Original Workshops

Below are descriptions of workshops I created at Cuyahoga Community College, through my position in the Academic Excellence Center (AEC). Since developing them, some have been taken up and offered by others, but I designed the originals. The descriptions are taken from our promotional literature.

Let’s Create a WordPress.com Site

We will spend no more than 15 minutes looking at some features of WordPress.com, and then we will each create a WordPress.com site,   utilizing themes, pages, and widgets to create blogs, e-portfolios, course sites, or whatever you can imagine. Bring material and ideas about how you might use this technology—professional materials for your own portfolio; course content for a supplemental course site; topic ideas and links for a blog (your own or one for students).

Digital Storytelling: Re-Imagining Narrative

Digital storytelling is the use of digital tools to tell a story, although that term “story” has been broadened to include both informative and research-based stories. We will look at a variety of samples, resources, and tools you or your students can use to create digital storytelling projects or assignments, as well as at the implications of such projects in developing digital visual literacy.

Second Life Series

These workshops are no longer offered, as faculty interest was exhausted after the first few tries, and the school let go of its land in Second Life.

Second Life I: Just for Beginners

The first in a series of three workshops designed to give faculty experience in using Second Life for teaching. One cannot teach in the SL environment without the basic skills of navigation and communicating. We will practice the basics of navigating and using basic SL tools at the Ohio Learning Network (OLN) Bootcamp in Second Life. Attendees must already have a Second Life account before the workshop. There is a document of pre-workshop requirements and instructions distributed a week before the session.

Second Life II: Building Basics

One prominent feature of Second Life is the opportunity to create objects, such as interactive game-based tasks/quests, art, conceptual representations, or replications of real life objects and buildings. We will practice using the Second Life building tools to create a few basic objects on Tri-C’s land in Second Life. Attendees must already have a Second Life account before the workshop, and should be able to navigate fairly well.

Second Life III: Teaching in Second Life

Second Life has several features that create opportunities for teaching. It is social, creative, immersive, and global. We will examine these qualities to brainstorm for teaching ideas, and then visit a few spots in Second Life where some innovative teaching experiences are taking place. If you would like to visit the SL spots with me virtually, you must already have an account in Second Life, an avatar, and a login.

Social Networking and the PLN: Using Public Spaces to Create a Personal Learning Network

An overview of such sites as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr in terms of building your Personal Learning Network (PLN) and using with students in and outside the classroom. *Currently, I include just Twitter and LinkedIn in this workshop, but the purpose of building the PLN is the same.

Voicethread: Interactive Presentations and Discussions

We will create and participate in an online discussion using Voicethread, a “mixer” tool that allows the creator to combine text, image, audio, and video into a presentation that is open to comments from public visitors or private groups. Many faculty across the nation are using Voicethread for discussion boards to create a more intimate environment for online students.

Wikis in Education: Easy Collaboration and Content Distribution

Using Google Sites, PBWorks, Zoho, and Wikispaces as examples, we will look at how to set up a wiki and at some ways to use a wiki for student interaction and collaboration, as a supplement to your Bb site, or as a complete web site of your own. Eventually, this workshop focused on Google Sites only. *Currently, I limit this workshop to Google Sites.

PBworks Wikis in Education: Easy Collaboration and Content Distribution

Using PBWorks, we will look at how to set up a wiki and at some ways to use a wiki for student interaction and collaboration, as a supplement to your Bb site, or as a complete web site of your own. *This workshop is no longer offered.

Prezi and the Changing Focus on Presentation Design

This discussion and hands-on workshop on re-thinking presentation design will look at a few good resources/approaches to designing better PowerPoint presentations, and then practice using the online Prezi tool to create non-linear presentations. Please bring or be able to access any images, media, or documents you might use in a presentation, including YouTube videos.

Developing Instructional Rubrics

This live workshop will take place online in an Adobe Connect room. Registrants will be sent a link to join the meeting. We will look at print and web resources for building rubrics and discuss how rubrics can promote student self-assessment and self-directed learning, as well as provide essential grading criteria. You can see the self-running Prezi version here: http://prezi.com/5ajc57s5s3gl/instructional-rubrics/

Mind or Concept Mapping with XMind

Using the free software XMind in this hands-on workshop, we will view a demonstration and then work to create individual map graphics saved as image files to be used in your courses. Learning how to create mind maps will give faculty a new tool for representing concepts and organizing information visually.

BYOD Improv

This workshop requires attendees to bring whatever mobile devices they have–smart phones, tablets, phablets, e-readers. With no specic agenda, we will brainstorm and practice uses for multiple devices that you and your students may bring to the classroom.

eBook Creation

An informal workshop, we will look at a few ebook software applications, and turn some content into files you can open on your mobile device or reader. All the software we look at is free and installed in the AEC. Come to the workshop to explore or to work with your own documents and files.

Audacity & SoundCloud

Learn the basics of these free software applications for creating audio files that can be attached to or embedded in a variety of ways, as narration or just as simple audio recordings. Audacity is installed on our computers. SoundCloud is web-based or mobile software that requires a free account.

Curation Tools

Looking at such tools as Pinterest, Storify, Scoop.it, Paper.li, and Learni.st, we will discuss the concept of content curation and look at how it can be used in student assignments, as final projects or for collecting resources for research. Attendees need to have an account in at least one tool.

Prezi with Audio

This is a hands-on workshop focused on adding sound to a Prezi. Attendees should already have a Prezi account and some familiarity with Prezi. Attendees should have a built Prezi or an idea of a Prezi to work with. You may bring MP3 files or create some in the workshop with Audacity.

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  1. I have offered some of these workshops more than once, and a few only once. Whenever I revise a workshop, it is because of how it was received the first time. You never know that what makes sense to you will make sense to an audience of faculty from varied fields. Occasionally, questions lead me away from my intended script, but I don’t see that as a problem. I’m fine with moving in the direction the attendees prefer.

    Two of these workshops have not been offered yet. One sadly arrived with no registrants, and the second one will be offered this fall for the first time.

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