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Articulate series: Getting Started with Online Tutorials

Description:
Have you ever wanted to provide students with a short tutorial of a course topic they can watch online? Have you needed to provide additional information on a topic and found traditional text-based tools lacking? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to add audio and interactivity to a PowerPoint presentation to create an engaging tutorial that students can view online using broadband connectivity. Participants will be using Articulate Presenter, a remarkable software that compresses large-size audio and video files for more manageable distribution online. In this updated workshop, we will use the newest version of Articulate Presenter, which offers additional features for annotating slides during audio recording and creating branching tutorials, plus much more. Participants should bring existing PowerPoint files to experiment with. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint

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Blackboard Collaborate Preview: Introduction to Next Generation Web Conferencing

Description:
Since 2009, the Wimba Classroom collaboration tool has been integrated into Blackboard and has been used by NIU faculty and staff for online web conferencing activities ranging from online lectures, office hours, to group activities. NIU is currently testing Blackboard Collaborate, the next generation version of Wimba Classroom that includes an easier-to-use interface that simplifies many of the tasks presenters typically perform. Join us for this online preview of Blackboard Collaborate to see the new interface and features first-hand and learn more about NIU's options for moving forward with upgrading to Blackboard Collaborate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Previous experience with web conferencing

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Conducting Surveys and Collecting Student Feedback Using Google Forms

Description:
Have you ever wished for an easier way to collect online feedback from others? Using Google Docs, you can quickly create a form or survey, email it or embed in another website, and keep track of the answers in one online spreadsheet - all for free! Join us for this online session where we will explore the Forms feature in Google Docs, compare Google Forms to Blackboard Surveys, and share tips and best practices for making use of Google Forms in your teaching. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer and Internet browsing skills

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Engaging Students with Interactive Quizzes

Description:
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to easily add self-assessments (surveys and quizzes) to your online PowerPoint lectures. We will be using the program Articulate Quizmaker that allows users to integrate a variety of quizzes (true/false, multiple choice/response, fill in the blank, etc.). Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Experience with Articulate Presenter is preferred but not required.

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Engaging Students Online with Adobe Presenter

Description:
One of the major challenges in teaching online is finding creative ways to engage students in the learning process. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Adobe Presenter to give new and existing PowerPoint presentations and lectures a first-class upgrade and ready for online delivery. Topics will include incorporating voice narrations and video into presentations, and creating self-running presentations and lectures that can be hosted on Blackboard. Participants will also discover how to implement highly interactive features into their presentations like feedback forms, surveys, and quizzes. Participants are encouraged to bring existing PowerPoint files to work with during the workshop. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Enhanced Podcasting to Extend Teaching Opportunities

Description:
In the Introduction to Podcasting, participants were provided with an overview of podcasting technology. In the Enhanced Podcast workshop, participants will have a more thorough hands-on experience for preparing a combination of imagery and audio content for online distribution. Topics will include a discussion of the pedagogy behind enhanced podcast, a review of hardware/software necessary to create presentations and file conversion, and a review of procedures to make content available for students to subscribe. No iPods are necessary to participate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Previous experience with podcasting, or the Introduction to Podcasting workshop

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Introduction to Podcasting

Description:
Podcasting is a powerful means of publishing recorded audio online, making it available for students to download and listen to on either their personal computer or mp3 player, such as an iPod. This workshop provides participants with an overview of podcasting technology as well as how Podcasts are used in higher education. Attendees will also have the opportunity to practice subscribing to podcasts. No iPods are necessary to participate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer and Internet browsing skills; Participants should possess an understanding of the Windows directory structure including saving and accessing files.

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Mobile Learning Series: Location-Based Learning

Description:
With mobile technologies like smartphones and tablets, students can access course materials from anywhere and engage in learning activities while on the go. While this quite obviously has convenience benefits, being on-location also opens up new possibilities for learning activities and strategies. In this online workshop we will look at location-based apps like Foursquare and how they might be used in learning activities. We will also investigate how students can use photo, video, and audio capabilities on-location to learn, record, and reflect on their experiences in the real world. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
Basic computer and Internet browsing skills.

