The use of ICT in education is becoming increasingly important. Not only is there an overwhelming supply of tools for teaching, but students also expect to acquire the digital skills that are demanded in their professional careers. Therefore the urgency is growing for teachers to start using ICT for teaching and learning.
ICTOL, the Faculty of Arts Centre of ICT and Education, can help you with this!
In June 2018, ICTOL will be offering the next series of Just do IT workshops on the use of technology and teaching. The emphasis in the workshops is on promoting ‘good practices’ and making teaching and learning more effective and more efficient by the use of technologies. The workshops are in the form of one-hour hands-on demos and practice. We use ‘Just do IT’ as motto because the use of ICT should be simple and functional. After the workshops, participants should be confident in using the tools on their own.
New in this series are the workshops Saving time when creating digital exams and Interactive lessons with online polling. For a description, see the overview below.
And we will repeat ten of the workshops we gave earlier, including Interactive whiteboards, Using University Library documents in Nestor, Interactive presentations using Google Slides, Upload videos in Nestor, Grade registration in Nestor, Google Classroom, Creating tests in Nestor, Assignments in Nestor, Blackboard Collaborate and
Google Hangouts Meet.
Workshops are at beginners’ level, unless indicated otherwise. Attendance to the workshops is free for Faculty of Arts members of staff.
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Location: Harmonie building, Multimedia rooms 1-3
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In this workshop, you will learn to use the interactive whiteboards available in lecture rooms. After the workshop, you will know how to navigate in Powerpoint and other applications via the touchscreen functionality, and you will be able to write on the screens by using the SMART Notebook software. This software enables you to create multiple pages on which you can write, manipulate text, display images etc. You will also learn to annotate Microsoft Word documents on-screen.
Instructor: André Rosendaal
14:00 - 15:00
Using University Library documents in Nestor
The use of copyrighted materials in Blackboard may seem to be rather complex, but this workshop enables you to present materials online according to legal standards without a lot of extra work – and provides students with a quick, easy way to access these resources. During this UB guided
workshop, you will learn what the limits are for free use of materials in Blackboard and how to create reliable,
easily-accessible links to external materials and sources for your students.
Instructor: University Library/ICTOL
10:00 - 11:00
Interactive presentations using Google Slides
In this workshop you will be introduced to using Google Slides. You will learn to use built-in tools and freely available add-ons to collect questions and conduct polls with students during lectures and seminars.
Instructor: Sake Jager
Upload videos in Nestor
Using video in Nestor has always been rather problematic. With the release of a new building block, instructors can now upload video via Nestor to a video server hosted by the RUG. The videos can only be watched by students and instructors enrolled in the Nestor course. In the workshop, you will learn how to upload a video file and make it available. In addition, you will learn how to create a video assignment, that requires students to upload a video.
Instructor: André Rosendaal
Creating tests in Nestor
Nestor offers excellent facilities for online testing (exams and intermediate tests). During this workshop we will show you the basics of creating your own test in Nestor and how to use these as basis for diagnostic or high-stakes tests.
Instructor: Peter de Groot
Google Classroom integrates Google Drive and Docs in an environment for classroom teaching. It can be used to create classes, distribute and collect assignments, and communicate with students. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.Classroom is particularly well suited for working with documents and integrating web-based content (YouTube videos, Arts and Culture content, etc.). We will also demonstrate several Classroom extensions and add-ons which provide additional functionality.
Saving time when creating digital exams
Tired of typing in multiple choice questions in Nestor? During this workshop you will learn how you can enter the questions in Microsoft Word and then upload them to Nestor.
Grade registration in Nestor
In the Grade Center, you can provide and manage your students' grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, and wikis, and for ungraded items, such as surveys or self tests. You can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements you want to grade, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.
During this workshop, you will learn to use the basics of grade registration in Nestor and how to prepare these results for further processing by the Student Affairs office.
Assignments in Nestor
Nestor assignments are used to manage the digital submission or file upload of essays, papers or other types of assignments.
Instead of requiring instructors to download student-submitted files to view or edit those submissions, instructors can now view student-submitted files “inline,” i.e. in the web browser, without leaving the Grade Assignment page.
Interactive lessons with online polling
Engage your students by using Mentimeter for real time in-class polling. Ask your students a question and have them respond with their smartphone, laptop or computer. Supported questions types include multiple choice, scales, open ended and word cloud. The responses will be shown immediately, enabling you to use them for elucidation of the learning content or as a starting point for discussion.You can also use the system to let your students ask questions during class.
Have you participated in a webinar lately, and are you interested in running a webinar yourself? Or do you want to teach a class in a virtual classroom? Then this session is for you. Collaborate is a videoconferencing tool that is part of the university's virtual learning environment Blackboard (Nestor). You will learn the basic principles of setting up a webinar or online classroom using Collaborate. After that, you will participate in an online session in the roles of participant (student) and presenter (teacher). For more information, click here.
Instructor: Sake Jager
Google Hangouts Meet
Hangouts Meet is a videoconferencing tool provided by Google. It is similar to Skype, but has a number of additional features which make it interesting for use in an educational environment. During the workshop, you will set up your own Hangout and use the different tools such as sharing your screen and working collaboratively on documents during the Hangout meeting. You will also learn the differences between classic Hangouts and Hangouts Meet.
Instructor: André Rosendaal
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