Instructional Technology Training & Workshops
OIT’s workshop portfolio provides training opportunities in three distinct categories to better serve the diverse needs of the DSU community. Training Types are: N-Novice is for new DSU employees or novice users, I-Intermediate is for DSU employees who are competent in the basics, but want to expand their skills set. A-Advanced is for individuals who have demonstrated mastery in execution and who desire to advance their expertise. Individuals can benefit from participation in sessions at any level.
Audience: Novice users to receive a basic orientation to the LMS and course set-up
CANVAS-1 Your Canvas Course Compass
This workshop is for beginners or first-time developers who want to build an online course or develop supplemental material in Canvas. Participants will discover how to navigate the campus learning management system (LMS) and locate content developmental tools.
CANVAS-1a Administrative Tools & Tips
This workshop was designed to assist beginner developers with personal management by updating their profile settings, integrating external services, and managing files in Canvas. Participants will also learn to add personal events to the Calendar and create e-portfolios.
CANVAS-1b Course Tools & Features
This workshop was designed to assist beginner developers (or those needing to refresh) with course management by understanding how to use the basic tools and course features in Canvas. Participants will explore Scheduler, Attendance, and the Rich Content editor in greater depth. Participants will learn to create advising groups, import content and create a course.
Audience: Beginner users who have already completed an orientation to the LMS, intermediate users and advanced users (who need to refresh)
CANVAS-2 Creating Assignments, Discussions & Announcements
In this workshop, faculty will create a Master course to build a sample course. Participants can expect to gain hands on experience in developing discussion boards, assignments, and announcements.
CANVAS-3 Quiz and Survey Production
In this workshop, faculty will learn how to efficiently create and import exams, as well as manage existing question banks in Canvas. Participants will also receive an overview of exporting question banks from Respondus into their courses.
CANVAS-4 Model Modules
Modules are “virtual folders” that help you manage the course and keep students on track with course activities in an organized fashion. In this session, participants will learn how to construct efficient modules with media rich content and discuss best practices per course type.
CANVAS-5 Rubrics & Outcomes
Rubrics can be used in Canvas to make grading easier and serve as a valuable tool for demonstrating student content mastery. Participants can expect to learn how to integrate and build custom rubrics, as well as align desired outcomes for reporting purposes.
DSIGN-1 Front Page Makeover Workshop
A new system is a good opportunity to refresh your course look and update its design. In this workshop, participants will use software to create graphic headers and update the iconic sets for their front pages to reveal an eye-catching learning environment that students will not only enjoy, but also find easy to navigate.
Audience: Intermediate and advanced faculty members who previously participated in an orientation & at least one Course Essentials workshop who desire to enhance their courses; staff who may be interested in using instructional technology tools for training purposes
CANVAS-6 Multimedia & Markup
Quality before quantity! This workshop will follow best practices in online instruction using multimedia tools and integrating educational apps. Learn basic html coding to personalize your page including text changes and picture wraps. Participants will engage in hands on development including embedding videos, using hypertext markup and integrating external material.
CANVAS-7 Making the Grade
Need to mute an assignment or reorder the columns in your gradebook? Participants in this workshop will discover how to best manage the grade book in Canvas and export submissions and reports as needed.
CANVAS-8 Making Sense of Course Analytics & Student Patterns
Instructional technology staff will demonstrate how to access vital course analytics and discuss tool usage among students. In addition, faculty will analyze interaction reports to discuss emerging trends and identify retention opportunities.
CANVAS-9 Canvas Conferencing
Instructional technology staff will demonstrate how to access conferencing tools to create effective conferences inside Canvas including initial set-up with student directions, best-practices and archiving.
DSIGN-3 PowerPoint for the Techno Geek
PowerPoint is a familiar tool for creating presentations, but it’s engineered for doing so much more! In this workshop faculty and staff can learn tips and tricks for making more engaging and accessible instructional material for your online or traditional classrooms.
DSIGN-4 Icon Creation
With this workshop participants will produce portable icons for Windows, Mac OS and Unix. Participants can expect to learn best practices in iconography and use photo-editing software to create unique icons perfect for their courses, presentations, or website.
TECH-1 Camtasia Screencasting
Instructional technology staff will teach participants how to create training or teaching screencasts with Camtasia. Participants will learn to publish video from the screencasts to You Tube and to share with users.
TECH-2 Clams & Clickers
Ever have a student or audience member clam up when you ask a question? Clickers is a response system used to actively engage listeners in presentations without them having to actually “speak up.” Whether teaching a class or conducting a meeting, “clickers” is an effective tool for gaining valuable input from your audience. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the Turning Technologies system to foster class participation and assess subject comprehension.
TECH-3 Podcasting I Creating Course Podcasts*
Podcasts are digital media files that can be distributed over the internet and can greatly enhance online learning. In this workshop, faculty will discover podcasting tools, prepare to create their own podcasts, plan (outline, scripting) the delivery, and schedule a recording session in our podcast studio. *Podcasting is an advanced project series. Complete TECH-4 after you have completed TECH-3 and earn a certificate of completion from OIT.
TECH-4 Podcasting II Editing Podcasts*
In this session, participants will edit their audio files using editing software, participate in peer review, and publish their revised podcasts into RSS feeds. *Podcasting is a project completion series. TECH-3 is a pre-requisite for TECH-4. Participants who complete the series will receive a certificate of completion from OIT.
TECH-5 Multimedia Content Development
How’d you do that? Have you ever wanted to transform your lecture slides to a quiz game or create a talking avatar for your course or create a graded crossword test? In this workshop, faculty will transform traditional course content into interactive multimedia content using three different software applications. Please note, this is an intense hands-on workshop and faculty will be required to bring specific content such as PowerPoints and study guides to create three new learning objects.
You can register for training by visiting the Office of Information Technology site. If you see a workshop that you would like to take, but it isn’t offered on the current schedule, feel free to call the main office at 662-846-4760 and ask for Nicole or Kelly. We will be happy to set up a one-on-one tutorial or to organize a small group workshop at a day and time that is more convenient.