Office of Online and Blended Learning

Schedule Information

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Workshop Schedule

Collaborate Instruction

  • June 9 - 15, 2014
  • December 15 - 21, 2014
  • Once per semester in 2015.

Instructional Media

  • July 21 - 27, 2014
  • Once per semester in 2015.

D2L Automation

  • September 8 - 14, 2014
  • Once per semester in 2015.

Group Activities

  • December 1 - 7, 2014
  • Once per semester in 2015.

Workshop and Training Descriptions

Collaborate Instruction


Participants will learn the principles and techniques of synchronous classroom design, management, and assessment, as well as strengthen their command of the Blackboard Collaborate application. The workshop will include both asynchronous and synchronous activities. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Select the most appropriate tools and procedures to manage small or large class sizes.
  2. Present synchronous content in an engaging, effective, and 508-compliant manner.
  3. Design and conduct engaging and effective synchronous learning activities and assessments.
  4. Modify default layouts to optimize the synchronous environment for student presentations, guest lectures, and other special activities.
  5. Effectively prevent or solve the five most common synchronous class technological difficulties.

Instructional Media


Participants will delve into the pedagogical applications and practical procedures for using a variety of media formats to enhance online instruction. Instruction will take place asynchronously online as well as synchronously in the OBL Media lab (Solms Hall 207). After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyze the value of media in lecture content, learning activities, and assessment in order to prioritize media development projects.
  2. Select media formats and parameters that balance instructional outcomes, content requirements, and learner engagement.
  3. Link or embed media with appropriate settings to optimize the student experience hearing and/or viewing the media.
  4. Plan, record, and post original closed caption media that is 508-compliant and achieves planned instructional objectives.

Group Activities

Participants will examine the design and support of successful group activities using D2L-native tools as well as free third-party software for collaboration-centered instruction. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how the Community of Inquiry model applies to online group collaboration.
  2. Integrate the development arc of group formation, interaction, and completion into group activity design.
  3. Match the different levels of group activity required in courses with the most appropriate tools supporting these activities.
  4. Evaluate different group activity designs for achieving instructional outcomes while promoting student engagement.
  5. Construct a group activity using D2L-native or third-party support tools that achieves planned instructional outcomes.

D2L Automation

Participants will learn how to design and construct D2L courses that adjust on the fly to student need and automate time-consuming tasks. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Prepare and align adaptively released course components to present supplemental materials to students only when and if they are required.
  2. Design intelligent agents to monitor aspects of student performance to detect at-risk students and encourage high-achieving learners.
  3. Design and implement grading rubrics with D2L’s advanced features to automatically generate meaningful feedback to students.