Adobe Photoshop for the Web I

Facilitators:

Roger L. Runquist
Audience: Beginning Photoshop users.

The basics of the Adobe Photoshop program will be explored. Learn how to use the tools in the program to create effective web graphics and integrate them into your pages. Time will be spent learning to use the Adobe Photoshop tools dealing with layers, and preparing images for the Web.

 

Adobe Photoshop for the Web II

Facilitators:

Roger L. Runquist
Audience: Beginning Photoshop users

This session will focus on additional Web applications of Photoshop. Specific topics include creating Web animations, creating buttons, hot spots in images and rollovers.

 

Are the Students Getting It?: Using Surveys, Self-Tests, and Quizzes in Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)

Facilitators:

Doug Mills
Audience: Instructors who want to go beyond the basics in their use of Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)

Assessments in Illinois Compass (surveys, self-tests and quizzes) have a lot of often overlooked potential for enhancing teaching and learning in the online environment. In this brief workshop, we'll be exploring and discussing how assessments can be used for a range of purposes from assessing student understanding to increasing opportunities for student learning. Rather than focusing on the basic button-pushing involved in creating assessments, this workshop emphasizes the higher-level issues of the interplay between assessment design and pedagogical purpose.

 

The Basics of Digital Audio in Documents and in Your CMS

Facilitators:

Rick Langlois
Audience: People who would like to add audio to their electronic documents.

We will use software, that is available on the internet for free, to edit digital audio files from a variety of sources.

We will go over some of the basic guidelines that are helpful in using these files in MS Word, MS PowerPoint and in HTML documents (web pages).

Mac users welcome but we will use software only available to Windows users.

 

The Basics of Digital Images in Documents and in Your CMS

Facilitators:

Rick Langlois
Audience: People who have a digital camera, scanners, etc. but don't know how to adjust large images to function efficiently on the internet.

We will use software, that is available on the internet for free, to edit digital images from a variety of sources.

We will go over some of the basic guidelines that are helpful in using these images in MS Word, MS PowerPoint and in HTML documents (web pages).

Mac users welcome but we will use software only available to Windows users

 

Before, During, and After the Lecture: Use of Online Discussions in Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)

Facilitators:

Robert Baird
Audience: Instructors who want to go beyond the basics in their use of Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)

We will explore ways in which selective, weekly use of online discussions can help students prepare for, engage with, and return to course lectures, content, and work. Examples of online discussion assignments that incorporate hyperlinks, images, and web pages will be introduced. In addition, we will cover important features of the Illinois Compass Discussion tool that make managing online discussions easy and using online discussions powerful teaching tools: "gradable topics", navigation strategies, compiling messages, and reviewing "Discussion Activity Overview" information.

 

Beginning WebCT Campus Edition

Facilitators:

JP Dunn
Audience: This workshop is geared toward instructors that are new to designing courses in the WebCT Campus Edition environmnent.

WebCT is a tool that facilitates the creation of sophisticated World Wide Web-based educational environments. WebCT provides a variety of tools "at the click of a button." Features include course syllabus, course contents, on-line discussion & chat, e-mail, calendar, assignment drop box, grade book, online tests/surveys and other supportive web components. We will discuss uploading and managing lecture notes, selectively releasing course materials, and tracking usage of course materials.

 

Blackboard Basics

Facilitators:

Carol Scheidenhelm
Jason Rhode
Audience: Faculty new to Blackboard or those who want a refresher on what the CMS has to offer. This is intended to be the first of two basic Blackboard workshops.
Scheidenhelm is the Assistant Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University and holds a PhD in English. She works with faculty who wish to integrate technology into their online and traditional classes and periodically teaches online and face-to-face courses for the Department of English.

 

Blackboard Basics II: The Instructor's View

Facilitators:

Carol Scheidenhelm
Jason Rhode
Audience: Faculty new to Blackboard or those who want a refresher on what the CMS has to offer. This is intended as a follow-up to the introductory session.
This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of how to create organizational folders, add content, set up discussion fora, and collect assignments electronically in the Blackboard Course Management System (CMS). We will include discussion on the pedagogical implications of decisions made regarding course layout and function.

