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Faculty Technology Institute Workshops


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We offer one workshop per track at 9 and 10:30 each day, break for lunch, and then host a general afternoon session open to everyone in the L&C community.

We’ve just set our 2014 schedule.  We have three types of workshops:  Hands-on training, discussion and demonstration and twenty minute mini “Quick Byte” sessions.

For a quick overview of the Institute, check out the daily schedule.  

May 19th, 2014

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Opening Session
    Welcome and general overview for the Faculty Technology Institute.
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Multimodal Writing Projects
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Enriching Your Course with Material from the Digital World
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Creating a Professional Online Identity
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Options for Class Websites
    When you think of your class web pages, what comes to mind? Class pages in Moodle? Google Sites?  Your “official” Livewhale page?  Are there other options?  There are a numbers of ways to have a web presence for your class, each one serving a different purpose and requiring different levels of expertise.  In this workshop we’ll discuss your options and help you find the publishing method that will make it easy to create and maintain the class website you have in mind.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: Why Games?
    We often think of games as something we do just for fun and to pass the time, but can they also reinvigorate education?  Those in favor of the idea such as Jane McGonigal, the author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011), point to the potential benefit of increased engagement that results from positive emotional effects players experience.  Games can also teach those that play themthat failure is permitted.  In this session we’ll explore pros, cons and discuss how to get started with incorporating games in the classroom. We’ll also get hands-on, with a little friendly competition to come up with some game-based learning ideas based on learning outcomes, subjects and an existing game!

May 20th, 2014

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Social Media for Documentation and Commentary
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Cutting Through the Noise - Methods of Communicating Electronically with Students
    Between email, listservs, online learning spaces, instant messages and social networks, you have many options for communicating with students. Choosing tools that will cut through the noise while establishing clear guidelines and boundaries for electronic communication is challenging, but we’re here to help.  In this discussion we’ll look at how, when and with what you can try to be heard by your students.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Enhance your curriculum with visual learning tools and techniques
    This session will include tips, tools and tricks for visualizing data, creating infographics, and integrating images and video to enhance your curriculum. Hands-on exercises will help us guide our exploration of these topics. 


    Not sure what this all means? Come to this session to explore the possibilities!
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Google Sites Basics
    This workshop introduces users to the basics of Google Sites, a popular alternative to Moodle and LiveWhale for faculty and class web sites.  We’ll cover how to create and manage pages, customize your site, and add gadgets for Google Calendar, Drive, Groups and more!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Remote Class Participation
    Physical distance no longer restricts us from teaching while we are away, inviting important guest lecturers to class, or including students who are home with the sniffles in on important class discussions. This class will go over how to bring people into the classroom remotely. We will address best practices, common challenges, and the technology needed to make your classroom experience a success! Come with questions!
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Create Your Own Instructional Videos
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Goodbye Dropbox, Hello Google Drive
  • 10:30am - 11:45am: Effective Online Discussions
    When thoughtfully incorporated into your course, online discussions can extend the walls of your classroom and promote interaction. In this session, we’ll show you how to set up discussion forums in Moodle and discuss tips and techniques for structuring online forum assignments that engage and instruct. Strategies discussed apply to online discussions in general and are not Moodle-specific.
  • 12:45pm - 2:00pm: The Classroom of the Future

May 21st, 2014

May 22nd, 2014

  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Instructional Video - Find, Edit and Share
    Short, targeted instructional videos are becoming a staple on many class websites.  There are many sources for free instructional video, but they are often too long or otherwise unsuited for sharing with students in their original form.  In this hands-on session, we’ll show you some quick tips and tricks that make it easy to edit and then post video customized to your instructional needs.  We can answer questions and assist with video projects during our Resource Lab Workshop session on Friday as well as after the institute.
  • 9:00am - 10:15am: Grading in Moodle
    The Moodle Gradebook has many features that allow instructors to track students’ performance efficiently and provides private feedback to students.  The numerous options can be overwhelming to those new to grading in Moodle.  In this session, we’ll go through the steps of setting up a new gradebook including setting up your letter grade scale and aggregation (calculation) methods, creating gradebook items and category structure, entering grades and feedback for students and exporting and importing grades.