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 - Advanced Skills

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Bb Learn - Advanced Skills workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

This workshop assumes you already know the basics and are trying to figure out ways to work more efficiently or do more complex things in Blackboard Learn. We will focus on the following, but you can also bring your questions.

  • Hide courses from the My Courses list.
  • Customize the Course Menu with Tool Links and Course Links.
  • Change the default Course Entry Page.
  • Copy/paste text from Word docs into Blackboard using the Paste from Word "mashup" tool.
  • Make sure PDFs open properly for all of your users (use Open Link in New Window).
  • Use the Copy tool to move content from one course section to another.
  • Use multiple windows (or tabs) so you can be in two places at once.
  • Use multiple browsers to log in both as yourself and as the "test-student" for a true student view.
  • Use the content collection to organize your graphics. Learn about XIDs.
  • Create better looking graphics: text wrapped, scaled, captioned images using the built-in HTML editor.
  • Create better formatted text.

Objectives:

1 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Bootcamp

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Description:

This workshop combines the content from 4 of our 1 hour workshops into a single intensive session:

 

  • Organizing Content
  • Communicating with Students
  • Grading Student Work
  • Working with your Migrated Course

 

Completion of this single session gives you credit for all 4 workshops.

Objectives:

385 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Communicating with Students

Description:

In this session you will have the opportunity to examine Bb Learn’s Messages, Announcements, and Group features in a pre-set course shell, and explore how these can facilitate communication between you and your students and among students.  You will apply at least one of these features in either your own Bb Learn course or in the pre-set shell.

 

Approx time: 1.5 hours

Topics:

Communicating with Students

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Objectives:

282 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Developing Learning Activities

Description:

In this session you will have the opportunity to create Discussions, Assignments, and Tests in a pre-set course shell, and explore how these can establish student motivation to learn, encourage course participation, provide frequent feedback, and allow for checks for understanding.  You will apply at least one of these features in either your own Bb Learn course or in the pre-set shell.

 

Approximate time: 1.5 hours

Pre-req: Organizing Content

Topics:

Developing Learning Activities

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Objectives:

255 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Effective Discussions

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Description:

This workshop offers ideas on how to design an effective online discussion by selecting an appropriate tone of voice, stating discussion expectations, writing a good discussion prompt, making it relevant, keeping a discussion going, and encouraging participation.

Objectives:

7 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Grading Student Work

Description:

In this session you will have the opportunity to explore Bb Learn’s Grade Center and how it integrates with Assignments, Tests and Discussions in a pre-set course shell, and explore how these can then be viewed as both an assessment and learning activity. You will have the opportunity to apply what you discover in the pre-set shell.

Approx time: 1.5 hours

Topics:

Grading Student Work

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Objectives:

312 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Groups

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Bb Learn - Groups workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Learn how to assign and manage group work in Bb Learn.

Objectives:

Bb Learn - Introduction to Bb Learn

Description:

This workshop is a new instructor orientation and high-level overview of Blackboard Learn and related NAU processes and resources. It is not a pre-requisite for other workshops, but it is a good place to start. Blackboard Learn (Bb Learn) is NAU's new Learning Management System (LMS).

Online Tutorials:

Overview

 

 

Resources:

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Objectives:

576 people have attended this workshop.

Bb Learn - Organizing Content

Description:

In this session you will have the opportunity to create and organize some content. You will examine Bb Learn’s Content Folders, Lesson Plan, and Learning Module organizational features in a pre-set course shell, and explore how these are influenced by the capabilities BBLearn. You will organize some content in one of these features in either your own Bb Learn course or in the pre-set shell.

Approx time: 1 hour

Topics:

Organizing Content

Printable Notes: 

Objectives:

315 people have attended this workshop.

Blackboard Learn Open Lab

Description:

Bb Learn Open Labs are designed for people who have attended training but need some extra help working in their course. Bb Learn 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 Work on your class with a support person at the ready. Bring your laptop if you want. Some familiarity with Bb Learn is recommended.

Objectives:

Deliver tailored, one-on-one, just-in-time support for faculty with specific questions and some Bb Learn experience.

222 people have attended this workshop.

Blackboard Learn Virtual Open Lab via Elluminate

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Blackboard Learn Virtual Open Lab via Elluminate workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Bb Learn Virtual Open Labs are designed for people who have attended training but need some extra help working in their course. Bb Learn Virtual 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. Ask specific questions. Get help with any aspect of Bb Learn Work on your class with a support person at the ready. Some familiarity with Bb Learn is recommended.

For this workshop we recommend that you use an audio headset with microphone during the Elluminate session.

Objectives:

Deliver tailored, one-on-one, just-in-time support for faculty with specific questions and some Bb Learn experience.

6 people have attended this workshop.

NBC Learn

Description:

NBC Learn allows you to embed short relevant video clips into your Blackboard class.

Objectives:

3 people have attended this workshop.

Peer Evaluations in Bb Learn

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Description:

Using peers to evaluate student work can be an effective method to reduce your personal grading effort and get your students to think critically. This workshop touches on group work and the use of rubrics as well.

Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will know how to create groups, build a rubric, and assign students for peer evaluation.

Collaborate [ top ]

Using Collaborate (Online Training Version)

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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 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

31 people have attended this workshop.

Web-Conferencing in Your Course Using Blackboard Collaborate

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Web-Conferencing in Your Course Using Blackboard Collaborate workshop be scheduled (requires login).

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

161 people have attended this workshop.

Custom Training [ top ]

College of Arts and Letters Retreat for Learning with Technology

Description:

Join us for a faculty learning with technology retreat for the College of Arts and Letters held in the Native American Cultural Center. Come see how CAL colleagues are fostering engagment and interaction in their classes. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and share ideas about teaching with technology.

College of Arts and Letters Retreat for Learning with Technology
Friday, April 11, 2014
10 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Native American Cultural Center
Hosted by the e-Learning Center

Schedule and Topics

10 am
Don Carter

10:05 am
Rebecca Rinsema
College of Music
Modeling Critical Thinking in Blended Courses: Ways to Bring Students' Ideas Into Focus Outside and In the Classroom

10:35 am
Yuly Asencion Delaney
Corianne Blackman
Global Languages and Cultures
Screencast Feedback and Students' Writing: Benefits and Challenges

11:10 am
Sandra Raymond
English
Connected Learning: Participatory Culture, New Media, and 21st-Century Learners

11:40 am
Bernd Conrad
Timothy Darby
Global Languages and Cultures
When Sustainability and (Still) Planned Obsolescence Clash: How Can CALL Meet the Challenge?

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12:15 pm Lunch and follow-up conversations

FREE!

Register today!

Objectives:

26 people have attended this workshop.

