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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2:00 PM

Inclusive Slide Design

Registration closes April 23, 2024.
Schedule: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Ashlyne O'Neil
This workshop will explore principles of and approaches for designing inclusive and accessible presentation slides. We will discuss some of the common slide design programs (e.g., PowerPoint, Google Slides, Canva, and Mentimeter), their accessibility functions, and considerations for slides for live presentations vs. slides for distribution. Whether you are teaching a course, facilitating a workshop, or preparing for your next conference presentation, this session will help you develop slides to engage all learners and attendees.

3:00 PM

Orientation to flexible delivery classrooms

Schedule: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Toldo 104
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Have you heard about the flexible delivery classrooms we have on campus? These rooms are ideal for instructors who wish to engage with students in person and online at the same time. The equipment enables you to seamlessly change between feeds such as your personal device, document camera, podium, and in-room camera, all while sending these feeds to the projector and online students.
This session will be held onsite in one of these classrooms. We will be trying to model what you can do in this space with a flexible class design (both physically and virtually). You will be able to experience the live class and the online class (through the virtual chat). Please bring an electronic device with you to fully participate. Part of the class will be discussing flexible design principles and conditions at UWindsor and the other part will be a hands-on opportunity to test out the equipment.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Getting Started with Pressbooks

Registration closes April 25, 2024.
Schedule: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Ashlyne O'Neil
This workshop will provide an introduction to the power and versatility of Pressbooks as an open-publishing authoring tool, and equip you with the tools you need to get started. Pressbooks is a free, user-friendly, and provincially supported system that allows you to create and adapt various forms of content (e.g., online books, learning modules, embedded videos, H5P interactions, etc.) for your courses, workshops, and more. We will review the following topics: 1) getting your free account; 2) starting a book; 3) behind-the-scenes admin stuff for creators; 4) accessibility considerations; 5) import and export files; and 6) formatting.

Monday, May 6, 2024

12:00 PM

5 tips to make your Brightspace site more accessible

Schedule: Monday, May 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
This short workshop sprint will introduce and demonstrate some key tools and tips for how you can improve the accessibility of your Brightspace course site. The topics will include:
  1. Content editor
  2. Accommodations e.g., extra time, or different submit date
  3. Accessibility checkers
  4. Captions
  5. Panorama (available January 2023)

3:30 PM

Using Teams as your virtual classroom

Schedule: Monday, May 06, 2024, 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record or stream a class? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The Teams platform can handle this and more. This session will review the features of Teams most useful for facilitating a class, conducting a presentation, or meeting with students. It will also highlight how you can activate a team associated with your course site and the options you have to meet with the students in your class.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

EquatIO: A free digital math tool for UWindsor

Schedule: Tuesday, May 07, 2024, 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
The premium version of EquatIO is free for everyone at UWindsor and is an ideal tool for anyone looking for digital math tools. You can take a picture of written math and convert it to digital, editable equations, or if you prefer, just handwrite in the app itself and it will convert it to digital. The screenshot function will take any math on the web and make it accessible and editable. You can even speak your equations aloud and have them created. Of course, there is also a more traditional equation editor (LaTeX is supported, too) with a prediction feature to finish your equations, chemical symbols, and more. Some additional free features include a scientific calculator, an interactive periodic table, an interactive molecular viewer, a graph creator/editor, and an online space to work with interactive shapes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

A practical guide to creating PowerPoint videos

Schedule: Wednesday, May 08, 2024, 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Perhaps unsurprisingly, PowerPoint can be an ideal tool to record your PowerPoint presentation, as you can record slide by slide, edit each slide, and even replace the recorded section for individual slides. 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.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Read&Write - Free Literacy and Writing Support at UWindsor

Schedule: Thursday, May 09, 2024, 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Anthony Gomez, Mark Lubrick
Did you know that all UWindsor students, faculty, and staff now have free access to a powerful literacy support application?
Read&Write is a suite of software tools designed to assist in the areas of research, studying, and of course, reading and writing. Whether used in conjunction with Google Chrome or as a standalone application, Read&Write can convert your spoken notes or assignments into text, as well as read your text and .PDFs out loud. This application is also helpful with Blackboard exams, online journal articles, as well as e-mails and typed assignments.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Creating free interactive content with H5P

