Office of Open Learning

Office of Open Learning: Workshops

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As we all face the challenge and promise of moving rapidly to online learning as a result of the Corona virus' impact on our daily lives, support for developing your online teaching and for using the educational technology tools available to you is more important than ever. The Office of Open Learning is working closely with our colleagues in the Centre for Teaching and Learning and IT Services, as well as the campus community, to provide the support you need as a teacher heading online.

Options for support are being continuously updated to meet the needs of the campus, and the current courses, workshops and experience are available below. Courses and workshops include our 5-day Introduction to teaching online, and the half-day Online Teaching 101 course, as well as faculty-specific sessions.

If you need immediate support, please visit the Virtual helpdesk in the BB Cafe Organization site Virtual Classroom (Note: Log in to Blackboard before clicking the link above to go directly to the virtual classroom) or if that link doesn't work, use the guest link. Hours and updates are posted on the COVID-19 Preparedness Workshops page. If you require customized or tailored help that can't be addressed in the virtual classroom, please submit a ticket at uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and let us know what you need. Please note that the volume of requests is very high at this time, but we will do our best to accommodate your requests as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience! Other ways to get started include:

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Thursday, August 05, 2021, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use.
This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.

Monday, August 9, 2021

10:00 AM

Engagement in the Online Classroom

Registration closes August 08, 2021.
Schedule: August 09–13, 2021,
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Dave Cormier, Ashlyne O'Neil

While student engagement has always been a fundamental part of the teaching and learning process, getting and keeping that student investment gets harder all the time.
The move to teaching online has exacerbated that issue, as some of the traditional tools we could use in a face-to-face classroom are no longer available to us, and new tools and habits emerge which challenge our traditional expectations. This course will examine the experience of today's student (using actual students), and work through strategies to capture and retain their focus.
This online course consists of three live sessions, two hours each, with some additional resources for participants.

2:00 PM

A practical guide to creating videos

Schedule: Monday, August 09, 2021, 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This short workshop will focus on the basics of creating a video. We will look at what is important for planning your video and review practical tips/suggestions. There will also be a demonstration of how you could use PowerPoint to create multiple videos types, including recording anything on your screen.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Creating free interactive content with H5P

Schedule: Friday, August 13, 2021, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
This workshop will introduce you to the H5P tool, which all Ontario educators can use for free. Whether you want to explore those resources that have already been created and openly shared, or create your own, H5P has incredible potential. With H5P you can add quizzes, pop ups, and other interactions to videos, create interactive presentations, provide fillable and downloadable forms, allow audio input, create scenarios where the result depends on the choices you make, create virtual 360 degree tours, and much more.
In this workshop, participants will see how to create an account, find existing resources, and how to create some common popular interaction types. Additionally, they will be shown how to find examples and tutorials for any additional content types they may want to explore.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Introduction to Teaching Online

Registration closes August 15, 2021.
Schedule: August 16–20, 2021,
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online (Blackboard Collaborate)
This Introduction course, running biweekly (on Blackboard Collaborate), will prepare instructors to take their courses online. Existing course redesign or new course builds will benefit from this introductory guide through the concepts of beginning your course design for the abundances of teaching using the internet.

Throughout the length of the course, participants will have access to help from the Open Learning facilitators, and resources to help them think through key concepts related to teaching online, and develop plans for communication strategies, learning activities, and assessments for their online courses.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use.
This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Engagement in the Online Classroom

Registration closes August 22, 2021.
Schedule: August 23–27, 2021,
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Dave Cormier, Ashlyne O'Neil

While student engagement has always been a fundamental part of the teaching and learning process, getting and keeping that student investment gets harder all the time.
The move to teaching online has exacerbated that issue, as some of the traditional tools we could use in a face-to-face classroom are no longer available to us, and new tools and habits emerge which challenge our traditional expectations. This course will examine the experience of today's student (using actual students), and work through strategies to capture and retain their focus.
This online course consists of three live sessions, two hours each, with some additional resources for participants.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Friday, August 27, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use.
This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Tuesday, September 07, 2021, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use.
This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Using the Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra)

Schedule: Friday, September 10, 2021, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Location: Online, Anywhere
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record a lecture/webinar? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The virtual classroom (formally called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) can handle this and more. Best of all, it is available in every Blackboard site or can be set up outside of Blackboard and is free for faculty, staff, and students to use.
This workshop will attempt to demonstrate everything you need to know to use the virtual classroom.