College of Education Retreat for Learning with Technology

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Description:

Join us for a faculty learning with technology retreat in the College of Education. Come see how COE colleagues are fostering engagement and interaction in their classes. This is a great opportunity to learn and share ideas about teaching with technology. 

College of Education Retreat for Learning with Technology
Friday, January 31, 2014
10am – 1:30pm
Location: COE Room 204
Hosted by the e-Learning Center

Schedule and Topics

10 am
Kathy Bohan /Don Carter
Welcome

10:05 am
Lakota Grace
Hot Tips for Cool Cats: How to Electrify Student Interactions in Your Online Classes

10:35 am
Sig Boloz
Engaging and Supporting Face-to-Face Students using Videos and the Bb Learn Shell

11:10 am Nicole Hampton
A Comprehensive Primer to Using Collaborate to Enhance Interactivity in your BBLearn Courses

11:40 am Frances Riemer
Opening the Walls of the Classroom: -- How Teaching Online Allows Expanded Learning

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12:15 pm Lunch and follow-up conversations

FREE!

Register today!

Objectives:

32 people have attended this workshop.

Traveling Teaching with Technology Workshop

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Description:

This is a workshop to introduce faculty to instructional Design and Technology ideas and support provided by the e-Learning Center. 

Objectives:

19 people have attended this workshop.

iTunes U @ NAU -- Intro and Basic Podcasting

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Description:

This workshop introduces podcasting and iTunes U to students for use in their class and discusses basic podcasting techniques and best practices.  It also teaches students how to upload their content to an iTunes U course shell.

NOTE: This workshop will be scheduled by instructors for their classes, usually on-site during a class meeting.

Objectives:

Familiarize students with the iTunes U interface and Audacity software.  Create and edit a basic audio podcast.  Upload podcast to iTunes U.

27 people have attended this workshop.

Planning and Design [ top ]

Academic Integrity and your online class

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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.

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

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.

Accessibility and Universal Design

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Accessibility and Universal Design workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Good design is universal. A web page should be "accessible" whether you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer, a Mac, Linux or a Windows PC, and whether or not you have a disability. In this workshop, you will learn about accessible web page design and the Americans with Disabilities Act's Section 508, which applies to online course content. Learn how to develop accessible web pages and multimedia components in a browser-based environment that meet ADA and W3C standards. Understand how common page design problems such as frames and table-based layout cause problems for screen readers like JAWS. Consider how text transcripts or captions can enhance videos for everyone; not just the hearing impaired. Think about what sort of text should accompany a graphic or data table in order to get its meaning across. Think about use of high contrast for legibility and how adding other cues in addition to color can aid in navigation. Consider how use of cascading style sheets (CSS) can make your coding easier and your pages more customizable to the end user. Learn about accommodations you will need to make if a student discloses a disability, and about the resources that are available to help you meet their needs. View the workshop notes.

Objectives:

Understand Accessibility in the online environment. See how a screen reader parses information on a web page. Learn about good color choices. Learn about ALT tags and Long Description tags. Learn about the importance of text transcripts for videos. Learn about resources available through NAU's Disability Support Services office.

7 people have attended this workshop.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric

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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 2011-2013 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. 

27 people have attended this workshop.

Assessing Online Discussions

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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

Bb Learn - Rubrics

Description:

Do you want to use rubrics in your course, but you’re not sure where to begin? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to evaluate readily available rubrics and choose one that will work for you and your students. You’ll then learn how you can use the Bb Learn rubric tool to modify the rubric to reflect the intended learning outcomes for your course and to effectively and efficiently assess your students’ work. You’ll get hands-on practice choosing a rubric and using the Bb Learn rubric tool in your own course shell.

Objectives:

 

As a result of this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Grade an associated assignment or activity in Bb Learn
  • Create a Rubric
  • Choose a Rubric Type
  • Export and Import a rubric into Bb Learn
  • Use Institution Content for shared rubrics
  • Edit a rubric in Bb Learn
  • Associate a rubric with an assignment or activity in Bb Learn
  • Add alignments to rubric criteria and assignments
  • Use different scoring methods for grading versus program assessment requirements

 

 

 

 

 

40 people have attended this workshop.

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

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.

Facilitating Learning Online

Description:

This course is designed for faculty who will be facilitating a course that has already been created. Here's what this course is about:

  1. The experience of walking in the shoes of a student.
  2. Ideas and techniques for facilitating a course that has already been built.
  3. Reflection on how learning theory undergirds class facilitation approaches.
  4. Practice using the Blackboard Learn tools required to facilitate an online class.

 

Objectives:

Google Docs for Collaborative Learning

Description:

This workshop will introduce you to strategies for using Google Docs for collaborative learning activities in your in-person, online and blended classes.

We will cover the nuts and bolts of how to set up a Google Doc using your NAU gmail account, as well as the various settings you might consider.

We'll also consider the purpose of using Google Docs for collaborative learning, look at example activities that use this tool, and get some hands-on practice in the workshop.

Objectives:

After completing this workshop, you will:

  • be able to create Google Docs for use in your in-person, online and blended classes
  • explain how Google Docs can foster collaborative learning
  • determine whether Google Docs is the right tool for your pedagogical purpose.

4 people have attended this workshop.

Integrating Library Resources and Services

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Integrating Library Resources and Services workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description: An introduction to providing Library resources and services at the point of need--from databases to Ask a Librarian, from document delivery to Electronic Reserves.

Objectives:

Integrating Primary Source Materials

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request Integrating Primary Source Materials workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description: An introduction to using archival materials such as photographs, manuscripts, oral histories, digital exhibits and more to bring a course to life and, in some cases, to add a local Colorado Plateau emphasis.

Objectives:

Introduction to Blended Learning Principles

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.

Learning Objects

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Description:

What is a learning object? What is MERLOT? How does Bb Learn deal with Learning Objects? What are the benefits of sharing learning objects? Should I use them in my course? Should I share my own learning objects with others? What is open courseware? Why are MIT and some other reputable schools giving away all of their course content for free? What are open textbooks and why are students lobbying for them? What are the Creative Commons, CopyLeft and the GNU Public License? What is the difference between free (as in speech) and free (as in beer)?

Objectives:

Learn the benefits of using learning objects in multi-section classes. Consider the benefits of a free-and-shared vs owned-and-sold content model in education. Consider the role of an instructor. Content developer? Interpretive Guide?

1 people have attended this workshop.

Learning Spaces

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Description:

A learning space is a location, physical or virtual, formal or informal, where learning occurs. The design of such spaces can significantly influence the way students learn. While the opportunity to design a learning space comes along only rarely, and usually only when significant sums of money are available, it is worthwhile to plan in advance. Many subtle design features are easy to incorporate but difficult to retrofit. It is critical that the designers take into consideration the needs of the instructors and the students, and the ways in which the space will be used. Notes are available for this session.

