During these workshop, ITS Staff and Faculty Fellows will share tools, methods, and effective practices for teaching virtually. They will also cover integrating research-based pedagogy and technology to assess student performance. Recordings and materials from previous sessions are listed after the current offerings of workshops.
Past Workshops & Recordings
Please see our workshop calendar on our Training Page .
Past VIP Workshops:
VIP: Tools & Techniques
Slides: ITS VIP Workshop Slides
This workshop will provide information to move elements of your face-to-face course into a virtual environment by integrating research-based pedagogy and technology to teach and assess student performance. Instructional Technology Services Staff and Faculty Fellows will share tools, methods, and effective practices for teaching virtually.
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Wednesday, March 11th
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Thursday, March 12th
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Friday, March 13th
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Monday, March 16th
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Tuesday, March 17th, 10 am
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Tuesday, March 17th, 1 pm
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Wednesday, March 18th
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Thursday, March 19th
- VIP: Tools & Techniques: Friday, March 20th
In this Zoom session, Rebecca will share tips, tricks, and best practices for how to use Zoom during live sessions with students and using Zoom to increase presence and add a ‘personal touch’ to fully online/asynchronous courses. Depending on what you’d like to discuss, Rebecca can cover the basics (zoom settings and basic A/V troubleshooting, recording sessions to the cloud or locally, screen sharing, whiteboard, managing participants audio/video), or advanced skills (using breakout groups and Google docs for small group discussions and sharing out, screen sharing from peripherals, etc.).
The Library has high quality ebooks and electronic resources that faculty can use in their courses, and students can access for free. This session is of particular relevance to faculty who have physical course reserves that students no longer can access and now need to select alternate electronic content. Learn what to look for when selecting Library ebooks for use in your course, get up to date on complimentary access to commercial publisher electronic textbooks, and learn how to find relevant and free Open Educational Resources. The Library also provides Streaming Media – movies, documentaries, and music. Find out how to discover streaming media, and how to request specific titles if the library doesn’t already have what you need.
Turnitin is integrated within Blackboard and enables faculty to provide feedback via written and/or voice comments, “quickmarks” placed on drafts, and grading rubrics. When a paper is graded in Turnitin, the score appears automatically in the Blackboard Grade Center. Also available through Turnitin is a peer review tool, as well as a plagiarism detector.
In this Zoom session, Jon Rizzo will discuss and demonstrate methods for assessing your students virtually via Blackboard. The session will focus on Assignments, Tests/Pools, and other formative and summative assessment tools in Blackboard. Attending faculty members will also receive recommendations on best practices and pedagogical considerations when assessing students virtually.
Moving a course to the virtual environment is one thing. Doing it in a week or two is another thing. Running a large-enrollment online course is a whole other kind of beast. In this Zoom session, Mark Laumakis, Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and ITS Faculty in Residence, will share some tips, tricks, and best practices, based on his 15+ years of teaching up to 500 students in his hybrid Introductory Psychology course, as well as in his large-enrollment fully online Summer Session course. Topics to be covered include communicating with students, minimizing the email load, managing grades, and supporting your students in challenging times.
VIP: Zoom – Teaching Techniques for Live Classes
Thursday, March 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Sean Hauze, Associate Director, ITS; Lecturer, Educational Leadership
Sean Hauze, Instructional Technology Services Associate Director and Department of Educational Leadership Lecturer, will share techniques for teaching live class sessions via Zoom.
Moving to a virtual teaching modality can be challenging and many faculty worry about maintaining the quality of their course during this transition. In this session, you will learn strategies to enhance the design and delivery of your virtual instruction to improve the student learning experience and to more closely resemble that of a face-to-face class. This session will provide a crash-course on the Quality Online Learning and Teaching rubric, an evaluative instrument that can be used to help guide online instruction, to better prepare faculty for the challenges of conducting classes virtually.
New to Blackboard? Need a refresher on the basics? This Zoom session is going to cover the five basic steps of how to get started in Blackboard:
1. Adding a current email address to your Blackboard
2. Adding content to your course
3. Sharing information with your students
4. Making your course available to students
5. Communicating to your students
Blackboard Interaction tools: Discussions, Blogs, Journals, & more
Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 pm
This Zoom session will cover different approaches in Blackboard to promote integration with, and between, students using Discussions, Blogs, Journals, & more. Pedagogical approaches to interaction and best practices will be covered as well.
In this Zoom session on Zoom, we’ll cover advanced features and functionality in Zoom. Breakout rooms, Polling and Whiteboard are some of the topics. We will also cover using additional devices as document cameras/whiteboards.
Come learn how to engage your students while in Zoom. We will focus on the following
- Breakout rooms for small group interactions (case studies, problem-solving)
- Polling for knowledge checks
- Managing small and large courses
- Student presentations
Final exams are amongst us! Have you started building your test pools? Need to set up end of semester surveys? Come learn how to do all the above (and more)
Virtual Assignments in Blackboard & Turnitin
May 1, 2020, 11 a.m.
This workshop will demonstrate how to set up and grade assignments that your students will submit, such as written work, problem sets, and projects and the session will include the following items:
- Setting up an assignment with Blackboard Assignment
- Using the in-line grader to grade student submissions
- Creating a Turnitin assignment
- Using Grademark in Turnitin to provide feedback
- Viewing the submission process from the student’s perspective
Setting your Grade Center up for success!
May 8, 2020, 11 a.m.
This workshop will focus on the Blackboard Grade Center and will include the following items:
- Create Total and Weighted Total columns
- Create graded items
- Grading schemas and column organization
- Dropping lowest scores and extra credit
- Uploading Blackboard Grades to Web Portal