2016 Fall – Faculty Tech Bytes Series

Session Titles and Descriptions are Now Available!

Tech Bytes

The Tech Bytes series is comprised of hands-on sessions, focusing on increasing your productivity.  Faculty Tech Bytes sessions are offered in both face to face and webinar formats.

Face to face sessions run each week on Monday’s 11am—12pm; Tuesday’s 12pm—1pm; and Thursday’s 3pm—4pm.
Webinar sessions will occur each week on Wednesday’s 7pm—8pm; Thursday’s 12pm—1pm

Session resources will be posted on the SHU Technology Blog:
http://blogs.shu.edu/technology/

 

Session Descriptions:

 

Blackboard – Getting Started
New to Blackboard? Looking for information on how to upload your Course Syllabus or print a course photo roster? This hands-on session will guide participants through the basics of Blackboard, and highlight some of the more advanced features.

August 30, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm
September 1, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
September 7, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Communication Strategies
Communication is essential to effective online courses. During this workshop, communication tools such as Announcements, Send Email, Voice Thread and Collaborate will be demonstrated. In addition, best practices and tips will be shared. To receive a badge in Communication Strategies participants will be asked to post an announcement in their course with date and time restrictions. This workshop serves as an elective for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three tools to communicate with their class

August 31, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
September 27, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
November 15, 2016 – 12pm – 1pm | click here to register

 

Blackboard – Discussion Boards
Blackboard Discussion Boards allow for asynchronous communication between students and faculty as either an extension of an in-class discussion, or as the discussion for an online class. This session will cover how to create your Blackboard Discussion Boards by creating a discussion forums and threads. Additional features to be covered include the grading option, and the option to allow students to view the responses (threads) of their peers only after creating a response (thread) of their own. To receive a badge in Discussion Boards participants will be asked to submit a screen shot of a discussion forum they created in their course complete with instructions. This workshop serves as an elective for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create a discussion forum in their own course
  • Apply best practices in using discussion forums in online courses to their own teaching

September 1, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
September 21, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 18, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
November 10, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register

 

Audience Response Systems (Top Hat)
Top Hat (https://tophat.com) is an audience-response system designed to foster student engagement. Students respond to questions posted by the instructor via web browser, smartphone app, or text messaging (sms). This session will cover the basics of getting started with Top Hat.

September 6, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
October 5, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 24, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register

 

Blackboard – Assignments / Plagiarism Check
This workshop will discuss the Assignment feature of Blackboard which is designed to eliminate paper in your course. Students submit their papers and the instructor has the ability to grade the papers all electronically. In addition, we will go over using SafeAssign to have the student papers checked for plagiarism. Come join us to see this powerful feature.

September 8, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 16, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 28, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register

 

Blackboard – Inline Grading
This workshop will discuss the Assignment feature of Blackboard which is designed to eliminate paper in your course. Students submit their papers and the instructor has the ability to grade the papers all electronically. In addition, we will go over using SafeAssign to have the student papers checked for plagiarism. Come join us to see this powerful feature.

September 8, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
October 26, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
December 7, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Competencies in Online Teaching – created by Larry Ragan, Penn State
This workshop discusses benchmarks which every online faculty member should possess. Developed by Larry Ragan of Penn State, these core competencies provide insight as to what it takes be a successful online instructor. In addition, strategies to achieve the core competencies are provided. To receive a badge in Competencies in Online Teaching, participants will be asked to complete a self-assessment evaluation and skill development plan and share it with the workshop facilitator. This workshop is a core requirement for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Identify competencies in which every online faculty member should possess
  • Apply those competencies to your teaching
  • Create a skill development plan based on competencies you have and need

September 12, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
October 6, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 27, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
November 17, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Engagement Strategies
This workshop focuses on structuring activities to engage students with the content, with their classmates, and with the instructor in an online environment. Discussion topics include best practices using the discussion boards and groups and commutation tools. To receive a badge in Engagement Strategies, participants will be asked to submit a summary of how they plan to incorporate engagement strategies in their online course in three areas: faculty to student; student to student, and student to content. This workshop is a core requirement for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Outline how they plant to engage students with each other, with content and with you
  • Choose appropriate tools to facilitate communication and engagement

September 13, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
October 13, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 19, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 21, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register

 

The Inclusive Classroom
Experience and research tell us that students learn in different ways that are unique to them. Yet, educational experiences are often designed around a “one size fits all” curriculum. Often, attempts to address learner variability happens when faced with students that require accommodations. However, we can implement a framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods and assessments with the diversity of learners in mind, where differences in the classroom are planned for in advance and are an asset. This session will focus on the principles of universal design for learning. We will explore this issue from a variety of perspectives and identify course design alternatives and technologies to support learner diversity.

