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Academic Technology Courses

Using Media in Course Design

This self-paced course highlights two key aspects of using media to enhance teaching and learning: creating video content and integrating media in your course design.

Topics

In this course we will:

  • provide an overview of the theoretical frameworks guiding the process of academic video development,
  • discuss strategies you can use to create focused video resources for your course, and
  • share examples of how to integrate videos into learning activities to ensure greater student engagement and deeper learning.
Who Should Attend This webinar is geared towards instructors who use media in designing their course materials. A basic familiarity with Canvas is recommended. Instructors new to Canvas should watch the Canvas Essentials recorded webinar prior to the workshop.
Registration or More Information

See Using Media in Course Design.

Canvas Gradebook: Set Up

Join Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) consultants for a one-hour online demonstration on how to to set up your course gradebook using Canvas assignments, discussions, and quizzes; how to use Speedgrader and rubrics; how to hide and release grades; along with a few other tips to set you up for grading success.

Next Course Date

January 10, 2024; 11:00 a.m. - noon

Facilitators

  • Jennifer Englund, Academic Technology Support Services
  • Sara Schoen, Academic Technology Support Services
Topics

During this session, ATSS consultants will demonstrate how to:

  • use assignments, discussions, and quizzes to set a course gradebook,
  • grade using the Speedgrader and rubrics, and
  • enable Canvas’ grade posting policy to hide and release grades.
Who Should Attend Instructors of record and Teaching Assistants who are teaching a course in the upcoming semester.A basic familiarity with Canvas is recommended. Instructors new to Canvas may wish to watch the Canvas Essentials recorded webinar prior to the workshop.
Details

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

We seek to foster a positive experience for all participants. If you have particular access needs (for example visual impairment, dyslexia, deafness, etc) please contact [email protected] so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can. Accommodation requests for live captioning should be made two weeks prior to the webinar.

Registration or More Information

See Canvas Gradebook: Set Up.

Canvas Gradebook: Prepare to submit final grades

Topics
  • Grading scheme
  • Update/organize gradebook
  • Final grade override
  • Prepare to submit final grades
  • Finalize in Faculty Center
Who Should Attend Instructors of record and Teaching Assistants who are currently teaching a courseA basic familiarity with Canvas is recommended. Instructors new to Canvas should watch the Canvas Essentials recorded webinar prior to the workshop.
Details

Facilitators

  • Jennifer Englund, Academic Technology Support Services
  • Sara Schoen, Academic Technology Support Services

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

We seek to foster a positive experience for all participants. If you have particular access needs (for example visual impairment, dyslexia, deafness, etc) please contact [email protected] so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can. Accommodation requests for live captioning should be made two weeks prior to the webinar.

Registration or More Information

See Canvas Gradebook: Prepare to submit final grades.

Use FeebackFruits for Peer Learning: Basics

We will cover FeedbackFruits tools functionality, how to create a FeedbackFruits assignment in Canvas, and experience the tool from the student and instructor perspectives.

This session is designed to assist instructors in creating a learning environment that facilitates a learner-centered approach using appropriate resources and technologies based on the University of Minnesota Guidelines for Online Teaching and Design.

Next Course Date 

Thursday, January 11, 2024; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Facilitators

  • Annette McNamara, Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS)
  • Jennifer Englund, Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS)
Topics
  • Identify the functionality of the tool and how it supports collaborative learning.
  • Use the tools from a student perspective.
  • Learn how to create a FeedbackFruits assignment in Canvas.
  • Prepare students to successfully use FeedbackFruits.
Who Should Attend Instructors of all levels such as faculty, adjuncts, graduate instructors, graduate TAs, community faculty who are, or will be, teaching a course.A basic familiarity with Canvas is recommended. Instructors new to Canvas should watch the Canvas Essentials recorded webinar prior to the workshop.
Details

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

We seek to foster a positive experience for all participants. If you have particular access needs (for example visual impairment, dyslexia, deafness, etc) please contact [email protected] so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can. Accommodation requests for live captioning should be made two weeks prior to the webinar.

Registration or More Information

See Use FeebackFruits for Peer Learning: Basics.

