The Myth of Learning Styles
Jan
24
1:00 PM13:00

The Myth of Learning Styles

Abstract

Learning styles (innate learner preferences for content delivered via instructional methods that are visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.) seem ubiquitous in education. In this webinar, we will debunk the myth of learning styles, discussing the available research and data.

Description

The notion of learning styles, sometimes known as the meshing hypothesis (see: https://www.tcsedtech.com/blog/avoid-...), seems to universally permeate education - whether k-12, higher ed, or corporate training & development. The concept of learning styles is that if a learner’s innate preference favors a visual approach, then the teacher should work to present the material in a visual manner and eschew other tactics, such as lecturing or lab work. This teacher might look for a relevant video or utilize visual aids. Whatever the innate learning preference, the teacher will work to accommodate the student.

Learning styles are commonly cited in blog posts and literature on teaching and learning. Over the years, people have suggested dozens of different learning styles. However, many of the empirical studies that have sought to establish the validity of the meshing hypothesis either cannot confirm the validity, or conclude that it is not a valid educational construct. Many researchers and industry leaders are now touting the meshing hypothesis as a spurious educational fallacy. In this webinar, we will review the data, discuss the implications of learning styles, and examine empirically-supported alternatives to the meshing hypothesis.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the research about learning styles
  2. Explore alternatives to the meshing hypothesis

Presenter Bio: Sean Nufer is the Director of Educational Technology at TCS Education System.

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How to Create Interesting Pages in Canvas
Jan
10
1:00 PM13:00

How to Create Interesting Pages in Canvas

Abstract: 
In this webinar, we will explore various design elements of the Canvas content pages, including basic layout options and how to use imagery effectively. 

Description: 
Online learning has traditionally been fairly bland. Many content pages in the LMS environment are mere combinations of text, headers, the occasional image or graph, and then much more text. In education, the most important element of effective pedagogy is content. However, students appreciate content that is presented in a way that is appealing and intuitive. Visual

In this webinar, we will discuss principles of effective web design and how they can translate into creating interesting and appealing Canvas content pages. We will also discover interesting places to find images and icons that are free to use. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Learn/review basic principles of web design
2. Explore layout options on Canvas content pages
3. Discover resources for adding visual elements to Canvas content pages

Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Educational Technology at TCS Education System.

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Outlook Tips and Tricks
Dec
6
1:00 PM13:00

Outlook Tips and Tricks

This 60 minute presentation will review: Outlook basic tips and tricks, beneficial email functions, calendar updates, and signature block requirements. Individuals of any technical level will have the opportunity to learn and improve the functionality of their Outlook experience with beneficial skills and tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore basic features of Outlook such as creating a signature block and an Out of Office reply
  • Discover how to update the Outlook calendar and create meeting invites
  • Customize your Outlook experience by changing elements and creating shortcuts
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Student Engagement, Technology Integration, and the SAMR Model
Nov
29
1:00 PM13:00

Student Engagement, Technology Integration, and the SAMR Model

Abstract: 
This webinar reviews student engagement and the SAMR model, and provides several examples where the model is applied to technology in the classroom. 

Description: 
Technology integration needn’t be high stakes or expensive to be effective. Technology integration can be implemented on a small scale using a relatively simple framework and tool. The SAMR model, developed by educator Ruben Puentedura, is such a tool that respects content and context, co-exists with and reinforces Bloom’s Taxonomy, and facilitates technology integrations that are effective and replicable. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Describe the elements that comprise the SAMR model. 
2. Understand how the SAMR model can be applied to any learning environment. 
3. Apply the SAMR model in one’s own learning environment.

Presenter Bio: 

Beth Aguiar is the Associate Vice President of Digital Teaching and Learning at TCS Education System. Ms. Aguiar has been in the higher education space for 30 years and her experience has spanned product management and marketing, OPM, educational technology, and teaching and learning. Ms. Aguiar holds a patent in digital content creation and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO).

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Copyright Basics for Images
Oct
11
1:00 PM13:00

Copyright Basics for Images

Abstract: 
Have you ever used a Google search to pull an image for a presentation or to add in your course? Did you know that you may be infringing on copyright law by doing so? This webinar will review basic copyright law pertaining to images and provide useful image resources. 

