Microsoft Digital Teacher Certification Webinar

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Join us for an introduction to the Teq Microsoft Digital Teacher Certification.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 2 – 3 PM CST

Take Microsoft 365 to a whole new level with Teq’s Microsoft Digital Teacher Certification! Join us on Wednesday, June 10th, to get an overview of the course, which will cover programs such as Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Throughout the certification course, you will learn

  • How to Plan, Teach, and Assess with Office 365
  • How to Use Microsoft as a Teaching Tool
  • How to Collaborate with OneDrive
  • How to make Excellent Presentations with PowerPoint
  • How to use Windows MovieMaker in your Classroom
  • And more!

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-the-microsoft-digital-teacher-certification-tickets-16936280872

Blackboard Webinar on Student Engagement Tools- Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Boards and Journals

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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series: 

Student Engagement Tools- Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Boards and Journals

When: Wednesday, June 18th 12:00 pm CST
Where: M201A Downtown Campus
Track: Collaboration and Assessing Learners
Presenter: Keely McDonough, Blackboard
Blackboard Learn offers four communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration and communication.  In this session Blackboard will discuss each tool and share examples.
When members of an online community direct their efforts toward a common goal, powerful connections are made.  Learners can achieve more through in-depth conversations, relationship building, and problem solving in a community.  Without a goal, connections, and conversations, there is no community.

CmapTools: A Free Concept Mapping Teaching Tool

CmapTools: Integrating, Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Online Courses

Teaching, learning, and evaluation in online courses offer unique and exciting challenges for instructors. Not only is it necessary to find new teaching strategies but it’s essential that instructors find new ways to facilitate student learning. Concept maps (Novak, 1998) are one strategy that can promote teaching, learning, and evaluation in online environments.

Concept Maps are pictures or graphical representations that learners draw to depict their understanding of the meaning of a set of concepts. They use the maps to link new learning to what they already know. One of the ways adults learn is in analyzing their own experiences and linking them to the new information they are learning. In this way, the maps offer learners and instructors an opportunity to share, discuss, and revise their understanding of concepts, propositions, and the relationships between new and existing knowledge. One way to use concept maps to promote learning is to have students construct concept maps of the course readings [throughout the course]. Students pick a reading that piques their interest in a particular topic and maps out the reading as a way to understand it. Other ways students can use concept maps to show relationships between two or more readings or two or more authors. When students create concept maps, instructors get a glimpse into how their mind is working and how they are constructing knowledge. So not only are the maps a teaching and learning strategy, but can be used to give feedback and assess learning.

CmapTools can be incorporated into any course taught online for adult learners. It is a relatively easy program for students to install and learn http://cmap.ihmc.us.

Novak, J. Learning, Creating and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations. Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum, 1998.

Concept Map using CmapTools

YouTube Video on How to use the CmapTools Software to create a concept map.

Best Learning Tools of 2012

Last month, Edudemic released the results of their annual “best learning tools” survey. Over 500 professionals in teaching and learning contributed their opinions on their favorite tools and resources. To see the top 100 learning tools, take a look at the embedded slide-show below. For those of you who know about the workshops we offer in the Faculty Innovation Center throughout each semester, several of the tools on their list will look very familiar.  What tools do you use or would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments!

What is a Flipped Classroom?

In a flipped classroom, the typical order of teaching is reversed. Students review lecture content outside the classroom using technologies, such as lecture capture video or podcasts, and class time is used for active learning activities. To learn more, watch this excellent video from Penn State University.


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