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Facilitated by CTE Staff
Many departments and programs require the use of Concourse, LCC's online syllabus management system. If you need help getting started, stop in during one of our drop-in sessions and we will have you managing your online syllabus in no time!
Facilitated by Leslie Johnson
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 John Thommen
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 Kara Christensen
Increase student engagement, instructor presence, and collaboration by incorporating video into your D2L course. This workshop will introduce LCC's new video platform, Kaltura, which allows you to create, store and stream multimedia (video, audio, screen capture, etc.). Hear how faculty and students have used Kaltura and gain ideas for incorporating video into your course. If able, please bring a laptop with a built-in webcam to this workshop.
Facilitated by Rob Edwards
Room 040 in the Technology & Learning Center (TLC) building has been retrofitted to be the testing ground for cutting edge teaching and learning technology. This session will introduce the new technology and the varied uses of the room, many of which are already being used by faculty. The facilitators will also encourage faculty members to consider additional uses for the "sandbox."
Facilitated by Meg Elias
ThingLink is a web-based application that instructors can use to turn a picture into an interactive experience for students. Easily place "hot spots" onto images, and link them to outside websites, videos, text, or other graphics. In this webinar, participants will learn how to use and create an interactive image, and how to embed the image into D2L. Please note: Registrants will receive a link to the webinar through their LCC email the day before the session.
Facilitated by Jim Luke
Come and learn not only what "blogs" are, but also how they work and how you can use a blog to help your students and improve your teaching—all 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!
This workshop will focus on Instructional Design principles that can be applied to your Desire2Learn courses. During this session, participants will explore how to:
Facilitated by Tammy Root
Are you looking for ways to help your students get more out of assigned readings? Come to this session and explore six different reading strategies that can be used in a variety of disciplines. In addition, instructors will be able to work through a themed lesson, using an assortment of nontraditional reading strategies.
Facilitated by Sean Huberty
Representatives from the Digital Innovation Institute will be on hand to discuss their method for working with instructors to create high quality Open Educational Resources (OERs). Facilitators will demonstrate applications made by the institute as well as provide information on how to obtain the funding necessary to create professional-level instructional materials.
Facilitated by Jessica Gordon
Students with disabilities, as they transition to college, have the opportunity to work with the Center for Student Access and request reasonable accommodations in their classrooms. In this workshop, Jessica Gordon, will offer a brief history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it applies to faculty and their responsibilities at LCC. During this session, the facilitator will discuss how reasonable accommodations are determined, as well as review the college's standards on access and inclusion. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the workshop. All are welcome.
This workshop will focus on three guiding principles for managing learning in a hybrid or blended format class. The facilitator will share examples of how each principle is applied in a real course. Participants will then spend time discussing how they already apply those principles or how they could implement them into their own hybrid-learning environment.
Facilitated by Paul Hernandez
This session will begin by reflecting on the idea that teaching is highly personal as well as an art form. Through discussion, we will explore why students are considered "at-risk" and begin to understand students' lives outside of the classroom and how those outside factors impact students in the classroom. Finally, foundations to an alternative teaching approach, focusing on vital components to successfully connect with and teach at-risk students, will be shared. All are welcome.
In this interactive session, the facilitator will introduce the use of TurningPoint™ Clickers, which allow instructors to ask questions and provide feedback using remote control response devices ("clickers"). Participants will learn how to integrate "clicker" questions into a PowerPoint or other type of presentations. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced technology users.
Facilitated by Susan Serafin
During this session, the facilitator will share her approach to teaching logical fallacies in the classroom: using YouTube clips and Google Images to illustrate some of the classic and most common fallacies. An awareness of these logical faux pas in our speech, writing, and belief systems can go a long way towards sharper critical thinking.
The Assessment tools within Desire2Learn, Dropbox, Discussions, and Quizzes, include advanced features that enable instructors to enhance their course and streamline their workflow. Come and learn about the following advanced features:
Experience using Desire2Learn, especially Dropbox, Discussions, and Quizzes is required. Participants are expected to navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Feeling the need to shake off the mid-winter doldrums? Join Meg Elias, the biologist-not-artist, on a journey to find relaxation and calm in putting shapes on paper. As Pablo Picasso said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Padlet is a web-based application that allows faculty to easily create a visual bulletin board. Students can post text, pictures and videos as a way to introduce themselves or as contributions to course content. In this webinar, participants will learn how to use and create a Padlet, and brainstorm ideas for how to use the application in their courses. Please note: Registrants will receive a link to the webinar through LCC email the day before the session.
Web gadgets like Animoto, Padlet, and PollEverywhere allow instructors to bring creativity and interaction into their learning activities. Come to this session to see how your colleagues are using web-based gadgets in their classes. Experienced faculty members will demonstrate their favorite applications and show how they use them to enhance student learning.
