Training Workshops

How to sign-up for Academic Technology Training

Faculty members wishing to receive professional development credit should sign-up through the Professional Development Office. Instructions for creating and/or modifying your professional development contract can be found on their web site. Staff members wishing to receive professional growth credit should contact the Human Resources Office with questions.

For a printable version of our workshop schedule, see our Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule.

Workshop Descriptions

Creating Instructional Videos using Camtasia Studio – CANCELLED

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Monday, October 3, 2016
Time:12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location:Online

Between a lack of advance enrollment and TechSmith releasing a new version that invalidates nearly all the workshop materials, this workshop has been cancelled as of 9/21/2016. Please contact David Gray for individual training if you wish such.

This online workshop will walk through the process of gathering up various audio, video, and still image materials, and compiling these resources into instructional videos. Although there are many various tools for generating such videos, this workshop will focus on the Camtasia Studio product.

This workshop must be completed by 10/31/2016.


Animation in PowerPoint

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Monday, October 3, 2016
Time:12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location:Online

One of the strengths of PowerPoint is its ability to animate objects. This online workshop will explore animation in depth. We will animate a sample presentation, with focus on the skills of using appearance, emphasis, and disappearance animation effects.

This workshop applies to the PowerPoint version current in Office 365.

This workshop must be completed by 10/31/2016.


Introduction to Teaching with Canvas

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Monday, October 3, 2016
Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Interested in learning about the Instructure Canvas learning management system? This hybrid workshop – consisting of one hour in person followed by additional hours of online material – will discuss in depth the various teaching tools available through Canvas.

This workshop must be completed by 10/31/2016.


Building Online Forms with WordPress

Facilitated by:Chris Norcross
Date:Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time:2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Building online forms is easy using WordPress and Gravity Forms. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to create a form and manage submissions.

Previous experience with WordPress is strongly recommended.


Best Practices for Images on the Web

Facilitated by:Kelly Helming, Web Coordinator
Date:Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time:2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location:LL-109

Do you use Photoshop? What size should that photo be? Do you have permission to use that photo at all? This workshop will explore pixel resolution, RGB/CMYK colorspace, creative commons, tagging for accessibility, and other best practices for image manipulation, photo editing, and usage on the Web.

Image credit: public domain.


Generating Video from PowerPoint Slides

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time:12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location:Online

In this online workshop you will create a video from a PowerPoint presentation using the tools built into PowerPoint. The presentation and script will be provided for you to narrate during the workshop. We will discuss methods of making the video available to your students, including methods of adding closed captioning to your video.

This workshop applies to the PowerPoint version current in Office 365.

This workshop must be completed by 11/30/2016.


Migrating Blackboard Courses to Canvas

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time:12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Looking for help in migrating content from a Blackboard course into a new Canvas course site? This workshop will discuss the options, and possible pitfalls, of converting materials from the Blackboard Learn learning management system into the Instructure Canvas system.

An opportunity to have priority scheduling for assistance in converting materials into Canvas will be offered to faculty who complete this workshop. This workshop is not intended to fully teach how to use Canvas, instead focusing on the practical methods to move content out of Blackboard and into the Canvas course site.

It is strongly recommended that faculty should either have prior experience with using the Canvas learning management system, or to have completed the Introduction to Teaching with Canvas workshop.


Social Media for the Classroom

Facilitated by:Kelly Helming, Web Coordinator
Date:Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time:11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Get an overview of popular social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Learn how to connect with students and broadcast course information over multiple social platforms by integrating them with Blackboard or Canvas. We will also cover how to use hashtags (#) and mentions (@) to drive engagement.

Image credit: public domain.