Past Events

06/16/14

Overview of Turning Technologies Clicker System

Classroom response technologies, often called "clickers," consist of hardware and software that can be used to facilitate interaction through polling, collecting student responses, and providing aggregated feedback. Clickers can also be used to administer tests and take attendance. The University of North Florida has selected Turning Technologies as the university’s next student response (clicker) system. Implementation will begin Fall 2014.  This workshop introduces participants to the Turning Technologies clicker system and explores effective instructional practices for using the technology to enhance learning in the classroom.  For more information, please visit: http://www.unf.edu/cirt/edtech/clickers/Clickers.aspx

Session Recording

 

05/07/14

New Media Consortium Webinar - Natural User Interfaces 

The Blackboard Retention Center offers tools that assist instructors with monitoring and engaging students who fall below performance criteria (course log in, grades, activity level, due dates) in a course. This is especially useful in online courses. Instructors set these criteria and the Retention Center identifies students and allows the instructor to communicate via email to alert students and offer support resources. In this online workshop we discuss best practices for use and demonstrate tool functionality. 

 

04/22/14

The Flipped Approach to Online Teaching and Learning - Webinar

Flipping a classroom is a pedagogical approach that enables instructors to create student-centered learning environments by changing when and how certain activities happen. It’s an approach that’s received a lot of attention of late, but most of the conversations have only focused on the face-to-face classroom experience where students participate in activities during class time and watch videos as homework. What if you teach in an online environment without traditional “class time”? Can you still integrate flipped strategies? Yes, you can. In  The FlippedApproach to Online Teaching and Learning  you will analyze current models for the flipped class and explore how to expand and adapt these models to include online learning environments.

View Webinar Handouts

 

04/11/14

 Flipping the Classroom Series - Creating Pre-class Content for the Flipped Classroom 

As a follow up to the 3 Easy Ways to Start Flipping Your Class workshop, this series provides an in-depth focus on the key elements of a successful flip. Key to the success of flipped models is that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class. This exposure allows for lower levels of cognitive work (gaining knowledge and comprehension) to occur prior to class and allows for focus on higher forms of cognitive work (application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation) in class, with the support of peers and instructor. First exposure can use a variety of materials, from textbook readings to lecture videos or screencasts. This session focuses on best practices for the selection or creation of pre-class content, with a particular emphasis on use of video tools, including mini-lecture and screencasts.

View Creating Pre-class Content for the Flipped Classroom PowerPoint

View Creating Pre-class content  for the Flipped Classroom Handout

View Creating Pre-class Content for the Flipped Classroom: Generating Video Walkthroughs - Thomas J. Mullen 

 

03/28/14

Flipping the Classroom Series - Developing in class activities focused on high-level cognitive skills

As a follow up to the 3 Easy Ways to Start Flipping Your Class workshop, this series provides an in-depth focus on the key elements of a successful flip. The real power of the flipped models is the active work that happens in the classroom, focused on higher forms of cognitive work (application, analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation) in class, with the support of peers and instructor and opportunities for feedback.  These activities vary depending on discipline and learning goals, and may include discussion, debate, data analysis, group work, or peer instruction. The key is that students are deepening their understanding and increasing their skills at using new knowledge. In this session a variety of activities are discussed along with best practices for classroom facilitation.

View Class Activities to Start Flipping the Classroom

View Flipping the Classroom - Developing in-class Activities Focused on High-level Cognitive Skills

View Using Class Time Differently

View Activities that Simultaneously/Engage Students and Gauge their Learning

 

03/14/14

Flipping the Classroom Series - Activities to Incentivize Preparation for the Flipped Classroom

 As a follow up to the 3 Easy Ways to Start Flipping Your Class workshop, this series provides an in-depth focus on the key elements of a successful flip. This session focuses on developing tasks for students to complete prior to class related to the new material.  These tasks act to incentivize preparation so that students will be prepared to participate in activities focused on higher levels of cognition during class time. Quizzes, worksheets, and short writing assignments can all be effective to incentivize preparation. These assignments also provide an opportunity to assess learning and provide feedback. Examples of activities and tools for creation are demonstrated and discussed.