 

Blackboard III: Mosaic of Advanced Course
Management Skills

Facilitators:

Jennifer Vandever
Carol Scheidenhelm
Audience: A beginning Blackboard user will benefit from this workshop. Also, a user of earlier versions of Blackboard may benefit from this workshop.
This hands-on session will provide Blackboard users with an opportunity to investigate the finer points of setting up and customizing their Blackboard courses. We will cover how to establish groups and discussion boards, as well as how to add graphics and other course-enhancing components.

 

Building Academic Communities Using Online Discussion

Facilitators:

Carol Scheidenhelm
Jason Rhode
Audience: The topics covered in this workshop will be appropriate for faculty with few technology skills. Due to the pedagogical applications discussed, more experienced faculty might also benefit from attending.
Whether a course is offered face-to-face or completely online, virtual discussion experiences can provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for students. This hands-on workshop will provide participants an opportunity to perfect their synchronous/chat and asynchronous/bulletin board skills; additionally, it will feature pedagogical discussion on how to promote and sustain effective academic discussions that maintain the integrity of the university classroom. We will provide examples of grading rubrics and various types of discussion assignments.

 

Building a Basic Illinois Compass Course (WebCT Vista)

Facilitators:

Al Weiss
Audience: Instructors who are getting started with Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista).
This workshop explores the basic design features of Illinois Compass. It includes topics about building a course home page, posting lecture notes and outlines, using simple grade book features, and communicating with students.

 

Building Online Tests with Respondus

Facilitators:

JP Dunn
Audience: This workshop is geared toward instructors (all levels of experience) that want to administer online tests and surveys.
This workshop is applicable to users of all course management systems.
Respondus is a tool that facilitates the creation of tests and quizzes in Blackboard, WebCT, or with the traditional paper and pencil method. Learn to create a bank of test questions and publish them to a course management system. The session also includes a demonstration of how Respondus can be used to generate reports from tests that have already been administered. The use of on-line tests including the advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. Although this workshop uses the WebCT environment, it is applicable to users of other course management systems. (Respondus is PC only. A "lite" version is free.)

 

Cheating on the Web: Catching Up with your Students

Facilitators:

Konstantinos Yfantis
Alan Bilansky
Audience: Instructors and faculty at all levels.
The online world is full of hard-to-resist opportunities for cheating, and the instructor is usually the last one to know. Participants will see examples of how students can cheat using the World Wide Web and explore ideas for ensuring that students are being graded for their own work.

 

Creating a Custom Illinois Compass Course Web Site (WebCT Vista)

Facilitators:

Alan Bilansky
Audience: Instructors who want to go beyond the basics in their use of Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)
Learn how to control the appearance of your Compass home pages and organizer pages to fit the needs of your courses. We'll cover everything from changing background colors and icons to working with external HTML editors like Dreamweaver and Homepage to create true custom Web pages within Compass.

 

Creating Custom Textbooks in Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)

Facilitators:

Alan Bilansky
Audience: Instructors who want to go beyond the basics in their use of Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)
This workshop will help you use Illinois Compass to create your own online custom course packet and distribute materials (from journal articles to movie clips) to students in a structured manner. Topics covered will include: Organizing files for upload; Creating a file structure; Uploading multiple files; File issues (Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint, HTML, and multimedia); Linking to library e-reserves; and The many ways to organize materials in your course site.

 

Creating FLASH Animation Objects for the Classroom and Internet in a Swish, Without FLASH

Facilitators:

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Audience: This workshop is for a broad range of skills. Even if someone is a Flash expert, this workshop can be very helpful. This is for people interested in learning to create animation of text and images for an online environment. General computer knowledge in Windows environment required

This hands-on training session will provide participants the opportunity to learn quickly how to create Macromedia Flash content for the classroom or online environment. Using a relatively inexpensive (<$40) and user-friendly authoring program called SWISH, participants will create animated Flash content to use for web site navigation, or classroom demonstrations.

