the experts on networking and professionalism. This workshop is limited to 50 students. It will be held on Friday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of WD. Students can sign up here. Contact with questions. 


Student support: Peer advocates; CCP study area

Peer Advocate hours
Peer Advocates are available daily for students needing assistance. Advocates can help with navigating processes at the College, connect with community resources, and provide tools and tips for success. Contact Student Advocacy at extension 5192 or

Peer Advocate hours:
Monday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

College Credit Plus (CCP) study area
CCP students will have an opportunity to gather to study or socialize in a private area in the Columbus Hall Library from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on three upcoming dates this month. The Multimedia Studio on the lower level of the Library is reserved for CCP students on Monday, September 9, Wednesday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 26. Snacks will be provided during those times. Please share this information with your CCP students.


Encourage students to Dress for Success

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Have students ever asked you what they should wear to work? Career Services is now able to share new materials showing a range of appropriate dress styles for work, from formal to casual. The new posters use familiar faces of Columbus State to show real examples of what to wear for various workplace settings. They also provide an overview of the dress code types with sample industries. Career Services would like to thank everyone who participated in the photo sessions to make the posters possible.  

If you would like digital copies of the posters, please email your request to Career Services at

As a reminder, Career Services is hosting a JCPenny Suit-Up Event on Sunday, September 8 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Polaris Mall. Columbus State students and recent alumni participants will receive an additional 60 percent off men's and women's career and dress apparel, shoes, and accessories. Refer students to register here.


Painting exhibit and reception by faculty artist this month

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Left, Self-Portrait P20; right, Self-Portrait W16

A month-long exhibition of paintings by Stacy Leeman, adjunct professor in Humanities, is now open. Her exhibit “To Define a Feeling” featuring Self-Portrait W16  is on display through September 26 at the Sharon Weiss Gallery, 20 E. Lincoln St., Columbus. Leeman will host an Artist’s Reception on Sunday, September 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the gallery. 

Leeman’s Self-Portrait P20 will be on display from October 7-November 1 at the New Studio of the Visual Arts in Jupiter, Florida. 


Parking lot 15-E closing, will be repurposed

Used mostly by Bookstore staff, parking lot 15-E at the corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues will be closing on Monday, September 9. Over several weeks, the aging lot will be repaved and improved. Planters and other elements will be added to blend in with the ongoing streetscape project on Cleveland Avenue. When construction work is finished, the 15-E lot will become a dedicated parking area for customers of the bakery and restaurant across the street in Mitchell Hall. For staff and faculty who have been using the 15-E, the next closest lot is the 25-S, one block to the west. Other nearby options include the 20-S, 27-S, 28-S, 1-E, and 2-E. Check out all options on the campus map.


ERG news

The Columbus State African/African American Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites faculty and staff who identify as African/African American to mark their calendars for upcoming monthly ERG meetings. Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us in community. The meetings will be held in the Library Media Studio (Columbus Hall 111) from noon-1:00 p.m. This semester they will be held on the following Tuesdays: September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10.  To join the mailing list, or for information, contact Terrence Lawrence.



Volunteer for the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

Come and join in for an amazing opportunity to serve later this month. The Buddy Walk is designed to raise awareness for Down Syndrome and support the families who have a child with Down Syndrome. If you’re interested in being a volunteer, please fill out his form online. The Buddy Walk will be held on Sunday, September 29 at 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Shannon Magill, adjunct professor in Psychology, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio at


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IT beginning to upgrade Windows 10 systems

Be ready: Over the next two months, the Information Technology Division will be transitioning all employee computers running the Windows 7 operating system over to Windows 10. This is a required upgrade for all employee computers still running Windows 7. 

To make it seamless, IT will make the transitions in a different set of buildings each week. If you need the Windows 10 upgrade, the pop-up window pictured here will appear to remind you it is time to upgrade your computer now. Or, you can choose a more convenient date and time. If you have a Columbus State laptop running Windows 7, please contact the IT Support Center to schedule a date and time for this upgrade.

IT highly recommends that you schedule a time for the upgrade to minimize disruption. For convenience, the approximate two-hour upgrade can be completed during your off-hours or overnight. Your computer will restart several times throughout the process. It’s recommended that you close all open programs and save your work before the upgrade begins.

If the upgrade is not completed before the deadline for your building, it will start automatically. Once the upgrade begins, it cannot be rescheduled or canceled.

