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Learning Opportunities

Training Workshops

Information & Technology Services staff offers a number of workshops for teaching and learning with technology on topics such as:

  • Blended Learning
  • Flipping the Classroom
  • Engaging Students
  • Sakai Learning Management System

  • Clickers
  • Google Apps
  • Microsoft Office
  • And more… !

Spring 2015 Workshops

For a complete listing of workshops and their descriptions, see the list below and don’t forget to reserve your seat via the Workshop Registration page; you’ll receive an email confirmation and the workshop will be added to your Google Calendar.

February Workshops

RegisterFlipping vs. Blending: Course Design Options
2/18/2015 at 9:15 AM — Library 331
This workshop will introduce faculty to two course design options – flipped courses and blended courses. We will explore the differences between the two approaches, as well as why and how to use these strategies.

RegisterMeeting the Millennials Midway: Strategies for Teaching the ‘Selfie’ Generation
2/18/2015 at 3:45 PM — AUC 133
Presented by Chris Hansvick, Psychology Department.

RegisterEngaging Students Outside the Classroom with Google Blogger
2/24/2015 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Blogger offers an easy way to collaborate, discuss, and share information and ideas with others. Learn to create posts, add images and videos, customize your layout, set your site privacy and permissions, and follow other blogs. Get ideas for engaging students outside the classroom.

RegisterARTS/Advising Workshop: Providing All Students with Registration Access Codes
2/24/2015 at 1:45 PM — AUC CK East

RegisterRecording Weekly Videos with iMovie
2/25/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library Design Lab
iMovie provides a simple solution for creating weekly videos for your course. In this workshop we will focus on recording a FaceTime video, basic editing skills, and how to share your videos with colleagues and students.

RegisterSakai Lessons Tool
2/26/2015 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
The Sakai Lessons Tool allows instructors to present course content in a structured way to guide students through their learning tasks. Using the Lessons tool, you can organize resources, assessments, forums, and media into a topical (rather than tool) structure so that students don’t need to navigate to different tools. This hands-on workshop will provide a quick-start for developing course pages with the Lessons Tool.

Register“Don’t Stand So Close To Me”: Women Faculty and Student Boundaries
2/27/2015 at 1:00 PM — AUC 201
Jen Smith (Women’s Center), Agnes Choi (Religion), Mary Ellard-Ivey (Biology), Lisa Marcus (English), Elisabeth Esmiol (Marriage and Family Therapy), Michelle Ceynar (Psychology).

March Workshops

RegisterInstructional Uses of Google Docs/Drive
3/5/2015 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Google Docs and Drive provide a collaborative tool kit for instructional activities and tasks. Get a quick overview of the tools along with faculty demos of how they’ve applied them in their courses.

RegisterCreating Dynamic Presentations with Powerpoint
3/6/2015 at 10:00 AM — Library 331
Get a hands-on overview of creating dynamic presentations. Understand key elements of presentation planning and design. Learn to work with objects, images, layouts, and designs. Make your presentations dynamic with slide transitions and custom animations of text and objects.

RegisterCreating Google Surveys and Forms
3/10/2015 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Need to put up an online form to collect data or run a survey? This workshop will provide an overview of Google Forms and Spreadsheets for creating basic surveys and collecting data online.

RegisterEasy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
3/11/2015 at 10:30 AM — Library 331
This workshop will explore several easy universal design strategies for making course content more accessible. Hands-on activities will include improving accessibility of Word files, Powerpoint files, and YouTube videos.

RegisterInventory Management in Excel
3/11/2015 at 11:00 AM — LIC – B

RegisterFormative Assessments – Letting the CAT Drive
3/12/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
CATs, or Classroom Assessment Techniques, are whole-class, formative assessments that quickly gauge student learning progress. CATs can drive decisions about how to proceed with lectures and activities. This session will include a discussion of electronic CATs, including clickers, online polling, and Twitter. You’re welcome to bring your lunch to the workshop!

RegisterEngaging Your Audience with Prezi
3/13/2015 at 9:00 AM — Library 331
Interested in taking your presentations beyond Powerpoint? Learn to use Prezi to add motion and organizational structure to engage your audience. Review exemplary Prezis and create your own Prezi presentations, zooming in around your topics and graphics, without making your audience seasick.

RegisterIntroduction to Mac OS
3/18/2015 at 10:00 AM — LIC – B
Get an overview of the features of the most recent Mac OS and learn a few tips and tricks as well. Excellent for people that are relatively new to the Mac OS environment.

RegisterExploring Equipment for Checkout
3/18/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Instructional Technologies and Classroom and Event Technologies offers a multitude of checkout equipment for your content creation needs. In this workshop, we will present and demonstrate equipment such as laptops, iPads, and video cameras.

April Workshops

RegisterBasic Photo Editing with Photoshop
4/2/2015 at 10:30 AM — Library Design Lab
This workshop will focus on basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop.

RegisterUsing Instructional Video in Your Course
4/7/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Instructional video is becoming a popular solution for a variety of course needs. This workshop will discuss several uses for instructional video and how to get started making videos.

RegisterReaching Out Through Web Conferencing
4/9/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Web conferencing provides faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to make connections and collaborate despite distance. This workshop will provide a quick overview of two web conferencing tools (Google Hangouts and Fuze Meeting) along with best practices for making web conferences successful.

RegisterMicrosoft Excel 2010
4/15/2015 at 2:00 PM — LIC – B
Go beyond the basics of Excel and learn new features of the program that can help you to better organize and present your data. Topics will include creating running totals, using pivot tables and utilizing IF statements in your formulas. Previous experience working with Excel is required.

RegisterBaby Steps to Blended Learning
4/22/2015 at 9:15 AM — Library 331
Integrating engaging, technology-enhanced activities into your instruction doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you are interested in blending your instruction with online components, join us for this workshop to discuss some simple steps you can take to explore the strategy.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
4/23/2015 at 1:00 PM — LIC – B
Learn about backup solutions at PLU including Netstor and Google Drive and best practices for storing your sensitive data. Topics will include data encryption options, appropriate use of cloud storage, and types of data that may need additional security.

May Workshops

RegisterTake Your Course from Good to Great with a Quality Review
5/5/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
What are the elements of a well-designed course? This workshop will examine how to review one’s own courses and implement improvements in key areas. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the workshop!


Register for workshops at the online registration form.

Customized Workshops for Classes or Departments

Need a technology workshop for your class to support an assignment or class project? Or does your department want to learn more about a particular technology topic? Instructional Technologies staff are eager to assist by developing focused, customized workshops to meet your pedagogical and instructional technology needs. If you have a particular need for specialized and customized technology workshops for your class or department, contact Layne Nordgren (layne.nordgren@plu.edu, 253-535-7197) and we’ll do our best to meet your specific needs.

Digital Technology Lab Assistance

Want to learn about a particular software program? Need help with a digital technology project? Instructional Technologies provides a digital technology lab with computers and software for digital editing projects… and expert staff and student workers to assist you with learning the technology. The Digital Design Lab is located on the first floor of the Library near the Help Desk.

One-on-One Consultations

Instructional Technologies staff are available for one-on-one consultation and assistance with your digital media projects. Based on user needs, we will help you identify resources, content, and work flows to assist in the production process. If you are considering integrating technology into a course, our staff are available to assist with the process and provide training in technologies. For more extensive projects we can develop a specialized project team to assist with meeting your goals. To schedule a consultation contact itech@plu.edu.