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Basic Digital Camera Fieldtrip

Description:
Join Faculty Development staff for a three-hour campus photo excursion. This workshop is geared towards beginning photographers. The first hour will be spent in the classroom learning about the features of digital cameras and best practices for using photos in course websites and Blackboard courses. Participants will then visit various campus locations, taking sample shots, and return to the lab to download and critique the photos. Please be prepared to bring your own equipment, including camera, owner's manual and fully-charged batteries. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
3 hours

Prerequisites:
Participants must bring a digital camera.

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Basic Video Capture and Editing

Description:
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the mechanics of capturing video content from either analogue or digital formats, editing (including arranging video clips to order, adding titles, transition, music, and narration). This workshop will prepare participants to compile video clips from original formats to more efficient CD or DVD formats enhancing usability and transportation. Participants are encouraged to bring video clips they would like to work on. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Duration:
3 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills

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Capturing Audio on Your Computer

Description:
This two-hour hands-on workshop will cover the steps to basic audio capturing using a microphone and capturing audio from a CD player. This will include the use of common tools found on the Windows platform as well as some specialized audio capture software. Also covered will be some basic instructional design issues as well as strengths and limitations of the software tools. Participants should bring a music CD to the workshop . Participants will be using Microsoft recorder. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Participants should have a good understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Clickers in the Classroom

Description:
NIU has adopted the Turning Technologies student response system (clickers) that faculty can use in conjunction with Blackboard to create an interactive learning experience. Faculty can use SRS in the classroom to engage students and provide them with instant feedback. Student assessment results can then be uploaded to Blackboard. This workshop is designed to explore the instructional possibilities of the SRS clicker system and its integration with Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills.

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Converting Documents to PDFs: An Easier Way to Distribute Your Online Course Materials

Description:
This workshop will demonstrate the process of creating PDFs in order to facilitate online distribution of course material. This introductory workshop will provide hands-on opportunities to practice creating PDFs from scanners, application programs, as well as from Adobe Acrobat Professional. This software offers ease of use, flexibility, and low cost. An added advantage to learning about PDF files is that they are compatible with Blackboard Course Management System. No previous experience with scanning is necessary. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills.

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Creating and Delivering Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Description:
It's not necessary to be a graphic designer or an artist to create great looking PowerPoint slides. However, it helps to know fundamental design and presentation principles to better relay your intended message to your audience. In this interactive workshop we will first evaluate the effectiveness of an existing PowerPoint presentation using a visual design appraisal checklist. Workshop participants will then create their own presentations following sound design and presentation principles. Bring existing work for a friendly critique. Experience using Microsoft PowerPoint is required. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience using Microsoft PowerPoint

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Creating an Electronic Syllabus

Description:
One great advantage to having an electronic syllabus is that students can keep current with course activities and policies without continuously having to request information from the faculty member. This hands-on workshop will assist faculty in creating an electronic version of their syllabus and discuss the practical formatting of the document for distribution online. We will be discussing uploading the document to Blackboard. Please bring a syllabus (draft or final version) with you. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or on CD as the computers in the lab facility used for training do not have floppy or zip drives. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills

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Creating and Using Blogs

Description:
Blogs are powerful web-based communication tools allowing for online journaling and collaboration, making it possible for anyone with basic computing skills to easily share information online. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice posting and commenting to a blog as well as creating their own blog. We will discuss the pedagogical implications and limitations of this online communication tool. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills

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Creating and Using Course Wikis

Description:
Wikis are powerful web-based spaces that allow students to collaborate, share resources and build community learning environments. This hands-on workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice posting materials to a wiki and to create their own learning environment. We will discuss the pedagogical implications and limitations of this online resource. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills

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Creating Simple Online Lectures

