Events and Workshops

The Center for Learning and Teaching provides online tutorials, workshops, seminars, brown-bag discussions, and demonstrations on a variety of subjects each semester in its support of the ODU faculty. We provide faculty with a comprehensive view of opportunities at CLT, a convenient tool for registration as well as tracking individual attendance of CLT events, and the opportunity to interact and share with colleagues.

Our Upcoming Events

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Bb: Online Getting Started
GORNTO 101 or WebEx
Monday November 18, 2019
  • In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the Blackboard workspace and how to utilize the basic course menu and control panel tools. Participants will consider their expectations for using Blackboard and time will be dedicated to exploring best practices and common customizations to course sites

  •  Begins 11/18, Ends 11/24: 1-week ONLINE Web-based, Self-paced

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Accomplish basic tasks for setting up Blackboard course sites

    • Demonstrate the basic principles of course organization and editing

    • Make informed decisions about how to organize the course menu and tools to meet their and their students' needs

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • Participants who have a basic understanding of the learning management system are able to get started on their own and also feel comfortable exploring other options as they become increasingly familiar with the environment.  

    • Students will benefit from engaging with a well-informed, technology-ready instructor

Zoom: Web Conferencing Basics
Gornto Hall Room 101
Tuesday November 19, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Zoom is an online meeting tool where faculty and students can engage in synchronous collaboration using text, audio, and video. Participants in online meetings can also share applications and a whiteboard during the meeting.

    Please note: ODU has announced that it will discontinue Webex personal accounts at the end of the 2019 calendar year. Zoom is now the University’s web conferencing tool. For training in that application, register for CLT’s workshop Zoom: Web Conferencing Basics.

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify common uses of Zoom

    • Configure a meeting space

    • Practice commonly used tool features

    • Identify student preparation requirements for using Zoom meeting

    Additional skills may include:

    • Sharing applications for collaborative activities

    • Utilizing the record features

    • Utilizing polling

    • Utilizing breakout meetings

    • Managing pods and layouts

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • Participants will utilize a variety of available tools in the meeting space to facilitate interactive and collaborative activities

    • To provide resources that allow you to continue expanding your skills afterward and find support as needed

Bb: Copying/Preparing your Course Site
Gornto Hall Room 101 or WebEx
Tuesday November 19, 2019
1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • If you already have course content in Blackboard, you have probably wished you could leverage it and not have to "start over" each semester.  You CAN! In this workshop, learn how to reuse and update existing course content and course design to save time between semesters.


    If you do NOT already have course content in Blackboard, you can benefit from this workshop by knowing what to expect in the future.  This will help you plan ahead as you put together your first course site. You can also consider taking one of the Bb: Getting Started or Bb: Online Getting Started workshops to learn more about basic Blackboard editing features.

     

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify key strategies for designing your course structure

    • Identify common practices for reusing content

    • Use course copy, export, and import for whole course sites

    • Copy selected, individual items from one course site to another

    • Identify and update areas of the Grade Center to prepare it for the next semester

    • Customize the Tools page for each of your courses

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • Participants will discover ways to save time and feel more comfortable reusing course content and structure semester to semester.

    • To provide resources that allow you to continue expanding your skills afterward and find support as needed.

Bb: Engaging Students with VoiceThread
Gornto Hall Room 101 or WebEx
Wednesday November 20, 2019
1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • VoiceThread is a collaboration tool available in Blackboard that allows faculty and students to share and discuss content using text, images, audio and video. VoiceThread combines a media player with interactive tools to facilitate online discussions and media-based feedback.  This session will focus on using VoiceThread in Groups.

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Create VoiceThread content and share it with their students in their Blackboard courses

    • Leverage VoiceThread tools to enhance collaboration and engage students

    • Use VoiceThread for student assignments and assessment

    • Configure VoiceThread with the Blackboard Grade Center for student assessment

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • Participants will understand how to use VoiceThread to engage students and leverage its features’ integration with Blackboard.

    • To provide resources that allow you to continue expanding your skills afterward and find support as needed.

Logistics for DL Webex Courses
Gornto Hall Room 101 or WebEx
Thursday November 21, 2019
1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • This workshop is designed to offer you suggestions for managing your Distance Learning course and the accompanying web conferencing tools.

    • Learn the physical locations from which you can teach, identify Web resources, review bookstore services, explain the process for materials distribution, briefly discuss testing and student assessment, grade distribution and course evaluation, provide an orientation to site directors and their roles, review the extended syllabus design, and briefly discuss copyright and fair use.

    • Academic Technology Services staff will be available to explain and answer questions on DL Webex classrooms.

    Note: To learn more about online assessment options, register for:

    • Online Assessment Strategies & Proctoring Options

    • Using SmarterProctoring: Online Course Options

    • Entering Exams Walkthrough for ProctorU Users

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Manage a Distance Learning course

    • Locate and use administrative resources available to broadcast faculty

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • Participants will feel confident in:

      • Locating helpful resources

      • Managing the logistics or mechanics of delivering a Distance Learning course

Online Assessment Strategies & Proctoring Options
GORNTO 101 or WebEx
Tuesday December 3, 2019
1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • In this workshop participants will become familiar with methods for assessing students’ knowledge in your course. First, we will examine alternative assessments that do not require proctoring and tend to assess higher-level thinking. Then we will look at the proctoring opportunities available.

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Discuss reasons for considering a variety of assessment methods

    • Identify several assessment strategies other than traditional testing

    • Identify resources for further exploration of assessment strategies

    • Recall how the smart proctoring process works

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • After considering a variety of assessment methods:

      • Assessment of student knowledge, skills, and abilities will shift away from solely or heavily depending on traditional test instruments

      • A reduction in the need for individual student proctoring may occur in many courses

      • Instructors who continue to use proctoring will better understand the process

Bb: Copying/Preparing your Course Site
Gornto Hall Room 101 or WebEx
Wednesday December 4, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
  • If you already have course content in Blackboard, you have probably wished you could leverage it and not have to "start over" each semester.  You CAN! In this workshop, learn how to reuse and update existing course content and course design to save time between semesters.


    If you do NOT already have course content in Blackboard, you can benefit from this workshop by knowing what to expect in the future.  This will help you plan ahead as you put together your first course site. You can also consider taking one of the Bb: Getting Started or Bb: Online Getting Started workshops to learn more about basic Blackboard editing features.

     

  • Objectives

    By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify key strategies for designing your course structure

    • Identify common practices for reusing content

    • Use course copy, export, and import for whole course sites

    • Copy selected, individual items from one course site to another

    • Identify and update areas of the Grade Center to prepare it for the next semester

    • Customize the Tools page for each of your courses

  • Outcomes

    Anticipated workshop outcomes:

    • Participants will discover ways to save time and feel more comfortable reusing course content and structure semester to semester.

    • To provide resources that allow you to continue expanding your skills afterward and find support as needed.

Last updated October 27, 2017.