7 ways to bring innovation to your classroom in October

Have a technology question, but don’t know who to ask? Interested in learning more about active learning on campus? Want to start an online course, but not sure where to turn?

Below are seven faculty professional development opportunities, training events, and faculty-led meetings scheduled this month, designed to help enhance teaching with technology.

Coffee Break Consultations

Have a question about teaching and learning technology, but not sure who to ask? ITaP’s educational technologists hold regular “coffee break consultations” at various campus locations throughout the week. These informal gatherings allow faculty to ask a quick question, seek technical advice or start a dialogue about ways technology can  help save time and meet classroom goals.

Regular meeting times are:

  • Mondays 2- 3 p.m. at LavAzza in Marriott Hall
  • Tuesdays 9-10 a.m. at Beans in MSEE
  • Fridays 9-10 a.m. outside Starbucks in the Purdue Memorial Union

Tech Today

Faculty and instructors are invited to hear Wen-Wen Tung, associate professor in Purdue’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, discuss the challenges of teaching an online course, including how she navigated getting course approval.

Also, Melanie Morgan, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, will discuss teaching a Massive Open Online Course (commonly referred to as a mooc) through Purdue’s partnership with Future Learn.

The session will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, in WALC 1121. A light lunch will be served and registration is recommended.

Qualtrics Advanced training

If you are familiar with the online survey tool Qualtrics, this training will take you on a deeper dive of the tool’s features, including how to create a contact list, add external data references and create a customized email in the survey mailer. Attendees should have pervious Qualtrics training or experience.

Video Express and video editing workshops

Interested in learning how to use Video Express, the self-service video recording sites that allow faculty to easily record high-quality video.  ITaP educational technologists will help participants learn how to set up, record and review videos.

The training will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, in Stewart Center Room G62A. Space is limited and registration is required.

Learn how to upload and edit videos and then upload the edited version to your course site using Kaltura during a faculty professional development session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in Stewart Center Room G073. This training can be a follow up to Video Express training, or be taken independently. To register and to learn more, click here.

Active Learning Community of Practice

The Active Learning Community of Practice is a monthly meeting for faculty interested in learning more about active learning strategies, and as a place where they can gain insight, create community, and share ideas with each other. All faculty who are interested in engaging students in active learning strategies are welcome. October’s meeting will be held from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Stewart Center, Room 314. To learn more and to register, click here

Adobe products with ITaP Student Software Trainers

Purdue faculty, staff and students can learn how to use Adobe’s Illustrator to create graphics, illustrations and logos or how to use Adobe’s After Effects to design and deliver professional motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video and web. The classes are taught by ITaP Student Software Trainers and workshops are open to Purdue faculty, staff and students.

To learn more and to register, click on the links below:

ITaP Student Trainers are also available for one-on-one consultations and classroom workshops, click here to learn more.

Faculty professional development workshops

Learn about available tools and technologies with the help of ITaP Educational Technologists, options include:

For more information about upcoming opportunities, visit the ITaP Training calendar. To seek a one-on-one consultation, or to request additional resources, contact tlt@purdue.edu.

Writer: Dave Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-496-7998, steph103@purdue.edu

Last updated: Sept. 28, 2017

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