Objectives:

Making the most of your in-class time

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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

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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

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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.

Also available online and by podcast.

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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

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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

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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 Boost Instructor Presence

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.

1 people have attended this workshop.

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A Preview of the new Blackboard Learn and Moodle

Description:

We will offer a preview of the new Blackboard Learn and Moodle, two tools being considered as possible solutions for NAU's dynamic teaching environment. You will attend this webinar using Elluminate. When you register you will receive an email with the URL to attend.

Objectives:

19 people have attended this workshop.

Accessing Geospatial Data from the GRAIL GIS Data Server

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Description:

This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the newly developed GIS Data Server at the Geospatial Research And Information Lab (GRAIL).  This exciting new service provides imagery, elevation data, topographic maps as well as roads, hydrology, census data, etc. for all of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

Objectives:

-Introduce the basic design of the GRAIL GIS Data Server

-Demonstrate how to access the server in ArcGIS

-Demonstrate how to download data from the server to a personal computer

BYOB - Build Your Own Box

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Description: Join the DIY crowd! Build your own box. The cheapest way to own a fast computer is to build it yourself from component parts. You pay for the parts, and we guide you through the process. Approximate minimum hardware cost: $500.00 Some technical proficiency recommended but not required. This is a semester-long project that will meet about once a week. We will help you research and shop for good bargain components at places like NewEgg and then help you assemble them into a working machine. ARS Technica has a good set of recommendations that we will use as a starting point.

Objectives: Learn how a computer works by building it yourself. Select an enclosure (usually includes power supply). Select a motherboard. Select a processor. You might need a cooling fan too. Select an optical drive. Select a mouse and keyboard. Select a hard drive. Determine which additional components are needed... Networking: ethernet or wireless card or built-in networking? Video card or built-in video? Sound card or built-in sound? Operating system: Windows or Linux? Build out a budget estimate using a spreadsheet. Don't forget tax and shipping costs! Buy the parts. Start putting the pieces together. Get it running. Take it home.

Bb Learn - Wikis

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Description:

A wiki is a collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it. One of the best-known wikis is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia whose content is contributed by its users. At NAU, a variety of wiki tools are in use, including ConfluencePB WikiWetPaint, and the collaborative online Office Suite, Google Docs and more recently Google Sites. Bb Learn has a wiki too, and we'll explore both how and why/when a wiki might be a good choice for a student activity.

Objectives:

16 people have attended this workshop.

Beginners' Digital Storytelling using iMovie (Mac Only)

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Description:

In this workshop, you will be introduced to how Digital Storytelling can be used to support instructional outcomes tied to your students' Higher Order Thinking Skills, and how students who learn to create their own digital stories improve multiple literacy skills.  In this workshop, you will use iMovie (Mac Only) to familiarize yourself with the more technical aspects of digital storytelling.  iMovie, which is a fairly easy software to learn, is a good starting point for other types of digital storytelling software (Windows MovieMaker, GarageBand, Microsoft Photo Story, Adobe Premier, and so forth). 

Resources on Digital Storytelling

http://faculty.coe.uh.edu/brobin/homepage/Educational-Uses-DS.pdf

http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/

http://www.storycenter.org/

http://digitales.us/files/digitalstorytellingarticle.pdf

 

Objectives:

Part 1: Connecting Digital Storytelling to Instructional Outcomes

  • Explore purpose of digital storytelling and its connection to Higher Order Thinking Skills (derived from Bloom's Taxonomy): Knowledge Deepening and Knowledge Creation
  • Explore Seven Elements of Digital Storytelling
  • Review examples and then map out ideas for digital storytelling in your class

Part 2: Using iMovie as one way for you and your students to develop digital stories

  • Review basics of Copyright to protect you and your students
  • Learn basics of the timeline in iMovie
  • Learn how to create a title page and credits page
  • Learn how to add photos and audio narration to a timeline
  • Learn how to fade in/out music
  • Learn how to us basic transitions between photos
  • Learn how to export iMovie project as a shareable standalone movie file

 

 

Blogs

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Description: A blog is a website in which journal entries are posted on a frequent basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Visit some popular blogs and learn how to build your own blog with free tools such as Blogger. Grab the notes for this workshop.

More about blogs...

Objectives: Visit some popular blogs.

Sign up for Blogger account.
Create a simple blog.

16 people have attended this workshop.

Boot Camp for Intel Mac

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Description:

All of Apple Computer's current models now use Intel processors, which means that they can run Microsoft Windows and/or Linux as well as the MacOS. Use Apple's BootCamp utility to partition your drive and install your copy of Windows (XP, Vista, or 7) or Ubuntu and you've got two (or three!) machines for the price of one. It's the best of all worlds. This Boot Camp manual from Apple is a very useful guide. Requirements: You must be running MacOS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and must have available disk space (about 20 Gigabytes minimum) for a Windows partition, but you do not need to erase your hard drive; the Mac part of the drive remains intact.

Objectives:

Demonstrate the Boot Camp assistant. Explain the difference between formatting and partitioning a drive. Learn the difference between FAT32 and NTFS file systems. Explain the cost: A full copy of Windows is required and is not included. Explain the Startup Disk control panel and Option key on bootup. Mention rEFIt as a boot selection tool. Explain the need for reboot between OSes. Talk about Parallels and VMWare products for simultaneous operation. Discuss options for moving files between Mac and Windows partitions. Discuss the Ubuntu live CD as a safe option to test your machine for compatibility. Remind of the need to install Apple hardware drivers using the Snow Leopard CD (or the disk that came with the Mac in the case of machines newer than Snow Leopard) after the new OS is installed. Talk about necessary security precautions and frequent software and anti-virus updates when using Windows. Discuss Windows 7 activation issues.

1 people have attended this workshop.

Camtasia Studio

Description:

Camtasia Studio is a complex media 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 also record a preset portion of your screen or can be used in full screen mode. It can be used to create computer tutorials or, in conjunction with a Tablet PC, can be used to create an archive of your lecture notes. With Camtasia, you can also edit the recording after the fact by adding voice narration or moving and trimming clips with cut and paste. Once done, you have a self-contained movie that can be uploaded to Bb Learn, iTunesU, 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 upon completion of this workshop.

Objectives:

90 people have attended this workshop.

Computer Troubleshooting

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Description:

Effective computer troubleshooting requires a methodical approach that isolates the problem. This approach is much like the scientific method or a medical diagnosis. While many people try to solve problems based on hunches, and this sometimes works, there are more effective ways to solve problems. View the notes.

Objectives:

Digital Photography

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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.

