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Facilitated by John Thommen or Chris Richards
This basic training is designed to help the novice user begin to learn how to:
This is a hands-on session designed for those new to Desire2Learn. However, experienced users may benefit from this session as the content area and navigation tools have changed in the D2L version 10. Basic computer skills are required to participate in this workshop.
Facilitated by LCC Librarians
Join the LCC Librarians to learn what resources, technology, and services the Library has to offer faculty and students. The offerings include books, articles, Kindles, iPads, discovery tools, databases, research guides, and more!
Facilitated by Susan Halick
Participants will learn how to set up and use Desire2Learn's Grades feature. This workshop is designed to help novice Desire2Learn users learn the basics of a points-based or weighted grading system. Specifically, participants will learn how to:
Faculty are encouraged to bring their syllabus grade scheme as practice time is built into the session. In addition, participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Chris Richards
Intelligent Agents and Release Conditions are great tools within Desire2Learn that provide endless possibilities for instructors to customize the teaching and learning experience. Intelligent Agents can be used to monitor activity and trigger emails to the instructor and/or student when certain conditions are met, or not met. For example, an agent can notify students when they have not logged in after a set number of days. The message can even be personalized for each student. Release Conditions on the other hand, allow instructors to hide content until specified conditions are met such as not allowing a student to take a quiz until a Dropbox item has been submitted. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Richard Prystowsky
Please join the conversations on teaching and learning with LCC's Provost, Dr. Richard Prystowsky! These conversations are an opportunity to share and reflect on a variety of teaching and learning issues. If you have a specific topic you would like addressed, please email Pam Blundy at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome! Registration is not required.
Facilitated by Jaime Grant and Megan Lin
Classroom observations are often accompanied by anxiety for both the observer and the observe. During this interactive session, participants will explore how classroom observations can be used to facilitate collegial discussions on teaching and learning, the classroom culture, and professional growth and development. While this session is intended for faculty and staff responsible for classroom observations, it would also benefit anyone in a mentoring role and/or responsible for giving students feedback on presentations. This session will not focus on the details of the performance review process at LCC; it is intended only to facilitate more effective communication when giving and receiving feedback.
Facilitated by Cathy Wilhm
They’re here. We’ve seen them – the older students in our classrooms. So, now what do we do? This interactive workshop will identify some of the unique needs of the Plus 50 learner, as well as best practices to ensure successful certificate, degree, or non-credit credentialing by students age 50 and older. From career advising and enrollment to program completion, an overview of the Plus 50 student will be presented.
Facilitated by Chuck Page, Suzanne Sawyer, and John Szilagyi
Discover online tutorials and practice tests available in the Learning Express Library database, such as tutorials for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. There are practice exams for Accuplacer, US Citizenship, and for occupational exams in fields such as Electrical and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Additionally, there are tutorials for test-taking and workplace skills.
Facilitated by John Tommen
Come to this session to learn how the Turning Point™ Audience Response Devices (i.e., "Clickers") enhance instruction. Participants will practice:
In addition, the facilitator will discuss best practices for using the "Clickers."
Facilitated by Anthony Farina
Prezi is a cloud-based tool for creating presentations as an alternative to PowerPoint. Come to this hands-on session to see what a Prezi looks like and create one of your own. Prior to the session, please register for your free account at prezi.com. CTE staff will be available up to fifteen minutes before the start of the session if you need assistance registering.
Facilitated by Janis Elmore
Join Professor Elmore to discuss humor and the neuroscience behind laughter. The goal of this session is to share the sometimes challenging content of the brain’s biology by demonstrating how it reacts to humorous situations. Please note: This is not a discussion about using humor in your teaching – that is for another day!
Facilitated by Suzanne Bernsten, Suzanne Sawyer, Susan Henderson, and Megan Lin
Come to this session to see the relationships between words with Visual Thesaurus, an interactive dictionary and thesaurus database, which creates word maps. Learn how to cut and paste text from an article to automatically create lists of vocabulary words and check spelling and pronunciation. In addition, learn how to translate words into English, Spanish, German, and French.
Facilitated by Suzanne Bernsten, Ami Ewald, and Suzanne Sawyer
Learn about a new Library search tool, Summon, that can help you and your students quickly find articles, books, and multimedia from multiple research databases and the library catalog. Also learn how to create a Summon search box for your Desire2Learn course which students can use to find discipline-specific resources.
