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Facilitated by John Thommen or Chris Richards
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. However, experienced users may benefit from this session as the content area and navigation tools have changed in the new version of D2L. Basic computer skills are required to participate in this workshop.
Facilitated by Susan Halick
Participants will learn how to set up and use Desire2Learn's Grades 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:
Experience using Desire2Learn is recommended because participants are expected to be able to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Jim Luke
MOOC's, "Massively Open Online Courses," are taking higher education by storm. In the last two years, venture capitalists and elite research universities have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in offering and promoting these free, open-to-anyone, college courses. Worldwide, millions have already registered and taken these courses. At this session, you'll get a brief introduction to the fast-changing world of MOOC's followed by a facilitated discussion regarding the implications, prospects, threats, and opportunities that MOOC's present to us.
Facilitated by Bev Baligad
The First Amendment protects an individual's right to offend, but not the right of an individual to be offended. So, how do you address inappropriate language in the classroom or a student who uses the entire class period to argue with you? Come to this session to learn how to address these and other First Amendment Issues.
Facilitated by Dr. Richard Prystowsky
Please join the conversations on teaching and learning with LCC’s new Provost, Dr. Richard Prystowsky! These conversations are an opportunity to share and reflect on a variety of teaching and learning issues. If you have a specific topic you would like addressed, please email Pam Blundy at email@example.com. All are welcome! Registration is not required.
Facilitated by John Thommen
Has your student's favorite excuse for not completing assignments shifted from "the dog ate my homework," to "my homework file is still downloading and I started the process two days ago?" Does the talk of file extensions such as .DOCX, .GIF or Adobe Acrobat cause you to break out in a cold sweat? If you answered yes to any of these questions, attend this session. Where we will discuss which file types are appropriate in particular situations and explore methods we can use to limit file size. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced users.
Facilitated by John Tommen and Susan Halick
In this session, participants will gain tips on how to score Discussions, Dropboxes, and Quizzes with greater efficiency. Specifically, users will learn how to:
This workshop is appropriate for the beginner to advanced D2L user. Previous experience creating Desire2Learn Discussions, Dropboxes, and/or Quizzes is strongly recommended.
Twitter can be used to energize your teaching, connect with experts worldwide, and renew your love for learning. Come to this session to learn how to use Twitter as a Professional Learning Network (PLN), along with the basics of Twitter, such as retweets (RT), hashtags, and short URLs. Furthermore, you will immediately connect to renowned educators who offer a wealth of information every time you login. Participants are encouraged to bring their Android, iPhone, or iPad mobile device to create an account. All are welcome!
Facilitated by Andrea Hoagland
Are you interested in showing students a recording of your computer screen along with audio explanations? If so, come to this session where you will be introduced to screen capturing and audio recording, which can be saved in several output modes and easily shared with students. During this workshop, the facilitator will use Jing and Screencast.com. (Both are free!) This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced technology users.
Facilitated by Kathy Shaffer
When you see blank stares on your students' faces, do you wonder if they are comprehending anything? If so, there is an exciting way to address this unwelcome situation – Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)!! Classroom-level Assessment, as promoted by Cross and Angelo in their book, Classroom Assessment Techniques, is an approach that reveals to individual teachers what, how much, and how well their students are learning in time to remedy gaps in knowledge or understanding.The goals of this workshop are to:
Come to this interactive session to improve both your teaching and your students' learning! Please bring a syllabus from a course in which you would like to work.
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.
Most people are unaware that Word and PowerPoint have a very powerful graphics editor built right into the program. Come and explore some of the basic tips and tricks that can make adding simple graphics and images to a document easy. Experience using MS Word and PowerPoint required. Artistic experience is not required!
Facilitated by Carole Kendy, Molly Cryderman-Weber, and Tracy Price
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If you answered yes to any of the above questions, come to this session to learn how these instructors have added active learning to create more engaging and relevant courses, one activity at a time! During this interactive session, Professor Cryderman-Weber will demonstrate how she incorporates primary sources to introduce new units, and Professor Kendy will model the process she uses for having students generate topics for term papers, projects, etc.
