February Professional Development

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

Online Workshops via WebEx

To register, go to nsula.webex.com. Attendees are encouraged to have a working microphone to fully benefit from the sessions. See below the workshop listings for more details.

Communicating in Moodle
Tuesday, February 5th, 10 – 11 am
Wednesday, February 6th, 10 – 11 am

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to use various forms of communication (forums, announcements, and QuickMail) and when to use them. This will help you incorporate student interaction within your courses.

PowerPoint Recording
Tuesday, February 5th, 2 – 3 pm
Would you like an easy (and free) tool to make your lecture presentations more engaging to your students? PowerPoint is now equipped with valuable tools to record lectures, and add video and interactive content, such as quiz questions or web sites, to any presentation. In this workshop, you will learn how to record using PowerPoint.

Accessible Video Content
Wednesday, February 6th, 2 – 3 pm
This workshop provides you with the tools to ensure that your videos are accessible to all students. Caption videos through Stream and VIC, and learn what to look for when adding third party videos to your courses.

Sharing Content in Moodle
Monday, February 11th, 10 – 11 am
Tuesday, February 12th, 10 – 11 am
Tuesday, February 12th, 2 – 3 pm
Wednesday February 13th, 10 – 11 am
Wednesday February 13th, 2 – 3 pm

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to link and share videos and files stored in VIC, Microsoft Stream, and OneDrive to your Moodle Courses. We will show you how to share content effectively and efficiently in your courses.

PowerPoint Fundamentals
Wednesday, February 13th, 2 – 3 pm
Tuesday, February 26th, 2 – 3 pm

PowerPoint has been an ever-present element in education, and has grown into a valuable tool for engaging students. Learn how to design your presentations, add audio and animation, and more. This class will revolve around what the attendees want to see, so bring your questions and ideas!

Assessment & Measurement in an Online Course
Tuesday, February 19th, 10 – 11 am
In this workshop, which is part of the Master Course Creator series, we will discuss the importance of alignment between your objectives and your activities and assessments. We explain how to ensure alignment of assessments with course and module objectives. To earn the badge for the workshop, you will complete an assignment that shows your ability to create effective assessments that demonstrate the skills that you are teaching.

Accessible Documents
Thursday, February 21st, 10 – 11 am
Creating courses with accessibility in mind prevents urgent adjustments later. Accessibility has also become a required element of a course reviewed using the Quality Matter standards. Join us in this workshop and you will learn how to create accessible documents in Word and Adobe Acrobat. We will also cover some accessible elements within Moodle.

Excel Basics
Thursday, February 21st, 2 – 3 pm
This workshop is an introduction to Excel components. Learn about creating and navigating worksheets, entering text, dates and numbers, selecting cells, entering formulas, and much more.

Moodle Gradebook, Mid-Term Editione
Monday, February 25th, 10 – 11 am
Tuesday, February 26th, 10 – 11 am
Wednesday, February 27th, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, February 28th, 10 – 11 am

We have reached the middle of the semester and you need your gradebook ready for your 10-week grades to be posted. Learn how to make sure your gradebook is calculating your 10-week grades correctly and be able to export a copy when your grades are finished.

Thursday, February 28th, 10 – 11 am
Are you looking for a new tool to help engage your learners in class? Flipgrid is an online discussion forum application, free to educators, that allows students to record video responses to discussion prompts. These video discussions can be embedded within your Moodle class and offer an alternative to written discussion posts. Join us as we demonstrate how to set up Grids and share them in Moodle course shells. For more information about FlipGrid and to view a sample Grid, refer to the July 2018 Tech Toolbox.

To register for courses via WebEx:
1. Go to nsula.webex.com
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.

Use our Feedback Form to submit questions, comments, workshop requests, or to set up a one-on-one consultation. We look forward to connecting with you!

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