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August 1 - 31, 2015

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Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Division of IT - LTS Workshops, Webinars & Brownbags

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Monday, August 17, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LTI-CANVAS: Getting Started in ELMS for Instructors

This workshop will orient instructors to the ELMS environment and tools and strategies for customizing the course homepage and navigation, uploading content, creating a syllabus, conversing with students, and copying content from other ELMS course spaces. In addition, it will review the ELMS Management Tools that enable you to create separate course spaces for individual sections, create "custom" course spaces, add course designers, and more.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Upload content to their course space; 
  • Copy content from other ELMS course spaces;
  • Contact their students within ELMS;
  • Manage what students see in the course space; 
  • Enable and disable student access to content. 
Prerequisites: None
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Cancelled) LTI-CANVAS: Create & Manage Assignments in ELMS

This workshop introduces users to the tools and strategies for creating ELMS assignments.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Create and manage different types of assignments;
  • Explore Assignment Groups and creates assignments with release dates based upon membership in a course section;
  • Create “extra credit” assignments;
  • Grade assignments using SpeedGrader and Rubrics;
  • Bulk download and upload student assignment submissions.

Prerequisites: A general understanding of the ELMS environment (such as that provided in the Getting Started with ELMS for Instructors workshop) is helpful, but not required.

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Cancelled) LTI-CANVAS: Create & Manage Content in ELMS

This workshop will introduce you to several options for presenting course content to your students. Examples of course spaces designed to emphasize the strengths of each content organization strategy will be provided.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Upload and manage files in the Files area;
  • Create a Module and added items such as files, assessments, external links and external tools to it;
  • Create a Page and integrated text, links, images and digital media into it;
  • Compare and contrast the pedagogical strategies supported by each method of organizing and displaying content.

Prerequisites: A general understanding of the ELMS environment (such as that provided in the Getting Started with ELMS for Instructors workshop) is helpful, but not required.

 

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Cancelled) LTI: Accessibility Bootcamp

In this workshop, we will evaluate the accessibility of your course materials. Using simple tools and techniques, you will adapt your course content to meet accessibility guidelines and state and federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, while also creating a personalized learning experience for all students. Bring your laptop and samples of course content (MS Word or PowerPoint document, ELMS course space or other web pages); there will be opportunities for hands-on work.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Participate in a discussion about accessibility standards for students, faculty and staff in the university;
  • Give examples of each of the following: media, documents, pdfs, presentations, and video and identify accessibility errors in them and practice making them accessible;
  • Evaluate their course materials (in a digital format) for meeting accessibility standards;
  • Apply or describe the necessary changes to make their course materials accessible.

Prerequisites: None

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM LTI-CANVAS: Managing the Gradebook in ELMS

This workshop introduces participants to the ELMS Gradebook.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Manage Gradebook columns;
  • Manage grades in Gradebook;
  • Set up letter grades at the assignment and course levels;
  • Create an extra credit column;
  • Weight the final grade;
  • Download and upload grades;
  • Communicate with students via the Gradebook.

Prerequisites: Participants should already have 1-3 months experience using ELMS or have taken the Getting Started in ELMS for Instructors workshop.

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM LTI: Getting Started in Adobe Connect

This workshop introduces the basics of Adobe Connect including how to set up a meeting room and how to upload content and present in Adobe Connect meeting.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Review Adobe Connect System Requirements;
  • Set up a meeting and share a meeting with students;
  • Manage audio in a meeting;
  • Share content using "pods";
  • Manage content;
  • Share desktop with viewers;
  • Create polls;
  • Manage users.

 

Prerequisites: None

Monday, August 24, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LTI-CANVAS: Getting Started in ELMS for Instructors

This workshop will orient instructors to the ELMS environment and tools and strategies for customizing the course homepage and navigation, uploading content, creating a syllabus, conversing with students, and copying content from other ELMS course spaces. In addition, it will review the ELMS Management Tools that enable you to create separate course spaces for individual sections, create "custom" course spaces, add course designers, and more.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Upload content to their course space; 
  • Copy content from other ELMS course spaces;
  • Contact their students within ELMS;
  • Manage what students see in the course space; 
  • Enable and disable student access to content. 

