TWT PD Courses

HCT TWT PD Courses and Certification Programs are designed as per the needs of Higher Colleges of Technology faculty. Many of the modules can be taken at any HCT campus in coordination with the local LMS teams, while others need to be take with the Teaching with Technology team.

HCT Faculty, Program Chairs or Executive Deans can email pdhelp@hct.ac.ae or the TWT manager Sarah Whittaker at swhittaker@hct.ac.ae for more information or to discuss the Teaching with Technology training needs and requirements of their division


 

Essentials of Blackboard Certificate

Description:

This course is for faculty who are new to Blackboard and who need to gain a basic understand of HCT’s Learning Management System. Participants in this course will complete lessons in creating and organizing course menus by adding folders, tools and ordering items. They will also complete lessons in building content in Blackboard.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • use content areas, links, headers and dividers to organize their course menus,
  • upload PDF and Word documents to their courses,
  • use Blackboard’s content editor,
  • add external content, such as YouTube videos, to their courses, and
  • view their course set up and course content from the student perspective.

Full Course Guide: Click Here
Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn specifically about the setting up of their grade center so that the final grade can be communicated to the Banner system. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create and edit various types of columns in the grade center, and group them to contribute to a final grade.​

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Create and edit manual grade entry columns.
  • Create average columns and choose other columns or assessments to include in the average.
  • Create weighted columns and choose other columns or assessments to be weighted in an overall grade.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are new to Blackboard and who need to gain a basic understand of HCT’s Learning Management System. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create a test in Blackboard. The lessons will give participants both practical and theoretical knowledge about creating online tests.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams and is highly recommend for all faculty

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • create an online test using basic question types including multiple choice, true/false and short answer,
  • deploy a test in a content area with appropriate settings, and
  • preview a test using student preview mode.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for anyone who needs to submit or approve grades in the Blackboard Grade Center. All aspects of the grades journey will be reviewed so that the final letter grade is successfully sent to Banner.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete ‘Grades Journey: Setting up the Grade Center (Basic)’ before taking this course.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Ensure that the grade center is set up correctly.
  • Submit grades for approval.
  • Approve/unapproved grades.
  • Push the approved grades to Banner.
  • Troubleshoot any errors encountered.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are interested in or required to invigilate online assessments in Blackboard. This course only covers invigilating assessments, not creating them. Faculty wishing to focus on the latter should consider the courses Creating a Test in Blackboard and Creating Effective Online Assessments in Blackboard. Instruction focuses on the technical side of invigilating assessments on laptops.

Note: This course is available online in a self-paced mode.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • take an assessment using Respondus Lockdown Browser and help students do the same,
  • identify FWA course codes in Blackboard,
  • follow step-by-step procedures for face-to-face online assessments in Blackboard, and
  • troubleshoot common technical issues that may arise during the assessment. ​

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Essentials of Teaching with Technology Certificate

Description:

The SAMR Model is a framework that guides the thoughtful integration of technology into lesson creation and delivery. The model includes various stages of impact, including Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition, and can help educators create technology-based activities that either enhance or transform learning. This course aims to explain the model to faculty and outline the reasons why it can be a good framework to follow when including technology as part of a teaching and learning plan.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

The 21st Century Skills are a set of skills and competencies learners need to succeed in their lives both during and beyond tertiary study. This course aims to introduce these skills to faculty, outline the reasons why they are important and demonstrate how educators can incorporate the development of these skills into their lesson delivery regardless of content or context.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

The TPACK Framework is a reference that brings together technological, pedagogical and content knowledge to guide educators in the effective implementation of technology into their teaching and learning. By thoughtfully considering these areas, educators will be better able to integrate appropriate technology to enhance content delivery and support learning. This course aims to introduce this framework to faculty and demonstrate how it can be used to foster pedagogically sound technical integration.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

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Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

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Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Getting Started with Blackboard

Description:

This course is for faculty who are new to Blackboard and need to gain a basic understand of HCT’s Learning Management System. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering an overview of an LMS and how to navigate their way through Blackboard Learn.

