Workshop Descriptions

Browse the description and objectives for all workshops currently offered by the e-Learning Center. If a workshop is not scheduled, you can request that it be scheduled using the link in the description

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Blackboard Learn [ top ]

Bb Learn I: Creating Content (Building the educational experience)

Description:

In this workshop, we cover methods for organizing and creating the content of your course.

Objectives:

Learn how to organize your Bb Learn course and create Bb Learn content to create an engaging educational experience for your students.

After this workshop, you will be able to...

-Orient the Blackboard Learn environment (Use edit mode [on/off], to edit the course, and to reset your homepage, etc.)

-Appropriately use Folders, Learning Modules, and Lesson Plans as you plan for the content in your class
-Create different content types for your course (Items, Files, Media, Web Links, Course Link, Blank Page, etc.)
-Edit and manage course content areas and content
-Build assignments and tests in your course
-OPTIONAL: Create a youtube video using the mashup tool
-OPTIONAL: Apply adaptive release in your course to pace the progress and learning of your student

2 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn II: Communicating and Collaborating (Facilitating interaction with participants in your course)

Description:

This workshop focuses on the communication and collaboration tools in Bb Learn.

Objectives:

Learn how to communicate with students and to foster interaction with the participants in your course.

After this worshop, you will be able to...

-Communicate with your students using Course Messages, Course Calendar, and Announcements
-Set up and manage asynchronous discussions in your course
-Set up manual and randomized groups and create group assignments
-Create and manage journal entries in your course
-Create and manage wikis in your course
-Create and manage blogs in your course

Bb Learn III: Assessing Learners (Providing feedback to your students)

Description:

This workshop focuses on assessing the learning, including writing tests, creating assignments, developing rubrics, creating gradable discussions, and providing feedback to the learners.

Objectives:

Learn how to provide relevant feeback to your students and communicate their grades effectively.

After this workshop, you will be able to...
-Effectively navigate the grade center
-Grade assignments, SafeAssignments, and Group Assignments
-Grade discussions, tests, journals, blogs and wikis
-Effectively use Bb Learn rubrics in your course
-OPTIONAL: Manage and create columns in the grade center
-OPTIONAL: Effectively use Bb Learn Rubrics in your course

Bb Learn IV: Data Reporting and Reusing Content (Evaluating results)

Description:

This workshop focuses on data analytics. What tools can you use within the system to track the progress of learners, intervene when students are performing poorly or missing key work, and to evaluate the effectiveness of your course?

Objectives:

Learn how to use course data, run reports, and reuse course content to help you to plan for continuous improvement in your course.

After this workshop, you will be able to...

-Access and use course reports
-Run statistics report on a course item that you created
-Archive your Bb Learn course
-OPTIONAL: Automatically adjust dates in your copied course

-OPTIONAL: Access the retention center as a way identify students using performance criteria

Bb Learn for Instructors (Online)

Description:

This course was designed specifically with NAU faculty and instructors in mind. Blackboard Learn can seem daunting even to the most seasoned instructor. In the design of this course, we have tried to anticipate the most logical approach to designing a course from scratch and then steps on how teach that course using Bb Learn tools.

In this course we have divided the course into four modules. Each module is self-contained for the most part but there could be some overlap with other modules. For example, while we explain how to create tests and assignments in Building the Educational Experience, we cover the grading of tests and assignments in Providing Feedback to Your Students. Each module presents a brief overview along with learning outcomes and information on how to proceed inside the module.

Building the educational experience (Content in Bb Learn): Learn how to organize your Bb Learn course and create Bb Learn content to create an engaging educational experience for your students.

Facilitating interaction with participants in your course (Communicating and collaborating in Bb Learn): Learn how to communicate with students and to foster interaction with the participants in your course.

Providing feedback to your students (Assessing learners in Bb Learn): Learn how to provide relevant feeback to your students and communicate their grades effectively.

