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Online Workshops & Webinars

The Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors workshops and other events to provide Boise State instructors with opportunities to reinforce best-practices in teaching, learn from colleagues, and reflect upon the choices we make as teachers. Online workshops allow the Center for Teaching and Learning to meet the diverse needs of faculty, including distance faculty and adjunct faculty.

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Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

This facilitated, self-paced online workshop is an introduction to designing courses that are usable and accessible for all users, regardless of their differing capabilities. In addition to familiarizing participants with the fundamental issues and ideas of universal design and accessibility, the workshop is intended to inspire further exploration of and advocacy for designing materials that benefit all students and help them achieve their educational goals. Although the focus of the workshop is on online learning, much of the material is applicable to face-to-face teaching and to any learning environment that uses digital materials. Workshop content is organized into three modules:

  • Universal Design
  • Accessibility
  • Assistive Technology

Introduction to OER: Where to begin with Open Educational Resources

The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is a great way to reduce textbook costs for students and to increase flexibility in the texts used in a course. This workshop will introduce OER and best practices for searching, compiling and using its concepts to better sync with your course objectives. During the workshop participants will be given a base level understanding of what OER is, including David Wiley’s 5 ‘R’: Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute. Those attending will be pointed towards documents and links that are used to find OER and encourage exploration of Creative Commons, to find out more about how its licenses make educational materials freely accessible for use.

Moving Beyond the Monotony: Creating Engaging and Effective Discussion Boards

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 1/27/2019 through 2/3/2019. Please register no later than 1/28/2019.
  • Requires approximately 2 hours to complete.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate.
  • Facilitated by Jennifer Black, English and Kim Carter-Cram, World Languages.
  • Register for Moving Beyond the Monotony.

Students often report that asynchronous threaded discussions (i.e., Discussion Boards) feel like busy work. In this online workshop, faculty will be introduced to various ways of using threaded discussions. By the end of the workshop, faculty will have identified ways to create online asynchronous course discussions that are both engaging and effective.

Teaching First Generation College Students: Strategies for Supporting their Success

This workshop will offer a greater sense of understanding of first generation college students’ experiences, needs and challenges. Strategies for better supporting first generation college students (FGS) will be provided.

WEBINAR: Let’s Get Mobile: An Introduction to Mobile Learning Strategies for Onsite and Online Courses

  • Conducted on 2/6/2019 from noon to 1:15.
  • Facilitated by Lana Grover, IDEA Shop and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for Let’s Go Mobile.

Advances in mobile technology have made smartphones and tablets increasingly popular for accessing the internet, in place of desktop and laptop computers. However, students now use mobile devices to go far beyond browsing to; accessing course content, digital note taking, sharing collaborative documents, communicating, and creating original content.

In this webinar, we will discuss the pedagogical benefits of mobile learning, introduce a set of popular mobile learning apps, and provide examples of mobile learning strategies that have helped to increase student success at Boise State, in both face-to-face and online courses. The workshop will include a set of mobile learning activities which can be easily implemented into an existing curriculum.

The Universally Designed Rubric: Grading Student Work Submitted in Multiple Formats

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 2/11/2019 through 2/22/2019.
  • Requires approximately 2 hours to complete.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop.
  • Register for The Universally Designed Rubric.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for the design of materials and instructional methods that are usable by a wide range of students. UDL recognizes that learners differ in the ways in which they navigate a learning environment and express what they know, and that learning systems should accommodate variability among learners from the outset. From these premises is drawn a central principle of UDL: provide students with multiple means of action and expression. One way to do so is to allow students to submit an assignment in one of several media. This facilitated, asynchronous online workshop focuses on a major research assignment in History 100: Themes in World History, one that asks students to document their research in either a 4- to 5-page paper, a food blog, or an 8-minute video. The workshop also explores the logistics of assessing a single assignment submitted in multiple media, with particular attention paid to the use of assessment rubrics.

Incorporating Video in Blended and Online Courses to Increase Social Presence and Student Learning

Participants will explore various ways that video can be used to improve social presence and student learning in online and blended courses, including video announcements, video feedback, video screencasts/lectures and live meetings. The workshop will start off with a live synchronous web meeting in Google Hangout. Participants will then spend time learning about different uses of video over the week in Blackboard in an asynchronous format (working at times that are convenient for them). After learning about different uses of video, participants will create and/or integrate a new use of video into one of his/her own blended or online courses. The workshop will end with a live synchronous wrap up meeting in Google Hangout.

Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Blackboard

Many faculty believe that accessibility is important, but do not necessarily know how to incorporate accessibility into online course materials. This facilitated online workshop provides a conceptual and theoretical framework and robust concrete, practical strategies to guide faculty in building course material on Blackboard according to the best practices of Universal Design for Learning, thereby improving the accessibility and quality of the learning experience for all students. Participants will enrich their understanding of accessibility and universal design while strengthening their skills in course design. In addition, participants will take steps toward mastering many features of Blackboard. After completing the modules in this course, participants will be able to design engaging, effective, and accessible courses in Blackboard.

Creating Teacher Presence in Online Courses

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 3/11/2019 through 3/16/2019
  • Requires approximately 3 hours to complete.
  • Facilitated by Jennifer Black and Kim Carter-Cram, eCampus
  • Register for Creating Teacher Presence

Feeling disconnected from your students in your online course? Let’s fix that! This workshop discusses ways to “show yourself” and connect with your students online. Learn practical strategies for building community by increasing your teaching presence in the online classroom.

The workshop is designed for participants to work on specific tasks throughout the session. Every participant will learn about multiple strategies for increasing teacher presence, but will be able to “pick and choose” the one(s) that fit her/his teaching style and course needs.

How Accessible Is Your Syllabus?

  • Conducted asynchronously online, available from 4/8/2019 through 4/19/2019
  • Requires approximately two hours to complete.
  • Counts toward the BUILD Certificate.
  • Facilitated by Kevin Wilson, IDEA Shop, and Teresa Focarile, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Register for How Accessible Is Your Syllabus?

How accessible is your syllabus? That is, to what extent is it able to be used by all intended users, each with differing capabilities?  The goal of this workshop is to enable faculty to assess the extent to which their syllabus is accessible and to acquaint them with some relevant principles of accessibility. This facilitated, asynchronous online workshop (equivalent to a 2-hour face-to-face workshop) provides you with an opportunity to assess the extent to which your syllabus is accessible and to identify aspects of the syllabus that can be made more accessible. The workshop uses a checklist drawn from principles defined at accessiblesyllabus.tulane.edu and in other resources. The workshop also provides practice in using Microsoft Word’s accessibility checker. Finally, the workshop includes a brief online discussion.