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Spring 2015 Seminars

The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) offers ongoing seminars and instruction on a variety of instructional technology, including Blackboard, the University's learning management system (LMS).   FCLD will be offering the following seminars during the Spring Semester.  Unless otherwise indicated, all seminars are held in the Woods Classroom in Mortensen Library. Faculty interested in attending should please call 860-768-4661 or e-mail fcld@hartford.edu to register.

Getting Started with Blackboard – Every Tuesday

Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
This session is designed as a general orientation to Blackboard, the application used to put courses online. You’ll learn strategies for organizing your Blackboard course, review the many tools and features available in Blackboard, and start adding course content items like your syllabus and web links to your Blackboard course. Be sure to bring a digital version of your syllabus and/or other course materials; this is designed as a hands-on seminar.

Preparing to Teach Online Three:  Basic Tools for Online Instruction
Friday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part three of a seven week FCLD series.  As with any instruction, we need to be able to communicate with students, collect assignments, and facilitate group work such as case studies and projects.  This seminar covers basic Blackboard tools that are essential for online instruction including Email, Announcements and Messages, the Assignment Tool, and Blackboard Groups.  We’ll also discuss synchronous communication tools such as WebEx.

Preparing to Teach Online Four:  Fostering Interaction and Collaboration
Friday, March 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part four of a seven week FCLD series.  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 shorten 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.

Preparing to Teach Online Five:  Tips and Tricks from Experienced Instructors
Friday, March 27, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
KF Room (Mortensen Library)
Part five of a seven week series.  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 show their online courses, share tips & tricks, and field questions from audience participants in this informal Q & A session.

Preparing to Teach Online Six:  Grading, Feedback, and Support
Friday, April 3, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Part six of a seven week series.  Keep your students informed about their progress using Grade Center! Learn basic house-keeping 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.

Preparing to Teach Online Seven:  Must Have Tool for Teaching Online
Friday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Woods Classroom (Mortensen Library)
Final part of seven week series.  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, or even meet together once or twice.  This session will offer a 'survey course' on tools that can help.

Digitizing Old Slides
To Be Announced

Woods Classroom
Finding it harder and harder to use your slides in class?  Do you have a collection of old slides that you still use in your class or research project or do you have slides that you can’t use anymore because you have no way to show them?  If that is the case, then think about digitizing them!  FCLD has a professional slide scanner that will scan and digitize them for you.  Have a lot of slides?  The slide scanner can do batches up to 50 slides at a time.  Once your slides are digitized, you can use them in PowerPoint, documents and other files.  The Nikon slide scanner will even eliminate old scratches and touch up that lackluster color that time has wreaked havoc on.  This session will show you the basics on slide scanning.  Afterwards, you are welcome to return the FCLD faculty lab to use the slide scanner anytime we are open.