Evaluating results (Data, Reporting, and Reuse in Bb Learn): Learn how to use course data, run reports, and reuse course content to help you to plan for continuous improvement in your course.

Objectives:

After this course, you will be able to...

Organize your Bb Learn course and create Bb Learn content to create an engaging educational experience for your students.

Communicate with students and to foster interaction with participants in your course.

Provide relevant feedback to your students and communicate their grades effectively.

Use course data, run reports, and reuse course content to help you to plan for continuous improvement in your course.

Average time to complete the entire course (all four modules): 6-10 hours

Collaborate [ top ]

Blackboard Collaborate (Web-conferencing in your course)

Description:

Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate) is NAU's instructional web conferencing system. It works on both Macs and Windows computers and functions either as a standalone tool or as an add-in to Bb Learn. Collaborate allows you to deliver live lectures over the Internet, text chat, share whiteboards and share applications. Use it to add interaction to your online class or hold virtual office hours. In this workshop, you will learn how to schedule and facilitate meetings from your computer with other faculty and/or students from a distance. You will be able to speak with them, show them relavent materials on the whiteboard, and collaborate with them to create presentation materials. Two to three days after you enroll in this class you will receive an email with further instructions.

Objectives:

At the end of this session you will be able to:
* Address your personal questions about web conferencing
* Schedule web conferencing sessions
* Use the whiteboard tool
* Use the Audio or Video tool
* Use the Application Sharing tool

172 people have attended this workshop.

Web-conferencing in your course using Blackboard Collaborate (Online Training Version)

Description:

Blackboard Collaborate is NAU's instructional web conferencing system. It works on both Macs and Windows computers and functions either as a standalone tool or as an add-in to Bb Learn. Collaborate allows you to deliver live lectures over the Internet, text chat, share whiteboards and share applications. Use it to add interaction to your online class or hold virtual office hours. In this workshop, you will learn how to schedule and facilitate meetings from your computer with other faculty and/or students from a distance. You will be able to speak with them, show them relevant materials on the whiteboard, and collaborate with them to create presentation materials.

In the online version of this tour, we will deliver the training in Collaborate, which is a great way to learn about the tool in an active way.

Objectives:

At the end of this session you will be able to:

* Address your personal questions about web conferencing
* Schedule web conferencing sessions
* Use the whiteboard tool
* Use the Audio or Video tool
* Use the Application Sharing tool

34 people have attended this workshop.

Planning and Design [ top ]

Academic Integrity and your online class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Academic Integrity and your online class workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

This workshop identifies common reasons why students cheat and outlines some technical tools and instructional strategies to discourage it. Covers Blackboard's SafeAssign, the Center for Academic Integrity, Respondus and other resources. Covers the NAU code of conduct on academic dishonesty and good syllabus design. Please note: These tools are not designed to catch students for cheating after the fact, but to proactively help them develop good citation skills and other practices that keep them out of trouble.

Some Powerpoint notes

A good paper by Barbara Christie from Educause Quarterly, 2003, No. 4, on why students cheat.

Links:

Best practice strategies to promote academic integrity in online education (PDF)

NAU e-Learning's Academic Integrity module

Objectives:

Attendees will discuss the reasons why students cheat. Attendees will discuss the use of technical tools demonstrated. Attendees will discuss instructional strategies presented.

6 people have attended this workshop.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

What is course quality?

Join us as we identify the critical elements of the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) course quality assurance program. This one-day workshop will focus on the QM Rubric in order to frame a peer-to-peer conversation on some of the components of course quality.

Objectives:

Identify the underlying principles of QM. (Recognize key QM underlying principles and concepts.)

  • Identify the critical elements of the QM quality assurance program, including the QM Rubric, materials, processes, and administrative components.
  • Apply the 2014 QM Rubric to review online courses.
  • Make decisions on whether the SPCH 1113 course meets selected QM Rubric standards.
  • Apply the concept of alignment.
  • Write helpful recommendations for course improvement by citing annotations from the QM Rubric and evidence from the course.

34 people have attended this workshop.