Note: this course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • identify benefits of using a learning management system,
  • use the functions in Blackboard’s global navigation panel, and
  • customize their individual course views on their main Blackboard course pages.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are new to Blackboard and who need to gain a basic understand of HCT’s Learning Management System. Participants in this course will complete lessons in creating and organizing course menus by adding folders, tools and ordering items. They will also complete lessons in building content in Blackboard.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • use content areas, links, headers and dividers to organize their course menus,
  • upload PDF and Word documents to their courses,
  • use Blackboard’s content editor,
  • add external content, such as YouTube videos, to their courses, and
  • view their course set up and course content from the student perspective.

Full Course Guide: Click Here
Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are new to Blackboard and who need to gain a basic understand of HCT’s Learning Management System. Participants in this course will complete lessons in creating and deploying assignments, as well as get an overview of how the Blackboard Grade Center is used and organized.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • create and deploy an assignment,
  • use Safe-Assign to review submissions for unoriginal or plagiarized content,
  • identify and organize different types of columns in the grade center,
  • enter grades and view grade histories, and
  • download the grade center for offline work.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Grades Journey in Blackboard

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn specifically about the setting up of their grade center so that the final grade can be communicated to the Banner system. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create and edit various types of columns in the grade center, and group them to contribute to a final grade.​

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Create and edit manual grade entry columns.
  • Create average columns and choose other columns or assessments to include in the average.
  • Create weighted columns and choose other columns or assessments to be weighted in an overall grade.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and column creation, and would like to learn about their grade center in more depth. Participants in this course will review column creation as covered in the course Grades Journey – Setting Up the Grade Center (Basic) and will complete lessons covering how to use more advanced filtering options.​

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Create grading periods based on assessment due dates.
  • Colour code the grade center for easy, visual interpretation of results.
  • Create smart views based on specific criteria.
  • Create categories to group columns together.
  • Create minimum/maximum columns to display a specific grade.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for anyone who needs to submit or approve grades in the Blackboard Grade Center. All aspects of the grades journey will be reviewed so that the final letter grade is successfully sent to Banner.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete ‘Grades Journey: Setting up the Grade Center (Basic)’ before taking this course.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Ensure that the grade center is set up correctly.
  • Submit grades for approval.
  • Approve/unapproved grades.
  • Push the approved grades to Banner.
  • Troubleshoot any errors encountered.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn about grading and grade center management in more depth. The participants will learn how to navigate the grade center, manage the columns in the grade center and customize it for their course needs. They will also learn how to create and implement rubrics and conduct grading for all types of assessments in Blackboard. As well, they will learn how to manage their students grades, so that they can manual add a grade or edit an existing grade.

Note: this course is available online through a self-paced mode and is highly recommended for all HCT faculty.​

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Navigate the grade center.
  • Manage the grade center columns.
  • Create and implement rubrics.
  • Conduct grading in all types of assessments.
  • Manage grades.
  • Customize the grade center.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Creating an Interactive Environment in Blackboard

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn how to implement features in their course that will allow them to interact with their students. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to use various built-in communication tools in Blackboard, such as announcements and email. They will also learn to create and moderate discussion boards.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • communicate with students using email, announcements, the calendar and tasks,
  • create discussion forums and threads, and
  • facilitate discussions and moderate forums.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn how to implement features in their course that will allow them to interact with their students and allow their students to communicate with each other. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create blogs for students to participate in, as well as how students create and comment on blog entries. The will also learn how to create journals for students to participate in, as well as how students create and comment on journal entries.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create blogs,
  • show students how to create and comment on blog entries,
  • create journals, and
  • show students how to create and comment on journal entries.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn how to implement features in their course that will allow them to interact with their students and allow their students to communicate with each other. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create and manage groups with appropriate tool settings, as well as how to create and deploy surveys, and review their results.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create and manage groups,
  • create and grade group assignments,
  • create and deploy surveys for students, and
  • review survey results.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Managing your Courses in Blackboard