Description: 
Images are a wonderful way to add interest to a course in a LMS or in a slide deck for a conference or a classroom lecture. However, even in an educational setting, copyright law still applies. There is some wiggle room for educators and students, but we still need to be aware of what images we can use and in what context. This subject has become of increased interest and value as more and more creative content is available through the Internet. 

We will review the very basics of copyright law as it pertains to images, using images in educational and professional settings, and what qualifies as fair use. Knowing these guidelines will be helpful in selecting what images to use in the future. This will help ensure you don’t unknowingly use something you aren’t supposed to. 

In this webinar, we will review some great places you can locate images with zero copyright or that have creative commons licenses. We will also look at what to do if you want to use something that doesn’t have an open or creative commons license. Additionally, we will look at what a proper image citation looks like. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Define copyright and identify the four factors of fair use. 
2. Recognize how to identify copyright license for images found online. 
3. Select appropriate images for use in educational and professional settings. 

Presenter Bio: 
Andrea Fortin is an Associate Professor of Communication as well as the Learning and Engagement Specialist for the Online Learning Department at Hodges University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Communication with a focus on Internet studies in addition to a graduate certificate in Instructional Technology: Distance Learning. 

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Embedding Content in Canvas or: How I learned to Stop Being Bland and Make my Content Amazing
Sep
27
1:00 PM13:00

Embedding Content in Canvas or: How I learned to Stop Being Bland and Make my Content Amazing

Abstract: 
In this webinar we will explore various ed tech platforms and we will walk through the process of making our Canvas content awesome. Learn how to dress up your courses and add flair and meaningful interactivity and multimedia. 

Description: 
Let's begin with a Canvas basic. Canvas uses the same Rich Text Editor everywhere: announcement pages, discussions, assignments, content pages, quizzes, etc. This Rich Content Editor allows you to format text by changing the size, color, indentation, create bulleted lists, insert hyperlinks or images, and so on. When you edit using the Rich Content Editor, you see exactly how it will turn out when you publish it. (for more info, see: http://bit.ly/2ycdvmp). 

However, when you switch to HTML view in Canvas, you are able to embed content. Embedding is using HTML code to allow you to place an online element right onto your Canvas page. If you have embed code from VoiceThread, ThingLink, Padlet, Pinterest, or any number of other online resources, then you can place those right in Canvas. Below are some examples of embedded content in Canvas: 

Example 1
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Example 6

You do not need to know how to code and you do not need to be a programmer to be proficient at embedding content. Embedding content does involve working with HTML code, but all you need to know is what to copy and how to paste it. And then you're set up and you'll find that it is easier than you could have imagined to add interactivity to your courses! Once you learn the basics you'll find that it's very simple. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Familiarize yourself with the basics of HTML embed code
  2. Discover ed tech resources that can be embedded into Canvas
  3. Explore a whole new world of multimedia and Interactivity


Presenter Bio: 
Dr Sean Nufer is the Director of Educational Technology for TCS Education System Less...

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Strengthen Your Microsoft Word Core
Sep
13
1:00 PM13:00

Strengthen Your Microsoft Word Core

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Abstract: 
Do you want optimal results - and quick? This webinar will be a 60-minute workout for your Microsoft Word muscles. We will begin our high interval training reviewing essential formatting knowledge before taking it up a notch and isolating the intermediate features, finishing with a transformative power sculpting of advances techniques. 

Description: 
For many of us, we have been using computer word processor platforms since the 90’s. And many of us continue to use word processor platforms like it’s still the 90’s. Come of age in this webinar and sharpen your skills. 

We will discuss some of the less common formatting features that are hiding right in plain sight, as well as many of the more esoteric options available to us. In addition to essential formatting, we will also cover tables, templates, styles, themes, format standards and customizations, keyboard and mouse shortcuts, and many more useful skills and features. Regardless of where you are on a scale of “I only added a comma and now my picture is gone!” to “I could probably teach a course on track changes and comparing documents”, this webinar will be valuable. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Explore essential and intermediate formatting elements
2. Search add-ons and tools that are available
3. Familiarize yourself with common keyboard and mouse shortcuts
4. Discover the advanced functions of Microsoft Word

Presenter Bio: 
Dr Sean Nufer is the Director of Educational Technology for TCS Education System.

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What is Instructional Design?
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

What is Instructional Design?

Abstract: 
If you're lucky, you know an instructional designer—but what do they do? What is instructional design as a discipline and how does it influence the learning experience? 

