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    Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

    Phone: (412) 396-5625

    Email: edtech@duq.edu

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    Educational Technology Training

    Educational Technology's Instructional Designers offer a variety of professional development opportunities to Duquesne's full and part-time faculty, staff, and graduate students.

    To view our current training schedule or sign up for a workshop, webinar, or self-guided tutorial, visit the Workshop/Webinar Calendar page.

    Workshop Descriptions

    We offer professional development via campus workshops, webinars, and self-guided tutorials. Below, you will find a chart that lists all of the workshops and webinars that Educational Technology offers. Choose one of the tabs located below the see a detailed description of individual workshops, webinars, and self-guided tutorials.

    Workshop Descriptions Chart

    Getting Started

    Getting Started wtih Blackboard 9 (Workshop or Self-Guided Tutorial)

    Objectives

    Following this workshop or self-guided tutorial, participants will be able to:

    1. Design a Course Menu.
    2. Add content, tools, and assignments to a content area/folder.
    3. Make a Blackboard course site available.
    4. Complete basic grading in the Grade Center.
    5. Generate ideas for use in their own Blackboard course site.
    6. Find Blackboard Help for reference after the training.
    Description

    In this hands-on in-person or self-guided training, participants will learn course design basics and foundational skills for using the Blackboard 9 Learning Management System to design and teach their courses. Throughout the training, instructors will practice using the most common Blackboard tools, reflect on their personal use of Blackboard, and apply best practices for using Blackboard in their courses. Throughout the training, instructors will use a practice site to  to use their new skills as they learn them.

    Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center (Self-Guided Tutorial)

    Objectives

    Following this self-guided tutorial participants will be able to:

    1. Navigate and use Blackboard's Grade Center.
    2. Prepare a Blackboard course site for grading using the Grade Center.
    3. Set up the Blackboard Grade Center for grading in a Blackboard course site.
    4. Grade student work using manual columns and columns created through Blackboard assignments and other gradeable items.
    5. Understand efficiencies of the Blackboard Grade Center.
    Description

    In this hands-on self-guided training, instructors will learn how to use Blackboard's Grade Center to grade student work in their Blackboard course site(s). Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

    The layout of the Grade Center and what it does, how to approach Blackboard's Grade Center and things to complete prior to using it, how to set up Blackboard's Grade Center for use, how to grade student work through the Grade Center (including assignments and manual columns),  and how to use some of Blackboard's Grade Center efficiencies.

    Throughout the training, instructors will use a Blackboard Practice Site while learning best practices for using the Blackboard's Grade Center.

    Beyond the Bb Basics

    Assessing Diverse Learners (Webinar)

    Outcomes

    Following this webinar, instructors will be able to:

    1. Use Blackboard assignments, tests, and interactive tools along with iPad apps and web tools to engage students with a variety of learning styles, backgrounds, and interests.
    2. Provide constructive written feedback within the Blackboard grade center.
    3. Identify alternatives to written feedback.
    4. Participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to create engaging, meaningful assessments.
    Description

    In this interactive webinar, instructors will discover new and exciting ways to assess learners and provide constructive feedback. This workshop will include best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard features, iPad apps, and web tools. Each of the ideas outlined in the workshop promote a collaborative, student centered, learning environment. Instructors will be encouraged to participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to create engaging, meaningful assessments.

    Creating a Welcoming Course Environment (Webinar)

    Outcomes

    Following this webinar, instructors will be able to:

    1. Identify various Blackboard tools and features to create a sense of community.
    2. Use course design techniques that help facilitate a welcoming and inviting course environment.
    Description

    In this interactive webinar, instructors will discover new and exciting ways to create a sense of community in their courses. This webinar will include best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard's features, such as Announcements, Interactive Tools, and GoToTraining Virtual Classroom to create a welcoming and inviting course environment for students. Each of the ideas outlined in the workshop promote a student-centered learning environment. Instructors will be encouraged to participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to best implement techniques outlined in workshop.

    Increasing Student Engagement (Webinar)

    Outcomes

    Following this webinar, instructors will be able to:

    1. Relate Bloom's Taxonomy to student engagement.
    2. Identify how to effectively use of Blackboard Tools to increase student engagement.
    Description

    In this interactive webinar, instructors will discover new and exciting ways to engage their students within Blackboard. This workshop will include best practices and ideas on how to use the Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and GoToTraining Virtual Classroom within a Blackboard course site. Each of the tools outlined in the workshop promotes a reflective, collaborative, student-centered learning environment. Instructors will be encouraged to participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to best implement techniques outlined in workshop.

    Harnessing the Power of Multimedia

    Outcomes

    Following this webinar, instructors will be able to:

    1. Identify the benefits of using multimedia.
    2. Explore ways to integrate rich multimedia into their teaching.
    3. Investigate options for using audio, video and images.
    Description

    In our everyday life we learn from "Googling," watching videos, using our mobile devices, viewing images, and more. In this interactive webinar, instructors  will discover new and exciting ways to utilize multimedia to engage and support today's learners. Participants  will be investigating, planning, and discussing ways to integrate audio, video, and images into their courses. Instructors will be encouraged to participate in an open discussion to share ideas of how to best implement techniques outlined in workshop.

