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FCLD Spring 2017 Workshops


Posted 01/05/2017
Submitted by Bevin Rainwater
Category: Campus Announcements

The Faculty Center for Learning Development(FCLD) offers ongoing seminars and instruction on a variety of instructional technology, including Blackboard, the University's learning management system (LMS).   FCLD will be offering the following seminars during the spring semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held temporarily in the Computer Lab on the Lower Level of Mortensen Library due to library renovations. Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu or calling (860) 768-4661. 

Getting Started with Blackboard/Blackboard Drop-in

Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Computer Lab (Lower Level Mortensen Library) or FCLD Lab
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. 

Every Tuesday, we offer an orientation and drop-in clinic for Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. If you’re new to Blackboard, you’ll learn strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding course content items like your syllabus and web links to your course. Be sure to bring a digital version of your syllabus and/or other course materials; this is designed as a hands-on seminar. If you’re using Blackboard already, feel free to drop by with a question or for troubleshooting. 

Creating Video ‘Lecturettes’ with Personal Capture (PCap)

Thursday, January 12, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Monday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Echo360 Personal Capture is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and web cam video.  Its versatility means that you can use it to record audio podcasts, video lectures, or narrated presentations and demonstrations.  This session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard. Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an Echo360 account can be created for you in advance.

Getting Started with Ensemble, the Campus’ “In-House YouTube”

Thursday, January 19, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Ensemble works like an in-house YouTube, allowing faculty to quickly and easily upload videos, then link to them from Blackboard and other websites. Faculty who are flipping the classroom, teaching online, using video clips in instruction, or working with student video projects should plan to attend this special information session about Ensemble.  Pre-registration is helpful for this session, so that an Ensemble account can be created for you in advance.

Create Signatures, Forms & More in Adobe Acrobat Pro

Friday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, we will explore some advanced features available in Adobe Acrobat Pro, such as creating digital signatures and developing fillable forms.  We will also discuss some other features, such as how to convert a scanned image PDF to a text-based PDF, using Adobe’s built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool.  OCR creates digital PDFs with selectable text are accessible to those using Screen Readers for visual impairments. We will also demonstrate how to run the Accessibility Checker to ensure that our PDF documents meet Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act guidelines.

Drag-n-Drop Files in Blackboard

Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Did you know that there’s a feature within Blackboard that allows you to drag-n-drop files from your desktop into Blackboard’s course files area?  You can upload single or multiple files at a time by using the browse button or the drag-n-drop feature which allows you to organize your materials in folders and sub-folders. Join us for this session where we show you how quickly and easily it can be done.

Excel SIG (PC & Mac): Creating Tables & Pivot Tables

Lee Townsend, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Technology & Architecture
Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None, this session is for new to intermediate users of Excel
Equipment: Bring your laptop if you have one, we have a limited number of PC computers for use.

In this continuing professional development series, Dr. Lee Townsend, Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture will be presenting and guiding us in an interactive session on the creation of Excel Tables and Pivot Tables. We will be using Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac and Office 2013 for PC. Mac users are welcome, but they will need to bring their laptops. Faculty and Staff are invited to join us for this Excel SIG session in the Computer Lab on the Lower Level of Mortensen Library.  Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to fcld@hartford.edu.

These informal gatherings are open to all instructors and staff, and are designed to provide a forum for sharing ideas and effective techniques for using Excel in the classroom or in our daily university work.  They typically include a brief (15-20 minute) presentation by a faculty member on his or her use of Excel, followed by a hands-on activity and an informal – and lively – conversation.

Mobile Apps Series, Part 1: Clickers for Polling

Thursday, February 16, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Polling keeps students engaged and allows instructors to quickly check for understanding, gather feedback, foster discussion and gauge interest.  Instructors can use polls to make sure students understand the main points of a lesson, or to gather information about what they did not understand, so it can be covered in another class session.  Polls also help students self-monitor progress on deadlines, projects, or studying for an exam, as well as gauge their interest in future projects.  Polls have also been used to kick off discussions, after viewing a video or reading. Additionally, polls allow students to reflect and give feedback on the lessons. In this session, we will explore some popular mobile applications used for polling, such as Kahoot, PollEverywhere, Plickers and Socrative.

Mobile Apps Series, Part 2: Research, Scholarship and Collaboration

Thursday, February 23, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Mobile apps for education are gaining in popularity due to the availability of various easy-to-use mobile software applications.  Mobile apps allow you to conduct research with the touch of a finger, giving you the ability to create citations, organize notes and documents in a digital, portable manner, and to share collaboratively with others. Some apps we will look at in this session are: Goodreader, EasyBib, Notability, Questia Library, EverNote, and Dropbox or Google Drive for collaboration.