Canvas Courses

Canvas: Begin with Design & Navigation Decisions (Discover Canvas Series Part 1)

[4-hours, self-paced online] Become familiar with the Canvas interface, learn about Canvas design considerations that make courses easier for students to use and navigate, and plan your own course design. This is the first of two courses in the Discover Canvas Series.

This online workshop can be completed in any timeframe, but we recommend completing it within a week. Participants should expect to spend at least four hours completing online activities and engaging with instructor feedback.

Topics
  • Understand Global and Course Navigation
  • Use the Calendar Tool
  • Find Canvas Help & Resources
  • Use the Rich Content Editor for Accessible Content
  • Understand Features Options
  • Make Canvas Design Decisions
  • Use the Canvas Student App
  • Organize your Course Content
  • Display your Syllabus
  • Select a Home Page
  • Set the Course Navigation Menu for Students
  • Understand Tool Interconnectivity
Who Should Attend This workshop is intended for any faculty, staff and TAs who will be building Canvas course sites.
Registration or More Information

See Canvas: Begin with Design & Navigation Decisions (Discover Canvas Series Part 1).

Canvas: Create Content & Assessments (Discover Canvas Series Part 2)

[4-hours, self-paced online] Gain experience creating course content, including pages, quizzes, discussions, and assignments, and learn to organize and deliver course content through Canvas modules. This is the second of two courses in the Discover Canvas Series.

This online workshop can be done in any timeframe, but we recommend completing it within a week. Participants should expect to spend at least four hours completing online activities and engaging with instructor feedback.

Topics
  • Create Pages
  • Build Modules
  • Use Library Course Pages
  • Make Content Accessible
  • Apply Templates
  • Create Assessments
  • Build a Rubric
  • Setup Extra Credit
  • Use Peer Review
  • Create a Quiz
  • Create A Question Bank
  • Build a Discussion
  • Organize Assessments
Who Should Attend This workshop is intended for any faculty, staff and TAs who will be building Canvas course sites.
Registration or More Information

See Canvas: Create Content & Assessments (Discover Canvas Series Part 2).

Canvas: Integrate Media with Kaltura Video

[4-hours, self-paced online] Video and audio is everywhere in our society today and can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning. But to use it effectively, it is important to create and manage media strategically and efficiently. This workshop explores the use of Kaltura, the cloud-based media management system available to all faculty and students to use in courses. Participants will create, edit, and publish video content with Kaltura through a Canvas course site.

This online workshop can be done in any timeframe, but we recommend completing it within a week. Participants should expect to spend at least four hours completing online activities and engaging with instructor feedback.

Topics
  • Why video?
  • Creating video content
  • Curating and managing video content
  • Understanding analytics
  • Making media accessible
  • Creating student media assignments
Who Should Attend This workshop is intended for any faculty, staff and TAs who have experience with basic course building in Canvas.
Registration or More Information

See Canvas: Integrate Media with Kaltura Video.

Digital Accessibility Courses

Digital Accessibility: Foundations

This online training introduces you to the basic concepts of digital accessibility. The University of Minnesota is home to nearly 90,000 students, faculty, and staff. It is not easy to meet the needs of that many people!  Still, by applying what you learn in this course, you will help the entire University community live up to its goal of inclusivity.

Topics
  • The impact of accessible content on students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota
  • The legal landscape around digital accessibility in higher education
  • The benefits of accessibility versus accommodation
  • A preview of the Digital Accessibility Badging Program
Who Should Attend This course is intended for all faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota, but it is open for students as well.
Details

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The Digital Accessibility Foundations course is the prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This program contains self-paced online workshops focusing on how to create digital content (slide presentations, websites, PDFs, etc.) in an accessible way. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.

In each workshop, you will learn specific skills and apply them to your everyday work. Successful completion of each course will help you earn a badge for the topic of that course.

Registration or More Information

See Digital Accessibility: Foundations.

Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Web Content

[2 hours, self-paced online] In this course, participants will learn many aspects of adding content to a Google Site, with an emphasis on making the site accessible to the largest number of visitors. Learners who have created a set of pages using Drupal Lite 8 can also submit their work in this course in order to earn the Accessible Web Content badge as part of the Digital Accessibility Badging Program.

