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Summer 2014 Workshops (August 11th–August 21st)

In a collaborative effort, ITS, Library and the Communications are teaming up this summer to provide a series of technology workshops, highlighting a number of tools which can be implemented within the curriculum.


Below are the specific workshop descriptions and details.  Please contact the helpline if you have any questions about the summer workshops.
Video Narrative Workshop - Workshop Cancelled
August 15, 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. and August 18, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DLMC (5th Floor Case - Geyer)

The goal of this two-day workshop is to give you an appreciation of the video narrative process so you can extend the option to your students as a part of your course assignments.  Participants from last year's two-day video narrative workshop assigned projects in their classes this academic year. Like last year, participants will learn how to construct a simple video narrative using photos, video clips, text, voice recordings, and music. Participants will learn how to write a narrative for video and the technical steps to creating the video. Experienced faculty will join us for lunch to share their experiences assigning and assessing these types of projects.

Blended Learning
August 11, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 515)

Blended/Flipped/Inverted?  You’ve been doing it for years but now professors are doing it more and more -- moving to more active learning in the classroom. How are others doing this? What works and doesn’t? What tools are available to implement more blending in your classes? We’ve been attending related conferences and researching these approaches and would like to share with and hear from you.

The iPad as a Productivity Tool

August 11, 10:45 a.m - 12:15 p.m
(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 515)

How can a faculty member leverage the iPad to be more productive? Join this open session to learn more. Seasoned faculty iPad users will discuss their approach to this tablet device, and share their experiences with the group.

Moodle Introduction
August 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
August 12 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

The Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) can be used to better engage your students in a course (pedagogy) or simply to save you time and effort (efficiency) or both. This workshop will address basic topics such as posting documents, creating and working with online discussions, collecting student assignments, and communicating with your class. We will go beyond the basics depending on interest and time.

Moodle Gradebook

August 11, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

Moodle Grades can be used to save you time and effort by storing and calculating your grades using simple or complex grading schemes. Moodle Grades can also be exposed to students so they can track their progress in the course. The many features of the Moodle Gradebook can be challenging for the first-time user; this workshop will help new “graders” get started. We will also show current “graders” how to more effectively use this tool. Topics will include: basic configuration; interaction with and grading of Moodle Activities; backup; and more.

Engaging Students in Class with iClicker

August 12, 10:45 a.m - 12:15 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 535)

Learn how you can leverage iClickers Personal Response System to receive real time feedback from all students in the class.  This tool allows instructors to track performance and attendance, monitor student understanding, as well as engage students as you deliver your lecture.

Media Projects and Academic Rigor
August 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 535)

How can you unlock the academic potential of media projects? This session will review the materials CEL has gathered over the past five years in regards to the positive and negative results of non-paper projects. When done in a thoughtful manner in line with explicit learning goals, media-based projects can be as rigorous as any other projects.

Moodle Sandbox
August 12, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

August 20, 10:45 a.m - 12:15 p.m
(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

Moodle has many features to save you time or work with your students. This hands-on workshop will be an open session focusing on some of the more used functions but also open to your topics. We will provide instructions and assistance with: collecting student submissions using Assignments (dropboxes);  using grading Rubrics; returning feedback files to students; creating and using Discussions; creating Quizzes; adding video content; and other topics.

Apple iBook Author for Digital Publishing - Workshop Cancelled
August 13, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 515)

Digital publishing covers a broad spectrum that includes ebook creation and delivery. This workshop will review current tools and resources for creating digital content, leveraging the benefits of a digital platform, and practical applications for using ebooks in the classroom.

Prezi Basics

August 13, 10:45 a.m - 12:15 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

Learn how presentations can be made in prezi, and how to take advantage of the Prezi platform in your class.  Prezi allows students to collaborate in the act of creating engaging and powerful presentations on any number of topics.  

Communicating and Sharing with Students

August 13, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 535)

This workshop will address several popular options for communicating and sharing materials with students, from the standard, structured tools available in Moodle (such as Assignment “dropboxes”, messaging, and forums) to more open and flexible options available with Google Groups (easy sharing and emailing) and Drive (sharing documents with individual students or with a group or an entire class) and others. Learn different ways to communicate with your class; options to collect and share writing assignments; and more.

Google Earth and ArcGIS Online Workshop

August 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

Workshop participants will be able to learn how to use Google Earth (GE) and ArcGIS Online in one or more of the the following ways:

  • as a virtual atlas for classroom instruction
  • critical examination of geospatial content
  • instructor-created GE tours for students to view
  • student-created GE tours as an assignment
  • student-created ArcGIS Online Story Maps as an assignment
  • the creation of maps and geographic visualizations of data, either as stand-alone assignments or as part of larger research projects.