Description: 
Instructional design is the process of identifying the skills, knowledge, information and attitude gaps of a targeted audience and creating or selecting learning experiences that close this gap, based on instructional theory and best practices from the field. 

It is important to understand how the instructional design process works in higher education and why it is beneficial. Exploring the factors that go into great instructional design—from subject matter experts to learning theories to educational technology—will bring into focus how influential instructional design is in all areas of education. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Define instructional design in today's context
2. Explore how instructional design is used in most educational institutions
3. Identify the factors that influence great instructional design

Presenter Bio: 
Since joining TCS in 2008, Gia has helped grow the online and blended programs from one institution with a dozen programs to six institutions each with multiple programs, introducing new technology and processes to streamline course development and maintain the high standards of the institutions she supports. Gia is Senior Director of Instructional Design for TCS and manages a highly productive staff of seven Instructional Designers, one Online Services Manager, and one Director of Educational Technology.

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What is Quality Matters
Aug
9
9:00 PM21:00

What is Quality Matters

Abstract: 
Come learn about Quality Matters’ standards and what they mean to course design

Description: 
TCSES uses the Quality Matters Rubric to review online courses at several affiliates. Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Quality Matters has generated widespread interest and received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. 

This webinar walks you through the latest edition of the rubric, provides a brief overview of each section, and provides strategies for creating outcomes, rubrics, and measurable/aligned assignments in order to its requirements. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Explore the purpose of Quality Matters and its implications on course design
2. Review the latest Quality Matters rubric and its scoring system
3. Discover how assignments are built based on Learning Outcomes to ensure alignment

Presenter Bio: 
Tracy Lynn Deis is an Instructional Designer for TCS Education System. Since 2010, she’s worked collaboratively with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Department Chairs to build engaging online courses for TCSES affiliates. She’s designed training and online courses for over 18 years and resides in Central Ohio with her teenaged daughter and two cats. 

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Effective Online Engagement Strategies
Jul
26
9:00 PM21:00

Effective Online Engagement Strategies

Abstract
There are many strategies that have been used to improve online learning and this webinar will focus on effective learning strategies that can be used to increase engagement in your Canvas courses. 

Description: 
There are numerous resources available that discuss effective learning strategies for the online learner. However, many faculty do not have time to sift through all the information to find strategies that fit their teaching style and best serve the students in their classes. Also, although all these strategies may seem to be effective they are not always suitable for all student populations. 
This webinar will discuss the strategies that are found to be most effective at the higher education level and are can be easily integrated into Canvas. 

The objectives of this webinar are to: 

  1. Discuss the current student population and the possible needs they have 
  2. Discuss strategies that can be used to engage the online learner 
  3. Demonstrate how these strategies could be incorporated using Canvas 


Presenter Bio: 
Elisha Collins, a student at The Chicago School or Professional Psychology, doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Technology program. 

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Bloom’s Taxonomy… and Technology
Jun
28
1:00 PM13:00

Bloom’s Taxonomy… and Technology

Abstract
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a teaching strategy that attempts to encourage students to do more than just memorize information. Technology integration can help instructors push students to higher levels of thinking and learning. 

Description: 
Bloom’s Taxonomy offers an instructional tool that shows instructors how to push students to higher processing and creative levels. At the bottom of the framework, the Taxonomy describes basic rote memorization – the lowest level of learning. The second and third levels ask students to understand, explain, and apply concepts and ideas. Continuing up the framework, the fourth and fifth levels ask students to be able to analyze, draw connections, and evaluate information. Finally, the highest level of the framework involves creating new material from the information they’ve learned. 

Technology integration can help remote instructors push students from simple memorization to evaluating, analyzing, and creating new resources. Multimedia resources used by the professor can help deliver information to students at the bottom of the framework, while technology integration also provides students resources to collaboratively communicate with remote peers and instructors at the higher levels of the framework, as well as many means of expression to create their own resources and designs. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learners will understand the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy 
  2. Learners will understand how technology integration can benefit students at the lower levels of the taxonomy 
  3. Learners will understand how technology integration can support students in achieving the highest levels of Bloom’s taxonomy 


Presenter Bio: 
Caroline is a third-year Educational Psychology and Technology doctoral student here at TCSPP with a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Central Connecticut State University. During her time as a physics educator, she also pursued a Sixth Year degree from the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.

