**Online** Tips for Communicating Effectively Using Blackboard
Monday, March 17, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
The announcement, discussion, and email features in Blackboard are just a few of the many tools available for faculty to communicate with students and foster collaboration during the course. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard communication tools? Join us for this online discussion to answer this question and share tips and best practices for communicating with students using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of building a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses and should bring to the session any course materials they want to upload or work with during the workshop. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or on a CD. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Concept Maps for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Concept maps are learning tools which represent information visually. These maps “visually arrange” concepts and ideas, show connections and relationships among concepts, and help increase understanding of complex information. Concept maps help students see the underlying structure and “big picture” of a concept which can lead to meaningful learning. This hands-on workshop will provide practical and immediate applications in your teaching and your students’ learning. Please bring a course syllabus or concepts to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
Mobile Learning Series: Apps for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
According to recent figures, there are more than 1.5 million apps available in the Apple App store and Google Play combined. With so many options, it can be difficult to find the best apps to support teaching and learning. In this hands-on session, we will demonstrate a variety of apps, many of them free, and provide time to experiment with them. Feel free to bring a mobile device, but it is not required. Some devices will be available for use during the workshop. Advance registration is required.
Blogs, Wikis, and Journals in Your Blackboard Course
Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Using Blackboard, faculty can take advantage of several social communication tools, such as blogs, wikis and journals, to create interactive and collaborative activities for students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the communication tools and practice creating, participating in and grading blogs, wikis and journals. Additionally, we will identify the types of activities that these tools can be used for. Advance registration is required.
Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. David Changnon, Department of Geography
Monday, March 24, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
A Climatologist's Teaching Journey – Improving Forecasts, Adapting to Change!
Teaching expertise is strongly biased toward knowledge of the content you desire to explain and your own individualized personality. Many (maybe most) students have little familiarity with the variety of topics teachers are attempting to explain in class and complicated topics are simply complicated. One way to bridge the information gap between students and teachers is to bring items to class. These hands-on learning lessons heighten curiosity, allow one-on-one engagement, and they may act as a hook to allow teachers to move the discussion in a variety of student interested directions.
No registration is required--Everyone is welcome! Refreshments from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Presentation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
Walk-In, No Registration Required
Screencasting to Facilitate Learning Opportunities for Mac Users
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Screencasting is becoming an increasingly common tool for online instruction. The workshop introduction will focus on the process of conceptualizing educational tutorials, asking important pedagogical questions, story boarding ideas, and deciding on the most appropriate method for distribution of content. Participants will use Screenflow, a Mac-based program that offers features and options that enhance instruction by capturing lectures, recording and highlighting interaction with website tours or software applications, and using closed captioning to expand accessibility. Participants will create a brief instructional screencast demonstrating various features. Advance registration is required.
**Online** Tips for Assessing Student Learning Using Blackboard
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
The online assessment tools of Blackboard can be utilized to facilitate meaningful and memorable learning activities for students. These online assessment tools include: surveys, test, quizzes, and electronic submission of assignments. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard assessment tools? What recommendations exist for reinforcing academic integrity and providing meaningful feedback? Join us for this online discussion to answer these questions and share tips and best practices for assessing student learning using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Testing Techniques: How to Design Better Tests
Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
What makes a "good" test, and how do you know that you have one? Writing a strong test is a balancing act that requires deliberate design and intuitive art. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design tests that accurately assess students' knowledge and how to critically evaluate tests and test questions. We will also look at many different types of test questions and strategies for writing effective questions. Advance registration required.