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MOODLE WORKSHOPS

Moodle: Getting Started
This is an introductory workshop to help jump-start the development of your Moodle course. You will become acquainted with the user interface and tools and learn to customize your personal profile page, select a suitable course format and modify the settings.

Adding Resources
You will learn how to add different types of content to your new Moodle course. At the end of the session, you would be able to add your syllabus and a banner, create pages, add URL resources, attach movies and sound files, embed videos, upload multiple files simultaneously, organize contents with folders, and create links to resources in the library database.

Creating Assignments
Explore creative ways to use the assignment tool to communicate tasks, collect student work, and provide grades and feedback. We will discuss the different assignment types and how students can upload content for grading.

Creating Assessment
Feedback on performance is a critical part of student learning. Learn to create quizzes with different question types displayed in a set or random order and have the computer score everything. In addition, we will explore how to create question pool categories and add different question types to a quiz.

Gradebook
Learn how to use the Gradebook as your primary tool for recording scores and calculating grades. This workshop will provide participants with a general overview of Moodle Gradebook features. Furthermore, we'll learn to export and import grades to and from Excel.    

Moodle Calendar and Communication Tools
Instructors can create events on the calendar and communicate directly with students. This session will assist you in using the Quickmail block to compose email for students; the News forum for general course announcements; and the Forums, Chats and Blogs to promote interaction and engagement. We will also offer suggestions for appropriate tool choices in specific instructional situations. 

Forums, Chats and Blogs
Learn how to use various channels of communication in Moodle, including Forums, Chats and Blogs. We will explore how these tools can promote interaction and engagement and offer suggestions for appropriate tool choices in specific instructional situations.

Moodle Course Management
This session will provide you with an overview of Moodle course administration and some capabilities. You will learn how to assign roles, manage roles, create groups and track student progress. We will also explore restoring course contents and importing contents to another course.

Using Rubrics to Grade Assignments
Have your students ever turned in work that completely misses your intent for an assignment? If so, you can avoid that happening again by using rubrics. Rubrics provide both criteria and standards for completing an assignment. In this session, you will learn to communicate tasks, collect work, review, and provide feedback and grades using a Rubric.

Introduction to Turnitin Assignments
Turnitin is an internet-based plagiarism prevention service to promote best practices among students when they use and cite other people’s written material. In this session you will learn to submit an assignment to Turnitin, view the Originality Report, add comments and enter a grade that is automatically saved into the GradeBook.

Using Rubrics with Turnitin Assignments
Turnitin is an internet-based plagiarism-prevention service to promote best practices among students when they use and cite other people’s written material. Instructors can create rubrics for use in GradeMark in the Rubric Manager.  This session will help you create a rubric, evaluate an assignment against qualitative and quantitative rubrics, and, finally, enter a grade that is automatically saved into the GradeBook.

Quiz Question Types in Moodle
The Quiz activity module allows the instructor to create quizzes consisting of different question types. These questions are saved in a Question Bank and may be re-used within courses and between courses. Instructors can add a variety of different types of questions to a quiz. Learn to use the different quiz question types in Moodle.

Using Moodle Question Bank
The Moodle Question Bank allows you to create, preview and organize questions in categories before using them in a Moodle Quiz activity. In this session, you will explore how to create question pool categories and add different question types to a quiz. We also will discuss effective quiz practices.

Using Safe Exam Browser for Quiz
Safe Exam Browser is a web-browser environment for conducting online exams safely. The software changes any computer into a secure workstation by regulating access to any utilities and preventing students from using unauthorized resources. This session will provide you with an overview of Safe Exam Browser, its installation and its use with a Moodle Quiz.

Grade Calculations in Moodle
Grade calculations in Moodle depend on how grade items and categories are arranged on the Categories and Items page. In this session, you will learn how grades are calculated using the different calculation methods.

Using Rubrics to Grade Forums
Rubrics function as scoring guides that can be beneficial to students and the instructor. Currently, using a rubric in an assignment is the only way to grade a forum discussion with rubrics. In this session, you will learn to add an assignment and use the rubrics tool available to grade a Forum.

Recording Attendance in Moodle
Instructors can use the Attendance activity to record student attendance. You will learn to create multiple sessions and mark the attendance status as Present, Late, Excused or Absent. You also can modify the statuses to suit your needs. In addition, you will be able to assign point values with the aggregate score for each student appearing in the Gradebook.