Prerequisites: None

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Cancelled) LTI-CANVAS - Outcomes & Rubrics in ELMS

Learning outcomes refer to what a student is expected to be able to achieve or do (competencies) as a result of completing a learning activity or a course. Outcomes enable the administration and faculty to track students' progress as measured by pedagogical goals or desired outcomes. Rubrics are used for consistency in grading students' performance and can be used collect data for tracking outcomes at a college, department, or course level.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Build an outcome using the ELMS "Outcomes" tool,
  • Create outcome-based assignments and assessments,
  • Link outcomes to rubrics,
  • Add rubrics to outcome-based assessments and assignments
  • Generate Outcomes reports.

Prerequisites: Participants should already have 1-3 months experience using ELMS or have taken the Getting Started in ELMS for Instructors workshop;  experience with the creation of Assignments is recommended, such as that provided in the Create and Manage Assignments workshop.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM LTI: Getting Started with Clickers in the Classroom
Audience response systems (or clickers) are more accessible in campus classrooms than ever before. In this session, we will demonstrate the newest version of TurningPoint software 6.0. It includes a direct integration between TurningPoint and the ELMS gradebook.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Use clickers to create clicker-ready presentations;
  • Retrieve data collected through clicker use;
  • Identify best practices for developing questions and integrating them into a lecture.

 

Please note that both Windows and Mac versions of the clicker (TurningPoint) software are available and will be reviewed in separate workshops. For more information about clickers, email clickers@umd.edu or visit http://clickers.umd.edu.

Prerequisites: None

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM LTI: Blogs and Wikis in the Classroom

This workshop will explore blogs and wikis and the role they can play in supporting course pedagogy. A course Blog provides a simple, asynchronous, classroom-independent space within which instructors can manage certain portions of their course and students can practice writing and critical thinking skills. Wikis provide an easy way for students to develop and publish content in a Web-based environment through collaborative means.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Create a class blog and a reflective journal using the Campus Pack tools in ELMS;
  • Explore various educational uses of blogs;
  • Explore the Campus Pack wiki tool in ELMS;
  • Discuss ideas for fostering team-building and collaboration among students via the Wiki environment;
  • Compare the characteristics and uses of blogs, discussion board forums, and wikis.

 

Prerequisites: None

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM LTI: What's New with Clickers in the Cloud?

This training session is designed for users who are familiar with older versions of TurningPoint such as TurningPoint 5.  This session will cover how to create a Turning Account, the updated student registration process, as well as review the Canvas integration. It will also show some of the advanced polling features as well as new features recently added to the software. By the of the training, users can expect to fully understand the differences they can expect with TurningPoint Cloud.

Division of IT - OLC & Vendor Training

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

10:00 AM OLC: Designing a Flipped Classroom

This asynchronous workshop will begin August 14th at 12:00 PM and end on August 21st at 11:59PM

Flipped learning is a model of teaching in which the more passive learning activities such as watching lectures, happen outside of the classroom, saving more in-person class time for interactive activities. Flipping the classroom is currently one of the most popular trends in education at all levels! In this workshop, you will explore different flipped design models and the educational benefits of the flipped design. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to implement this strategy into your own teaching.

 Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of flipped design models
  • Design a flipped learning plan appropriate for your course

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Friday and end on the following Friday. The workshop will require approximately 6 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

10:00 AM OLC: Introduction to Audio and Video Tools

This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 14th 12:00 PM and end on August 21st at 11:59 PM

Audio and video provides faculty and students with unique opportunities to present information, communicate, and provide content and logistics support in online and blended classes. Additionally, according to research, the use of audio and video can foster a sense of presence, increase engagement, and improve learning outcomes. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to effectively create and use audio and video for your courses using various free tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Test and evaluate various web-based audio and video tools.
  • Create audio or video content for your online course applying educationally effective strategies

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Friday and end on the following Friday. The workshop will require approximately 6 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Monday, August 17, 2015

10:00 AM OLC: Creating Rubrics

This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 19th at 12:00 PM and end on August 21st at 11:59 PM

Rubrics are an effective tool to evaluate learning and promote effective feedback practices. In this workshop, you will learn how to create and use rubrics to efficiently and consistently evaluate student work. You will discuss the qualities that make a rubric successful, while exploring best practices for grading and assessing students in the online environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify elements and examples of well-designed holistic and analytic rubrics
  • Create a holistic and analytic rubric aligned to specific learning objectives

Format:

This workshop is a three day long, asynchronous learning experience beginning on a Wednesday and ending the following Friday. Total length of time to completion: 3 days.

