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Finals week technology training for instructors to focus on enhancing spring semester courses

When teaching his online instructional design course, ITaP educational technologist Chris Mong makes sure his students know the person behind the content, creating weekly preview videos using Camtasia screen recording software to introduce himself and familiarize the class with course topics.

“The online videos help create a teacher presence in the course,” says Mong, a continuing lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “They can see me; they can hear my voice. And it makes me feel a little bit more connected to the class.”

Faculty and instructors who want to create similar connections by leveraging instructional technology to increase student engagement are encouraged to attend ITaP’s finals week training series, “Enhancing Your Course for Spring.” Scheduled Monday, Dec. 10, through Wednesday, Dec. 12, the workshops cover a variety of topics, from improving the course experience within Blackboard Learn to creating and sharing video content to providing effective feedback to students. 

“When applied properly, instructional technology can not only reinforce the content being taught in a course, but also create new opportunities for students to learn,” ITaP consulting and training manager Joe Conte says. “These finals week sessions are geared toward faculty and instructors who want to provide more online resources, more interactivity and more engagement for their students.”

The training series is an opportunity for instructors to learn how to engage students using multimedia, hear about tools to motivate students and monitor their progress, and speak with ITaP educational technologists on specific applications, including Respondus LockDown Browser, StudyMate, SafeAssign, Gradient, Studio tools, i<Clicker, WordPress and Qualtrics. Refreshments will be served on Dec. 11 during the informational session, “What works in teaching and technology?”

Attendees are encouraged to come to one or multiple sessions by registering through the ITaP training calendar. Additional details and location information will be shared with registrants.

Scheduled finals week sessions include:

Dec. 10

10:30-11:30 a.m. How do I create effective Blackboard Learn assessments? Learn about best practices for administering assessments in Blackboard Learn and how rubrics, automated feedback tools and Respondus LockDown Browser can contribute to a good testing environment. 

Dec. 11

9-10 a.m. How do I automate Blackboard content? Find out how to control the release of course content to specific students based on predetermined conditions using the Adaptive Release feature. This session will cover controlling content release by creating simple or complex rules.

10:15-11:15 a.m. How do I use digital feedback? Tools such as Course Signals, the Blackboard Retention Center and PassNote can help provide quality student feedback and assist students in reaching academic goals. Discussion will focus on using these applications effectively regardless of course size.

11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. What works in teaching and technology? An open informational session where instructors can learn and ask questions about tools that interest them most. The “round robin” will include an introduction, demonstration and question-and-answer session on Respondus LockDown Browser, StudyMate, SafeAssign, Gradient, Studio tools, i>clickers, WordPress and Qualtrics.

1-2 p.m. How do I engage students by using blogs? Discover how easy it is to create a personal or professional blog using WordPress, a free self-hosting blogging tool.

2:15-3:15 p.m. How do I use PowerPoint and Camtasia to record and edit lectures?  Learn how to create, edit and upload videos with voice narration and visual annotations using PowerPoint in conjunction with the PC version of Camtasia, software for screen recording and video editing. 

3:30-4:30 p.m. How do new features in Kaltura help with video? See how new features in the Web-based application for viewing and sharing rich media enhance Kaltura’s capabilities.

Dec. 12

1:15-2:15 p.m. How do I easily track students’ progress in my course? Learn about the Blackboard Retention Center, a Blackboard Learn feature that makes it easy for instructors to monitor students’ academic behavior and provide feedback.

2:30-3:30 p.m. How do I use Course Signals to track at-risk students? Find out how Course Signals, an early warning system that tracks students’ academic progress, can be used to encourage students and point them to help if needed. 

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Sources: Suzanne Ahlersmeyer, instructional designer, ITaP, 765-496-7403, smahlers@purdue.edu

Christopher Mong, educational technologist, ITaP, cmong@purdue.edu

Joe Conte, consulting and training manager, ITaP, 765-496-8222, joescontejr@purdue.edu

Last updated: Nov. 14, 2013