May Professional Development

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

Online Workshops via WebEx

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

Managing Your Gradebook, Finals Edition
Wednesday, May 1st, 10 – 11 am
Wednesday, May 1st, 2 – 3 pm
Thursday, May 2nd, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, May 2nd, 2 – 3 am
Thursday, May 9th, 10 – 11 am

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

Wednesday, May 8th, 10 – 11 am
Thursday, May 30th, 10 – 11 am

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!

Excel: Organizing Your Data
Thursday, May 9th, 2 – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, May 22nd, 10 – 11:30 am

Have data in Excel that is overwhelming? Learn how to organize your data so it can be more manageable. Topics include: importing data from other Excel files and other file types such as CSV and TXT files, text to columns, removing duplication, sorting and custom sorting by multiple columns, filtering, creating subtotals, and copying/moving worksheets within and out of a workbook.

Excel Fundamentals
Tuesday, May 21st, 10 – 11:30 am
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.

Educational Video
Tuesday, May 21st, 2 – 3 pm
In this workshop, you will be introduced to best practices for choosing and creating video resources and implementing them in your course. We will also cover how to ensure that your video content is accessible for all learners.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2 – 3 pm
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.

Moodle Basics
Tuesday, May 28th, 2 – 3:30 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.

PowerPoint Recording
Tuesday, May 28th, 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.

Creating Quizzes in Moodle
Wednesday, May 29th, 2 – 3:30 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.

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.

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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