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When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase - Part 4
Jun
14
1:00 PM13:00

When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase - Part 4

Abstract: 
Looking for tips and tricks to make your course design more engaging? Come learn about various ed tech resources that are available to take your course to the next level. 

Description: 
This is the 4th webinar in a 4-part series. In this webinar, we will learn how to bring your course content to life in engaging and meaningful ways. Discover the latest educational technology products and strategies to improve student experience by bringing teaching to life and fostering a community of learning within the classroom. 

This session will demonstrate a showcase of educational technology platforms that you can use to enhance your Canvas content. Learn about the latest developments in the ed tech community and discover a world of free and cheap (with educator discounts) resources. Also, learn about some of the more professional platforms and interactions that are available through licensing. You will come away from this webinar both informed and inspired. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discover various ed tech platforms and resources that you can use in your courses 
  2. Learn how to integrate ed tech tools into Canvas 


Presenter Bios: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. 

Thad Stott is an instructional technologist at TCS Education System. He researches educational technologies and techniques and trains faculty and staff on how to implement technology into the classroom in order to optimize teaching and personalize learning experiences. 

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PowerPoint: Advanced Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
May
24
1:00 PM13:00

PowerPoint: Advanced Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Abstract: 
PowerPoint has become an indispensable platform within higher education and the work force, as it is easy to use without requiring extensive experience. However, few people utilize PowerPoint to its full capacity. Join us as we explore ways to take your PowerPoint skills to the next level. 

Description: 
In the early days of presentations, speakers often spoke from notes, often referring to handwritten script on index cards. Eventually technology allowed for a more immersive and engaging experience as presenters began utilizing transparency overhead sheets and slides (who recalls the slide carousels?). These approaches were not ideal, as the machines were noisy and hot, and the bulbs tended to burn out rather easily. Sometimes the transparencies would have text that rubbed off or leave flecks of burnt plastic on the slide. 

PowerPoint came in to save the day, and we haven’t looked back since. The slide decks are digital and (can be) visually appealing, and the content can be easily disseminated to students and colleagues. The advantages to using PowerPoint slides are numerous, but there is still room for growth regarding how we utilize the platform. 

In this webinar, we will review common mistakes that people make with PowerPoint as well as examples of good practices. We will do a deep dive into the platform as we: 

  • Create a custom template 
  • Explore options for modifying, combining, and organizing graphics and shapes 
  • Create custom graphics 
  • Incorporate interactivity to your presentation 
  • Investigate the master slide view and associated options 
  • Assess the Slide Show settings and demonstrate Presenter View 
  • Review the many possible exporting options 



Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom.

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When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase - Part 3
May
10
1:00 PM13:00

When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase - Part 3

Abstract: 
Looking for tips and tricks to make your course design more engaging? Come learn about various ed tech resources that are available to take your course to the next level. 

Description: 
This is the 3rd webinar in a 4-part series. In this webinar, we will learn how to bring your course content to life in engaging and meaningful ways. Discover the latest educational technology products and strategies to improve student experience by bringing teaching to life and fostering a community of learning within the classroom. 

This session will demonstrate a showcase of educational technology platforms that you can use to enhance your Canvas content. Learn about the latest developments in the ed tech community and discover a world of free and cheap (with educator discounts) resources. Also, learn about some of the more professional platforms and interactions that are available through licensing. You will come away from this webinar both informed and inspired. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discover various ed tech platforms and resources that you can use in your courses 
  2. Learn how to integrate ed tech tools into Canvas 


Presenter Bios: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. 

Thad Stott is an instructional technologist at TCS Education System. He researches educational technologies and techniques and trains faculty and staff on how to implement technology into the classroom in order to optimize teaching and personalize learning experiences.

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When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase - Part 2
Apr
12
1:00 PM13:00

When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase - Part 2

Abstract: 
Looking for tips and tricks to make your course design more engaging? Come learn about various ed tech resources that are available to take your course to the next level. 

Description: 
This is the 2nd webinar in a 4-part series. In this webinar, we will learn how to bring your course content to life in engaging and meaningful ways. Discover the latest educational technology products and strategies to improve student experience by bringing teaching to life and fostering a community of learning within the classroom. 

This session will demonstrate a showcase of educational technology platforms that you can use to enhance your Canvas content. Learn about the latest developments in the ed tech community and discover a world of free and cheap (with educator discounts) resources. Also, learn about some of the more professional platforms and interactions that are available through licensing. You will come away from this webinar both informed and inspired. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discover various ed tech platforms and resources that you can use in your courses 
  2. Learn how to integrate ed tech tools into Canvas 


Presenter Bios: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. 

