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    VoiceThread: Engaging Students and Facilitating Interaction
    Instructor: Carmín Disbrow, MEd
    Date: 12/10/2020
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    VoiceThread is a multimedia conversation tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
    • Describe the use of VoiceThread as one of many active learning strategies
    • Activate the VoiceThread integration in Canvas Share a VoiceThread
    • Create a VoiceThread assignment
    • Describe the use of VoiceThread as a strategy to increase student engagement and interaction, present content and assess learning




    Editing Recorded Lectures
    Instructor: Demi Barzana
    Date: 12/11/2020
    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    The purpose of this workshop is to provide instruction on how to edit your recorded lectures by using two simple and readily available video editing programs. We will go over using Imovie (Mac only) and Adobe Rush (Free to install with Adobe Creative Cloud). In this workshop, we will go over the basics, such as trimming, cutting, adjusting audio, and combining multiple videos into one.

    Trimming – Removing from the beginning or end of a video
    Cutting – Removing any unwanted frames or seconds from a video
    Adjusting Audio – Sometimes the audio may be too low or too loud, but there are ways to fix these issues in both programs.
    Combining Multiple Videos – If you don’t like recording everything in one go, you can instead record different sections at a time and combine them all into one video.

    This workshop is an advanced skills workshop intended for learners. Users must be familiar with strategies to generate an MP4 recording from narrated PPTs, Studio, Panopto or Collaborate.

    Social Presence in the Online Classroom
    Instructor: Carmín Disbrow, MEd
    Date: 12/15/2020
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    Emotions are inextricably linked to learning and cognition, with relationships between educators and learners at the center of that experience. This workshop will review best practices in establishing and maintaining meaningful interactions between learners and faculty. Together, let’s “reach through the screen” and connect with learners!


    Active Learning: Building Your Toolkit
    Instructors: Julie Phillips, PhD; Demi Barzana
    Date: 12/17/2020
    Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
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    Active learning has been identified as a method of learning whereby student retention of material is much greater in comparison to the traditional lecture format. This session will introduce the faculty member to the definition of active learning, the benefits of active learning and examples of active learning with attention given to the utilization of technology in its facilitation. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences (both positive and challenges) related to active learning.

    At the end of this session, participants will:

    • Define active learning and explain its significance to meaningful learning
    • Compare and contrast the various forms of active learning
    • Identify one form of active learning that they can incorporate into their current teaching

    Canvas Basics
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 1/7/2021
    Time: 8:00am – 9:30am
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
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    AS OF APRIL 9, 2020: During current campus restrictions, all workshops will be VIRTUAL - Register to receive link. The Academic Commons will share the session link 24-36 hours in advance of the workshop.

    Please register in advance so that you have the appropriate Canvas permissions to participate. Be sure you join the meeting with an up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox for the best experience.

    In this hands-on workshop, you will explore Jefferson’s new learning management system—Canvas.

    Participants will review access to Canvas for faculty and students, its layout and organization, your dashboard, and introduce key course-building features. We will discuss five critical elements or actions to take in your Canvas course.

    This workshop will serve as an introduction to and a general overview of Canvas. Participants will:

    • Access Canvas and discuss preferred browsers
    • Explore the global navigation menu
    • Identify course building blocks
    • Describe five critical elements or actions to take in your Canvas course.

    For workshops scheduled on the East Falls campus, please bring a laptop or tablet.

    Active Learning: Building Your Toolkit
    Instructors: Julie Phillips, PhD; Demi Barzana
    Date: 1/11/2021
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    Active learning has been identified as a method of learning whereby student retention of material is much greater in comparison to the traditional lecture format. This session will introduce the faculty member to the definition of active learning, the benefits of active learning and examples of active learning with attention given to the utilization of technology in its facilitation. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences (both positive and challenges) related to active learning.

    At the end of this session, participants will:

    • Define active learning and explain its significance to meaningful learning
    • Compare and contrast the various forms of active learning
    • Identify one form of active learning that they can incorporate into their current teaching

    Grading in Canvas 2.0
    Instructor: Gerald Fillman
    Date: 1/12/2021
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    AS OF APRIL 9, 2020: During current campus restrictions, all workshops will be VIRTUAL - Register to receive link. The Academic Commons will share the session link 24-36 hours in advance of the workshop.

    Please register in advance so that you have the appropriate Canvas permissions to participate. Be sure you join the meeting with an up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox for the best experience.

    Participants in this workshop should be familiar with the features and functionality of Canvas. We strongly encourage you to complete Canvas Basics workshop or the self-paced “Growing with Canvas” course prior to registering.

    In this hands-on workshop, you will explore Jefferson’s new learning management system—Canvas.

    Participants will explore the various assessment tools available—from creating assignments, deploying tests and quizzes and building rubrics. Please bring digital copies of a quiz or short test and rubric you currently use and start building in Canvas during the workshop! This workshop will serve as an introduction to and a general overview of Grading in Canvas.

    Participants will:

    • Create an assignment
    • Develop a quiz
    • Create a Discussion Board
    • Explore the Gradebook

    For workshops scheduled on the East Falls campus, please bring a laptop or tablet.

    Editing Recorded Lectures
    Instructor: Demi Barzana
    Date: 1/13/2021
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    The purpose of this workshop is to provide instruction on how to edit your recorded lectures by using two simple and readily available video editing programs. We will go over using Imovie (Mac only) and Adobe Rush (Free to install with Adobe Creative Cloud). In this workshop, we will go over the basics, such as trimming, cutting, adjusting audio, and combining multiple videos into one.

    Trimming – Removing from the beginning or end of a video
    Cutting – Removing any unwanted frames or seconds from a video
    Adjusting Audio – Sometimes the audio may be too low or too loud, but there are ways to fix these issues in both programs.
    Combining Multiple Videos – If you don’t like recording everything in one go, you can instead record different sections at a time and combine them all into one video.

    This workshop is an advanced skills workshop intended for learners. Users must be familiar with strategies to generate an MP4 recording from narrated PPTs, Studio, Panopto or Collaborate.

    Social Presence in the Online Classroom
    Instructor: Carmín Disbrow, MEd
    Date: 1/14/2021
    Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    Emotions are inextricably linked to learning and cognition, with relationships between educators and learners at the center of that experience. This workshop will review best practices in establishing and maintaining meaningful interactions between learners and faculty. Together, let’s “reach through the screen” and connect with learners!


    VoiceThread: Engaging Students and Facilitating Interaction
    Instructor: Gerald Fillman
    Date: 1/15/2021
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    Location: VIRTUAL - Register to receive link
    (Register for this workshop)

    VoiceThread is a multimedia conversation tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and/or students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

    At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
    • Describe the use of VoiceThread as one of many active learning strategies
    • Activate the VoiceThread integration in Canvas Share a VoiceThread
    • Create a VoiceThread assignment
    • Describe the use of VoiceThread as a strategy to increase student engagement and interaction, present content and assess learning