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CTL Training Sessions

CTL offers live and on-demand training sessions open to all Jefferson faculty, staff and students, in educational technology, information searching skills, and other teaching & learning areas.

Jump to: Blackboard Learn Training | Academic Research and Library Tools | Instructional Technology | Teaching & Learning | Writing for Publication | Online Tutorials


We offer workshops to get you started with Blackboard Learn, the course management system used at Jefferson.

Register for Blackboard Learn workshops.


If you would like to request an Academic Research and Library Tools training session, please contact Dan Kipnis at 215-503-2825 or

Bibliographic Management: Introduction to Mendeley
Mendeley is an online bibliographic management tool that allows users to manage references, read and annotate PDFs, collaborate in groups and network with researchers from all over the world. With over 390 million user documents, over 2 million members and 225,000 research groups the Mendeley tool will continue to grow with their recent purchase by Elsevier.

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Bibliographic Management: Introduction to RefWorks
Stop typing your bibliographies. Sign-up for this workshop to acquaint yourself with how to use RefWorks for the first time. More than 6,400 Jeffersonians use RefWorks, a web-based database and bibliography creation program, available from Scott Library. Learn to create, organize, and access personal databases of bibliographic citations. Save time and let RefWorks format your bibliography for you. We'll show you how to use Refworks to import, export, search, and format citations, and use RefShare to collaborate and share databases with your colleagues.

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Conducting Research with Knowledge-Based Databases, Search Engines and Managing Your Citations with RefWorks 2.0
This 3-hour workshop will cover PubMed, Scopus, Google and Google Scholar and how to use RefWorks 2.0 to manage your citations for publication. This workshop is designed for all Jefferson researchers. We’ll move from introductory concepts to more advanced search techniques. If you need to organize citations and aim to expedite your research output this workshop will help.

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e-books at Jefferson
Learn about trends in scholarly publishing, how to use the growing collection of e-books available from Scott Library and how to integrate e-books into Blackboard Learn.

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Finding Quality Images
The Scott Memorial Library offers many databases that offer images for presentations. Among the collections that will be examined: UpToDate, AccessMedicine, PHDIL, Jefferson Clinical Image Database and open access resources from the National Library of Medicine. Stop wasting time searching Google images and use the many high quality online resources offered by the Scott Memorial Library.

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Grants Information
The Scott Memorial Library Grants Information Service helps faculty to identify research funding opportunities. Develop a strategy to find grants and funding opportunities using tools and services such as Pivot, NIH Guide, and the Jefferson Foundation.

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Introduction to Google Forms
Are you trying to gather feedback from users and want to use email to gather responses? This workshop will introduce Google forms for creating quick and easy online surveys and questionnaires. Build surveys using multiple-choice, text, checkboxes, lists or scales. You will create a form and view how results are displayed. Google forms is part of google docs, the free web-based program that also includes word processing, spreadsheets and presentation templates. This workshop will focus on forms.

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Introduction to OVIDSP
This workshop is designed for all Jeffersonians with little or no experience searching the new MEDLINE database using OVIDSP. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the MEDLINE database structure and content.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • How to access the database
  • Personal accounts and workspace
  • What is MeSH?
  • What is a Scope Note?
  • How does the Explode feature work in OVID?
  • Explode versus Focus
  • How to limit searches
  • How to save, print and email citations
  • Find Similar feature
  • Find Citing Articles feature
  • Find New Citation feature

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Professional PubMed Searching
Learn to search MEDLINE through PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's Entrez search engine. This class focuses on using Linkout (links to over 5,300 full-text SML electronic journals), My NCBI (store and retrieve search strategies and establish search filters), Clipboard, Limit, and History features of PubMed. In addition, learn to set-up collection lists to permanently save lists of citations.

This workshop will cover:

  • Limits
  • Journal browser
  • MeSH browser
  • Single citation matcher
  • Truncation
  • Search field tags
  • Journals Databases
  • Natural language searching
  • Clinical Queries using research methodology filters
  • Creating search filters

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RSS Workshop - Manage your information intake
Are you overwhelmed by the task of keeping up to date? Work smarter and be more productive by using RSS, a Web standard, to consolidate journal table of contents alerts, news headlines, Septa outages and more in one place. In this workshop Jeffersonians will create and customize their own Newsblur account.

