Six ways to innovate in your classroom with help from ITaP  

Implementing a new technology in the classroom can be tough, but it is also rewarding – helping instructors save time, connect with students and facilitate learning in new and interactive ways.

One of the biggest obstacles to bringing innovation to the classroom is knowing where to start. ITaP is hosting a series of faculty professional development opportunities designed to help instructors learn about available technology and how to best use it in the classroom.

Below are six training opportunities, all hosted by ITaP Teaching and Learning Technologies, which can be registered for via the ITaP Training Calendar.

1. Blackboard Learn webinar series

Learn how to best use Purdue’s course-management system through a series of webinars designed to introduce topics about Blackboard Learn throughout the semester.

The first webinar focused on preparing a course for the semester, including how to upload a syllabus and other files, adding teaching assistants and other instructors to your course site, and copying content from one course site to another. Future webinars will focus on using Blackboard’s Gradebook and using inline grading and advanced gradebook features, including the Blackboard Retention Center.

Click here to register for the rest of the webinar series.

2. WebEx

Learn to manage online meetings for distance learning and professional development, including how to host online office hours, with Purdue-supported web-conferencing tool WebEx.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, online via WebEx and 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, online via WebEx.

Want a more hands-on WebEx experience? Attend an in-person WebEx Workshop on January 31 or March 15. This event will allow faculty and staff to delve into web conferencing by teaching how to schedule meetings, share screens and do audio conferencing, as well as highlight other features.

3. Video Express

Learn how to set up and record videos in one of Purdue’s Video Express self-service recording studios. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own sample videos, including incorporating digital inputs such as PowerPoint slides, movie files or websites. Space is limited.

Multiple times on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Stewart Center, Room G62A.

4. Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a web-based survey tool that can be used for research, event registration, polling and more. Learn how to create a basic survey, view results and create a report.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room G073

5. Editing and publishing videos

Learn how to edit videos and publish them for your course or webpage. This workshop will teach the basics of using Camtasia to make screen recordings, edit videos and add visual effects. Attendees will also learn how to use Kaltura to distribute finished videos to Blackboard or through a web link,

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 283.

6. Video captioning

Making videos accessible has been made simple with the use of Kaltura’s new captioning service, which provides captioning to Purdue users at a discounted rate. This workshop will show the basics of using the new service, as well as options such as automated captioning and video distribution.

10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in Rawls Hall, Room 2058.  

For more information about Teaching and Learning Technologies, or to request a one-on-one consultation, contact

Writer: Dave Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-496-7998,

Last updated: January 4, 2017

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