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Instructional Technology Workshops

The following sessions are offered multiple times per semester. If you see a session you would like to attend but can't find a time that works within your schedule, we are available to set-up a one-on-one session. Please call us at 706-507-8699 or e-mail us at to schedule a session with one of our trainers or instructional designers.

Hit'n The Highlights In CougarVIEW - A Basic Overview

This orientation session will introduce you to the basics of using CougarVIEW (D2L Brightspace), CSU's learning management system, for your course. You will learn about how to access your courses, create, upload and organize content, access your Classlist, and be introduced to the most used functionalities such as the Grades, Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes.

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Create Engaging Content Using Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio 8 software by TechSmith allows you to create engaging video content by enabling you to record, edit, produce and share contents. There are many reasons you may want to incorporate videos into your course such as engaging student with customized presentations, flipping your classroom, or allowing students to watch lecture outside class time. This 1-hour hands-on workshop will focus on how you can create engaging video content for your course.

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Introduction To Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate/Online Room is a web conferencing tool added to CougarVIEW that will allow you to hold live and interactive presentations & classroom sessions with your students, or record them for later playback. The tool allows for voice and video communication, sharing of applications, files, websites and desktop, private and public chatting, breakout rooms, and guest participation.

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Introduction To Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio 8 by TechSmith is a software in the Microsoft Office windows environment that allows you to record, edit, produce and share instructional and training videos. There are many reasons you may want to incorporate videos into your course such as engaging students with customized presentations or flipping your classroom and allowing students to watch the lecture outside class of the class.

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Increase Student Engagement Using Virtual Office Hours

Virtual office hours can give you as well as your students more flexible options to get assistance and feedback. In a fully online environment this can give you an opportunity to build some community with your students. This 1-hour hands-on workshop will focus on how you can incorporate virtual office hours into your course.

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Save Time With The CougarVIEW Grade Book!

Whether you grade on straight points, weight by percentage or use your own formula, learn how to put the CougarVIEW grade book to work to save you time and release grade information more quickly to your students. The Grades tool allows you to enter assignment grades, track a student's progress, calculate final grades, as well as set up a grade scheme. You can link grade items to activities in CougarVIEW such as assignments, assessments, and discussions. Or you can simply create a grade item for your face-to-face activities. Students can access the grade book to see all their grades in one place. This hands-on workshop aims to demystify the CougarVIEW grade book and to provide practical guidance and useful tips for mastering it.

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Engage Your Students With Online Discussions

Discussion boards are one of the most commonly used tools in online teaching. Discussion forums provide the ability for asynchronous discussion to occur over a period of time. The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Discussions can be an excellent strategy for enhancing student motivation, fostering intellectual agility, and sharing opinions.

This 1-hour hands-on workshop will focus on how you can create and use discussions effectively to engage your students.

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Grading Made Easier With Rubrics

Grading rubrics provide instructors with an efficient method of consistently grading subjective learner submissions for assignments, discussion forums, and manually graded assessment questions. Students also benefit from the use of grading rubrics in that they can see, in advance, the criteria against which their assignment will be evaluated. Rubrics can also be the base for mapping instructions, course objectives, outcomes and competencies.

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Engage Your Learners With Multimedia in CougarVIEW

Are you currently using multimedia in your course? Or would you like to start? Come learn about the new functionality that we are implementing this fall to better support the use of media in CougarVIEW. You will have your own media space that can be managed directly from CougarVIEW. It also includes recording and editing tools that can be used by students and instructors to seamlessly post in content, news, email, discussions, assignments, and quizzes.

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Enhance Your Course With Some COOL Learning Tools

External learning tools are eLearning applications that can be seamlessly integrated with CougarVIEW (Brightspace by D2L) that can enhance learning experiences for students in your online and face to face courses. Many of these tools are available from inside CougarVIEW and only take a few clicks to configure and put into place.

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Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Software Workshop

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the Turnitin online plagiarism prevention resource integrated with the CougarVIEW Assignments tool. Dr. Crystal Woods, Assistant Professor in the Department of English will be demonstrating how to make use of the Originality Check and the new Feedback Studio tools, which allows you to provide instant online feedback and evaluate your student’s work.

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