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn about the management of their courses in more depth. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering storage and organization of files in Blackboard, sharing and reusing content, and locating course and grade reports and statistics. Participants will also learn how to import a course package, as well as import and export a test.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • save, locate and organize their personal files in Blackboard,
  • save, locate, organize, reuse and share course content,
  • generate grade reports and statistics,
  • import course packages,
  • import and export tests, and
  • set the first page students see upon entering their course.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn about the management of their courses in more depth. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to organize a collection of course materials with a table of contents into a learning module, as well as how to create and organize lesson plans in Blackboard.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • include content, assessments, tools and partner content in learning modules,
  • organize learning modules with a navigable table of contents,
  • create lesson plans that include objectives, materials, instructions and many other elements, and
  • access instructor and student views of the lesson plan.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who have a basic understanding of Blackboard and would like to learn about the management of their courses in more depth. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to release content to students according to criteria such as date and username, as well as review, attempt or score of previous material. They will also complete a lesson on awarding badges and certificates to learners.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • locate and use the adaptive release tool,
  • create basic rules for the release of content to learners,
  • create more complex multi-rules for the release of content to learners, and
  • define criteria for learners to earn achievement badges and awards.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This is primarily an awareness course for faculty who are new to cross-listed courses in Blackboard: courses that are shared across the system and whose faculty have equal editing rights. The course looks at creating filters and folders to better manage individual sections from a large number of students and gives advice on what not to do when working in the grade center.

It’s important to understand that with a cross – listed course, all faculty who have access to this course have equal editing rights. In practical terms, this means that if a teacher on one campus makes a change to the course, all students enrolled in that course across the system will see the effect of this change.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • create Smart Views to filter out individual sections,
  • create groups to allow the creation of adaptive release folders for individual sections, and
  • change Respondus Lockdown Browser password settings

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

e-Assessments

Description:

This course is for faculty who are new to Blackboard and who need to gain a basic understand of HCT’s Learning Management System. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create a test in Blackboard. The lessons will give participants both practical and theoretical knowledge about creating online tests.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams and is highly recommend for all faculty

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • create an online test using basic question types including multiple choice, true/false and short answer,
  • deploy a test in a content area with appropriate settings, and
  • preview a test using student preview mode.

Full Course Guide: Click Here
Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:

All participants need to have a basic understanding of Blackboard and the test creation feature. If they don’t, they should complete the courses called ‘Navigating the Blackboard Interface’ and ‘Creating Tests in Blackboard (Basic)’ first.

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to have a more thorough understanding of the test creation process in Blackboard. Participants will learn about the overall processes of creating tests and question pools, and will also review the HCT recommended settings for tests and how to adjust them, especially for FWAs. Instruction will cover pools, question types, test creation using question sets, and test options.​

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams and is highly recommended for all HCT faculty who are involved in the FWA creation process.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • create question pools,
  • create various question types,
  • create a test using questions sets, and
  • adjust test settings.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are interested in or required to invigilate online assessments in Blackboard. This course only covers invigilating assessments, not creating them. Faculty wishing to focus on the latter should consider the courses Creating a Test in Blackboard and Creating Effective Online Assessments in Blackboard. Instruction focuses on the technical side of invigilating assessments on laptops.

