Fall 2012 Educational Technology Workshop Series

Please join us this fall on Thursdays from 1-2pm to try out new tools, explore new techniques, and discuss strategies for implementing each in your courses. Feel free to sign up for one session or attend them all; just use the link provided with the course description to let us know you’re coming.

Excel with Ed    
Date:  September 20
Location:  College Hall 409

Want to become an Excel power user? Join Ed Nickerson as he demonstrates intermediate and advanced features of Excel.
Sign up for Excel with Ed

Help Students by Using Turnitin    
Date:  September 27
Location:  Olney 101

You may think of Turnitin as a tool to discourage plagiarism, but it really offers much more. In addition to providing students with an assessment of the originality of their work, you can also use it to provide feedback that will assist them in revising their work. During this session, we’ll explore some of the ways you can use Turnitin to help students craft better papers.
Sign up for Help Students by Using Turnitin

Designing Great Presentations    
Date:  October 4    
Location:  Olney 101
Looking for ways to make your presentations more visually pleasing? This session focuses on strategies for creating presentations that help you get your point across without giving your students content overload.
Sign up for Designing Great Presentations

Flip Your Class, Part 1:  Using PowerPoint and SkyDrive  
Date:  October 11
Location: Olney 101

Flip Your Class, Part 2:  Screencasting 
Date:  October 18
Location:  Olney 101
Feel like you never have enough time in class to really dive in and discuss concepts? Flip your class! With this model, you can record content for students to watch outside of class so that you can spend more time in class applying concepts through discussion and problem-solving.

In Part 1, we’ll create short videos using PowerPoint and discuss best practices for creating and posting this type of content.

In Part 2, we’ll create videos using free resources, such as YouTube and Screencast-O-Matic. We’ll also spend some time discussing strategies for successful recording as well as easy ways to post content in your course.
Sign up for Flip Your Class, Part 1
Sign up for Flip Your Class, Part 2

Keeping Things Current with Twitter and RSS     
Date:  October 25    
Location:  Olney 101
Staying on top of current literature can be overwhelming, but Blackboard makes it easy to incorporate up-to-the-minute information right in your course. In this workshop, we’ll create keyword-based RSS and Twitter feeds and discuss strategies for using these tools in your course.
Sign up for Keeping Things Current with Twitter and RSS

Assessing and Tracking Student Progress in Blackboard
Date:  November 1  
Location:  Olney 101
Blackboard’s Grade Center is a powerful tool for tracking progress and providing feedback to students. In this workshop, we’ll build on your existing knowledge of Blackboard’s assessment tools and practice methods for grading students’ work. We will also explore the various areas in Blackboard that allow you to modify, review, and manage students’ graded assignments.
Sign up for Assessing and Tracking Student Progress in Blackboard

Join the Conversation


  1. The Fall Technology Workshop Series looks great! Thank you for offering these sessions. I’ll be sure to let all the instructors know about them when I come in contact with them.

  2. Some of these workshops are repeats for me because I find that if I do a session at least twice, then I have a good sense of how to proceed. Also, so far, I really like the new Blackboard. Thanks for all, Roseanne McDougall

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