Academic Technology Workshops for Faculty

The Academic Computing and Educational Technology department provides workshops for faculty and instructional staff members on the use of technology to support teaching and learning. To better meet faculty needs, we offer individualized workshop with flexible schedule.

Academic Technology Workshops

Blackboard 9 Quick Overview Webinar

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy.
In this 60 min webinar the participants will get an overview on what technology tools Blackboard provides that can support instruction and engage students in learning.
To participate, you need a computer/laptop, internet connection and a headset. If you do not have a headset, you can watch, listen to the webinar and type in your questions in the Chat window. If you talk using the computer built-in microphone, everyone in the session will hear echoes.
If this is the first time for you to use Blackbaord Collaborate (formerly called Elluminate), please go to the following website to check your computer configuration before the session starts.
If everything is okay for Step 1 on the above webpage, go to Step 2 and click one of the Configuration Rooms to check the configuration.
To join our session, click
Schedule:
Friday 11/9 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 11/12 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 11/14 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Smart Classroom

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy.

Smart Classrooms are equipped with the state-of-art computer, interactive panel, smart board or large screen, and audiovisual equipment. It provides the tools for faculty to incorporate a wide range of media in instruction, save the annotation of the course content presentation, and to enrich student learning experience. We provide workshops for beginners and advanced users, and require all faculty members who will use a smart classroom to participate in the workshop.

The smart classroom location can be found at:

https://www.york.cuny.edu/it/acet/smart-classrooms

Instructors: Wenying Huang-Stotle

By appointment (Call ext. 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu)

CUNY’s Academic Commons and Blog on WordPress MU

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy.

CUNY’s Academic Commons (http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/) is a place where you can talk about teaching, learning, technology, research and your creative work. It is also a virtual space to record, collect, reflect and share your thoughts and work, networking with peers, creating and joining communities.

In this workshop you will learn how to get started on the CUNY’s Academic Commons and use various tools it provides such as creating your blog, embedding multimedia content to your blog, visiting peers’ blogs and commenting on them, working with wikis, creating groups, and many more.

Instructors: Wenying Huang-Stotle

By appointment (Call ext. 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu)

Blackboard 9 Basics

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy. For all Blackboard workshops, a CUNY Portal account is required. For more information about the CUNY Portal, go to: http://york.cuny.edu/it/acet/cuny-portal.

In this hands-on workshop the participants will learn basic features of Blackboard 9 including how to create or modify a course menu, post class announcements, upload course documents, communicate with students, and the ways in which Blackboard 9 arranges course content, assignments, interaction and communication.  It will guide the participants through tasks and decisions for setting up a course site.  Some visual design on course banner and menus as well as some house-keeping tools will also be covered.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – Discussion Board

This workshop will provide hands-on practice to the tool and the participants will learn to:

·         Create discussion forums and enable subscriptions;

·         Manage discussions which includes: organizing forums, setting up dates and time, modifying or copying forums;

·         Create and reply to a thread post and rate posts;

·         Lock a discussion forum so that students can only view the threads/posts but can’t add threads or reply to others;

·         Moderate discussions;

·         Grade discussion participations;

·         Best practices.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).


Blackboard 9 – Grade Center

The Grade Center enables the instructor to record, post course grades, and calculate the totals.  This hands-on workshop will include:

·         Getting to know the Grade Center user interface;

·         Set up the Grade Center – add, modify, and remove grade items, change item order, modify display options and create smart views;

·         Retrieve and review grade details;

·         Enter and modify grades and feedback to students;

·         Customize letter grade scheme;

·         Weigh grades;

·         How students access their grades and view feedback from the instructor.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – Groups

The group feature allows course instructor, students to create groups within a class and set up group activities such as discussion forums, file exchange, email and online chatting. The instructor can set the group up to allow students self-enroll in groups. In this hands-on workshop the following topics will be covered:

·         Create groups and enroll students to groups; create groups for self-enroll;

·         Set up group activities and create group discussion forums;

·         Best practices: key elements for success.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – Assignments

The Assignment tool provides a centralized place that allows course instructors to post, collect and download assignments.  After reviewing and commenting on the assignments, the instructor can assign grades and send the marked assignments back to students. This workshop will guide you to:

·         Create an assignment;

·         Download single or all assignments;

·         Review and grade an assignment;

·         Add feedback and send marked assignments to students;

·         Manage assignments.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – Assessment (Tests and Surveys)

The assessment tools include Test, Survey and Pool Managers.  The topics in this hands-on workshop are:

·         Create Tests and specify creation settings;

·         Test question types;

·         Deploy Tests and set up Test options;

·         View and grade Tests;

·         Modify test grades and clear attempts;

·         View students’ answer statistics;

·         Export and Import a test;

·         Create surveys;

·         Pool manager.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – SafeAssign

SafeAssign is a tool used to encourage original writing and proper citation practices within a course.  Participates will learn to create a SafeAssignment using this tool:

·         Create a SafeAssignment and choose various options;

·         View, interpret and grade the submission of a SafeAssignment;

·         Manage SafeAssignments.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – Peer and Self Assessment

The Self and Peer Assessment tool enables students to review and evaluate work submitted by themselves or their peers. Using criteria specified by the instructor and optional sample responses, students can assign points and provide feedback on submitted assignments.