View Incentivizing Preparation in the Flipped Classroom Handout

View Flipped Classroom: Incentivizing Preparation PowerPoint

 

03/11/14

Remote Proctor NOW Information Session

Remote Proctor NOW is a proctoring service for distance learning students taking exams online. Proctors authenticate student identity and monitors student activity via webcam and computer screen. The cost is $10 per test and can be paid at the time of the test by the student. Stop by during virtual office hours or come to a live session.

 

03/05/14

New Media Consortium Webinar - Games and Gamification

While a growing number of educational institutions and programs are experimenting with game-play, there has also been increased attention surrounding gamification — the integration of gaming elements, mechanics, and frameworks into non-game situations and scenarios. Businesses have embraced gamification as a way to design incentive programs that engage employees through rewards, leader boards, and badges, often with a mobile component. Although more nascent than in military or industry settings, the gamification of education is gaining support among educators who recognize that effectively designed games can stimulate large gains in productivity and creativity among learners.

View the Games and Gamification Webinar

 

02/05/14

Technology Petting Zoo 

Wondering about tablets? Get your questions answered at this casual training! Tablets are growing in popularity and becoming widely available. For the purpose of providing an opportunity for faculty to explore and get hands-on with these devices, CIRT will be hosting a Technology Petting Zoo. Come explore the different devices you can check-out  from us and discuss instructional, research, and personal productivity applications with CIRT staff. Our collection includes the following devices:

 

  •  iPad 
  •  iPad mini 
  •  Kindle Fire 
  •  Microsoft Surface Pro
  •  Google Nexus 7 

02/05/14

New Media Consortium Webinar - Social Networks 

Join CIRT Staff, the NMC and their panel of Social Networks thought leaders for this thought-provoking webinar. Panel includes Steve Hargadon, Jared Bendis, Miriam Newcome, and Julene Reed .

Today’s web users are prolific creators of content, and they upload photographs, audio, and video to cloud-based social networks such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and many others by the billions. While the initial emphasis of social networks was placed on producing and uploading media to these popular sharing sites, as the notion of social media has evolved it has ultimately become more about the conversations started and relationships formed via this media. For educational institutions, social media enables two-way dialogues between students, prospective students, educators, and the institution that are less formal than with other media.

View the Social Networks Webinar

 

01/28/14

Boosting Student Engagement using the Blackboard Retention Center

The Blackboard Retention Center offers tools that assist instructors with monitoring and engaging students who fall below performance criteria (course log in, grades, activity level, due dates) in a course. This is especially useful in online courses. Instructors set these criteria and the Retention Center identifies students and allows the instructor to communicate via email to alert students and offer support resources. In this online workshop we discuss best practices for use and demonstrate tool functionality.

View the Blackboard Collaborate link

Examples of Early Warning and other emails to students

 

01/08/14

New Media Consortium Webinar - BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

What does BYOD look like across different learning environments? Why is BYOD important for teaching and learning? What are the challenges in implementing and managing BYOD initiatives? What does the future of BYOD look like? Join us for this online webinar to learn about BYOD initiatives, followed by local discussion about implications for our campus. 

 

12/4/13

3 Easy Ways to Start Flipping Your Class

The Flipped Classroom model shifts instructional activities to outside the classroom and focuses classroom time on more active strategies such as discussion,  group activities, and peer instruction. In this workshop we discuss the underlying theoretical base, simple strategies for getting started, and existing tools at UNF to support those efforts.

View the PowerPoint Presentation

 

11/26/13

Blackboard Upgrade- Learn More About What's Better (online demo)

In this online session, participants will learn about the new features available in Blackboard SP 13 after December 19th. The demonstration will include an overview of new test options, survey options, content editor for math formulas, and new discussion board options. 

