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Professional Development Workshops

Blackboard Series

Blackboard Basics: This workshop will introduce you to the navigational features and outline the wide range of tools available to faculty and students in Blackboard 9.1. All faculty members new to Blackboard 9.1 should attend this course. You will get a brief overview of the course menu and control panel and learn the basics for adding, deleting, and hiding menu tools and customizing the appearance of your course.

Adding Content in Blackboard: During this workshop you will learn how to add basic content to your course, such as PowerPoint presentations, documents, and a syllabus. Also, you will learn how to embed video files from YouTube without ever seeing HTML code. You will get tips on organization and timed release of content.

Blackboard Assessments: In this workshop, you will learn how to use assessment tools such as assignments, tests, and quizzes. You will learn how to use built-in tools to detect evidence of plagiarism, how to develop and use grading rubrics, how to use publisher supplied test banks, how to import tests created in Word, and how to use online test security options such as secure browsers and online proctoring services.

Blackboard Grade Center: In these workshops you will learn how to set up and use Blackboard Grade Center. Part 1 Topics include how to enter/delete grades and comments, clear attempts, and exempt grades. Part 2 topics include adding external and extra credit grades, changing display options, setting up Total/Weighted Total columns, organizing columns, and working offline. These sessions will be more helpful if you have prior experience with Blackboard or have taken other Blackboard workshops such as the introduction and assessment sessions.

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Blackboard Refresher: Come for a two-hour hands-on refresher course covering the tools you’ve forgotten how to use. Based on participant interest we will cover topics such as discussion boards, groups, journals, blogs, wikis, e-portfolios, media integration, NBC Learn, Hoonuit, Zoom Web Conferencing, assessments, Turnitin integration, Respondus, ProctorU, partner content integration (Pearson, Cengage, McGraw Hill, etc.), course customization, and grade center functionality. Plan to bring a list of your course and unit objectives and a USB drive with (or links to) your instructional content you need assistance incorporating into Blackboard.

Blackboard for the Traditional Classroom: You're a face-to-face instructor, so why do you have a Blackboard shell, and why should you care? This one-hour workshop will explore the pedagogical and expediential benefits of using Blackboard for your traditional class, and will list various ways Blackboard can support your face-to-face instruction.

Online Best Practices Series

This new pedagogical workshop series will focus on some best practices in the online environment.

Course Tour and Introduction: This hands-on workshop will discuss the importance of introducing your students to you and to your course, and then provide you with resources to help you create your own course tour and introduction.

Learning Objectives and Alignment: In this this one-hour workshop you will learn the importance of writing measurable learning objectives and practice backward course design. You will practice writing measurable outcomes for your course and create an alignment worksheet which tracks the way your assessments, learning materials, activities, and course tools support these learning objectives.

Tools for Online Success

Academic Integrity in Online Courses – Plagiarism & Test Security: Ensuring students turn in original work and preventing cheating on tests has always been a struggle; one that is exacerbated by anonymity in the online environment. In this two-hour workshop we will discuss methods you can use to instruct your students on the importance of integrity in the online classroom, look at ways to design assessments which discourage cheating, and examine tools available to use which will help you identify students who may need additional intervention in this area.

Synchronous Collaboration and Lecture Capture: Have you considered hosting synchronous virtual class meetings or offering virtual office hours in your online course? Are you interested in capturing the essence of your live lectures in an electronic format to post on Blackboard? This 60-minute workshop will discuss the benefits of adding synchronous and asynchronous lecture formats and virtual office hours for your students in both your traditional and online courses. We will explore tools that are available for all of these options.

Using Media in Online & F2F Classes: A well-designed course should offer content in more than one format. While a text-based course can be acceptable, research shows students benefit from the inclusion of other media including images, audio, and video content. This two-hour hands-on workshop will explore ways to incorporate media in your course, including freely available videos on YouTube and TED, subscription services such as NBC Learn and Films on Demand, images from the creative commons, and instructor-developed materials. We will also explore tools for adding these resources to your course and ensuring they comply with federal and state regulations for accessibility.

Pedagogical Technological Toolbox: During this one-hour presentation, you’ll get a brief overview of ten vetted technology tools that support instruction in the traditional and online classroom. Participants will outfit their pedagogical toolbox with cool tools which support their teaching style in a variety of disciplines. Tools and apps explored include: ZOOM, Backchannel Chat, Plickers, Nearpod, Animoto, Powtoon, Memrise, Wolfram Alpha, Quizlet, and Kahoot.

