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#AMINEXT? Classroom Conversations in the Shadow of Gun Violence

Gun violence has a marked effect on the way we conduct business on campus, the way we feel when we send our kids off to school, and the way we conduct conversations in our classrooms. It has also become increasingly clear that classroom climates are echoing the politically divided climate in our country. This makes the work of fostering civil discourse, maintaining professional neutrality, and creating inclusive environments more difficult but more imperative than ever. Research shows that schools who are proactive and equip teachers to face these challenging situations head on have significantly better outcomes for classroom management and the welfare of their students and faculty. This workshop is designed to give instructors a toolkit to draw from to help them navigate classroom conversations about gun violence, school shootings, or community injustice.

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(Bb Classic) Embedding Media on Blackboard

Sometimes a Word document just isn't enough. Whether you've found a great video online, or you spent all weekend creating your own content, sharing multimedia content with students isn't always straightforward. In this workshop, we'll look at various Blackboard options for adding multimedia elements and embedded documents to your content areas, assignments, or test questions. We'll also go over the best way to link students to materials that require a login, such as journal articles or e-books. 

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(Bb Ultra) Embedding Media on Blackboard

Sometimes a Word document just isn't enough. Whether you've found a great video online, or you spent all weekend creating your own content, sharing multimedia content with students isn't always straightforward. In this workshop, we'll look at various Blackboard options for adding multimedia elements and embedded documents to your content areas, assignments, or test questions. We'll also go over the best way to link students to materials that require a login, such as journal articles or e-books. 

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Active Learning for your Online and Offline Classes

Are you wondering how to incorporate active learning into your class but struggle to come up with activities to incorporate into your sessions? Come join us for an hour of brainstorming and gameplay. We'll start out with a brief chat about the importance of active learning and then move on to a card game where we turn your learning objectives into class activities.

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Alternatives to Class Attendance: Continuity of Instruction

How will your course plan be impacted if you need to cancel a class meeting? If you're teaching a class that meets for an hour three times a week, the impact on student learning may be minimal. However, if your class meets once a week, that's a whole week's learning lost. How will you make up that time?

In this synchronous online session we'll look at how to use some of your options for providing online instruction. The session includes a access to a Blackboard course site, and session itself will be conducted remotely via Blackboard Collaborate.

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Applying Ignatian Pedagogy

Based in St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, Ignatian pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that incorporates five key elements: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation. In this session you'll learn what these terms mean in the context of Ignatian pedagogy, and how you can incorporate them to your course design.

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AR / VR in the Classroom

Augmented reality and virtual reality has taken off in the higher education classroom. Over the last five years, use of VR has increased 85% in educational settings. There are some great case studies and examples of best practices emerging from instructors all over the world. This workshop walks you through several exampls of how innovative instructors have used this in their own classrooms and shows you how to incorporate this into your own classroom in simple, easy-to-access ways.

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Automate Video Captioning with Microsoft Stream

If you're providing a video lecture as part of your course, the ADA requires you provide your students with a transcript or captions of the spoken content. Fortunately, Microsoft Office 365 Stream does an excellent job of creating captions for you.

In this session, we will briefly review the Guidelines for Lecturing Online before looking at how to upload a video to Stream. Then we will look at how to review and edit the automatically generated transcript. Next we will discuss how to limit access to your video to only your students, should you so choose. And finally we will review how to embed and / or link your Stream video in your Blackboard course site.

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Bb Ultra Assessment - Assignments & Tests

Engagement: 2 days (2-3 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: create Blackboard Ultra tests and assignments; take advantage of IDS services to streamline assessment creation; score Blackboard Ultra tests and assignments and provide students with feedback; use proctoring tools on Blackboard Ultra tests and assignments; add accommodations to timed assessments

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Bb Ultra Communication and Discussion

Engagement: 2 days (3-4 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: use Blackboard Ultra tools (Announcements, Messages, Documents, Discussion, Class Conversations) to effectively communicate with students; select the appropriate tool for the appropriate type of communication; set appropriate expectations for communicating with students; take advantage of due dates, the course calendar, and the student Activity Stream to communicate new and upcoming course expectations