Monday, August 24, 2015

10:00 AM OLC: Creating Rubrics
This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 26th at 12:00 PM and end on August 28th at 11:59 PM

Open educational resources (OER) is a term that was first adopted by UNESCO to describe “digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and re-use for teaching, learning and research.” In this workshop you will learn how to locate high-quality, free content that can be used in online teaching and learning. This workshop will also cover a variety of OER issues including quality assurance, licensing, and use.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and compare open educational resource collections
  • Analyze best practices for using open educational resources

Format:

This workshop is a three day long, asynchronous learning experience beginning on a Wednesday and ending the following Friday. Total length of time to completion: 3 days.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

10:00 AM OLC: Fundamentals: Giving Effective Feedback

This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 28th at 12:00 PM and end on September 4th at 11:59 PM

According to research, feedback on learning is a key factor for improving the learning outcomes and student satisfaction.  While giving effective feedback can help drive your students towards success in your course and help them to better understand the material, it can also take a lot of time. In this workshop, you will identify different feedback strategies along with effective methods for providing feedback to your students efficiently. Many of the practices explored in this workshop can also help increase student engagement in the class and help with faculty satisfaction and workload management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify effective student feedback strategies.
  • Develop methods for providing effective student feedback efficiently in your courses.

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Friday and end on the following Friday. The workshop will require approximately 6 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

 

10:00 AM OLC: Fundamentals: Supporting New Online Learners

This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 28th at 12:00 PM and end on September 4th at 11:59 PM

Students who are new to the online environment can face many challenges as they enter the digital learning space. In this workshop, you will explore strategies for developing a coherent and structured environment to help your new online students achieve success and satisfaction. You will review research and established standards to identify and explore best practices and strategies to support online learners. You will construct a student support plan that integrates those strategies within the constraints of your own institution.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explore best practices and strategies to support new online learners.
  • Create a plan to support new online learners in your courses

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Friday and end on the following Friday. The workshop will require approximately 6 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

10:00 AM OLC: Introduction to Mobile Apps and Tablets

This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 28th at 12:00 PM and end on September 4th at 11:59 PM

Combined with educational apps, tablets have become powerful educational tools. Based on recent surveys, mobile apps are the fastest growing dimension of the mobile space in higher education right now, with impacts on virtually every aspect of informal life, and increasingly, every discipline in the university. So, how can this popular technology be used to benefit both students and instructors? What are the implications and limitations that need to be considered regarding course access, design, delivery and assessment? In this workshop, you will explore these benefits and challenges to determine ways to effectively integrate mobile apps and tablets into your own courses.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and discuss benefits and challenges of using tablets and mobile apps for learning.
  • Create a learning plan to integrate tablets/mobile apps into your online course.

Format:

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Friday and end on the following Friday. The workshop will require approximately 6 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

10:00 AM OLC: New to Online: The Essentials

This asynchronous workshop will begin on August 28th at 12:00 PM and end on September 4th at 11:59 PM

An essential component of successful online teaching is experiencing online learning for yourself.  This workshop will provide you with an important online learning experience as you explore the basics of online teaching and learning. You will learn the critical differences between online and face-to-face courses, including faculty and student expectations, role adjustments, and course design and evaluation. Your explorations will include research-based readings, presentations and discussions with other new online teachers and will be supported by sample documents such as online syllabus, discussion rubric etc. There will also be an hour-long optional (recorded) live session where you will get a chance to meet your facilitator to discuss important topics related to online teaching and ask your questions.

 Topics:

Course design, delivery and assessment

Instructor roles and competencies

Five Pillars of Quality in online education

Engaging the learners

Student readiness and expectations

 Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences between online and face- to -face courses in terms course design, roles, and expectations
  • Create a learning resource for your online course based on your readings and explorations during this workshop

 Format:

This is a weeklong asynchronous workshop, with an optional one-hour synchronous (live) session with the facilitator. The workshop will begin on a Friday and end on the following Friday. The live session will be held on Monday, on the fourth day. The workshop will require approximately 6 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

 

UMD Libraries - Employee Development

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Assisting Library Users With Disabilities (Libraries staff only)

Core Competencies: Customer Service, Diversity and Inclusion

This training will cover resources and best practices for assisting library users with disabilities, including: etiquette; issues of equity and the law; campus Disability Support Services & the Adaptive Technology Lab; DSS/AT Lab partnership activities with the Libraries (including the new Hathi Trust ALTR service); and library service accommodations for people with disabilities. Though intended primarily for staff who work at public service points, all Libraries staff are welcome to attend.