Note: This course is available online in a self-paced mode.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • take an assessment using Respondus Lockdown Browser and help students do the same,
  • identify FWA course codes in Blackboard,
  • follow step-by-step procedures for face-to-face online assessments in Blackboard, and
  • troubleshoot common technical issues that may arise during the assessment. ​

Full Course Guide: Click Here
Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are involved in creating and setting up online FWA exams. Participants will learn about the overall workflow of setting up an online FWA exam including accessing FWA course shells, setting up the FWA final exam and mock exams with the recommended test settings, and to test the exam against the FWA checklist. Participants will also learn the process of requesting student/faculty enrollment to FWA course shells and steps involved in grading the exam. The course will also cover the process of creating printable backup copies of exams.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams and is highly recommended for all HCT faculty who are involved in the FWA creation process.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • explain the online FWA workflow,
  • setup and conduct mock exams in the FWA course shells,
  • set up the FWA exam in Blackboard following the recommended guidelines,
  • create printable backup copies of the FWA exam,
  • perform a comprehensive review of exam settings as per exam requirements and division recommended settings, and ​
  • request student and faculty enrollment to FWA course shells. ​

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:

All participants need to have a basic understanding of Blackboard and the test creation feature. If they don’t, they should complete the courses called ‘Navigating the Blackboard Interface’ and ‘Creating Tests in Blackboard (Basic)’ first.

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to learn about securing online tests in Blackboard. Participants will learn about restricting IP addresses for taking online tests in Blackboard, hiding test scores from students, in addition to enabling Respondus LockDown Browser for online tests in Blackboard.

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams and is highly recommended for all HCT faculty who are involved in the FWA creation process.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • restrict IP addresses for taking online tests in Blackboard,
  • configure needed settings to hide test scores from students, and
  • enable Respondus LockDown Browser for online tests in Blackboard.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Building Assessments in Respondus 4.0

Prerequisite:

Participants must complete the Respondus 4.0 – Overview, Installing and Configuring” before registering for this session. 

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to learn about Respondus 4.0 exam authoring tool, and how to install it and configure it. Participants in this course will learn about Respondus 4.0 features, benefits of using it, how to install it, configure it and connect it to HCT Blackboard Learn.

Important: Respondus 4.0 is only available for the Windows operating system. If you are currently using a Mac running OS, you will need to install Windows on your machine, use Parallels software to replicate the Windows operating system so you run both or borrow a PC from IT services.  

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • identify the authoring features of Respondus 4.0,
  • install Respondus 4.0 on a Windows machine, and
  • configure Blackboard Learn server settings on Respondus 4.0.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:

Participants must complete the Respondus 4.0 – Overview, Installing and Configuring” before registering for this session. 

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to easily create online assessments using the exam authoring tool Respondus 4.0 and Microsoft Word. Participants in this course will learn the steps involved in creating assessments using Word and the guidelines that need to be followed to make the assessment ready to be imported into Respondus.

Important: Respondus 4.0 is only available for the Windows operating system. If you are currently using a Mac running OS, you will need to install Windows on your machine, use Parallels software to replicate the Windows operating system so you run both or borrow a PC from IT services.  

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • create and format an assessment in Microsoft word to import it to Respondus 4.0,
  • apply the format needed for the different question types, and
  • work with questions with images and tables.

Full Course Guide: Click Here
Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:

Participants must complete the Respondus 4.0 – Overview, Installing and Configuring” before registering for this session. 

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to create Blackboard assessments from a formatted Microsoft word file by importing it into Respondus 4.0. Faculty will learn how to import questions from a Microsoft word document into Respondus 4.0, preview the imported file, edit the questions, and publish the assessment directly to a course in Blackboard learn through Respondus 4.0.

Important: Respondus 4.0 is only available for the Windows operating system. If you are currently using a Mac running OS, you will need to install Windows on your machine, use Parallels software to replicate the Windows operating system so you run both or borrow a PC from IT services. 

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • import a Microsoft word assessment document into Respondus 4.0,
  • preview and edit the assessment in Respondus 4.0,
  • publish the assessment into a single or multiple Blackboard courses, and
  • save a pool or test as a local file for manual uploading to Blackboard

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Prerequisite:

Participants must complete the Respondus 4.0 – Overview, Installing and Configuring” before registering for this session. 

Description:

This course is for faculty who needs to retrieve a paper-based version of Blackboard exam using the Respondus 4.0 tool. Participants in this course will learn how to retrieve an exam from Blackboard, print different versions of the exam, retrieve reports of exams and download results data of exams/surveys using the Respondus 4.0 tool.