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Systematic Reviews
The librarians at Scott Library are available to guide you through the process of developing a Systematic Review of the literature. Due to the limited size of this group they do not perform searches, but can consult with you on the following:

  • Development of an effective research question
  • Discuss search term selection
  • Recommend databases to include in the search
  • Review your search strategies
  • Provide instruction on advanced database searching techniques
  • Provide instruction on the use of citation management software (creating RefWorks databases, etc.) for organizing retrieved references
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Take Advantage of the Jefferson Digital Commons for Shameless Self-Promotion
It's a win-win academic opportunity--promote your Jefferson research and publishing efforts to the world by participating in the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC). The JDC increases your visibility. With over 7,700 different archived full-text resources including academic articles, posters, preprints, videos, images, teaching materials and newsletters you get permanent public space for all types of files AND your work is indexed by search engines like Google. Receive monthly alerts notifying you how many times your works have been downloaded. Create a faculty researcher page. Use the JDC as a university press and publish your department newsletters or create a new journal. Learn how the JDC complements Xythos and the Faculty Interests Database. The JDC is free to all Jeffersonians.

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Twitter for Beginners
Politicians, celebrities, educators and organizations are tweeting. Join us to learn about Twitter. You will create an account, learn to tweet, Twitter etiquette, and how tweeting can help strengthen your course, organization, or department community. Follow [Scott Memorial Library]

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Using Scopus & Internet Search Engines Effectively
Tired of getting millions of results when you search Google? Novice users enter their search topic into the default search engine of choice (usually Google). But, did you know that you can significantly increase the chances you'll find what you're looking for by knowing some of tricks of the searching trade? Your librarians will show you how to change your simple searches to successful power searches. This workshop will also discuss Google Scholar and citation analysis.

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If you would like to request a Instructional Technology training session, please contact Kathy Day at 215-503-4991 or

Adobe Acrobat Basics
Use Adobe Acrobat to create interactive teaching materials by assembling PowerPoint presentations, existing PDFs, web pages, photos and illustrations into a single Acrobat file.

Topics include:

  • converting to PDF
  • editing PDFs
  • adding interactivity including bookmarks, links, buttons and media clips

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Adobe Acrobat: Forms
Need an evaluation tool or a registration form? Learn to convert your MS Word document into a digital form that can be emailed or posted on the web.

In this workshop you will:

  • complete a form in MS Word
  • convert the form to an Adobe acrobat file
  • insert text fields, check boxes, radio buttons, select menus, list boxes
  • save and distribute the form
  • compile completed forms

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Adobe Captivate
Captivate's import features allow you to capture your PPT slides and add audio to prepare a fully-narrated lecture that can be posted to Blackboard.

The instructor will demonstrate how to:

  • prepare your PPT slides for import into Captivate
  • import a PPT presentation
  • add and edit narration
  • publish your presentation for both the web (SWF) or as an MP3 file
Note: If you already own a copy of Captivate, bring your laptop for a hands-on experience.

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ExamSoft Basics
ExamSoft is a web-based solution that supports the entire testing process including exam creation, administration, secure delivery, scoring, and analysis. This workshop focuses on the mechanics of creating and posting exams. It is essential for anyone using the product including Administrative Assistants, Faculty and Course Coordinators.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the interface
  • Adding/Importing questions
  • Creating and posting exams

How to Integrate Self-Regulated Learning into Your Courses (Webinar)
After participating in How to Integrate Self-Regulated Learning into Your Courses, you will know exactly what self-regulated learning is as well as the stages of the learning process it addresses. You will also be able to:

  • Select, adapt, and design activities and assignments that will enhance your students’ self-regulated learning skills
  • Incorporate these activities and assignments into appropriate course components such as readings, written assignments, and exams
  • Explain how and why these activities and assignments increase student learning, strengthen students’ problem-solving skills, improve students’ exam performance, enhance the quality of student work, and reduce student overconfidence

Instructor: Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D. Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, Clemson University

Improving Assessment with ExamSoft
ExamSoft is not just a secure delivery solution—it has the potential to improve teaching and learning exponentially! This workshop, which focuses on the feedback and analysis features of ExamSoft, is essential for item writers, course faculty, and administration.

Topics include:

  • Student Feedback reports
  • Self-directed learning
  • Early advising/remediation
  • Item analysis
  • Curricular goals and objectives

Introducing iCE (Interactive Curricula Experience) to Your Course
The Center for Teaching & Learning presents iCE: interactive Curricula Experience Platform & App. A web-based platform and iPad app, iCE delivers faculty-generated content directly to students’ iPads, laptops or desktops for a connected learning experience.

