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Professional Development

ATS Professional Development Opportunities

Academic Technology Solutions designs tailored workshops for individuals or departments on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to):

  • course design
  • improving classroom dynamics using technology
  • motivating students using technology
  • teaching with technology
  • leveraging BlackBoard to effectively use cooperative learning activities
  • assessing student learning
  • grading
  • interpreting student evaluations
  • documentation of teaching effectiveness

The ATS Innovative Learning Team offers the following services for individuals and groups:

  • consultations with departments or other administrative units regarding best pedagogical practice utilizing technology
  • consultations with individual instructors, based on
    • observations of instructors in the classroom
    • video recordings of instructors teaching
    • feedback from students via focus groups

In addition to individualized professional development workshops or seminars, the ATS team offers scheduled events for all faculty and staff.  Listed below are the opportunities offered for the fall semester.  The “Strategy Showcase” sessions occur every Monday and Wednesday from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in AUD 362.  These sessions do not require pre-registration.

Workshops are scheduled to occur in person at AUD 362 and virtually in Schaumburg.  Workshops require registration. 

Fall Semester Professional Development Opportunities

October 2014

Date and Time Session Name Location
Monday, October 27, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase: Connecting to Students – Technology for any age AUD 362
Monday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. WORKSHOP: Course Design Session II – Meaningful assessment for learning. 

NOTE: You need to register for this session. Please do so here.
On-site Chicago (AUD 362) with SCH (RM 705)

November 2014

Date and Time Session Name Location
Monday, November 3, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Flipped Classrooms the easy way AUD 362
Monday, November 3, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m WORKSHOP: Teaching Online (Donna Kiel)

Take your online course to the next level. Join your colleagues in an interdisciplinary small group to share ideas and learn new tools and strategies guided by research-based, national standards.
On-site Chicago (AUD 362) with SCH (RM 705) remote
Wednesday, November 5, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - iPads and you - AUD 362
Monday, November 10, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. WORKSHOP: Blended Learning

For those curious about blended instruction and willing to experiment with blended techniques in future courses this session will share design options, implementation techniques, and assessment strategies to keep students engaged inside the classroom and out within a single, unified course.
AUD 362
Wednesday, November 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Social media and Instruction AUD 362
Monday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Using Twitter as an Instructional Tool AUD 362
Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Academic Integrity and Technology AUD 362

December

Date and Time Session Name Location
Monday, December 1, 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Organizing technology tools for learning AUD 362
Monday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Organizing student technology tools for learning AUD 362
Wednesday, December 3, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Web 2.0 and Beyond AUD 362
Wednesday, December 3, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Web 2.0 and Beyond AUD 362
Monday, December 8, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. Instructional Strategy Showcase - Technology and Disruption in the Classroom AUD 362
Monday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. WORKSHOP: Course Design Session III - Creating Personal Learning Environments (Donna Kiel)

NOTE: You need to register for this session. Please do so here.
On-site Chicago (AUD 362) with SCH (RM 705) remote

Blackboard Trainings

    Teaching with Blackboard (Fully Online)

    Attend training without leaving your home or office. This 4-week course is entirely online and will provide faculty with the opportunity to acquire the needed knowledge and skills to design, develop and navigate in an online environment using Roosevelt's current learning management system, Blackboard. This course offers flexibility to participate from anywhere there is a computer with internet access through asynchronous online discussions. Faculty will be immersed in the online environment where they will also have first hand experience as a 'student' in an online course. This student perspective is invaluable as you design and develop your course for your students. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate and upon request a copy will be sent to your dean. Duration: 4 flexible asynchronous weeks. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    December 1st


    Introduction to Blackboard

    This hands-on training will provide you with instruction on how to use the basics tools and features of Blackboard. You will learn how to navigate through Blackboard, create new buttons for new content areas, add your syllabus, textbook information, create announcements, send emails and more. Duration: 90 minutes Click on the location to view and register for the times and dates of your preference. CHICAGO, SCHAUMBURG

    Chicago

    Schaumburg

    December 16

    December 18

    Communicating using Blackboard

    Using Blackboard, faculty can take advantage of several social communication tools, such as discussions, blogs, wikis and journals, to create interactive and collaborative activities for students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the communication tools and practice creating, participating in and grading discussions, blogs, wikis and journals. Identification of types of activities to best use these tools will be covered. In addition faculty will learn how to best communicate with students and foster collaboration via announcements, emails and chat sessions. Duration: 90 minutes Click on the location to view and register for the times and dates of your preference: CHICAGO, SCHAUMBURG

    Chicago

    Schaumburg

    November 18

    November 20

    Using the Grade Center (Intermediate)

    Learn how to effectively use the Grade Center tools. From within the Grade Center, you can add items, manage items, specify your Grade Center settings, set specific grade weights, download grades, and upload grades. You can also designate percent grades to their corresponding letter grades and vice versa. Attend this hands-on session and explore the Grade Center. Duration: 90 minutes Click on the location to view and register for the times and dates of your preference: CHICAGO, SCHAUMBURG

    Chicago

    Schaumburg

    October 14
    December 2

    October 16
    December 2

     

    Using the Grade Center (Advanced)

    Take this advanced training on Blackboard's grade center which focuses on calculated columns, the grading schema, calculated columns, dropping the lowest grade, extra credit columns, reports and more. Duration: 90 minutes Click on the location to view and register for the times and dates of your preference: CHICAGO, SCHAUMBURG

    Chicago

    Schaumburg

    October 14
    December 2

    October 16
    December 4

     

    Tests, Surveys and Tools

    Learn how to use Blackboard's online assessment tools when creating tests, surveys and pools. Use these tools to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. Duration: 90 minutes Click on the location to view and register for the times and dates of your preference: CHICAGO, SCHAUMBURG

    Chicago

    Schaumburg

    September 23

    September 25

 

    On Demand Training (One-on-One Appointments)

    Do you have a specific question or need assistance using a specific tool or feature in Blackboard? Choose an one-on-one appointment with Lynette Washington to obtain your answers. Duration: 30 minutes Click on the location to view and register for the times and dates of your preference: CHICAGO, SCHAUMBURG. Need a date that is not listed, contact Lynette Washington via email at lwashington@roosevelt.edu or via telephone at 312-341-2603

    Chicago

    Schaumburg

    September 23
    October 14
    November 18
    December 2
    December 16

    September 25
    October 16
    November 20
    December 4
    December 18