7.19.2016

FALL 2016 ITEC Workshops

The Instructional Technology team (ITEC) will be offering a series of workshops this coming fall semester, running September through November. There will be a Rotating schedule with broad topic categories:
  • Week One - Moodle
  • Week Two - Google Apps
  • Week Three - Media Tools
  • Week Four - Drop-In
The full schedule of workshops may be seen below. While we are planning specific topics, we invite attendees to bring their questions and we will do our best to tailor the session in the time we have. 
  • Monday sessions will be held during Common Hour (12:30-1:30 PM) in Science Center 150.
  • Thursday sessions will be held at 4-5 PM in the Learning Studio (Library).
We hope that this staggered schedule will maximize opportunities for attendance. Each of the sessions will be listed in the Master Calendar. While the audience focus may be different depending on the topic, all faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

If you have ideas for topics you would like to see addressed in a session or questions about future topics, please feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you there!

September
DATE
LOCATION
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
Monday 8/29
SC 150
Moodle: IPAL, H5P
This session will take a look at two new tools that are available in Moodle -IPAL (Internet Poling for All Learners) a tool for gathering student responses; and H5P, a tool for creating interactive web content.

We also welcome any questions posed by attendees.
Thursday 9/1
Learning Studio
Moodle: IPAL, H5P

Monday 9/5
SC 150
GAE: Google Classroom
This session will investigate google classroom, discussing what it is and how you can use it.
Thursday 9/8
Learning Studio
GAE: Google Classroom

Monday 9/12
SC 150
Media: Audio Editing
This first session in the Media series we will be looking at editing audio with the program Audacity. We will discuss why you might want to do this and demonstrate techniques for doing so.
Thursday 9/15
Learning Studio
Media: Audio Editing

Monday 9/19
SC 150
Drop-In
Please bring your questions!

We want to discuss and help answer your questions about Moodle, Google, classroom AV, and teaching and learning.
Thursday 9/22
Learning Studio
Drop-In

Monday 9/26
SC 150
Off

Thursday 9/29
Learning Studio
Off



October
DATE
LOCATION
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
Monday 10/3
SC 150
Moodle: Assignment, Rubrics, Marking Guides
In this session we will investigate advanced grading methods in Moodle, demonstrate how to use them and discuss best practices for using these tools.
Thursday 10/6
Learning Studio
Moodle: Assignment, Rubrics, Marking Guides

Monday 10/10
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Fall Break

Thursday 10/13
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Fall Break

Monday 10/17
SC 150
GAE: Forms
This session will take a look into working with Google Forms. We welcome audience questions about use cases and how-to’s with Forms.
Thursday 10/20
Learning Studio
GAE: Forms

Monday 10/24
SC 150
Media: Video Editing
This session will be a brief overview of video editing. We will be using two tools available on campus iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Thursday 10/27
Learning Studio
Media: Video Editing



November

DATE
LOCATION
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
Monday 10/31
SC 150
Moodle: Grade book
This session will investigate how to use the Moodle gradebook.
Thursday 11/3
Learning Studio
Moodle: Grade book

Monday 11/7
SC 150
GAE: Bring Your Questions!
There are many Google tools that we have not been able to cover over the semester. Please bring your questions about those tools that you may have and we will do our best to address them.
Thursday 11/10
Learning Studio
GAE: Bring Your Questions!

Monday 11/14
SC 150
Media: Photoshop
This session will be a brief overview of working in Adobe Photoshop CC. We will demonstrate some basic editing techniques/tasks.
Thursday 11/17
Learning Studio
Media: Photoshop

Monday 11/21
SC 150
Drop-In
Please bring your questions!

We want to discuss and help answer your questions about Moodle, Google, classroom AV, and teaching and learning.
Thursday 11/24
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Thanksgiving


7.18.2016

H5P Interactive Tools

We recently became aware of a new-to-us tool, called H5P. This tool (website) provides a framework for creating interactive web content. It is free and open-source. Click here to see examples of the types of content that may be created. H5P.org recently announced the availability of a plugin to be able to use these tools inside of Moodle. The plugin installs into Moodle as an activity, meaning that it may be used in every context in which other activities may be used. As  with activities, they may be graded.

One of the tools available within H5P is an interactive video. Below is an example:



This tool allows an instructor to paste in a URL from a YouTube video and then layer questions on top of the original video. there are choices about how the questions appear and whether or not the video should pause while the question appears. There are a number of question types.

It remains to be seen how accessible all of these tools are but it appears that making this suite of tools as accessible as possible is a goal of the developer. We will be experimenting with it more over the semester and share any possible updates.

7.14.2016

Update to Google+

We have been informed that Google will be bringing Google Plus into the cadre of core supported Google Apps. In order to accomplish this Google Plus itself will be updated. This will bring a minor change to your current Google Plus page.

The big change is that Hangouts is being separated from Google Plus. Google mentions,
We want to highlight the following functionality currently present in classic Google+ that will not be available once Google+ becomes a core service:
  • Creating Events (users will still be able to view and delete existing events).
  • Initiating Hangouts chats from Google+ (users will still be able to use Hangouts through the Hangouts app, on Gmail, or at hangouts.google.com).
  • Using or creating Hangouts on Air (HOA) from Google+.
    Note: users will still be able to create new live streaming sessions using YouTube Live. Users will also still be able to view and delete existing HOA data.
Will this have a huge impact on your daily use (or not) of Google PLus? Probably not. But fore-warned is fore-armed.

Read more here if you are interested in the nitty-gritty details.

Have a great day!

6.28.2016

Quizzing in Google Forms

Google Forms now allows you to create quizzes. These quizzes can automatically be graded! Google added functionality into forms to automatically grade questions - turning a form into a quiz.
You may read Google's support documentation about quizzing here.

Setting up a quiz is really easy, especially if you are familiar with Google Forms. There is a separate settings section for quizzes that may be accessed by clicking the gear icon from within a form. You may choose when students see their grade (immediately or after a review), and what information they will see (missed questions, correct answers, and point totals). Because this is a Google Form you have the option to allow the submitter to either edit their response or submit another form. Both option could be used to create a study aid/self test. There are three types of questions that can automatically be graded in Forms. They are: multiple choice, check-boxes and drop-downs. Each give you the option of selecting the correct answer(s) and then entering feedback for both correct and incorrect answers.

There are some exciting tools coming from Google for teachers and students. You can read more about that here.

5.24.2016

Google Drive: Scheduled Expiration of Sharing

I just came across a setting in the Google Drive sharing settings that allows a person to set an expiration date on a document or folder. The icon looks like a little stop watch and appears when you hover over the area next to the permission level for a person in the list of people with whom the item is shared.




This is a cool feature. This is immediately useful for documents that you only need or want to share with someone for a limited amount of time. I can also see use for this for instructors who want to use this for documents they share with a class of students, revoking access at the end of a term.

In testing I found that:

  • any documents created inside a folder with an expiry set will inherit that setting.
  • the expiry date must be set per person after the document or folder is shared with each person.
It appears that this addition became available in March.