Important: Respondus 4.0 is only available for the Windows operating system. If you are currently using a Mac running OS, you will need to install Windows on your machine, use Parallels software to replicate the Windows operating system so you run both or borrow a PC from IT services.  

Notethis course is available through your local Learning Management System (LMS) teams.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • retrieve assessments from Blackboard to Respondus,
  • save and share an assessment in Respondus format,
  • print an assessment in Word Format,
  • retrieve exams’ reports from Blackboard using Respondus, and
  • download exams/surveys results data from Blackboard using Respondus.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

m-Learning

Description:

This course has been designed to introduce mobile friendly practices to enable faculty to transform their existing courses for mobile delivery. The units in the course cover mobile learning apps, using mobiles in teaching and learning strategies and course design considerations. A number of mobile tools will also be covered.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • describe what mLearning is,
  • identify mobile-friendly content,
  • create a mobile-friendly test,
  • create tasks with different tools for their students, and
  • design a mobile-friendly course in Blackboard.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are interested in exploring and discussing the ways we communicate in the 21st century, and how they can be incorporated into an educational setting. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how mobile phones, discussion boards, and social media can be used in their teaching and learning strategies. They will experiment using these tools in their classrooms and reflect on their experiences in their course blog. ​

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • identify a variety of digital communications tools appropriate for education,
  • describe the advantages and challenges instructors face interacting with their students online,
  • apply appropriate strategies for overcoming such challenges, and
  • design and implement an effective online discussion.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who already have a basic understanding of a mobile operating system. The participants will review the usage of mobile devices by their students and themselves and how this has affected our everyday lives and classrooms. They will then explore new apps or web 2.0 tools that can be incorporated into the classroom and learn how to evaluate them. They will also review the use of Audience Response Systems (ARS) for formative evaluations and implement one ARS tool in a lesson.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • describe how mobile devices have affected the way people consume, collate and communicate information,
  • analyze several mobile apps or web 2.0 technologies for their appropriate implementation in the classroom,
  • select an appropriate Audience Response System (ARS) tool for their classroom, and
  • effectively incorporate an ARS tool into a lesson.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Online Teaching

Description:

In this course, participants will learn the basics of using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to run online classes. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool that allows faculty to synchronously communicate online with students anywhere. Instruction in this course will cover scheduling sessions, managing attendees in the session, engaging with attendees using audio, video and chat, in addition to recording sessions and accessing sessions reports. The course will also cover the student user experience when participating in a Collaborate Ultra session.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • access Collaborate Ultra tool and lock the Course Room,
  • set up Collaborate Ultra in Blackboard course,
  • create a Collaborate Ultra session and adjust session settings,
  • manage a Collaborate Ultra session through the Attendees and My Settings panels,
  • share audio, video and use Everyone chat channel,
  • access recordings and reports, and
  • identify the privileges for the different session roles for basic features.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

In this course, participants will learn how to use the advanced features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to run online classes. Instruction in this course will cover using tools for sharing content, communicating and collaborating in the Collaborate Ultra session, in addition to identifying what will be recorded when advanced features are used. The course will also cover the student user experience when participating in a Collaborate Ultra session.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • share content in a Collaborate Ultra session (Whiteboard, Application/Screen, Files),
  • use chat, polls, timer and breakout groups,
  • identify what will be covered in the recording, and
  • identify the privileges for the different session roles for advanced features.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who are preparing to teach online courses or who are interested in learning more about how to facilitate online synchronous classes. Participants will watch videos that cover giving students a voice, presenting themselves and their material and tools for effective online communication. The course also includes practical strategies for planning and delivering engaging online classes in real time, as well as additional resources to help faculty prepare for teaching online classes.​

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • prepare all elements needed to deliver an online synchronous course successfully,
  • create an engaging and participatory environment in online classes,
  • use a platform such as Zoom or Collaborate to deliver and facilitate online classes, and
  • utilize a number of online-based tools to encourage participation and collaboration in online synchronous classes.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Description:

This fully online Epigeum course helps participants put pedagogical frameworks into practice to improve their online teaching. The course provides practical strategies for building an effective learning community, facilitating and leading online learning, and using assessment in an online course. It will take approximately 7 hours for participants to complete the required work and activities, which include an Epigeum course containing videos, PDFs, web links, as well as, online discussions and blog entries.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Completing the activities in this course will contribute to your ability to::

  • design and organize an online course or module,
  • facilitate and moderate an online course or module,
  • direct and lead an online course or module, and
  • assess student learning in an online course or module.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Description:

This fully online Epigeum course provides participants with a series of step-by-step learning design activities to help teachers develop their own successful online course. The course explores the issues of academic integrity, accessibility and inclusive design in addition to guidance on following best practice and avoiding pitfalls in the planning stages of your course. It will take approximately 7 hours for participants to complete the required work and activities, which include an Epigeum course containing videos, PDFs, web links, as well as, online discussions and blog entries. This is a highly interactive course, so it is important that you try to complete the tasks, specifically the discussion board and blog posts, in a timely manner. This will make sure that you are part of the active conversation on how to design and develop your online course. ​

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Course Learning Outcomes:
Completing the activities in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • identify appropriate learning design methods,
  • evaluate common learning design processes related to planning for online learning,
  • apply appropriate design methods to online learning scenarios,
  • identify appropriate assessment methods and apply them to online learning scenarios,
  • identify identify appropriate evaluation methods and apply them to online learning scenarios, and
  • incorporate diverse learning activities into your teaching and locate a broader range of educational resources.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Description:

This self-paced online course provides participants with a series of activities to help teachers develop and adapt to an online learning pedagogy. The course explores the issues of how people learn through constructivism and the Community of Inquiry model to foster online interaction. It will take approximately 7 hours for participants to complete the required work and activities, which include an Epigeum course containing videos, PDFs, web links, as well as, online discussions and a review quiz. Considering the focus of this course, it’s important that you participate in the online discussions and finish the 5 modules in a timely manner. This will ensure that you are part of the active conversation on how to further develop your online pedagogical skills.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Completing the activities in this course will contribute to your ability to:

  • identify and discuss the four characteristics of constructivist learning environments,
  • evaluate the changing paradigm from teaching to learning in online education,
  • utilise the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework for your online pedagogy,
  • identify and employ the key elements of online interaction,
  • demonstrate understanding of how to successfully structure an online course,
  • use both formative and summative assessment in online learning, and
  • identify and understand the changing nature of online students.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Description:

This full online, self-paced course is for faculty who want to learn about using different technology tools for teaching online and blended courses. Participants will complete lessons that cover developing, delivering and curating content; facilitating communication and interaction; developing assessments and evaluating learning; exploring digital innovations; and, selecting and adopting technology tools into their online teaching and learning strategies. It will take approximately seven hours for participants to complete the required work and activities, which include online discussions and blog entries as well as an Epigeum course containing videos, PDFs and web links. This is a highly interactive course, so it is important that you try to complete the tasks, specifically the discussion board and blog posts, in a timely manner as others will want to comment on your contributions. This will make sure that you are part of the active conversation on how use technology tools for teaching online.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • develop and curate content to support student learning,
  • facilitate communication and interaction using a number of tools in an LMS as well as external tools,
  • utilize the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework for your online pedagogy,
  • evaluate student learning in an online environment, and
  • select, test and implement appropriate technology tools.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

Nearpod

Description:

