In August of 2016 the OIA will be offering a series of workshops to help prepare instructors for the Fall 2016 semester. The workshops will cover a wide variety of topics, with many covering different aspects of D2L.
(When registering for any of the workshops, you will be directly to the UAccess Learning site. To access this site from off campus you will need to have VPN activated. If you have difficulty registering or if you have questions please contact Garry Forger firstname.lastname@example.org)
- What Do New Instructors Need to Know About D2L?
Thursday, August 11, 9:30 - 11:30am Info Commons 112A
and Monday, August 15, 9:30 - 11:30am Info Commons 112A
This "getting started" session will provide an overview for instructors new to D2L. Even if you have used another learning management system, this overview of D2L will be useful.
- What do TAs Need to Know About D2L?
Friday, August 12, 9:30 - 11:30am Info Commons 112A
and Thursday, August 18, 8:30 - 10:30am ILC 141
This workshop addresses the idiosyncrasies of the teaching assistant role in D2L. Learn how TAs can edit the course site, grade, deal with student add/drops, and communicate with the supervising instructor.
- How Can I Build a Useful Syllabus in D2L?
Friday, August 12, 9:30 - 11:30am ILC 125
A syllabus can provide students with information about the course content before they register and guide students throughout the semester. Participants will learn best practices for creating an effective syllabus, as well as the best way to present a syllabus in D2L. Please bring a syllabus that you have used in the past to this session.
- How Can I Use the D2L Gradebook Effectively?
Thursday, August 11, 9:30 - 11:30am ILC 125
and Monday, August 15, 9:30 - 11:30am ILC 125
The Gradebook in D2L can be an effective tool to save instructors time and provide students with timely feedback. Participants will learn how to set up and use the D2L Gradebook most effectively.
- How Can I Be Sure that Students Get Feedback in D2L?
Thursday, August 11, 1:00 – 3:00pm Info Commons 112A
and Thursday, August 18, 1:30 - 3:30pm ILC 125
Learn how to use the features in D2L to streamline grading and give feedback to students. Instructors and teaching assistants can give feedback on quizzes, dropbox assignments, discussion posts, in audio, video and text formats, via ratings, and rubrics—but are the students getting it? Participants in this workshop will learn about setting up and using D2L tools for providing feedback in effective ways.
- How Can I Manage Content to Help Students Stay Organized?
Thursday, August 11, 1:00 – 3:00pm ILC 125
and Monday, August 15, 1:00 – 3:00pm ILC 137
Learn how to use the features in D2L to help students stay organized throughout a course. The Content Tool in D2L can be used in a way that helps students get and stay organized. Participants will learn about best practices in organizing and managing content to support students.
- How Can I Get My Class Off to a Good Start?
Thursday, August 18, 8:30 – 10:30am ILC 137
Learn about the best ways to engage students at the start of the semester. Starting the semester by immediately engaging students can provide a good start to a class. In addition, planning out the first few weeks will continue that strong start. Participants will learn best practices for the start of a course, and how D2L can be used to support a strong start.
- How Can I Use Clickers Effectively?
Friday, August 12, 1:00-3:00pm ILC 141
Learn how to use Turning Technologies Clickers most effectively. Turning Technologies Clicker can be used as classroom polling tools, as well as attendance takers. But they can also do much more to help with engagement in the classroom. Participants will learn about a variety uses of Clickers for teaching and assessing student learning.
- How Can I Use Rubrics Effectively?
Friday, August 12, 1:00 - 3:00pm ILC 137
and Thursday, August 18, 1:30 - 3:30pm Info Commons 112A
Learn how to make the most effective use of rubrics. Rubrics are tools for scoring complex student work. They clearly identify the criteria for an assignment, along with performance levels. Participants will learn how to create effective rubrics and how to integrate rubrics into D2L.
- How Can I Create an Inclusive Classroom?
Monday, August 15, 1:00 - 3:00pm Info Commons 112A
Learn how to establish a class climate in which all students feel included and valued. In order to learn effectively, students need to feel that they are a valued member of the classroom community and that the course is accessible and diversity-responsive. Participants will learn how to create and sustain this climate, and how D2L can be used to support diverse students.
- How Can I Use VoiceThread Effectively?
Friday, August 19, 10:00-11:30am Info Commons 112A
Learn how to use VoiceThread to engage students and assess their learning. VoiceThread (VT) supports engagement with content, interaction among students, and between instructors and students. It can be used to present content and assess learning. VT is now part of D2L.