Description:
Presentation format is important, whether online or in the face-to-face classroom. Faculty have developed many strategies for engaging students in the traditional environment, but often struggle with how to present online “lecture” materials that capture students’ attention. This session is an overview of what makes online lectures engaging and provides hands-on opportunities to create a simple online lecture. Participants are invited to bring content with them on a USB device (thumb or jump drive) if they wish to begin creating an actual lesson. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills

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Design Tool Series for Online Instruction: Audio

Description:
Faculty new to online/blended instruction can benefit by exploring a host of approaches that may work better for enhancing instruction and communication with their online students. This session is an introduction to the varied uses of audio in online/blended instruction. Participants will be exposed to examples of best practices as well as review a number of considerations in working with audio content such as determining hardware/software requirements, encoded file formats, and posting content. Through a series of guided exercises, participants will learn about free/low cost tools that can facilitate working with audio. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills

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Design Tool Series: Screencasting

Description:
Faculty new to online/blended instruction can benefit by exploring a host of approaches that may work better for enhancing instruction and communication with their online students. This session is an introduction to the varied uses of screencast tutorials in online/blended instruction. Participants will be exposed to examples of best practices as well as review a number of considerations in working with screencast tutorials such as determining hardware/software requirements, encoded file formats, and posting content. Through a series of guided exercises, participants will learn about free/low cost tools that can facilitate working in this area. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2.0 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills

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Effective Teaching with Interactive Pen (SMART Panel) Displays

Description:
NIU has equipped many of its smart classrooms with SMART Interactive Pen Displays (IPD) which allow users to display, annotate and capture on-screen electronic material such as PowerPoint slides, video clips, and multimedia content. For example, users can simultaneously write on a projected PowerPoint slide, save the file, and then send it to others. Using Interactive Pen Displays as an instructional resource requires careful consideration of those features that would effectively support your teaching. This workshop is designed to explore the possible pedagogical possibilities of IPDs and to illustrate ways in which you can utilize a number of its tools and features such as screen shade, magnifier, pointer, and screen capture. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Electronic Feedback to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Description:
With many assignments being submitted online, why not provide feedback electronically? The Microsoft Office Word 2007 “Track Changes and Comments” feature can be used to review and annotate documents such as term papers, projects, and take-home tests. As you edit/review a document, “Track Changes and Comments” will record the changes you make in color and allow you to add comments directly to the document. After the marked up document is returned to the students electronically, they have the opportunity to provide their own feedback and commentary. The “Track Changes and Comments” feature is great for correcting drafts or editing other types of documents. Please bring a Word file on a USB-type flash drive to the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience using Word is required.

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Finding and Implementing Learning Objects

Description:
Learning objects (or electronic course components) can enhance a lesson and provide additional perspectives on a topic. Many faculty lack the time and resources to create their own learning objects but have found great online resources and repositories. This workshop will walk participants through the process of locating existing learning objects and linking them to their Blackboard courses (or webpage). Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic online search skills.

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Free Software Tools for the Classroom

Description:
Many of the software tools that are the most useful in the classroom are unfortunately also some of the most expensive software tools. Often, budgets require that software is limited to a few users or a few locations, which prevents faculty and instructors from utilizing the technology with their students. It even prevents students from learning from these valuable tools. Don’t let licensing fees hold you back! There are free versions of many of the expensive software tools, if you know where to look. This online session will introduce free versions of some of the most common software programs and share ideas for using them in the classroom. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic online search skills.

 

Fundamentals of Experiential and Service Learning

Description:
In this workshop we will discuss and explore the theoretical and philosophical foundations and principles of experiential and service learning. Workshop participants will learn about ways to implement these strategies in the classroom, work with handouts for getting started, and identify useful resources to further explore these pedagogical approaches. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

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Incorporating Portable Video Devices into your Courses

Description:
The well-designed inclusion of video content can enhance students learning experiences. While faculty can access video from a multitude of sources, many instructors are now creating original material through the use of portable, inexpensive, and easy-to-use video recording devices. Not too surprisingly, in our media-centered society, students are being asked to creatively use video in assignments. This hands-on workshop will present a rationale for using videos and provide exemplars from existing courses. Participants will practice recording video, followed by capturing/editing the content. 

