Workshops

The Learning Technologies & Instructional Design (LTID) team offer a variety of 1 hour workshops on subjects concerning best teaching practices and pedagogy, as well as using the learning management system (ACORN) and other educational technologies. Below you will see our upcoming workshops. 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

Below you will see our upcoming workshops, but to browse the full catalogue of our workshop offerings to date, click here.

 

Fall 2021 Offerings:

How Learning Works

How Learning Works [1 hour]

In this workshop, we will dive into how each students’ prior knowledge can contribute to their learning of new information, as well as how to address when their inaccurate prior knowledge might hinder learning. We will also discuss how organizational systems for new information can contribute to long-term retention of what students are learning, as well as how motivation is influenced by students’ expectancies for the course and its perceived value.

Dates Conflicts?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
9:30 - 11:00 am

How Learning Works – workshop signup

How Learning Works – meeting link

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Benefits:

  • Learn how to use students’ prior knowledge to improve their retention of new information.
  • Gain skills to identify when students’ prior knowledge hinders their learning and address it.
  • Consider activities that can help students to make a more robust network of connections between your course information for long-term retention.
  • Discuss the implications of motivation on student performance, as well as how shifting students’ perceived value and expectancies can positively impact their motivation.
  • Take away some activities you can implement in your class to help students learn better

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

Course Design: Using Outcomes to Design Better Courses

Course Design: Using Outcomes to Design Better Courses [1 hour]

Utilizing an outcomes approach to course design results in more effective learning for students. This workshop will explain how an "outcomes" approach works and how it could benefit your classes. In particular, it will look at how you could implement Backwards Design and Significant Learning Models.

Dates Conflicts?

Thursday, August 26, 2021
9:30 - 11:00 am

Course Design – workshop signup

Course Design – meeting link

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Benefits:

  • Learn why an outcomes approach to course design is effective.
  • Discover why Backwards Design ensures that real learning takes place.
  • Find out why Significant learning helps you build a course structure that works.
  • Learn about balancing assessment strategies that are aligned with course outcomes (formative and summative assessment).

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

Engaging Presentations: Connecting With Your Students and Making Your Presentations Come Alive

Engaging Presentations: Connecting With Your Students and Making Your Presentations Come Alive [1 hour]

In this workshop, we will look at how to set the stage for great presentations by creating an authentic connection with students. Tips will be given on how to make your delivery of content better. Design considerations you will want to consider when creating PowerPoint slides will also be covered. Hidden features in PowerPoint and add-ons that can help bring your presentation to life will be explored.

Dates Conflicts?

Monday, August 30, 2021
9:30 - 11:00 am

Engaging Presentations – workshop signup

Engaging Presentations – meeting lin

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Benefits:

  • Develop connections with students to remove barriers to learning.
  • Learn effective ways to practice your presentation.
  • Find out about presentation techniques everyone should use.
  • Discover PowerPoint tools you will want to use when you present.

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

Homepage Design: Structuring your ACORN Course to Support Student Learning

Homepage Design: Structuring your ACORN Course to Support Student Learning [1 hour]

In this session, we will look at some very simple formatting tools available in Moodle (ACORN) to organize your Homepage. Taking some time to think about how your Homepage displays information offers transparency to your students about the amount of work they are expected to do in preparation for each class on a week-by-week basis, which can help them to better manage their time.

Dates Conflicts?

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2021
9:30-11:00 am

Home Page Design – workshop signup

Home Page Design – meeting link

Interested in coming, but can't due to a conflict? Help us plan our future offerings:

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Benefits & Tools:

  • Examples of organized Homepages
  • Editing weeks
  • Adding labels
  • Displaying due dates and descriptions on the homepage

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