Express Workshops

Express Workshops

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Express Workshops are quick, one hour workshops that cover everything from Canvas basics to creating interactive videos to ensuring that your course is copyright compliant to using our new web conferencing tool, Zoom. Register if you want to make sure you have a spot but otherwise feel free to drop in without registering. We would love to see you. Not able to attend a scheduled workshop? If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled workshops below you are welcome to sign up for an individual consultation to cover any of workshops below.

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Are your students asking you to use Canvas? Don't fret - we'll get you up and running. Use the core Canvas tools to upload, organize and distribute course content, communications, as well as collect student papers and distribute grades and feedback. See workshop times and/or register. 


How Do I Do That? 

Do you have a great idea about something you’d like to create for your class but not sure the best way to produce it or what tool to use? Although CDLI has a Gadget Finder with an extensive set of tool suggestions, the list can sometimes feel overwhelming. We’re offering this workshop as an open-ended solution finding session. Come in with your questions and ideas and we’ll see if we can steer you to a solution and a tool that will work for you. Feel free to include your question(s) in the RSVP comment box if you like. See workshop times and/or register.


How to Caption Videos

Creating closed captions for your digital lecture files is easier than you might think. Kaltura, Seattle University’s new video management system, automatically generates closed captions for every video. At this workshop, you will learn to upload a video to Kaltura, determine when captions have been generated, and use the built-in caption editor to make corrections. See workshop times and/or register.


Kaltura - Canvas Video Management

Kaltura is a video streaming and management platform integrated into Canvas. It will let you and your students upload, share, embed, and caption your videos. Kaltura also lets you track viewing analytics, build in quiz questions, and more! Come to this workshop to learn the basics for how to integrate your own videos into Canvas. See workshop times and/or register.


Canvas SpeedGrader and Rubrics

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The Canvas SpeedGrader tool allows you to view and annotate papers, evaluate student work with a rubric, and attach audio/video feedback - all on one screen. Students are automatically notified about your assignment feedback so there's no need to send a separate message. Come learn how Canvas can streamline your grading process. See workshop times and/or register.


Organize Everything! Using AirTable!

icon for organize everything using airtableThinking of asking students to maintain an archive of their learning artifacts for later use in an ePortfolio? How do you organize student article submissions to a class repository? Wondering how to share a sortable and searchable gallery of your students’ work? Airtable is a free web-based tool that makes it easy for you and your students to create database collections that can be quickly sliced and diced to create Pinterest-style galleries. Survey forms that can be created on the fly from an Airtable database, which keeps crowdsourced activities like article scavenger hunts ordered and manageable. With its wide range of applications for collecting and organizing data, Airtable should be on your list of “killer apps.” See workshop times and/or register.


Making the Most of the Canvas Gradebook

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Distribute scores and feedback to each student in your course from one screen - the Canvas Gradebook. There's many time-saving features here. For example, two clicks inside the Gradebook allows you to message all students who haven't yet submitted their work to a particular assignment. See workshop times and/or register


Canvas on the Go!

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Ever wonder what your course looks like on a smartphone? Need to send a course announcement on the bus? Did you know that you can annotate student papers, and grade with rubrics, using your iPad or Android phone/tablet? Come to this session to look at your course on various mobile platforms, learn how to use your smartphone to quickly message your students, and try out the Canvas SpeedGrader app. See workshop times and/or register.


Badging Student Achievement in Canvas

This workshop introduces faculty to Badgr – a badging system that seamlessly integrates with Canvas. To begin, we’ll discuss the purpose of badges in education, distinguishing between digital badges in a course and the “open badge” micro-credentialing movement. We’ll then create a digital badge and integrate Badgr with a Canvas course. We’ll proceed by building a series of Canvas module requirements for students to complete before they are awarded a badge. The free Badgr license features an anonymous leaderboard where students can see their progress in relation to their peers. See workshop times and/or register.


Open Source / Open Educational Resources

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Looking for alternatives to expensive textbooks? Want to find free learning content to integrate into your course? We’ll help you navigate the world of Open Source and Open Educational Resources (OERs) by showing you some powerful tools for finding free classroom resources. See workshop times and/or register.


Using Canvas for Small Group Projects

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Create a work-space in your Canvas course where students can share files, communicate and collaborate in small groups. Monitor each group to provide feedback while students work on their projects. Groups can submit their collaborative work to a graded Canvas assignment. See workshop times and/or register.



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Are you confident that your materials (articles, videos, images, cartoons) are in line with the university's copyright policy? Most of us aren't sure. Join us for this workshop where we'll show you how to determine if you're in compliance and help you figure out how to get in compliance if not. See workshop times and/or register.


Explain Everything

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This versatile tool allows you to create Khan Academy-style videos where you can capture your voice as you write on a white board, your slides or any other media. Works on an iPad and you can even check out iPads loaded with the Explain Everything app from us! See workshop times and/or register.



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Want to save yourself some time? Come to this workshop and learn how to address accessibility standards during the course planning phase. You will leave with helpful resources and insight regarding what is required for students with disabilities, but also design tips that are useful for all students. See workshop times and/or register.



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If you need to capture your voice along with what's happening on your screen, we have some ideas for you. Whether it's creating tutorials, voiceover slide presentations or explaining an interesting simulation we probably have a solution for what you need. See workshop times and/or register.



