Monthly Archives: May 2012

Training Opportunities around Campus

Are you taking advantage of all that OSU has to offer? There are so many opportunities for professional development. Below I put together a list of a few of the options. Start taking advantage!

Training from the OSU Library

NEW! Free Electronic Notetaking/Annotating Workshop: On May 7 from 4-5 p.m. as part of the OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Spring Workshop series. Interested in transitioning to a more electronic reading and annotating workflow? Tools discussed will include desktop and mobile options, such as Evernote, iAnnotate, Mendeley, Microsoft OneNote, Note Taker HD, Zotero and EndNote.

Training from Technology Across the Curriculum:

Online Testing: How to Use Standard CMS Tools to Reduce Cheating
Time & Date: 10:00 am – 11:00 am PDT, Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In this session, Brian Morgan will highlight a variety of features found in most course management systems that can be effectively utilized to reduce cheating in an online testing environment.  Attend this session to be certain that you are taking advantage of the tools you have at your fingertips for ensuring the academic integrity of your online tests.
Presenter: Brian Morgan, Marshall University


Workshop – Blackboard Grade Center. with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  Thursday May 31, 12:00-1:00pm. Kidder 274. This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. We’ll also show you options for managing large groups of students. Please register for this workshop here.


What is my Role in the Online Classroom?  Ways to Engage and Interact with Your Online Students
Time & Date: 10:00 am – 11:00 am PDT, Monday, June 25, 2012
As an instructor, one of the biggest challenges in the online classroom is to keep your students engaged and motivated. This session will focus on your role as the instructor and the teaching techniques that will stimulate a student’s curiosity and encourage active learning. In addition, there will be discussion surrounding the methods on how to encourage active participation and peer-to-peer learning, which can further impact the overall learning experience and generate successful outcomes.

Presenter: Katherine Dowdell, Des Moines Area Community College


Why and How to Best Use Rubrics in Blackboard Learn 9.1
Time & Date: 10:00 am – 11:00 am PDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Learn the benefits of using Blackboard Learn’s interactive Rubrics. This presentation will explore the pros and cons of using Rubrics, how Rubrics employ Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Teaching Practice, and how the use of Rubrics will benefit your students. In addition, you will learn how to create, edit and apply a Rubric and how to grade with a Rubric. The audience will take away a firm grasp of how and why Rubrics are an effective teaching tool – and an enthusiasm for using Rubrics in their classes. In addition, they will be given a handout that covers in more detail how to create, copy and edit a Rubric, how to use Rubrics with Assignments, Tests, Discussion Boards (Forums and Threads), Journals, Wikis, Blogs and Grade Center Columns as well as how to grade all of these activities using a Rubric. The audience will also take away knowledge of how students use and can benefit from the use of the Rubrics tool. The pros and cons of using Rubrics will be explored as well as how the use of Rubrics encourages contact between students and faculty.
Presenter: Katherine C. Riley, BS, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes
Jewish College