This Week in ID – 9/21 to 9/28

Hello and welcome back faculty!

The Instructional Development team is happy to share our Fall 2016 faculty workshop offerings. This semester we are offering two new workshops – Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread and the recently updated Online Meetings in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Our first VoiceThread workshop is this week and you can catch one of our Collaborate Ultra workshops later this semester in October or November. Keep reading below to find out what else we have on the schedule in the next several days.

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 at tomorrow’s Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread workshop to learn about taking your online discussions to the next level using this exciting new tool.

Have you ever considered moving some of your face-to-face lectures online? Come learn how it can be done at next Monday’s Recording with Techsmith Relay workshop. Techsmith Relay allows you to record audio narration over PowerPoint presentations, documents, or any other content you can open on your computer screen. During this workshop we will walk you through the process of installing the software, recording a presentation, and sharing that recording in myCourses. All you will need to participate in this workshop is your laptop.

Next Wednesday our Blended Learning: Finding the Mix online workshop begins. In blended classes a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. This fully online two-week workshop provides a comprehensive look at how a unit of face-to-face instruction could be delivered in the blended format.

Humanizing Online Discussions with VoiceThread
Thursday, September 22nd
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Recording with Techsmith Relay
Monday, September 26th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Claire T. Carney Library, Room 226

Blended Learning: Finding the Mix
Wednesday, September 28th – Tuesday, October 11th
Online via myCourses

To Register for Instructional Development Workshops & Events:

  1. Visit the myUMassD Full Calendar at
  2. Login using your UMassD Login information if prompted.
  3. Enter the workshop name in the search box or click on the date of the workshop in the calendar.
  4. Click on the workshop title and then click the “Register” button.

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