Mobile Apps Series, Part 3: Blackboard

Thursday, March 2, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Blackboard has its own suite of applications for the Learn experience: Bb Mobile, Bb Grader and Bb Student.  The Bb Mobile app grants instant mobile access to course content, discussions, etc. The Bb Grader app allows instructors to access their grade centers anywhere, streamlining workflows and making their time more productive.  The Bb Student app enables students to access their online classes in a simple, easy to use app. Please join us and explore these Blackboard apps.

Blackboard for Staff

Monday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. 

This session is geared to campus staff who are using Blackboard non-academic courses for organizations, search committees, communications, etc.  In this session, you will learn Blackboard basics, such as how to manually add and remove users, create announcements, email users, attach documents and organize items in Blackboard.

Recording Lectures for Students On-the-Go

Thursday, March 9, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

In this session, we will be exploring some software options for recording and/or narrating video lectures or audio lectures.  We will be sharing tips on how to upload them online for embedding in Blackboard for students to access, as well as discuss best practices for capturing and chunking lectures into lecturettes for students to listen or view.

Excel SIG (PC & Mac): Creating Pivot Charts with Slicers

Lee Townsend, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Technology & Architecture
Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None, this session is for new to intermediate users of Excel.
Equipment: Bring your laptop if you have one, we have a limited number of PC computers for use.

In this continuing professional development series, Dr. Lee Townsend, Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture will be presenting and guiding us in an interactive session on the creation of Excel Pivot Charts with Slicers. We will be using Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac and Office 2013 for PC. Mac users are welcome, but they will need to bring their laptops. Faculty and Staff are invited to join us for this Excel SIG session in the Computer Lab on the Lower Level of Mortensen Library.  Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to fcld@hartford.edu.

These informal gatherings are open to all instructors and staff, and are designed to provide a forum for sharing ideas and effective techniques for using Excel in the classroom or in our daily university work.  They typically include a brief (15-20 minute) presentation by a faculty member on his or her use of Excel, followed by a hands-on activity and an informal – and lively – conversation.

Preparing to Teach Online Series

This spring, in partnership with University Programs, FCLD again will be offering a seminar series designed to prepare instructors for online teaching and learning. The sessions are all on Fridays, and due to the library renovations, these will be held in the temporary Computer Lab, located on the lower level of Mortensen Library, based on the following schedule:

Planning and Designing an Online Course
Friday, February 10, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 “What do I need to know to be an effective online instructor?”  In this first seminar we will answer this question, as well as demonstrate best practices for transforming face-to-face courses into online courses, show examples of exemplary online courses and syllabi, build a Blackboard Learning Module, and share useful resources that will help you as you design your online course. 

Creating Organized & Effective Instruction
Friday, February 17, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In this hands-on seminar, we will use Blackboard to apply what was discussed in week one. Participants will learn different ways to structure and organize course content, as well as use Blackboard Learning Modules to create easy-to-follow online lessons.  Finally, we’ll explore the many diverse sources of ready-made course content readily available on the Internet.

Basic Tools for Online Instruction
Friday, February 24, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Just like any instruction, we need to be able to communicate with students, collect assignments, and facilitate group work such as case studies and projects.  This seminar covers basic Blackboard tools that are essential for online instruction including Email, Announcements and Alerts, the Assignment Tool, and Blackboard Groups. 

Fostering Interaction and Collaboration
Friday, March 10, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Distance education means there is “a distance between learner and teacher which is not merely geographic, but educational and psychological as well” (Moore, 1983). One hallmark of a well-designed online course is that it uses interaction to close up this distance, building in lots of different ways for students to work together and form their own online community.  During this seminar, participants will learn how to foster and encourage interactivity using tools such as the Discussion Board, Blogs, Wikis, Journals, and other non-Blackboard tools.

Tests, Grading, Feedback, and Support
Friday, March 17, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Your course is designed, your content prepared and loaded, your instruction and assignments align with your objectives, there’s a good mix of media presented, and there are opportunities for collaboration and interaction -- but how will you inform your students about their progress? Grade Center! Learn basic and necessary house-keeping of Grade Center and ways to set up Grade Center to reflect your grading scenario. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss ways you can offer feedback and build in support for students into your course.

Must Have Tools for Teaching Online
Friday, March 31, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Just because you are not face-to-face with your online students, it doesn't mean you can't 'talk' to them and be “present” with them.  We’ll show you how to prepare audio and video clips so you can demonstrate worked problems, introduce a topic, summarize a complex issue, or even meet together once or twice.  This session will offer a 'survey course' on tools that can help.

Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors 
Friday, April 7, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

One of the best ways to learn about teaching online is hearing about the experiences of instructors who have taught online in the past.   University of Hartford instructors will share their online courses, tips, and tricks they’ve learned, as well as field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session.

Faculty interested in attending should register by emailing fcld@hartford.edu or calling (860) 768-4661.