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Bb Ultra Course Organization and Content

Engagement: 2 days (2-3 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: Add and organize content and activities in a flexible manner such that the same course site can be used regardless of modality (online, face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex) or timeframe (15-week, 10-week, 7-week, etc); use conditional availability to stage release of content based in timing and completion of course requirements

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Bb Ultra Grades and Grading

Engagement: 2 days (2—3 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: set up a Blackboard Ultra Gradebook; export and import grades; view and score assessments; track attendance

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Blackboard Classic - Assignments, Grading, Q&A

This session will start with some common questions about assignments and grading in Blackboard Classic course sites. After a short intro, we’ll open the floor up to questions. The sessions will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate and run from an Classic style course site populated with instructions on how to use various aspects of Blackboard Classic course sites.

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Blackboard Classic - General Topics, Q&A

In this session we’ll briefly touch on some broad areas of interest in Blackboard Classic style course sites, with an eye toward content and community. Then we’ll open the floor up to questions, addressing the particular issues and questions faculty may have. This session will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate, and run from a Classic style course site populated with instructions on how to use various aspects of Blackboard Classic.

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Blackboard Migration: Listening Sessions

Toward the end of the 2018-2019 Fall Term, Detroit Mercy will be migrating Blackboard from a service hosted in our on-campus ITS offices to a service hosted by Blackboard itself. The Instructional Design Studio wants to hear your concerns and questions as we work with ITS and Blackboard to plan and execute this transition. To that end, we've scheduled four listening sessions in the month of September. These are intended to give Blackboard users a chance to provide input and express concerns that IDS should consider as we plan the transition. Once we have a transition plan in place, IDS will hold further sessions to address the additional questions that are likely to arise.

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Blackboard Ultra - Assignments, Grading, Q&A

This session will start with some common questions about assignments and grading in Blackboard Ultra course sites. After a short intro, we’ll open the floor up to questions. The sessions will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate and run from an Ultra style course site populated with instructions on how to use various aspects of Blackboard Ultra.

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Blackboard Ultra - General Topics, Q&A

In this session we’ll briefly touch on some broad areas of interest in Blackboard Ultra style course sites, with an eye toward content and community. Then we’ll open the floor up to questions, addressing the particular issues and questions faculty may have. This session will be offered via Blackboard Collaborate, and run from an Ultra style course site populated with instructions on how to use various aspects of Blackboard Ultra.

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Cheating Prevention: SafeAssign, Lockdown, & More

Whether you're giving a paper test or collecting assignments online, there are measures you can put into place to discourage students from cheating. In this workshop, we'll discuss some of the most common ways students try to cheat and how to prevent it. Examples include randomizing questions in an online quiz so each student gets a different version, using Lockdown Browser to make it harder for students to screen share or copy questions, and scanning written work for plagiarized text using SafeAssign. More on Cheating Prevention: SafeAssign, Lockdown, & More
 

Class and room management

Every instructor and meeting facilitator has had a session where the room just got away. Before you knew it, you were out of time and you hadn’t even covered what was most important! Maybe participants didn’t listen or disregarded the instructions, the conversation collapsed or someone dominated the group discussion or no one wanted to speak at all. Fortunately, there are tried-and-true ways to handle all of these situations. This workshop teaches eight specific room management strategies to faculty and administrators to strengthen their facilitation skills. Whether you are managing a large lecture hall of students, a table of faculty working to come to consensus over an issue, or a small group of students you will find something that will make facilitating meetings and classes easier.

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Clickers in the Classroom

Student response systems, colloquially known as "clickers," keep students engaged during class and allow instructors to immediately assess progress and comprehension. This workshop will familiarize you with the TurningPoint Cloud system while exploring how the tools can support and enhance your classroom activities. You will also be provided with a TurningPoint Cloud Instructor Kit which includes everything you need to start using clickers right away.