Thad Stott is an instructional technologist at TCS Education System. He researches educational technologies and techniques and trains faculty and staff on how to implement technology into the classroom in order to optimize teaching and personalize learning experiences.

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When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase
Mar
22
1:00 PM13:00

When High Tech becomes Hot Tech: Educational Technology Showcase

Abstract: 
Looking for tips and tricks to make your course design more engaging? Come learn about various ed tech resources that are available to take your course to the next level. 

Description: 
In this webinar, we will learn how to bring your course content to life in engaging and meaningful ways. Discover the latest educational technology products and strategies to improve student experience by bringing teaching to life and fostering a community of learning within the classroom. 

This session will demonstrate a showcase of educational technology platforms that you can use to enhance your Canvas content. Learn about the latest developments in the ed tech community and discover a world of free and cheap (with educator discounts) resources. Also, learn about some of the more professional platforms and interactions that are available through licensing. You will come away from this webinar both informed and inspired. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discover various ed tech platforms and resources that you can use in your courses 
  2. Learn how to integrate ed tech tools into Canvas 


Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom.

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Strategies for Faculty to Create Awesome Online Videos
Mar
8
1:00 PM13:00

Strategies for Faculty to Create Awesome Online Videos

Abstract
In this webinar, participants will be introduced to tools, resources, and techniques for creating engaging online multimedia interactions. 

Description
Video interactions in education are often flaunted as an innovative and effective way to disseminate information in an online educational platform. Videos can be effective for blended, fully online, and traditional courses. However, instructional and informational videos can also be difficult or intimidating to create, impersonal, and faculty and students of mixed levels of technological acumen often converge in the classroom having strong preferences for certain devices and operating systems. 

Despite the challenges, when created effectively, video can add depth and dimension to online courses, effectively enhance traditional and blended courses, and can augment the overall learning and teaching experience. For many higher education institutions, video announcements have become a baseline expectation of their faculty. Video has been found to be an effective way to engage students as they interact with professors, other students, and the subject matter content. 

In this webinar we will discuss unique tools and approaches that can meet peoples’ expectations and engage students. This workshop will benefit professors who desire to create engaging content and develop course modules that utilize effective multimedia tools. We will discuss types of educational videos (i.e. webcams, screencast, animations, video editing, etc.), options for software and platforms, logistics (e.g. presentation, scripts, lighting, etc.), and general tips and techniques. 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify tools for creating interactive videos 
  • Showcase examples of educational video platforms that are free, cheap, and/or native to the Canvas LMS environment 
  • Share tips, techniques, and best practices for creating videos 


Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the TCSES Director of Instructional Technology

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Social Media in Online Learning
Feb
22
1:00 PM13:00

Social Media in Online Learning

Social media networks like Facebook and Twitter are common platforms of communication. Both traditional and non-traditional students are using these social media websites to keep track of friends and family, industry updates, political news, etc., so why not use them in education? Within education there is often a disconnect between our educational platforms and these popular social media sites. This webinar will discuss innovative ways to incorporate social media into the online classroom. 

We will discuss how to incorporate social media into discussions, assignments, and content pages within a Canvas course. We will also demonstrate how set up a Facebook course page, integrate a Twitter feed, and incorporate other social media platforms into Canvas. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss the importance of social media in online learning. 
  2. Review ethical consideration regarding student conduct and engagement expectations. 
  3. Demonstrate how to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platform within Canvas. 


Presenter Bio: 

Thad Stott is the instructional technologist at TCS Education System. Thad is an innovator and a developer, working with faculty and instructional designers to develop and implement technology-mediated learning interactions within the classroom. 
Contact him at: tstott@tcsedsystem.edu
 

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Effective Online Teaching Methods
Feb
8
1:00 PM13:00

Effective Online Teaching Methods

Abstract: 
Learn about the practices that contribute to effective teaching and learning experiences within the online classroom. 

Description: 
In this webinar, we will discuss various approaches that professors can implement in order to ensure that their online course design and instructor presence fosters an environment that is engaging and productive. Learn how to set expectations, enhance communication and interactions, create an active learning community, utilize effective instructional technology, and provide effective feedback. 