View the Blackboard Collaborate link 

 

10/04/13

Campus Dialogue about Distance Teaching & Learning

Join the conversation about distance learning at UNF. This working session will include brief presentations of current trends and research related to online learning, interspersed with facilitated group activities and discussion. The goal of the session is to explore the challenges and opportunities of online learning for UNF. The session will be facilitated by Dr. Tanya Joosten, Senior Fellow with Eduventures and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Youme Yai, Analyst with Eduventures.

 

10/02/13

UNF Innovation Symposium

The Academic Technology Innovation Symposium highlights innovative practices by UNF faculty and offers a forum for interactive learning and thought-provoking discussion on current use and the potential for academic technology to support teaching, learning, and research.

View the UNF Innovation Symposium 2013 website

 

09/24/13

Blackboard Testing with Respondus  

 During this online workshop, learn how to import exam questions from publisher test banks and Word documents, create new assessments and question pools in Respondus and publish to Blackboard from Respondus.

 

09/12/13

Student Assessment in Blackboard

Join the Center for Instruction and Research Technology for a discussion of using Blackboard as a tool for student assessment. Participants discuss strategies for online assessment development and administration, minimizing cheating during online assessments, assessment of project-based learning, collecting and assessing assignments online and evaluating student work using rubrics.

 

09/10/13

Blackboard Learn Interactive Tools

Learn the basics of Blackboard Learn Interactive Tools these include; Blackboard Blogs, Wikis, and Journals. This online session will provide an overview of the new tools and features Blackboard Learn Interactive tools have to offer. 

 

 

08/21/13, 09/03/13

Blackboard 101 for Instructors

This hands-on workshop is designed for instructors teaching term-based courses that will utilize Blackboard. The session provides the basics of setting up and customizing courses, creating and managing content, and using course tools such as e-mail and announcements to communicate with students. Best practices for effective instruction are addressed throughout.    

 

05/21/2013 & 08/22/13

Advanced ShareStream Tools for Blackboard

ShareStream is the university’s new Digital Asset Management system. It is an easy to use tool that allows instructors to upload and deliver audio and video to their students through Blackboard with a YouTube style interface.  In this session faculty will learn how to use the ShareStream MediaManager tool to manage the media in their Blackboard course. This includes creating folder in Pick-N-Play, changing the order media is displayed in a course, and creating podcast feeds.  We will also cover ShareStream MediaMigrator to process batches of videos.

View the Blackboard Collaborate link

 

05/21/2013

Creating Quality Online Discussion

In this session, participants learn about the benefits of online discussion and will explore example discussions and grading rubrics. The major topics covered in the session include: development of discussion questions, defining expectations of participation, assessing discussion participation, and logistical issues such as grouping students and encouraging participation.

Prezi: Creating Online Discussions

Discussion Handout

 

05/10/2013, 05/13/2013, 06/20/2013, 08/20/2013 & 10/11/13

Introduction to Sharestream for Blackboard 

ShareStream is the university’s new Digital Asset Management system. It is an easy to use tool that allows instructors to upload and deliver audio and video to their students through Blackboard with a YouTube style interface. In this hands-on session faculty will learn how to setup ShareStream and use it to deliver media to student in a number of different ways. Faculty will also learn how use ShareStream to collect and grade student media.

View the Blackboard Collaborate link

 

05/03/2013, 05/02/2013 & 04/23/2013

Blackboard Upgrade- Learn More About What's Better (hands-on session)
In this hands-on session, participants will delve deeper into the new features available in Blackboard SP 10+ after May 5. These include improvements to the course and content creation process, a new profile option, a modern calendar, mobile options for Blackboard Collaborate, and several enhancements to the Evaluation and Assessment tools.

Blackboard New Features

 

05/01/2013 & 04/22/2013

Blackboard Upgrade- Learn More About What's Better (online demo)

In this online session, participants will learn about the new features available in Blackboard SP 10+ after May 5. The demonstration will include new navigation and social tools, additional options for course and content creation, and many new features for grading and monitoring student activity.

 

08/19/13 & 04/12/2013

Blackboard Learn SP11- What's New?
During this session, participants learn about the new tools and interface coming when Blackboard is upgraded to SP11 in May.