Assessing Online Discussions

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Assessing Online Discussions workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Do you want to include discussions in your online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course, but are unsure about how to get students to take them seriously? Attend this workshop and find out about how to use rubrics as tools for promoting quality online discussions. A few days after you enroll in this workshop, you will receive an email with instructions about what to bring with you to the workshop.

Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand why and how rubrics can be used to foster online discussion
  • Understand how to create a successful discussion rubric
  • Analyze examples of discussion rubrics used successfully by faculty
  • Build a discussion rubric for your own course

Blended Learning Workshop

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Blended Learning Workshop workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

The workshop consists of three in-person meetings combined with a variety of online activities, which will:

  • Give you experience as a student in a blended instruction environment
  • Model good practices in blended learning
  • Provide examples of blended learning designs from various disciplines
  • Step you through the thinking and activities necessary for you to write a solid proposal and create at least one module of your redesigned blended-learning course in Blackboard Learn

 

Objectives:

By the end of the workshop you will create the following:

  • A single blended course module built out in Blackboard Learn
  • A plan for finishing your course redesign proposal

48 people have attended this workshop.

Collaborative Learning and your online class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Collaborative Learning and your online class workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Working together on assignments is better training for the workplace than the independent assignments we typically give in class. Done well, it allows students to play to their strengths and learn how to work as a member of a team. Why then, do our best students often hate group assignments? In an online class, it is difficult to prevent collaboration from happening so why not embrace it instead of fighting it? Find out how to infuse your online class with collaborative approaches without sacrificing individual accountability. In this workshop, we will explore some synchronous collaborative tools such as text chat, video conferencing, and Google Docs. We will also briefly explore the Groups tool within Bb Learn. Notes are available for this workshop.

Objectives:

8 people have attended this workshop.

Copyright and your online class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Copyright and your online class workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

If I don't own it, can I use it in my course? If I developed the content myself, do I own it free and clear? Learn about copyright law, the Teach Act, and the fair use provision for educators. Learn how to protect your own intellectual property in the online world. Did you know that your work is copyrighted even if you don't explicitly state it? What is NAU's policy on faculty-developed Intellectual Property? Does it matter whether this was a work-for-hire versus a scholarly activity? What if I received significant assistance or extra pay to produce the content? What happens if I want to sell the work or take it with me when I leave the university? What if I want to share it freely with colleagues at other institutions? Learn about the Open Courseware movement and other sources of free content such as MERLOT. Learn about the Creative Commons and Copyleft license alternatives to copyright. Am I safe if my content is hidden behind a password? How does Bb Learn protect copyrighted course content from non-course members? Is the password barrier sufficient? What happens if a student in my class grabs copyrighted material and releases it to the public? Would I or the university be liable? How is downloading content different from streaming it? What should I do if I get a "cease and desist" letter from a publisher? How do I ask a publisher for permission to use their content? Can I publish student submissions that were part of coursework or are they copyrighted? How can I use software tools like SafeAssign to encourage students to properly cite copyrighted works?

Objectives:

A good fair use checklist:http://www.scribd.com/doc/6355569/Fair-Use-Checklist

A nice video that explains the Creative Commons:http://creativecommons.org/videos/get-creative

Delivering More Engaging Lectures

Description:

Lecture has a bad reputation but, done effectively, it can be very engaging and it may in some cases be the only practical way to teach large in-person classes. Whether you're an experienced lecturer or a new instructor, there are strategies that can make your lectures more effective and engaging.

Objectives:

Effective Practices in Online Discussion

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Effective Practices in Online Discussion workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Online discussions may well be one of your greatest challenges in an online course. Given your prior experiences in a teacher-centered classroom, some of you may fear initiating the 'online' discussion; however, it is so important that you participate in the discussions substantively. This workshop will offer ideas for effective online facilitation techniques such as selecting an appropriate tone of voice, stating discussion expectations, writing a good discussion prompt, keeping a discussion going, and encouraging participation.

