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Educational Technology Tools

We offer workshops and training sessions to get you started with Educational Technology tools including Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, Lecture Recording, and NearPod. The Timely Educational Technology Training series offers weekly opportunities for questions or hands-on assistance.

    Timely Tech Trainings: NearPod
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 11/29/2017
    Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)
    This session will explore NearPod, an Audience Response System that allows you to easily upload an existing PowerPoint presentation and add activities slides (polls, quizzes, drawings). The presenter dashboard is web-based and no special software needs to be installed.

    Timely Tech Trainings: Collaborate
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 11/29/2017
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)

    Collaborate is Blackboard’s virtual learning environment for courses, office hours, or conference calls. With a variety of audio and video communication tools, faculty and learners easily can join a session from almost any device with a wireless connection. Learn how to share content, demo an application or collaborate in real-time. Faculty can also establish virtual breakout rooms for learners to engage in small groups.

    Timely Tech Trainings: iCE (interactive Curricula Experience)
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 11/29/2017
    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Location: Scott 405
    (Register for this workshop)

    A web-based platform and iPad app, iCE delivers faculty-generated content directly to students’ iPads, laptops or desktops for a connected learning experience. 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.

    Timely Tech Trainings: Blackboard Learn
    Instructor: Edward Everett
    Date: 11/29/2017
    Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Location: Scott 405
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    Blackboard Learn is the course management system of the entire Jefferson campus. Explore the basic tools used to build a course in Blackboard Learn. This session is recommended for all faculty and organizational leaders new to Blackboard.

    Getting the Most from Course Templates with Blackboard Learn’
    Instructors: Juan Leon, PhD; Kathleen Day, MS; Mary Gozza-Cohen, PhD
    Date: 2/27/2018
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00am
    Location: SML 200A
    (Register for this workshop)

    The use of design patterns or ‘templates’ for course development promotes adoption of good instructional practices while contributing to administrative efficiency at both the course and program level. As implemented by Blackboard Learn, course design templates provide course authors with a range of effective course structures upon which to build, and templates frequently offer a variety of ‘prefabricated’ course components to which course content is easily added.

    In this session experienced designers and users of Blackboard templates from across the University will share examples of how templates are currently being applied to accomplish a range of purposes. Together with these examples, instructors will reflect on the qualities of effective templates and their uses for online, hybrid, and classroom based courses. The special value of templates for supporting targeted initiatives, such as faculty support and development or the presentation of high-priority resources to students, will also be discussed.

    An important outcome of these presentations will be to highlight the pedagogical and policy implications inherent in the adoption and design of templates. A second major goal of the session is to paint a realistic picture of how templates are adopted, designed, and implemented. The adoption process may involve multiple stakeholders (faculty, students, administrators, support staff), and template design work should proceed methodically.
    Instructors will explain how ‘the cake gets baked’ in programs that have adopted template use, and will list key points to consider when adopting template-based course design.

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

    • Weigh the benefits and challenges of adopting template-based course design with Blackboard Learn
    • Explain quality criteria for course design templates and list the “must have” items for templates of various kinds
    • Develop an action plan for template development that supports student learning, faculty buy-in, and long-term administrative efficiencies.