Faculty Learning Opportunities

In addition to course design, the Office of Instructional Design also offers online and face-to-face workshop training sessions in the use of Canvas and eCollege LMSs, third-party tools such as Kaltura, VoiceThread, and Turnitin, and online teaching issues such as fostering student engagement or best practices for accessibility and universal design. See the calendar of available sessions below to register for a session. The jump-menu below will help you find session descriptions for the area that interests you.

Session descriptions contain links to video-captures of past sessions, for many of these workshops. Please consult these videos at your leisure to refresh your memory, or if you wish to view the session at your own pace. To see all our collected video, please visit the Faculty Training Videos webpage. If you prefer how-to webpages, please visit our website's Resource Center or the Help Desk Support Center.

 

Calendar and Registration

Select the type of training you wish to take from the menu below, to see available dates, and then select your desired date on the calendar.

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Note: We also work closely with the Camden Instructional Design and Technology office.  Camden faculty can schedule on-site meetings with them at idt@camden.rutgers.edu.

 

Sakai

To register for Sakai and Sakai-integrated tools training, from the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, please use the calendar below. Click on the title of the session you wish to attend, to get information and the registration form.

 

Online Course Issues

Intro to Teaching Online

This session will introduce you to the specific needs of online students, and how to manage the online teaching environment. We will briefly cover measurable outcomes and backwards course design.

You may also wish to view a video capture of the Intro to Teaching Online webinar.

 

Fostering Student Interaction & Engagement

This session will introduce some practices that help foster student engagement, such as frequent feedback and authentic assessments, as well as some helpful tools for instructors to use.

 

Writing Course Maps & Aligning Materials

This session demonstrates how to develop a course map, and how to use a map to make sure materials, activities, and assessments all connect to each other so that all elements of a course are in alignment and support your desired outcomes.

 

Using Copyrighted or Open Educational Materials

This session demonstrates how to find the license of course materials, how to perform a Fair Use assessment, and how to locate Open Educational Resources (OER). We will also cover some of the best ways to present both copyrighted and Open materials to online students, including course-packs, e-reserves, and streaming from the Swank movie catalog.

You may also wish to view a video capture of the Using Copyrighted or Open Educational Materials webinar.

 

Using Quality Matters to Prepare Your Course

This session will introduce a short version of the Quality Matters rubric of best practices for online courses, and suggest ways to use that version as a helpful checklist when putting a course together.

 

Helping Others with Online Teaching

This session is designed for those who find themselves often helping their fellows to construct online courses. We will cover current best practices and available resources, and discuss challenges and tips that participants bring to the session.

 

Authentication and Academic Honesty

This session discusses some of the causes of academic dishonesty, and suggests some tactics that can be used to ensure student authentication and honesty in online courses, including proctoring options and assessment alternatives for exam-heavy courses.

You may also wish to view a video capture of the Authentication and Academic Honesty webinar.

 

Canvas Sessions

Introduction to Canvas

The Introduction to Canvas training session is intended for users new to Canvas. This session will show you the basics of how to navigate and build course materials in the Canvas learning management system. Participants will be able to follow the instructor's demonstrations in their own Canvas course shell and practice hands-on. This session will help you navigate the Canvas global menu, navigate a Canvas course menu, upload your syllabus, generate your gradebook, create modules, and create basic content.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Introduction to Canvas.

 

Managing Your Canvas Course

This session is intended for instructors who have a Canvas course already set up, and need to manage students, grade assignments, and administer the course. This session will cover how to send messages and make announcements, how to grade and adjust grades, how to edit your content and manage assignment settings, and how to manage student groups. This is intended as a supplementary session; if you need a detailed overview of Canvas, we recommend signing up for an Introduction to Canvas session.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Managing Your Canvas Course.

 

Assignments and Gradebook in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on how to generate your Canvas gradebook by creating Assignments, adjusting Assignment settings, and using Assignment Groups.

 

Rubrics in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on how to use the locate the rubric builder, in Canvas, how to create a rubric, and how to attach a rubric to an assignment.

 

Adding and Editing Content in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on adding and formatting page content with the Rich Content Editor and the link/embed menu.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Adding and Editing Content in Canvas.

 

Communication Tools in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on how to use system communication tools such as the Inbox, Announcements, and Comments.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Communication Tools in Canvas.

 

Exams and Surveys in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on the Quizzes tool and how to create quizzes, exams, and surveys.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Exams and Surveys in Canvas.

 

Conferences / BigBlueButton in Canvas

This session is intended for users comfortable with completing basic tasks in Canvas, who would like to examine specific course tools in more depth. This session focuses on how to create, join, and participate in Canvas Conferences, which use the BigBlueButton web-conference service.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Conferences / BigBlueButton in Canvas.

In addition, you can view the how-to video offered by BigBlueButton.

