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Technology Workshops for Faculty and Staff

Welcome to the sign-up form for workshops offered by the Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology. The workshops are open to all faculty and academic staff at Saint Xavier University at no charge. The maximum number of participants for the workshops is ten. All sessions will take place in the Instructional Design Center located in Warde Academic Center, L-114.

February

Building a Grade Book

Would you like to be able to spend more time communicating with your students and less time entering their grades? Learn how the Grade Center in myCourses can streamline the grading process using automatic mid-term and semester end calculations, customized views, alerts for low performance, and more. Due to the comprehensive structure of the Grade Center, this training will be delivered in three sequential parts and will include an opportunity to construct grading schemes for your course(s).

Part 1 -- Laying the Foundation

Topics covered include: Creating grade columns, grading assignments, creating calculated columns, managing the Grade Center (hiding grades from student view, organizing columns, using Smart Views, setting up grading schemas)

Offered: Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m.

Part 2 -- Building the Structure

Topics covered include: Managing the Grade Center (creating Smart Views, setting grade periods, creating categories), building your grade book

Prerequisites -- Part 1, Laying the Foundation or previous training and usage of the Grade Center

Offered: Wednesday, February 22 at 4 p.m.

Part 3 -- Adding an Alarm System

Topics covered: Setting up alerts and notifications, Notifications Dashboard

Prerequisites -- Part 1, Laying the Foundation and Part 2, Building the Structure or previous training and usage of the Grade Center

Offered: Friday, February 24 at 4 p.m.

March

Building a Grade Book

Would you like to be able to spend more time communicating with your students and less time entering their grades? Learn how the Grade Center in myCourses can streamline the grading process using automatic mid-term and semester end calculations, customized views, alerts for low performance, and more. Due to the comprehensive structure of the Grade Center, this training will be delivered in three sequential parts and will include an opportunity to construct grading schemes for your course(s).

Part 1 -- Laying the Foundation

Topics covered include: Creating grade columns, grading assignments, creating calculated columns, managing the Grade Center (hiding grades from student view, organizing columns, using Smart Views, setting up grading schemas)

Offered: Monday, March 19 at 4 p.m.

Part 2 -- Building the Structure

Topics covered include: Managing the Grade Center (creating Smart Views, setting grade periods, creating categories), building your grade book

Prerequisites -- Part 1, Laying the Foundation or previous training and usage of the Grade Center

Offered: Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.

Part 3 -- Adding an Alarm System

Topics covered: Setting up alerts and notifications, Notifications Dashboard

Prerequisites -- Part 1, Laying the Foundation and Part 2, Building the Structure or previous training and usage of the Grade Center

Offered: Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m.

Building Content -- Beyond Posting a Syllabus!

In this workshop, learn additional ways that content can be displayed in myCourses and creative ways of augmenting course content, such as adding narration to a PowerPoint presentation or embedding a YouTube video in your course site.

Topics covered: Mash-Ups, Learning Modules, Adaptive Release, Narrated PowerPoint, Embedding Video

Offered: Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

The three C's are almost as important as the ABC's in today's learning environments. Attend this session and discover some ways you can reach students and connect with them in their world. Learn how to use and manage graded discussion boards or virtual tools for strengthening communication in your course. Additionally, you will learn how setting up groups in myCourses can enhance collaboration activities in your course.

Topics covered: ConnectYard, Virtual Chat, Discussion Board, Managing Groups, Blackboard Collaborate

Offered: Tuesday, March 27 at 4 p.m.

Introduction to myCourses

If you are totally new to myCourses (Blackboard), this workshop is for you. It's also a great training session for anyone who has been using myCourses to post documents and is ready to forge ahead and add additional functionality to their course!

Topics covered include: working with the Course Menu, building content, using the Assignment Dropbox, Email and Messaging.

Offered: Monday, March 5 at 4 p.m.

Let's Talk Tests!

Time to create, time to grade, dishonesty, performance statistics, pre- and post-testing -- these are some of the issues that come to mind when we talk about tests. Attend this session and discover solutions to your concerns about exams. For example, learn how you can use publisher test bank questions to quickly and easily create multiple versions of an exam where individual question order and/or answer options are varied.

Topics covered: Respondus Exam Wizard, Respondus Lock-down Browser, StudyMate Class

Offered: Monday, March 12 at 4 p.m.

Rubricize Your Grading

Rubrics provide a far more descriptive assessment of a student's work than a mere letter grade or point value. A rubric-based assessment describes the quality of work on one or more criteria and can also provide students with a set of standards to follow while they complete their task. The Rubric feature in myCourses allows instructors to create or import rubrics that can be used with all gradable items in your course site (e.g., discussion boards, projects, wikis).

Offered: Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

Writing with Web 2.0 Technologies

Are you looking to add course activities that develop student writing ability? Maybe you are interested in innovative strategies that focus on various styles of writing. If so, this session is for you. This workshop delves into Web 2.0 technologies that get your students writing -- reflective writing, collaborative writing, analytical writing, and more! We'll supply the technology and basic pedagogy to get you started; you supply the imagination and content expertise to integrate these exciting tools into your curriculum.