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Coaching your Students to Give Quality Peer Feedback

Peer review can feel challenging to implement but when it’s facilitated well students are able to engage with each other and the material at a high level. This workshop will show you how to incorporate peer review into any course, design the review process so it’s effective for your population of students, and coach your students as they work through the peer review process.

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Communicating with Students Through Blackboard's Calendar and Activity Stream

Blackboard's Calendar and Activity Stream are focal points of the new Blackboard interface. These tools can be very useful to students, helping them track what they need to do and when they need to do it across all their courses. But the usefulness of these tools is limited to the information we add to them -- if an assignment or quiz isn't on the calendar it may be forgotten. In this session we'll look at how to add items to both of these lists, as well as how to use Blackboard's Date Management tool to easily adjust these dates when you re-use a course site.

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Course Building Fundamentals

This intensive two week course provides Detroit Mercy faculty with all the basic skills needed to create high quality online experiences for fully online, hybrid, hyflex, or face-to-face courses. We will cover the principles behind creating effective activities and content and the online tools used to implement these activities. Both "classic" and "ultra" Blackboard tool instruction will be available as a part of each offering.

Each week consists of roughly 4 hours of asynchronous content and a 1 hour of synchronous meeting. Office hours will also be provided each week, creating a formal opportunity for attendees to ask specific questions.

Due to the intensive nature of the classes, sessions are limited to 10 attendees. Additional registrations will be placed on a first-come, first-served wait list.

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Course Copying, Date Management, & Course Reports

In this session, we will give you some tips and tricks for a smooth course copy! You will learn to how to course copy, and how to quickly adjust course content dates to reflect the new semester. We will also touch on running course reports to see the who, what, when, and where to keep your students heading toward success.

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Creating and Using Rubrics

Rubrics are an extremely powerful and effective teaching tool that help save time when you grade and give students clear criteria that they can use to self-evaluate. In this class we will learn about the three most common types of rubrics that are used for grading, including a type of rubric called a single-point rubric that can be used to grade work where the parameters for success are not clearly defined and change from student to student. In addition to this, we'll workshop a new rubric or a rubric that you are already using, learn how to use it for student self-reflection and benchmarking, and learn how to use the rubric tool by putting it up on blackboard.

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Creating AR / VR models

This session will explore the creative aspect of incorporating AR / VR into your course. Available on PCs running Windows 10, Paint 3D is a great tool to add those creative elements. It can sometimes be a challenge to keep things interesting, so help your students stay engaged by adding fun 3D elements to your curriculum. This workshop will cover some basic functions of Paint 3D to get your creative juices flowing.

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Editing lecture captures with Camtasia and Office Mix

Recording your lecture in advance can better prepare your students. In addition to that, we can use edited videos to share skills, present research, and document events. In this session, we will cover editing with Camtasia and Office Mix. Cropping, cutting, splicing, and adding effects are some essentials that can make for a polished product.

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Flipping the Class in a Fully Online Setting

The flipped classroom is an instructional model where students gain their first exposure to content and material prior to class in an asynchronous setting. The time in the synchronous class is then planned to include higher level thinking, engagement, and processing or assessment of the material. This workshop will help you learn the mechanics of flipping a class in a fully online environment and work with you to strategize to present materials before class in ways that make sense and ensure that your students will do the work and come to the synchronous class prepared. This workshop will use the Flipped Class model for its instruction with about 20 minutes of work to complete on your own to prepare for the synchronous session.

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Flipping the classroom

The flipped classroom, at its core, is an instructional model where students gain their first exposure to learning prior to class and focus on the processing and higher level thinking in class where they can be guided by the instructor. This workshop will help you learn the mechanics of flipping and work with you to strategize to present materials before class in ways that make sense and ensure that your students will do the work and come to class prepared.

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From syllabus to Grade Center

Blackboard's Grade Center is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that can help you track student performance in any course. In this class we'll start with a syllabus and build out a full Grade Center from there. We'll talk about some schemes for using Blackboard to track face-to-face activities like participation and attendance. We'll look at different ways to manage categories that have lots of columns, and we'll discuss how the Grade Center can be set up to help you easily identify and contact students who are underperforming. Bring your own syllabus questions and so we can figure out solutions together!

