Workshops

The Learning Technologies & Instructional Design (LTID) team offer a variety of 1 hour workshops on a variety of subjects connected to ACORN, educational technologies, and best teaching practices. Click on the titles of each workshop to see further details about what information will be covered in each session, the dates they will be offered, and to register.

With a mandate to support all faculty at Acadia, the LTID team is also happy to engage in one-on-one consultations with faculty members seeking information or guidance in the realm of ACORN, teaching, and teaching technologies. To speak to one of our team members, contact us at: ltid@acadiau.ca

Fall 2018 Offerings:

Quiz Basics

Quiz Basics: Set Up Your Quizzes and Questions Right the First Time [1 hour]

Moodle quizzes are powerful tools that can both assess and instruct students. If you want to maximize their usefulness in your course(s) a good place to start is by organizing the quiz question bank and then carefully building your questions. This workshop will demonstrate step-by-step how to build a question bank, create questions, construct quizzes and create overrides which add time exceptions for individual students.

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Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 - 9:30-10:30 am

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Benefits:

  • Learn how using the question bank expands the usefulness of your quizzes for review and other student-based activities.

  • Discover why adding feedback and other resources improves student learning.

  • Learn how to implement single and multiple attempt quizzes; expanding the quiz features into a learning tool.

  • Learn how to override quiz options to allow for exceptions to standard quiz settings (example: more time)

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Powerful Questions

Powerful Questions: The Most Useful Moodle Quiz Questions [1 Hour]

Learn about the many new exciting quiz question types that you can use in your course. This session will demonstrate a variety of questions including: media, text, numeric and dragging.

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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 - 11:30-12:30 am

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Benefits:

  • Learn how to create media questions like drawing, audio and video
  • Find out how to make text questions like multiple choice, select missing words and short answer
  • Discover how to create numeric questions like numerical and variable numeric set
  • Learn how to build dragging questions like image, markers and text

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Quizzes Unleashed

Quizzes Unleashed: Move Beyond Simple Evaluation to Powerful Teaching Tools [1 Hour]

Moodle quizzes can be an effective way to evaluate students, but this tool really starts to shine when it is used to help your students learn. This session will cover how you can create quizzes that will teach material, help students master content, and even make testing a fun learning experience.

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Friday, Nov.23, 2018 - 9:30-10:30 am

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Benefits:

  • Learn how to create a quiz that will teach material
  • Find out how to build a quiz that lets students master content
  • Learn how to create a quiz that provides a learning experience for students
  • Discover how a Team quiz can make test taking fun

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Sticky Teaching

Sticky Teaching: Making Your Topic Memorable [1 hour]

If what you are teaching seems to be bouncing off your students heads you might find the sticky teaching workshop helpful. It will cover some techniques and tools you can use to help your students' brains remember what you are telling them. These will include: leveraging stories, the use of questionnaires, feedback, two step assignments, frequent testing, interleaving, learning quizzes, exemplars, guides, and rubrics.

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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - 9:00-10:00 am

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Friday Jan. 18. 2019 - time tbd

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Benefits

  • Discover techniques that prepare your students to learn and retain information
  • Find out why asking questions is so critical
  • Learn what Moodle tools can help your students remember content better
  • Increase the quality of student work by utilizing guides and exemplars

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Teaching with Moodle

Teaching with Moodle: Key Activities that Support Your Course and Students [1 hour]

Moodle has so much functionality it can be hard to know where to start.  This workshop will highlight key activities that can really make a difference in your class. It provides an overview of important Moodle tools including: uploading documents, web pages, assignments, quizzes, polling, forums and progress reports. 

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Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2018 -9:00-10:00 am

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Benefits

  • Learn how to share documents and articles with your class
  • Gather feedback from your students both in and outside class time
  • Discover how groups can make online discussions work better
  • Find out how to get progress reports on how your students are doing

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Rebar Readings

Rebar Readings: Why Pre-class Readings Matter and how to get Students to do them [1 hour]

Do your students come to class without doing the readings? Come and find out ways you can increase your student reading participation rate and learn techniques to improve student comprehension of the material they read. It will cover how instructor examples and audio assignments can help students improve critical reading skills and how Moodle quizzes can increase the reading completion rate.

