April 2021 Online Workshops from MSU IT

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April 2021 Online Workshops from MSU IT

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Natalie Vandepol
April 2021 Online Workshops from MSU IT

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Natalie Vandepol

Wrapping Up & Thinking Ahead

Our April workshops are focused on course wrap up (D2L gradebook & course activity) and planning ahead for next semester. We are hosting five workshops for faculty, each offered once. The recordings will be shared by email to all registrants and also posted to the MSU Tools and Technologies D2L self-enrollment course (enroll here).


If you have a few "extra" minutes, we are formulating our plans for trainings and other learning experiences, and we need your help. We're trying to see what people need from us, and if they are aware of what we have offered in the past. So, if you could take a few minutes to fill out this survey that would be really helpful! What would be even more helpful is if you could share it with people you know, especially if they didn't attend one of our workshops, as we're trying to find people we haven't reached or supported yet.


Monitoring Your D2L Course Activity

Friday April 9th, 10am-11:30am ET

In this 90-minute webinar, we will show you how to use D2L course analytics for monitoring your online course. D2L captures a great deal of learner activity that can be used to identify needs, prompt action, and impact course design. Some of the tools you will learn more about include:

  • Course Overview widget
  • Engagement Dashboard
  • Content usage reports
  • Class Progress

Learn more about monitoring your D2L course here: D2L Course Analytics

Register for Monitoring Your D2L Course


D2L Gradebook

Friday April 16th, 10am-11:30am ET

This 90-minute training will go into the details of how-to setup and use a D2L points-based or weighted gradebook. There will be time for Q&A at the end. Specifically, participants will learn how to: 

  • Create Categories and Grade Items.
  • Distribute weights within a category and drop the lowest score.
  • Create bonus items and work with extra credit.
  • Enter grades and feedback.
  • Connect and assess activities.
  • Preview and release grades.
  • Export and import grades.
  • Switch to adjusted final grades.

Learn more about using D2L here: Instructor – D2L Self-Directed Training

Register for D2L Gradebook


Easy, Effective online discussion with Packback

Friday April 16th, 2pm ET

Packback is an AI-supported online discussion forum designed to motivate students to explore and investigate the assigned topic, encouraging genuine curiosity and engagement. Join us to hear from faculty about how Packback saves them time moderating and grading discussion posts while giving their students live AI-based coaching on their writing.

Register for Easy, Effective online discussion with Packback


Using iClicker for Student Engagement and Formative Assessment

Friday April 23rd, starting at 10am ET

This event will provide opportunities to become more familiar with MSU’s chosen student response system (iClicker) and is designed to allow participants to join sessions of interest throughout the day.

  • 10:00am-10:45am - Introduction: Why use Student Response. This session will feature guest faculty sharing their experiences of using iClicker in their courses.
  • 11am-12:15pm - In this workshop session, we will delve into the details of setting up and using iClicker. We will include interactive demonstrations; active participants will leave with an iClicker course ready to go. Topics will include:
    • Creating an account and setting up an iClicker course
    • Integration with D2L and different presentation softwares
    • Scoring/grading
    • Running a class (face-to-face, remote, hybrid, or asynchronous)
    • Student experience
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Digging deeper. During this informal 60-minute “Lunch & Learn” session, we will revisit the “big picture” of when and why to use iClicker with our guest faculty and open the discussion to attendees.
  • 1:45pm-2:45pm - Breakout Sessions. After lunch, we will use self-selected Zoom breakout rooms to split up for detailed Q&A with iClicker technologists and MSU IT specialists for 1-1 iClicker support or platform-specific questions.

Learn more about iClicker here:

Please register if you are interested in attending any part(s) of this event or simply want the workshop recordings and associated resources emailed to you: Register for Using iClicker for Student Engagement and Formative Assessment


Creating and Editing Media in Camtasia

Friday April 30th, 10am-11:15am ET

This 75-minute workshop will focus on the use of Camtasia for creating and editing instructional videos. The topics covered will include:

  • Recording a Presentation
  • Editing a Video
  • Importing Media
  • Adding Effects/Annotations
  • Adding Quiz Questions
  • Exporting Video
  • Adding Video to Mediaspace/D2L

Register for Creating and Editing Media in Camtasia

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