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Spring 2014 MRC Instructional Technology
Workshops and Blackboard Training for Faculty & Staff


New for Spring 2014!

PNG ImageOnline webinar-style training - Learn from anywhere in the world: at your desk across campus, at home on your couch, on the beach! New webinars delivered via Blackboard Collaborate will give you the flexibility you want to get the training you need.

PNG ImageRevised, simpler schedule - You spoke, we listened! We will be reducing the number of unique offerings so that we can focus on the core of what you need to know. You never know--you may even see some evening and weekend sessions as well!

PNG ImageRecorded sessions - Watch for some sessions being recorded so that you can watch when you want, where you want. 


PNG ImageDeveloping with purpose - Many spring sessions will be focused on course development that concentrates on aligning curriculum with your course objectives and program and accreditation standards.

* All sessions take place in the Media Resources Center unless otherwise specified. 

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4/2, 1:00pm Blackboard: Tests & Assessments (Pope)
Measuring student understanding can be difficult online, but Blackboard provides many tools to instructors to assess learning through tests, surveys, question banks, and other types of assessment activities. Come learn how to get started today!
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4/3, 10:30am Blackboard: Using Rubrics (Morriss)
Using rubrics for assessment not only clearly communicates expectations to students, but also makes grading more objective (and usually easier!). Come learn how to set up rubrics in Blackboard to grade and provide feedback to students.
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4/8, 11:00am Intro to Apple's iPad (Jones)
If you're new to the iPad, or have owned one but don't think you're getting the hang of it yet, come learn about some of the basic features and some tips and tricks that even more advanced users might not even know! It is suggested that you already have an Apple ID prior to attending the session.
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4/10, 10:30am Blackboard: Grade Center (Pope)
In this session, you will learn the basics of setting up and organizing your Grade Center, adding assignments, viewing/editing grades, and more.
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4/15, 10:00am Using SafeAssign to Check for Plagiarism (Morriss)
SafeAssign is one tool at instructors' disposal to help identify when students may be using others' intellectual property improperly. SafeAssign maintains a national database of literature, online websites, and other student work to help determine the originality of a submitted assignment.
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4/17, 1:30 pm Blackboard: Advanced Grade Center (Pope)
Use your Blackboard Grade Center to create custom views, organize columns, create custom grading schemas, and more. It is recommended that you have previously taken the "Getting Started" Grade Center session as well.
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4/23, 11:00am What is Quality Matters? (Morriss)
This faculty development session is focused on the Quality Matters course development rubric--what it is, why it matters, and how to begin framing your course to adhere to QM standards.
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4/24, 10:00am Creating Engaging Presentations (Jones)
If your PowerPoint presentations suffer from too many words on a slide, or if you are habitually reading your slides to your audience, please come learn a few ideas on how to use your visual presentation as a way to engage your audience rather than put them to sleep.
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