Fall 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Preparing to Teach Online Series
This fall, 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!