This webinar will cover many of the challenges associated with online learning, while also showcasing examples of activities and approaches which can help engage students. We will also share resources for online educators. 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore how to encourage interaction, participation, and collaboration 
  2. Recognize prominent industry frameworks for effective course design 
  3. Explore technologies which facilitate online teaching and learning 


Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. 
 

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Canvas MasteryPaths
Jan
25
1:00 PM13:00

Canvas MasteryPaths

Abstract: 
The Canvas MasteryPaths feature allows instructors to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. 

Description: 
Have you been wondering how to offer students tailored instruction? Well, with Canvas MasteryPaths this is possible. This tool can be enabled in your course shell as a way to individualize the learning of your students. This tool guides the students down the path of your choosing depending on whether or not they demonstrate mastery of course material and outcomes. With MasteryPaths you can differentiate your instruction so that all students benefit from individualized curriculum. 

In this webinar we are going to discuss MasteryPaths in Canvas and how to enable it, how to create a MasteryPath in a previously existing module, how to review and edit the content in a MasteryPath, as well as how to manage what content is displayed for students. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Review the benefits of MasteryPath in Canvas
2. Create a MasteryPath in Canvas
3. Review and edit content in a MasteryPath
4. Manage content display for MasteryPath
5. View Grades for MasteryPath in Canvas

Presenter Bio: 
Elisha Collins is a Doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Technology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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What is Atomic Learning?
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

What is Atomic Learning?

Abstract: 
Have you ever needed to find a tutorial or sought access to online professional development and learning resources? Atomic Learning is the solution to that need. 

Description: 
There are many online professional development resources available that provide quick guides to assist with learning new technologies. Atomic learning is a good online option for faculty, administration, and students to offer ways new strategies for classroom engagement and effective ways to use technology in the classroom. 

Atomic Learning is an online professional learning system which houses thousands of online professional development and learning resources from various Microsoft Office applications, Adobe products, as well as many other software and professional development packages. Atomic Learning facilitates learning, professional development, and skill building. 

This webinar will provide an overview of Atomic Learning and how to use it. Learn how to navigate the Atomic Learning menus and how to access, organize, and schedule videos and tutorials that can be used to aid in education. 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review the Atomic Learning platform 
  2. Navigate the Atomic Learning menus 
  3. Observe how to build a customized lesson plan 


Presenter Bio: 
Elisha Collins is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Technology program student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 

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Introducing Canvas Commons
Oct
26
1:00 PM13:00

Introducing Canvas Commons

The department of instructional technology is excited to introduce a new feature to our online learning platform: Canvas Commons! 

Have you ever wanted to shorten the time it takes to re-design your courses? Ever wished you could engage in course design collaboration within your department? Canvas Commons is a platform within Canvas that will allow us to share, discover, and reuse learning activities. Users can use Commons to build course content from existing sharable resources, meaning you don't have to build course content or lesson materials from scratch. Users can use Canvas Commons to search for meaningful materials and import them into their courses. 

Canvas Commons users can also share their materials with other professors - either within their own department, our own institution, or with the entire Canvas community. Professors can establish themselves as content authorities or subject matter experts by sharing their work with a community that recognizes its value. 

For a very quick overview of what Commons has to offer, see: https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1673. 


Join our webinar for a quick overview of the new Canvas Commons platform. Learn how to share and import common activities, assignments, quizzes, modules, and even entire courses! 

Canvas Commons will allow us to join a community of creators, looking to build and share amazing content.

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Building Better Rubrics
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Building Better Rubrics

Abstract: 
Rubrics are an excellent and unbiased way to grade student work, and Canvas makes it easy to integrate them directly into course assignments and SpeedGrader to better support both you and your students. 

Description: 
Join us as we demonstrate best practices for building rubrics into Canvas assignments and SpeedGrader that effectively and efficiently assess student work. This webinar will offer best practices including organizing a rating system and related expectations, varying those ratings across criteria according to their point value, using active voice to detail expectations, ensuring that the expectations are set to the correct learning level for the course, and directly tying the requirements for assignments to Module Learning Outcomes. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Use Canvas rubrics to provide students with detailed feedback 
  2. Build flexible ratings in within Canvas rubrics to provide a better range for precise grading 
  3. Create rubrics that provide specific instructions to exceed assignment expectations 



Presenter Bios: 
Tracy Lynn Deis is an Instructional Designer with TCSES. Hired in 2010, she brings over 17 years of course design and implementation experience. She believes in using the technologies offered in Canvas to create engaging and state-of-the-art courses. She resides in Reynoldsburg Ohio with her daughter and two cats, Jezebel and Markie Post.