This course will provide learners an introduction to the Nearpod District License. There are four main lessons in the course that will bring the learner through all the basic knowledge to confidently navigate the Nearpod interface and start launch lessons for their students to complete.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • update their profile in Nearpod,
  • adjust advanced settings.
  • add lessons from the Nearpod store to their library.
  • edit lessons in their library.
  • launch both live and student-paced lessons.
  • share lessons, and
  • create a basic lesson.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to learn how to use Nearpod or improve upon their existing skills to create and share interactive lessons with their students. Participants in this course will learn how to create an interactive Nearpod lesson using a PowerPoint file. They will then learn how to manage their lessons, find already created ones and review reports. As well, participants will be given an overall explanation of the Nearpod interface and will learn how to share both live and student-paced lessons.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create a Nearpod lesson,
  • find lessons in the Nearpod store,
  • share both live and student-paced lessons with their learners, and
  • track their students’ progress and participation in the lesson.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This course will guide the participants in how to complete their application to become a Nearpod Certified Educator. Before taking this course, participants should already be comfortable creating and conducting lessons in Nearpod. If they are not, they should complete the below course first.

Recommended Pre-requisite: Creating Interactive Lessons in Nearpod.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • describe the benefits of becoming a Nearpod Certified Educator,
  • create a Nearpod lesson according to Nearpod’s recommended lesson guide, and
  • complete the application process of becoming a Nearpod Certified Educator.

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Duration: 4 Credit Hours

Office 365 in the Classroom

Description:

This course has been designed to introduce the collaborative functions of Office 365 and the various apps that allow for this. There five units or Toolbox workshops in this course, including Setting up OneDrive, Sharing and Collaborating, Forms, Stream and Yammer. Each section includes demonstration videos and step-by-step simulations, as well as external resources to support your learning and practice.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • set up OneDrive and use it to create and organize folders and files,
  • share folders and files with colleagues,
  • use the Office 365 apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint to collaborate in real time,
  • use Forms to create and share surveys and quizzes, and analyze results,
  • store, manage and share videos using channels and groups in Stream, and
  • create, monitor and participate in private social network groups in Yammer.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to learn how to use HyperDocs to deliver content and create interactive collaborative projects for their learners. Participants in this course will complete lessons and watch videos that covering how to create lesson plans using HyperDocs, insert a variety of media elements and share their creations with others.

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create and HyperDocs with various types of media,
  • share folders and files with colleagues,
  • share their documents with learners and other educators, and
  • upload their document to Blackboard.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to learn to use Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Office 365 apps suite, for team coordination and content sharing. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to create teams and structure them by using channels to separate and organize conversations and files according to topic. The course will also cover creating and editing OneNote Class Notebooks to use with students. This course is offered in both blended and online delivery modes.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create teams and add members,
  • create channels within each team for different topics the team needs to focus on,
  • collaborate and focus on specific tasks using conversations, files and tasks within the channels, and
  • create and edit OneNote Class Notebooks both in Teams and in OneNote.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

The participants will be introduced to FlipGrid, a tool that will enable them to create and monitor video discussions with and amongst their students. They will watch several instructional videos, participate in group and whole-class discussions on topics including possible uses for the tool as well as some potential challenges and solutions of using it. They will also do practical, hands-on activities such as participation in a FlipGrid discussion and creating their own.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • describe what FlipGrid is,
  • explain the possible benefits of using this tool with their students,
  • create their own Grid and Topic,
  • implement a FlipGrid discussion in their own class, and
  • reflect on the success or failure of using this tool with their students.

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Duration: 7 Credit Hours

eTextbooks in Blackboard

Description:

This course is designed as an introduction to the McGraw-Hill Connect platform and associated etextbooks. It covers an overview of the interface and briefly summarizes the main features such as the two types of assignments, LearnSmart and the more conventional Connect assignments along with the administrative elements of Connect including creating reports.

Along with familiarising users with the interface, this course also covers the initial set-up and ‘pairing’ of the etextbook and Blackboard sections so that it can be viewed by students. There are additional resources related to other platforms such as ALEKS as well.