Digital Video-Macintosh

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Description:

This workshop is tailored to beginners. Learn how to shoot and edit movies in just an hour! We will discuss camera features and prices. You will gain experience using Apple's iMovie software (free with iLife) and get hands-on experience with a consumer level mini-dv format digital video camera. We will capture some video, upload it into iMovie, arrange the clips and add a range of transitions, titles, media and special effects. We will learn how to export a movie to iDVD or to the web. Download Powerpoint notes and tutorial videos that you can review after this workshop. We will be using iMovie HD 6, the final version that works on both the old PowerPC Macs and the new Intel Macs.

Objectives:

Examine the camera and its features. Load a mini-dv tape. Learn to switch between record and playback modes. Shoot some video with a DV Camera. Import video to iMovie. Add transitions and/or titles. Add media from iPhoto and/or iTunes. Add special effects. Learn how to export to iDVD or save for the web.

5 people have attended this workshop.

Digital Video-Windows

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Description:

This workshop is tailored to beginners. Learn how to shoot and edit movies in just an hour! We will discuss camera features and prices. You will gain experience using Microsoft's free MovieMaker software and get hands-on experience with a consumer level mini-dv format digital video camera. We will capture some video, upload it into MovieMaker, arrange the clips and add a range of transitions, titles, media and special effects. We will learn how to export your movie to a file you can put on the web or burn to a CD.

Objectives:

Examine the camera and its features. Load a mini-dv tape. Learn to switch between record and playback modes. Shoot some video with a DV Camera. Import video to MovieMaker. Add transitions and/or titles. Add media. Add special effects. Learn how to export to CD or save for the web.

4 people have attended this workshop.

Dreamweaver 8 for Bb Learn

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Description:

Design your web pages for Bb Learn using this powerful HTML editor. Use WebDAV to easily move your content into Blackboard. Learn the basics of style sheets and other principles of good web page design.

Web Pages with Word is a required prerequisite for this workshop. Content is covered in the Create Web Pages with Word workshop that you will need for this Dreamweaver training.

Upon completion of this workshop, you may be eligible for a free copy of DreamWeaver 8 for Mac or Windows, but please note that this is an old version of the software.

See the Bb Learn notes for this workshop.

Objectives:

254 people have attended this workshop.

Effective PowerPoint

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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. Download the presentation here.

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:

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

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

25 people have attended this workshop.

Engaging Your Students with Blogging Using Wordpress

Description:

Wordpress is a powerful blogging tool to help your students build their "public" writing voice. During this workshop, we will explore the advantages of students using public blogging tools like Wordpress. A Wordpress site is an excellent resource as a public portfolio, too.

At NAU, faculty members have used Wordpress to document their sabbatical and/or travel experiences. A Wordpress site can be private or open to public.

 

Objectives:

In this workshop, we will specifically learn how to set up our own wordpress.com site, which will include instructions on how to make posts (text, URL, video, photos) and connect with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

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:

24 people have attended this workshop.

Excel Basics

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Description:

Electronic spreadsheets were originally invented to assist accountants but they have many uses, including making an inventory or contacts list, balancing a checkbook, or keeping your grades. This is a beginners workshop for people who would like to learn the basics of Excel. The focus is on learning to sort, creating simple formulas, using functions, formatting cells, inserting, deleting, copying and pasting rows and columns, performing calculations on rows and columns of numbers, and on basic graphing and charting. We will use a gradebook as a practical example of what an instructor could do with a simple spreadsheet.

Notes are available for both the basic functions and for graphing and charting.

Objectives:

Excel Graphs and Charts

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Description:

Making graphs and charts in Microsoft Excel should be easy. It can be, after you learn a few tricks. Learn how to make Excel do things it wasn't designed to do or doesn't do so well, and avoid the cost of a separate graphing and charting software package.

Notes for Charts and Graphs and Excel samples of Timeline, Frequency Histogram and Gradebook.

Also, here's a movie of the Frequency Histogram trick.

Objectives:

Learn how to do basic bar charts, x-y plots, and more advanced frequency histograms and timelines in Excel.

7 people have attended this workshop.

Explain Everything: An Easy and Affordable Screencasting iPad App

Description:

Explain Everything is a robust, inexpensive, and easy-to-use screencasting iPad app that makes creating instructional videos in your course a snap. Instructors also use Explain Everything to record their comments and annotations to their students' work. Students can use it for their own media projects.

The creators of Explain Everything describe the application best:

“Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage Add new or existing photos and videos."


Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how use Explain Everything to produce your own exciting videos for your class. Specifically, you will learn how to import powerpoint slides and PDFs that will be incorporated in your videos. You will learn how to make edits to your projects. You also will learn how to export projects to youtube or as movie files.

2 people have attended this workshop.

FaceBook

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Description:

Facebook is the most popular social networking site with college students. You can join interest groups, keep in touch with distant (or local) friends, share messages, post photos, play games and more. But what should we put in your Facebook profiles? What should we leave out? Could present or future employers use our Facebook pages against us? Who can see what we put there? Should we be concerned about our privacy? How does Facebook blur the boundary between personal and professional contacts? How does NAU Marketing use Facebook to reach our students?

Objectives:

We will create Facebook accounts, set permissions, discuss appropriate uses of this popular web-based application.

9 people have attended this workshop.

GarageBand

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Description:

Want to be a one-man (or woman) band? You supply the musical ability. We supply the recording studio. With Apple GarageBand software, a keyboard and microphone, you could soon be shopping around for a recording label! GarageBand is also great for creating podcasts.

Objectives:

Geospatial Data: What is it and how can I use it in teaching?

Description:

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to simple GIS programs, geospatial data, and demonstrate how to utilize maps in teaching.  Programs used will include Google Earth, NASA World Wind, USGS Seamless Data, and various Arizona Imagery/Data servers.

Objectives:

1)      Introduce geospatial data viewers

2)      Show participants how to derive maps quickly and easily for use in teaching

3)      Participants will learn how to use several programs which use Geospatial data and see how it works

Google Apps for Education

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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.

Google Earth - Integrating your own data!

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Description:

This hands-on interface will demonstrate a recent trend in using Google Earth as a teaching tool.  We will demo existing Google Earth data sets and also learn how to integrate our own data into Google Earth using KML files.