If you don’t know if your computer is one of those still running Windows 7, check out our Upgrade FAQ page to find out. The FAQ includes the start date for the upgrade listed by building. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact the IT Support Center at extension 5050 or email

Join the Fall 2019 PONO Diversity Learning Community

PONO is a dialogic community open to employees and students. It meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, intersectionality, and more! PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register at this link on the office of Global Diversity & Inclusion's Cougar Connect portal. You will also find our Fall 2019/Spring 2020 meeting dates at the start of the application. The first meeting will be on Friday, October 4.

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact Jasmine Marks, specialist at Global Diversity and Inclusion.



Meet and Greet

The International Student Association will be hosting a Meet and Greet for our students from other countries. Please encourage students to stop for coffee and conversation! The Meet and Greet will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, 350 Mt. Vernon Ave.

If you have questions, please contact advisors Candace Allen or Jackie Jenkins.


Join the Fall 2019 PONO Diversity Learning Community

PONO is a dialogic community open to employees and students. It meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, intersectionality, and more! PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register at this link on the office of Global Diversity & Inclusion's Cougar Connect portal. You will also find our Fall 2019/Spring 2020 meeting dates at the start of the application. The first meeting will be on Friday, October 4.

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact Jasmine Marks, specialist at Global Diversity and Inclusion.


Library announces new OER workshop

The library is offering a new Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop called “Introduction to Open Texts” during September. It’s for faculty and employees interested in learning more about the Open Texts@Columbus State initiative. In addition to the initiative, the workshop will cover basics about OER, where to find them, and how to use them in course material.  Each workshop will be held in the Library (Columbus Hall) room 302.

Thursday, September 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 27 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Register for a workshop in Cornerstone. For questions,contact Rachel Dilley, OER librarian.


Recreation & Wellness autumn schedule

The College Recreation & Wellness department has released its schedule of classes and fitness options for the new semester. The schedule is here.


Test drive electric vehicles on September 9

This test-drive event is open to Columbus State employees and students. The City of Columbus is encouraging individuals and businesses to purchase electric vehicles (EVs) for personal use and business fleets. You can learn about EVs and test drive one on the Columbus campus on Monday, September 9. Please register here.  (The total time commitment will be about 45 minutes.) 

This event is a product of the College’s commitment to being an “accelerate site” for transportation access and innovation. Student and employee success requires reliable and affordable transportation options. A healthy and sustainable community requires low-emission, wide-ranging, and accessible transportation options. If you want to advocate for these goals, consider volunteering to develop and promote transportation options for students and employees. Contact Rich James for more information.

JCPenney and Career Services second annual "Suit-Up" Event

Columbus State’s Career Services is partnering again with JCPenney Polaris for an exclusive event on Sunday, September 8. It allows Columbus State students – including College Credit Plus students – and all local recent alumni to shop for career-ready attire at an additional 60 percent off store prices. Read more.


Additional training sessions for Mid-Ohio Market @C State

After months of planning and construction, the Mid-Ohio Market at @CState (400 Grove St.) is about to open three days a week and the last Saturday of each month.

Training sessions cover civil rights (compliance) and customer registration software (PantryTrak). Click here to sign up - Cougar Connect Events and search for Mid-Ohio Market.  All volunteers should attend compliance training, while those who want to register customers should add PantryTrak training. Before signing up, be sure to communicate with your supervisor for permission.

Combined civil rights (compliance) and PantryTrak training
Thursday, August 29 from 10:00 a.m.-noon in Delaware Hall 217

Friday, August 30 from 10:00 a.m.-noon in TL 114

Friday, August 30 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in TL 114

Civil rights training only
Wednesday, September 4 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Market, 400 Grove Street

Market operations training only
Wednesday, September 4 from 11:00 a.m.-noon at the Market, 400 Grove Street

After training is complete, you (and your team) will be able to sign up for shifts on a system called VolunteerHub. Email Desiree Polk-Bland, Jack Popovich or Lisa Phillips with questions.

Please let students know about the Market upon their return. It’s available if they need to use its services, or if they would like to volunteer.

Hours of operation (once a permanent opening date is announced)
Mondays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 a.m.-noon



Cougar Fair - Columbus Campus

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partnered colleges to participate in the 2019 Fall Cougar Fairs. These events are free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your organization, department, and colleges offer to Columbus State students.

If you’re interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here by Tuesday, September 3. The fairs will occur on two dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard

If you have questions, email or contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637.


Presenters needed for CLCO

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) needs 2019 Workshop Proposals for the 10th annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO). This day-an-a-half conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 in the Columbus State Conference Center.

