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Facilitated by LCC Librarians
Drop-in and work one-on-one with a librarian to integrate online articles, books, and videos into your Desire2Learn course site.
Facilitated by Fran Krempasky, Kim Farley, and Lidiya Grote
Learn what resources, technology, and services the LCC Library has to offer faculty and students - books, articles, Kindles, iPads, discovery tools, databases, and research guides. The Library will provide refreshments for this workshop.
Facilitated by John Thommen
This basic training is designed to help the novice user begin to learn how to:
This is a hands-on session designed for those new to Desire2Learn. Basic computer skills are required to participate in this workshop.
Facilitated by Leslie Johnson
Participants will learn how to set up and use Desire2Learn's gradebook feature. This workshop is designed to help novice Desire2Learn users learn the basics of a points-based or weighted grading system. Specifically, participants will learn how to:
Faculty are encouraged to bring their syllabus grade scheme as practice time is built into the session. In addition, participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Jaime Grant and Megan Lin
Classroom observations are often accompanied by anxiety for both the observer and the observed. During this interactive session, participants will explore how classroom observations can be used to facilitate collegial discussions, enhance the classroom culture, and promote professional growth and development. While this session is intended for faculty and staff responsible for classroom observations, it would also benefit anyone in a mentoring role and/or responsible for giving students feedback on presentations. This session will focus on facilitating effective communication when giving and receiving feedback. Details on the performance review process are available through Human Resources.
Facilitated by Matt Lemon
This presentation will focus on proctored testing options for faculty and students; emerging testing technologies in higher education; and the benefits and drawbacks to proctored testing requirements for online courses. The group will discuss the evolution and the future of online and proctored testing in higher education. This session will be interactive with time for questions, comments and suggestions.
Facilitated by Chris Richards or Leslie Johnson
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create and use Discussion Forums in their Desire2Learn courses. Topics will include:
Experience using Desire2Learn is required. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Suzanne Bernsten, Susan Murphy, Barb Clauer, Leslie Johnson, and Jill Reglin
This workshop will present various perspectives on student research gleaned from surveys within the LCC community as well as national scholarship. A panel and participant discussion will focus on challenges that students face with research and how faculty can help students become more confident researchers.
In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to create computer administered and graded quizzes within Desire2Learn. The basics of online testing, question construction, as well as feedback options, security features, and random question selection will be addressed. Experience using Desire2Learn is required. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Regina Gong, Fran Krempasky, and Suzanne Sawyer
Did you know that the Library has over 110,000 eBooks that are accessible both on and off-campus? Discover how Library eBook titles can be located and read on multiple electronic devices, as well as how to embed eBooks into Desire2Learn courses and use them as supplemental or required reading.
Facilitated by Carole Kendy
This session will provide strategies for incorporating easy active learning activities into lectures for all disciplines. Participants will experience active learning activities that enhance student learning and generate additional source material, such as study guides, lecture notes, and quiz questions.
Facilitated by Sharon Hughes
This session will give participants a brief overview of the psychology and physiology of sleep. We will concentrate on the different stages of sleep, how one's circadian rhythms regulate sleep, as well as the effects of sleep disorders.
Facilitated by Cathy Wilhm
This interactive workshop will identify some of the unique needs of the Plus 50 learner, as well as best practices to ensure successful certificate, degree, or non-credit credentialing by students age 50 and older. From career advising and enrollment to program completion, an overview of the Plus 50 student will be presented.
In this session, we will discuss test security issues for online exams and how to optimize Desire2Learn’s features to provide a more secure testing environment. Previous experience creating Desire2Learn quizzes is strongly recommended.
Facilitated by Fran Krempasky and Suzanne Sawyer
Are you looking for videos you can use to help your students better understand curriculum concepts? Discover educational videos available in the streaming video databases, "NBC Learn" and "Films on Demand," and learn how to link and embed these videos into your Desire2Learn course sites.
Facilitated by Chuck Page and John Szilagyi
Participants will have the opportunity to review software tutorials for the ever-popular Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programs. Additionally, exams, including Accuplacer and US Citizenship, occupational practice tests for professions such as Electrical and Emergency Medical Services, as well as tutorials for test-taking and workplace skills, will all be discussed.
Facilitated by Chris Richards
Instructors can create checklists in their courses with organized categories and items that describe each task a student needs to complete for that unit. These checklists can be added as topics in Content, allowing students to check off each task as they complete them. By using Checklists instructors are able to clearly outline expectations for tasks while also enhancing student engagement with course content. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
If you have questions concerning plagiarism in student written work, this is your chance to get some answers. We'll cover the basics of preventing student plagiarism, as well as how to deal with students suspected of plagiarizing. Participant questions and concerns will largely drive the content of this workshop.
Facilitated by Suzanne Bernsten and Ami Ewald
The Library's new search tool, OneSearch, enables you and your students to find articles, books, and videos quickly. Learn how to create a search box for your Desire2Learn course that students can use to find discipline specific resources.
Facilitated by Suzanne Bernsten
Socrative and Poll Everywhere are free, easy- to-use Web 2.0 tools that allow instructors to poll students using their own portable devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, and laptops). Instructors are able to gather instant feedback while projecting responses in front of the class in real-time. Students do not need to sign up for an account and the results can be sent to the instructor's email with one click. Socrative has a built-in Space Race game to engage students in team competition while completing a quiz. Poll Everywhere allows you to embed questions in a Powerpoint presentation or webpage. Participants are encouraged to Bring Your Own Device (i.e., smartphone, iPad, etc.). If you need assistance accessing the internet on your device, come to the CTE before the session begins.
