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Technology Workshops

Check the RTS for dates and times and to register online for current synchronous courses, or email us at ctl@regent.edu to let us know what you would like to see offered.

All faculty are encouraged to complete the "Core Four" as part of their professional development. These four core modules are available as asynchronous modules that can be completed at any time without a need to register. In order to receive the Foundations of Teaching with Blackboard Certificate, you must complete ALL core modules and one elective.
 

Core Workshops

"CORE FOUR"

Bb Fundamentals
Participants will learn the basic features of Blackboard. This session provides an overview of (a) the features of Blackboard, (b) how to manipulate Blackboard courses, and (c) how it can be used in teaching, communicating, and collaborating with students.

More Bb Fundamentals
Participants will learn the basic features of creating and grading assignments in Blackboard. This session provides an overview of (a) adding assignments/SafeAssignments, (b) assignment grading options, (c) grading rubrics, and (d) alignment between course components.

Collaborate
Participants learn the basic features of Blackboard Collaborate. This session provides (a) an overview of the features of Collaborate, (b) benefits of using web-conferencing tools such as Collaborate in both online and face-to-face courses, and (c) how to create and manage a Collaborate classroom/session.

Grade Center
Participants will learn the basic components for performing successfully in Blackboard Grade Center. Such topics as creating and managing assignment columns, creating categories, inline grading, and managing calculated columns are addressed in this workshop module. This learning opportunity is available to all faculty, faculty assistants, and staff. 

Tools to Support Student Engagement
Engagement isn’t just about face-to-face, in person conversations. The quality of interaction between faculty and students has been shown to greatly impact student success in an online setting, so it’s important to understand how best to interact with and engage our distance students. This workshop will demonstrate proven methods and tools for connecting and engaging students in the online environment, as well as provide fast and efficient methods for monitoring and assessing online interactions.

Designing & Deploying Assessments
Participants will learn best practices for designing and deploying assessments for a variety of educational purposes. This session provides an overview of (a) building a test using various question types and settings, (b) adding images, video, and web links to assessment items, (c) awarding partial credit, (d) creating and deploying assessments, and (e) accommodating students with disabilities.

Universal Design: Accessibility
Participants will learn the basic features and uses of digital portfolios and explore application methods for various disciplines. This session provides (a) an overview of the purpose of digital portfolios, (b) educational uses of digital portfolios, and (c) examples of popular portfolio tools.

 

Electives

Accelerated Course Best Practices: From Sweet 16 to Elite 8
Participants will learn best practices for converting from 16 to 8 week courses. This session provides an overview of effective strategies for (a) course design, (b) facilitation and moderation, and (c) assessment creation.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Participants learn the basic features of the new version of Blackboard Collaborate, Ultra. This session provides (a) an overview of the features of Ultra, (b) benefits of using web-conferencing tools in both online and face-to-face courses, and (c) how to create and manage an Ultra classroom/session.

Digital Portfolios for Student Assessments and Faculty Professional Development
Participants will learn the basic features and uses of digital portfolios and explore application methods for various disciplines. This session provides (a) an overview of the purpose of digital portfolios, (b) educational uses of digital portfolios, and (c) examples of popular portfolio tools.

Integrating Open Educational Resources with Backwards Design
Participants will learn best practices for using free and open source resources. This session provides an overview of open resource repositories, how to apply open licensing, and integrating OER into courses using the process of backwards design.

Moderating Effective Online Discussions
This workshop addresses the benefits of online discussions, characteristics of effective discussion posts, and effective tips for planning, moderating, and assessing student participation. Participants will also learn to adjust forums settings for moderated discussions and inline grading.

Panopto: Part 1
This is both an informational AND a hands-on session. Participants will learn best practices for basic Panopto features, such as creating, recording, editing, and deploying recorded lectures to students through Blackboard. This course is available to all faculty.

Panopto: Part 2
This is both an informational AND a hands-on session. Participants will learn best practices for more advanced Panopto techniques, such as using mobile technology with Panopto, uploading content, downloading content, and advanced editing. This course is recommended for faculty who have basic knowledge and training in Panopto.

VoiceThread
Participants will learn the features of VoiceThread, an interactive online teaching tool that integrates video, images, voice recording, and text to heighten student engagement in online teaching.  This session provides information about activating VoiceThread in your course, recording videos, using comments for interaction, editing content, and reusing content for courses.