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August 2017 Professional Development

Workshops brought to you by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education.


Online Workshops via WebEx

To register, go to See below the workshop listings for more details.


Moodle Basics

Tuesday, August 1st, 10 am – 12 pm

Wednesday, August 9th, 10 am – 12 pm

In this workshop, we will cover the breadth of available options within the LMS and demonstrate the basic tools needed for implementing a Moodle course.


Managing your Gradebook

Wednesday, August 2nd, 10 – 11 am

Thursday, August 10th, 10 – 11 am

This workshop will cover the tools and techniques to maintain your Gradebook in Moodle 2.5 effectively.


Video Best Practices

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2 – 3 pm

This workshop will provide an introduction to creating video content for your courses, including best practices for getting started. We will also cover using VIC (Video Integrated Content) to connect these videos with your Moodle shells. VIC is a library that holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. If you want to enrich your classes with videos, this workshop is for you!


Creating Quizzes in Moodle

Thursday, August 3rd, 10 – 11:30 am

This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the features within Moodle 2.5.


Explain Everything

Tuesday, August 8th, 2 – 3 pm

Explain Everything is an application that provides an easy way to record your voice along with handwritten notes.  Animate your drawings and bring in any kind of picture, document, or video that you have previously recorded.  Explain Everything includes a comprehensive set of tools and is easy to use.  It allows you to easily export your work as an .mp4, .pdf, or image file that can be shared within your Moodle courses.  Explain Everything is available for Apple, Android, and Windows devices. In this workshop, we will be showcasing the features of this app on the iPad.



Wednesday, August 9th, 2 – 3 pm

Sway is an online interactive tool integrated into the Office 365 suite. You have seen this tool in action, used in newsletter form for the Tech Toolbox. Now learn how you can use Sway to create presentations, newsletters, and more for you students and courses!


Measurable Objectives

Thursday, August 10th, 2 – 3 pm

Clear learning objectives provide a foundation for a quality course. In this interactive workshop, you will revise or create measureable objectives that provide a roadmap for your activities and assessments.


Moodle Troubleshooter’s Class

Wednesday, August 16th, 10 – 11 am

Thursday, August 17th, 2 – 3 pm

Ever had a question about how to do something in Moodle but were afraid to ask? Can’t figure how to do something in Moodle? This workshop is here for you. This workshop is for people to bring in questions and curiosities about Moodle and have them answered with detail and demonstration. No outline, nothing planned. Just one hour for you to get those bothering Moodle questions answered.


WebEx Basics

Thursday, August 17th, 2 – 3:30 pm

We have combined the basics of WebEx with the scheduling of WebEx sessions into one training. Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.


WebEx Personal Room

Thursday, August 24th, 2 – 3 pm

Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop, we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

To register for courses via WebEx:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Training Center”
  3. Click on the “Upcoming” tab
  4. You will see a list of the sessions with the date and times, click on “Register” next to the one you would like to attend
  5. Complete the registration

You will receive an email confirmation after you have registered with the link you will use to join the session. To cancel your registration, click the link at the bottom of the registration email.


If you have any questions, please contact ECE at 1-800-376-2422 or (318) 357-6355, or via email at

Registrar Related Items

Not Alone

NSU is committed to eliminating sexual misconduct in our community, advocating for students who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment, and respecting the rights of both complainants and respondents.

Northwestern State prohibits discrimination and sexual misconduct on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and coercion. NSU also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This policy includes protection for women, men, and all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

What is Consent?

Consent is a CLEAR, out loud, unambiguous “YES”!
Know that…

  • Consent cannot be given by a person impaired by alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Consent can change at any time during interaction
  • Consent must be without pressure, intimidation, or manipulation
  • Silence is not an indication of consent
  • Past consent of sexual activity does not imply future, on-going consent

It’s On the NSU community

  • to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault
  • to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur
  • to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given
  • to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Take the pledge:

Options for Reporting and Assistance

NSU strongly advocates reporting sex discrimination, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. If a student discloses an incident they will learn options for assistance, such as health and wellbeing counseling, residence and class accommodations, and options for filing complaints or criminal charges. Disclosure to University personnel will not obligate the complainant to file a grievance or criminal charge, nor will it subject the complainant to scrutiny or judgmental opinions.

Reporting Options for Students:

  1. Confidential Disclosure to an NSU Confidential Advisor, click the hyperlink for contact information for Confidential Advisors
  2. Reporting to Title IX Coordinator/Student Advocate, Lori LeBlanc (318) 357-5570, Student Union room 308,
  3. For emergencies, call University Police (318) 357-5431 or 911.
  4. For a 24/7 Confidential Advisor, please call University Police, and they will forward the call.

*Click this hyperlink to view a Comprehensive List of Resources for Natchitoches, Shreveport, Leesville, and Alexandria Campuses

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after an incident is reported and what are the University sanctions for sexual misconduct?

