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August Workshops

Along with the workshops listed here, Instructional Technology staff also provides regularly updated online tutorials for faculty and students which are available through the Help button in Canvas. Faculty and students are encouraged to enroll in the online training courses at their convenience to orient themselves to the system.  All events will be held in Bailey 114 unless specified otherwise.

Face-to-Face Workshops

Customizing the Campus Template
Presenter: Dr. Nicole House

Want hands-on guidance in uploading the campus template into your Canvas course as well as personalizing it? Well, this workshop is for you! Create a master shell with customized links, an orientation module, and faculty info to save you time in developing future courses. Duration: 1.5 hour. All sessions will be held in Bailey 114.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 3:00pm
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:00am
Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 3:00pm

Effective Conferencing with Canvas
Presenter: Dr. Nicole House
Want to host a real-time live meeting with students or host a virtual advising session? Canvas Conferences tool can do that for you. In this session, participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a conference as well as gain an understanding of the technical requirements. In addition, you’ll discover basic troubleshooting techniques to conduct a successful meeting. Attendees will receive a student conferencing guide, conferencing tips, and sample wording to use in planning. Duration: 45 minutes. Session will be held in Bailey Hall 114.
Tuesday, August 25 at 3:30pm

Engaging Learners with StudyMate
Presenter: Dr. Nicole House

Looking for a unique way to deliver assessments that will engage millennials and non-traditional students alike? Come and experience StudyMate, the Respondus content authoring tool used by dozens of universities to transform traditional content into interactive objects that help students master the basics. Participants should bring a copy of an assessment written in a Word doc or have access to an online assessment to build activities in this hands-on workshop. All participants will receive the DSU software link and a tool guide. Duration: 45 minutes. Sessions will be held in Bailey Hall 114.
Friday, August 21 at 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 26 at 9:30am

Respondus Exam Tool
Presenter: Ms. Kelly Kirkland
Learn how to create and manage exams that can be printed or published directly into your Canvas course. Exams can be created within the Respondus tool or imported from a Word or text document. Duration: 1 hour. Session will be held in Bailey Hall 114.
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:00am


Webinar Opportunities

“Accelerate Learning with Productive Struggle”
Presented by Robyn R. Jackson, Ph.D., Founder and President of Mindsteps
Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 12:00pm – Bailey 114

When we see students struggling, our first response is often to try to rescue them from that struggle. But, not all struggle is bad. In fact, if you help students struggle the right way, you can not only make them become better learners, you can dramatically increase their motivation and engagement and empower them to take full ownership over their own learning. The secret? You have to know the difference between productive struggle and destructive struggle. In this interactive webinar, learn how to tell the difference between struggle that is productive and fosters learning, and struggle that is destructive and leads to frustration and failure. Then find out specific ways you can foster productive struggle, and the exact approach you need to get students out of destructive struggle and break the cycle of failure. Duration: 1 hour


Virtual Workshop

“Seven Free Tools to Make Your Online Course Template Sizzle”
Presented by Nicole V. House, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Technology, Delta State/Ellucian
Wednesday, August 19  – 10:00am and 3:00pm
Virtual (Big Blue Button)

Thursday, August 27 – 3:00pm
Virtual (Big Blue Button)

Templates are designed to provide a sense of consistency with campus online courses,  promote design efficiency, and foster student success. This doesn’t mean your course has to suffer from a lack of personality! There are plenty of free tools and software that instructors can use to personalize course templates. And personalization is key to establishing presence within your course. In this one hour session, we’ll look at seven free tools to help you personalize your template without compromising the integrity of the template.  Duration: 1 hour


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