CIRT Past Events

 

Fall 2014

2nd Annual UNF Academic Technology 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.

October 15, 2014

Open Faculty Forum on Distance Learning

Distance Learning is one of the critical topics in higher education today. Come join colleagues in a monthly dialogue on distance learning to discuss key issues, explore good practices, and exchange ideas on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning via distance learning.

September 12, 2014
October 14, 2014

Blackboard Learn Roadmap 2014

This session showcases the latest features and functionality in Blackboard, as of the April 2014 release. Participants learn about the new student preview feature, managing new dates from an old course copy, and improvements to inline grading.

October 14, 2014

The Rewards of Rubrics

This session covers two types of rubrics: analytic and holistic.  Participants learn about managing various aspects of rubrics, including:

  • identifying when and why to use a rubric; 
  • constructing a rubric within a Blackboard course; 
  • associating the rubric to a Blackboard assignment, 
  • selecting test questions, blogs, journals, wikis, and discussions; and 
  • completing the grading workflow using a rubric.

October 14, 2014

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 learn how to set up ShareStream and use it to deliver media to students in a number of different ways. Faculty also learn how use ShareStream to collect and grade student media.

October 6, 2014
October 8, 2014

CIRT 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
  •  Google Nexus 10

September 30, 2014

Creating and Managing Online Surveys Level 1

The University has changed its online survey application to Qualtrics Research Suite.  This two-hour class introduces current users of Vovici to the new tool.  The class covers survey creation and distribution, downloading data, and reporting functions.

September 8, 2014

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.

September 3, 2014

Summer 2014

TurningPoint Clickers for Instructors

In this hands-on workshop, participants receive their instructor kit and become familiar with the features and functionality of TurningPoint. Topics include Anywhere Polling, PowerPoint Polling, and Self-Paced Polling.  Participant management, reporting, grading, and Blackboard integration are also covered, and best practices are addressed throughout the session.

August 19, 2014
August 18, 2014

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.

July 25, 2014
July 8, 2014

Getting Acquainted with Desktop 3D Printing

This workshop provides an introduction to the basics of desktop 3D printing. It includes a visual explanation of this exciting, emerging technology, a description of materials and their uses, and an overview of what is possible with the desktop 3D manufacturing process. A “show and tell” of 3D printed objects is available for attendees to handle and the session includes a short Q &A session at the end to address other 3D printing questions.

July 24, 2014

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 learn how to set up ShareStream and use it to deliver media to student in a number of different ways. Faculty also learn how use ShareStream to collect and grade student media.

July 11, 2014
June 24, 2014

Student Assessment in Blackboard

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.

July 8, 2014

Virtual Communications

This workshop explores 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.

July 2, 2014

Blackboard Grade Center

This workshop provides an overview of several features in the Blackboard Grade Center. Participants learn about managing student grades using Blackboard’s features. Some of these features include:


• Creating Grade center columns 
• Viewing and grading assessments and assignments 
• Creating calculated columns 
• Creating Grade Center categories 
• Organizing the Grade Center  
• Dropping the lowest grade in a category

June 25, 2014

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

June 16, 2014

Spring 2014

New Media Consortium Webinar - Natural User Interfaces

Natural user interfaces (NUIs) allow people to engage in virtual activities through movements, manipulating content intuitively. The idea of being able to have a completely natural interaction with devices is not new, but neither has its full potential been realized. What makes NUIs especially interesting is the burgeoning high fidelity of systems that understand gestures, facial expressions, and their nuances, as well as the convergence of gesture-sensing technology with voice recognition, which allows users to interact in an almost natural fashion, with gesture, expression, and voice communicating their intentions to devices. In this event, the panel will explore potential applications for teaching and learning.

May 7, 2014

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 Flipped Approach 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.

April 22, 2014

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.

April 11, 2014

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.

March 28, 2014

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.

March 14, 2014

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.

March 11, 2014

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.

March 5, 2014

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 

February 5, 2014

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.

February 5, 2014

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.

January 28, 2014

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.

January 8, 2014

Fall 2013

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.

December 4, 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 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.

November 26, 2013

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.

October 4, 2013

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.

October 2, 2013

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.

September 12, 2013

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.

September 10, 2013

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.

September 9, 2013

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.

September 3, 2013
August 21, 2013

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.

August 22, 2013

Summer 2013

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.

June 20, 2013
May 13, 2013
May 10, 2013

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.

May 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.

May 21, 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.

May 3, 2013
May 2, 2013

Spring 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.

April 5, 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.

March 29, 2013

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.

March 8, 2013

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.

March 8, 2013

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.

February 27, 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.

February 12, 2013

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.

February 10, 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.

February 8, 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.

February 8, 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.

February 1, 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.

January 29, 2013