Making use of shared resources, the iCE Builder allows faculty to package multiple learning Objects for direct distribution to students' devices. The iCE App's display helps students and faculty connect learning Objects to topics and Topics to Modules. These course building blocks (Objects, Topics and Modules), and the iCE search engine, also assist learners to make connections.

This new learning initiative makes collaboration and active learning much more accessible to the Jefferson community and may help inspire different approaches to teaching and learning across the university.

Faculty wishing to learn more or to adopt this interactive technology for storing, sharing and organizing instructional content must attend one of the iCE workshops.
The workshop introduces the iCE Builder interface and student app, so faculty may begin building a course in iCE.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Develop content beginning with Objects (images, video or other course artifacts)
  • Organize Objects into Topics
  • Create Modules for courses using both self-developed content and shared content
  • Learn the steps to incorporate iCE into your course

Nearpod Audience Response System
Nearpod is the CTL’s new audience response system that allows instructors to share content and assessments in real time with students using their personal and mobile devices. Push quizzes, polls, videos, web links, slide shows, and homework to your students easily in a manner and appealing multi-media platform that keeps students engaged and active.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Create a Nearpod slideshow
  • Add activity slides such as Quizzes/Polls
  • Collect and analyze Nearpod data
  • Deploy a Nearpod for synchronous (live) or asynchronous (homework) sessions

Peer and Self Assessments
Peer assessment is a powerful way to engage students in the assessment process. It encourages students to learn from one another. It is particularly useful in small groups as it encourages students to think about their contribution to the group and gain deeper understanding of assessment criteria and learning outcomes. Students become better team players.

Workshop participants will be encouraged to share experiences, opinions and ideas about peer evaluation. This workshop is suitable for instructors who are new to peer assessment as well as those who are experienced with this form of assessment.

Topics Include:

  • Different ways to conduct self and peer assessment
  • Assessing self and peer assessment
  • Why and when conduct self and peer assessment
  • Self and peer assessment in small group settings
  • Rubrics (assessment criteria) for self and peer evaluation
  • LMS Software that supports self and peer assessment

Want to create a digital image collection for teaching and publishing? This hands-on workshop covers each step of the process - from digitizing images to managing files for all possible output types. We'll use Adobe Photoshop on the Windows operating system.

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Prezi is a popular cloud-based presentation software. This hands-on workshop teaches participants how to make engaging and effective presentations using Prezi. It will also inform participants about TJU’s privacy and confidentiality policy concerning the use of such cloud-based software. Session notes will be available. This workshop is suitable for both faculty and administrative staff.

Topics include:

  • Establishing a “student & teacher” account
  • Prezi privacy settings
  • Creating a presentation, including the following features:
    o Canvas, templates, paths and frames
    o Adding, deleting, moving frames
    o Adding, deleting and changing paths
  • Saving and sharing a Prezi online and in PDF
  • Collaborating with co-presenters in making Prezis (if there is time and interest)
  • Downloading a Prezi Presentation

Student Electronic Portfolios
Electronic Portfolios have gained prominence in higher education, more and more programs require students to put together a portfolio as partial fulfillment of criteria for graduation. Student portfolios have been used in program planning, student assessment, career planning, and accreditation processes. It is important to gain a better understanding of e-Portfolios; their uses, challenges and potentials.

Workshop participants will be encouraged to share experiences, opinions and ideas about the usefulness and value of student electronic portfolios. This workshop is suitable for people interested in e-Portfolios with or without experience in this area.

Topics include:

  • Why use student e-Portfolios - current state of the practice and future potential)
  • Different types of e-Portfolios - student, teaching and institutional
  • Integrating student e-Portfolios in the curriculum - artifacts and reflections
  • E-Portfolio templates – artifacts list and reflections
  • E-Portfolio software
  • Implementing e-Portfolios and challenges
  • Long term sustainability of e-Portfolio adoption

Survey Research
This workshop will focus on survey data collection. We will discuss question bias: how word choice can influence respondents’ answers. We will identify bias and develop ways to avoid using bias in survey questions. Additionally, we will discuss how to determine which scale is appropriate for different question stems, and when open-ended questions are appropriate. Finally, participants will learn some features of Survey Monkey to create professional-looking surveys.


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Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial
Learn how to get to the heart of an article, determine if it's useful and apply it to patient care.

Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines
This workshop will provide basic information about copyright and guidelines for classroom use of published materials. Fair use doctrine and its application in a university setting will also be addressed.