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Giving Effective Feedback

Feedback is an essential part of a student's development and is often one of the most time consuming things that an instructor can do...but did you know that not all feedback is effective? This research-based workshop will help you learn to leverage your time, various instructional tools, and resources. By the end, you'll be able to give feedback that is meaningful, efficient and helps the student work towards meeting set goals on their own.

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Grade Center Smart Views, Using Groups, & More

Merging courses is a popular way to combine multiple sections that has the same course content. This way the professor only has to post that content once instead of multiple times. A question we often hear afterward is how to differentiate between those sections?

In this session, we will discuss how to set up your groups and some of their uses, create those helpful Smart Views in the Grade Center so you can quickly flip between sections, and set group test exceptions so one group is allowed to take the exam at the appropriate time you set.

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Inclusive Design: Creating Accessible Course Content

This 50-minute workshop covers both accessible course design and delivery. During the worship, we will learn how to design and incorporate accessible course content right from the start using principals of Universal Design for Instruction (UDI). We will cover creating accessible documents using common software, media selection, and curriculum and content design. Each participant will leave with strategies to make their class more accessible to all learners.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Discern what materials might create accessibility challenges
  • Create content using common software that is accessible
  • Structure an online course in a way that is accessible to students
  • Implement multi-modal learning strategies
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Interactive Tools for Synchronous Sessions

There are a lot of tools available outside Blackboard that can be used to spice up your live online classes with more interactivity. Whether you’re using Collaborate, Teams, or Zoom, tools like Jamboard, shared OneDrive documents, and virtual whiteboards can be excellent ways to get students engaged in hands-on ways. In this session we’ll look at some of these tools and how they can be used in your synchronous sessions.

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Introducing... Collaborate Ultra!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra has replaced the old-style Blackboard Collaborate as of Fall 2017. This new collaborate is a browser-based solution that no longer needs any downloads or installs to run. It also includes updated and upgraded versions of the features you're used to using in Collaborate. Applications and files are easier than ever to share, it's simple to set up and manage breakout rooms, and navigation has been made even more intuitive. Register for this workshop to learn how to use Collaborate Ultra and see how you can integrate it into your online classroom, use it for virtual office hours, create recordings of lectures, and so much more!

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Introduction to Blackboard

Whether you are teaching in the classroom or online, Blackboard can be a useful tool for enhancing your connection to students. By the end of this session, you'll know how you can use Blackboard to keep in touch with your students, provide access to core (or supplemental) media such as PowerPoint slides, videos, and readings, and streamline assignment collection.

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Introduction to Blackboard Portfolios

If you're using or considering using a portfolio for your course or program, Blackboard's Portfolio tool may be right for you. In this session, we go through how build and share a multi-page, multi-part Portfolio in Blackboard. Once we've got a handle on the basics, we'll talk about when a Blackboard Portfolio would be useful and how best to implement it.

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Introduction to Hybrid / Flexible Attendance (HyFlex) Teaching

Engagement: 2 days (3-4 hours), 1 synchronous session Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will understand: basic principles of hybrid / flexible attendance (HyFlex) course design; how to plan and implement outcomes-based activities for both face-to-face and online learners

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Keeping students on track with Item Analysis, Attempts Statistics and Color Coding

Running analysis and statistics reports on tests can be a vital learning tool to produce better test questions in future iterations as well as being able to review how the students answered. By sharing their test statistics individually, you will be able to better guide your students to a successful term. We will also look at color coding your Grade Center to help you determine visually who is, or is not doing well on class work. More on Keeping students on track with Item Analysis, Attempts Statistics and Color Coding
 

Keeping up with what they know: integrating formative assessment in the classroom

Incorporating formative assessments into your teaching not only informs your instruction but it can improve student engagement and encourage critical reflection. This workshop will teach you assessment strategies that you can use right away in your classes and also help you coach your students to use the formative data to their advantage as well.