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
A good understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Incorporating Video Imagery in Instruction: Basic Video Capture and Editing

Description:
In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate the mechanics of capturing video content from either analogue or digital formats, and editing (including arranging video clips to order, adding titles, transition, music, and narration). Participants will compile video clips from original formats to more efficient CD or DVD formats enhancing usability and transportation. Participants are encouraged to bring video clips they would like to work on. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
A good understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Instructional Considerations in Developing PowerPoint Presentations

Description:
Using PowerPoint to present course content has become standard practice in many classrooms today. Whether you advocate the use of PowerPoint or bemoan its pervasiveness, it is important to follow principles that make these presentations more meaningful. First we will discuss defining goals for using PowerPoint in the classroom followed by hands-on strategies to design and build an effective presentation. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Familiarity with PowerPoint.

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Learning to Use Graphics in Word and PowerPoint

Description:
Graphics can add interest, illustrate concepts and processes, clarify concepts, and communicate complex content. Word and PowerPoint have a very powerful graphics editor built right into the program that you can use to prepare visually pleasing and effective instruction. Come and explore some of the basic tips and tricks that can make adding simple graphics to a document. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience using Word and PowerPoint is required.

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Mac Series: Introduction to GarageBand

Description:
Delivering instruction through short audio recordings is one way of engaging auditory learners while also providing instructional materials in a mobile format. Such media content can be delivered to students in a variety of ways, either for access online in Blackboard or on a portable media player. GarageBand is the free audio recording and editing software in Mac OS X that allows for the novice user to easily create high quality audio recordings suitable for distribution as a podcast. During this hands-on session participants will use GarageBand to record and edit their own original audio content and create an enhanced podcast episode incorporating images synchronized to audio. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Familiatry with OS X

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Mobile Learning Series: Introduction to eBooks

Description:
eBooks can be highly interactive with embedded multimedia like photos, video, and hyperlinks. They also can be personalized by changing the layout, adding notations, and highlighting significant passages. In addition to these great features, eBooks are portable and can be viewed from a desktop or laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, or a dedicated e-reader. In this online workshop, we will discuss the devices and formats used for eBooks, demonstrate the features and use of eBooks, describe some tools that create eBooks, and provide tips for incorporating eBooks into courses. Advance registration required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
A good understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Mobile Learning Series: Grading on a Mobile Device

Description:
As part of NIU's commitment to "green up NIU," the campus is becoming increasingly paperless. That means faculty may need to find new ways to grade student work electronically. Fortunately, mobile devices can help! In this online session, you will learn how you can use your mobile device to facilitate the grading process. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Multimedia Sampler

Description:
This workshop will highlight/review the assortment of different multimedia tools faculty can use to enhance their teaching skill set. Topics will include video/audio capture/editing, streaming video, integrating digital images to enhance PowerPoint presentations, short focused tutorials, multimedia integration into Blackboard, CD/DVD burning, developing portable e-portfolios. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
A good understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Online Cheating: Can We Stop It?

Description:
This session will combine discussion with some demonstration of how to deter cheating in the online academic environment. We will present some features in Blackboard that might help deal with cheating and welcome input from participants on strategies they have discovered for reducing student dishonesty. No advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills

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Online Multimedia Sampler

Description:
This online workshop introduces an assortment of multimedia tools that faculty can use to enhance their teaching skill set. Topics will include video/audio capture/editing, streaming video, integrating digital images to enhance PowerPoint presentations, short focused tutorials, podcasting, Wimba classroom, incorporating portable video devices into your course, screencasting, and multimedia integration into Blackboard. Please note, that while this workshop is not hands-on, participants will be able to determine which subsequent workshops would be most useful for them.  Advanced registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
A good understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Online Teaching Brownbag