Mac users welcome but we will use software only available to Windows users.

 

Creating Instructional Games in PowerPoint

Facilitators:

Anthony A. Piña
Audience: This presentation is intended for users that are already familiar with the creation of presentations using MS PowerPoint.

Are you tired of using PowerPoint only as a slide show? Come and learn how to add variety and fun to your courses by creating computer-generated versions of popular games, such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Hollywood Squares.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

* Discuss how games can be incorporated effectively into instruction
* Explain non-linear ways to use PowerPoint
* Use advanced features of PowerPoint, such as action buttons, custom animation, drawing and graphics editing tools
* Create several examples of popular games to utilize in instruction
* Re-use and re-purpose games for difference courses and subjects

 

Creating Web Templates Using Dreamweaver and Photoshop

Facilitators:

Roger L. Runquist
Audience: Beginning Photoshop users.
This session will focus on creating a look for your Web site in Adobe Photoshop and the steps needed to convert this layout to the Web. Once a template is created, following pages can be quickly created, updated and maintain in Dreamweaver.

 

Designing Instruction for the Web: Building a Framework

Facilitators:

Heidi Greer
Audience: This workshop is geared toward instructors that are planning to or already teach in the online environment. Support staff that design/develop instructional environments will also find this discussion useful.
This workshop is based on a platform of pedagogical issues related to teaching in the online environment. This workshop contains an opportunity for discussion of various aspects involved in developing an online course. There will be a full opportunity to pose challenges, brainstorm solutions, and share innovative perspectives. Some topics include: How to get started developing an online course from scratch, how to incorporate your in-class activities that just don't seem like they will work in the online environment, identifying with your students by building a community, and using various instructional strategies to keep your students motivated.

 

Exploring Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts

Facilitators:

Jim Witte
Robert Baird
Joe Grohens
Paul Riismandel
Audience: Any instructor interested in learning about these emerging internet phenomena and how they might be used pedgagocially.

Blogs, wikis, and podcasting are not only challenging traditional journalism and media, but are also exciting and innovative technologies with great potential for educational use. This session will showcase the software, tools, and approaches for those just getting started with blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Demonstrations will be supplemented with hands-on work and discussions. Attendees will build a blog using Google's Blogger and begin posting. Software demonstrated will include:

* Blogger (the simplest, quickest blog to get started with)

* Picassa2 & Hello (for posting images to blogs)

* Bloglines (for combining lists of favorite blogs with your own)

* Segue

* Wikimedia

* Wikipedia

* iPodder

 

Gaining Control of Your Web Pages

Facilitators:

Roger L. Runquist
Audience: Intermediate and Advanced Dreamweaver users.
This session will focus on utilzing style sheets to gain more control over your web page design. Update existing pages by modifying how the Web browser sees the tags. Create a set of styles that can be used throughout all of your documents making it faster to design and update your pages. Plus you will learn to create designs that you hadn't been able to before.

 

Introduction to Macromedia Fireworks

Facilitators:

Jason Rhode
Audience: Beginning Macromedia Fireworks users; Faculty with basic computing and Internet usage skills
Have you been looking for a cheaper, easier, and more efficient way to create simple graphics other than using Photoshop? This hands-on session will introduce the Macromedia Fireworks interface and provide simple steps for creating stylized banners, buttons, and other images that can be imported into any Web page, learning management system, or Microsoft Office application.

 

Introduction to PowerPoint

Facilitators:

Jim Witte
Erin O'Rourke
Rob Duff

Audience: Powerpoint beginners who have never used Powerpoint.
Participants will learn how to make computer-based presentations for lectures, conference presentations, job talks, etc. Through interactive labs, participants will practice creating a presentation from templates, entering and editing text boxes, incorporating images, shapes, and animations, and also utilizing some slide management options. No previous experience necessary.

