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Past Workshops

Webinar recordings, presentation slides, and resources are listed for each webinar when available.


Spring 2021

 


April 29, 2021

Webinar:  Faculty Commons: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Facilitator: Newton Key and Michael Gillespie
Location:  Online (Zoom)

This month's theme was looking back, reflecting on how this pandemic year affected our faculty roles at EIU. 

 


April 15, 2021

Webinar:  Visual syllabi that YOU can create

Facilitator: Samantha Osborne

The first day of class for students is too often an automated form of passive listening to numerous lengthy syllabi. Whether teaching in the classroom or online, the course syllabus is an opportunity to make a big first impression. This tool can help set the mood, tone, and character of the anticipated class above and beyond the linguistic and logistic content. In this webinar, Samantha demonstrated how to make your syllabus more visually engaging by using simple graphic design tips and tricks without special software.

 


March 31, 2021

Meeting:  Quality Online Course Certification @ EIU: Information and Q & A

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location: Online (Zoom)

In this informational meeting, Julie shared how current and future courses could be certified as a Quality Online Course at EIU. 

 


March 25, 2021

Webinar:  Faculty Commons: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Facilitator: Newton Key and Michael Gillespie
Location:  Online (Zoom)

This month's theme was looking back, reflecting on how this pandemic year affected our faculty roles at EIU. 

 


March 17, 2021

Webinar:  Engaging students online: Creating a learning community

Facilitator: Lu Ding
Location:  Online

Establishing social connections is a basic human need. This need extends into online spaces. In fact, even when online, people are not only looking for information; they are also looking for affiliation, support and affirmation. Online learning involves social aspects, and social interactions are at the heart of the learning process. In this webinar, Lu introduced several design and instructional strategies for building an online learning community with some examples.

 


March 10, 2021

Webinar:  Accessing Course Data to Make Data Driven Decisions in D2L

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

Instructors are at their best when they understand how each student is performing in class. Learners feel more engaged and instructors are empowered to make decisions that will help improve student outcomes. But how do instructors track the progress of an entire class? In this webinar, Julie demonstrated coure data and reports available to instructors in D2L including built-In reports, in-Line tool reports and statistics
Using other D2L tools for data collection, Insights for Instructors, and the Insights Portal. 

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March 3, 2021

Webinar:  Create Custom Learning Paths in D2L using Release Conditions

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

Release conditions allow you to create a custom learning path through the materials in your course. When you attach a release condition to an item, users cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition. For example, you could attach a release condition to the second topic in your course’s content area that would hide that topic until users viewed the topic before it. Or you could create a condition that requires users to view a content topic before gaining access to a quiz, or one that required them to post to a discussion topic before they could see a content module. In this webinar, Julie shared how Release Conditions work, D2L tools that support release conditions, how to access Release Conditions, Release condition types, and best practices for creating release conditions

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March 3, 2021

Webinar:  Make and Take: Add Release Conditions to your course in D2L

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

The “Make and Take” session was an interactive, hands-on webinar. Julie guided instructors step-by-step through the process of adding release conditions to their course in D2L.  This “Make and Take” workshop was a companion session for the Release Conditions webinar conducted the same day. 

 


February 25, 2021

Webinar:  Faculty Commons, Active Learning and Small Teaching Tips

Facilitator: Newton Key and Michael Gillespie
Location:  Online

This month’s theme was Active Learning and Small Teaching Tips. As with most common areas, however, the participants shape the potential and direction. 

 


February 17, 2021

Webinar:  Personalize Your Course Interactions Using Video Note in D2L

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

Instructors can record a video note in D2L Brightspace anywhere that has the HTML editor within a course (news, content, discussions, dropbox folders, quizzes, grades, feedback, and more). The only equipment needed is a computer, webcam, and microphone. In this webinar, Julie discussed and demonstrated: How to record and insert a video note, How to generate captions for a video note, Differences between adding a video note and using the record video option, and Suggested uses and best practices

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February 10, 2021

Webinar:  Enhance Learner-Instructor Interaction using Intelligent Agents in D2L

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

Intelligent Agents can assist instructors and students by providing an automated notification when a defined activity occurs (or does not occur) in a course. In this webinar, Julie discussed and demonstrated: What is an Intelligent Agent and how does it work, Use Case Scenarios, How to create an Intelligent Agent, Running an Intelligent Agent, Release Conditions and Replacement Strings, Intelligent Agent Templates, and Effective Practices.

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February 10, 2021; 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Webinar:  Make and Take: Create an Intelligent Agent (automated notification) in D2L

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

The “Make and Take” session was an interactive, hands-on webinar. Julie guided instructors step-by-step through the process of creating an Intelligent Agent in their course in D2L. This “Make and Take” workshop was a companion session for the Intelligent Agents webinar conducted on the same day. 