 View the Blackboard Collaborate link

 

 

04/10/2013 & 2/10/12

iOS Users Social

In this informal session, co-sponsored by CIRT & ITS, staff will lead discussion about the latest tablet hardware, including  the iPad mini, Google's Nexus 7, and the Surface Pro. We expect to have demo models on hand. App demos will include Script Calculator, Index Cards, and Doodlecast Pro. Time is reserved for participants to discuss the state of the iOS and share app favorites and strategies.

 iOS Users Social Agenda 

 

04/05/2013
Online Assessments, Part IV: Improve Student Learning with Authentic Assessments
In this online workshop, participants will learn about the pedagogical value of authentic assessments, learn about Blackboard tools to assist in the development of these assessments, and see examples of tools to measure student learning.

 

03/29/2013

 Online Assessments, Part III: Improve Student Learning with Summative Assessments

In this online workshop, participants learn about the pedagogical value of summative assessments, learn to identify different types of tools and methods for obtaining information about what students have learned, and see examples of effective feedback to improve student learning. Strategies for implementing this type of assessment in Blackboard are also discussed.

 
03/08/2013 & 11/02/2012

 Effective Presentations with Prezi  

Prezi is a free online tool for creating and showing presentations. It breaks from the bulleted-list approach of Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote. Unlike other presentation software that uses slides, Prezi presentations are more similar to concept maps or poster presentations. This two-part workshop begins with a demonstration and discussion of how Prezi is conceptually different from other presentation software. The second part of the workshop is hands-on. Participants use the ideas presented in the workshop to create their own Prezi.

 Presentation

 Practice Powerpoint

 

03/08/13

 Lunch and Learn: Online Tools to Engage Students

McGraw Hill Connect is a digital teaching and learning environment integrated with UNF’s Blackboard Learn system that can save students and instructors time while improving performance over a variety of critical outcomes. Innovative, adaptive technology engages students in the course content so they are better prepared, are more active in discussion, and can achieve better results. Join us for a demonstration and discussion with representatives from McGraw Hill. This is a great time to consider integration for your summer and fall courses.

 

02/27/13

 Online Assessments, Part II: Improve Student Learning with Formative Assessments

In this online workshop, participants learn about the pedagogical value of formative assessments, learn to identify different types of formative assessments, and see examples of effective feedback and remediation learning activities to improve student learning. Strategies for implementing this type of assessment in Blackboard are also discussed.

  

02/12/2013

 Tips and Tricks in Blackboard Collaborate

In this online session, participants learn about the following features in Blackboard Collaborate: Profiles, Polling, Audio and Video, the White Board, Web Tour, and Application Sharing. Best practices for use are shared through the workshop.

 Resources

 

 02/08/2013

 Build your Faculty Profile

This hands-on session is designed to assist faculty in creating a faculty profile which includes their picture, contact information, areas of expertise, brief biography, and selected publications. The Faculty Bio website has been developed to achieve several goals, including the development of an expertise database, and will reach both internal and external community members.  In this session, faculty members who have not yet built a faculty profile will get a brief demonstration of the system and have CIRT staff available for support as they build their profile.

 Presentation

 Directions

 

02/08/2013

 Distance Learning Discussion & Lunch

Join current distance learning faculty for a discussion of teaching online courses. Best practices, tips, and techniques will be discussed, so bring your ideas and questions. CIRT will provide lunch.

 

 02/01/2013

 Virtual Communication

In this online workshop, participants explore strategies that instructors can use with Blackboard tools to consult with students virtually. Specifically, the use of 'Collaborate' and 'Chat' tools for holding online office hours and other student consultations. Best practices for using those tools are addressed.

 

 01/29/2013

 Online Assessments, Part I: Improve Student Learning with Diagnostic Assessments

 In this online workshop, participants learn about the pedagogical value of diagnostic assessments, learn to identify different types of diagnostic assessments, and see examples of effective feedback and remediation learning activities to improve student  learning. Strategies for implementing this type of assessment in Blackboard are also discussed.

