Connected Educator’s Month: Free Faculty Webinars

Throughout the month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative will be providing opportunities for educators to take part in free webinars, forums, and other activities to stay connected to learning about using technologies and strategies that enhance teaching skills and improve student engagement in learning. The activities also give instructors a chance to connect with other instructors to exchange ideas, collaborate, and further develop one’s personal learning network.  For more information about the Connected Educator’s initiative and Connected Educators month, we recommend visiting their official website.

Recommended Upcoming Webinars

To stay informed about the latest developments in educational technology that can improve your instruction, we recommend attending the following upcoming webinars. To learn more about the content of each free webinar, click the link to go to the webinar’s registration page.  The registration page will contain instructions for joining the webinar on the appointed date. We encourage faculty to take advantage of these great training and professional development activities.



Event Title

Date & Time


Social Media in the

October 2, 2013

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm CST

In this webinar, we will discuss the best practices for implementing popular
social media networks into your classroom, and 

Closing the
Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

October 8, 2013

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

In this webinar, Participants will be provided with a wealth of lessons and valuable insights that educators at all levels can use to fire up their students’ passion to learn, and MORE!

Google 6-Part
Series (Part 1): The Top View of Google

October 15, 2013

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm CST

Explore Images, YouTube in the Classroom, using Gmail in the classroom, Google Calendar, and MORE

Teaching Online
& Blended Learning

October 15, 2013

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CST

To meet
the needs of today’s connected learner, today’s educator needs to
be fluent in new media literacies, and 

Which Technology is
Right for Your Environment?

October 18,2013

8:30 am – 9:40 am CST

Should you buy laptops, iPadsChromebooks, Windows tablets or some other device
for your students, and 



Helping Students with Netiquette

LaptopTo help your students become more successful when communicating in online courses,  we have created a document you can share with them called 7 Essential Rules of Netiquette.

These guidelines highlight best practices for promoting academic and career professionalism when using online communications tools, such as e-mail, discussion boards, instant messenger,  video-calls, or social media.


Social Media Guidelines for Students and Faculty

Social media tools, such as Twitter, Google+, and blog platforms, have given educators and students another way to present and communicate information with each other online. Instructors often use these tools to develop learning communities, to collect content useful for research or class discussion, to develop online lessons connected to real-world applications, and as a notification tool.  Because social media is so prevalent inside and outside the classroom, it is important to know how and when to use it appropriately. The following infographics illustrate how instructors incorporate social media into their classes and give some guidance for students and educators to use it appropriately.

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

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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!

How to Get Started with Facebook

Example Facebook PageAccording to recent estimates, over 80% of of all US college students access Facebook every day.  Because it is completely Web-based, it can be accessed on just about any standard desktop computer or mobile device with an Internet connection and browser. Since it is free to use, flexible, and widely used by students, it is only natural that faculty may be curious as to how this popular tool can be applied properly towards education. Like a discussion board, Facebook can be used to share information with others through creating posts. Similar to a Website, wiki, or blog, a Facebook group page can be used to curate course-relevant content and share information with others.  To learn more about using Facebook, check out these  tutorials and resources. Continue reading