Topics
  • Adjusting themes and layouts for maximum readability
  • Adding and modifying pages, menus, and links for clear navigation
  • Using headings to strengthen page structure and readability 
  • Selecting accessible typography
  • Including images accessibly
  • Accessibly including components such as videos, calendars, and docs
  • Checking the accessibility of your site
Who Should Attend This course is intended for faculty and staff who contribute content to web sites, but it is open for students as well.
Details

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The Digital Accessibility Foundations course is the prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This program contains self-paced online workshops focusing on how to create digital content (slide presentations, websites, PDFs, etc.) in an accessible way. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.

In each workshop, you will learn specific skills and apply them to your everyday work. Successful completion of each course will help you earn a badge for the topic of that course.

Registration or More Information

See Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Web Content.

Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Slide Presentations

[3 hours, self-paced online] In this course, participants will learn the specific skills needed to create accessible slide presentations for live presenting and for sharing afterwards, using either PowerPoint or Google Slides. Learners can also submit their work in this course in order to earn the Accessible Slide Presentations badge as part of the Digital Accessibility Badging Program.

Topics
  • Checking the accessibility of an existing slide presentation
  • Using preset layouts and creating unique slide titles for screen readers 
  • Ensuring sufficient contrast for readability
  • Using alternative text for visual elements
  • Managing cognitive load when using animations
  • Writing meaningful speaker notes
  • Presenting for a diverse audience
  • Creating accessible paper handouts
  • Sharing slide presentations electronically
Who Should Attend This course is intended for faculty and staff who create, share, or present slide presentations, but it is open for students as well.
Details

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The Digital Accessibility Foundations course is the prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This program contains self-paced online workshops focusing on how to create digital content (slide presentations, websites, PDFs, etc.) in an accessible way. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.

In each workshop, you will learn specific skills and apply them to your everyday work. Successful completion of each course will help you earn a badge for the topic of that course.

Registration or More Information

See Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Slide Presentations.

Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Documents

[1.5 hours, self-paced online] In this course, participants will create a document that is accessible to the largest possible number of readers, using either Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Learners may submit their work in this course in order to earn the Accessible Documents badge as part of the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This course is a prerequisite for anyone who wishes to take Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible PDFs.

Topics
  • Using headings to create structure and readability
  • Selecting accessible typography
  • Including images, tables, and links accessibly
  • Setting the document language for screen reader pronunciation
  • Checking the accessibility of your document
Who Should Attend This course is intended for faculty and staff who create documents, but it is open for students as well.
Details

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The Digital Accessibility Foundations course is the prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This program contains self-paced online workshops focusing on how to create digital content (slide presentations, websites, PDFs, etc.) in an accessible way. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.

In each workshop, you will learn specific skills and apply them to your everyday work. Successful completion of each course will help you earn a badge for the topic of that course.

Registration or More Information

See Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Documents.

Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible PDFs

[4 hours, self-paced online] In this course, participants will create a PDF that is accessible to the largest possible number of readers, using Adobe Acrobat DC. Learners may submit their work in this course in order to earn the Accessible PDFs badge as part of the Digital Accessibility Badging Program.

Topics
  • Understanding what makes a PDF accessible
  • Setting document properties and tab order
  • Including relevant tags for images, paragraphs, tables, and lists
  • Checking the accessibility of your PDF
Who Should Attend This course is intended for faculty and staff who create PDFs, but it is open for students as well.
Details

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The Digital Accessibility Foundations course is the prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This program contains self-paced online workshops focusing on how to create digital content (slide presentations, websites, PDFs, etc.) in an accessible way. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.

In each workshop, you will learn specific skills and apply them to your everyday work. Successful completion of each course will help you earn a badge for the topic of that course.

Registration or More Information

See Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible PDFs.

Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Canvas Course Sites

[6 hours, self-paced online] In this course, participants will learn how to apply accessibility concepts to content, interactions, and assessments in an online course site. Learners may submit two accessible modules of an online course site in order to earn the Accessible Course Sites badge as part of the Digital Accessibility Badging Program.

