As our faculty have been and continue to prepare for the fall semester, Learning and Research Technologies (LRT) is offering a dozen unique training sessions the weeks of July 13, July 20, and July 27. All faculty and staff are welcome to register for any or all of the sessions. All sessions will be recorded and posted on Kaltura Media Space under Training and Information Technology. In addition to training, LRT is making itself available for a number of drop-in hours, which are listed below.

To minimize frustration for instructors and students, these training sessions will focus on leveraging a few select tools that accomplish specific goals/tasks.

Training Calendar

Week of July 13

MONDAY
JULY 13
TUESDAY
JULY 14
WEDNESDAY
JULY 15
THURSDAY
JULY 16
FRIDAY
JULY 17
Moodle Basics
10:00-11:00
Creating Effective Educational Videos
10:00-11:30
Building Community and Engaging Students
10:00-11:30
Designing Assessments in Moodle
10:00-11:30
Leveraging the Moodle Gradebook
10:00-11:30
Designing an Effective Moodle Course Site
11:00-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
Managing Virtual Office Hours
1:00-2:00
Using and Creating Accessible Course Materials
1:00-2:00
Giving and Receiving Feedback
1:00-2:00
Managing the Live HyFlex and Remote Classroom
1:00-2:00

Week of July 20

MONDAY
JULY 20
TUESDAY
JULY 21
WEDNESDAY
JULY 22
THURSDAY
JULY 23
Friday
JULY 24
Moodle Basics
10:00-11:00
Creating Effective Educational Videos
10:00-11:30
Building Community and Engaging Students
10:00-11:30
[Postponed] Designing Assessments in Moodle
10:00-11:30
Using WordPress in the Classroom
11:00-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
[Postponed] LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:00-12:00
Managing Virtual Office Hours
1:00-2:00
Leveraging G Suite Apps for the Classroom
1:00-2:00
Giving and Receiving Feedback
1:00-2:00
[Postponed] Managing the Live HyFlex and Remote Classroom
1:00-2:00

Week of July 27

TUESDAY
JULY 28
THURSDAY
JULY 30
Designing Assessments in Moodle
10:00-11:30
Managing the Remote Classroom
10:00-11:30
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00
LRT Drop-in Hours
11:30-12:00

Training List

LRT Drop-in Hours

July 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 28, and 30 from 11:30-12:00; July 24 from 11:00-12:00

Join Learning and Research Technologies during these open hours to chat about questions you have or to consult on ideas you have about planning for teaching in the fall. Because these are open sessions, please join using this Zoom link (a Lafayette login is required).

Building Community and Engaging Students

July 15 and 22 from 10:00-11:30

Building a sense of community and connected learning can be challenging in online or hybrid modalities. This session will cover several suites of tools, including Moodle, G Suite, Perusall, and more, that can help foster a robust sense of community and collaborative learning.

Creating Effective Educational Videos

July 14 and 21 from 10:00-11:30

Instructor-created videos can be used for flipped classrooms, remote instruction, providing demos or tutorials, or as an alternative way to deliver course content. This session covers the basics of creating video content, the available screen capture tools, and effective ways for engaging students with the content.

Designing Assessments in Moodle

July 16 and 28 from 10:00-11:30

Managing assessments for remote or hybrid teaching modalities can be challenging. This session discusses two different approaches to manage assessments through Moodle, using either the Quiz or the Assignment module; both have advantages and drawbacks. In addition, we will discuss alternatives to more traditional approaches to assessment.

Designing an Effective Moodle Course Site

July 13 from 11:00-12:00

The layout and organization of a course can have a strong impact on students’ comfort and engagement with course material. Too much material can overwhelm learners or make specific content challenging to locate. This session covers various approaches to designing and laying out your courses based on their organizational structure (e.g., weekly sections, or topical, etc.). In addition, techniques for revealing or hiding content automatically, based on dates or other criteria, will be demonstrated.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

July 15 and 22 from 1:00-2:00

This session will cover mechanisms for giving and receiving feedback in and out of the classroom. Polls and surveys can provide the instructor with immediate feedback on student engagement and learning. Assignment-based feedback can help students to course correct, advance learning goals and strategies, and improve

Leveraging the Moodle Gradebook

July 17 from 10:00-11:30

The gradebook in Moodle is an extremely powerful and flexible tool, but at times it can appear complex and unwelcoming. The purposes of this “bootcamp” are first to provide a comprehensive walkthrough of common gradebook tasks and workflows, and second, to provide time both for specific questions and for hands-on assistance with gradebook configuration. Topics covered will include: adding grade items both automatically and manually, understanding gradebook aggregation and weighting, working through best practices of grading and providing feedback, qualitative vs. quantitative grading, and controlling what your students see.

Leveraging G Suite Apps for the Classroom

July 21 from 1:00-2:00

G Suite offers a range of apps and services that can help support learning and community building as well as help manage day-to-day course logistics. In this session will we showcase community building apps like Google Docs, Google Chat, and Google Currents (formerly Google+). We also will feature how to take advantage of integrations between Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Meet, and more.

Managing the Live HyFlex and Remote Classroom

July 16 from 1:00-2:00

This session will introduce instructors to the technologies and some techniques they might use to effectively teach students in two specific modalities: when students all join remotely and when some students are in-class and some are remote. Topics include introducing the technology, reviewing features in Zoom like Breakout Rooms and the chat, and conveying “board work” digitally.

Managing the Remote Classroom

July 30 from 10:00-11:30

This session will introduce instructors to the technologies and techniques to effectively teach students joining courses remotely. Topics include introducing the classroom technology, reviewing features in Zoom like Breakout Rooms and the chat, and conveying “board work” digitally.

Managing Virtual Office Hours

July 13 and 20 from 1:00-2:00

Virtual office hours can reinforce instructor presence, provide greater support to students learning remotely or in other time zones, and make you more accessible to your students with greater flexibility in spite of social distancing or remote learning. This session will cover tools available for holding virtual office hours and how to effectively manage them.

Moodle Basics

July 13 and 20 from 10:00-11:00

Moodle is Lafayette College’s core learning management system (LMS). As a platform, it is powerful and extensible, but can also be overwhelming. This session serves as an introduction to the Moodle ecosystem, with information on communicating with students, adding readings and other content, managing assignments, forums, and more. Following this session, you will have a basic understanding of how to leverage Moodle to manage a course.

Using and Creating Accessible Course Materials

July 14 from 1:00-2:00

Creating and choosing content with accessibility in mind provides all students with equitable access to learning resources. This session will cover best practices in accessibility as well as tools available for creating accessible course content.

Using WordPress in the Classroom

July 20 from 11:00-12:00

WordPress can be leveraged for developing and showcasing student work and projects as well as the presentation of course materials in a website format. This session will focus on how to effectively use WordPress in the classroom, what kind of site(s) to choose (e.g. single course site, group sites, or individual student sites), and what kind of content is best suited for WordPress.