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For the last two years, the Instructional Design team has held a number of training sessions and events around the area of Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning so as to highlight the theory of key pedagogical best practices while also giving practical guidance on how to apply the concepts.  The sessions the team have given to date include the below and several of the resources are now available on our Resources page and if you have questions or wish to hear more about any of the below then please get in touch with us by emailing instructionaldesign@ucc.ie

Blackboard

  • Making your module learner friendly: looks at ways to improve the look and feel of your module site, so that it is simple for students to follow and easier to manage during the year.
  • Managing your Module: gives a brief overview of some of the tools available in Blackboard as well as some ways to manage your blackboard module and content. It will touch on creating assignments, using adaptive release and checking basic stats.
  • Introduction to Blackboard MCQs: outlines how to go about creating MCQs in Blackboard and will also highlight some of the best practices when it comes to MCQs.
  • Discussing Discussion Boards: covers setting up, using and grading discussion boards while also outlining some general best practices for encouraging online interaction.

 Google Apps

  • Groupwork with Google: introduces the Google Apps suite of products and will give examples of ways that they can be used for group work.
  • Introduction to Google Sites: looks at the basics of building a website using Google Sites and outlines how some ideas of how a website could be used as a form of assessment.
  • Evaluating your module with Google Forms: looks at Google Forms and how it can be used in an educational context. By the end of the session attendees will be able to create a google form and link the form to a spreadsheet to collect data.

Organising and Presenting Content

  • Presentation Pointers: walks through how to embed images and videos in slides as well as highlighting some of the design factors to consider when putting together a presentation.
  • Curating your content: introduces two free tools – Pearltrees and Roojoom, both of which are very simple to use. In the session, users will be shown how to create a curated package from internet resources as well as how to embed it in Blackboard.
  • Digital Annotation: goes through the basics of digital annotation, it will outline some ways that you can annotate both pdfs and webpages using free tools such as adobe reader.

Assessment & Feedback

  • Electronic Marking with Turnitin Feedback Studio: Turnitin have made some substantial changes to their assignment software, for the most part the changes are for the better, so this session explains the basics of the newer Feedback studio.
  • Using Video Presentations for Assessment: Several programmes now ask students to submit video presentations, in this session, we will outline some of the ways that this is currently done across the university.
  • Padlet & Polling: demonstrates some free tools that can be used to encourage interaction in the classroom. It will also emphasise points that need to be considered before integrating the use of a free tool into a module (such as administrative tasks etc).

Images & Video 

  • Different Ways to Use Video: outlines different ways that videos can be used in teaching such as prompting discussion, summary videos, interactive video or explanatory animations etc.
  • Recording Video & Screencasting: highlights some key points to consider when recording and will introduce screencasting as a potential teaching tool.
  • Sourcing Images & Video Footage: outlines different ways that multimedia can be used in teaching such as prompting discussion, summary videos etc. It will demonstrate PowerPoint’s SmartArt tools as a quick easy way to make images and it will also introduce screencasting as a potential teaching tool.