Both GE and ArcGIS Explorer Online are relatively easy-to-use tools that do not require extensive training or previous experience with Geographic Information Systems.

Creating Social Network Visualizations with NodeXL
August 14, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

With the pervasiveness of social media technology, the field of Social Network Analysis has been rapidly gaining scholarly interest.  This session will explore NodeXL - a free, open-source software package for Excel that makes it easy for students to analyze, explore, and depict Social Networks.  We will demonstrate that through these projects, students develop visual literacy and research skills as well as further their understanding of historical context or complex relationships.

Getting the most out of your Google Searching

August 14, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

Have you used Google Scholar or Google Blogs to supplement your research? Do you know how to limit searches to a given domain?  This session will address methods to formulate focused queries that can yield more relevant results in less time, as well as revealing some of the hidden gems of the Google universe of search tools.

Wikipedia Editing

August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m

(5th Floor, DLMC)

Morning session to introduce faculty to Wikipedia for the classroom, and to give them the tools to create a Wikipedia editing project for their students.  Experienced faculty will share their experiences and student reaction to these projects.  

Data in the classroom
- Workshop Cancelled
August 19, 1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

Using real research data in the classroom and class exercises can enhance the teaching of theoretical concepts as well as providing students with experience in data discovery, management, analysis, and visualization.  The primary focus of this workshop will be online resources such as TeachingWithData.org, the ICPSR’s Resources for Instructors, and the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum that provide exercises, lessons, online tools, and datasets designed for undergraduates.

eBooks in the classroom - Utilizing Colgate’s Large Collection
- Workshop Cancelled
August 20, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 560)

Did you know that Colgate has access to over 500,000 ebooks? From scholarly encyclopedias to visual guides, you and your students can access these materials anywhere. Thinking of assigning an ebook to your students? You can talk to us about the best way to utilize them in the classroom. We'll be covering the variety of platforms, access issues, and copyright free materials that can be incorporated into your classroom.

Sharing your Research & Ideas
- Workshop Cancelled
August 20, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 501)

You work hard on developing your ideas. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to spread your knowledge using the tools from the office of communications. From media relations to the crafting of a bio page that generates views, this workshop is for faculty who want to get their ideas and conclusions out to the correct people.

Android or iOS--which is best for me? 
- Workshop Cancelled
August 20, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 535)

Tablet and mobile phones are used more and more for education and research, but which platform is right for your needs? Android and iOS are among the most popular at Colgate. We'll cover the unique features as well as the positive and negatives of both platforms with some everyday users. What works best for different languages? How are these two platforms different from each other?

Writing with RefWorks and Write-N-Cite
August 21, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

(3rd Floor, Case - Geyer 345)

RefWorks is a Colgate supported citation management service that also integrates research practices into both Windows and Apple versions of Microsoft Word. The service facilitates collection, organization, and use of research materials (citations, documents, notes) in a single place.  Plug-in software Write-N-Cite helps to automate the inclusion of in-text citations as well as bibliography creation into manuscripts. Need to change your citation format?  Write-N-Cite allows for quick global changes to the entire document. Learn how to use this tool to collect and organize your research to write your article or book.

Creating Microlectures

August 21, 10:45 a.m - 12:15 p.m

(4th Floor, Case - Geyer 438)

Have you ever run out of time in a class? Want to “pre-lecture” and use class time for something else? Want to provide some “just-in-time” content before a test or in response to student questions? Want to offer a class when you are going to be away? Explore methods for creating short, online lecture presentations. Discussion will include benefits, methods of dissemination, and time-saving tips.

Connecting Online With Your Students & Colleagues
August 21, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

(5th Floor, Case - Geyer 438)

Whether you want virtually bring in a guest speaker to talk to your class, or provide an online meeting space for you and your students to work, collaborate, and deliver presentations, this session will provide a hands-on demo of some of the online collaboration tools that Colgate currently has available.

Lucid Charts

August 21, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

(4th Floor, 438)

Need to organize your thoughts and ideas? Want to diagram a concept, procedure, or workflow? Learn how to use Lucidchart to create engaging flowcharts, organizational charts, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types. Lucidchart is an intuitive and collaborative web-based diagramming tool.

Additional Information

Click here to see a list of past workshops.
To see the archive of past Webinar Wednesday presentations, click here.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please send an e-mail to itss-itech@colgate.edu