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 email@example.com 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.
Teaching with iPads
iPad Circles: From iPad to Ensemble to Students: A Screencast’s Journey
Friday, March 7, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Come hear Dr. John Williams, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Lisa Zawilinski, Department of Education, School of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, talk about the process of getting instructional screencasts from their iPads to their Blackboard courses via the University’s media server, Ensemble. Instructional screencasts made available via Blackboard courses allow students to interact with content largely outside of the classroom in order to facilitate the more active application of knowledge inside the classroom in a ‘flipped’ approach to teaching and learning.
This iPad Circles session, open to all instructors, is designed to provide a forum for sharing ideas and effective techniques for using iPads in the classroom. iPad Circles typically include a brief (15-20 minute) presentation by a faculty member on his or her use of iPads in the classroom, followed by an informal – and lively - conversation.
Light refreshments will be provided.
iPad App Demonstrations from the University Library Staff
Thursday, March 27, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Did you know you can check out iPads at the library now? In addition, the library staff has been working hard to vet and select iPad apps that may help enhance teaching and research. Although there are many good apps on their list, time limits us to showing only a few. Come see demos by University Library staff members Michael Anderson, Barbara Dessureau, Abbie Weinberg, and Nick Wharton. They will talk about and demonstrate apps that allow you to search and hear music from the Naxos Music Library database using NML, project your iPad via Apple TV, annotate PDFs on your iPad with written or audio notes using iAnnotate, and easily add text and captions to images using Over.
Seminars for Designing and Recording Online Lessons
These hands-on seminars are designed for instructors exploring blended, hybrid, flipped, or fully online instruction who would benefit from creating audio and video mini lessons such as topic introductions, visual problem-solving, personal introductions, and lecturettes. Participants will have the opportunity to learn different styles of recording lessons: Echo 360’s Personal Capture (PCAP), narrating PowerPoint, and screencast iPad apps such as Explain Everything. All sessions will be hands-on, and participants will have the opportunity to develop lessons. Loaner iPads will be available for the iPad session. All sessions will be held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library. Select one or two, or attend them all!
- Using Echo 360 Personal Capture ( PCap), Tuesday, March 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Echo360 Personal Capture is a simple, convenient tool that can capture your voice, the action on your computer screen, and web cam video. It is free for you to use as University of Hartford faculty and a couple of clicks will move your video into your Blackboard course for students. This session will guide you through the process of recording a narrated screen capture, editing it, and publishing it to Blackboard.
- Narrating PowerPoint Slide Shows, Tuesday, March 25, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Adding narration to a PowerPoint slide show can help you create standalone “mini lectures” that can be posted on Blackboard. Students can view the PowerPoint slides and hear your commentary right from their computers at home, allowing instructors to free up class time for interactive engagement and to make up canceled classes. Narrated PowerPoints can also be used in online classes to provide students with the mini lectures or ‘lecturettes’ on key content or concepts. This session will guide you through the steps to narrate your PowerPoint.
Preparing to Teach Online Series
- Explain Everything, an iPad App, Thursday, April 17, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.