Note: This course is available online or through your local Learning Management System teams.​

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • perform the steps as an instructor to pair a section using Blackboard Learn and McGH Connect platform to access an eTextbook,
  • guide students on how to access their course eTextbook from McGH Connect via Blackboard Learn,
  • access the student roster from McGH Connect platform, and
  • navigate the Connect interface.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course looks at utilizing the resources built into McGraw-Hill Connect e-textbooks from automatic note-sharing with students, responsive comprehension questions built into the text to external instructor resources such as presentations and question banks that can be uploaded to Blackboard. There are also instructions on how to set up the initial e-text so that students can link through their Blackboard course.

Note: This course is available online or through your local Learning Management System teams.​

Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • adjust the reading difficulty and content to match class ability,
  • export question banks for use in Blackboard courses as question pools, and
  • utilize reading tools such as shared highlighting and notes.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Developing eContent

Description:

This course covers the theoretical aspects of creating engaging learning videos for your students along with the practical aspects of using video-creation software. It looks at the research of multimedia theory and how to download and use video creation software such as Zoom, Camtasia and PowerPoint.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • apply multimedia theory and principles to video creation,
  • create videos with Zoom, Camtasia and PowerPoint, and
  • upload and share videos through the Office 365 Stream application.

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Duration: 4 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like to learn how to use Kahoot! to create learning games to use in the classroom. Participants in this course will complete lessons and watch several videos covering how to play Kahoot!, as well as how to use the program to create and host Kahoot! games and assign them for homework.

Note: This course is available online or through your local Learning Management System teams.​

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create and edit Kahoot! games,
  • host Kahoot! games and review their statistics, and
  • assign Kahoots as homework.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

The participants will be introduced to BookWidgets, an online content creation software that allows faculty to create interactive worksheets and quizzes which can be viewed and completed by students on all devices. Built-in templates for worksheets, games, and quizzes help faculty create engaging online content efficiently. BookWidgets is no longer restricted to iPads and iBook Author. These widgets can be created and shared with your students on any device. Instructors can also track their student’s progress in the activity and provide feedback.

If you are tired of standing at the photocopier for hours and then learning that your students ‘lost’ their worksheet papers, then BookWidgets might be the answer.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create two different BookWidgets activities,
  • create a worksheet that combines several activities together,
  • share an activity or worksheet with their students, and
  • monitor their students’ activity and results.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is for faculty who would like an introduction to the content and eLearning authoring tool SoftChalk. Participants in this course will complete lessons covering how to build an interactive SoftChalk lesson that includes different types of activities and quizzes. Participants will also learn how to save their created courses to Blackboard to share with their learners.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • create a SoftChalk lesson from an existing Microsoft Word document,
  • build and incorporate interactivities and quizzes into lessons, and
  • upload completed SoftChalk lessons to Blackboard.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This course is designed for faculty who are looking to increase their knowledge about building digital lessons with the SoftChalk software. Participants will complete lessons that cover how to adapt and design a personalized theme, create and edit callout boxes and sidebar panels, insert PowerPoints and PDFs, and use the library to store, source and reuse lesson items. It is highly recommended that participants first complete the introductory course Developing Digital Lessons with SoftChalk. That 3-hour course covers the basics of creating lessons and adding visual and interactive elements. Participants will need to know these basic skills before moving on in the advanced course. 

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • edit an existing SoftChalk theme to include their own personalized look,
  • use callout boxes and sidebar panels to add content that enhances their lessons
  • insert external resources such as PowerPoint presentations and PDF documents into their lessons, and
  • use the library to save and reuse lesson items.

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Duration: 3 Credit Hours

Description:

This is an overview of the Adobe Education Exchange PD platform and how to gain credit for completing these courses. It also covers the functionality of Rush CC and Spark as these are often used to complete assignments in Adobe Edex. Finally, it looks at a number of the most commonly used applications available in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  • enroll in Adobe Education Exchange Courses,
  • edit videos in Rush CC,
  • create an online Spark blog with embedded video,
  • upload videos to Vimeo or YouTube, and
  • embed a Spark blog into Blackboard.

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Duration: 2 Credit Hours

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