Facilitated by Chris Richards
Students and Instructors alike lead busy lives and have integrated their mobile devices into many parts of their everyday routines. By providing mobile-friendly course content, educators can take advantage of these devices and reach students in new and meaningful ways. Come to this session to learn how Desire2Learn can make certain areas of your course, such as Content and Discussions, available to your students anywhere! Also, learn about creating mobile-friendly documents and multimedia that can harness the power and availability of today’s mobile devices! Experience using Desire2Learn is required. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices (e.g., Smartphone, iPad, Tablet, etc.) to discover firsthand how to use Desire2Learn Mobile.
Facilitated by Sharon Hughes, Richard Coelho, Rob Edwards, and an LCC Student
In this workshop, participants will learn about a recent trend in higher education called "flipping." Also known as blended learning, or reverse instruction, flipping involves switching how classroom time and homework time are utilized. Material which was previously presented during class time is now covered at home, and class time is devoted to what was previously assigned as homework. During this workshop, we will look at the research on flipping, discuss how other instructors have implemented this practice, and brainstorm strategies for incorporating aspects into your classes. During this workshop, Professor Hughes will discuss the research on "flipping", Professor Coelho and his student will discuss how it is working in his class, and Rob Edwards will address how Media Services is helping faculty "flip" their classrooms.
In this session, we will tour resources available at LCC, which assist faculty and students with online teaching and learning needs. Please feel free to bring your lunch. All are welcome!
Come to this session and learn what "Blogs" are, how they work, how you can use a blog to help your students and improve your teaching, while saving yourself time. Blogs are free and easy to setup and manage. If you don't have a blog of your own, you will learn how to obtain one and get started using it. Participants will leave with ten different ways blogs can save time (and paper). If you already have a blog, come and share your experiences and we'll make the list longer!
In the newer versions of PowerPoint, anything that can be placed in a slide, can be animated with little effort, which adds greatly to the visual impact of the presentation. In this seminar, we will illustrate a basic animation method, and participants will practice some techniques to simulate various multi-step processes. This session will be paced for the experienced Word and PowerPoint user.
Facilitated by Marv Helmker
The instructor proclaims to the students, "Today we will be working together in small groups." This announcement is typically met with blank stares, closely followed by looks of anguish and bewilderment. Today's students are tomorrow's employees and knowing how to work cooperatively with fellow employees is of vital importance in the workplace. This workshop will offer fresh ideas on teaching students how to work together in a small group. Caution: Active (and fun) learning will take place in this session!
Think your online quizzes are secure? Think again! In this session, we will discuss test security issues for online exams, and how to optimize Desire2Learn's features to provide a secure testing environment. Previous experience creating Desire2Learn Quizzes is strongly recommended.
Facilitated by Leslie Farris
Desire2Learn offers grading rubrics to assist in the evaluation of manually graded assignments such as essay questions and drop box submissions. Rubrics simplify the process of grading and assure that students are evaluated against the same criteria. In addition, students can view the criteria against which their assignment will be evaluated. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to create and use grading rubrics in their Desire2Learn course sites. Experience using Desire2Learn is required. Participants are expected to navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Intelligent Agents and Release Conditions are great tools within Desire2Learn to help instructors and students stay on track. 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. The message can even be personalized for each student with replacement strings. Release Conditions allow instructors to hide content until specified conditions are met such as not allowing a student to take a quiz until a Dropbox item has been submitted. Both tools provide endless possibilities for instructors to customize the teaching and learning experience.
Would you like to develop a more organized and visually appealing Course Homepage in your Desire2Learn site? If so, come to this session to learn how to:
You supply the good taste, and we’ll supply the know-how. This workshop is most appropriate for intermediate to advanced Desire2Learn users. *Widgets are small applications with limited functionality that can be executed within a web page.
In this session, participants will learn how to:
The facilitator will also share best practices for printing grades from an Excel Spreadsheet. Previous training and/or experience using Desire2Learn is recommended.
Facilitated by Melissa DeRosia
Center for Teaching Excellence
Technology and Learning Center, Room 324
Phone: (517) 483-1680
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