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Lecturing Online - General Topics, Q&A

In this session we’ll cover some of the basics of running a session on Blackboard Collaborate, with a particular focus on running break out groups. After this brief overview, we’ll open the floor up to questions. This session will be offered via a Blackboard Collaborate and run from a “Lecturing Online” course site populated with instructions on how to use aspects of Collaborate and how to use tools for pre-recording sessions.

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Lecturing Online and HyFlex

Engagement: 3 days (4-5 hours), 2 synchronous sessions Successful Completion Requirements: Reflection, homework assignments, quizzing, synchronous session attendance

Asynchronous content will be availalble on or before the start date; multiple synchronous sessions will be available over the course of that week.

Attendees will learn to: design, pre-record, and post engaging online lectures that are outcomes-based, learner-focused, and meet ADA requirements; use Blackboard Collaborate to facilitate synchronous online activities; provide a live / online hybrid lecture experience for a blended classroom

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Let's Look at the Future of Blackboard

For the last couple years, Blackboard's been building a new platform they're calling the "Ultra Experience." This new Blackboard features a new adaptive design that's mobile, touch, tablet, and desktop friendly. But more than offering a new look, Blackboard's Ultra Experience also features all new course-design and new workflows for building and using courses.

In this session, we'll look at the new Blackboard and discuss the many ways it differs from what we're using now. We'll also take this opportunity to collect your thoughts and impressions about Blackboard's Ultra Experience and what you think about the potential for migration.

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Mastering Collaborate Breakout Rooms

If you’ve got a larger class, at some point you’ll probably want to split your students up into smaller groups so they can discuss a topic, solve a problem, or work though a case study. In this live online session, we’ll look at Collaborate’s Breakout Rooms. We’ll talk about the basics of creating and moving students to breakout rooms. We’ll also talk about some of the strategies for helping students move themselves into breakout rooms, so your live-session groups can mimic project groups established elsewhere in the course.  

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New Faculty Roundtable

Our New Faculty Roundtable is a time for you to sit and chat with other faculty and the Instructional Design Studio. Come have a cup of coffee and ask questions, get answers, and share your experience. Experienced faculty are also welcome to attend this roundtable and share what they know with new faculty. Outside of the first session, which starts at 1:30p, these roundtables are offered the fourth Thursdays of the month, 12:15p – 12:45p.

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Online Accessibility: Creating Inclusive Course Content

In this 50-minute workshop, we will cover practical ways to create content that can be accessed by all students. We will cover creating and uploading accessible documents, adding captions to our online lectures, and practical tips for using Blackboard in a way that opens doors for all learners. Each participant will leave with strategies to make their class more accessible to all learners.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Discern what materials might create accessibility challenges
  • Create content using common software that is accessible
  • Structure an online course in a way that is accessible to students
  • Implement multi-modal learning strategies
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Online Instruction: Pedagogy and Practice

This seven-week hybrid class will give you the opportunity to hone your online instruction strategies. This class takes a deeper dive into the mechanics behind planning an engaging, interactive, and student centered online class. We’ll cover topics like active learning, formative and summative assessments, and instructor presence. We’ll spend the in-person sessions mapping our courses and sharing ideas with each other.

The course is designed for instructors of all skill levels, from the new instructor to someone who has been teaching for a while and wants an infusion of new ideas and streamlined strategies. Even if you are not teaching fully online course, you are welcome to enroll. Many of the instructors in the previous cohort were surprised by how much information from the course worked in their face-to-face classes, too.

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Online Testing for Law School Faculty

This single synchronous online session offered via Blackboard Collaborate will consist of a roughly 20 minute presentation on Blackboard's online testing and assessment tools, followed by 40 minutes of question and answer time.

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Organizing Your Course Materials in Blackboard

Have you ever wondered how to best layout and structure a module or unit in Blackboard? This 50-minute hands on workshop will teach you how to create content, embed videos, use selective release, and organize your units in a way that is supported by Adult Learning Theory.

