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ATI Offers Faculty Workshops in Alternate Teaching Modalities

Posted by: Jessica Nerren
March 11, 2020

As part of our continuing effort to help you prepare to move your courses into virtual mode, ATI will continue to offer workshops twice a day every day next week. Please see the table below for the schedule; all faculty are welcome. If you are able, please bring a laptop to your workshop(s) so you can work through the demonstrated apps with the instructor(s).

Zoom and alternate teaching modalities: In this 60-minute basic-to-intermediate workshop we will demonstrate how to set up and schedule a Zoom meeting through MyCoyote; how to link a Zoom room to your Blackboard course; and how to record and share a Zoom session with your students. In addition, we will cover some additional Zoom tools which may be useful in instruction and communication, such as the Participant Panel (how to manage users); the Chat Panel (how to “text” users); Share Screen (sharing content and facilitating student sharing); and Breakout Rooms (creating groups among Zoom participants for virtual group work). We will also touch on Zoom’s Polling feature and its Closed Caption function.

Best practices in alternate teaching modalities: In this 60-minute basic-to-intermediate workshop we will focus on how we can utilize Blackboard resources that facilitate key principles of quality learning and teaching, and support the instructor’s teaching goals and pedagogy. These key topics include communication and Instructor presence; collaboration and feedback; assignment & assessment tools; and technology and software use. We will cover best practices in the use of such Blackboard features as Announcements, Discussion Boards, course content items, Assignments, Assessments, and the use of video-based communication. 

The hidden power of the Blackboard Grade Center: In this 90-minute intermediate workshop, participants will learn about the Blackboard Grade Center and engage in hands-on exercises that will help them address common grading issues. The Grade Center is a complex tool that offers extensive functionality when used properly. In addition to learning about best grading practices and forms of student feedback, participants will learn about column management, weighted grades, grading schemas, reports, column statistics, color coding, and many other features.