Description:
If you have taught online, currently teach online, or want to learn more about online course development opportunities at NIU, please join your colleagues for an informal monthly discussion concerning aspects of online teaching and learning. An Internet connection will be available. No advance registration required. Plan to bring a lunch and join the emerging conversations.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Presentation and Facilitation Techniques

Description:
Delivering presentations is a way of life in higher education. It's also true that some presentations can be improved upon through careful planning and preparation, using just a few, simple strategies and techniques. We will discuss (and perform) practical ways to further develop your skills and increase your confidence when facilitating and presenting in the classroom, at conferences, in meetings, and other situations where you are a key presenter. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Prezi: Move Beyond Slides to Create Amazing Presentations

Description:
Prezi is an online platform-independent tool that allows creating interactive, collaborative and media-rich presentations. This hands-on workshop will walk participants through the steps of creating a Prezi presentation and embedding it in a Blackboard course. We will also discuss the educational benefits and challenges this tool offers. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Quick and Simple Creation of Educational Tutorials

Description:
When providing instruction to students, often it is helpful to provide a simple recorded demonstration of a specific task or activity in addition to textual documentation. Such educational tutorials, also often referred to as screencasts, can be created using a software capture program that records cursor movement, typing, or other on-screen activity as well as narration. This hands-on workshop will introduce the free Jing screencasting tool and explore several practical applications for implementing simple educational tutorials in the classroom. Participants will create a short instructional screencast and learn how to post it in Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Screencasting: Design, Development, and Delivery

Description:
Screencasting is becoming an increasingly common tool for online instruction. The workshop introduction will focus on the process of conceptualizing educational tutorials, asking important pedagogical questions, story boarding ideas, and deciding on the most appropriate method for distribution of content. Participants will use Camtasia Studio, a Screencasting program offering features and options that enhance instruction by capturing lectures, recording and highlighting interaction with website tours or software applications, and using closed captioning to expand accessibility. Participants will create a brief instructional screencast demonstrating various features. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic Technology

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Screencasting in the Cloud

Description:
This workshop will focus on the creation of tutorials by using web-based screencasting tools. Screencasting is a digital recording of a computer screens sequence of actions. With an accompanying voice narration or background audio, screencasts can be ideal for developing on-screen tutorials and distributed for easy viewing in an online setting. Additionally, screencasts can be designed to engage learners, and enhance collaboration through a well-conceived sequence of planned activities and assignments. Creating screencasts from the cloud eliminates the need to install specialized software, while enhancing distribution of newly created tutorials. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be exposed to a number of helpful and freely available online tools as well as explore potential educational applications for creating tutorials in the cloud. 

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic Technology

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Screencasting to Facilitate Learning Opportunities

Description:
Screencasting is becoming an increasingly common tool for online instruction. The workshop will focus on the process of conceptualizing educational tutorials, asking important pedagogical questions, story boarding ideas, and deciding on the most appropriate method for distribution of content. Participants will use Camtasia Studio, a Screencasting program offering features and options that enhance instruction by capturing lectures, recording and highlighting interaction with website tours or software applications, and using closed captioning to expand accessibility. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create a brief instructional screencast. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic Technology

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Social Media Series: Introduction to Social Bookmarking

Description:
Do you struggle to keep track of all your favorite websites and other online resources? Have you ever lost your folder of Internet bookmarks from your Web browser or wished you could access them from ANY computer? Would you like to share the links to your favorite online resources with your colleagues or students? Social bookmarking is a technique of storing, classifying, sharing and searching links through the practice of folksonomic tagging using a cloud-based service. This online session will introduce the several popular free social bookmarking tools and explore practical applications for implementing social bookmarking activities in the classroom. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer and Internet browsing skills

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Social Media Series: Introduction to Social Media in Education

Description:
Do you use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Have you ever considered leveraging social media tools like these in your teaching? During this introductory online session, we'll explore what social media is and the pedagogical potential for use of social media in educational settings. We'll set the stage for future sessions to further explore use of social media tools and the design of engaging and innovative learning activities. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic Technology

