IT Virtual Workshops This Month (Oct)

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IT Virtual Workshops This Month (Oct)

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Natalie Vandepol

October - Reflections and Conversations Around Teaching

MSU is a community of educators and scholars, engaging in valuable and interesting work every day. We know that the amazing people in our community are constantly innovating and experimenting with new approaches and practices. Our October virtual workshops are focused on sharing and reflecting on teaching practices that have gone well (or poorly!) and how those practices have iteratively evolved. The workshops will be recorded and shared by email to all registrants and posted to the MSU Tools and Technologies D2L self-enrollment course. 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.

If you're interested, here is a link to Next Month's Workshops.

Show & Tell

Friday Oct 8th, 10 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. ET

Presentation 1 – Gamified Learning Techniques

Facilitator – Christopher Imler (MSU Extension)
Keeping learners alert and engaged for an entire day’s lesson was a challenge long before most of the educational environment was moved online in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic. Complicating this issue is the perpetual distraction of a second screen such as a smartphone or tablet, leaving an educator competing for already limited attention. Fortunately, the resources to overcome this age-old obstacle (now worsened) have kept pace. Digital education tools like Kahoot! allow students to use a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop to simultaneously interact with lesson content while giving educators an opportunity to assess group understanding and engagement on the fly.  In this presentation, participants will learn how to effectively incorporate an interactive quizzing tool into their lesson plans that enhance student involvement while providing an actionable evaluation.

Presentation 2 – Incorporating Library Resources

Facilitator – Jessica Sender (MSU Libraries)
The MSU library provides a prodigious amount of valuable resources to students, faculty, staff, and the wider campus community. However, it can sometimes be a challenge to navigate the many resources the Libraries has, and understand the best ways to use and integrate them into courses and course sites, while keeping an eye towards copyright and licensing. The library is here to help you find the best resources for your courses, incorporate them into your courses and course sites, and provide guidance on a range of issues.
Register for Show and Tell

Zoom Basics

Tuesday October 12th, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Facilitator – Dr. Natalie Vandepol (MSU IT - Instructional Technology and Development Team)
This training will go over the basic functions of Zoom so that instructors are prepared to schedule, record, and share Zoom meetings and then generate attendance reports. It will also cover some best practices for running a Zoom meeting in accordance with MSU’s security and privacy policies.
  • Scheduling meetings
    • Registration
    • Recurrence
    • Authentication
    • Waiting rooms
  • Meeting invitations
  • D2L integration
  • Recording (local and cloud)
  • Captions in cloud or Mediaspace
  • Attendance reports
Register for Zoom Basics

Zoom Tools for Interaction and Engagement

Thursday October 14th, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Facilitator – Dr. Natalie Vandepol (MSU IT - Instructional Technology and Development Team)
 Zoom has some integrated features that can improve engagement, interaction, and communication in 1-1 or group Zoom meetings. In this interactive demonstration workshop, will we cover enabling and using the whiteboard, annotating shared screens, creating polls, remote access and breakout rooms, including some recent updates to those features.
Register for Zoom Tools for Interaction and Engagement

Conversation Not Presentation: Multimodal Course Facilitation and Non-traditional Course Structures

Friday October 22nd, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. ET
Facilitators: Dr. Dustin DeFelice (English Language Center), Dr. Cui Cheng (MSU IT - Instructional Technology and Development Team), & Dr. Scott Schopieray (Academic and Research Technology)
Over the past year the way we engage our students and deliver our courses has changed. This fall semester provides another set of challenges. As a community of educators, it is useful to engage with one another about what practices have worked, what areas we are having issues with and how we can improve in the coming years.
During this session we would like to engage the MSU community in a discussion around different methods of course delivery (Hybrid, Hyflex and Online) and different ways we have structured our courses to meet the needs of our students. Have you been a part of a course that deviates from the normal structure? Co-taught with someone from another college, incorporated service or experiential learning, or anything else interesting or exciting? If so, we want to hear from you. If you had a chance to attend the Hyflex workshop from the College of Arts and Letters, then this is a great opportunity for a follow-up discussion. If you are simply curious to hear what others have found successful, then also please join us!
Register for Multimodal Couse Facilitation

Iteration Towards Innovation

Friday October 22nd, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
Facilitators: Dr. Brittany Dillman, Dr. Liz Owens-Boltz, and Candace Robertson from the College of Education
Join three amazing educators from the College of Education as they talk about how they iterate to be more innovative and how innovation isn’t always a grand idea, but just good teaching and technology integration practice. They will share their iteration journeys with accessibility and D2L design and how they’re iterated on their upgrading philosophy specifically. There will also be an opportunity for participants to engage with how they have iterated on their own work.
Register for Iteration Towards Innovation