Schedule: Friday, May 10, 2024, 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Introduction to YuJa

Registration closes May 14, 2024.
Schedule: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Lorie Stolarchuk
The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform is a powerful, robust set of online tools to complement and enhance the campus’ ability to store, stream, create, edit, and embed videos into online systems such as Brightspace course sites or websites. This session will offer an introduction to using YuJa for your teaching and learning. Topics for the workshop include:
  • Accessing YuJa
  • Uploading and organizing content
  • Installing the YuJa Software Capture application
  • Creating and editing recordings
  • Distributing content, and
  • Accessibility and other features included.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Advanced Options in YuJa

Registration closes May 21, 2024.
Schedule: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Lorie Stolarchuk
For instructors or their assistants who have used YuJa to create, distribute and/or edit their videos already, or those who have taken the Introduction to YuJa workshop. Join us to find out how to unleash some of the powerful elements of the YuJa Video Enterprise System. You will need to have at least one video prepared in your YuJa account for this workshop.
Topics include:
  • Quizzes – Identifying and creating different types of YuJa quizzes, and question types, exploring settings, and accessing /understanding the Audit Logs
  • Usage and Analytics – identifying Video and YuJa Course analytics and accessing the YuJa Gradebook for quiz management
  • Content Distribution – Exploring how to embed the quiz into Brightspace and troubleshooting

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Introduction to YuJa

Registration closes June 04, 2024.
Schedule: Wednesday, June 05, 2024, 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Lorie Stolarchuk
The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform is a powerful, robust set of online tools to complement and enhance the campus’ ability to store, stream, create, edit, and embed videos into online systems such as Brightspace course sites or websites. This session will offer an introduction to using YuJa for your teaching and learning. Topics for the workshop include:
  • Accessing YuJa
  • Uploading and organizing content
  • Installing the YuJa Software Capture application
  • Creating and editing recordings
  • Distributing content, and
  • Accessibility and other features included.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Creating free interactive content with H5P

Schedule: Monday, July 08, 2024, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

EquatIO: A free digital math tool for UWindsor

Schedule: Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
The premium version of EquatIO is free for everyone at UWindsor and is an ideal tool for anyone looking for digital math tools. You can take a picture of written math and convert it to digital, editable equations, or if you prefer, just handwrite in the app itself and it will convert it to digital. The screenshot function will take any math on the web and make it accessible and editable. You can even speak your equations aloud and have them created. Of course, there is also a more traditional equation editor (LaTeX is supported, too) with a prediction feature to finish your equations, chemical symbols, and more. Some additional free features include a scientific calculator, an interactive periodic table, an interactive molecular viewer, a graph creator/editor, and an online space to work with interactive shapes.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Using Teams as your virtual classroom

Schedule: Thursday, July 11, 2024, 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Do you need to record or stream a class? Do you need to meet with students online (as a group or privately)? The Teams platform can handle this and more. This session will review the features of Teams most useful for facilitating a class, conducting a presentation, or meeting with students. It will also highlight how you can activate a team associated with your course site and the options you have to meet with the students in your class.

Friday, July 12, 2024

10:00 AM

A practical guide to creating PowerPoint videos

Schedule: Friday, July 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Mark Lubrick
Perhaps unsurprisingly, PowerPoint can be an ideal tool to record your PowerPoint presentation, as you can record slide by slide, edit each slide, and even replace the recorded section for individual slides. 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.

2:00 PM

Read&Write - Free Literacy and Writing Support at UWindsor

Schedule: Friday, July 12, 2024, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Anthony Gomez, Mark Lubrick
Did you know that all UWindsor students, faculty, and staff now have free access to a powerful literacy support application?
Read&Write is a suite of software tools designed to assist in the areas of research, studying, and of course, reading and writing. Whether used in conjunction with Google Chrome or as a standalone application, Read&Write can convert your spoken notes or assignments into text, as well as read your text and .PDFs out loud. This application is also helpful with Blackboard exams, online journal articles, as well as e-mails and typed assignments.