Topics covered: Wikis, blogs, journals

Offered: Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

You Pick the Topic

We'd like to hear from you! What do you want to know? In this session, we'll try to answer your questions and broaden your knowledge on the instructional technology and pedagogical areas that are of particular interest to you. Maybe you have an instructional problem that you need a solution for or maybe you just want ideas for how you can enliven your instruction or motivate your students. Think about what you want to learn and bring your thoughts and ideas with you.

Offered: Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m.

April

Building a Grade Book

Would you like to be able to spend more time communicating with your students and less time entering their grades? Learn how the Grade Center in myCourses can streamline the grading process using automatic mid-term and semester end calculations, customized views, alerts for low performance, and more. Due to the comprehensive structure of the Grade Center, this training will be delivered in three sequential parts and will include an opportunity to construct grading schemes for your course(s).

Part 1 -- Laying the Foundation

Topics covered include: Creating grade columns, grading assignments, creating calculated columns, managing the Grade Center (hiding grades from student view, organizing columns, using Smart Views, setting up grading schemas)

Offered: Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m.

Part 2 -- Building the Structure

Topics covered include: Managing the Grade Center (creating Smart Views, setting grade periods, creating categories), building your grade book

Prerequisites -- Part 1, Laying the Foundation or previous training and usage of the Grade Center

Offered: Wednesday, April 11 at 4 p.m.

Part 3 -- Adding an Alarm System

Topics covered: Setting up alerts and notifications, Notifications Dashboard

Prerequisites -- Part 1, Laying the Foundation and Part 2, Building the Structure or previous training and usage of the Grade Center

Offered: Thursday, April 13 at 4 p.m.

Building Content -- Beyond Posting a Syllabus!

In this workshop, learn additional ways that content can be displayed in myCourses and creative ways of augmenting course content, such as adding narration to a PowerPoint presentation or embedding a YouTube video in your course site.

Topics covered: Mash-Ups, Learning Modules, Adaptive Release, Narrated PowerPoint, Embedding Video

Offered: Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m.

Connect, Communicate, Collaborate

The three C's are almost as important as the ABC's in today's learning environments. Attend this session and discover some ways you can reach students and connect with them in their world. Learn how to use and manage graded discussion boards or virtual tools for strengthening communication in your course. Additionally, you will learn how setting up groups in myCourses can enhance collaboration activities in your course.

Topics covered: ConnectYard, Virtual Chat, Discussion Board, Managing Groups, Blackboard Collaborate

Offered: Monday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to myCourses

If you are totally new to myCourses (Blackboard), this workshop is for you. It's also a great training session for anyone who has been using myCourses to post documents and is ready to forge ahead and add additional functionality to their course!

Topics covered include: working with the Course Menu, building content, using the Assignment Dropbox, Email and Messaging.

Offered: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

Let's Talk Tests!

Time to create, time to grade, dishonesty, performance statistics, pre- and post-testing -- these are some of the issues that come to mind when we talk about tests. Attend this session and discover solutions to your concerns about exams. For example, learn how you can use publisher test bank questions to quickly and easily create multiple versions of an exam where individual question order and/or answer options are varied.

Topics covered: Respondus Exam Wizard, Respondus Lock-down Browser, StudyMate Class

Offered: Tuesday, April 3 at 4 p.m.

Rubricize Your Grading

Rubrics provide a far more descriptive assessment of a student's work than a mere letter grade or point value. A rubric-based assessment describes the quality of work on one or more criteria and can also provide students with a set of standards to follow while they complete their task. The Rubric feature in myCourses allows instructors to create or import rubrics that can be used with all gradable items in your course site (e.g., discussion boards, projects, wikis).

Offered: Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

Writing with Web 2.0 Technologies

Are you looking to add course activities that develop student writing ability? Maybe you are interested in innovative strategies that focus on various styles of writing. If so, this session is for you. This workshop delves into Web 2.0 technologies that get your students writing -- reflective writing, collaborative writing, analytical writing, and more! We'll supply the technology and basic pedagogy to get you started; you supply the imagination and content expertise to integrate these exciting tools into your curriculum.

Topics covered: Wikis, blogs, journals

Offered: Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m.

You Pick the Topic

We'd like to hear from you! What do you want to know? In this session, we'll try to answer your questions and broaden your knowledge on the instructional technology and pedagogical areas that are of particular interest to you. Maybe you have an instructional problem that you need a solution for or maybe you just want ideas for how you can enliven your instruction or motivate your students. Think about what you want to learn and bring your thoughts and ideas with you.

Offered: Friday, April 20 at 4 p.m.

Coffee with CIDAT

Join us for a cup of coffee on Wednesday mornings while we chat about everything instructional technology from tips and tricks to tools to use with a pinch of pedagogy to sweeten the pot. We'll let you know what's "brewing" each Monday with an email detailing the topic of the week.

Request a Session

Having trouble finding dates that work with your schedule? That's okay. Request a session time. We will be happy to provide training for you or your department or a small group of colleagues on any of the topics listed above or on topics that meet your particular needs. Contact us at cidat@sxu.edu.