Objectives:

8 people have attended this workshop.

Effective Test Questions

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Effective Test Questions workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description: Multiple choice tests have been criticized for testing memorization rather than higher-level thinking. But if they are well-constructed, they can positively affect learning. Learn how to create better test questions that encourage thinking, discourage cheating, and help your students learn. Learn about tools like Respondus.

Objectives:

12 people have attended this workshop.

How can I motivate my students to complete their homework?

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request How can I motivate my students to complete their homework? workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

You are frustrated because your students don't complete their out-of-class assignments before showing up to class. You have to spend valuable class time covering basic content instead of engaging in the active learning strategies you intended. You want to hold your students accountable for completing out-of-class work so they are ready to move into higher order activities when they come to class.

If this sounds familiar, this workshop is for you. We'll look at how to intentionally design out-of-class and in-class learning activities and assessments to enable you to use your class time most effectively. Our goal will be to foster greater student engagement in your class. The result will be a better teaching and learning experience for both you and your students.

Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn strategies...

1) To design out-of-class and in-class activities so that they complement each other and result in more engaging class sessions

2) To incorporate your Bb Learn shell as well as low-tech approaches to encourage your students to come to class prepared

3) To use proven techniques and ideas from your NAU colleagues

 

1 people have attended this workshop.

Incorporating Inclusive Content in your online course

Description:

This workshop will help you evaluate materials from the perspective of the broad student audience attending NAU.
When do:
* class videos need captions?
* audio clips need transcripts?
* PDF readings become un-usable?
* images need descriptions?

AND
* What resources are available at NAU to assist in identifying and creating inclusive materials and media for your course?

Using an engaging and interactive case method in this workshop, you will consider these questions and discuss various solutions with your colleagues. At its conclusion, you will have a clearer idea of how Universal Design improves the experience for all students and how this applies to the Accessibility of the course.

Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, I will be able to:
* Explain the importance of providing usable materials for students with diverse needs and abilities.
* Determine whether my materials are usable.
* Navigate the university resources to find or request course materials that can be used by all students. 

* Begin exploring research-based practices that address the learning needs of all students.

8 people have attended this workshop.

Introduction to Blended Learning Principles

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Introduction to Blended Learning Principles workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Are you considering blending your in-person class? Do you have some questions about how to do so effectively? If so, this introductory workshop is for you. We'll expore some of the research and basic principles around effective blended learning strategies, to help you determine whether this approach is the right fit for your classes.

We'll consider NAU's definition of blended learning and discuss exemplary NAU case studies. We'll focus particularly on intentional course design for blended approaches.

Objectives:

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify basic principles behind effective blended learning design
  • examine ways of maximzing the success of your blended course 
  • consider your purpose for blending your class to work toward ensuring a good fit.

2 people have attended this workshop.

Making the Transition to Teaching Online

Description:

You have lots of experience in the lecture hall, but now you're going to teach online for the first time. What should you expect? What practices will you need to change? How will teaching online be different from what you've done before?

Objectives:

Making the most of your in-class time

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Making the most of your in-class time workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

When teaching do you find yourself running out of time and not getting what you wanted to cover done during the allotted classroom time? Well of course if not you would not be interested in this session. So in this session we will discuss ways of moving some classroom activities to outside of class activities that you can monitor if needed.

Objectives:

1 people have attended this workshop.