 

eText Integration in Canvas

This in-person session will demonstrate how to pair and integrate eTexts and publisher packages from Cengage, Pearson, Wiley, and McGraw-Hill with a Canvas course.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Canvas

This session will demonstrate how to use some of the accessibility features of Canvas, including how to use ReadSpeaker and UDOIT, and how to add alt tags to Canvas images.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design

Accessibility and Universal Design in Online Courses

This in-person session combines three of the sessions below, and will introduce the principles of accessible design, and help you understand and apply the University’s accessibility guidelines. We will focus on how to structure and format text accessibly, how to add alt text and captions to images and videos, and how to structure your course consistently and locate the verbiage for recommended syllabus statements.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Text and Documents

This session will introduce you to the principles of accessible design and help you apply them to text documents, including PDFs. This session focuses on using headers and styles effectively, and on how to make accessible PDFs.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Accessibility and UD - Text and Documents.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Images and Video

This session will introduce you to the principles of accessible design and help you apply them to images and video. This session focuses on how to add alt text and captions to images, and how to prepare a video for captioning and edit auto-captions.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Accessibility and UD - Images and Video.

In addition, you can also explore captioning webinars offered by 3PlayMedia.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Text, Documents, Images & Video

This is an hour-long online session that combines two shorter sessions to present information on how to create accessible documents, including PDFs, and how to present accessible image and video content, including how to use free tools to caption a video.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Course Management

This short session will introduce you to the principles of accessible design as they apply to course management. We will cover what information should be included in course documents, and how to structure your course consistently.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Accessibility and UD - Course Management.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Math and Equations

This short session will introduce you to MathML, and show you how to produce accessible math equations using the Math Editors in Canvas, eCollege, Sakai, and Blackboard. In addition, we will discuss LaTeX, how it can assist accessibility, and its accessibility limitations.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Accessibility and UD - Math & Equations.

 

Accessibility and Universal Design - Canvas

This session will demonstrate how to use some of the accessibility features of Canvas, including how to use ReadSpeaker and UDOIT and how to add alt tags to Canvas images.

 

Third Party Tools

Kaltura MediaSpace - Recording and Streaming Videos

Kaltura MediaSpace is an online video recording and streaming tool that allows you to create and store videos, and easily embed them in online courses. This session will focus on how to access your Kaltura account, record, edit, and and upload video, and how to embed videos in your courses.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Kaltura MediaSpace - Recording and Streaming Videos.

In addition, you can explore the tutorial videos at the Kaltura Video Hub, especially the "Kaltura CaptureSpace Lite" tutorials.

 

Using VoiceThread in Your Course

VoiceThread is a multimedia application that lets students add text, video, or audio comments to a central media item such as a slide, image, or video clip. This session focuses on the basics of creating and sharing a VoiceThread. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with a PowerPoint lecture file, an image file, and or a media file; sample files will also be made available.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Using VoiceThread in Your Course.

In addition, you can explore the VoiceThread how-to webinars offered by VoiceThread.

 

Using Turnitin in Your Course

TurnItIn is an online tool for identifying and preventing plagiarism and is integrated with both LearningStudio (eCollege) and Canvas. This session will focus on how to enable Turnitin, connect it to assignments, adjust TII settings, generate and view originality reports for students.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Using Turnitin in Your Course.

In addition, you can explore the on-Demand webinars and how-to guides offered by Turnitin.

 

Learning Studio (eCollege) Sessions

Introduction to Learning Studio (eCollege)

This training session presents an overview of eCollege, system navigation, basic electronic course building blocks and pedagogical best practices for online teaching. Following the overview, participants will follow along in a hands-on session that will cover course building, uploading content, communicating with students, and identifying help & support resources.

You may also wish to View a video capture of Introduction to eCollege.

 

eCollege: Gradebook and Rubrics

This session covers how to set up the gradebook in LearningStudio, including how to add assignments to the gradebook, set points and weights, create rubrics to use in grading, and enter grades.

You may also wish to view a video capture of eCollege: Gradebook and Rubrics.

 

eCollege: Exams and Question Banks

This training session covers how to create and grade quizzes and exams in LearningStudio, including creating and re-ordering questions, using question banks, setting an exam up in the gradebook, and grading essay questions.

You may also wish to view a video capture of eCollege: Exams and Question Banks .

 

Using the Visual Editor in LearningStudio

This training session covers how to add and format text in a page in LearningStudio, how to add images, how to add links, and how to embed videos.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Adding and Editing content in eCollege.

 

Introduction to ClassLive

This session will introduce ClassLive for web-conferencing in a hands-on training session.We will cover how to launch a session, share a powerpoint, take a poll, and enable another participant to present. For in-person sessions, you are encouraged to bring your own, webcam-enabled computer that is capable of running Java. Alternatively, windows PCs will be provided. For online sessions, please ensure that Java is installed on your computer before the session.

You may also wish to view a video capture of Introduction to ClassLive.

 

Customized Training

Need to learn more than the workshop covers about using the gradebook? Or VoiceThread? Or how to deal with accessibility in online courses? We can help you. We can also meet with you one-to-one, in person or online, if you cannot make a regularly scheduled session. Please allow at least one week to match schedules with an instructional designer for one-to-one training. Allow one hour for the meeting; we also recommend that you set aside one hour following the meeting for your own independent practice and exploration.

Is your faculty interested in a customized-for-your-department meeting or faculty retreat? Upon request, we can customize a workshop session that focuses on the needs of your faculty or program. Duration of such sessions range from an hour to a full day. Reach out to OID@docs.rutgers.edu to start the process.

For one-to-one course development or revision, please see our Levels of Service and Course Development Guide pages, and contact us to determine your needs.