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This list represents an archive of past workshops presented by CEL, Communications and ITS.

Summer 2013 Workshops (August 16th–August 23rd)

A collaboration between IT, the Libraries, and Communications
Video Narrative Workshop
August 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and August 19, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DLMC (5th floor Case-Geyer) - Led by CEL members Sarah Kunze and Debbie Krahmer
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, 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.

Moodle Introduction
Monday, August 19, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 a.m.
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
Monday, August 19, 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday, August 20, 10:45 a.m.
Case-Geyer 501
Moodle Grades can be used simply 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.

The iPad as a Productivity Tool
Monday, August 19, 1:30 p.m.
Case-Geyer 515
How can a faculty member leverage the iPad to be more productive? Join this round-table discussion to learn more. Seasoned faculty iPad users will discuss their approach to this tablet device, and share their experiences with the group.

Wikipedia Authoring and Editing Workshop
Tuesday, August 20, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DLMC (5th floor Case-Geyer) - Led by CEL members Sarah Kunze and Debbie Krahmer
Why should you include an exercise in Wikipedia editing in your course? Hear from Professor Aisha Musa, who has assigned three such projects in her religion courses. Learn how these types of projects improve student engagement and leave your students with 21st-century skills that most will use in their careers and personal lives. Learn how Colgate’s Campus Ambassadors can assist you with sample syllabi, course handouts, and help in planning out a project to address your specific learning goals for your course.

Digital Publishing
Wednesday, August 21, 9:00 a.m.
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.

Sharing your Research & Ideas
Wednesday, August 21, 10:45 a.m.
Case-Geyer 501
Led by Matt Hames, Communications
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.  

Engaging Students in Class with iClicker
Wednesday, August 21, 1:30 p.m.
Case-Geyer 515
Learn how you can leverage iClickers to receive periodic updates from all students throughout the class, track performance, track attendance, and monitor student understanding as you deliver your lecture.

Blogging
Wednesday, August 21, 3:15 p.m.
DLMC (5th floor Case-Geyer)
Blogs are a common tool used in and out of class to facilitate student communication to a wider audience. A blog helps students develop online communications skills while writing to a global audience. This workshop will show you how to get started with blogs and describe case studies of how Colgate faculty have used blogs.

Google Earth and ArcGIS Explorer Online Workshop
Thursday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Case-Geyer 501 - Led by CEL members Dan Wheeler and Peter Rogers
Workshop participants will learn how to use Google Earth (GE) and ArcGIS Explorer in the following ways: as a virtual atlas for classroom instruction, critical examination of GE content, and GE as platform for political activism, instructor-created GE tours for students to view, student-created GE tours as an assignment, and 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.

Blended Learning
Friday, August 23, 9:00 a.m.
Case-Geyer 515
Research indicates that blended or hybrid courses have better student learning outcomes and lead to greater student satisfaction than either solely face-to-face or solely online classes. This session will be an open discussion on Blended Learning and how you might take advantage of the funds available via the Teagle Grant awarded to the NY6. Faculty proposals are due in December 2013.

If you’re new to blended learning, it combines face-to-face interaction – such as in-class discussions, active group work, and live lectures – with complementary technology-based activities such as online course modules, assignments, discussion boards or blogs, and other web-assisted learning tools.

Creating Micro Lectures
Friday, August 23, 10:45 a.m.
Case-Geyer 535
Have you ever run out of time in a class? Couldn’t deliver all of the content in the brief face-to-face meeting with the students? Explore methods for creating short, online lecture presentations with easy-to-use tools. Discussion will include benefits, methods of dissemination, and time-saving tips.

Communicating and Sharing with Students
Friday, August 23, 1:30 p.m.
Case-Geyer 501
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 “drop boxes,” messaging, and forums) to more open and flexible options available with Google Groups (easy sharing and e-mailing) 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. 

Web and Video Collaboration Tools
Friday, August 23, 3:15 p.m.
Case-Geyer 501
Whether you want your students to collaboratively edit a single document, 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.