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Podcast Series: Audio Podcasting

Description:
While the Introduction to Podcasting workshop provided participants with an overview of podcasting technology, the Audio Podcast workshop will be a more thorough hands-on experience for preparing audio content for online distribution. Topics will include a discussion of the pedagogy behind audio podcast, a review of hardware/software necessary for audio capture, editing, and file conversion, and a review of procedures to make content available for students to subscribe. No iPods are necessary to participate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Previous experience with podcasting, or the Introduction to Podcasting workshop

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Podcast Series: Enhanced Podcasting

 Description:
While the Introduction to Podcasting workshop provided participants with an overview of podcasting technology, the Enhanced Podcast workshop will be a more thorough hands-on experience for preparing a combination of imagery and audio content for online distribution. Topics will include a discussion of the pedagogy behind enhanced podcast, a review of hardware/software necessary to create presentations and file conversion, and a review of procedures to make content available for students to subscribe. No iPods are necessary to participate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Previous experience with podcasting, or the Introduction to Podcasting workshop

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Podcast Series: Video Podcasting

 Description:
While the Introduction to Podcasting workshop provided participants with an overview of podcasting technology, the Video Podcast workshop will be a more thorough hands-on experience for preparing video content for online distribution. Topics will include a discussion of the pedagogy behind video podcast, a review of hardware/software necessary for video capture, editing, and file conversion, and a review of procedures to make content available for students to subscribe. No iPods are necessary to participate. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Previous experience with podcasting, or the Introduction to Podcasting workshop

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Preparing Students for Online Learning

Description:
Students today frequently know how to use computer resources for informal experiences, but when we require them to research, study and participate in class online, they often lack an understanding of how to succeed. This workshop focuses on teaching skills and activities that help students become successful online scholars. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills

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Principles and Practice of Synchronous Discussion (Chat)

Description:
Synchronous discussion, often referred to as chat or real-time communication, has rich potential for use in both online and traditional courses. This session will discuss the pedagogical issues that come to play when planning and executing a productive class chat. Participants will have the opportunity to practice participating in synchronous discussion and in creating and archiving discussions. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard

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Redesigning Course Materials for Online Delivery

Description:
The true challenge in delivering online materials is keeping the environment dynamic and interactive. The goal of this workshop is to provide suggestions and offer examples of how to retool current course materials and develop other instructional aids that will promote an effective online teaching and learning experience. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills

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Short Focused Tutorials

Description:
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the mechanics of adding voice/video to existing PowerPoint slide presentations that are streamed using broadband connectivity. Faculty may consider using this educational strategy to reinforce a concept presented in their own face-to-face-class session, provide a tutorial on new information, or review material for an upcoming examination. Participants will be using Articulate Presenter, a remarkable software that compresses large-size files for more manageable distribution online. This updated workshop uses the newest version of Articulate Presenter, which offers additional features for annotating slides during audio recording and creating branching tutorials, plus much more. While this workshop is designed for individuals with no experience, if you have used Articulate Presenter before, consider taking it again to see all of the new features in Articulate Presenter 09! Participants should bring existing PowerPoint files to experiment with. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic computer skills; basic PowerPoint skills

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Teaching with Infographics

Infographics turn data and information into compelling visuals. They can describe an event, explain a process, or tease meaning out of complex data, but more than anything, infographics tell stories. You can use infographics to help students visualize new information or challenge students to research and create their own. In this workshop, you will learn how to design and develop infographics that tell rich visual stories using simple free software. Advance registration required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
None

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Teaching with PowerPoint — Beyond the Basics

Now that you have used PowerPoint to outline lectures, learn to create dynamic presentations that transform your instruction by utilizing infrequently-used features that engage students. You will construct a "progressive" series of slides and will get a rubric for its evaluation. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1.5 hours

Prerequisites:
Basic PowerPoint skills

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Tips for Teaching with Blogs

Description:
Blogs have become common tools for communicating and collaborating online. While setting up a blog takes only a matter of minutes, effectively incorporating blogs into online teaching requires purposeful planning and structuring of activities to leverage the power that blogging brings to the learning environment. This online session will share the experiences of incorporating instructor and student blogs into an online course as well as practical recommendations for those considering utilizing blogs in online learning.  Advance registration is required.

Duration:
1 hour

Prerequisites:
None

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Using PDAs in the Classroom: A Presentation Tool

Description:
This hands-on workshop will include a discussion of necessary hardware, accessories, and software plug-ins needed to output a PDA's screen to a projector or VGA monitor for presenting material to audiences ranging from small groups to larger formal professional meetings. Participants will learn how to convert and download a number of different file formats (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Acrobat) to their PDAs. Advance registration is required.

Duration:
2 hours

Prerequisites:
Familiarity with the operations of PDAs

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Last Updated: 07/30/2014