Course Design: Modality & Technology
Our June workshops are focused on planning courses for Fall semester. We are hosting 6 workshops, 4 vendor demonstrations, and 3 "office hours" sessions. The workshops and demonstrations will be recorded and shared by email to all registrants and also posted to the MSU Tools and Technologies D2L self-enrollment course (enroll here). As always, if you would like a one-on-one consultation on course design or academic technologies, please submit a service request to the MSU Help Desk and ask for the Instructional Technology & Development team.
Defining and Exemplifying the Modalities
Tuesday June 8th, 10 am – 11:30 am ET
What do Hybrid, Hyflex, Flipped, etc. mean? What do they look and feel like in action for you and for your students? Some of these intersect, like a flipped hybrid class, what does that look like? In this workshop, we will define and discuss these terms and faculty will showcase how they implemented these modalities in their courses.
Choosing your Instructional Technologies
Tuesday June 15th, 10 am – 11:30 am ET
How do you pick instructional technologies? Which ones will work best for your modality and goals? When should you compromise on the performance of a technology to increase versatility and reduce the number of different technologies you use? In this informational workshop, we will discuss the intersections of teaching modalities, course platforms, & other instructional technologies to help answer these questions. We will also review what other external considerations should inform your design decisions.
Course Design “Office Hours”
Friday June 18th, 10 am – 12 pm ET
For 2 hours, the Instructional Technology and Development Team will be on hand to individually answer questions about course modalities and choosing your instructional technologies.
Choosing a Course Platform
Tuesday June 22nd, 10 am – 11:30 am ET
In this informational workshop, we will discuss the different course platforms commonly used in MSU courses: D2L Brightspace, LON CAPA, Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, etc. We will summarize the strengths & weaknesses of each course platform, best use cases, tool integrations, and where to go for more information.
Overview of D2L Brightspace
Wednesday June 23rd, 10 am – 11 am ET
D2L is one of the main technologies used at MSU to deliver online and remote classes. This workshop will cover the basics of D2L. This includes an overview of the interface, how to create and manage the grade book, assessment tools, external technology integrations, and uploading and creating your course content.
Overview of Microsoft Teams for Education
Thursday June 24th, 10 am – 11:30 am ET
In this informational workshop, we will have and in-depth presentation on using Microsoft Teams as a course platform. Topics will include:
- Integrating Teams into instruction
- Student engagement
- Formative assessment
- Advantages of Teams
- File sharing
- Chat groups
Course Platform “Office Hours”
Friday June 25th, 10 am – 12 pm ET
For 2 hours, the Instructional Technology and Development Team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about selecting and setting up your course platform.
Assessment Technologies Overview
Tuesday June 29th – 10 am – 11:30 am ET
In this informational workshop, we will introduce the wide array of assessment technologies supported by MSU, provide example use cases, and compare & contrast similar tech. The goal is to summarize your options and inform your selection of assessment strategies & the tools you want to use (e.g., discussions, quizzes/exams, creative projects/essays).
Wednesday June 30th, 10 am – 11 am ET
Join us for a vendor demonstration of iClicker, a tool for student engagement, formative assessment, attendance, quizzing, and polling. iClicker has undergone many major updates recently, including mobile-device usage options, new question types, and D2L integrations. Even iClicker veterans are encouraged to attend.
Wednesday June 30th, 1 pm – 2 pm ET
Join us for a vendor demonstration of Crowdmark, an online collaborative grading platform that allows for grading of a number of different assessment types, integrates with D2L, and provides robust analytics. The Crowdmark team will walk you through how to set up a remote assessment, grade and distribute grades using a variety of question types (multiple choice questions as well as text entry and image/pdf uploads for student responses). We will provide some tips and tricks for student troubleshooting and answer any lingering questions.
Wednesday June 30th, 2 pm – 3 pm ET
Join us for a vendor demonstration of Gradescope, a tool to design and deliver assessments via D2L integrations, including handwritten work and online problem sets, projects, worksheets, quizzes, exams, and more.
Wednesday June 30th, 3 pm – 4 pm ET
Join us for a vendor demonstration of DigitalDesk, Inc. - Instructor Tools/Student Portal, an intuitive, multi-modal learning platform that provides a seamless pathway between paper/pencil, scan based, and online testing. Test builder includes item banking, rich content, as well as fully integrated monitor/review and remote proctoring solutions. Rubric Creator facilitates instructors’ scoring of essays and portfolio submissions. Comprehensive reporting features include exam analysis, on-demand score reports and automatic reporting. Customizable reports can be emailed whenever students submit assignments or complete exams, or at designated times.
Assessment Technology “Office Hours”
Thursday July 1st, 10 am – 12 pm ET
For 2 hours, the Instructional Technology and Development Team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about choosing and using assessment technologies.