Training and Workshops
The Center for eLearning supports faculty at Valdosta State University by providing workshops and training on best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, and instructional technology.
What: Tweets that focus on teaching (face to face/online/hybrid classes), pedagogical best practices, information from our licensed vendors for instructional technology and faculty development, webinars curated by CELT and eLearning, and information from reputable organizations in higher education.
When: Every Tuesday, circulate through Twitter and via all-campus email announcements
CELT Tuesday Teaching Tip: A VSU student thanked a VSU teacher for being kind. A pedagogy of kindness includes even being kind to yourself, modeling empathy, and reframing failure as “practice makes progress,” among other tips: https://t.co/ouZXRMOFRW pic.twitter.com/fWbPDZAzzi— VSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (@VSU_CELT) October 26, 2021
University System of Georgia’s (USG) Online Faculty Development Series in Teaching Online
What: A scaffold series of 3 multi-week online courses in teaching online created by USG’s eCampus. To register and receive badges after completion that typically takes 2-3 weeks per course, USG faculty can sign-up here. Or, check the hyperlinks below anytime to scroll through slightly modified versions of the course series on open-access websites: (2-3 weeks+ each)
- USG Course One: Developing an Online Course
- USG Course Two: Improving Student Engagement and Cultivating an Online Learning Community
- USG Course Three: Advancing Online Course Quality
When: At your convenience
University System of Georgia Facilitating Adult Learning Online Training Course
This course is designed for USG faculty who will be teaching adult learners and online courses. The course will help you develop foundational knowledge in adult learning theories and principles, review considerations and methods for integrating adult learning principles into your teaching strategies, and provide you with some techniques for applying those strategies to your online courses. Additionally, through this course design, we have attempted to model best practices for creating and facilitating online courses for adult learners.
If you are interested in participating in this training, please take a moment to fill out the form for the training course. If you already have GoVIEW log-in credentials, please provide this information on the form.
eLearning’s BlazeVIEW 101 and Teaching Remotely Website
What: Basic info and digital tutorials for using BlazeVIEW and teaching online can be found on BlazeVIEW 101 and on the Center for eLearning’s website about Teaching Remotely. All VSU faculty are enrolled in BlazeVIEW 101, a depository of resources that continues to be updated and includes, for example, how to use Collaborate Ultra, an “Ask the Expert” discussion forum for pedagogical support from peer faculty, and experiential learning online like virtual science labs.
Helpdesk and One-On-One Consultations with Staff in Center for eLearning and CELT
The Center for eLearning offers the following instructor-led workshops available to faculty and staff. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a one-to-one workshop.
- BlazeVIEW/GoVIEW 101: Introduction to D2L Brightspace
- BlazeVIEW/GoVIEW: Gradebook
- BlazeVIEW/GoVIEW: Assessment Tools
- Intro to Qualtrics Survey Tool
- Introduction to Collaborate Ultra
- Introduction to Kaltura
- Introduction to Online Teaching and Instructional Design
This workshop will serve as an introduction to the Integrated Learning Platform D2L Brightspace (Referred to locally as BlazeVIEW if you teach for VSU or GOVIEW if you teach for a collaborative program). This workshop will cover some Brightspace basics, including:
- Logging into the System
- Exploring the System’s Various Features
- Creating Course Content
- Managing Course Offerings
- An Overview of the more widely used tools
This workshop covers setting up and using the Gradebook in BlazeVIEW/GoVIEW.
- Participants will be able to set up a complete basic Gradebook in Brightspace.
- Participants will be able to enter grades and feedback in Gradebook.
- Participants will have a basic understanding of how Gradebook works in Brightspace.
This workshop will cover the basics of creating student assessment items including working with Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussion boards.
- Participants will be able to create and use an Assignment in Brightspace.
- Participants will be able to create and use a Quiz in Brightspace.
- Participants will be able to create and use a Discussion board in Brightspace.
Qualtrics is a web-based survey tool that facilitates survey creation, distribution, and data monitoring/collection. The survey tool is available to all faculty, staff, and students. This introductory course will cover the following:
- Creating a basic survey
- Adding items to the survey
- Overview of the different question-types
- Adding display logic to the survey
- Adding skip logic to the survey
- Adding collaborators to the survey
- Changing default settings
- Options for distributing the survey
- Viewing the survey results
- Qualtrics best practices
- Qualtrics online resources and training available
Collaborate Ultra is a fully-featured, live, virtual classroom solution that includes audio, video, text chat, content display, and session archiving. Its pedagogical design and ease-of-use ensure that educators and students engage as if they were meeting face-to-face. Come learn how to set up a Collaborate Ultra session in your own D2L class and how to use the basic tools of the system, such as sharing audio, video, and content.
Kaltura is a video recording, storage, and distribution tool made available through D2L Brightspace. Users can access it directly through BlazeVIEW. This workshop will inform you on the basics of Kaltura including the following:
- Uploading Videos
- Using CaptureSpace to create quality lecture recordings
- Ordering Captions
- Using Insert Stuff to embed videos in D2L