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 increase engagement with course content by clearly outlining expectations for tasks in a specific unit. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
In this session, we will investigate the use of Respondus, a third party program supported by the college that allows instructors to:
Participants will practice installing and setting up Respondus, uploading quizzes to Desire2Learn, and importing existing quizzes from text documents. This workshop is most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced user. Previous experience writing quizzes in Desire2Learn is strongly recommended.
Individuals on the Autism Spectrum view the world in a manner which causes them to see nearly everything in absolutes. These individuals sometimes require extra help in navigating relationships and understanding social cues. In this workshop, we will explain the basics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, discuss how reasonable accommodations can assist persons on the spectrum in navigating classroom situations, and talk about classroom management strategies which can better assist you in setting healthy parameters.
Facilitated by Anne Heutsche and Leslie Johnson
As instructors, we often forget the challenges faced by our students. Come to this session to hear a panel of LCC students describe a day in their lives. Learn how today's community college student is able to fit a college degree into their often busy and complicated lives. We'll include plenty of time to ask questions about how instructors can support students' educational goals while still holding high expectations. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Engaged Inclusion.
In part two of this workshop series, Dr. Hernandez will guide faculty in identifying what challenges educators face in connecting with students in their classroom and how to enhance those connections to improve the learning process. This session will address the notion of connections by using "Real Talk," a component of the alternative pedagogy, to authentically, yet systematically connect with students.
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 to a document or presentation easy.
All IDEA course evaluations have moved to an online platform called, CampusLabs. If you need support completing the Faculty Information Form or checking response rates to encourage student participation, the CTE is here to help! Feel free to stop by the CTE anytime for assistance with CampusLabs, or attend one of the dedicated drop-in sessions. Registration is not required.
Facilitated by Tim Deines
This workshop explores different writing techniques instructors of all disciplines can use to get their students to learn course content in new ways. Studies show that the practice of writing is good for students' overall intellectual development, which means that becoming a practicing writer is beneficial to learning not only English literature, but all other disciplines as well. During this session, participants will discover how simple writing activities can open their students to alternative learning possibilities in their courses.
Tired of watching words slowly rise on the screen in PowerPoint? Are your PowerPoint presentations regulated by the FDA as a powerful narcotic? With the newest versions of PowerPoint, anything that can be placed in a slide can be animated with little effort, adding greatly to the visual impact of a presentation. The facilitator will illustrate a basic animation method and participants will practice some techniques to simulate various multistep processes. It is recommended that this session be preceded by the "Learning to Use Graphics in Word and PowerPoint" workshop.
The phrase, "Writing in public," refers to writing assignments where students write for a public audience, often on the Web, and not just a disposable assignment that a professor reads once. These public writing assignments are usually engaging and more meaningful. Listen as a panel of LCC professors, who have assigned such work, share their experiences about how and why they have done so.
This session focuses on the concept of "alternative Lessons"—engaging, relevant lessons that directly link students to the content that must be covered in their classes. Before creating their own alternative lessons, educators will discuss the connections they have established with their students since implementing "Real Talk." As follow-up, participants will share insights they have gained from their students in order to inform the creation of alternative lessons. Additionally, this session will include an interactive lecture and discussion about race, class, gender, and sexuality (intersections) and how these themes influence students and educators.
The world is full of teachable moments. Change-up your lesson plan and accomplish learning objectives by moving outside the classroom walls. In this workshop, participants will see and experience examples of "mini fieldtrips" as well as brainstorm ideas for building their own into their curriculum.
Open Educational Resources (OER's) are just the beginning that opens the door to exciting, new pedagogies, course designs, and assignments involving the open Web. Come learn about the CTE's new Open Learning Lab Project. Bring your ideas and questions and let's experiment!
Facilitated by Michael Fredericks
This session will be an overview of Google Applications that can be used in the classroom. It will explore how Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, 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! This session will not provide training or hands on work in Google Applications.
Facilitated by Wayne Pope
In this interactive session, participants will learn how to use digital cameras and mobile devices (cell phones and tablets) to capture still photos and videos for teaching. Topics covered will include:
Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile devices and digital cameras, along with their user's manual.
Intelligent Agents and Release Conditions are great tools within Desire2Learn that provide endless possibilities for instructors to customize the teaching and 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. The message can even be personalized for each student. Release Conditions, on the other hand, 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. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Stop by the CTE for help with completing the following end-of-semester tasks using Desire2Learn:
Registration is not required.
In this session, we will be exploring the advantage of supplementing online courses using online synchronous learning. Students who were previously unable to attend traditional classes because of time constraints, personal responsibilities, or distance from campus can now access their course via online instruction and still meet live with their instructor. Participants will learn how to set up and manage online office hours using Adobe Connect.
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