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Summer Teaching Institute

Summer Teaching Institute

Join us this August for our 10th Annual Summer Teaching Institute!

Tuesday, August 11th

Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blackboard Basics & Beyond: Blackboard is GRCC’s course management system (CMS) that allows you to digitally connect your classes with your students.  This session will help you to get started and/or refresh your knowledge on how to use the basic functions of Blackboard. Those functions included using the Control Panel, Course Availability, managing your course menus, creating-posting-sending course announcements, populating content areas with items (documents, folders, web links, & videos), Grade Center, and setting up Discussion Boards. Finally, we’ll review and explain the recent changes and updates that have occurred this summer with the upgrades to our GRCC Blackboard system.
Co-facilitators: Chad Sytsma & Tony Dykema VanderArk

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Grading & Assessments in Blackboard: Whether you’re just getting started with online grading and assessment or you’re looking for some more advanced tools, this session has something for you. We’ll begin by introducing the basic functions of the Blackboard Grade Center, then move on to more powerful tools such as in-line grading, grade weighting, and item analysis. We’ll also look at some of the assessment tools available within Blackboard, including surveys, quizzes, and tests as well as options for peer assessment and plagiarism checking. 
Co-facilitators: Tony Dykema VanderArk & Chad Sytsma

Wednesday, August 12th

Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Teaching with Video: Have you ever wanted to use video in your campus, flipped, online or hybrid course? This session takes a "deep dive" into creating and using existing video. We'll look at the tools (e.g. YouTube, Video Everywhere, Relay, Camtasia Studio, SnagIt). We'll also look at some of the benefits - increased engagement and learning.
Co-facilitators: Garry Brand & Meegan Willi

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Teaching Naked: So you've started to move your lecture and other content into Blackboard. Perhaps you've even recorded some video and "flipped" your classroom. Maybe you are developing or teaching a hybrid class. Now, what do you do with all that classroom time? This session answers the question about "Teaching Naked" - using that crucial F2F time without heavy reliance on lecture or even technology. 
Co-facilitators: Jeremy Osborn & Garry Brand

Thursday, August 13th

Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pulling It All Together – Crafting a Good Course: Now that you've learned the basics of Blackboard, taken a deeper look at the assessment capabilities in Blackboard, and explored how to create video to enhance or flip your courses, we'll help you bring it all together and create a high quality experience for your students in Blackboard. In this session, we will talk about the eight elements of high quality courses and provide you with real examples to put to work in your own courses. 
Co-facilitators: Meegan Willi, Chad Sytsma, Garry Brand, Jeremy Osborn, & Tony Dykema-VanderArk

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Building an Engaging Class From Day 1: Creating an engaging, positive learning experience for students requires intentionality and a semester-long commitment from you as an instructor. This workshop offers ideas that will help you build engagement from the first day of class, on throughout the semester. The session begins with a look at some first day suggestions, then continues into suggestions for building and maintaining community throughout the semester.  Creating that positive first impression, then continuing to cultivate a welcoming, collaborative environment all semester creates a richer learning experience and helps your students achieve even greater success. 
Co-facilitators: Deb Vilmont & Mursalata Muhammad

Registration will be available at the beginning of July.