 11/30/2012

 Distance Learning Discussion & Lunch: Instructional Presence

Join current distance learning faculty for a discussion on creating and maintaining instructional presence in online courses. Best practices, tips, and techniques will be discussed, so bring your ideas and questions.

 

 2/24/2012 & 09/24/2012 & 9/18/13

 Blackboard Rubrics
This hands-on workshop introduces the features available in Blackboard Rubrics. A Rubric lists evaluation criteria for an activity, assignment or assessment question and instructors can use Rubrics to explain their evaluations to students. Blackboard Rubrics are created by an instructor and may be applied to Discussion Boards, Assignments, and Essay, File Response and Short Answer assessment questions. This workshop will explore creating Rubrics, editing existing Rubrics, associating Rubrics, grading with Rubrics and running a Rubric Evaluation Report.

 Handout

 Session Recording

Video Resources: Creating a Grading Rubric, Grading with Rubrics

 

09/12/2012 & 9/17/13

 Blackboard Grade Center
This online workshop provides an overview of the features in the Blackboard Grade Center. Participants will learn about options for successfully managing student grades including creating Grade Center columns, viewing and grading assessments and assignments in the Grade Center, creating calculated columns, creating Grade Center categories, organizing the Grade Center and dropping the lowest grade in a category.
 Session Recording 
 Grade Center Instructions 
 Grade Center Video Tutorials 
 Grade Center Basics Guide 
 Grade Center Advanced Guide 

09/06/2012
Collecting Student Work in Blackboard
This online workshop provides an overview of the Assignment and SafeAssignment features in Blackboard. Participants will learn about options for collecting student work and providing feedback through Blackboard including SafeAssign Originality Reports, SafeAssign Draft options, Group Assignments, and Assignment File Download options.
 Session Recording 
 Assignment Instructions 
 SafeAssign Instructions  

 

 08/27/2012
Using Clickers in the Classroom
This session is for instructors using, or interested in using, clickers in their courses. Participants become familiar with the CPS system and learn about taking attendance, polling students, giving participation points, and using other common features of the software. Best practices for engaging students are addressed throughout the session. Information about resources and support for instructors and students is also provided.
 Clickers Support Page 

08/22/2012 & 08/23/2012

 Blackboard 101 for Instructors

 This hands-on workshop is designed for instructors teaching term-based courses that will utilize Blackboard. The session provides the basics of setting up and customizing courses, creating and managing content, and using course tools such as e-mail and announcements to communicate with students. Best practices for effective instruction are addressed throughout. 

 Handout

 

 4/20/2012

  Blackboard- LO4 Podcast Tool

 This hands-on session will provide an overview of the LO4 podcast tool. Participants will learn how to create podcast feeds and episodes, learn about podcast settings and will learn how to use podcasts to collect media assignments from students.  

 Podcast  Tool Support Page 
 
 4/19/2012

  Blackboard- LO4 Blogs and Journals

This hands-on session will provide an overview of the new features in the blog and journal tools available with LO4. Participants will learn how to create blogs and journals, make them available to individuals, groups, and course(s), and will learn about blog and journal settings and assessing blogs and journals

 Blog Tool Support Page

 Journal Tool Support Page  

 

4/17/2012

  Blackboard- LO4 Wiki Tool

This hands-on session will provide an overview of the new features in the wiki tool available with LO4. Participants will learn how to create wikis, make them available to individuals, groups, and course(s), and will learn about wiki settings and assessing wikis.
 Wiki Tool Support Page 

 4/18/2012

 Blackboard- McGraw-Hill Connect

In this session, participants will learn about the McGraw-Hill Connect Blackboard integration. This feature will be available beginning Summer 2012 and allow instructors to deploy Connect assignments directly in Blackboard and keep those results in their Blackboard Grade Center. In this session, McGraw Hill reps and CIRT staff will demonstrate how to access the tool, how to create, deploy and manage assessments, and review integration with the Blackboard Grade Center.