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Social Media Series: Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development

Description:
Have you wondered what Twitter is and what if any practical applications there are for teaching and learning? Perhaps you are among the 30% of faculty who now use Twitter in some capacity and you would like to learn some tips and tricks for better utilizing Twitter in education context. During this online session we'll introduce the basics of Twitter and explore best practices for using Twitter in teaching, learning and professional development. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic Technology

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Storyboards for Planning Instruction

Description:
Good instruction does not (and should not) come without careful planning. Storyboards can assist with the development and organization of your instruction by visually outlining all of the elements including lecture, discussions, multimedia, and activities. The planning begins with a series of questions that address what you want the students to learn, what the students already know, what content will be covered, and what activities will be used. The next step is to visually communicate your ideas through outlines, sketches, and diagrams. The completed storyboard acts as a visual map of your instruction that helps organize sequence and highlight content, methods, and strategies and how they fit into the big picture of the entire semester. Bring ideas or a syllabus to begin creating your own storyboard. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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To Teach or Not to Teach (With PowerPoint That Is!)

Description:
Lately you’ve been thinking about whether or not to incorporate PowerPoint as part of your strategic course planning. Research is divided on the effectiveness of this ubiquitous software: some say that PowerPoint is wonderful while others bemoan its pervasiveness. This workshop will take a middle ground approach to see how PowerPoint can be used to enhance instruction. We will review basic but critical design elements, identify different ways to integrate PowerPoint throughout the semester, and learn how to create dynamic PowerPoint presentations that augment and transform your instruction to engage your students. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of PowerPoint.

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Using PowerPoint to Engage and Motivate Students

Description:
Now that you have used PowerPoint to outline lectures and visually present information, learn how to create dynamic presentations that transform your teaching. PowerPoint can motivate and engage students by using simple yet effective techniques that do not require special technical skills. In this hands-on workshop, participants will construct a progressive series of PowerPoint slides that will illustrate a number of engaging and focused strategies beyond simple projection of lecture notes. Advance registration is necessary.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience using Microsoft Powerpoint is required.

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Using Your Red Pen Electronically

Description:
Learn how to use Word's Track Changes feature to review and annotate documents such as term papers and take-home tests. As you edit/review a document, Track Changes will keep track of the changes you make in different color font and allow you to add comments to the document. You have the ability to print the document with all revision marks and comments or even send the document electronically. This feature is great for correcting student papers or editing other types of documents. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience using Microsoft Word is required.

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Web Accessibility: Instructional Implications

Description:
This workshop will cover a host of web accessibility issues. The focus will be to encourage instructors to conceptualize their course to be "student centered," an approach that seeks to accommodate diverse learner needs. This introductory workshop will present "W3C Guidelines," and seek to raise awareness on critical issues that should be addressed when developing a course website. While not a hands-on workshop, participants will review websites that represent varying degrees of accessibility. No previous experience with web design is necessary. The topic of this workshop is sure to garner great interest so please register early. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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When Google Doesn't Find It: Web Search Strategies for the Classroom

Description:
Locating what you want on the Internet can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You know it is there, but how do you find it? Thousands of web pages are created each day! Search engines permit you to perform key work searches, but not all search engines are alike. Google has references to over six billion web pages, but what do you do when Google doesn't find what you need? This hands-on session offers many practical solutions for finding the information you are looking for on the WWW and will assist you in implementing search strategies for the students in your class. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic Web browsing skills

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Working with MS Movie Maker

Description:
his resident feature of the Microsoft XP operating system provides users with a basic but useful video- editing program for novices. This workshop will provide an introductory hands-on session that will enable attendees to capture and edit video using MS Movie Maker. Issues to be discussed include the pedagogy of using video for instructional purposes, the range of video capture devices, saving in different video file formats, and several editing techniques. Previous experience with video editing software is not required. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills

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Last Updated: 01/24/2013