Center for Instructional Advancement and Technology (CIAT)
Full- and part-time Towson faculty are invited to join their colleagues for these open and custom workshops.
Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) Online Workshops
The Sloan Consortium offers a great selection teaching with
technology workshop topics including social media, mobile and
online learning. Each year a limited number of Towson faculty members can attend
two or more workshops offered by Sloan-C for FREE. Normally, these workshops cost $350 - $500 each.
All courses are offered in a fully online format and they
require a time commitment over a half-day or one week.
For upcoming workshop dates and descriptions, please see:
Sloan-CMembership is Free to Towson Faculty and
OTS sponsors Towson’s College Pass membership to Sloan-C. With this membership, Towson instructors
can use discussion forums and access free articles, publications and resources from the Sloan-C site.
To connect to these resources, create a Sloan-C
guest account and then update your profile to show
your institutional affiliation with Towson
http://www.sloan-c.org/members_page or contact Audrey Cutler at x4-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register select the check boxes next to the workshops that you would like to attend (you may check more than one). Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and then click Submit. If you don't see the workshop you are looking for please feel free to forward your suggested workshop topic to OAI@towson.edu.
Campus Technology Open House
Date: January 24, 2013
Location: Cook Library 404B & Cook Library 405
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Join us in the CIAT DMC and CIAT Faculty Lab for an overview of services and technologies.
Digital Media Classroom Demo:
Lecture capture with Mediasite
Hands on demonstration of LanSchool classroom management software including: ◦Sharing files with student computers
Capturing student screens
Sharing computer screens
Presentation of OAI/CIAT Services:
Videography services (recording, editing and enhancing presentations)
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: Dr. Barbara J. Bass (Dept. of English)
Do these scenarios sound familiar?
After grading all weekend, you still have 10 more essays to go.
After reading a student’s essay or research paper, you know what grade it deserves, but you wonder what to write so that your comments adequately reflect that grade.
You’ve highlighted all of the errors on a student’s paper and have written a detailed summary of your thoughts at the end of the paper. Afterwards, you get the distinct feeling that you have spent more time writing your end remarks than the student had spent writing the essay.
At this workshop, we will discuss approaches to giving effective feedback, focusing on writing as a process, promoting students' ownership of their work, and raising questions that will help students improve their own writing. Uncover strategies to save time and energy while still responding effectively to student work.
Date: March 8, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: Rick Davis (Cook Library) Description:
Learn the basics of copyright and how it applies to the educational setting. Intended primarily for faculty and staff who facilitate educational activities on campus, but students who plan to enter the educational field may also benefit. Topics to be covered include the scope and purpose of copyright; the exclusive rights granted under the law; limitations on these rights, including fair use; best practices in fair use for educators; recent copyright litigation; requesting permission to use copyrighted works; and Towson University resources for copyright issues.
Date: March 12, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenters: Sara Arnold-Garza and Kimberly Miller (Cook Library) Description:
Are you interested in exploring new ways of engaging students with course content? Have you heard buzz about the flipped classroom, and you’re wondering exactly what it is? Have you tried flipping your own classroom and wish to share experiences with other experimental educators? Join librarians Kimberly Miller and Sara Arnold-Garza for this workshop, which explores the teaching model where lecture content and homework activities are flipped, making practical use of modern technologies and efficient use of limited class time. Registrants will be provided with materials to review before the workshop, creating our very own flipped experience.
Emerging Technologies Capture Voice & Screens with Ease Using Screencast-O-Matic
Date: April 09, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: Audrey Cutler (CIAT)
Are you looking for a tool you can use to create just-in-time instruction and demonstrations or to provide audio comments on papers or other assignments? If so, then join us for the Emerging Technologies - Capture Your Voice and Screen Action with Ease Using Screencast-O-Matic brown bag session.
Screencast-O-Matic is a free online screen recorder software that allows you to capture 15 minute recordings. With a few clicks you can capture, store and share whatever action is happening on your computer screen along with your voice narration. All that is required is a computer, internet access, microphone and speakers to record your presentations from any location. In this hands-on workshop we will use Screencast-O-Matic to create recordings with narration and screen captures
Make Your Online Classes More Interactive: Lessons Learned from the Art History Classroom
Date: April 11, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: Dr. Emily Halligan (Dept. of Art) Description:
Online teaching format is a natural fit for art history classes. In the past, online art history course were informative but not interactive, with classes limited to online lectures and essay responses for the students to complete on their own. In this presentation a faculty member who regularly uses online teaching will address the different technology tools available to more fully engage students and enrich the online course. Though designed for online courses, faculty who teach hybrid (partly online) or face-to –face courses can benefit from these flexible tools.
Participants will get hands-on introductions to these interactive teaching methods:
PowerPoint with audio/QuickTime movies for course lectures
Screencast videos for tour of course site, explanation of key issues such as avoiding plagiarism, etc.
Create High Impact Grading Guidelines to Improve Student Assignments and Maximize Your Time and Feedback
Date: April 19, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: Dr. Ronald S. Thomas (Dept. of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development)
Frustrated when students miss the purpose of an assessment or write irrelevant and rambling responses to questions? Learn to create grading guidelines that are meaningful to you and your students with Instructional Leadership expert Dr. Ron Thomas.
These assignment scoring tools help students to:
Easily identify assignment expectations
Respond to all the components of assignments
Improve their work using focused feedback
Revise their work more effectively
Using a variety of examples, Dr. Thomas will guide you through the process of breaking down assignments into parts. He will discuss his approach to assessment and his concept of encouraging students to "upgrade" their assignments.
Online Teaching: Gaining Student Interaction without the Physical Classroom
Date: May 02, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: Michelle Chester (Dept. of English)
In an online teaching environment, face-to-face interaction among students is nearly nil, which can sometimes hinder student and professor interaction. Many of those challenges can be met by utilizing some of the tools that Blackboard provides, such as the discussion board and the virtual classroom. The methods I have used are easy to implement and may lead to a fulfilling classroom experience for students, even without a physical classroom setting. This workshop will be useful for faculty new to Blackboard tools.
Blackboard 101 Plan It and Then Create It (Course design with Blackboard)
Date: June 05, 2013 Location: CK 404B Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Presenter: La Tonya Dyer (CIAT)
This workshop introduces techniques instructors can use to assist with the development of their courses (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) within the Blackboard environment. Within this hands-on session faculty will be introduced to basic course design techniques and Blackboard features. At the conclusion of the session participants will have tools and basic knowledge to assist with updating or beginning the development of their course for integration into Blackboard.
Note: This workshop is similar to the Blackboard Fundamentals technical training; however the focus is on effective planning and design for your Blackboard course.