Objectives:

-Basics of Google Earth

-Exploring existing data sets

-Taking GPS points and converting to KML and presenting the data in Google Earth

-Conversion of existing GIS layers to KML and presenting the layers in Google Earth

Google Earth, Maps, and GPS

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Description:

Google Earth is a free program that lets you view an interactive map of the world that is knitted together from satellite images taken over the last several years. You can zoom in, mark points of interest, and explore "layers" of information that have been superimposed on the terrain, such as photos and Wikipedia entries on points of interest (POIs). We will also discuss street mapping tools such as Google Maps and its competitors MapQuest and Yahoo! Maps. Recently Microsoft came out with a Google Earth competitor called Virtual Earth. How do the two compare? Google has also been busy with similar products like Google Sky, Google Moon, and Google Mars. With all this great stuff available for free, what can an instructor do with it? How can we use GPS hardware devices alongside this great software? Ever heard of virtual tours in VR or geocaching? How about integrating a podcast with a self-paced walking tour using GPS coordinates? With an iPhone, all the pieces are coming together.

Objectives:

Learn about the software. Explore by doing. Find your house. Learn the basic tools. Discuss ways to use it in teaching.

2 people have attended this workshop.

Google Hangouts

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Description:

Google Hangouts is a browser based video chat application tied to the Google+ platform. Google Hangouts allow you and up to 9 of your students or colleagues to participate in a dynamic and engaging live interaction with video, voice, and some really clever instructional applications.  Simply start a hangout by adding your students' NAU email addresses. An email message is then sent to your students' NAU gmail account. Your students click onto the invitation, and - voila - you have started a Google Hangout.

Resources

 

Objectives:

Google Hangout is a great tool for small graduate seminars, students' group work, virtual meetings, and more. This workshop will cover the basics of how to get started with Google Hangout, explain some of the pros and cons, and review some of Google Hangouts instructional features, such as:

  • Sharing applications
  • Sharing and editing documents and more from Google Drive
  • Text Chatting
  • Sharing a youtube video
  • And more

5 people have attended this workshop.

Google Sketchup

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Description: Google's Sketchup is a free 3D modeling software tool thats easy to learn, simple to use, and lets you place your models in Google Earth. Are you remodeling a kitchen, landscaping your back yard or adding a deck to your home? Google SketchUp makes it faster, easier and a lot more fun. From simple to complex, from conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp helps you see your vision before you build it.

Objectives: Learn how to download the software. Work through the tutorial. Draw a simple object using the basic tools.

5 people have attended this workshop.

Google Surveys

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Description:

Google Docs just keeps getting better. Now you can do surveys, using the Forms tool. Just create a Google account, then create a Form, write your survey questions and share the URL with your survey population. Here's a quick start tutorial that covers the basics.

Objectives:

1 people have attended this workshop.

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

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Description:

This two hour hands-on workshop will introduce participants to geographic information systems (GIS).  GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.  This workshop would be useful to faculty and students with a desire to integrate geospatial data or maps into their teaching or research.  We will meet in the Geospatial Research And Information Lab (GRAIL) located in the ARD building, room 226.

Objectives:

-Introduce basic structure of a GIS

-Show how to use simple and accessible web-based GIS

-Hands-on GIS map creation in ArcGIS

Introduction to Global Positioning System (GPS)

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Description:

This hands-on workshop will introduduce participants to the global positioning system (GPS).  Students will get to use hand held GPS units and learn how to upload and download data onto their computer.  Participants will also be introduced to positional error, coordinate systems and hardware with higher levels of accuracy.

Objectives:

-Basics of GPS

-Use GPS to collect points

-Use ArcGIS to upload and download GPS points

-Integrate GPS points with geospatial base data

-Introduce more sophisticated GPS collection methods

Managing Online Course Evaluations

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Description:

NAU Online Course Evaluations are scheduled through the web administration interface.
This workshop introduces this interface and teaches attendees how to edit online course evaluation
questions and formats, schedule online course evaluations and release them to the students and
faculty.

NOTE: You must have administrative access to the Online Course Evaluations system to complete this workshop.  If you need access to this system, please have your Dean or Chair request it via elc-help@nau.edu.

Objectives:

Learn to edit, schedule and release NAU Online Course Evaluations.  Learn to view individual and summary reports of evaluation data.

23 people have attended this workshop.

Open Office

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Description:

Open Office is a free, cross-platform (Mac, Windows, Linux) Office application with word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tools very similar to those found in Microsoft Office. While NAU faculty and staff can get free copies of Microsoft Office, students are not eligible. This gives students a legal alternative to pirating a copy of Microsoft Office. Best of all, you can import and export between Open Office and Microsoft Office. If you put your class notes up in Bb Learn as Word or Powerpoint documents, even students who can't afford Microsoft Office will be able to access them.

Objectives:

Demonstrate how to download and install Open Office. Explore the word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tools. Take a Microsoft Office document and import it to Open Office. Take an Open Office document and export it to Microsoft Office. Discuss the various versions, such as Open Office, Libre Office and Neo Office (for Mac).

Open Source Computing

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Description:

Why did the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the country of Brazil go totally open source? Why did Microsoft proclaim that Open Source Software is Un-American? Got an old PC? Want a completely Microsoft free, money free, and open source computing environment? Learn how to get rid of Windows and set up Ubuntu Linux using the safe "Live CD." Replace Microsoft Office with Open Office, Adobe Photoshop with GIMP, Internet Explorer with a Mozilla based browser like Firefox and MS Outlook with Thunderbird. There are Linux versions of many popular programs such as Skype, and there's even a nice Instant Messaging client called Pidgin that lets you use all your services at the same time. Learn about the open source community and the difference between "free" as in speech and "free" as in beer.

Objectives:

Learn how to set the BIOS on your PC to boot from CD first. Use the Live CD to test your system for compatibility. If all goes well, install Ubuntu. Then run the updates, and add more software as desired.

3 people have attended this workshop.

PDAs and Smartphones

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Description:

In China and many parts of the developing world, people surf the web with a cell phone rather than a computer. A new generation of personal digital assistants (PDAs) like the Blackberry and SmartPhones like the Palm Treo and Apple iPhone are starting to appear in student hands. Capable of surfing the web through a WiFi interface or a cellular network, these devices are becoming increasingly popular. Smaller, cheaper, and more portable, will the smartphone replace the laptop as the student's gadget of choice? Knowing that these devices are being carried by more and more students, how can we use them for instruction in the traditionalor web-based classroom? A number of web-based tools such as PollEverywhere can use cell phones for gathering survey data. Let's look at some of these devices and discuss how they can be used in this introductory session.

Objectives:

PDF for free

This workshop is not currently scheduled. Request PDF for free workshop be scheduled (requires login).

Description:

Sure, you can use expensive and full featured Adobe Acrobat Professional to create PDFs (Portable Document Format), but there are free alternatives. On the Mac, the software is built into the operating system. Just choose File/Print and then select PDF/Save as PDF. On Windows, you can download the free PDF Creator.

Making PDFs out of your in-class handouts and putting them online is both more economical and more environmentally friendly that printing and distributing physical copies of handouts. During this workshop, we will also demonstrate how to upload a PDF document to Bb Learn.