Instructors can create checklists in their courses with organized categories and items that describe each task a student needs to complete for that unit. These checklists can be added as topics in Content allowing students to check off each task as they complete them. By using Checklists, Instructors are able to increase engagement with course content by clearly outlining expectations for tasks in a specific unit. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Nan Jackson, Tim Periard, Martine Courant Rife, and David Siwik
In this presentation, faculty members will share their perspectives as well as novel teaching ideas on how to use this new space. Faculty will discuss unique ways that spaces and places, art and wall graphics, and the four display cases: "The Beautiful Mind," "NaCl," "Feathers to Fountains," and "The 1,817 Mile Flight," can be used to intrigue and teach students. In addition, various reflective and research-based mini-writing assignments, drawing on the art and spaces in the building, will be shared. During this presentation, ideas on how to integrate other places and spaces on campus into learning environments, will be discussed.
Facilitated by Jessica Gordon and Cody Mathis
Join the Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS) as we walk through common scenarios that individuals might encounter as they work with students who live with disabilities. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain disability awareness to better understand the student experience. Participants will work collaboratively, share best practices, and learn about resources available at LCC and beyond to better facilitate accessibility for differently-abled students.
Facilitated by Meg Elias
Padlet is a free online bulletin board where you can post just about anything! It’s easy to use and students love it for sharing videos, pictures, and exchanging ideas. Join us for this hands-on session where you will learn to build your own board and embed it in your Desire2Learn course. Prior to the session, please register for a free account at padlet.com. CTE staff will be available up to fifteen minutes before the start of the session if you need assistance registering for an account.
Facilitated by Fran Krempasky and Suzanne Sawyer
Are you looking for videos to help your students better understand curriculum concepts? Discover the 10,000+ educational videos available in the Films on Demand database and learn how to embed videos into your Desire2Learn courses.
Are you interested in gathering ideas to establish a "sense of connection" in your online course? In this session, participants will watch a video, followed by a roundtable discussion, on general approaches for creating an online community.
Facilitated by John Thommen
In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to create computer administered and graded quizzes within Desire2Learn. The basics of online testing, question construction, as well as feedback options, security features, and random question selection will be addressed. Experience using Desire2Learn is required. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Socrative is a free, easy to use Web 2.0 tool that allows instructors to poll students using their own portable devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, and laptops). Instructors are able to gather instant feedback while projecting responses in front of the class in real-time. Students do not need to sign up for an account and the results can be sent to the instructor's email with one click. There is also a built-in space race game to engage students in team competition while completing a quiz. Participants are encouraged to Bring Your Own Device (i.e., smartphone, iPad, etc.). If you need assistance accessing the internet on your device, come to the CTE before the session begins.
Facilitated by Mabel Menadier-Thomas and Susan Murphy
Learn how you are put together with the Anatomy TV database! Explore a detailed interactive 3-D model of the human body, rotate the model, and peel away layers. Also, hear how some faculty members are using Anatomy TV in their courses.
Facilitated by Regina Gong and Suzanne Sawyer
Do you know that the Library has over 81,000 e-books available from on and off-campus? Discover how Library e-books can be located and read on multiple electronic devices and learn how to place e-books on course reserve and into Desire2Learn.
Facilitated by Rob Edwards and Marc Smyth
Room 040 in the Technology & Learning Center (TLC) building has been retrofitted to be the testing ground for cutting edge teaching and learning technology. In this session, the new technology and the varied uses of the room, many of which are already being used by faculty, will be introduced. The facilitators will also encourage faculty members to consider additional uses for the "sandbox."
Formatting and entering text using MS Word can be a frustrating and downright maddening experience. In this session, we will explore how to use MS Word 2013 efficiently and effectively. We will also explore some of the common problems that Word 2013 users encounter and discuss how to troubleshoot these problems. This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced computer/MS Word users.
In this session, we will investigate the use of Respondus, a third party program supported by the college that allows instructors to:
Participants will practice installing and setting up Respondus, uploading quizzes to Desire2Learn, and importing existing quizzes from text documents. This workshop is most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced user. Previous experience writing quizzes in Desire2Learn is strongly recommended.
In this session, participants will get a sneak peek into what it is like to actively engage in a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). Several MOOCs will be explored on various platforms including Canvas Network, Blackboard CourseSites, and Desire2Learn Open Courses. This session will be of particular interest to online faculty who are interested in taking a MOOC to gather ideas for their own teaching. Participants will receive a list of resources for finding open courses they may wish to take for their own interest.
Come to this hands-on session to learn about the tools in Desire2Learn's HTML editor, and to acquire tips for designing content that is visually appealing to students. HTML knowledge is not required because most of the functions look and perform like Microsoft Word tools. Features include the ability to:
This workshop will be paced for the intermediate to advanced user, however, anyone interested in learning more about this feature is welcome. Training and/or experience using Desire2Learn is required.
Facilitated by CTE Staff
If you answer yes to any of the following; schedule a one-on-one session!
Call the CTE to reserve your 30-minute one-on-one session. Experience using D2L is required.
Facilitated by Melissa DeRosia
Center for Teaching Excellence
Technology and Learning Center, Room 324
Phone: (517) 483-1680
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