Since 2009, Columbus State's Student Ambassador Leadership Program has worked to organize an engaging and informative conference for college students and advisors across Ohio. Over the last 10 years, more than 1,000 attendees have had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, hear from expert speakers, engage in hands-on community service experiences, and network with other students and professionals. As we celebrate the 10th annual conference, we reflect on the last 10 years of the people we met, the speakers we have heard, and the experiences we have made!

This year's theme is 10 Years Later: The Evolution of Leadership, with the purpose for attendees to develop a culture of collaboration and developmental leadership. Key areas of focus include leadership, collaboration, communication, holistic wellness, self-efficacy, diversity, and equity.

Complete a workshop presentation application here.  The deadline is Friday, September 6.

If you would like to attend the conference, register here. Please share this opportunity with others in your community who may like to present!

Counseling Services hosting Fresh Check Day

Join Columbus State Counseling Services for Fresh Check Day. It’s an uplifting mental health check-in event that will include fun interactive booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, prizes, and more. It will be a perfect opportunity to break down the stigma around mental health. These events are open to the College and the community, so bring a friend. For additional questions contact Counselor Shelby Hartzell,

Fresh Check Day will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. on the Nestor Hall Ramp. (Rain location: Nestor Hall lounge.)


Equity Advocate training

With the autumn semester cohort of Equity Advocate training now full, an additional cohort was just added. In order to support fair, legal, and equitable hiring and promotional processes at Columbus State, you are invited to participate in the Equity Advocate Certification Training Program. This program amplifies the College commitment to fairness and equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Equity Advocate, contact Morgan Sayre at extension 2406. Once confirmed, the meetings below will be shared with your Outlook Calendar.

Cohort 11 (Locations have not yet been determined)

Friday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m.-noon
Kick-off: successful and inclusive hiring

Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.
CUPA: building a successful, more inclusive search

Friday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cultural competency: developing vocabulary, welcoming, understanding privilege

Friday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-noon

Registration for Day of Service 2019 is now open

It is time to register for Columbus State’s seventh annual Day of Service, which will be held on Tuesday, September 24. See video highlights here from 2018.

On that day, the campus community — including faculty, staff, and students—will join together to show our community the impact we can make in just one day. Service sites range from foodbanks and shelters to community gardens and arts organizations. There’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join!

Please click this link to be directed to the Day of Service sites page where you can regiser for individual events. If you do not see any sites, please use the log in button in the top right.


"The Mix" recreational cooking classes open to the general public

Columbus State Community College has created The Mix, a new program of recreational cooking classes that anyone can take without being enrolled in a degree program. It’s the perfect way for members of the general public to hone their cooking skills and be a part of Columbus State’s new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

Hosted in Mitchell Hall, The Mix classes are now open for registration at The first classes start in early September. Registration prices typically range between $55-$65, although some classes are free.


Food Service hours

Union Cafe and Starbucks
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Tortillas Mexican food truck
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday

Market C on the Delaware Campus
Open at all times that Moeller Hall is open


Map of Columbus Campus

With the upcoming opening of Mitchell Hall, a new map of the Columbus Campus has been created. You can see it here. (Mitchell Hall has “MH” as its official two-letter designation.) This updated design replaces a decade-old map. To enlarge the small font, move your cursor to the bottom where you’ll see a plus (+) and a minus (-) sign appear, allowing you to zoom in closer.


DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops for Autumn 2019

New: Academic Quality Review (AQR): Best Practices in Online Course Design

If you are curious about how online course design is evaluated at Columbus State and the work done by your department’s Academic Quality Review (AQR) team, come to this session. The AQR process has been revised and you are invited to learn all about it. Departments are in the midst of completing AQRs on web and blended courses. AQRs provide faculty with data that may be used to show the exemplary work occurring in web and blended courses. In this session, we will take a close look at the criteria used by AQR reviewers when courses are reviewed. The AQR criteria cover:

  • Course navigation
  • Interaction
  • Assessment
  • Course content
  • Course accessibility

Information will also be provided on how to add captioning to videos and descriptions to images so that courses meet the AQR course accessibility criterion. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment using the AQR rubric on one of your own courses. All three sessions are in CT 106, and taught by Jane Roberts.

Thursday, September 5 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Register here

Friday, September 6 from noon-1:00 p.m. Register here

Monday, September 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Register here


Blackboard Fundamentals

Are you new to using Blackboard? Do you have questions about your online courses? Let us show you the basics. Learn how to get timely help with content development and troubleshooting. Better understand college policies and processes for online course design and course copying.

