Workshops

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Pedagogy Workshops

Introduction to Online Teaching

A decade ago, it was common to hear that “online learning is the future!” Indeed, it is now very much the present, but our idea of what online learning should be has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Educators are now at a point where they have revised what effective online learning means, discarding the early passive, consumption-oriented model for one that is far more engaging and interactive.

This two-part workshop offers a hands-on introduction to online learning. Part I provides a general overview of online teaching, course design best practices, common myths and mistakes, and questions for any newcomer to consider. Attendees will leave Part I with an assignment which they will complete on their own and review as a group in Part II. Part II will also provide an opportunity to discuss further questions, concerns, and ideas for online teaching.

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The What, Why, and How of Rubrics

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • What rubrics are and why they are used
  • How too effectively align a rubric with an assignment
  • Best practices for using rubrics as learning tools for students
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Blackboard Workshops

Synchronous Sessions with Collaborate   new

In this workshop, we will learn the mechanics of Blackboard Collaborate, techniques for increasing student engagement using synchronous sessions and best practices. We will cover:

  • How to schedule & attend sessions from right inside your course
  • How to moderate and record sessions
  • Best practices for screen-sharing and white-boarding
  • Ideas for using Collaborate in your courses
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Blackboard Grade Center: Beginner

In this workshop, we will:

  • Explore the most-used features of the Grade Center interface
  • Identify how to add and edit columns
  • Discover some basic ways to manage the Grade Center
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Blackboard Grade Center: Advanced

In this workshop, we will:

  • Explore grading reports and exporting grades
  • Work with calculated columns
  • Discover how to manage and manipulate grading options
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Using Rubrics in Blackboard

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • Generally what rubrics are
  • How to create and modify rubrics in Blackboard
  • How to grade assignments using rubrics in Blackboard
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Technology Workshops

Jing and Snagit Training

In this workshop, we will cover:

  • What Jing and Snagit are, and what they can do
  • How to create screenshots and short on-screen videos on your computer
  • How to annotate and edit screenshots
  • How to share your screenshots and videos with students
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Camtasia Training

This session introduces participants to the basics of how to create a video using Camtasia software. Attendees will become familiar with the user interface of Camtasia, including basic editing and production tools, record themselves narrating a PowerPoint presentation, and ultimately upload their videos YouTube. No previous experience with Camtasia, YouTube, or other video editing software is necessary to participate in this session.

Attendees are welcome to bring existing PowerPoint files with them, but this is not necessary to fully participate in this workshop. All recording equipment needed to complete the workshop will be made available at the session.

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Google Apps   new

Did you know that Google has an entire suite of free cloud computing productivity tools available?
You may have heard people talk about Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, etc. but did you know that these tools can be used to facilitate classroom collaboration as well?

In this 1 hour session, we will demystify these and other Google Apps as we explain how to:

  • Create a Gmail account and add contacts
  • Create and share a Google Calendar
  • Upload files to Google Drive
  • Create, share and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
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WordPress for Faculty

In this session you’ll learn to build a professional or educational website using WordPress – a totally free tool that allows you to get a website up and running with little time or effort. You’ll leave the session with a fully functioning website and you’ll understand how WordPress can grow with you as your website needs expand.

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