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 - 9:00-10:00 am

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Tuesday Mar. 5, 2019 - time tbd

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Benefits

  • Discover why it is critical to include some type of reading comprehension test
  • Find out how Moodle quizzes can be used to encourage student interaction with the readings
  • Discover how recordings can teach students to read effectively
  • Learn how to get higher levels of reading participation

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

 

Winter 2019 Offerings:

Essential Questions

Essential Questions: Designing Questions that make Concepts come Alive [1 hour]

The right kinds of questions go a long way to ensuring your students are learning what they need to learn. This session will help you understand what the core ideas of your topic are and how essential questions can make them come alive.

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Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 - time tbd

 

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Benefits

  • Discover the difference between knowledge and understanding
  • Learn how core ideas can help you structure your course
  • Find out why we need to teach for transfer
  • Discover how essential questions help your students remember the course material

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Engaging Presentations

Engaging Presentations: Next Level Instructor Communication Using Presentation Tools, Feedback and Games [1 hour]

Every great presentation starts with an engaged and self-aware presenter, but to kick it up to the next level you need to know how to use technology tools effectively. This session will start with a reminder of what great presenters do well and then focus on tools in PowerPoint that can make your next presentation shine.

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 - time tbd

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Benefits

  • Find out about presentation techniques everyone should use
  • Discover PowerPoint tools you will want to use when you present
  • Learn how feedback in Moodle can keep your students engaged
  • Find out about how presentation games can make a class fun 

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Formative Checkup

Formative Checkup: How Low-Stakes Assessments Help Students Succeed [1 hour]

Formative assessments provide both instructors and students with opportunities to discover what their current level of comprehension is. Providing students with low-stakes assessments along the way to their major assignments and exams also ensures that students get to test their knowledge before it’s a make-or-break situation. This workshop will talk about how to incorporate formative assessments within your classes, and how to gather evidence from these to ensure that student learning is on track.

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Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 - time tbd

 

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Benefits

  • Learn why formative assessments are valuable
  • Discover different types of formative evaluation techniques and how to incorporate them into your classes
  • Learn how to create formative activities that will build understanding
  • Find out how to use the information you gather to improve your teaching

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Rubrics

Rubrics: How to Create them & How to Use them [1 hour]

Rubrics are a valuable assessment tool that make your expectations for students clear and provide them with a guide to success. In addition to making objective grading easier, rubrics can also be used during instruction to engage students in their own learning. This session is designed to guide faculty through the step-by-step process of designing a rubric and provide them with the resources to create their own.

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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 - time tbd

 

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Benefits

  • Find out how rubrics can lead to more objective and equitable marking for all students
  • Discover how rubrics can make marking easier and quicker
  • Consider how identifying an assignment’s expectations using a rubric can benefit students
  • Learn how to engage students in the rubric creation process, how to use rubrics for peer and self-assessment, and how rubrics can engage students in their own learning

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

 

Creative Summative Assessments

Creative Summative Assessments [1 hour]

Creativity is a skill deemed of the utmost importance by employers around the world, but it is not a skill that is often explicitly taught. Thinking outside the box in assessments is one way of encouraging students to be creative with their learning and its expression. In this session we review why creativity is important and consider how to foster it in our students by providing them with opportunities to express themselves in their course work.

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Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019 - time tbd

 

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Benefits

  • Learn how to foster an environment that improves student creativity in your classroom
  • Discover why creativity is important in today’s job market and how it can transform your classroom
  • Learn how to build creative summative assessments
  • Find out how these types of evaluations are beneficial and enjoyable for students

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom: What is it and how PowerPoint can Help you Create one [1 hour]

Shifting instruction outside class time enables you to focus on important concepts in class and add activities that promote learning. This session will talk about the theory of flipped classes and tools like PowerPoint that can help you flip your class.

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Monday Mar. 11, 2019 - time tbd

 

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Benefits

  • Find out what a flipped class is
  • Discover how to encourage students to review the pre-class material
  • Learn how to use PowerPoint to record portions of your lecture
  • Find out some of the in-class activities that make a flipped class effective

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

Instructional Videos

Instructional Videos: Learn how to Create and Edit Videos for your Course [1 hour]

Creating videos that students can view outside of class does not have to be difficult. Come to this session to learn how you can create different types of videos (instructor, screen capture and presentation) and how you can edit them using Davinci Resolve.

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Friday Mar. 22, 2019 - time tbd

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Benefits

  • Discover the basics of setting up lighting and shooting a video
  • Learn how to create a presentation video that includes pen marks
  • Find out how you can do a screen capture with Office 365
  • Learn about basic video editing

Want to learn more? Just drop-in or email us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

 

Suggest or Lead a Workshop

If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered or would like to lead/co-lead a workshop of your own, please Let Us Know