 McGraw-Hill Connect Information

 

 4/13/2012

 Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate 11 with Corey Spivey from Blackboard

Join us as online as Corey Spivey discusses key concepts in Collaborate 11. Collaborate is UNF's collaborative web conferencing tool integrated into Blackboard. More information is available in the Blackboard Tool Glossary. Topics covered in this session include: Accessibility Activity Window, Application Sharing, Ease of Use, File Transfer, Multimedia, User Interface, Video Enhancements and Web Tour. Best practices for online sessions are addressed throughout. 
 Recording

 

 4/11/2012, 4/12/2012

 Blackboard- What's New in LO 4 (Blog, Wiki, Podcast Tools)

UNF will upgrade to Learning Objects 4 (LO4) in May. This live online workshop provides an overview of the features in the new version of our Blackboard Blog, Wiki and Podcast tools. Participants will learn about the new features of the blog, journal, wiki and podcast tools, making activities available to individual students,groups, courses or multiple courses, copying activities to another course, and viewing and assessing student content.

 4/11/2012 Recording

 4/12/2012 Recording

 

  4/6/2012

 Mobile Video Production: iMovie on the iPad, Part II
In this advanced session, participants learn more about video management publishing options and advanced editing using Apple’s iMovie software on the iPad 2. Participants who own an iPad2 may wish to purchase and install the iMovie software ($4.99) prior to the workshop in order to follow along with the exercises.
 Handout

 

  4/2/012
The Promise of Educational Design Research- Educause ELI Webinar
Malcolm Brown, ELI director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, moderated this webinar with Susan McKenney and Thomas Reeves. The capacity of educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in higher education would seem more promising than ever with the cavalcade of new technologies that have been introduced into the sector in recent years such as tablet computers, digital textbooks, and serious games. And yet, traditional approaches to educational research and evaluation continue to show “no significant differences.” Doubts about the benefits of educational technology stem from decades of research agendas focused on establishing certainty in learning contexts where probabilistic knowledge is the best that can be expected. Real progress in improving learning through technology may be accomplished using educational design research (EDR) as an alternative inquiry approach. EDR involves intensive, long-term collaboration among researchers and practitioners to develop viable solutions to practical problems while also seeking to identify reusable design principles.

 

 3/30/2012
Mobile Video Production: iMovie on the iPad, Part I
Participants learn to record and produce a short video, including titling using Apple’s iMovie software on the iPad 2. Participants who own an iPad2 may wish to purchase and install the iMovie software ($4.99) prior to the workshop in order to follow along with the exercises. Others are welcome to attend to learn more about this portable production platform.
 Handout

 

 3/1/2012

 Blackboard Virtual Office Hours

CIRT staff hold online office hours to answer your Blackboard questions!
 Recording - 3/1/2012

 

  2/17/2012

 Blackboard Testing with Respondus

Respondus is a powerful tool for importing test questions directly to Blackboard. During this hands-on workshop, learn how to import exam questions from publisher test banks and Word documents, create new assessments and question pools in Respondus and publish to Blackboard from Respondus.

 Handout

 

  2/15/2012

 Blackboard GradeCenter Workshop - Online

This live online workshop provides an overview of the features in the Blackboard Grade Center. Participants will learn about options for successfully managing student grades including creating Grade Center columns, viewing and grading assessments and assignments in the Grade Center, Creating calculated columns, creating Grade Center categories, organizing the Grade Center and dropping the lowest grade in a category. 
 Presentation

 Handout

 

 

  2/10/12

 iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPhone) Users Social 

In this informal session, co-sponsored by CIRT & ITS, staff will lead discussion about anti-virus software for the iOS and recent Apple news. Participants also discuss the state of the iOS and share app favorites and strategies.

 Handout

 

 

  1/18/12

 Navigating the Cyber-Jungle:  Using Technological Advances as an Academic and Educator

This Graduate Educational Development Series (GEDS) session is open to all graduate students and graduate faculty. Topics will include class polling, iPads, the Cloud, social bookmarking, XtraNorml, mapping, Dropbox, Blackboard mashup tools, Prezi, and Twitter.  For more information or to RSVP, contact The Graduate School.

 Presentation