New series of workshops


for Teaching Assistants & Grad Students

Teaching with Technology Workshop Series

The Centre is offering an exciting new series of workshops beginning in January

Each presentation will be specifically targeted to one technology related skill. Lasting less than an hour,the session will equip participants with the skills, information and strategies to enhance their teaching.

#1 – Social Media Tools in Connect – Friday, January 11th, 1:00pm SCI 331

The advent of social media tools has provided educators the opportunity to encourage student interaction and collaboration. A variety of social media tools including blogs, wikis, journals and podcasting tools will be covered. The new mashup tool available in Connect and the ability to use embed code to pull in content such as maps, images and Twitter will also be examined.

#2 – Dropbox/Online Bookmarks/Cloud – Friday, January 18th, 1:00pm SCI 331

The premise behind Dropbox is it gives you access to your files no matter what computer or device you  have at hand. Dropbox s encryption on multiple servers and lets you get at your files quickly, easily from virtually any Internet connection and it serves as an automatic backup system for your files.  Use your UBC email and qualify for 2g free. Other  storage services will be presented inc bookmark and Icloud apps.

#3 – Evernote/OneNote – Friday, January 25th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

Evernote and OneNote are easy-to-use apps that help you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stays organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote is free and lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. OneNote is a part of the Microsoft suite that serves essentially the same purposes.

#4 – Formatting Long Documents – Friday, February 1st, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

This presentation examines Microsoft Word’s more advanced options. How should you set up the program for advanced academic writing? (Setting up Word, Using styles, Using captions, Using track changes)

#5 – Using Movie Maker – Friday, February 8th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

Movie Maker is a free video tool from that can be used to create and edit basic video files that can be used to introduce key concept as well as edit publisher created videos. Once created, the video content can be added to Connect course. This hands-on workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to edit a video clip with Movie Maker. An overview of several free tools that can be used to download, convert and publish video content will also be provided.

#6 – PowerPoint to Video Conversion – Friday, February 15th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

Users have the ability to enhance PowerPoint presentations with audio narrations. Once the audio has been added to a presentation it can be easily converted to a movie file making it easier for you to distribute, and easier for recipients to view. This hands-on session will allow attendees to opportunity to narrate a presentation and then convert it to a movie.

#7 – Blogging – Friday, March 1st, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

Blogs have a variety of uses in higher education. This presentation will provide an overview of these uses as well as the blogging tools available to UBC faculty members.  A faculty member will also provide an overview of how they successfully used blogs to support the instructional process in the class.

#8 – PowerPoint Advanced Skills – Friday, March 8th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

This session will allow participants a hands-on opportunity to examine some advanced features in Microsoft PowerPoint including the use of master slides, animations and action buttons. The ability to create media rich presentations that include video, audio clips as well as narrations will be explored.

#9 – Using the new UBC Video Server – Friday, March 15th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

UBC is in the process of implementing a new video storage and streaming solution which will be available to all faculty members in 2013. This session will provide an overview of how this tool can be accessed and used to support instruction.

#10 – Blackboard Collaborate – Friday, March 22nd, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

Blackboard Collaborate is web conferencing that is available in all Connect courses. It  provides access to tools that support two-way audio, video, online interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing session recording. The session will provide an overview of how faculty can use collaborate to engage with students and colleagues as if they were in a traditional classroom even though participants are in the same physical not location.

#11 – Using Video in Your Classroom – Friday, April 5th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SCI 331

This session will provide an overview of how video can be used to support instruction and how the new video storage solution can be used to create YouTube type resources for your class. Information regarding video based student assignments will also be provided.

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