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
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.
The Flipped Approach to Online Teaching and Learning -
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Technology Petting Zoo
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:
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
Boosting Student Engagement using the Blackboard Retention
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
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.
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
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
View the Blackboard Collaborate link
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Video Resources: Creating a Grading Rubric, Grading with Rubrics
09/12/2012 & 9/17/13
Blackboard Grade CenterThis 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
09/06/2012Collecting Student Work in BlackboardThis 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
08/27/2012Using Clickers in the ClassroomThis 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Blackboard Virtual Office Hours
CIRT staff hold online office hours to answer your Blackboard questions! Recording - 3/1/2012
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.
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
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.
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.
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