Friday, Sept. 6, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here
Thursday, Sept. 12, 3-4pm – CT 119 - Register here


Blackboard Features

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. LibGuides, Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here

Friday, Sept. 27, 9-10am – CT 119 - Register here

Thursday, October 10, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here


Blackboard Test Pools

This workshop is about how to use Blackboard Test Pools to create a database of questions that can be reused for multiple tests. We will talk about how to build a pool, edit existing pools, and also how to export and import pools for use in tests in other courses or to share with other instructors.

Friday, October 4, 11:30-am-12:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-2:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

Friday, October 25, 12:30-1:30pm – CT 119 – Register here


Blackboard Assessments: Assignments, Tests/Quizzes and Surveys

Are you tired of using so much paper and grading by hand? In this training you will learn how to use Blackboard for assignment submissions and grading. We will show you how to create and deploy tests and quizzes – from simple multiple choice to math formulas – in Blackboard. You will also see how to survey your students using Blackboard.

Tuesday, September 17, 2-3pm – CT 106 – Register here

Friday, October 4, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here

Monday, November 18, 2-3pm – CT 119 - Register here


Kahoot - Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom for Active and Collaborative Learning

There are many ways to use technology to foster student engagement and learning in the classroom. The free Kahoot program can be an effective tool for reviewing concepts and involving students in active and collaborative learning. This program allows instructors to create their own interactive games, and it encourages students to work together and to use their mobile devices in a constructive way. In this session, Emily Anderson will demonstrate one of the Kahoots she uses in class, followed by a Q&A. Bring your smartphone or laptop so you can play along!

Friday, September 20, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here


Tracking Student Progress in Blackboard: Retention Center, Performance Dashboard & Course Reports

An overview of how Blackboard’s built in performance and activity trackers can help you quickly identify students who are needing extra attention and those who are doing well. Data provided in Blackboard’s Retention Center can assist in creating Starfish reports in a timely manner. See how Course Reports and the Performance Dashboard can identify most frequently used course areas and students’ access patterns.

Friday, October 18, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here


Using Weighted Grades in Blackboard

Setting up a weighted grade center can be challenging. This workshop will explain how to use categories in Grade Center to streamline the process as well as other tips to ensure the Grade Center is in sync with the syllabus and reporting accurate grades to the students.

Wednesday, October 16, 12-1pm – CT 119 - Register here

Friday, October 25, 11am-12pm – CT 119 -  Register here

Thursday, November 8, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here


Blackboard Grade Center

Need to brush up on your Grade Center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main Grade Center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop. All College faculty are required to use the Grade Center in Blackboard. According to a resolution approved by Academic Council:

In order to increase student success, the OAA Digital Learning Committee recommends that all Columbus State faculty employ the Blackboard Grade Center for students in a manner which allows students to determine, at any point during the term, their current grade in the course (e.g. a running average; running total, weighted or unweighted; other up-to-date benchmark that allows a student to compare their performance to that course’s overall standards of assessment).

Monday, October 28, 11am-12pm – CT 106 - Register here

Tuesday, November 5, 2-3pm – CT 119 - Register here


Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Make Your Grade Center Experience Better

Some topics include: Drop the highest grade, drop the lowest grade, use filters, manage Grade Center columns, export the Grade Center to Excel, and more!

Friday, November 1, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here

Wednesday, November 13, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here


Introduction to Screen Recording with Kaltura Capture

For years, TechSmith (Camtasia) Relay has been the College’s simple screen/camera recording program. It is now being phased out and will be completely replaced with a new program, Kaltura Capture, at the beginning of 2020. So join us and learn about Kaltura Capture, which works on any computer to create your own videos with just a few mouse clicks. Those videos are then automatically pushed to Blackboard, where they can be easily embedded in any course site. Accompanying tutorial documentation will be provided in hard copy and digital format. CT 106.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 3-4pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 6, 2-3pm – Register here

Monday, Sept. 9, 11am-12pm – Register here

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10-11am – Register here

Monday, Sept. 16, 2-3pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 20, 10-11am – Register here

Monday, Sept. 23, 3-4pm – Register here

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11am-12pm – Register here

Monday, Sept. 30, 2-3pm – Register here


Easy-to-Use and Powerful Video Features in Blackboard

How would you like to be able to do the following things *inside* Blackboard: video edits, closed captioning creation and editing, and interactive video quiz construction? Well now you can. And it's much easier than you might think. Join us for this quick-hitting workshop on how simple it is to use these advanced video features in My Media on Blackboard. Accompanying tutorial documentation will be provided in hard copy and digital format. CT 106.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10-11am – Register here

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 3-4pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 13, 10-11am – Register here

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10-11am – Register here

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4-5pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 27, 10-11am – Register here



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Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.