Objectives:

Create a simple PDF on a Mac using the built-in software. Create a simple PDF on a PC using the free PDF Creator. Upload a PDF to Bb Learn.

Podcasting with Audacity

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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.

Poll Everywhere - Cell Phone Surveys

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Description:

Poll Everywhere is a simple, free web based tool that allows you to construct a poll and have your audience vote by cell phone. All they need to do to vote is send a text message. Results are updated instantaneously. Liven up that faculty meeting or lecture class. Simpler than clickers, which students have to buy and register, this is ideal for an occasional use and requires almost no advance preparation.

Objectives:

Create an account, build a poll, test it with your cell phone. Discuss how this approach differs from using clickers.

PowerPoint Posters

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Description: With changes to only a few settings, you can create professional looking conference posters in PowerPoint. We will cover layout, object alignment, and importing charts and graphs from Excel. Be the envy of your colleagues! We will also explore dynamic graphing techniques in Excel.

Objectives: Students will learn to adjust PowerPoint slide dimensions. Students will create a poster banner. Students will create text blocks and placeholders for images, Students will learn to size and align images. Students will build graphs and charts in Excel. Students will import Excel objects into PowerPoint.

2 people have attended this workshop.

Preparing Video for the Web

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Description: Optimize your digital video for online delivery using Quicktime Pro and NAU's JAN server.

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QuickTime VR Objects

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Description: You have a priceless artifact (a hominid skull, moon rock or Anasazi pot) but you want your students to explore it in detail. No problem. We can help you build a Quicktime VR Object that your students can manipulate in 3 dimensions over the Internet. Bring along your treasures! Limit: 1 per attendee or instructor approval.

Objectives: Students will manipulate some sample VR objects. Students will use a VR head and digital camera to capture a series of images of their object. Students will watch a demo of VR object creation.

Quicktime VR Panoramas

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Description: You want your students to explore an amazing physical location (the inside of a pyramid, Grand Central Station, a mangrove swamp) but you lack the budget to get them all there each semester. No problem. We can show you how to create a 360 degree Quicktime VR panorama. In this demonstration, we will make a panorama of our training room.

Objectives: Students will explore a series of QT VR panoramas. Students will use a digital camera and VR head to take a photo series of the training room. Students will watch a demo of the software building the VR panorama.

RSS Feeds

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Description:

Did you know that you can subscribe to a web page and be notified when the content changes? Learn about RSS (really simple syndication) and how to integrate it into your course. A simple, free tool called Feed2JS is available to embed RSS feeds directly into your Bb Learn class. Learn how easy it can be to embed content in your class that stays dynamic and current and never needs updating.

Objectives:

Learn what RSS is, learn how to subscribe to content, learn how to build an RSS feed for your own pages, learn to use Feed2JS to embed RSS feeds in your Bb Learn class or webpage.

RefWorks Citation Management Software

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Description: This workshop will present the basics of RefWorks, a powerful citation management tool. You will learn how to set up a free web-based RefWorks account and easily import citations from text files or online resources to it. The collected references can be automatically formatted to the citation style of choice and incorporated into research papers. RefWorks can help you manage, share and present research information for both individual and group work. Come and explore how your students can benefit from using RefWorks--and how you might use it in your own research as well.

Objectives: see library staff

19 people have attended this workshop.

Remote Desktop Mac

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Description: Apple's Remote Desktop software is a powerful computer lab management and instructor tool that you can use to remotely control and/or observe one or more Macintosh computers. You can shut down machines, copy files, distribute software, and gather information about machine specifications. You can send messages to students, lock screens, share screens and perform other instructional tasks.

Objectives: Users will take turns being a student and an administrator. Users will set up a group of machines for administration. Users will perform lab manager functions such as restart, copy files, distribute software, gather info. Users will perform instructor tasks such as observe, control, chat, share screen, lock screen. We will also examine the new Leopard feature that allows screen sharing in iChat.

1 people have attended this workshop.

Remote Desktop for Windows

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Description:

Windows Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) is a small application program from Microsoft that allows you to remotely control a Windows computer from another PC or even from a Mac. This is a great way to remotely control your work PC from home, for example, or to run a Windows application that's unavailable for the Mac. The software comes pre-installed on Windows and can be downloaded free for Mac users. RDC can also access the NAU Virtual Lab (vlab.nau.edu) service.

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1 people have attended this workshop.

Respondus - Online Exam Tool

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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.

Screen Capture Tools

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Description:

 

There are a variety of tools for taking snapshots and videos of what's happening on your computer screen. Often we do this to create tutorials or for building web pages.

On Windows, the system can take a screenshot by doing a Control-Print Screen

On MacOS, the system can take a screenshot by doing Command-Shift-3 or Command-Shift-4

Snapz Pro is a nice Mac utility for capturing images and recordings.

Camtasia Studio is a complex computer screen recording utility for Windows and Mac.

We will also look at free, simpler tools such as Screenr.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Print_screen

 

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Second Life

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Description:

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe. From the moment you enter the World you'll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you've explored a bit, perhaps you'll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business. We will discuss some of the ways an instructor could use Second Life for educational purposes. Here's a good overview.

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1 people have attended this workshop.

Set up a WAP

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Description: Need a temporary wireless access point (WAP)? Not on the ITS short list or out of range of an NAU wireless network? Need one for home? Learn how to set up a secure wireless access point. Learn about various security options (WEP, WPA, cloaking, access lists), configuration settings (channels, b, g, n protocols), interference, roaming access, stumbler software, web administration.

Objectives: Configure a Netgear, Linksys, Belkin or Apple WAP for DHCP. Add the WAP to your wired network. Set the WAP for secure access. WEP, WPA, etc.

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: Ken and Jake

Social Network Software

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Description: Tools like Facebook and MySpace are incredibly popular with students but most people over the age of 30 know almost nothing about them. But there are hundreds of social networking applications for shopping, sharing photos, sharing bookmarks, reviewing products, finding a date, discovering new music, books, movies and much more. Here's a chance to learn how these systems work, why they are so popular, and how you can use them as a teaching resource. Download the PowerPoint notes for this session.

Objectives: Consider the Long Tail and Network Effects. Discuss what makes an application "social." Look at a range of social software applications including social shopping, social bookmarking, music and movie reviews, etc. Look at FaceBook as an example of full service social application. Discuss the reasons why these sites are so popular with the under-30 demographic. Discuss the possible risks to students of creating a public identity. Discuss some potential teaching uses and other applications. Optional: Create an account in FaceBook. Add some profile information. Add some "friends."

14 people have attended this workshop.

Speech Recognition

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Description: Did you know that your Windows computer can take dictation, and the software is already installed? Learn how to set up and start using speech recognition in Microsoft Word for Windows. Your keyboard could become a doorstop! Here are the notes for the session.

