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Sessions List

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Google + Hangouts - Let it All Hangout

Video doesn’t have to be difficult.  Using Google + Hangouts on Air, you (and your students) are able to stream real-time video to session invitees.  Viewers may comment, chat, and access the recordings in the future!  This 60 minute session will explore the process.  Our objectives upon course completion will be for users to:

  • Set up and manage a Hangouts session
  • Be able to invite other users
  • Access the content and its links for later use.

Hangouts are a great way for faculty to become more adept at working with video conferencing.  Because it is free, it is also an excellent way for small groups to meet to discuss upcoming assignments.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenters:  Rob Gibson, Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisite:  None

Cloud Saving and Sharing:  This May Not Be Heaven, But Still I’m in the Cloud

One of the nicest things about mobility is the fact that you can access all your content anytime from anywhere.  Unfortunately, one of the most frustrating things about mobility is the fact that you may not know how to access all your content anytime from anywhere.  This 60 minute session will explore the concept of Cloud storage and retrieval, using such products as Box, DropBox, Google Docs, and more.  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the features and uses for at least 3 cloud storage options
  • Have an improved understanding for the concept of cloud computing
  • Be able to create an account and upload a document to at least one cloud storage provider.
  • Be able to share content via a document or folder

Using cloud-based storage allows you to easily share files with students and other users outside of the Blackboard environment.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisites:  None.

Social Networking:  He Shared, She Shared

Social networking has all the buzz going for it these days.  But, when should it be used?  Can it be secure?  What about FERPA issues?  How can social networks be used in the classroom?  In this 60 minute session, we’ll explore some of the ins and outs of social networking and how it can be leveraged in your online or blended classroom.  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Know the names and attributes of several types of social networks
  • Have an understanding of student privacy issues
  • Be able to explain the difference between a journal, a blog, and a wiki
  • Know how to look for and modify privacy settings

Students are active social network users.  Faculty who use it effectively can take advantage of the ability to share links and other content related to courses external to Blackboard.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter: Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisites:  None.

Voice Thread: Let’s Get Together and Talk about This

This session will introduce participants to the Voice Thread discussion tool. Voice Thread adds technology integration to the traditional text-based discussion thread. Using images, video, audio and drawing tools, Voice Thread increases student engagement in the asynchronous threaded discussion portion of the class.  At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  • Understand how Voice Thread enhances the discussion experience.
  • Create a Voice Thread discussion.
  • Become familiar with the mobile application of Voice Thread: VTMobile.

Attending this session will introduce participants to alternatives to the standard discussion board, show how a combination of text, video and audio responses can enhance the discussion and how the Voice Thread application can be easily integrated into an online course.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Mark Summey.  Prerequisites:  None.

Campus Pack I – Blogs, Wikis, and journals

Tired of trying to use discussions for all of your asynchronous discussion?  Looking for something more transparent, with better editing tools?  Leverage the ease-of-use of built-in social applications tied directly to Blackboard.  In this session, learners will:

  • Be able to select a blog versus a wiki or journal based upon the desired class outcome
  • Understand permissions levels within Campus Pack and how to manipulate them
  • Tie the use of Campus Pack to your stated learning objectives

What you will learn:

  • Effective course activities that utilize blogs, wikis, journals, and podcasts
  • How assignment wikis, blogs, and journals differ from non-assignments
  • Where these tools can be used to replace other course activities, including the discussion board

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Rob Gibson.  Prerequisites:  None.

Campus Pack II - The Personal Learning Space

The creation and maintenance of an e-portfolio allows students to collect and arrange content that can be used to demonstrate competencies, provide a space for reflection on learning, and house resume and other important information in one sharable space.  In this 60 minute session, users will:

  • Learn how to create a Blackboard link to the PLS
  • Be able to tell students how to share the content with others
  • Learn how to create new pages and add content and portlets

What you will learn:

  • Effective course activities that utilize blogs, wikis, journals, and podcasts
  • How assignment wikis, blogs, and journals differ from non-assignments
  • Where these tools can be used to replace other course activities, including the discussion board
  • How to create custom interfaces for your course content

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Rob Gibson.  Prerequisites:  Campus Pack I.

Photo Basics - In 1,000 Words or Less

Whether you’re adding an image to a webpage, Facebook, or your Blackboard course, this session will get your started.  We’ll cover the concepts of aspect ratio (ever wonder why people look stretched out or smushed in some pictures?), transparency, resizing, and image layers in this beginning session.  The session will be conducted using free image manipulation software, along with showing you options for editing images in Word 2010.  Objectives for learners in this session:

  • To know how to remove image backgrounds in Word
  • To know when to use a .gif file versus a .jpg or other format
  • To resize an image without distorting it
  • To save an image to various formats

Attending this session gives participants a refresher course in image basics, including basic image editing and file formatting, to aid in deploying image content to students in their courses.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Mark Summey.  Prerequisite:  None

Video Basics - Lights, Camera, Download!

Video is fast becoming the go-to media for telling a story, engaging learners, and just plain sharing.  In this 60 minute session, learners will

  • Be able to use at least one method for downloading and saving YouTube video
  • Understand various video file formats
  • Be able to convert a video to a different file format
  • Be able to access and use ESU’s streaming media server

What you will learn:

  • How simple video projects can be used in your curriculum
  • Simple, cost-effective (often free) resources for creating video
  • Lesson ideas can be created around video-based activities

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Rob Gibson.  Prerequisite:  None

WordPress:  Powerful Websites in Minutes

WordPress is far and away the most powerful online tool for creating rich, interactive websites, portfolios, and blogs.  It is easily possible to have a site up and your first blog posted in as little as 60 minutes.  This session will introduce participants to this incredible tool for creating and managing websites using WordPress, in both its free and for-pay versions.  Participants will learn:

  • How to set up a WordPress account
  • Customizing WordPress to a theme
  • Adding page content to WordPress

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Rob Gibson.  Prerequisite:  None

Adobe Connect Pro - Meetings Without Boundaries

Even if you’re not a million miles away, you can save time and energy by meeting via Connect Pro.  If distance is a factor, the benefits become greater and greater.  In this session, we will discuss the use of Connect Pro versus other content deployment methods.  By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Know how to create a room from Blackboard or Connect
  • Present content, such as PowerPoint and documents
  • Share the computer screen
  • Record a session and locate it for later viewing.

Using Connect Pro benefits students by allowing them to see (via webcam) and interact with their faculty in a synchronous setting.  Faculty may also use their host seats to connect with colleagues at a distance.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Sandy Valenti.  Prerequisite:  None

Follow Me on Pinterest: Creative Uses of Pinterest in Teaching and Learning

Pinterest is a virtual pin board that lets people organize and share interesting things found on the web. Faculty and students can use pin boards to collect resources related to courses. An individual ‘pin’ is an image added to Pinterest. Each Pin links back to the site it came from.  Learners in this session will:

  • Create a Pinterest account
  • Learn how to add pins and pin boards
  • See how to follow others’ pins

Pinterest is similar to other social saving sites, but different in that it allows you and your students to categorize content, images, and more.  The content can then be shared in a very visual format.

Session Time:  60 minutes, Presenter:  Rob Gibson.  Prerequisite:  None

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