Movies and your online class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Movies and your online class workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Showing a movie is an old standby in the traditional classroom, but there are many challenges to porting this lesson to your web course. You must first digitize the content, which can be technically challenging. e-Learning, with sufficient lead time, can help you with that but only if you have the right to show it. You might need to seek copyright clearance from the publisher and will need to make a reasonable effort to discourage the illegal copying and distribution of the video. Are you covered under "fair use" or the Teach Act? How much of the video can or should you show? When showing video in an online class, best teaching practices and bandwidth limitations align well with what is legally allowed. If the video you wish to show is self-produced, did you first obtain releases from all participants, especially non-adults? Bandwidth considerations can make viewing a challenge for some users. If video is a significant part of your online class, maybe high-speed internet should be recommended or required in the class description? Could students rent, purchase, or watch it from an alternate source such as YouTube, iTunes, Netflix, or Hulu? Have you contacted Cline Library to see if they can make it available? Making a video accessible for the disabled also requires extra effort. Can Disability Resources or e-Learning assist you? At minimum, the text of the video should be transcribed for the hearing impaired, and a description of what is happening in the video (different from the audio track) should be provided for the blind. Studies also suggest that viewing short relevant clips is better instructionally, and that guided discussion of these clips is more effective than simply watching. How will you redesign "Movie Day" to make it work on the web?

Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, instructors should have a basic understanding of fair use and teach act as they apply to higher education in online classes, should appreciate the difference between streamed and downloaded content, should know how to take "reasonable" measures to protect content, and should know what to do if challenged by a publisher. They should also know how to take steps to make a video clip accessible for disabled users, and should have some strategies for making a video clip educationally relevant.

 

A good fair use checklist: http://www.scribd.com/doc/6355569/Fair-Use-Checklist

NAU Intellectual Property guidelines

 

5 people have attended this workshop.

Netiquette and your online class

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Netiquette and your online class workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Netiquette is a term that describes the accepted cultural practices of the online community. Possibly because of the anonymity or the informal way students interact with their peers online, some students behave in ways that are inappropriate for the classroom. It is well worth the effort for instructors to set the tone in their online classroom, and not just expect that it will go well. For example, students are more likely to assume an inappropriate familiarity with the instructor, call them by their first name, ignore their title, and argue (in sometimes very disrespectful ways) about grades, deadlines, etc. Because of the lack of non-verbal cues in online communication, misinterpretation or reading too much meaning into a hastily constructed comment is also very common. What starts out as a productive back and forth argument can devolve rapidly into a "flame war." Students need to learn how to think critically without being critical or resorting to personal attacks. They need to learn to defend a point of view without being disrespectful and intolerant. Once feelings are hurt, it can be difficult to reestablish a positive tone so the instructor will need to be proactive and monitor discussions regularly, especially at first while establishing the tone. We will discuss both the problem and some suggestions to address it. Topics will include developing a netiquette policy, possibly even with the help of your students using a wiki, how to moderate discussions without squelching good dialog, using your syllabus as a place to lay down the rules, setting reasonable expectations about response times (will you answer questions posed at 3:00 am?), discussing expectations for behavior in discussion boards and chat rooms, fostering an environment of tolerance, inclusiveness, and respect.

Objectives:

Resources:

http://www.albion.com/netiquette/

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~lrm22/technology/internet/smilies.html

http://www.brighthub.com/education/online-learning/articles/26946.aspx

http://online.uwc.edu/technology/onletiquette.asp

http://matcmadison.edu/online-etiquette-guide

Pedagogy and online learning

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Pedagogy and online learning workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Pedagogy and online learning:Two steps backward, one giant leap forward

When designing a course, instructors typically consider the books, movies, activities, and projects that they want students to complete. While these are important parts of a course, they are only the means to an end. The end is what you want your students to know and be able to do by the time they finish the course. By describing the end in a formal statement of learning expectations, you help your students—and yourself—focus on what is important in the course.

This session will walk you through creating learning expectations, assessing student learning, and creating sample learning activities.

Objectives:

Putting Principles of Effective Assessment into Action

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Putting Principles of Effective Assessment into Action workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Which assessment techniques can be incorporated effectively into your online, hybrid, or web-enhanced course? This workshop will introduce you to principles of effective online assessment, including techniques that encourage self-reflection, collaboration, and feedback. You will see a demonstration of how the principles were applied in a new online English course at NAU. For example, you will learn how the instructor used a creative writing rubric for peer and instructor assessment.  We’ll allow plenty of time for questions and discussion of how you can apply the principles to your own courses and students. We’ll also provide you with online resources to assist you after the workshop.

Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, you will…

Discuss principles of effective online assessment

Analyze examples of assessment techniques incorporated into an online course

Apply principles of effective online assessment to your own course and students

Quality and Interaction

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Quality and Interaction workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Use the Quality Checklist for Online Courses as a planning tool for designing an online course. The 7 principles and suggested strategies will help you integrate interaction and communication in your course. We'll discuss the types of interaction and communication necessary to learning and present a variety of strategies that support them. Be engaging, effective, and efficient when communicating online.

Objectives:

Develop strategies for creating interaction and providing feedback for students' online activities. Apply the principles of quality in your course.

6 people have attended this workshop.

Survey Design Basics

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Survey Design Basics workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Do you want to design an online survey for a course or a research project, but are uncertain about where to begin? This workshop will introduce you to the basics of survey design, including planning your survey, sampling, writing items, and analyzing and using your data. We’ll focus on writing effective survey items, with plenty of hands-on exercises to stimulate discussion and collaboration.

Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will…

  • Understand some of the principles of survey design
  • Be able to apply basic survey design principles to actual survey items

Using Video to Connect with your Students

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Using Video to Connect with your Students workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

While students enjoy the flexibility of an online course, they often want more than just text, static images, and multimedia. They want to connect with their professors, who are often passionate about their field of study. Using personal video to communicate allows your students to feel like they are having a conversation with a real person. While it is still a one-way conversation, students have an emotional response that helps to ease stress, increase participation, and make the course fun!

Objectives:

In this workshop, we will talk about the pedagogy behind personal video use in the online or blended classes as well as show you how to get started.

7 people have attended this workshop.

Tools [ top ]

Open Lab - Blackboard Learn and More!

Description:

Open Labs are designed for people who have attended training but need some extra help working in their course. Open Labs are scheduled windows of time when you can meet with our support staff and work one-on-one to meet your particular needs. It's ok to come late or leave early. There will be at least two support staff on duty at these scheduled times.

Bring your work. Ask specific questions. Get help with any aspect of Bb Learn or other instructional technology. Work on your class with a support person at the ready. Bring your laptop if you want. Some familiarity with Bb Learn or the instructional technology you are planning to use is recommended.

Objectives:

Deliver tailored, one-on-one, just-in-time support for faculty with specific questions.

304 people have attended this workshop.

Camtasia for PC (Connecting with your students using multimedia)

Description:

You want to connect the content to you students in your online or blended class using your own self-produced multimedia. Camtasia is a fairly easy-to-use tool that can get you there.

Camtasia Studio is a multimedia editing and screen recording utility for Windows and Mac. Camtasia can be used to integrate narration with PowerPoint slides and pre-recorded video. It can be used to create computer tutorials or pre-recorded lectures. With Camtasia, you can also edit the recording after the fact by adding voice narration or moving and trimming clips with cut and paste. After the project is completed, you will have a self-contained movie that can be uploaded to youtube or any website for distribution.

This workshop focuses on the Windows version.

Based on availability, instructors may be eligible for a free copy of Camtasia Studio for Windows or Mac upon completion of this workshop.

Objectives:

110 people have attended this workshop.

Digital Photography

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Digital Photography workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description: Learn how to choose the right digital camera for your needs. Gain experience taking great pictures and editing your shots. Learn both the technical and aesthetic skills required to take better photos. Also learn about online photo printing services, photo hosting services and lots more. Take a look at the Workshop Outline.

Objectives: Students will learn the basic differences between a digital and film camera, including storage media types, megapixels, optical vs. digital zoom, battery types. Learn how to shop for a camera. Students will learn to use a digital camera to take photos. Students will learn techniques for taking better pictures, including subject selection, lighting, composition. Students will import and touch up their photos.

14 people have attended this workshop.