    Virtual Classroom & Lecture Capture

    GoToTraining Virtual Classroom Basics (Webinar)

    Outcomes

    Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify the differences between GoToMeeting and GoToTraining.
    2. Create a GoToTraining Virtual Classroom link within a Blackboard course site menu.
    3. Schedule a GoToTraining session.
    4. Conduct and record a GoToTraining session.
    5. Make recorded sessions available to students.
    6. Identify best practices for conducting a GoToTraining session.
    Description

    This interactive webinar provides instructors with the the foundational skills and understanding of GoToTraining Virtual Classrom for conducting synchronous class sessions. The format of this webinar allows partipants to experience GoToTraining from the student perspective while simultaneously learning about the instructor perspective. Participants will learn how to schedule sessions and use various GoToTraining tools to engage students and learn best practices for conductng a successfully GoToTraining session.

    Getting Started with MyMediasite Video Creation (Webinar)

    Outcomes

    Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify uses of MyMediasite.
    2. Access MyMediasite.
    3. Create and manage channels to organize videos.
    4. Create a presentation.
    5. Share presentations.
    Description

    In this interactive webinar, instructors will learn how to use MyMediasite to record, store, and share videos that can be used to demonstrate a concept, give a mini lecture, and more. During the webinar, one of our instructional designers will demonstrate how to use MyMediasite to capture a computer screen and webcam, store these creation to a MyMediasite account, and share them with students and colleagues via a weblink. Finally, instructors will learn how to store and share pre-recorded videos (i.e. videos created in Camtasia or GoToTraining) using MyMediasite.

    SMART

    SMART Board Basics (Workshop)

    Outcomes

    Following this in-person workshop, instructors will be able to:

    1. Understand how a SMART Board works.
    2. Write on a SMART Board.
    3. Open and manipulate documents on a SMART Board.
    4. Understand the benefits of using a SMART Board.
    5. Identify ways to use the SMART Board to meet their needs.
    Description

    In this hands-on, in-person training, instructors will learn how the SMART board works and will practice using it in various ways. These ways include but are not limited to:

    Writing on a website, PowerPoint, or PDF; operating the computer through the SMART board; and note taking/brainstorming with the SMART board.

    There will also be time allotted for discussion, questions, and additional practice. Throughout the training, instructors will use the SMART board while learning best practices for integrating the SMART board into their classroom teaching.

    SMART Notebook Basics (Workshop)

    Outcomes

    Following this in-person workshop, instructors will be able to:

    1. Use SMART Notebook Software with current classroom resources.
    2. Create a new SMART Notebook file.
    3. Use SMART Notebook software in for a lesson their classroom.
    4. Identify ways to use SMART Notebook software to meet their needs.
    Description

    In this hands-on, in-person training, instructors will learn how to use the SMART Notebook software with current classroom resources and practices. Some of the things covered include but are not limited to:

    Learning the toolbar, creating quizzes, importing PowerPoint files, saving options, and viewing example lessons.

    There will also be time allotted for discussion, questions, and additional practice. Throughout the training, instructors will use the SMART Notebook software and SMART Board while learning best practices for integrating both into their classroom teaching.

    Other

    Presenting with Prezi: An Alternative to PowerPoint (Workshop)

    Outcomes

    Following this in-person workshop, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe why using Prezi may be beneficial.
    2. Understand how to design an engaging Prezi.
    3. Create a Prezi presentation.
    4. Incorporate multimedia into a Prezi presentation.
    Description

    This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to using Prezi as an alternative presentation tool. Participants will gain experience with using Prezi templates, exploring Prezi presentations, and building presentations. Through building their own presentations during the workshop, participants will also learn how to add content (text, images, multimedia), customize a template, add frames, and edit presentation paths. Participants will also learn how to share their Prezi presentations through Blackboard and download for offline use.

    The workshop will also include open discussions of how participants think they can use Prezi to enhance student learning.

    Sedona Systems Basics

    Outcomes  

    Full Time Instructors will:

    1. Understand what SEDONA Systems is
    2. Be able to edit their SEDONA Systems profile
    3. Be able to add content to SEDONA Systems
    4. Be able to find help on SEDONA Systems when needed
    Description

    In this hands-on training, instructors will learn how to use SEDONA Systems to add publications to their CV. In this training instructors will learn how to log-in to SEDONA and how to set their SEDONA profile. Additionally, they will learn how to add various research areas to their CV. Other topics will include but are not limited to: the SEDONA library and directory, how to share a public link to the SEDONA profile, and where to find help documents and/or videos on SEDONA.

    There will also be time allotted for actual building of materials in the SEDONA system and questions. Therefore, faculty should come prepared with materials they would like to add to the database.