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Spring 2014 Seminars

Workshops and seminars are generally held in the Woods Classroom located in Mortensen Library or, if facilities are available, at a location within a particular department, school, or college. Faculty interested in attending should please call (860)768-4661 or e-mail to register.


Blackboard Orientation and Drop-In Clinic – Every Tuesday
Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
FCLD Lab (Mortensen Library)

This session is designed by you! You may want a general orientation to Blackboard, or strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, or a review of specific tools and features available in Blackboard, or just some help adding course content items like your syllabus and web links to your Blackboard course. Be sure to bring a digital version of course materials - this is a 'hands-on' type of session.

Seminars for Designing and Recording Online LessonsExplain Everything, an iPad App
Thursday, April 17, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortesen Library)
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use screencasting tool that allows you to annotate and narrate on a white board.  You can import ready-made images of equations, blocks of text, etc., then create a lesson, and save it to share with your students in Blackboard. Since you can write on an iPad, it’s especially useful to show worked problem illustrations.

All About FERPA (Offered to faculty and staff, sponsored by the Registrar's Office, hosted by EmPOWER)
Friday, May 2, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Dana 204

FERPA – The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 – is the federal law that requires, as a condition of the receipt of federal funds, that the University not disclose or provide access to personally identifiable student information maintained in University records and without the prior written consent of the student unless pursuant to the limited provisions of FERPA that permits disclosure or access without a student’s consent.

As an institution receiving federal funds, we are responsible for ensuring we comply with FERPA as we are in contact with parents and students day-to-day.  Are we aware of what is required before releasing personally identifiable student information and how technology impacts FERPA?  You may be surprised.

The FERPA training is designed to assist faculty and staff in their interactions with students, parents and organizations and how to respond accordingly to requested information.  Tom Clark is an experienced attorney and presenter having worked in higher education for nearly thirty years.  He has presented at numerous conferences, colleges and universities regarding FERPA and other matters. He will be coming to campus to discuss with us how FERPA impacts the work we do.

Registration is required. Find more information at EmPOWER.

Preparing to Teach Online Series (This seminar series is completed for Spring '14 but will run again in Fall '14)

This spring, in partnership with University Programs, FCLD again will be offering a seminar series designed to prepare instructors for online teaching and learning. The following sessions are all on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Woods Classroom based on the following schedule:

  • Planning and Designing an Online Course
    February 21

    “What do I need to know to be an effective online instructor?”  In this first seminar we will answer this question, as well as demonstrate best practices for transforming face-to-face courses into online courses, show examples of exemplary online courses and syllabi, build a Blackboard Learning Module, and share useful resources that will help you as you design your online course. 
  • Creating Organized & Effective Instruction
    February 28

    In this hands-on seminar, we will use Blackboard to apply what was discussed in week one. Participants will learn different ways to structure and organize course content, as well use Blackboard Learning Modules to create easy-to-follow online lessons.  Finally, we’ll explore the many diverse sources of ready-made course content readily available on the Internet.
  • Basic Tools for Online Instruction
    March 7

    Just like any instruction, we need to be able to communicate with students, collect assignments, and facilitate group work like case studies and projects.  This seminar covers basic Blackboard tools that are essential for online instruction including Email, Announcements and Alerts, the Assignment Tool, and Blackboard Groups.  We’ll also discuss synchronous communication tools such as WebEx.
  • Fostering Interaction and Collaboration
    March 14
    Distance education means there is “a distance between learner and teacher which is not merely geographic, but educational and psychological as well” (Moore, 1983). One hallmark of a well-designed online course is that it uses interaction to close up this distance, building in lots of different ways for students to work together and form their own online community.  During this seminar, participants will learn how to foster and encourage interactivity using tools such as the Discussion Board, Blogs, Wikis, Journals, and other non-Blackboard tools.
  • Grading, Feedback, and Support
    March 28

    Your course is designed, your content prepared and loaded, your instruction and assignments align with your objectives, there’s a good mix of media presented, and opportunities for collaboration and interaction -- but how will you inform your students about their progress? Grade Center! Learn basic and necessary house-keeping of Grade Center and ways to set up Grade Center to reflect your grading scenario. We’ll also demonstrate and discuss ways you can offer feedback and build in support for students into your course.
  • Tips and Tricks from Experienced Online Instructors
    April 4

    One of the best ways to learn about teaching online is hearing about the experiences of instructors who have taught online in the past.  University of Hartford instructors will share their online courses and experiences, as well as field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session. Come hear from your colleagues!
  • Must-Have Tools for Teaching Online
    April 11

    Just because you are not face-to-face with your online students, it doesn't mean you can't 'talk' to them and with them.  It's not difficult to prepare audio and video clips so you can demonstrate worked problems, introduce a topic, summarize a complex issue, and even meet together once or twice.  This session will offer a 'survey course' on tools that can help.
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