The Center for Instructional Design (CID) now offers Customized Workshops for faculty and staff. CID will customize each workshop to best fit a group or department's needs, from beginner to expert, and can flex up or down to accommodate large or small groups of faculty. Workshops can concentrate on Blackboard Tools or Online Learning Best Practices.
Blackboard Tools Workshops
Workshops can be customized to focus on any of the Blackboard tools available. Some examples are:
- Discussion Boards - Discussion boards serve to give students the opportunity to build a sense of community among their classmates by allowing them to take time to think before posting their ideas.
- Respondus Lockdown Browser - This tool is a custom browser students’ must download in which the testing environment is locked down, consequently, students are NOT able to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications from that computer.
- Safe Assign Tool - This tool compares submitted assignments by students against a set of academic papers to potentially identify areas of overlap (Plagiarism) between the work submitted and the work that already exists.
- Retention Center - This tool allows you to identify which students in any given course are at risk, due to a combination of poor performance, poor attendance, or low engagements. The customizable tool alerts you of these students; while providing means of communication with those students so that they can take immediate action.
Online Learning Best Practices Workshops
Learn the importance of best practices in online learning with topics such as:
- Course Mapping – Course mapping is an essential tool that will contribute to the visualization, design and/or redesign of pedagogical material. The course map encourages the instructor to illustrate how students will perform and meet class objectives. The map will reveal any potential learning gaps in the course that may cause difficulty when trying to meet the targeted objectives.
- Instructor Presence – Best practices for creating an online course that mimics a face-to-face (f2f) course by discussing methods to improve timely feedback, effective use of inline grading and rubrics, virtual office hours, and Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing.
- Instructional Videos – Learn how to create brief instructional videos on a computer, tablet, or phone. Instructional videos are intended to illustrate detailed concepts in a short three minute or less video. Some basics include a welcome/introduction, assignment feedback, and weekly reviews or reflections.
To learn more or to schedule a workshop, please contact Ms. Cira Montoya Olson at email@example.com.
UTEP Edge Workshops
CID’s goal is to collaborate and encourage student success in online courses. The following EDGE Advantages can be incorporated into any course:
By joining the UTEP EDGE Online Project, instructors can apply these soft skills to any online course across all disciplines.
The Center for Instructional Design will work with instructors to “Edge Out” a course by assisting in identifying EDGE Advantages already present in a course and will guide instructors on how to best highlight these soft skills within the course.
To learn more about incorporating the UTEP EDGE Advantages into your online course, please visit the Online EDGE Guidelines page. To begin this process please contact Ms. Cira Montoya Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.