- The Academic Partnership for Instruction's (API) mission is to provide UNO faculty and staff with assistance in integrating technology in teaching and learning. All API events are open to UNO faculty and staff, but prerequisites or previous experience may be necessary. Because most workshops offered by API are tailored for teaching, graduate and teaching assistants are also welcome.
|Media Conversion - 7/10/14||Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction on July 10 for Media Conversion. Participants in this hands-class will discover best practices for putting instructional materials online. They will learn how to create and upload videos that open quickly and play smoothly on tablets, smartphones, and computers; what audio format works best online and how to produce audio files that play on all operating systems; to adjust photographs and graphics originally intended for printing on paper, in magazines, or in books so they display fast and look great online.|
|Google Drive - 7/23/14||Learn about the features and functions of Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs). This session will cover basic features for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings as well as highlighting the unique online collaborative functions offered by Google.|
|Google Sites - 7/24/14||Wikis offer opportunities to collaborate with others to create sets of web pages within a website. Google Sites is just one of many freely available Wiki services. This session will provide an overview of wikis as well as hands-on experience with the features offered by Google Sites.|
|Google Gadgets - 7/25/14||Scattered throughout the services and applications Included in UNO's subscription to Google Apps for Education are several gadgets and useful tools for creating and collaborating with others. This session will feature elements of Google Forms (available through Google Drive) and Google Translate. An overview of Google Hangouts and Google Chat will also be given.|
|Excel - Intermediate - 7/30/14||After a review of some items from beginning excel, this class will explore advanced formulas and functions, sorting and filtering data.|
|Introduction to Blackboard - 8/11/14||This course will provide an introduction to the Blackboard system and how to customize a course. Topics to be covered include basic navigation, making the course available, adding content, working with the visual editor, changing the course entry point, adding a banner, and changing the look of the course menu.|
|Top 10 Ways to Improve Course Management - 8/11/14||During this hands on session faculty will learn ways to improve day-to-day course management tasks by having the Blackboard system work "smarter, not harder" on their behalf. This session is geared toward those who have a basic working knowledge of Blackboard.|
|Blackboard: Authentic Assessment and Evaluation - 8/12/14||
Blackboard has several options for assisting faculty with assessment. Tests can be created using 17 different types of questions which can be created individually, from a quiz generator, or from pools to accommodate a range of testing options. The assignment feature provides an easy way for students to submit electronic documents and the associated InLine Grading allows faculty to grade certain types of documents within Blackboard.
Rubrics can be created to aid in evaluating several different types of assessment and reused throughout the semester and then copied to future semesters. During this session we will discuss best practices for using all of the available assessment tools in Blackboard to provide students with ways to be evaluated in authentic ways. This session is geared toward those who have a basic working knowledge of Blackboard.
|Managing the Grade Center - 8/12/14||During this hands on session faculty will learn best practices for using the Grade Center. Topics to be covered include adding columns, weighting, color coding, rearranging columns, and running reports.|
|Automating Your Course with Blackboard - 8/13/14||
During this hands-on session learn how to automate your Blackboard course so that the system does the work for you. We will discuss ways to organize course materials and use Date / Time Restrictions to release information to your students. To streamline the course management process, we will also explore using rubrics attached to Discussion Forums and Assignments.
|Blackboard / Google Apps Integration - 8/13/14||This hands-on session will provide tips for integrating some of the Google Apps for Education with Blackboard. We will embed a link to a Google Doc, a form within Blackboard, walk through three different ways of providing access to a YouTube video, and embed a Google Presentation within a Blackboard wiki. Experience with Blackboard and Google Drive is recommended.|
|During this hands-on session we will explore options for the set up and use of Discussion Forums, Blogs, Wikis, and Journals to foster collaboration and a greater sense of community in your course.|
|Blackboard Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking - 8/14/14||
This hands-on session will cover ways in which faculty can utilize Blackboard tools to engage students in critical thinking and active learning. Time will be spent discovering how to transition proven classroom techniques into a digital environment.
|Introduction to Turning Technologies Student Response System - 8/14/14||
Join the Academic Partnership of Instruction August 14 for a hands-on demo of the Turning Technologies Student Response system. Turning Technologies is a leading developer of student assessment delivery and data collection solutions for education. Their response technology allows instructors to deliver self-paced tests and quizzes, to poll students on the fly, and to run interactive presentations using any Mac or Windows system.
Students have the option to answer via ‘ResponseCard’ clickers or use ResponseWare ‘Apps’ from any web-enabled device: including tablets and smart-phones. And, their recent acquisition of eInstruction’s ‘CPS Clicker’ technology strengthens their ability to provide effective in-class student assessments and evaluations. Please take a minute to register so that API can assure adequate seating and access to a ResponseCard ‘Clicker’ for participation.
|Introduction to Adobe Connect - 8/21/14||
Join the Academic Partnership for Instruction on August 21 for Introduction to Adobe Connect. Class participants, will learn how to create a basic online meeting that can be used for live classes or conferences; recorded for 24/7 playback, or utilized to put study materials online for student access.
Adobe Connect is a web collaboration, e-learning system used at UNO to conduct online classes, meetings, and presentations with participants worldwide. Connect sessions can be live and/or recorded for 24/7 playback. Each session can incorporate, audio, video, slide presentations, white boards, web site display, polls, file exchange, and desktop sharing. In short, most of the instructional technologies used in on-campus classes are available in Connect for teaching.
Questions regarding classes or events? Stop by the Teaching and Technology Center, located in Kayser Hall room 538, or visit the API website.