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Faculty Workshop Schedule

APIL in April

Spring 2015

Please use the form below to register for workshops.


Title:                No Frills, No Skills, No Camera Video Lectures

Leader:            Dr. Ross Whitwam

Date:                Thursday, April 9

Time:               8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (session 1)

                        12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (session 2)

Location:         Parkinson Hall Computer Lab

Registration Deadline: April 2

Workshop Description: Are you new to the idea of making videos out of a lecture presentation? Wanting to just test the waters before you commit to mastering new software and hardware? If you want to create a video lecture for a flipped classroom experience or for an online course, you can do it with just PowerPoint software and a USB microphone. No camera is needed. As long as you can make a PowerPoint presentation, you already have the skills you need. The video you make will not be super fancy. You won't be able to do everything you can do with more sophisticated tools like web cams and Camtasia software, but you can do it today.

In this workshop, Dr. Whitwam will sit you in front of a university computer, lend you a USB microphone headset, and walk you through the entire process from recording the lecture to converting it to a video to uploading it to YouTube. After one hour, you will be able to do the same thing whenever you want. Seats are limited to the available computers and headsets, so please register for these workshops today!


Title:                Designing Tests in Blackboard: Strategies & Practice

Leader:            Dr. Kendall Dunkleburg

Date:                Thursday, April 16

Time:               12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (session 1)

                        3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (session 2)

Location:         McDevitt Hall Alpha Lab

Registration Deadline: April 9

Workshop Description: During this workshop, the instructor will discuss strategies for setting up tests in Blackboard to discourage cheating and encourage active learning, including working with timed and proctored tests, setting test deadlines, and using and managing question pools and question settings so that students see different, yet similar tests. Question types will include multiple choice, matching, and essay. You are also welcome to ask about other issues in Blackboard, especially on practical concerns with using the testing environment.


Title:                The Flipped Classroom

Leader:            Dr. Beverly Joyce

Date:                Thursday, April 23

Time:               12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Location:         Art & Design Auditorium

Registration Deadline: April 16

Workshop Description: Ever had a class that appeared to be Teflon coated? A class in which your carefully crafted lecture seemed to wash over them, never to penetrate? I did. In an attempt to strip away that rock-hard veneer and reach the students, I "flipped" my lecture course to discover a room full of active, engaged learners. In this session, I will outline how I dismantled and reconfigured my lecture course to do so. Workshop participants will then have the opportunity to brainstorm ways to flip their own lecture classes.


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