Once an incident is reported, the alleged victim is not obligated to file a grievance with the University or a criminal charge with law enforcement. A confidential advisor, Title IX Coordinator, or student advocate will explain all options to the alleged victim with the goal of ending the sexual violence and harassment, preventing its recurrence, and addressing the effects. Please see University Obligations below for more information regarding accommodations.

NSU has policy and procedure set in place to fairly and quickly address sexual misconduct. Persons found responsible for sexual misconduct may receive sanctions ranging from expulsion to an educational alternative determined on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, the incident may be investigated and adjudicated by the University and local law enforcement simultaneously. For details regarding informal and formal resolutions, investigations, disciplinary actions, and appeals, please see the 2017-18 NSU Sex Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct and Code of Conduct.

How am I protected if I report or act as a witness?

Title IX policy and NSU’s Student Code of Conduct prohibit retaliation. Acts or attempted acts for the purpose of interfering with any report, investigation, or proceeding, or as retribution or revenge against anyone who has reported sexual misconduct, relationship violence, sex discrimination, or who has participated (or is expected to participate) in any manner in an investigation or proceeding under the NSU policy is strictly prohibited. Prohibited retaliatory acts include, but are not limited to, intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination. For purposes of this NSU policy, an attempt requires a substantial step towards committing a violation.

Will others know that I’ve reached out for help?

All reporting of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct is treated as confidential to the greatest extent possible; the privacy of all individuals involved is important to the Northwestern State. In most situations, only individuals involved in the resolution of the situation will have access to the information about the case. If there is a risk of the alleged perpetrator committing additional crimes, if a student is in immediate danger, or if there has been expressed intent to harm others, or other risks such as involvement of a weapon or the age of the students involved, the University may determine that it is necessary to compromise the level of privacy provided.

Will my friends and I get in trouble if we report and we’ve been partying?

Northwestern State provides amnesty–forgiveness of nonviolent student conduct violations, such as underage drinking–for any student reporting sexual misconduct in good faith.

What factors contribute to the likelihood of sexual assault?

Research has shown that alcohol use and sexual violence are associated. Make every effort to watch out for friends and plan interventions to take action if need be–be proactive and do not be a bystander to sexual misconduct. For more information about how you or your student organization can get involved in eliminating sexual misconduct in our community, contact student advocate Lori LeBlanc at (318) 357-5570,, or 308 Student Union.

What if a student discloses to Faculty or Staff?

As a responsible employee per Title IX related law, faculty and staff must report the disclosure to the Title IX Coordinator. Please feel free to call the Title IX Coordinator or Student Advocate for assistance immediately. Additionally, please download this pamphlet to give to the student: NSU: Not Alone—Committed to Advocating for Students Who Have Experienced Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment

What is the role of the Title IX Coordinator?

The Title IX Coordinator ensures schools are compliant with Title IX, oversees educational efforts for students, faculty, and staff, coordinates the investigation and disciplinary process, and looks for patterns or systemic problems with compliance to ensure schools fulfill all their federal obligations.

University Obligations

  • take immediate action to investigate alleged incident
  • take prompt necessary steps to end sexual violence and harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address the effects, whether or not the incident is subject of criminal investigation
  • protect complainant, including taking interim steps prior to the final outcome of the investigation, including but not limited to moving residence halls, moving classes, changing transportation options, issuing “no contact” orders, or any other reasonable accommodation.
  • provide a grievance procedure based on preponderance of evidence standard to resolve complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual violence and harassment
  • notify both parties of outcome of complaint

Leigh Gentry receives National Press Foundation Fellowship

Leigh Gentry (Journalism, ’10) received a National Press Foundation Fellowship to attend “Next Generation 2008: An Introduction to Washington for College Journalists” in Washington, D.C. Only 18 Fellowships were given nationwide. Leigh is the News Editor for The Current Sauce. She will travel to Washington, D. C. in February to meet with other young journalists from across the country.

Paul Shelton receives scholarship to attend Student Leadership Institute for Social Justice

Paul Shelton (Humanities and Social Thought, ’10) received one of two Travel Scholarships awarded by the Louisiana Campus Compact to attend the 2008 Student Leadership Institute for Social Justice, sponsored by Texas Campus Compact. The Institute was lead by David Beaumont Smith, Founder & Executive Director of, a nonprofit dedicated to educating, empowering and energizing young people to increase civic engagement & political participation, and Dr. James Toole, President of Compass Institute and Teaching and Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work and College of Education & Human Development.

Krysta Engel selected for International Student Volunteer Program

Krysta Engel (Scientific Inquiry ’10) was chosen as an 2007 International Student Volunteer for a summer volunteer program in New Zealand. Krysta assists in building projects or ecological programs during the four weeks she spends in New Zealand this summer.