 

Improving PowerPoint Lectures

Facilitators:

Jim Witte
Erin O'Rourke
Audience: Instructors who already use powerpoint in their lectures. This session will NOT be a hands-on lab session.
This workshop presents practical tips for improving academic lectures supported by Powerpoint. We'll show you how to move beyond bullet points and text-packed slides to more compelling, dynamic presentations. One part technology, one part public speaking.

 

Introduction to the Blackboard Content System

Facilitators:

Jennifer Vandever
Audience: A beginning Blackboard user will benefit from this workshop. Also, a user of earlier versions of Blackboard may benefit from this workshop.
This workshop will be an introduction to the Blackboard Content System, version 2. Participants will learn how to access the Content System, add files to it, connect files to courses, and share files with other users.

 

Introduction to Streaming Media: Real, QuickTime and Windows Media

Facilitators:

Daniel Cabrera
Audience: Faculty wishing to use streaming media as supplemental material. Participants should have basic computer skills, and experience in video/audio capture preferred but not required.
The use of multimedia material can serve to greatly enhance in-class or online teaching environments. This hands-on workshop is intended for faculty who intend to stream video/audio clips online. Participants will be working with captured video/audio files and using 'Real Producer' to encode the clips. Participants will also be shown how to upload these files to the university's media server using an FTP program. Previous experience with capturing video workshop is preferred but not required.

 

Managing Your Course Content in WebCT Campus Edition 4.1

Facilitators:

Jennifer Vandever
Audience: The attendees should have familiarity with using Internet browsers. They should be beginner-level WebCT Campus Edition users.

This workshop will focus on organizing course content and tools within your WebCT site. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to answer these questions:

What tools are available in WebCT?
How do I organize my WebCT homepage?
What are the WebCT Wizards and how do they help me?
What are the options for posting my syllabus on WebCT?
What are the features of a good online syllabus?
How can I organize my course materials in WebCT?
What is a WebCT Content Module?
What types of files can I use in the Content Module?
How do I zip and unzip multiple files for use in WebCT?
What tools are available in the Content Module tool?

 

Online Assignments: Faster, Frequent Feedback in Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista)

Facilitators:

Kostas Yfantis
Audience: Instructors who want to go beyond the basics in their use of Illinois Compass (WebCT Vista).

The assignment tool allows students to complete assignments online, turn in files and publish assignments for public viewing. The goal of this workshop is to illustrate the use of the tool to give students fast and frequent feedback. We will survey best practices and techniques for integrating the assignment tool into teaching.

 

The Online Student Experience PART I: Course Communication

Facilitators:

Heidi Greer
JP Dunn
Audience: This workshop is geared toward instructors that are wanting to learn by experiencing the various communication components in the online environment. Although it is developed using WebCT, it would be beneficial to all users of any course management system.
Become a student and experience how to communicate in the online environment. This workshop will provide the online experience from the students' perspective. Participants will have discussions with other participants through the "Discussion Forum" and "Chat" components, communicate with the instructor through various "Communication Tools", and use the "Course Calendar" for viewing events and time management. Along with the hands-on component, there will be plenty of face-to-face assistance along with group discussions of this virtual experience. Pedagogical topics related to online communication will be discussed from the instructor's perspective. Although this course is developed in the WebCT environment, it is applicable to users of other course management systems.

 

The Online Student Experience PART II: Content & Assessment

Facilitators:

Heidi Greer
JP Dunn
Audience: This workshop is geared toward instructors that are wanting to learn by experiencing the various communication components in the online environment. Although it is developed using WebCT, it would be beneficial to all users of any course management system..

Become a student and experience the online environment.  This workshop will provide the online experience from the students' perspective while learning about computer hardware. Participants will read online lectures in the "Content Module", view supplemental information in the “Image Gallery”, submit assignments via the "Assignment Drop Box", take "Quizzes", and receive "Feedback". Along with the hands-on component, there will be plenty of face-to-face assistance along with group discussions of this virtual experience. Pedagogical topics related to developing online content & assessment will be discussed from the instructor's perspective.  Although this course is developed in the WebCT environment, it is applicable to users of other course management systems.