Topics
  • Understanding the difference between accessibility and accommodation within the educational landscape
  • Using the Rich Content Editor to make content accessible
  • Ensuring additional course content/resources are accessible
  • Creating accessible student-to-student and instructor-to-student interactions
  • Giving accessible assessments
  • Using UDOIT to scan for accessibility issues in a Canvas course site
Who Should Attend This workshop is intended for instructors and staff members who provide any kind of online instructions through Canvas.
Details

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

The Digital Accessibility Foundations course is the prerequisite for the Digital Accessibility Badging Program. This program contains self-paced online workshops focusing on how to create digital content (slide presentations, websites, PDFs, etc.) in an accessible way. You may choose to take as many workshops as you like.

In each workshop, you will learn specific skills and apply them to your everyday work. Successful completion of each course will help you earn a badge for the topic of that course.

Registration or More Information

See Digital Accessibility: Create Accessible Canvas Course Sites.

Drupal Courses

Drupal: Working Lab

[3-hours, working lab] This working session allows participants to bring their own Enterprise Drupal or Drupal Lite projects into a lab setting. Not only will participants have dedicated work time, but they will have expert assistance available when they run into questions or roadblocks.

Who Should Attend This lab is for people who are managing University of Minnesota Enterprise Drupal and Drupal Lite websites.
Registration or More Information

See Drupal: Working Lab.

Drupal: Creating a Drupal Lite Website

[2-hours, hands-on, online]  This course covers the skills needed to create and manage a website in Drupal Lite using the default tools. Drupal Lite 9 makes it easy for users to add, edit, and customize content without requiring technical skills in web development.

This course provides an opportunity to practice skills in a training website.

Topics
  • Adding new pages
  • Editing existing pages
  • Adding custom content to pages
  • Changing the layout of pages
  • Working with menus
  • Formatting text
  • Working with images
  • Adding links
Details

Note: This is an online course that uses a Canvas course site to organize course activities. Students will work on activities using a Drupal Lite training site at their own pace and will have 5 days to complete the course. An instructor will be available to support participants and answer questions.

Intended audience: Those who are contributing content to any Drupal Lite website and those who are creating small websites (10-15 pages) in Drupal Lite.

Drupal Enterprise

  • Drupal Enterprise content contributors should check with their website administrator for training suggestions as this course may not be relevant to your customized website.
  • Drupal Enterprise website developers, see the Drupal Enterprise: Create And Manage Sites self-help guide.

 

Registration or More Information

See Drupal: Creating a Drupal Lite Website.

Jadu Forms Courses

Jadu CXM Training: Setting up Workflows for Jadu XFP Forms

[7-10 hours, self-paced online] This course introduces using Jadu CXM to set up workflows for Jadu XFP forms. Participants will work through an example form, reviewing key concepts and identifying the information required to set up a CXM workflow. Completion of this course is required for access to Jadu CXM. The intended audience for this course is current Jadu Form builders.

Topics
  • Understanding key concepts in a Jadu CXM workflow process
  • Setting up a workflow for an example business process
  • Connecting XFP and CXM to move data between forms
  • Testing a completed workflow process
Who Should Attend The intended audience for this course is current Jadu Form builders.
Registration or More Information

See Jadu CXM Training: Setting up Workflows for Jadu XFP Forms.

Jadu Forms: Working Lab

This working lab provides participants with time to ask questions and to work on their own projects. Members of the Jadu support team will be available for one-on-one help. Participants should bring their laptops if possible.

Who Should Attend This lab is for people who are building forms in the University of Minnesota Jadu Forms platform. Note: The link below leads to a Google Calendar where you can choose an open appointment slot.
Registration or More Information

See Jadu Forms: Working Lab.

Jadu Forms Orientation

This orientation provides an overview of Jadu Forms. You will see a demo of the tool, learn about what to consider when choosing Jadu Forms, and what the steps are to get started.

Topics
  • Why choose Jadu Forms
  • Things to consider
  • Getting started
  • Jadu CXM (workflow)
  • Jadu support resources
Registration or More Information

See Jadu Forms Orientation.

UM Analytics Courses

UM Analytics: Working Lab

[3-hours, open lab] This lab session complements both UM Analytics Financial Data: Create Basic Analyses & Dashboards and UM Analytics Student Data: Create Basic Analyses & Dashboards, giving participants an opportunity to work on their own projects with support staff present to answer questions. Members of the finance reporting team and the student reporting team will be available for one-on-one questions related to building content in UM Analytics. This course previously had the course number UMA113.