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Pedagogy in Practice: Teaching Online and Face-to-Face

Engagement: 4 weeks (12-16 hours total), 3 synchronous sessions

NOTE: This course is designed to accompany faculty course development. Estimated course development time for a 3 credit course is 135 hours for an instructor-led course; 180 hours for an online course with interactive learning; and 450 hours for an online course with advanced interaction. This course will focus on the following aspects of teaching pedagogy:

  • Design a course rooted in Ignatian and Mercy pedagogical principles, building an experience grounded in self-reflection and care for the whole person.
  • Plan and teach online courses that take into consideration the needs of a diverse student population to ensure everyone has a high quality, learning-outcomes based experience.
  • Plan and teach in a flexible hybrid (HyFlex) environment where any number of learners may be engaging in online or face-to-face instruction.
  • Write measurable instructional objectives that take learning goals and knowledge into consideration.
  • Understand the importance of reflection in the learning cycle.
  • Design instructor presence and individual care into a HyFlex course.
  • Incorporate lecture best practices or find alternatives to lectures.
  • Incorporate student reflection into courses.
  • Write discussion board prompts that engage students in higher-level thinking.
  • Facilitate group work in an online and HyFlex environment.
  • Create formative/summative assessments that align with instructional objectives and generate usable feedback.
  • Incorporate purposeful, meaningful activities into a course outline.
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Remote Live Proctoring with Respondus LockDown Browser

Over the past year, some faculty experimented with using Collaborate or Zoom sessions to proctor synchronous online testing. Recently, Respondus has added a live-proctoring option to LockDown Browser that makes it easier to provide secure online testing through a combination of a Microsoft Teams meeting and LockDown Browser. In this one hour online workshop, we’ll look at how to implement Live Proctor with LockDown Browser and discuss potential issues.

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Rethinking the Syllabus

Compliments to your Syllabus that Enhance Readability

How many times in your teaching career have you had to tell a student that the information they are asking about is in the syllabus...if they'd only read it and look it over. This workshop explores three different ways to help your students understand your syllabus! We'll cover creating and using pacing guides, interactive syllabi, and infographic syllabi. IDS will provide the template and technical support and you’ll provide the syllabus - we’ll work together to create something you can use over and over again in your classes and increase student understanding of your expectations, the workload, and the class as a whole.

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Roundtable Discussion

Our Faculty Round Table is a time for you to sit and chat with other faculty and the Instructional Design Studio. Come have a cup of coffee and ask questions, get answers, and share your experience. Each session will have a topic selected based current trends and concerns in higher education.

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Service Learning in the Classroom

University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, believes that compassion starts the engine of learning and engagement. In this session, led by Fr. Tim Hipskind, Director of Service Learning at Detroit Mercy's Institute for Service and Leadership, you'll learn what Service Learning means at Detroit Mercy, how you can incorporate it into your courses, and how the Institute for Leadership and Service can provide support.

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Stepping Up Your Lecture Game

The current story around lecturing is that it is bad and boring, ineffective, and should be avoided at all costs. But the truth of the matter is, sometimes a lecture is the best way to communicate a concept or process. The question then becomes: how can we make our lectures more effective? In this session we will look at some strategies and techniques that you can use to make your lectures more engaging and memorable, whether you're lecturing online or in the classroom.

 

 

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Teaching Basics

This workshop is designed to get new and early career faculty up to speed for the new year! You’ll learn basic classroom management techniques and essential start-of-the-year survival skills. IDS will cover basic room management techniques like proximity and leveled questioning along with other tips and tricks to help create a classroom culture of learning and engagement. Experienced faculty are also welcome at this workshop if they would like to attend.

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Teaching Blended Classes

A blended classroom has online students participating alongside face-to-face students. Faculty, departments, programs, and colleges have been planning for fall, a significant number of classes have been looking to this model of teaching. To facilitate blended classrooms, ITS will be adding KanDao livecasting hardware to their AV deliveries. This units can be plugged into your desktop or laptop and function as a room-friendly replacement for your computer's microphone, speaker, and camera. But having hardware that lets you incorporate online students into your face-to-face classroom is only one piece of the puzzle.