 

Preparing Students for the Virtual Classroom Experience

Facilitators:

Carol Scheidenhelm
Jason Rhode
Audience: While this workshop requires only basic technology skills, more experienced faculty will also benefit from the pedagogical aspects.
As faculty, we frequently assume our students have the technology skills they need to succeed in an online course or a class that uses online course components (discussion, document retrieval, etc.). But the extent of online experience may not be a good predictor of a student's success in a technology-rich course. This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the various competencies students-and faculty-need to be successful in the online environment. Participants will take several inventories and will have an opportunity to create and share an assignment designed to combine an academic exercise with an online competency.

 

Short Focused Tutorials

Facilitators:

Daniel Cabrera
Jason Rhode
Audience: This workshop is geared toward instructors that are wanting to learn by experiencing the various communication components in the online environment. Although it is developed using WebCT, it would be beneficial to all users of any course management system..

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the mechanics of adding voice/video to existing PowerPoint slide presentations that are downloadable for varying degrees of bandwidth. Faculty may consider using this educational strategy to reinforce a concept presented in their own face-to-face session, provide a tutorial on new information, or review material for an upcoming examination. Participants will be using Apreso for PowerPoint, a remarkable software program that compresses large-size files for more manageable distribution online. It offers students a significant amount of control when viewing material. Participants should be familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint. Please bring a short (5-10 slides) PowerPoint presentation to experiment. A brief prepared script is also recommended.

audience: Participants should have basic computer skills, and be familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint.
lab: I will require the curent version of 'Apreso for PowerPoint' software program. There is a 30 day evaluation version available from http://www.apreso.com/tryforfree.asp . Please install just prior to the 2005 FSI so that the trial verison will still be viable. I will also require Microsoft PowerPoint and an appropriate number of headset microphones (not simply headphones).

 

Teaching with the Smart Podium

Facilitators:

Dan Cabrera
Jason Rhode
Carol Scheidenhelm
Audience: The "best practices" examples provided in this workshop should be relevant for faculty with little technology expertise as well as those who are more well versed in classroom technologies. This session will NOT be a hands-on lab session.
Wired and technologically-equipped classrooms are no longer a rarity on most university campuses; many of us are being assigned to rooms with a smart podium and are looking for ideas on how to effectively use the smart technology to enhance our teaching. This workshop will demonstrate a variety of ideas for using the components of a typical smart podium for low-threshold applications, as unique uses for PowerPoint, and higher-end techniques, as streaming media.

 

Using WebCT Campus Edition to Enhance Communication with Your Students

Facilitators:

Jennifer Vandever
Audience: The attendees should have familiarity with using Internet browsers. They should be beginner-level WebCT Campus Edition users.

Participants will learn to use the various communication tools provided in WebCT CE. By the end of the workshop, they will be able to answer these questions:

What communication tools are available in WebCT?
What is the difference between asynchronous and synchronous online communication?
How do I use the WebCT Discussion Board?
How can I structure discussions to encourage online participation?
How does the WebCT email tool work?
How can I use the chat tool in my classes?
What is an online whiteboard and how can I use it?

 

When Google Doesn't Find It: Web Search Strategies for the Classroom

Facilitators:

Jason Rhode
Carol Scheidenhelm
Audience: Faculty with basic computing and Internet usage skills
Locating what you want on the Internet can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You know the information is there, but how do you find it? With the expansive amount of information available online it is increasingly vital for students and faculty to be proficient in both finding resources online and evaluating their reliability. While search engines permit you to perform keyword searches, not all search engines are alike. Google has references to over eight billion web pages, but what do you do when Google doesn't find what you need? This hands-on session offers many practical solutions for finding the information you are looking for on both the World Wide Web and the "Invisible Web" and will assist you in implementing Web search and evaluation strategies for the students in your class.