Coming Soon from Instructional Development (4/9 – 4/23)

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VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop on Thursday to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

Next Friday, we are offering a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – the online meeting tool built into myCourses. Collaborate can be used to have live audio/video chat sessions with students. Collaborate also allows you to share your screen and present office documents/presentations. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, conduct review sessions, and meet one-on-one with students.

Have you ever thought about recording a lecture from your office/home and making it available to your students online? Come learn how it can be done at our Recording with TechSmith Relay workshop next week. Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content on your computer. Please bring your own laptop to participate in this workshop.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, April 12th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Friday, April 20th
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Recording with TechSmith Relay
Monday, April 23rd
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Grade Center Help

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Do you need a quick tutorial on How to Create a Weighted Final Grade in the Grade Center?
Do you want to organize the columns in the Full Grade Center, so that they are displayed in the order you would like them to appear?

Check out our Grading Center resource located at: http://instructionaldev.umassd.edu/grade-center/

The ID team is also available for individual assistance, contact us at idteam@umassd.edu or 508.999.8501.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (3/19 – 3/30)

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iClicker Cloud allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our In-Class Polling with iClicker Cloud workshop on Tuesday to learn more about this in-class engagement tool.

Our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course that starts on Wednesday introduces the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants will work independently and collaboratively with peers to design and build one unit of online instructions in a myCourses site. This fully online four-week course is designed to support the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

Have you ever thought about making a lecture available to your students online? Come learn how it can be done at our Recording with TechSmith Relay workshop next week. Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content on your computer. Please bring your own laptop to participate in this workshop.

In-Class Polling with iClicker Cloud
Tuesday, March 20th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
March 21st – April 17th
Fully online through myCourses
Register

Recording with TechSmith Relay
Thursday, March 29th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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CITS | Instructional Development
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 242
UMass Dartmouth
508-999-8501

Need help with campus IT? Let us know.

CITS will never ask you for your password or other confidential information via email. Beware of phishing scams where email and/or malicious web sites try to trick users into entering their username and password. For more information about password security, please visit: umassd.edu/cits/security.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (2/26 – 3/9)

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On Thursday, we are offering a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – the online meeting tool built into myCourses. Collaborate can be used to have live audio/video chat sessions with students. Collaborate also allows you to share your screen and present office documents/presentations. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, conduct review sessions, and meet one-on-one with students.

Next week on Tuesday morning, we are offering a Getting Started in myCourses workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept electronic assignment submissions, share content from the internet, maintain an online grade book, and more! Sign-up now to learn how myCourses can become the digital headquarters for your courses.

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Thursday, March 1st
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Getting Started with myCourses
Tuesday, March 6th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
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Coming Soon from Instructional Development (2/12 – 2/23)

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On Wednesday, we are offering a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – the online meeting tool built into myCourses. Collaborate can be used to have live audio/video chat sessions with students. Collaborate also allows you to share your screen and present office documents/presentations. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, conduct optional review sessions, and meet one-on-one with students.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with iClicker Cloud workshop on Friday, February 23rd to learn more about this in-class engagement tool.

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Wednesday, February 14th
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

In-Class Polling with iClicker Cloud
Friday, February 23rd
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Important Changes for Assignment Inline Grading Tool

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Blackboard’s assignment inline grading functionality is serviced by a third party tool called Crocodoc. This tool allows faculty to annotate assignments with text and point based comments, highlighting and drawing directly within the course site. The Crocodoc service is being retired by Box, the company who owns Crocodoc. Box is replacing with a comparable service called New Box View.

On December 22, 2017, Box View will replace Crocodoc, after which you will begin to use the New Box View interface.

View more information about what’s changing and the new interface.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (10/23 – 11/3)

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Have you ever thought about making a lecture available to your students online? Come learn how it can be done at tomorrow’s Recording with TechSmith Relay workshop. Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content on your computer. Please bring your own laptop to participate in this workshop.

On Wednesday, we are offering a workshop on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra the online meeting tool built into myCourses. Collaborate can be used to have live audio/video chat sessions with students. Collaborate also allows you to share your screen and present office documents/presentations. Many instructors use Collaborate to host online office hours, conduct optional review sessions, and meet one-on-one with students.

Next week on Monday morning, we are offering a Getting Started in myCourses workshop. myCourses allows instructors to post files, accept assignment submissions, share multimedia from the internet, and more! Sign-up now to learn how myCourses can become the digital headquarters for your courses.

The Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course that starts on Wednesday, November 1st provides an introduction to the current research and best practices for online teaching and learning. Participants will work independently and collaboratively with peers to design and build one unit of online learning in a myCourses site. This fully online four-week course is designed to support the UMass Dartmouth Quality Online Course Review Rubric.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool that can be used to facilitate asynchronous audio/video conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next Thursday to learn how VoiceThread can be used to take your online discussions to the next level.

Recording with TechSmith Relay
Tuesday, October 24th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Wednesday, October 25th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Getting Started with myCourses
Monday, October 30th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Online Teaching and Learning Strategies
November 1st – November 29th
Fully online through myCourses
Register

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, November 2nd
11:00am – 12:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Call for Proposals: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018

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New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Date: January 19th, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Charlton College of Business Learning Pavilion & Library Living Room
Concurrent Session Times: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

We invite proposals for faculty sessions showcasing innovative and creative teaching and learning strategies. Each 50-minute faculty session will occur concurrently during the morning portion of the conference. The goal of these sessions is to share effective teaching and learning practices so that attendees can gain concrete ideas to integrate into their own teaching.

Proposals could include, but are not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Best practices and strategies for active or “Flipped” learning
  • Effective collaborative and/or Team-Based Learning techniques
  • Creative assessment strategies
  • Effective implementations of web-based collaboration tools
  • Student multimedia projects
  • Innovative use of technologies (video, lecture capture, OER, WordPress, VoiceThread, in-class polling)
  • Online or Blended teaching strategies
  • Project-based learning
  • Building community in classes/programs
  • Community-based projects or service learning
  • Teaching and learning specific to STEM fields

Deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be made by November 6, 2018.

Submit your presentation proposal today! 

Visit the New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Agenda for more information

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning 2018 is sponsored by the Academic Director of Online Education, Office of Faculty Development, Instructional Development, Provost’s office, and University Extension.

Coming Soon from Instructional Development (9/25 – 10/13)

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On Wednesday our fall semester offering of the Blended Learning: Finding the Mix online workshop begins. In blended classes, a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by internet-based online learning. During this two-week long fully online workshop, you will explore how one unit of your face-to-face course could be redesigned and delivered in a blended format.

VoiceThread is an interactive discussion and collaboration tool built into myCourses that can be used to facilitate rich, asynchronous conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos. Join us for our Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop next Friday to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

REEF Polling allows instructors to shake up their lectures by engaging students with multiple choice, numeric, and short answer questions. Students can respond from their phone, tablet, or laptop and the instructor can display the results data immediately afterward on the projector to discuss as a class. Attend our Polling with iClicker Cloud workshop on Wednesday, October 11th to learn more about this in-class engagement tool. 

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, September 27th – Tuesday, October 10th
Fully online through myCourses
Register

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Friday, October 6th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register

Polling with iClicker Cloud
Wednesday, October 11th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 135
Register