September 14, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 6, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
November 3, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 14, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register

 

Quality Matters, Blackboard, and Course Design
This workshop provides an overview of the Quality Matters rubric in addition to using Blackboard to create a well-designed online course. The Quality Matters base template materials will be demonstrated as well. To receive a badge in Blackboard, Quality Matters and Course Design participants will be asked to submit a course plan/outline – a template will be provided. This workshop is a core requirement for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key standards of the Quality Matters Rubric
  • Utilize the QM base template for course design

September 15, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 10, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
October 20, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 7, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register

 

Blackboard – Grade Center
This session will focus on how faculty can best utilize the power of the Blackboard Grade Center. Topics covered will include how to create categories, weighted columns, and total columns, and providing assignment feedback to students.

September 15, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
October 17, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
November 2, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
December 1, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register

 

DyKnow
DyKnow classroom management software facilitates content delivery and collaboration via DyKnow Vision and administrative tasks such as attendance and blocking non-curricular applications via DyKnow Monitor. Faculty members can either import a prepared PowerPoint file into a DyKnow session, or work from a series of blank panels. Students can annotate the presentation and save a copy for review.

September 19, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
September 29, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register

 

Lecture Capture – Echo 360
This workshop will provide an introduction to the ECHO360 Personal Capture software. Record your audio, computer screen, and (optionally) your web camera to record a mini-lecture for students to review prior to class, record solving a complex problem in Excel, or record anything else on your computer screen for students to review.

September 20, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
October 20, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
November 10, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Blackboard – Collaborate
Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing system, built directly in to your Blackboard course! Faculty can create a virtual classroom or hold virtual office hours to meet with students. This session will cover starting a Blackboard Collaborate session, utilizing the built-in tools to foster engagement, and how to record your Collaborate sessions for future review.

September 22, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 11, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
December 5, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register

 

Conducting Effective Webinars
This session will cover best practices for creating engaging and dynamic webinars, with specific suggestions, such as planning breaks for questions and activities, and controlling audio feedback (echoing) via the use of an external microphone and headphones.

September 22, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
October 12, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
December 6, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register

 

Using Social Media for Learning
Social media is a powerful vehicle for consuming information, expressing opinions and ideas as well as contributing to a global online community. This session will explore the use of popular social media tools to support learning and extend the reach of the classroom. Topics include finding information and participating in online discourse using hashtags, developing personal learning networks (finding experts or practitioners to connect with), and establishing a professional online presence.

September 26, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
September 29, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 9, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Facilitating Group Work
During this workshop, participants will be taken through the steps to create groups in Blackboard. Creating specific group activities and best practices will be shared. To receive a badge in Facilitating Group Work, participants will be asked to create a group activity in their online course. This workshop serves as an elective for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create a group activity in Blackboard

September 28, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register
October 25, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
November 30, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

3D Printing
3D Printing has arrived at Seton Hall! This session will introduce you to the resources available, including the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer and free 3D design software (TinkerCad, 123D Design). Participants will have an opportunity to submit their 3D files for printing.

October 3, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
October 31, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
November 17, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register

 

Skype for Business (formerly Lync)
Skype for Business is Microsoft’s messaging platform, capable of supporting real-time text based chat, video conferencing, and screen sharing. This session will cover how Skype for Business can be used for virtual office hours, bringing in external guest speakers, and more.

October 4, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
November 3, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
November 29, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register

 

Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) can take many forms, including learning objects, videos, simulations, images, case studies, and more. This session will cover identifying, locating, and utilizing OER’s to create a rich learning experience in your face to face, online, or hybrid course.

October 13, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
November 1, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
December 1, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Course Redesign
During this workshop, participants are taken through the steps in which to archive, your current course, and prepare your course for the next offering. Considerations for updating content, copying course materials and redesigning activities based on the previous iterations will be discussed. To receive a badge in Course Redesign participants will be asked to describe the step they took to redesign their course. This workshop serves as an elective for the Certificate in Online Teaching.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify steps needed to redesign their course
  • Redesign their course

October 27, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register
November 22, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register
December 8, 2016 – Thursday 12pm – 1pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Data Management
Do you know where your files are and are they backed up in case of a disaster? Hopefully they are, but if they’re not, you need to attend this workshop. We will discuss all the different drives available today, including “cloud” drives. Also, how to organize your files logically and how to back them up.

December 8, 2016 – Thursday 3pm – 4pm | click here to register
December 14, 2016 – Wednesday 7pm – 8pm [Webinar] | click here to register

 

Final Grades
This session will cover how faculty can submit their final semester grades via the Banner system.

December 12, 2016 – Monday 11am – 12pm | click here to register
December 13, 2016 – Tuesday 12pm – 1pm | click here to register

 

 

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