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Workshop Descriptions

On this page you will find workshops descriptions for all of the workshops that we offer in Educational Technology.  Below you will see an image of what each tab contains.  Once you find the workshop you would like more information about, select each individual tab.

Types of workshops we offer

Getting Started

Getting Started wtih Blackboard 9

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Design a Course Menu
  2. Add content, tools, and assignments to a content area/folder
  3. Make a Blackboard course site available
  4. Complete basic grading in the Grade Center
  5. Generate ideas for use in their own Blackboard course site
  6. Find Blackboard Help for reference after the training
Description

In this hands-on training, participants will learn course design, foundational skills, and understand the Blackboard 9 learning management system for teaching courses. Throughout the training the instructors will practice using the most commonly utilized features, reflect on their personal use of Blackboard, apply best practices for using Blackboard in their courses.

Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center

Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to navigate and use Blackboard's Grade Center
  2. Be able to prepare your Blackboard Course Site(s) for grading using the Grade Center
  3. Be able to set-up the Blackboard Grade Center for grading in your Course Site(s)
  4. Set-up and Grade manual columns and assignments using the Grade Center
  5. Understand some of the Grade Center's efficiencies

Description

In this hands-on training, instructors will learn how to use Blackboard's Grade Center to assign a grade to students in their Blackboard course site(s). Topics covered include but are not limited to: the layout of the Grade Center and what it does; how to approach Blackboard's Grade Center and things to complete prior to using it; how to set-up Blackboard's Grade Center for use; how to grade student work through the Grade Center (including assignments and manual columns); and how to use some of Blackboard's Grade Center efficiencies. There will also be time allotted for discussion and questions. Throughout the training, instructors will use a Blackboard Practice Site while learning best practices for using the Blackboard's Grade Center.

Beyond the Bb Basics

Assessing Diverse Learners

Outcomes

Instructors/TA's will:

  1. Learn how to use Blackboard assignments, tests, and interactive tools along with iPad apps and web tools to engage students with a variety of learning styles, backgrounds, and interests.
  2. Learn how to provide constructive written feedback within the Blackboard grade center.
  3. Identify alternatives to written feedback.
  4. Participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to create engaging, meaningful assessments.
Description

In this hands-on workshop, Instructors and TA's will discover new and exciting ways to assess learners and provide constructive feedback. This workshop will include best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard features, iPad apps, and web tools. Each of the ideas outlined in the workshop promote a collaborative, student centered, learning environment.

Attendees should come prepared to share and discuss ideas.

Creating a Welcoming Course Environment

Outcomes

Instructors/TA's will:

  1. Learn how to use Bb Tools and features effectively to create a sense of community.
  2. Become familiar with Blackboard course design techniques that help facilitate a welcoming and inviting course environment.
  3. Participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to best implement techniques outlined in workshop.
Description

In this hands-on workshop, Instructors and TA's will discover new and exciting ways to create a sense of community in their course(s). This workshop will include best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard's features, such as Announcements, Interactive Tools, and Collaborate Web Conferencing to create a welcoming and inviting course environment for students. Each of the ideas outlined in the workshop promote a student centered learning environment.

Attendees should come prepared to share and discuss ideas.

Increasing Student Engagement

Outcomes

Instructors/TA's will:

  1. Explore Bloom's Taxonomy and how it relates to student engagement.
  2. Learn how to use Bb Tools in your course effectively, increasing student engagement.
  3. Participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to best implement Bb tools.
Description

In this hands-on workshop, Instructors and TA's will discover new and exciting ways to engage their students within Blackboard. This workshop will include best practices and ideas on how to use the Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing in your course. Each of the tools outlined in the workshop promotes a reflective, collaborative, student centered learning environment.

Attendees should come prepared with ideas and course materials to use in their site.

Harnessing the Power of Multimedia

Outcomes

Instructors/TAs will

  1. Discuss the benefits of using multimedia
  2. Explore ways to integrate rich multimedia into their teaching
  3. Investigate options for using audio, video and images.
Description

In our everyday life we learn from "Googling," watching videos, using our mobile devices, viewing images, and more. In this hands-on workshop, Instructors and TA's will discover new and exciting ways to utilize multimedia to engage and support today's learners. Participants in the workshop will be investigating, planning, and discussing ways to integrate audio, video, and images in their course. This session includes time to explore different websites and software to learn more about multimedia options.

SMART

SMART Board Basics

Outcomes

Instructors will

  1. Understand how a SMART Board works
  2. Be able to write on a SMART Board
  3. Be able to open and manipulate documents on a SMART Board
  4. Understand the benefits of using a SMART Board
  5. Be able to decide how to best use the SMART Board to meet their needs
Description

In this hands-on 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 be using the SMART board while learning best practices for using it in their classroom.

SMART Notebook Basics

Outcomes

Instructors will

  1. Be able to use SMART Notebook Software with current classroom resources
  2. Be able to create a new SMART Notebook file
  3. Be able to use SMART Notebook Software in their classroom for a lesson
  4. Be able to decide how to best use SMART Notebook Software to meet their needs
Description

In this hands-on 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 be using the SMART Notebook Software and SMART Board while learning best practices for using it both their classroom.

Collaborate

Collaborate Web Conferencing

Outcomes

Instructors will:

  1. Participate in a Blackboard Collaborate session as a student/participant to learn how participants will experience a session.
  2. Learn how to prepare students for a Collaborate session.
  3. Learn how to create a Blackboard Collaborate tool link within the course menu.
  4. Learn the difference between the various rooms sessions.
  5. Learn how to create a Collaborate session.
  6. Learn how to conduct a live session and record a session for later viewing.
  7. Learn how to use the various tools within Collaborate.
  8. Learn how to use the participants panel to communicate with students and promote students to moderators.
  9. Learn the various uses of Blackboard Collaborate.
  10. Participants will be able to implement best practices for conducting a Collaborate session.
 Description

This interactive webinar on Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing provides instructors the foundational skills and understanding of Blackboard Collaborate for conducting both synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. The format of the webinar allows participants to experience Collaborate from both the student and instructor perspectives. Participants will learn how to create sessions and use various Collaborate tools to engage students. They will also learn best practices for conducting a successful Collaborate session.

Attendees should come prepared to share ideas.

Other

Presenting with Prezi: An Alternative to PowerPoint

Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Describe why using Prezi may be beneficial
  2. Understand how to design an engaging Prezi
  3. Create a Prezi with at least 3 "slides"
  4. Incorporate multimedia in a Prezi
Description

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to using Prezi as an alternative presentation tool. Participants will gain experience with using Prezi templates, exploring Prezi presentations, and building presentations. By building their own presentations, participants will also learn how to add content (text, images, multimedia), customize a template, add frames, and edit presentation paths. Participants will also learn how to share their Prezi presentations through Blackboard and download for offline use.

The workshop will also include open discussions of how participants think they can use Prezi to enhance student learning

Sedona Systems Basics

Outcomes  

Full Time Instructors will:

  1. Understand what SEDONA Systems is
  2. Be able to edit their SEDONA Systems profile
  3. Be able to add content to SEDONA Systems
  4. Be able to find help on SEDONA Systems when needed
Description

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.