This four-day workshop will cover a range of topics and challenges unique to teaching a blended class, including:

  • Managing a blended classroom, including what kinds of activities to choose and managing student issues
  • Testing options for blended rooms, with a focus on the new Respondus Remote Live Proctor tool
  • Positioning and using the KanDao live-casting hardware available for classroom delivery via ITS in the fall

This workshop will consist of 3 hours of asynchronous lessons delivered via Blackboard (course site will open Monday of the week of the live-session), a live online session (using the KanDao hardware), and an individual face-to-face meeting with a designer in the ODE offices where participants will get hands-on practice setting up the live-casting hardware. We'll schedule the individual meeting the week of the class.

If you are planning to teach a blended class this fall, please sign up for this workshop.

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Tools for Making Your Live Sessions More Interactive

There are a lot of tools available outside Blackboard that can be used to spice up your live online classes with more interactivity. Whether you’re using Collaborate, Teams, or Zoom, tools like Jamboard, shared OneDrive documents, and virtual whiteboards can be excellent ways to get students engaged in hands-on ways. In this live online workshop we’ll look at some of these tools and how they can be used in your synchronous sessions. 

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Tracking Student Attendance: Blackboard's Newest Tool

Blackboard recently introduced a tool for recording student attendance. In this workshop, we will learn about the tool’s capabilities, including grade center integration, assigning late or partial credit, setting excused absences ahead of time, exporting attendance data, and more. The remaining time in the workshop will be spent sharing best-practices for improving and maintaining student retention and attendance.

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Understanding how Students Use Textbooks: Lessons from the Research

One of the most common issues facing faculty at the university level is that students never seem to read their textbooks. As a result, fully utilizing the textbook in a course is a challenge. One landmark study on textbook use found that high school and university students struggle to use the assigned texts as a learning tool but community college students perform noticeably better. This workshop will explain why that is, outline how students use textbooks, and provide you with strategies to encourage and teach students to use their books more effectively in your courses.

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Using Blackboard Discussion Boards

An advantage of teaching online is being able to provide students with tools to interact with each other asynchronously―on their own schedules. Not all students participate in classroom discussions, whether from social anxiety, lack of preparedness, or a feeling that they can just remain unnoticed. Online discussion boards encourage everyone to participate by removing some of these barriers. In this session, we talk about how to use the Blackboard Discussion Board tool to create graded or non-graded discussion forums, and how to best integrate these online discussion activities into your lesson plans.

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Using the Top Hat Classroom Response System

Interested in getting your students to use their mobile devices as a part of your lecture rather than a distraction from it? Top Hat's interactive, cloud-based teaching platform helps you engage your students inside and outside of the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities.

From 12:30-1:30PM Thursday, November 29, Corey Raubvogel from Top Hat representative will be hosting a session for Detroit Mercy faculty in the Instructional Design Studio. In this session, Corey will demonstrate how you can enhance your face-to-face lectures by using Top Hat to:

  • Poll your students to aggregate their thoughts on a subject presented in class, then show your students the poll results in real-time.
  • Push timed, in-class quizzes to your students without the need for distributing and collecting paper.
  • Streamline attendance taking.

Corey will also show how, once collected, this data can easily be pushed back to Blackboard's Grade Center for easy inclusion in student grade calculations.

If you're curious about how you might get started with classroom response, please consider coming to this session.

Lunch will be provided.

 

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Wireless Devices: From Distraction to Engagement

Restricting students' use of laptops and phones in the classroom ahs been shown to reduce student distraction. But it's difficult to enforce and prevents students from using devices for note-taking or research. Studies have shown that including interactive tasks such as formative assessment can help to maintain student focus without restricting the use of wireless devices. In this session we'll explore the Top Hat Classroom system and other tools that run on students' devices.

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Working with media: creation, storage, and publication

Understanding how media files (images, video and audio) are stored and compressed can free up room on your hard drives, preserve and enhance their quality, and enable you to confidently prepare media for publication. Have you ever been told by a publisher that you needed to resubmit your artwork in a different format, been sent an image or movie you couldn't open, or wondered which settings to use on your digital camera? This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to solve these dilemmas yourself, using only free tools.

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