Objectives: Students will learn to connect a USB headset. Students will train the software to recognize their voice. Students will practice using speech recognition in Microsoft Word.

3 people have attended this workshop.

Studio B Orientation

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Description:

This workshop meets in Studio B at the Cline Library and is an orientation the equipment available here.  You will learn to operate the equipment to produce a podcast.  We will also discuss podcasting workflow and ideas for working in groups on a podcasting project. 

It is recommended, but not required, that you complete the Audacity or Camtasia Studio workshops before attending this one.

Objectives:

  • Set up the equipment to start a recording
  • Work with a group to complete a recording

12 people have attended this workshop.

Surplus Property Gems

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Description:

Take a field trip to NAU Surplus Property and scavenge the technology graveyard. One mans trash is another mans treasure! Where else can you buy a computer for less than a cup of coffee? Did you know that surplus items are available to NAU first and to the public at a later date? It's fun to stroll down memory lane and look for bargains. With a trained nerd at your side, you can learn which items are likely to be good bargains.

Objectives:

Learn about what is available at surplus property. Learn how to scavenge for computer hardware.

Tablet PCs

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Description:

Windows Tablet PCs are similar to ordinary laptops but they can also use a pen-like stylus to write directly onto a touch-sensitive screen. Why choose a tablet over a traditional laptop? Using Microsoft OneNote and a pen interface allows you to "mark up" digital documents in your own handwriting. You can also, with the click of a button, translate your handwriting to typed text. You can also draw directly on the screen, a task that is difficult with a mouse, and capture your class notes for upload to Bb Learn or iTunesU using Camtasia. Try one out and see if you like it. Depending on availability, we can loan you a Tablet PC for up to one semester to try out with your classes. At that point, if you decide you like it, we expect you to return ours and buy your own.

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5 people have attended this workshop.

The 15 Minute Map

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Description:

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to quickly create a map for teaching or reserarch using online geospatial data resources.  We will cover web-based mapping systems as well as using ArcGIS.

Objectives:

-Introduce map elements and style

-Demonstrate how to quickly create a map using web-based programs

-Demonstrate how to access data and generate a map layout in ArcGIS

Twitter

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Description:

Twitter is a microblogging tool. Users post short text messages called "tweets" that announce what they are doing, thinking about, or planning. People can follow you if you allow them, and you can follow others if they allow you. You can synchronize your twitter account with Facebook, your Instant Messaging client, and your cell phone. Is Twitter silly or is it useful? How does the service stay in business? How could it be used for instruction?

Objectives:

We will create twitter accounts, post a few tweets, follow a few users and organizations, explore hash tags, block a user, link to a URL with bit.ly and discuss instructional uses of the tool.

6 people have attended this workshop.

Video Conferencing

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Description:

A variety of tools are now available to do synchronous text chat (commonly called Instant Messaging or IM), audio conferencing and video conferencing over the web. We will look at Microsoft's Lync, Google's g-mail (all NAU students have an NAU Google account which uses their NAU username and password, and faculty can request them too!) and Skype. Each of these tools allows you to communicate and share files for free with anyone else who has a computer and a fast internet connection. Here are the notes for this session.

Objectives:

Set up accounts as necessary. Do a text chat, do an audio chat using USB headsets, do a two-way video conference, do a multi-way video conference, do a file transfer. Discuss some best practices such as echo-cancellation tips.

5 people have attended this workshop.

Web Pages with Word

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Description:

You can put Microsoft Word documents directly up into Bb Learn, but that requires students to download and open them in Word. But MS Office is not free to students and some won't have it, while others will have a version too old to open your documents. While there are free alternatives like Open Office or Google Docs, the simplest solution is to convert your Word documents to web pages that open directly in the browser. This also allows you to edit your documents right in the LMS rather than having to download, edit, and re-upload every time you want to make a minor change. But pasting text directly from Word can cause lots of formatting problems. The Paste from Word mashup tool in Blackboard fixes these problems.

Objectives:

  • Use the formatting tool in Word
  • Build a sample web page in Word
  • Understand how to properly name and save files in Word to make them work on the web.
  • Review the Paste from Word mashup tool in Bb Learn

325 people have attended this workshop.

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.

Web based PowerPoint

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Description:

You could simply put a copy of your PowerPoint up in the LMS, but that requires users to download it and open it in PowerPoint or Open Office. You could create a web-viewable version of your PowerPoint presentation by selecting Save as HTML, but that doesn't create a easily viewable document for anyone but Windows users of Internet Explorer. Instead, you could save your presentation for web delivery as a PDF, or add voice annotation using ProfCast. You can also use Google Docs or Prezi to move your PowerPoint presentation to the web. Or perhaps try Microsoft's cloud-based version of Office?

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2 people have attended this workshop.

Webcam Security System

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Description: If you've got a webcam, what is it doing when you're not around? If your answer is "nothing," why not turn it into a security system? With inexpensive (and sometimes free) software, you can make your webcam a motion sensing security camera that uploads photos to a website when it detects activity.

Objectives: Learn how to set up the camera using EvoCam for Mac and YawCam for Windows as examples. Learn how to FTP the images to a website. Learn how to configure for motion sensing. Learn about other uses of a webcam...including time lapse photography, video conferencing.

Why Mac?

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Description:

If you switch to a Mac, your life will change. In some ways, for the better. You will spend far less time worrying about viruses and security. You will be impressed by the seamless way that programs integrate with each other and with the hardware. In other ways, your life will get harder. The local tech support guy may give you a hard time. Some of the websites you visit will treat you badly. You won't be able to pick up a software program at WalMart, and when your computer needs fixing, it will probably need to be shipped somewhere. Some PC programs, especially games, come out later for the Mac, and some never arrive. Given all of these disadvantages, why is customer satisfaction with Apple higher than with any other PC vendor? Choosing a Mac requires more commitment than buying a cheap, no-name brand PC, but your relationship with your computer might just be a lot more satisfying. Download the PowerPoint notes here.

Objectives:

Review Apple's history of innovation. Consider the pros and cons of using a Mac. Discuss dual boot solutions such as VMWare and Boot Camp. Look at total cost of ownership and satisfaction studies. Discuss ways of getting support, software, etc. once you make the switch.

Wimba Voice Tools

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Description:

Give your online classes a voice! Perfect for language learning and creating vocal exercises in any subject, Wimba's web-based voice tools facilitate and promote vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment. Increase the interaction and student engagement level of any online class by allowing faculty and students to easily embed vocal interactions into Bb Learn.

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Windows Security

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Description: Learn how to keep your Windows computer stable, fast, and secure. This workshop covers virus protection, spam filtering, spyware and adware removal, and other security and performance optimization tips. If you bring your laptop, we can do a hands-on optimization. Download the PowerPoint notes for this presentation.