Effective PowerPoint

Description:

Lots of people use PowerPoint, but few use it well. Learning how to develop a truly effective presentation requires more than dropping bullet points or, worse, every word you will say, on a slide. In this session, you will learn how to identify common problems in PowerPoint presentations, discover how to plan a good PowerPoint presentation, and explore how to use graphics, color, and other design elements effectively. You'll also learn why PowerPoint is a really poor choice for an online class. What we say about PowerPoint is equally true for Keynote, Prezi, and Google Presenter; the flaws are generally in the presentation; not the tool.

Download the Presentation

Objectives:

Participants will identify common problems in PowerPoint presentations. Participants will learn various tips to making a better presentation. Participants will gain experience developing a new or better presentation.

Good reading:

https://nauelearning.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/nopptonline/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/27powerpoint.html

http://www.slate.com/id/2253050/

25 people have attended this workshop.

Essential Computer Skills

Description:

A great overview of the essential computer and web skills necessary to teach an online course, and a recommended primer for the Blackboard Learn workshop series. The course is divided into three modules: I. Computer Basics, II. Working Online, and III. Staying Secure. Several academic programs are interested in making this class a requirement for new hires who will be teaching online classes. Test your technical skills and check your readiness. Earn professional development credit and online instructor certification from e-Learning.

Objectives:

27 people have attended this workshop.

Excel for Data Visualization

Description:

Making graphs and charts in Microsoft Excel can help you teach your students to accurately perform calculations, analyze results, and try "what if" scenarios. Since changing data in a table causes the graphs to update instantaneously, Excel can be a great data visualization tool that helps you teach mathematical concepts without intimidating equations.

Objectives:

7 people have attended this workshop.

Google Apps for Education

Description:

Similar to Microsoft Office, Google Docs (now known as Google Apps for Education) has a Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Presentation tool. The difference is that you access the tools via the web and that multiple people can simultaneously edit. Imagine working on the same document at the same time as your collaborators, and seeing their changes appear alongside yours in real time! Google Docs can be exported as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

Here are the PowerPoint notes.

Objectives:

Create an NAU Google account, Build a Google Doc, Build a Google Spreadsheet, Add a collaborator, Explore the formatting tools, Export as Word and Excel

12 people have attended this workshop.

HTML Basics

Description:

There are times when knowing a little HTML code can help you solve a problem or make a web page behave better when the editor is acting up. This workshop only covers the basics, but generally that's all you'll need.

You can get the sample files here: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/lrm22/html/

Objectives:

We will go over file and folder structure, and standard naming conventions.

We will learn the purpose of the HEAD and BODY tags.

Using only a text editor, we will create paragraphs using the p and /p tags to open and close paragraphs.

We will create OL ordered (numbered) lists and UL unordered (bullet) lists.

We will format text with the STRONG and ITALIC tags.

We will create a hyperlink with the a HREF tag and set the link to open in a new window using target="_blank"

We will insert a JPG, GIF, or PNG image using the IMG SRC tag.

We will create a simple table using TR (table row) and TD (table data) tags.

We will load our page in a browser to test it.

Podcasting with Audacity

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Podcasting with Audacity workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Podcasts are audio broadcasts that can be played on your computer or MP3 player. Learn how to subscribe to a popular podcast. Learn why you might want to become a podcaster, and how to record your first podcast. Here are the notes for the session.

Objectives:

Instructors will learn terminology of podcasting. Instructors will discuss instructional uses of this technology. Instructors will subscribe to a free iTunes podcast. Instructors will record their voice using Audacity. Instructors may be shown how to make an RSS feed (advanced topic). Instructors may be shown how to upload their podcast(s) to their JAN space (advanced topic).

26 people have attended this workshop.

Respondus - Online Exam Tool

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Respondus - Online Exam Tool workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Want to take your test, in MS Word doc format, and upload it into Bb Learn? Respondus is an application program you install on your Windows computer to aid in the process of writing multiple choice tests and quizzes. Because composing doesn't require an internet connection, Respondus is faster and less cumbersome than web-based tools. Respondus can also be used to quickly create multiple versions of a multiple choice test to discourage cheating. You can print the test versions for your face-to-face class or upload the tests into Bb Learn.

