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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:

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

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

Fall 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.

September Workshops

RegisterFlipping vs. Blending: Course Design Options
9/14/2015 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.

RegisterSakai Lessons Tool
9/17/2015 at 12:30 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.

RegisterEngaging Students Outside the Classroom with Google Blogger
9/18/2015 at 9:00 AM — 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.

RegisterSakai Assignments Tool
9/22/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Learn how to use the Sakai Assignments Tool to create assignments, grade them, use Turnitin and Grademark, and provide feedback to students.

RegisterExploring Equipment for Checkout
9/23/2015 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.

RegisterInstructional Uses of Google Docs/Drive
9/24/2015 at 12:30 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.

RegisterEngaging Your Audience with Prezi
9/29/2015 at 12:30 PM — 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.

RegisterRecording Screencasts
9/30/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Use Screencast-O-Matic to record screencasts for mini-lectures, course tours, tutorials, etc.

October Workshops

RegisterCollaboration with Google Docs and Drive
10/1/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Interested in collaborating with your colleagues using documents, spreadsheets, and forms? This workshop will focus on using the collaborative features of the Google Docs tool set. Exercises will include collaborative activities using Google Docs tools.

RegisterIntroduction to Mac OS
10/6/2015 at 10:00 AM — Library 331
Get an overview of the features of Mac OS and learn a few tips and tricks as well. Excellent for people that are relatively new to the Mac OS environment.

RegisterReaching Out Through Web Conferencing
10/6/2015 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 zoom.us) along with best practices for making web conferences successful.

RegisterMicrosoft Excel 2010 Intermediate
10/7/2015 at 10:00 AM — Library 331
Discover ways to transform workbooks into a set of tools that insure accuracy, consistency and security, Use formula, functions, pivot tables, graphic Use formulas and functions, data analysis, charts and graphs, password and file encryption. Some previous experience working with Excel is recommended, but not required.

RegisterFostering Communication Online: Blogs and Discussion Forums
10/8/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
A key element of student engagement is providing the opportunity for students to reflect on and discuss important ideas. This workshop will provide tips for using blogs and discussion forums online, including facilitation and assessment. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the workshop.

RegisterCreating Google Surveys and Forms
10/13/2015 at 12:30 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.

RegisterMicrosoft Word 2010
10/14/2015 at 11:00 AM — Library 331
Overview of Microsoft Word with an emphasis on the updated design of the Word 2010 interface. Topics include formatting options, using tables, and creating mail merges. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Word experience is helpful, but not necessary.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
10/14/2015 at 3:30 PM — Library 331
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.

RegisterRecording Weekly Videos with iMovie
10/16/2015 at 9:00 AM — Library Digital 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.

RegisterAssessing Class Climate with Electronic Student Feedback Tools
10/20/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
How can you collect feedback from students outside the face-to-face setting and assess learner climate in order to pace content coverage and modify instruction? In this workshop we examine some of the tools that you might use to collect student feedback, respond to questions and concerns, and maintain a presence outside class.

RegisterInventory Management In Excel
10/21/2015 at 10:00 AM — Library 331
Utilize Excel to create a workbook to track and maintain an inventory of items. Use tools such as data validation to create drop-down lists and conditional formatting to identify inventory levels and track your data more efficiently. Some previous experience working with Excel is recommended, but not required.

RegisterBasic Photo Editing with Photoshop
10/22/2015 at 10:00 AM — Library Digital Design Lab
This workshop will focus on basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop.

November Workshops

RegisterCreating Quality Assessments and Rubrics
11/2/2015 at 9:15 AM — Library 331
This workshop will discuss ways to improve the quality of your student assessments. We will explore alternatives to traditional exams, prompt writing, and how to create and use rubrics. Please bring an example of an assessment or rubric you have created!

RegisterEasy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
11/3/2015 at 12:30 PM — 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 Sakai pages, Word files, Powerpoint files, and YouTube videos.

RegisterCreating Dynamic Presentations with Powerpoint
11/12/2015 at 12:30 PM — 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.

RegisterSix Sigma Data Analysis and Visualization Workshop
11/17/2015 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2010 and Google Draw for Six Sigma data analysis and visualization. Excel charts will include making histograms, run-time diagrams, control charts, pareto charts, and correlation scattergrams. Google Draw templates will include process flow charts, conflict clouds, cause-effect diagrams, and IO maps.

December Workshops

RegisterBaby Steps to Blended Learning
12/8/2015 at 12:30 PM — 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. Please feel free to bring your lunch with you to this event!

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.