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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...!

Fall 2014 Workshops

For a complete listing of fall 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

Friday, September 12, 12:30PM–2:00 PM
Getting Started with SakaiRegister
Layne Nordgren and Sean Horner, Instructional Technologies
Use the Sakai learning management system to quickly setup a course web site. Hands-on activities will include developing a syllabus, adding announcements, creating discussion groups, and posting Office documents. Intended for faculty and staff.

Tuesday, September 16, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Flipping vs Blending: Course Design OptionsRegister
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 flipped and blended designs. Bring your lunch, your ideas, and your questions!

Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 – 12:00 PM
Microsoft Excel 2010Register
Basic terms and functions of Microsoft Excel and hands-on exploration of the Excel 2010 interface. Topics include basic spreadsheet formatting, working with formulas, and sorting options using the updated Excel 2010 interface. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Excel experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Wednesday, September 17, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
The New Sakai Lessons ToolRegister
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.

Thursday, September 18, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Microsoft Word 2010Register
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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Flipping the Classroom: Strategies and TechnologiesRegister
Flipping learning, where students watch lectures online, can help to create a more personalized classroom experience. Join us as we explore different approaches to flipped learning and the technologies that help make them happen.

Wednesday, September 24, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Instructional Uses of Google Docs/DriveRegister
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. 

Thursday, September 25, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Take Your Course from Good to Great with a Quality CheckRegister
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!

Friday, September 26, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Technology Speed DatingRegister
Interested in finding out what technology might be integrated into your courses? Get a quick overview of five different technologies you might incorporate into your pedagogy in this fast-paced speed dating session with faculty showcasing how they use the technologies. Technology dates include: iAnnotate for Paper Grading, Clickers, Smartboards, Screencasting, and Google Apps for Education.

Tuesday, September 30, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Creating Dynamic Presentations with PowerPointRegister
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.

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, October 1, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Engaging Students Outside the Classroom with Google BloggerRegister
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. 

Wednesday, October 2, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Backups and Data Security at PLURegister
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.

Tuesday, October 7, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Easy Steps for Making Your Course Content AccessibleRegister
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.

Wednesday, October 8, 11:30 – 1:00 PM
Six Sigma Data Analysis and Visualization WorkshopRegister
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. Prerequisites: Six Sigma Green Belt and Excel 2010 workshop.

Thursday, October 9, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Collaboration with Google Docs and DriveRegister
Learn to use Google Docs such as Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations for collaboration. Exercises will include collaborative activities using a variety of tools.


Thursday, October 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Record It All: Screencasting with CamtasiaRegister
Have you ever needed to explain a process, demonstrate a software application, or give a presentation? Join us as we explore Camtasia's powerful screen recording software to capture everything on your screen and share with the world!

Friday, October 10, 1:00 – 1:30 PM
Getting Started with ClickersRegister
Get a hands-on, quick-start for using clickers in the classroom.

Friday, October 10, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Enhancing Student Engagement with ClickersRegister
Classroom response systems (clickers) can be used to enhance student engagement and protect anonymity. What are some of the pedagogical best practices for using clickers? And what are some of the key ingredients for using clicker technology successfully? This workshop will explore pedagogical applications of the technology.

Tuesday, October 14, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Wine, Cheese, and AppsRegister
Have a favorite app you'd like to share? Want to learn what apps might be useful in your work and teaching? In this "5 Minutes of App Fame" session, participants will be invited to share their favorite iOS and Android apps over wine and cheese. If you'd like to share an app, please sign up at http://goo.gl/B45eJP 

Wednesday, October 15, 11:00 – 12:00 PM
Microsoft Word 2010Register
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.

Thursday, October 16, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Creating Google Surveys and FormsRegister
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.

Friday, October 17, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Microsoft Excel 2010Register
Basic terms and functions of Microsoft Excel and hands-on exploration of the Excel 2010 interface. Topics include basic spreadsheet formatting, working with formulas, and sorting options using the updated Excel 2010 interface. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Excel experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Tuesday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Recording Weekly VideosRegister
This hands-on workshop will focus on recording, editing, and uploading course-related videos using equipment available for checkout.

Wednesday, October 22, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Engaging Your Audience with PreziRegister
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.

Thursday, October 23, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Creating Quality Assessments and RubricsRegister
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 your lunch and an example of an assessment or rubric you have created!

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Tuesday, November 4, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Tips for Increasing Student EngagementRegister
Students learn more when they are actively involved in their courses, but how do instructors plan for engagement?  This workshop will share research based advice and then open the discussion to attendees to share their experiences. Please bring your lunch and be prepared to participate in the discussion.

Wednesday, November 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Reaching Out Through Web ConferencingRegister
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. 

Thursday, November 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
YouTube in the ClassroomRegister
Mastering YouTube is easier than you might think. Learn how to navigate YouTube and find relevant content. Then see how to  share and embed YouTube videos for seamless integration into your course.

Thursday, November 13, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Facebook in the ClassroomRegister
Do you incorporate student engagement, provide real-world examples, and encourage conversation into your courses? That shouldn't have to end when the bell rings. Join us as we explore uses of Facebook to engage with students and build communities of learners.

Tuesday, November 18, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Fostering Communication Online: Blogs and Discussion ForumsRegister
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.  Keep an eye out for a survey question that will be sent the day before the workshop!

CALENDAR

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.