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What are Office Mix and Microsoft Sway and how can I use them?
Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

What are Office Mix and Microsoft Sway and how can I use them?

Abstract: 
Come learn how to use Office Mix and Microsoft Sway to create and share interactive and multimedia-rich lessons. 
https://mix.office.com/ 
https://sway.com/education/

Description: 

In education, PowerPoint is widely used as a platform for presentations. PowerPoint presentations display slides of content in a linear format while limiting interaction from the audience. Office Mix is a PowerPoint plugin that enhances PowerPoint presentations in order to create interactive, multimedia online content. You can create and export videos, insert audio and record slides, as well as incorporate quizzes to engage the learner. 

Microsoft Sway is a digital storytelling app which can help professors create professional lessons with interactive elements while leveraging multimedia in order to engage students. The Sway is easy to build and it allows you to incorporate photos, videos, charts, audio, and even tweets in a sort of ebook format that embeds nicely into Canvas and renders well on all devices. 

In this webinar we will review Office Mix and Microsoft Sway and how they can be used to enhance the classroom and engage students. These products are simple to learn but add depth and intrigue to the classroom content. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Create a Slide Recording using Office Mix 
  2. Learn to export or Publish a Video 
  3. Create an interactive lesson with quizzes and videos 



Presenter Bios: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. 

Elisha Collins is a Doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Technology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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PowerPoint: Advanced Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

PowerPoint: Advanced Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Abstract: 
PowerPoint has become an indispensable platform within higher education and the work force, as it is easy to use without requiring extensive experience. However, few people utilize PowerPoint to its full capacity. Join us as we explore ways to take your PowerPoint skills to the next level. 

Description: 
In the early days of presentations, speakers often spoke from notes, often referring to handwritten script on index cards. Eventually technology allowed for a more immersive and engaging experience as presenters began utilizing transparency overhead sheets and slides (who recalls the slide carousels?). These approaches were not ideal, as the machines were noisy and hot, and the bulbs tended to burn out rather easily. Sometimes the transparencies would have text that rubbed off or leave flecks of burnt plastic on the slide. 

PowerPoint came in to save the day, and we haven’t looked back since. The slide decks are digital and (can be) visually appealing, and the content can be easily disseminated to students and colleagues. The advantages to using PowerPoint slides are numerous, but there is still room for growth regarding how we utilize the platform. 

In this webinar, we will review common mistakes that people make with PowerPoint as well as examples of good practices. We will do a deep dive into the platform as we: 

  • Create a custom template 
  • Explore options for modifying, combining, and organizing graphics and shapes 
  • Create custom graphics 
  • Incorporate interactivity to your presentation 
  • Investigate the master slide view and associated options 
  • Assess the Slide Show settings and demonstrate Presenter View 
  • Review the many possible exporting options 



Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom.Less...

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Learn the basics of HTML
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Learn the basics of HTML

Abstract: 
When creating a content page within Canvas, the default view is the rich text editor. Have you ever been curious about what the HTML Editor is and how to use it? Find out at this webinar (spoiler alert, it's really not as challenging as it might seem). 

Description: 
Every webpage on the internet is written in a computer language called HTML (hypertext markup language). This is a set of symbols and codes – a language – that computers use to speak to each other. This language is then translated in our web browsers in order to display the content to us. 

It is possible to design a fully functional course in Canvas without every knowing any HTML. But the rich text editor does have some limitations, and learning the basics of how to code in HTML will open up a world of functionality. Additionally, knowing HTML will better ensure that your content shows up correctly and will help you identify and troubleshoot problems. 

There are times when it might be faster to make a change in the HTML editor, or when you need greater control of the formatting. Copying and pasting content from MS Word or other processing platforms can lead to formatting issues. Knowing the basics of HTML is not very challenging and in little time you can learn to make and/or format a simple content page yourself. 

In this webinar, we will explore some of the online tools and resources available to you as you learn HTML, and we will practice together to make a basic webpage. 

[note: This webinar will be best if you can have access to either two monitors or two devices, so that you can follow along] 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore the basic functionality and structure of HTML 
  2. Identify the essential HTML tags 
  3. Practice formatting a page in Canvas using HTML 


Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. 
 

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