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In this session, we will learn the basics of Camtasia for Mac or PC. Camtasia is a premium screen recorder with sophisticated video editing built in. This workshop is a great opportunity for those who have a version of Camtasia installed, but have never gotten around to learning; or, for those who have want to try before they buy (there is a free 30-day trial available through Techsmith). See workshop times and/or register.

Gadget Finder

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Looking for a new digital tool to integrate into your face-to-face, hybrid, or online course? This workshop will give you a tour of the CDLI Gadget Finder to help you discover new tools for assignments, activities, and interactions. See workshop times and/or register.


Create with Adobe Spark!

Adobe Spark is a cloud-based application, free for anyone, that is used to create presentations (with or without narration), videos and web pages. The application is extremely simple to use and has a variety of beautiful templates to choose from. Your creations can be seamlessly embedded in a Canvas page and students can send links to their Sparks as assignment submissions. You will come away from the workshop having created your first Spark! See workshop times and/or register.


Community Building Tools

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Let us introduce you to some fun tools that go beyond Canvas discussions to allow students to collaborate in real time or work on projects together. See workshop times and/or register.


Technology in Your Face-to-Face Classroom

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Have you ever wished you could get real-time, meaningful feedback from your brick and mortar students? Are you looking for ways to increase engagement and interactivity in your classroom? Then you might want to check out a few of CDLI's faculty favorite tools in one of our newest workshops. We will discuss a variety of technical and pedagogical approaches to using free and device-agnostic tools like clicker substitutes, real-time surveys, and informal chatting. See workshop times and/or register.



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Timelines can help students see the chronology of events and offer a context for new content. In this workshop, we will explore several online tools that you and your students can use to construct these valuable visual aids. See workshop times and/or register.


Get Feedback from Students Quickly and Easily

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At CDLI we have seen faculty embed quick surveys into their courses to check if students are having any problems interacting with Canvas of if instructions are clear. You can see an example from one of Bill O’Connell’s courses. In this workshop we’ll show you how to create quick feedback surveys in JotForm, Qualtrics and Canvas.  See workshop times and/or register.


Online Student Debates using Zoom

If you think that you’d like to have some student debates in your course but don’t have time for debates in class (or your class is fully online) consider a tool like Zoom. Zoom can record two (or more) students at different locations debating. The recording can then be turned in as an assignment or posted to your course so that other students can watch the debate and leave comments. Come to this workshop and we’ll show you how. It’s easy. See workshop times and/or register.


Learning with Visual Mapping Tools

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There are a number of free online concept and mind mapping tools that can be used to scaffold meaningful learning experiences for your students. These easy-to-use tools are useful for visualizing relationships, clarifying complex or abstract concepts, organizing thoughts for final essays or creating visual explanations that can be shared as presentations. Join us to explore the different ways to use visual mapping tools in your course.  See workshop times and/or register.


Padlet + Thinglink: Sharing Multimedia

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It turns out that two of our favorite tools play really well together. When students create multimedia projects in Thinglink, they can share those projects easily using Padlet. Padlet preserves all of the interactivity of media created in Thinglink. Join us to see how easy it is for students to share multimedia. See workshop times and/or register.


What's New in Canvas?

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Canvas responds to user feedback with new features and fixes every three weeks. We'll give you a cheat sheet explaining all significant updates. See workshop times and/or register.


Using Student Peer Review in Canvas

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Looking for an efficient way for students to critique each other's work? The Canvas Peer Review tool can help. In addition to a paper annotation tool and commenting feature, you can also attach a rubric to guide students in their reviews. See workshop times and/or register.


Humanize Your Homepage

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A course homepage is like the entryway to a house or a cover on a book; it makes a first impression that colors everything to follow. In this workshop we’ll establish what you would like to convey on your homepage. Then we’ll help you work out a homepage design that reflects your course and provides your students with efficient ways to orient themselves to the course materials. (See our Gallery of Courses to see what other faculty have done.) See workshop times and/or register.


Online Student Presentations

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Having your students do presentations online often makes for better presentations and makes it possible for students to get peer feedback before the final presentation. Let us show you how! See workshop times and/or register.


Web Conferencing with Zoom

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This tool is a faculty (and student) favorite. Come in and we'll show you what it can do from video meetings with multiple students to online office hours to recorded student debates or creating your own great video tutorials. Super easy to use. Zoom is the Swiss army knife of online teaching tools. See workshop times and/or register.


Interactive Videos

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Sometimes a voiceover slide presentation just isn't enough. You'd like to be able to stop and see if the students are comprehending what you've just covered. We have some easy to use tools for that. Please join us to find out what the options are. See workshop times and/or register.


Using Canvas Quizzes to Check Student Understanding

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Following the Just-in-Time Teaching approach, consider using Canvas Quizzes to build interactive study guides for students. Responses are compiled in Canvas, exposing where students are struggling. When collected just before a class meeting, this insight can help you determine the focus of class discussions and activities. See workshop times and/or register.



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With ThingLink, you can add hotspots to any image. When a user rolls over a hotspot, a variety of media can be displayed – text, videos, links or other images. ThingLink is one of the easiest tools around for making images come alive! See workshop times and/or register.