Objectives: Attendees will install, configure and run Sophos Anti-Virus software. Attendees will configure and use Windows Update. Attendees will install, configure and run SpyBot. Attendees will examine their NAU spam filtering options. Attendees will learn to spot phishing schemes and other hoaxes.

1 people have attended this workshop.

Wireless Internet

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Description: Free wi-fi access points are springing up at coffee shops and in buildings all over campus. Learn how it works (in non-technical language), how it might affect your teaching, and how to configure your laptop to securely go wireless. Download the PowerPoint notes for this session.

Objectives: Attendees will learn the terminology of wireless, how to connect to a WAP, how to connect to the NAU VPN and will discuss potential applications of wireless technology for instruction.

12 people have attended this workshop.

Word-Track Changes

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Description:

You can use Word to collaborate with colleagues, grade papers, or foster group work by turning on the "Track Changes" function. When you do, your edits will be flagged for review by your collaborators. You can also insert notes with comments into the text. During this workshop, we will also discuss the potential of Google Docs for simultaneous editing of shared documents.

Notes are available for this workshop.

Objectives:

Discuss uses of the tool. Demonstrate how to turn on the track changes function, insert notes, review changes, accept or reject changes. Discuss pros and cons of Word's Track Changes function vs. Google Docs.

e-mail tips and tricks

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Description:

Sure, you've been using e-mail for a while. In fact, some of the people who have been using it longest say it's dead. But here are some tips and tricks to enhance the experience. Learn some common e-mail dos and don'ts. Use CC and BCC effectively. Consider styled vs. unstyled messages. How should you format your email messages? When you reply, do you put your response at the top or the bottom of the message? Consider effective use of the subject line. Understand the difference between Reply-To and Reply-All. Set message priority. Consider the size and type of file attachments you send. Learn how to adjust your spam settings, create filters that put all messages from a person or group in a separate folder, set up your e-mail client for off-campus use (you'll need the VPN), add other e-mail accounts to your client so you can check your work and personal mail from one program. Learn to import/export your address book. Create mail groups so you can send to one address and everyone gets the message. Bring your questions. Some of the discussion will be general, but we will use NAU's IRIS and Outlook (for Windows) and/or Entourage (for Mac) as the basis for most examples. If there is interest in other clients like Thunderbird or Apple Mail, we can take a look.

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eBeam Smartboard

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Description: eBeam is a hardware/software combination (for Mac and Windows) that turns any whiteboard into a Smartboard. Project your computer screen onto the whiteboard with an LCD projector and control the computer from the board, using a special "marker" that works like a mouse as well as a writing tool. This modestly priced device allows you to capture notes, control software, and mark up content.

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3 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:

45 people have attended this workshop.

iDVD

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Description:

Take your iMovie and format it to play on any DVD player. Includes titles, menus, section navigation.

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iMovie: Video Editing Software (Mac)

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.

iPad and AppleTV for Wireless Presentations

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Description:

Think of the many ways you could improve your teaching if you were freed from the lectern computer and able to walk around your classroom while wirelessly presenting from your iPad. What if you also had the option to let students share their work on the big screen? Sure, you can do presentations with Keynote or browse the web with Safari or Chrome, but there's also a growing library of iBooks and over 225,000 free and low cost apps to choose from. Check out a handful of the thousands of apps designed for education. All you need is an iPad 2 or newer, an inexpensive AppleTV and a projector.

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iPod, iPad & iTunes

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Description:

Did you know that Duke University gives an iPod, loaded with instructional content, to every incoming freshman? Have you noticed all the students walking around campus with the white ear-bud headphones? Ever wonder what you might be missing? Learn about legal music downloads and the music player everyone is talking about. Get your hands on an iPad. Learn about the App store. Tablets are looking like the next big thing.

Notes

Objectives:

Learn the history of the MP3. Explore iTunes software. Rip a cd. Download a podcast. Upload to iPod.

15 people have attended this workshop.

iTunes U -- Creating Audio Podcasts with Audacity (Windows)

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Description:

Audacity is a free software package for Windows that allows you to easily record and edit audio that may be saved in file formats that can be uploaded directly into iTunes U.  This workshop will introduce you to the software, show you how to download and install it on your own computer, and will give you hands-on experience in recording and editing your own audio podcasts. 

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

Objectives:

Become familiar with Audacity software.  Learn how to find, download and install Audacity.  Use Audacity to record an audio podcast.  Save the podcast in a format that may be uploaded directly into iTunes U.

71 people have attended this workshop.

iTunes U -- Uploading and Managing iTunes U

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Description:

iTunes U is a convenient and powerful way to deliver rich content to your students, colleagues, and the public.  This workshop will teach you how to upload materials -- audio, video and documents -- to NAU's iTunes U site.  It will also explain the access levels available to you and other visitors to your iTunes U site, and will guide you through modifying those levels.

NOTE: Please be familiar with iTunes U before enrolling in this workshop.  We recommend that you first take iTunes U @ NAU -- Introduction and/or one of the Creating Podcasts workshops first.

Objectives:

Upload various types of files to iTunes U.  Move and organize files on your iTunes U site.  Understand iTunes U access levels.  Edit individual and group access permissions.

25 people have attended this workshop.

iTunes U @ NAU -- An Introduction

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Description:

Northern Arizona University debuted its iTunes U site in Spring 2008.  This workshop introduces attendees to iTunes and iTunes U, and we will discuss ways in which you could use iTunes to deliver content to your students, your colleagues, and even the general public.  If you have ever thought about podcasting or using iTunes U, this workshop is for you!

Objectives:

Locate and access NAU's iTunes U site.  Identify ways in which iTunes U might benefit your instruction or department goals.  Be able to discuss pros and cons of podcasting and iTunes U.

28 people have attended this workshop.

iTunes U @ NAU -- Public iTunes U

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Description:

This workshop is required to get access to upload content to a departmental iTunes U Public shell.  The workshop will cover the guidelines and policies for content on the iTunes U Public site.  It will also teach you how to upload content to your department's iTunes U Public shell and managage that shell. 

If you have never created a podcast you will want to think about taking one or more of the following workshops:

  • iTunes U -- Creating Audio Podcasts with Garageband (Mac)
  • iTunes U -- Creating Audio Podcasts with Audacity (Windows)
  • Camtasia Studio (for enhanced podcasts)

Objectives:

  • Understand of the guidelines for content on the iTunes U Public site.  
  • Understand what a podcast is and some possible uses.
  • Upload different types of files to iTunes U and know what files iTunes U will accept. 
  • Manage those files and the the iTunes U shell.

5 people have attended this workshop.