·         Create a Peer and Self Assessment;

·         Set up questions and criteria for peer and/or self evaluation;

·         Review assessment submissions, evaluations and results;

·         Send the results to Grade Center.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Blackboard 9 – Tools for keeping students on-track

In this workshop participants will learn various tools that help an instructor to check and make sure that students are on-track.  These include:

·         Monitor student progress using the course Performance Dashboard;

·         View Course Statistics;

·         Use Early Warning System;

·         Use Adaptive Release to personalize a lesson.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Team LX (Wiki) in Blackboard

Teams LX is a special wiki designed to give students and instructors tools for collaboratively creating rich media websites within the course management environment. Users sharing a common online workspace author content, assemble research, and present their work. In this workshop you will learn how to create and configure wikis for your entire class or groups. You will gain hands-on experience on setting up wikis with different participation levels, composing wiki pages, and assessing student participation.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment  (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Journal LX (Blog) in Blackboard

Prerequisite: Blackboard basic features

Journal LX gives instructors and students the tools to create media-rich journals within a course. The software provides the classroom community with a forum to reflect on course-related topics, projects, and ideas. In the workshop you will learn how to create private or public learning journals and configure them to fit your course goals. You will gain hands-on experience of setting up class, group and individual blogs, and composing blog entries.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu)

Clickers (Student Response System)

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy

Clickers can be used in a classroom to collect and record student responses to questions presented by the course instructors.  The response distribution can be displayed instantly in many format such as pie chart or histograms.  It helps faculty to gauge student’s understanding of the course material and adjust teaching accordingly.  It also provides the opportunities for faculty to assess student’s learning and for students to assess their own learning.  In this workshop participants will learn:

·         Install TurningPoint and the detector on your computer;

·         Check settings and modify configurations;

·         Create simple slides and use correct answer indicators;

·         Set Response Device and Participants options;

·         Data Slicing and Demographics;

·         Produce, view and save Reports.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stlote

By appointment  (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Podcast Lecture

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy

This workshop will present a brief overview of podcast technology, explore its usage in teaching, and explain how to subscribe to a podcast program.  Participants also have the opportunity to learn how to:

·         Record your lectures or learning units;

·         Upload your podcasts to iTunes U site and to the College website.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).


SoftChalk LessonBuilder

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy

This software can be used to create engaging, interactive and professional looking web lessons.  See the following website for some examples: http://softchalk.com/lb_examples.html.  Topics covered:

·         Create text part of the lesson presentation;

·         Insert images and sidebars;

·         Create text poppers, learning activities and quizzes;

·         Insert links and embedded multimedia;

·         Publish it in your Blackboard course site or on the web.

Instructor: Wenying Huang-Stolte

By appointment (Call ext 2826 or email bbadmin@york.cuny.edu).

Computer Literacy

This hands-on workshop will concentrate on Microsoft Windows and will show you:

·         Computer basics – hardware and software.

·         How to properly shutdown and restart your computer.

·         How to create folders and organize your computer files.

·         How to find and backup your files.

·         How to use Internet Explore

Date: TBA

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Place: CL 211

Instructor: TBA

To register, send an email to Tianfu Chen at tchen@york.cuny.edu.

MS Powerpoint

Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy

Powerpoint is a complete presentation graphics package. It offers word-processing, outlining, drawing, graphing, and presentation management tools. This hands-on workshop will show you:

·         Powerpoint basics.

·         How to create a presentation with Powerpoint.

·         How to customize your presentation with drawing, diagrams, charts, pictures etc.

·         How to present your Powerpoint slides and use animation.

Session I:         Date: TBA

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Place: CL 211

Instructor: Tianfu Chen

Session II:        Date: Tuesday, 10/4/2011

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: TBA

Instructor: TBA

Session II is the continuation of Session I.

To register, send an email to Tianfu Chen at tchen@york.cuny.edu.

MS Excel

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy

MS Excel is a powerful spreadsheet that allows users to store, manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. The participants will learn the following:

1.     Spreadsheet basics.

2.     Formatting cells.

3.     Formula and functions.

4.     Adding text.

5.     Sorting, filing and printing.

Session I:         Date: TBA

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Place: CL 211

Instructor: TBA

Session II:        Date: TBA

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Place: CL 211

Instructor: TBA

Session II is the continuation of Session I.

To register, send an email to bbadmin@york.cuny.edu.

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