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Educational Technology Training

Educational Technology's Instructional Designers offer a variety of professional development opportunities to Duquesne's full and part-time faculty, staff, and graduate students.

To view our current training schedule or sign up for a workshop, webinar, or self-guided tutorial, visit the Training Calendar page.

Training Descriptions

We offer professional development via campus workshops, webinars, and self-guided tutorials. Below, you will find a chart that lists all of the workshops and webinars that Educational Technology offers. Choose one of the tabs located below the see a detailed description of individual workshops, webinars, and self-guided tutorials.

Workshop Descriptions Chart

Getting Started

Getting Started with Blackboard 9 (Workshop or Self-Guided Tutorial)

Learn course design basics and foundational skills for using the Blackboard 9 Learning Management System to design and teach your courses. Practice using the most common Blackboard tools, reflect on your personal use of Blackboard, and apply best practices for using Blackboard in your courses.

Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center (Self-Guided Tutorial)

Learn how to use Blackboard's Grade Center to grade student work in your Blackboard course sites. Topics include the layout of the Grade Center, how to set up the Grade Center, and how to grade student work through the Grade Center.

Beyond the Bb Basics

Assessing Diverse Learners (Webinar)

Discover new and exciting ways to assess learners and provide constructive feedback. Learn best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard features, iPad apps, and web tools to promote a collaborative, student centered, learning environment.

Creating a Welcoming Course Environment (Webinar)

Discover new and exciting ways to create a sense of community in your courses. Learn best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard's features, such as Announcements, Interactive Tools, and GoToTraining Virtual Classroom to create a welcoming and inviting course environment for your students.

Increasing Student Engagement (Webinar)

Discover new and exciting ways to engage your students within Blackboard. Learn best practices and ideas on how to use the Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and GoToTraining Virtual Classroom within a Blackboard course site to promote a reflective, collaborative, student-centered learning environment.

Harnessing the Power of Multimedia

In our everyday life we learn from "Googling," watching videos, using our mobile devices, viewing images, and more. In this interactive webinar, instructors  will discover new and exciting ways to utilize multimedia to engage and support today's learners. Participants  will be investigating, planning, and discussing ways to integrate audio, video, and images into their courses. Instructors will be encouraged to participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to best implement techniques outlined in workshop.

Virtual Classroom & Lecture Capture

GoToTraining Virtual Classroom Basics (Webinar)

Learn foundational skills and gain understanding of GoToTraining Virtual Classroom for conducting synchronous class sessions. Experience GoToTraining from the student perspective while simultaneously learning the instructor perspective. Learn how to schedule sessions and use various GoToTraining tools to engage students, and learn best practices for conducting a successful GoToTraining session.

Getting Started with MyMediasite Video Creation (Webinar)

Learn how to use MyMediasite to record, store, and share videos that can be used to demonstrate a concept, give a mini lecture, and more. During the webinar, one of our instructional designers will demonstrate how to use MyMediasite to capture a computer screen and webcam, store these creations to a MyMediasite account, and share them with students and colleagues via a web link. Instructors will also learn how to store and share pre-recorded videos (i.e. videos created in Camtasia or GoToTraining) using MyMediasite.

SMART

SMART Board Basics (Workshop)

Outcomes

Following this in-person workshop, instructors will be able to:

  1. Understand how a SMART Board works.
  2. Write on a SMART Board.
  3. Open and manipulate documents on a SMART Board.
  4. Understand the benefits of using a SMART Board.
  5. Identify ways to use the SMART Board to meet their needs.
Description

In this hands-on, in-person training, instructors will learn how the SMART board works and will practice using it in various ways. These ways include but are not limited to:

Writing on a website, PowerPoint, or PDF; operating the computer through the SMART board; and note taking/brainstorming with the SMART board.

There will also be time allotted for discussion, questions, and additional practice. Throughout the training, instructors will use the SMART board while learning best practices for integrating the SMART board into their classroom teaching.

SMART Notebook Basics (Workshop)

Outcomes

Following this in-person workshop, instructors will be able to:

  1. Use SMART Notebook Software with current classroom resources.
  2. Create a new SMART Notebook file.
  3. Use SMART Notebook software in for a lesson their classroom.
  4. Identify ways to use SMART Notebook software to meet their needs.
Description

In this hands-on, in-person training, instructors will learn how to use the SMART Notebook software with current classroom resources and practices. Some of the things covered include but are not limited to:

Learning the toolbar, creating quizzes, importing PowerPoint files, saving options, and viewing example lessons.

There will also be time allotted for discussion, questions, and additional practice. Throughout the training, instructors will use the SMART Notebook software and SMART Board while learning best practices for integrating both into their classroom teaching.

Other

Transitioning to the Online Classroom (Webinar)

Learn foundational skills for transitioning a traditional-classroom course to the online setting. Webinar leaders will discuss similarities and differences between in-person and online courses, present strategies for designing an online course, and provide examples of engaging tools and resources that will help instructors organize an online course that engages students while helping them to meet course objectives.

Presenting with Prezi: An Alternative to PowerPoint (Workshop)

Learn how to use Prezi as an alternative presentation tool. Gain experience with using Prezi templates, exploring Prezi presentations, and building presentations along with how to add content (text, images, multimedia), customize a template, add frames, edit presentation paths, and share your Prezi presentations through Blackboard or download for offline use.

Sedona Systems Basics (Workshop)

In this hands-on training, instructors will learn how to use SEDONA Systems to add publications to their CV. In this training instructors will learn how to log-in to SEDONA and how to set their SEDONA profile. Additionally, they will learn how to add various research areas to their CV. Other topics will include but are not limited to: the SEDONA library and directory, how to share a public link to the SEDONA profile, and where to find help documents and/or videos on SEDONA.

There will also be time allotted for actual building of materials in the SEDONA system and questions. Therefore, faculty should come prepared with materials they would like to add to the database.