Utility NavTop NavContentLeft NavSite SearchSite SearchSite Search
Close.

Professional Development Workshops

Blackboard Basics: This one-hour 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.

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, Atomic Learning, Collaborate Web Conferencing, the Library integration tool, assessments, Turnitin integration, Respondus, 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.

NEW! Online Best Practices – Course Tour and Introduction: This new pedagogical workshop series will focus on some best practices in the online environment. This one-hour 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.

UPDATED! Adding Content & Assessments in Blackboard: During this two-hour 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. You will learn how to use assessment tools such as assignments, tests, and quizzes.

NEW! Online Best Practices – Learning Objectives and Alignment: This this one-hour workshop is part of the new Online Best Practices series. 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.

NEW! 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.

September 2016

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

29

30

31

1

Blackboard for the Traditional Classroom
1-3 pm, UC324

2

Improving Your Online Course
9 am-1 pm, UC324
Synchronous Collaboration and Lecture Capture
2-3:30 pm, UC324

5

Labor Day

6

7

8

Universal Design for Learning – Making Your Course Accessible to Everyone
1-3 pm, UC324

9

Using Media in Online & F2F Classes
9-11 am, UC324
Pedagogical Tech. Toolbox
2-3 pm, UC324

12

Overview of SoftChalk Cloud
8-9 am, Details and Registration

Teaching with Apple TV
2-2:30 pm, SCIT306

13

14

Embrace Student Devices in the Classroom
1-3 pm, UC116

15

16

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
9 am-4:30 pm, UC324

19

20

Atomic Learning: Your 24/7/365 Technology Training Solution
9-10 am, UC116

21

22

Blackboard Grade Center Training
2-3 pm, UC324

23

21st Century Tools for Teaching
9-10:30 am
UC324
P2P: Using Case Studies ft. Dr. David Allard
2-3 pm, UC324

26

27

28

29

30

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
9 am-4:30 pm, UC324

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.

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.

NEW! 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 90-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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

Teaching with Apple TV: With Apple TV and AirPlay, you can now untether from the podium and move about the classroom freely while mirroring your iPad on the big screen! This 30-minte hands-on workshop will help you discover new and creative ways to use your iPad in the classroom.

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!

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.

Atomic Learning: 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 Atomic Learning 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!

Blackboard Grade Center Training: In this one-hour workshop you will learn how to set up and use Blackboard Grade Center. Topics include how to enter/delete grades and comments, clear attempts, exempt grades, add extra credit grades, change display options, set up Total/Weighted Total columns, customize the letter grade schema, work with column organization, and download/upload the Grade Center. This session will be more helpful if you have prior experience with Blackboard or have taken other Blackboard workshops such as Blackboard Basics and Adding Content and Assessments in Blackboard.

NEW! 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.

NEW! P2P: Using Case Studies ft. Dr. David Allard: This year we are featuring some of faculty in peer-to-peer presentations.This one-hour presentation will cover the use of the Case Study approach in online and blended learning courses.  Case studies have long been used in medical, business, and law curricula.  Dr. Allard will cover the basic steps in using case studies and give information about where to find good case studies as well as creating them yourself. 

October 2016

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3

4

5

6

7

Getting Started with SoftChalk Create
9-11 am, UC324

10

Stimulate Critical Thinking with NBC Learn Resources
12-1 pm online

11

Stimulate Critical Thinking with NBC Learn Resources
12-1 pm online

12

13

Respondus 4 and Respondus LockDown Browser Instructor Training
1-2 pm online

14

Improving Your Online Course Workshop
9am-1pm, UC324

17

18

19

20

21

24

25

26

27

28

31

1

2

3

4

Getting Started with SoftChalk Create: This class will cover the many features of SoftChalk Create. In this webinar you will learn how to create a lesson, save a lesson to the SoftChalk cloud, add objects to a lesson, and add links to a lesson. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements.

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. We will be holding two sessions. You can access the webinars with the links below:

Monday, October 10th at 12pm: https://econference.webex.com/econference/j.php?MTID=m44e8efea794f35b0626ec0a72984601d

Tuesday, October 11th at 12pm: https://econference.webex.com/econference/j.php?MTID=mde80f0acfaeb316eaadf3bbe84c3f69e

If you cannot call in with your computer please use the call-in information: Number: 1-855-227-5050 Code: 818 871 2#

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 is for faculty and staff at Texas A&M - Texarkana. It 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 proctored testing environments, how to protect exam integrity, best practices and tips for success with both applications, and a chance to ask questions.

Improving Your Online Course Workshop: 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.

November 2016

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

31

1

2

3

4

7

8

NDLW Mini Conference
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, Eagle Hall

9

10

11

<------------ NDLW ------------>

14

15

16

17

18

21

22

23

24

25

28

29

30

1

2

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 link on the website for a list of all activities and schedules.

NDLW Mini-Conference: Learning Technologies is proud to bring the 2nd Annual NDLW Mini-Conference to you this November 7th in Eagle Hall. The conference has ramped up from last year and will include break-out presentations, a poster session, 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.

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
  • f: 903.223.3104
.Back to Top