Location: Hornbake Library 0302H (Library Media Services)

University Human Resources

Start Date and TimeEvent Details

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Leadership Development Initiatives (LDI) Track I Foundations - Planning & Execution: How to Get Things Done (Course 5 of 6)
Participants learn ideas and techniques for getting work accomplished more efficiently and effectively and in less time. This course offers keys to effective delegation and ways to save time, money and resources through effective decision making and delegation.

Learning fee -- $50 per person

Van Munching 2517

Friday, August 07, 2015

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Administrative Professional Track - Developing Resourcefulness (Lynda.com) Facilitated by L&TD, UHR

We are bringing Lynda.com to the classroom and facilitating the courses with you!

Developing Resourcefulness: Being able to do more with less is a highly valued skill in any organization, and not just in down times. In this course, management expert and trainer Todd Dewett helps you assess your resourcefulness by first evaluating your professional resources (personal network, expertise, information, and access to finances) and how to decide when and how to use them. He also provides advice on developing habits to cultivate resourcefulness, such as asking the right questions and building your network across a broad spectrum.

NEW CANCELLATION POLICY: If you need to cancel, please do so by 9am the day before the session.  Not doing so or 'no showing' will result in a $25 administration fee charged to the KFS you list in your registration.

Parking Information: The following lots are available near the building: Lot P1 and Lot P2- you must have a current UMD Faculty/Staff Parking Permit. Please DO NOT park in Lot P*. Lot 4 is an overflow lot is P1 and P2 are not available. If you do not have a UMD Parking Permit, you can park at a meter in the P2 lot, OR obtain a one day parking permit through your department or through Transportation Services. Further parking information can be found at http://maps.umd.edu/map/#   

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Leadership Development Initiatives (LDI) Track I Foundations - Performance Conversations (Course 6 of 6)

Participants learn how to make performance conversations constructive tools for healthy communication, improving performance and helping employees grow professionally. The university’s PRD is a tool for ongoing, two-way communication that improves relationships and performance and sets a path for professional growth.

Learning fee -- $50 per person

Location: Van Munching 2517

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Designing Your Financial Roadmap

We will provide you with:
  • An overview of USM Retirement Plans (403b, 457b, 401k or ORP);
  • Information on a Roth IRA;
  • Planning tools for retirement and building the foundation (Debt Management & Budgeting);
  • Information on the importance of balancing and prioritizing other non-retirement goals to save
    appropriately;
  • Tools to evaluate your portfolio and select appropriate savings vehicles.

Monday, August 17, 2015

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM New Employee Orientation - UHR
Event Description:
The goal of new employee orientation is to engage you, our new employees, into the UMD culture, giving you a greater sense of connection to the University, providing pertinent information you need without overloading you as you learn about your job duties, and expose you to university colleagues throughout the process.

Objectives

New Employee Orientation will help you to:

  1. - Gain critical insights into UMD’s history, organizational culture, values, and goals
  2. - Learn about university resources (perks, benefits, tools etc)
  3. - Identify key policies and procedures
  4. - Review the health care, life insurance, retirement plans, flexible benefits, and tuition remission.
  5. - Energize UMD engagement and excitement – Cheer the Turtle!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM “Education to Go” on your 401(k)/457/403(b)
When the Nest Egg Hatches: Investing & Withdrawing During Retirement

If you are considering retiring in less than 5 years, now is the time to start planning how you will manage your income in retirement.

You will learn about:

• Your many sources of income in retirement (including the risks they face), and your payout choices

• Withdrawal options in your Supplemental Plans.

• Tools to help you put together a retirement budget

• Setting a sustainable withdrawal rate

• The importance of investment diversification, even in retirement.

Most information will be applicable even if you are enrolled with TIAA or Fidelity.

You are welcome to bring your lunch.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM “Education to Go” on your 401(k)/457/403(b)
When the Nest Egg Hatches: Investing & Withdrawing During Retirement

If you are considering retiring in less than 5 years, now is the time to start planning how you will manage your income in retirement.

You will learn about:

• Your many sources of income in retirement (including the risks they face), and your payout choices

• Withdrawal options in your Supplemental Plans.

• Tools to help you put together a retirement budget

• Setting a sustainable withdrawal rate

• The importance of investment diversification, even in retirement.

Most information will be applicable even if you are enrolled with TIAA or Fidelity.

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

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