Objectives:

Build a quiz using Respondus. Use a Word file to create a quiz. Upload a quiz into Bb Learn. Discuss method for downloading and setting up Respondus to work with Bb Learn.

28 people have attended this workshop.

SafeAssign

Description:

SafeAssign allows instructors who assign written work in Bb Learn to check papers submitted by students for originality (i.e., for plagiarism or lack of proper citation). Papers are checked against online sources and publications as well as institutional databases. SafeAssign also helps students learn how to properly cite sources by allowing them to self submit a paper and get an originality report before they submit it to the instructor for grading.

Objectives:

  • To discuss academic integrity issues at Northern Arizona University.
  • To learn how to use the SafeAssign assignment tool in your Bb Learn course shell.
  • To go over the strengths and limitations of the originality report.
  • To examine how you can use SafeAssign to help you build a community of trust in your class.

25 people have attended this workshop.

Shooting Effective Video

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Description:

This workshop focuses on lighting, sound, camera differences, and a range of shooting techniques that make your video more professional.

Objectives:

Web Search Tips and Tricks

Description:

Sure you've used Google. But beyond a basic search, there are lots of tricks and techniques you can use to search more effectively. Do you know about Google Scholar for academic topics? Do you know how to search using "and," "or," and "not" parameters? What's the best way to find a person? When search results come up, which one should you pick first? What makes certain pages come up first? Do you know about bots and web crawlers? How, in a general sense, does Google's search engine work? Is Google the best search engine? What other search engines are out there and why would I use them? How do I clear my search history? Google has a good guide with search tips. More notes here. We will follow this worksheet during the session.

Objectives:

Discuss "exact phrase" searches, use of OR instead of the default AND, use of "this -notthis" to exclude. Discuss people searches, map searches, Google's search algorithm and archiving techniques, sponsored results. Briefly look at Bing and Wolfram Alpha as Google alternatives. Demonstrate how to change history settings and clear it.

7 people have attended this workshop.

i>Clickers

Description:

Beginning in Fall, 2012, NAU will be switching to a simpler and easier to use clicker system called i>Clicker. This workshop is an orientation that covers the use of the clickers and administrative processes related to clickers at NAU. Be sure to take a look at e-Learning's clicker information page for more details.

Objectives:

51 people have attended this workshop.

iMovie: Video Editing Software (Mac)

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request iMovie: Video Editing Software (Mac) workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

iMovie is a software package that comes included with the Mac operating system.  It allows you to easily edit video that may be saved in file formats that can be uploaded directly into youtube or your Bb Learn course.  This workshop will introduce you to the software and will give you hands-on experience in editing your own videos.

NOTE: This workshop is for Mac users only; other workshops will focus on software for Windows.

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with iMovie software. 
  • Use iMovie to edit videos from your iPhone or other digital recording device.
  • Create a slide show with audio and image captures. 
  • Save the podcast in a format that may be uploaded directly into youtube or your Bb Learn course.

26 people have attended this workshop.

iPads in the Classroom

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Description:

Using an iPad with wireless projection allows you to walk around the classroom while working on the big screen. There are thousands of free and low-cost apps for iOS, and class sets of iPads you can check out from e-Learning. Learn how to get it all working, and discuss ways you can use this tool to increase engagement and student participation.

Objectives:

  • Learn how to turn on and off the device.
  • Learn how to adjust volume and lock the screen orientation.
  • Learn how to quit an app and relaunch it.
  • Learn how to organize apps into folders.
  • Learn how to use the magnifier.
  • Learn how to copy and paste.
  • Learn how to search for an installed App.
  • Learn how to activate AirPlay.
  • Learn how to take a Screen Shot.
  • Learn how to use AirDrop to share a file.
  • Discuss device security, user accounts, and imaging issues.
  • Explore the App store for apps for your subject area.
  • Discuss teaching and learning strategies using the iPad.