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October Connected Educator Month Schedule


Along with the workshops listed here, Instructional Technology staff also provides one-on-one consultations and regularly updated online tutorials for faculty and students. Updated tutorials are available through the Help button in Canvas. The monthly workshop calendar changes regularly, so check back often. If you would like to request a one-on-one consultation or want to request a workshop, submit a request now.


Face-to-Face Workshops

Location: 114 Bailey

MON, Oct 10 at 3:00pm “Strappegies 101: Engage ’em with Apps “

Want to engage students in Canvas more? A look at strategy for flipping the class in Canvas using free ed apps inside Canvas. This is a hands-on workshop as participants will integrate apps and create two class activities. Duration: 45 minutes. Presenter: Dr. Nicole House

THUR, Oct 13 at 10:00am

THUR, Oct 27 at 10:00am

“Randomize those Quizzes”

In this workshop instructors will be shown how to create quizzes based on question groups in Canvas. Using question groups allows the questions to be randomly selected and be pulled from different test banks within the course. Duration: 50 minutes. Presenter: Ms. Kelly Kirkland

WED, Oct 19 at 3:00pm “10 Tools for Connecting with Students in Canvas”

In this hands-on workshop instructors will explore Canvas tools to connect with learners including course analytics and messaging modalities. Participants will receive best practices for touch-backs, message templates, and strategies for addressing student behavior. Duration: 50 minutes. Presenter: Dr. Nicole House

MON, Oct 24 at 3:00pm “Portfolios for the Real World”

Whether it’s a digital tenure portfolio or a student portfolio project, Canvas offers a free portfolio platform to meet user need. The Portfolio tool enables users to create interactive, multimedia portfolios to use in real world settings. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create assessment portfolios that can be used professionally. Duration: 60 minutes. Presenter: Dr. Nicole House


Virtual Workshops

All virtual workshops will be delivered in Zoom. Session may be accessed from a laptop, PC, or mobile device. Participants will receive a link to the session 24 hours prior to the start in order to install needed software.

WEDS, Oct 12 at 2:00pm “Canvas Dashboard”

Learn how to drive your Canvas experience by customizing your dashboard. Attendees will learn how to customize the course list, course cards (colors, images, and nicknames), set notifications, verify email addresses, and set their profile pictures. Duration: 30 minutes. Presenter: Ms. Kelly Kirkland

THUR, Oct 20 at 3:30pm


“Establishing Presence in Your Online Course: The Critical Moments”

Teaching online is quite demanding in terms of developing content, time on task, and communicating with students. Instructor presence is important because not only do students place high value on the “human element,” but there is also a positive correlation between instructor presence and online learner persistence. In this virtual session, you will learn techniques for increasing your presence at critical moments without increasing your time on task. Duration: 60 minutes. Presenter: Dr. Nicole House


#CE16 Special Events

Location: Student Union

WEDS, Oct 26 at 3:30pm

Union East Lobby

“Connected Learner Student Panel Discussion”

Ever wonder what motivates a student to log in to your course every day? Would you like to know what techniques and technologies they feel are most engaging? In this panel discussion, students will share their thoughts and motivations for learning with technology. Duration: 50 minutes.

Moderator: Dr. Carolyn Casale, Assistant Professor, College of Education & Human Sciences

FRI, Oct 28 at 11:00am

Union 302A


“Connect with Clickers”

Are you looking for a way to connect with students in Canvas as well as in your face-to-face classroom? Or do you just want to engage your peers during a professional development meeting? In this session, participants will understand the benefits of Turning Point Clickers from practical and pedagogical perspectives. You can also get a look at the latest NXT response system available from OIT.

Presenter: Mr. Bill Joyce, Turning Point Technologies


Professional Development Webinars

Location: 114 Bailey

WEDS, Oct 19 at 12:00pm


“Developing Employable Skills: Assessing the Needs of First-Generation Students”

First-generation college students are a growing, yet under-studied, population for higher education. The 2016 Project CEO benchmarking study identified 27% of respondents as first-generation students. Data from the first-generation group indicated lower skill attainment in co-curricular experiences when compared to non-first-generation responses. What does this mean for the ways we support first-generation student needs in relation to developing employable skills? Utilizing Project CEO data, this webinar will examine the specific needs of first-generation students with relation to their perceptions on their ability to attain skills in experiences outside of the classroom. Duration: 60 mins.

Presenters: Maureen Halton, Consultant, Campus Success – Campus Labs with special guest Louie Rodriguez, Associate Vice President for Divisional Operations and Strategic Initiatives – The University of Texas at El Paso

THUR, Oct 20 at 1:00pm



“An Architect of the ADA on Its Application to Modern Technology”

Because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was written in 1990 before the proliferation of the Internet, there are a lot of questions about its application to online businesses. In this webinar, one of the architects of the ADA, Bobby Silverstein, will discuss his perspective on the development of the ADA, as well as on its application to modern technology, the Internet, and accessible workplace technology. Duration: 60 mins.

This presentation will cover:

  • Overview of the ADA and ADA Amendment Act
  • The most important results of the legislation
  • Settlement agreements between the Department of Justice (DOJ) & employers and other covered entities
  • The DOJ open comment period regarding proposed accessibility requirements for online services, programs, and activities
  • How the ADA can be applied to the Internet
  • The ADA and accessible workplace technology

Presenter: Robert “Bobby” Silverstein was the staff director and chief counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy and chief aide to Senator Tom Harkin, the sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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