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Fall 2021: Weekly OL Training Opportunities

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Instructional Technology Fall 2021

This Week’s Highlights

For all faculty this term, the highlight for this week:

  1. Do you know you can create Checklists in D2L Brightspace? Learn about the benefit of using a checklist and how to create a checklist in your own course.
  2. If you missed our Online Learning training, watch the recordings below: 
  3. Professional Development Opportunities
    • Designing your Blended Course (Nov 4-18): Participants in this 2-week workshop will explore the essential elements of a blended (hybrid) course and apply the concept of alignment of objectives, materials, activities, and assessments to one module of a blended course. Registration (deadline Oct 25).
    • Engaging Learners in Online Discussions (Nov 1-7): Learn strategies for engaging learners in effective discussions and tools to foster learners’ engagement. Develop a plan for creating engaging and effective online discussions. Registration (deadline Oct 25).
  4. Our Friday Open Lab for Instructors to get one-on-one help. It’s available every Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm and you can reserve a time slot and join the zoom session during your assigned time. Join us and ask us any questions about your course! 
Workshop Schedule

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Live sessions!
PCC Online Learning:
  • Using Online Rooms in D2L Brightspace – 60 minutes | Register
    For instructors who are currently using D2L Brightspace and want to use Zoom for online collaboration, virtual office, discussion, and/or desktop sharing. We will cover how to adjust your settings for optimal student experience, how to share your screen, and how to retrieve and access recordings.

    • Tuesday, Oct 19th | 11:00-12:00 pm
  • New Assignments Experience in D2L Brightspace – 60 minutes | Register
    Explore new Assignments experience in D2L Brightspace in an updated look and feel. The classic tabbed view has been transformed into a new, fully immersive page layout. The new experience streamlines assignment creation and grades.

    • Wednesday, Oct 20th | 11:00-12:00 pm
  • New Assignments Evaluation Experience in D2L Brightspace – 60 minutes | Register
    Evaluate students’ assignments using annotation tools, video, and feedback using the new assignment evaluation experience. The new experience streamlines adding to Grades. Simply enter a score and your assignment is added to Grades, where the name and score are automatically synced for you. Don’t worry if you traditionally create grade items in advance, as support for selecting existing grades and categories is also available.

    • Thursday, Oct 21st | 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Open Lab for Instructors | Reserve a time | Join the Session
    Come and get one-on-one help! Have questions about D2L Brightspace, Zoom, or other instructional tools that Online Learning Supports?

    • every Friday | 1:00-5:00 pm
PCC MyCareers Workshops:
  • NEW OLC Workshops coming this fall. Topics include creating effective assessments, developing a flipped class and so much more. Check out this list for all offerings available to PCC Faculty.
  • NEW Quality Matters Workshops coming this fall. Topics include designing a blended course, creating a presence in your online course, and more. Check out this list for all offerings available to PCC faculty.
Non-PCC Sponsored Conferences & Webinars
Recorded Workshops and Webinars

Watch a recorded live workshop » to get you started with using Instructional Tools:

  • Strategies for Showing Faculty Presence: Explore strategies for showing faculty presence with students in your remote class with the goal of promoting student success. Workshop recording.
  • Engaging Students during your Zoom Class: Learn strategies and tools for promoting interaction and student engagement when meeting synchronously. Workshop recording.
  • Synchronous Discussions in Zoom: Jimena Alvarado breaks down her system for building synchronous student group discussions that run independently. Workshop recording.
  • Creating a mobile-friendly design: Learn how to use principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), focusing on mobile-friendly experience. A way of thinking about teaching and learning that helps give all students an equal opportunity to succeed. This approach offers flexibility in the ways students access material, engage with it, and show what they know. Workshop recording.
Additional Resources
Self-paced anytime training

Self-paced anytime training These training sessions are asynchronous and can be done anytime that is convenient for you. You might not realize that there are some nifty features in Word, PowerPoint, and PDF that save you a ton of time formatting and ensure your documents are accessible too!

Note: If you are not logged into MyPCC, you may be prompted to log in first. These training courses are in MyCareer@PCC.

Can’t make it to a scheduled session or want help sooner?

Contact your Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) »

Learn more about Online Learning

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