Creating a Lesson in Moodle
The Lesson activity consists of a series of pages that are presented to the student. This session will help you to improve student engagement and ensure understanding of content by using a variety of questions types, such as multiple choice, matching and short answer. In addition, you will learn to grade a lesson with the grade recorded in the Gradebook.

Building a “Workshop” Activity in Moodle
The workshop activity allows for the collection, review and peer assessment of student work. This session will help you to assess student submissions by using a multi-criteria assessment form defined by the instructor, make submissions and reviewers as anonymous, and give grades that are recorded in the gradebook.

Creating a Survey in Moodle
The survey activity module provides a number of verified survey instruments for assessing and stimulating learning. In this session, you will learn to use surveys to gather data about your students’ progress that can assist you to implement appropriate interventions before the end of the semester.

Using Hotpot
The Hotpot activity allows instructors to create interactive learning materials for students via Moodle and view reports on the students’ responses and results. Activities can include text, audio and visual prompts.

Journal
The Journal activity enables instructors to obtain student feedback about a specific topic.

Gap Filled Questions 
Missing words in some text are filled in using dropdown menus.

BigBlueButton
BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education that enables you to create from within Moodle links to a real-time online classroom. You will learn to effectively use BlueBigButton to add the title, description and calendar entr,y which gives you a date range for joining the session, groups and details about the recording of the online session.  You will also be able to add RecordingsBN resource to your course to view later recordings.

Phishing and Security
Don't be a victim to Phishing, the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as username, passwords, credit card details, etc., often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. You will learn to recognize phishing scams.


MULTIMEDIA

Introduction to ShareStream
ShareStream is a media platform designed for uploading, editing, storing, managing and delivering video and audio content in a secured and auditable environment. You will learn to upload video and audio files, organize media for your course into folders, receive media created by your students for course assignments, publish a collection of media assets as a playlist, and use your video and audio files in Moodle.

Introduction to Audacity
Audacity is simple-to-use sound recording software. It is available for free and often used to record podcasts. We’ll look at where to download the application, how to use it to record and edit sound, how to add effects, and how to save your audio file.

Introduction to ooVoo
Promote engagement and interaction with your students wherever they are. We will explore how to video chat, share desktop screens, record and share video messages, share files, and send instant text messages.

Introduction to Zoom
Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service. Users can share video, audio and their screens across platforms.

Introduction to Zaption
Zaption allows users to turn online videos into interactive experiences for students. 

Introduction to Flipboard
Flipboard is a personalized magazine app that allows you to collect stories, videos and more. You can search for topics on their site or add the Flipboard extension, which will take any web link and flip it into your magazine. This is a great tool for student projects requiring research articles and more. The magazine can be embedded into Moodle. 

Introduction to Open Educational Resources
Don't reinvent the wheel! In some cases, a good publisher or open "free" educational resources may be available for your particular purpose, and there is no need to design your own. Open Educational Resources (OER) can be all kinds of "learning objects," such as animations, videos, interactive games, PowerPoint presentations, simple documents and more. OER are usually licensed with Creative Commons licenses that grant users specific rights for reuse, remix and distributing content.


CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY

Solstice
Solstice enables multiple users to connect simultaneously to a shared display using a range of devices, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. over Wi-Fi or ethernet network. It supports a wide range of collaboration modes from one to many wireless presentations to instances where everyone can join to post and control content on the shared display simultaneously.

Student Response System (Clickers)
Want to increase student participation within in your classes or assess student understanding throughout your lecture or discussion? Learn how to incorporate Turning Point Clickers using PowerPoint slides or anywhere polling within your courses to engage your students. 

Introduction to SMARTBoard
The SMARTBoard is an interactive whiteboard that uses touch detection for user input in the same way as normal PC input devices. The features of SMARTBoard includes instant touch control over all software applications, drawing or writing in digital ink, writing over any application, moving video, and capturing all notes written on the screen to a single file.

Introduction to Lightboard
Lightboard is a lecture-recording tool that enables instructors to face the camera while writing on a transparent surface. The setup allows instructors to illustrate lessons with a diagram or explain a formula without blocking the written content with their bodies and without turning their backs to their students. Lightboard offers a way to create videos that complement flipped classrooms and other online or hybrid learning models. Join us for an exciting hands-on experience.


PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

Introduction to Google Docs and Drive
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system that allows you to store, share, upload, download, create,and work collaboratively with others on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Google Docs are the tools to create your documents, spreadsheets and much more. You will learn to create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations to share and collaborate with your students or colleagues in real time.

Introduction to Gmail and Google Calendar
Google Apps is a suite of Google applications that brings together essential services to help your workflow and productivity. The Apps include Gmail, Calendar, Google Hangouts, Google Docs and Google Sites. This session will explore Gmail and Calendar

OneNote
Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basics features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices.

Excel Level: Getting Started
An introduction to Microsoft Excel. You will learn about the basic features such as spreadsheet arrangement (rows, columns and cells) and entering, editing and formatting data. In addition, you will learn about formulas and graph creation.

Word: Mail Merge and Name Tags
Use mail merge to populate form documents, create name tags and labels. Learn to use tabs, sections, indents, page numbering, headers and footers.

PowerPoint: Multimedia Presentation
Create effective presentations that incorporate text, graphics, tables, graphs, transitions and animations. Set up a presentation to run on its own, as a kiosk.

Creating a Paperless Classroom
Educators can improve the learning environment, course organization and efficiency and save the earth if they could create a paperless classroom. This session will explore how to implement a paperless classroom by using tools such as the Google Drive and Docs, Moodle, ONU-Drives (Mapping Drives, Virtual Private Network),  and Turnitin.
 

ONLINE, BLENDED AND FACE-TO-FACE COURSE DESIGN

Designing Quality Online or Blended Course
The Designing Quality Online or Blended Course workshop series is intended to guide faculty through the process of creating effective online/blended courses. In addition, participants will gain a significant and lasting course design experience that will continue after the workshop is over and be applicable to any course format. By the end of the workshop series, participants will have a course designed that meets the Quality Matters Standards.

Topics will include best practices in online learning and course design, writing measurable objectives, creating assessments and feedback, and providing learning activities to assist students in meeting course learning objectives.

Designing Traditional Face-to-Face Course
The Designing Traditional Face-to-Face Course (DF2FC) workshop is intended to guide faculty through the process of creating an effective traditional face-to-face course. This course design experience is applicable to any course format. By the end of the workshop series, you will have a course outline or structure that has the learning objectives, assessments, and teaching and learning activities all aligned to facilitate the achievement of intended learning outcomes.

Designing Interactive and Connective Online Course
This workshop is intended to discuss how instructors can make courses more interactive. We will discuss the importance of designing an interactive and connective online course, identify the types of activities and resources to enhance interactivity in a course, and select tools for creating interactivity and connectivity in a course.

Applying Quality Matters Rubric
This workshop is intended to assist faculty to effectively apply the Quality Matters Rubric for self and peer course reviews. We will discuss the eight main standards of the QM rubric, identify the standards as they are used in a "quality" online course and apply the rubric to evaluate your own course and that of your peers.

Making Moodle Content Accessible
"Accessible" means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. You will learn how to make your Moodle course accessible.

Creating Accessible Word Documents
A learner with a disability must be able to understand your Word documents as fully, equally and independently as a person without a disability. You will learn how to check for accessibility issues in a Word document and how to fix them.

Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentation
Faculty must be proactive in ensuring that their online presentations are accessible for all learners. PowerPoint has an auto-layout feature, which helps you create an accessible presentation. You will learn how to use the Accessibility Checker to find and fix accessibility issues.

Creating Accessible PDFs
A learner with a disability must be able to understand PDFs integrated into your online courses. The accessibility of a PDF depends on the accessibility of the original document. Hence, you will learn how to convert a source file, like a PowerPoint or a Word document, to a PDF.

Adding Captions to YouTube Videos
Think about this: Your course has video or multimedia content with no captions. What do you expect a deaf student to do? Instructors must provide students who have disabilities with alternative format accommodations. This session will explore how to provide alternative means of access to course materials in formats that meet the needs of diverse learners.

Adding Captions to ShareStream Videos
Videos integrated in courses must be accessible by all learners. An accessible video includes captions, a transcript of the audio description delivered in an accessible media player. Captions are essential for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. You will learn how to add captions to ShareStream videos.