Facilitated by Rob Edwards and Marc Smyth
Room 040 in the Technology & Learning Center (TLC) building has been retrofitted to be the testing ground for cutting edge teaching and learning technology. In this session, the new technology and the varied uses of the room, many of which are already being used by faculty, will be introduced. The facilitators will also encourage faculty members to consider additional uses for the "sandbox."
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to view student data in their Desire2Learn courses as well as how to access and use the Insights portal to gain access to dynamic reports such as grade heatmaps and quiz statistics. Topics will include:
Come to this hands-on session to learn about the tools in Desire2Learn's HTML editor, and to acquire tips for designing content that is visually appealing to students. HTML knowledge is not required because most of the functions look and perform like Microsoft Word tools. Features include the ability to:
This workshop will be paced for the intermediate to advanced user, however, anyone interested in learning more about this feature is welcome. Training and/or experience using Desire2Learn is required.
Facilitated by Paul Jurczak
Thomas Piketty's book, "Capital in the 21st Century" ignited a wide-ranging debate on economic inequality. As we discuss the contents of this 685 page book, let's focus on three centuries of economic data and how it has impacted education, commerce, etc.
Facilitated by Mary Lavigne
Short video clips can be an effective way to visually introduce a topic and grab the learner’s attention. Animoto is a cloud-based tool that allows the user to create short video clips. You supply the pictures, video clips, and text. Animoto makes the video clip.
Facilitated by Suzanne Bernsten, Lidiya Grote, and Suzanne Sawyer
Discuss how librarians have teamed up with faculty to create program and course-specific research guides. Also, guides designed for all students, such as the Career and Student Success Guide, will be reviewed.
Intelligent Agents and Release Conditions within Desire2Learn provide endless possibilities for instructors to customize the learning experience. Intelligent Agents can be used to monitor activity and trigger emails to the instructor and/or student when certain conditions are met, or not met. For example, an agent can notify students when they have not logged in after a set number of days and the message can be personalized for each student. Release Conditions, on the other hand, allow instructors to hide content until specified conditions are met (e.g., not allowing a student to take a quiz until a Dropbox item has been submitted). Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Susan Murphy and Mabel Menadier
See how you are put together with the Anatomy TV database! Explore a detailed, interactive 3-D model of the human body, rotate the model, and peel away layers. Learn how some faculty members are using Anatomy TV.
Facilitated by Mark Chapman and Leslie Mohnke
Lesson Study is a process in which a small group of teachers collaboratively plans, teaches, observes, revises and reports results on a single class lesson. Math faculty will share their experience and success using a Lesson Study for Introductory Algebra (MATH 107) during Fall 2013. Lesson Study resources will be shared and there will be an opportunity for sharing information about other Lesson Studies.
Facilitated by Ann Lapo
Keeping up with the demands of today's fast-paced world can be stressful. Yoga can help! Although rooted in a 5,000 year tradition, yoga is an excellent antidote to today's contemporary life style. Come to this fun session to experience techniques that calm or energize the mind and body quickly and easily.
Facilitated by Kelli Herm, Lidiya Grote, Ami Ewald
If you are served tea in Indonesia, should you drink first or wait for your host? What gesture should you avoid using in Brazil? In this hands-on workshop, find answers to these and other questions and learn how to locate information about customs, cultures, and business practices in countries around the world.
Facilitated by Michael Fredericks
This session will focus on Google Apps that can be used in the classroom. It will explore how Google Docs, Sheets, Presentation, and Forms are changing the way teachers are teaching students today. Other features of Google Drive will also be addressed. Come and see how Google can enhance your classroom!
Are you teaching or considering teaching a hybrid course? Come to this workshop and explore best practices to effectively manage and facilitate a hybrid course. Workshop topics will include: designing activities and assessments to meet the desired learning outcomes, and creating active learning in and out of class.
Facilitated by Richard Coelho
Have you ever thought about "flipping your classroom?" "Flipping" refers to the practice of having students acquire their first exposure to new material outside of class, usually through reading or lecture videos. Class time is then used in inquiry-based learning, which would include what would traditionally be viewed as a student’s homework assignment. During this workshop, some methods for flipping a lesson will be discussed, as will strategies for incorporating flipping into your courses.
Facilitated by Martine Rife
In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will learn the basics of navigating the Gateways to Completion (G2C) Platform, and how to retrieve interesting data about their course. Although five courses were selected for the initiative, the platform contains data for all of our LCC courses.
In this session, participants will learn how to:
Best practices for printing grades from an Excel Spreadsheet will be addressed. Previous training and/or experience using Desire2Learn is recommended.
Facilitated by Sean Huberty
This session will give participants a look into the future of skill training and manufacturing processes. LCC’s DICAST Center provides a "Makerspace" where virtual reality, rapid app development, 3D printing, and accelerated prototyping take place. The facilitator will share current and past development projects and demonstrate the printing of a 3D object.
Facilitated by Meg Elias
Charlie Chaplin said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." Break away from your daily routine and join us for another fun hour of memes, viral videos, popcorn, laughter, and friendship. You won't regret it.
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