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February 9, 2021

Webinar:  Knowmia @ EIU: Improving Accessibility for ALL Students

Facilitator: Jenna Wismer, Techsmith Knowmia
Location:  Online

When creating lecture content, it is important to see accessibility as a priority, not an afterthought. The goal of online video lectures is to provide a way of learning for all students, whether they learn better from reading or listening. As one of the most well-known ways to be accessible, generating captions allows students with hearing impairments to watch videos and follow along by reading the corresponding captions. During this session Jenna discussed additional benefits that closed captions can provide all learners. With recent updates to TechSmith Knowmia captioning features, adding closed captions to your videos has never been easier. Jenna demonstrated how to automatically transcribe your video's audio into captions via the speech-to-text generator, explore the robust caption editor, as well as an option to assign your videos to another user to help with the captioning process.Some of the topics included: Benefits of adding closed captions to your video, How to begin generating captions via speech-to-tex, Assign someone else to help edit caption, Overview of the caption editor and suggested workflow for editin, and ADA compliance support.

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February 4, 2021

Webinar:  Knowmia @ EIU: Beyond the Basics

Facilitator: Jenna Wismer, Techsmith Knowmia
Location:  Online

In this session, Jenna discussed additional features and functionality of Knowmia. She demonstrated how to add existing media and YouTube videos to your Library, edit video with the built-in trim tool, create a video quiz, understand analytics, and use conversations to make your videos engaging. Knowmia capabilities within D2L Brightspace were also demonstrated. Knowmia is an instructional technology now available to all faculty, staff, and students at EIU. Knowmia is a video creation and sharing platform that helps maximize student engagement in online courses. You can create videos or upload your own videos, pull content from YouTube or Ted Talks, and embed quizzing for added accountability as well as conversations for added engagement.

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February 3, 2021

Webinar:  New Assignment Creation Experience in D2L

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

At the end of January, a New Assignment Creation Experience became available in D2L Brightspace. Instructors have the option to opt-in or opt-out. The new interface simplifies assignment creation tasks for first-time or infrequent users as well as makes it easy to access features that the most experienced power-users love. In this webinar, Julie demonstrated how to opt-in (and opt-out), the new interface, the differences between the new and original assignment creation experiences, and assignment dropbox options when creating a new assignment.

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January 28, 2021

Webinar:  Faculty Commons, Highlights (and Lowlights) from the Fall

Facilitator: Newton Key and Michael Gillespie
Location:  Online

This month’s theme was Highlights (and Lowlights) from the Fall, and how we might use those as learning opportunities. As with most common areas, however, the participants shaped the potential and direction. 

 


January 21, 2021

Webinar:  Engaging students online - Conducting effective asynchronous online discussions

Facilitator: Lu Ding
Location:  Online

This webinar looked at tips and tricks of how to design, conduct and facilitate engaging asynchronous online discussions in academic settings. Lu presented some activities which can be used in the online learning environment as alternatives to text-based asynchronous online discussions and techniques for facilitating effective online discussions.

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January 20, 2021

Webinar:  Knowmia @ EIU: Getting Started

Facilitator: Jenna Wismer, Techsmith Knowmia
Location:  Online

In this webinar, Jenna discussed how instructors and students can benefit from Knowmia and the very basics of getting started with the product!  The following topics were included in the session:  Understanding Knowmia and its benefit to you and your students, accessing your own personal Knowmia Library, uploading existing video content to your Library to share with others, recording instructional videos with Knowmia, organizing your Library’s content, understanding the basics of Accessibility, sharing videos with students, and adding videos to your Brightspace courses. Knowmia is an instructional technology now available to all faculty, staff, and students at EIU. Knowmia is a video creation and sharing platform that helps maximize student engagement in online courses. You can create videos or upload your own videos, pull content from YouTube or Ted Talks, and embed quizzing for added accountability as well as conversations for added engagement.

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January 13, 2021

Webinar:  Making the Grade: a Beginner’s Guide to the D2L Gradebook

Facilitator: Jeff Cranstoun
Location:  Online

In this presentation, Jeff provided learners with the fundamental tools necessary to set up and maintain a grade book within the D2L learning management system. Topics covered included creating a points-based grade book, creating, editing, and deleting grade items and categories, attaching grade items to other D2L tools (such as Quizzes, Discussions, and Dropboxes), and grading student work.

 


January 14, 2021

Webinar:  Above the Grade: Tips and Tricks for Experienced D2L Gradebook Users

Facilitator: Jeff Cranstoun
Location:  Online

This presentation was designed for faculty with some prior experience using the D2L grade book. Topics explored included: weighted grade systems, dropping lowest grades using categories, bulk editing of grade items, grade viewing restrictions and pitfalls, entering grades for multiple students at once, and getting creative with feedback.

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Contact Information

Dr. Newton Key, Director, FDIC

https://calendly.com/nekey
nekey@eiu.edu

Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

https://calendly.com/jalockett
jalockett@eiu.edu

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth
217-581-7051
fdic@eiu.edu

Dr. Lu Ding,
Instructional Designer

https://calendly.com/luding
lding@eiu.edu


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