Embrace Student Devices in the Classroom: Today’s students come to your classroom carrying cell phones, tablets, and even laptops. You can ban them, tell them to put them away, or you can put them to use to make your course more engaging and interactive. This two-hour hands-on workshop will demonstrate some ways you can utilize student devices in the classroom including interactive polling, collaborative group work, “Twitter” conversations, virtual field trips, video and audio podcasting, video conferencing with “guest” speakers, and more. 2 CEU Credits Available!

Hoonuit: Your 24/7/365 Technology Training Solution: Are your students arriving to your classes under-prepared for college courses? Do they need help learning to use Blackboard, putting documents into APA format, understanding plagiarism, conducting web-based research, or designing presentations? Are you spending valuable instructional time remediating students in these areas? This one-hour hands-on workshop provides an overview of what Hoonuit is and how it can help your students learn valuable soft-skills and get them up to speed on the technology you use in your classes. You will also learn how to access it, use it and incorporate it into Blackboard. You don’t want to miss this training!

21st Century Tools for Teaching: This 90-minute workshop will explore some of the newest resources for your online and traditional courses, such as interactive and user-created web content (Web 2.0) and social media. We will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with use of these tools, consider some education-friendly tools, and look at how these options might be used to support your instructional goals. We will also consider the benefits of incorporating student-created portfolios as an evaluation tool and demonstration of learning mastery, and will discuss and demonstrate various portfolio tools available to you.

Stimulate Critical Thinking with NBC Learn Resources: NBC Learn Higher Ed, the education division of NBC News, is excited to partner with Texas A&M Texarkana. This hands-on session will introduce participants on how to incorporate video and others forms of non-fiction, informational text to introduce or emphasize specific topics, stimulate critical thinking and debate, and enliven instructional material with over 19,000 multimedia resources spanning 80 years of television. This set of resources will enable participants to provide a contextual historical perspective along with timely aspects that bring the real world to the classroom and the students to the world. In addition to daily current events, the website features content tied to over 40 concentrations as well as original series such as the “Science of NFL Football”, “Science of Golf” and “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.”

Participants will learn to explore this engaging resource and share best practices for integrating video into face-to-face or blended instruction. NBC Learn Higher Ed features robust searching, browsing and filtering tools to aid research and inquiry-based discovery. With individual accounts, faculty, students, and staff will have complete access to our resources, 24x7, from school and from home. Please join us for a hands-on and informative session on how NBC Learn Higher Ed can be used in your classes and course development.

Respondus 4 and Respondus LockDown Browser Instructor Training: Respondus 4 is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can published directly to the learning system. This training will cover importing, creating and formatting exam questions; accessing publisher test banks in Respondus format; reusing and sharing assessments, and more. This session will also include an in-depth training on LockDown Browser. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents digital cheating during an online exam. The training will cover, from the instructor perspective, how to use LockDown Browser to prevent digital cheating in online testing environments, how to protect exam integrity, best practices and tips for success with both applications, and a chance to ask questions.

Quality Matters Workshops

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric: The Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is also the prerequisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer. This full-day workshop includes lunch and all participant materials.

Improving Your Online Course: The IYOC workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. In this four-hour workshop, participants use the QM Rubric to review their own courses and develop a course improvement plan. The content is based on the 21 essential Specific Review Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric. Participants come away with a plan for course improvement, so enrolling in the workshop with a pre-developed online or blended course is required.

Accessibility Series

Universal Design for Learning – Making Your Course Accessible to Everyone: Students of all abilities benefit from a well-designed course that considers special needs, giftedness, and learning preferences. In this one-hour session, we will discuss and demonstrate ways to incorporate universal design into your course and include activities which benefit learners of all abilities.

National Distance Learning Week

Join us in a week-long celebration of distance education as we feature special trainings, presentations, vendor demonstrations, faculty achievements, contests, prizes, and more. Be sure to check out the website for a list of all activities and schedules.

NDLW Mini-Conference: Learning Technologies is proud to bring the 4th Annual NDLW Mini-Conference to you this November 6th in Eagle Hall. The conference will include break-out presentations, keynote speakers, and lunch. The conference is still free to attend, so spread the word and join us for a celebration of distance learning. This is your opportunity to hear the latest in technology and pedagogy to support online learning, to network with your peers from the area, to share your latest research or ideas, and to meet with our vendors. Call for Presentations Now Open!

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