Registration or More Information

See UM Analytics: Working Lab.

UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards

[3-4 hours, self-paced online] This course will focus on analyzing data from University sources (such as the University data warehouse) using UM Analytics.

UM Analytics is the University of Minnesota Oracle Business Intelligence tool. It an enterprise tool for using, creating, and sharing interactive analyses, dashboards, and visualizations using data in the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW).

By completing this course, you can request Author access to any of the UM Analytics subject areas, provided you have met the prerequisites.


Learn more about becoming a UM Analytics dashboard author through OIT.

Topics
  • creating, formatting, and manipulating different types of analyses (tables, pivot tables, graphs, etc.)
  • customizing analyses using filters, prompts, conditional formats, and calculations
  • creating basic dashboards
Who Should Attend This course is designed for University of Minnesota employees who need to work with enterprise data. 
Registration or More Information

See UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards.

Zoom Courses

Zoom: Get Started

[30 minutes, webinar] In this course, participants will learn the basics of joining and participating in online meetings using Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Participants can either sign up to attend a live webinar, or view a pre-recorded webinar delivered by Zoom.

An instructor from Zoom will take participants through a high-level tour of Zoom and cover the basics to get them up and running.

Note: Once you enroll, you will need to register on the Zoom site with your University email. You will not receive future promotional emails from Zoom.

Topics
  • Scheduling and joining meetings
  • Controlling audio and video effectively
Who Should Attend This course is for faculty, staff, and students who want to participate in online meetings using Zoom.
Details
  • The LIVE section is offered most weekdays and includes time for Q&A.
  • The RECORDED section allows you to watch a pre-recorded training session at your convenience. 
  • After you enroll, you can find further instructions in your enrollment email.
Registration or More Information

See Zoom: Get Started.

Zoom: Host a Meeting

[1 hour, webinar] In this course, participants will learn the skills needed to host meetings via Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Participants can either sign up to attend a live webinar, or view a pre-recorded webinar delivered by Zoom.

An instructor from Zoom will review scheduling and hosting Zoom meetings with an emphasis on best practices. 

Note: Once you enroll, you will need to register on the Zoom site with your University email. You will not receive future promotional emails from Zoom.

Topics
  • Controlling audio and video effectively
  • Managing the “waiting room” and “breakout room” features 
  • Increasing engagement through live polls and nonverbal feedback 
  • Live-streaming meetings 
Who Should Attend This course is for faculty, staff, and students who want to host online meetings using Zoom.
Registration or More Information

See Zoom: Host a Meeting.

Zoom: Host a Webinar

[1 hour 15 minutes, webinar] In this course, participants will learn the skills needed to host a successful webinar through Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Participants can either sign up to attend a live webinar, or view a pre-recorded webinar delivered by Zoom.

An instructor from Zoom will review features applicable to scheduling and hosting a Zoom Video Webinar with an emphasis on best practices.

Note: Once you enroll, you will need to register on the Zoom site with your University email. You will not receive future promotional emails from Zoom.

Topics
  • Comparing meetings and webinars
  • Defining webinar roles: host, cohost, panelist, and attendee
  • Configuring registration, audio controls, and live streaming
  • Launching in-webinar polls and chat features
  • Reviewing post-webinar surveys and reports
Details
  • The LIVE section is offered most weekdays and includes time for Q&A.
  • The RECORDED section allows you to watch a pre-recorded training session at your convenience. 
  • After you enroll, you can find further instructions in your enrollment email.
Registration or More Information

See Zoom: Host a Webinar.

Zoom: Understand HCC Requirements

[15 minutes, self-paced online] In this brief overview, participants will learn best practices around using Zoom with Protected Health Information. Members of the Health Sciences (HST) Health Care Component (HCC) members must complete this training to get access to Zoom.

Zoom is a HIPAA-compliant tool, but it relies on responsible use to remain in compliance.

Topics
  • Understanding PHI in the context of video meetings
  • Creating secure online meeting spaces
  • Understanding PHI and recording options in Zoom
  • Scheduling PHI-free Zoom meetings
Who Should Attend Anyone who is part of the Health Sciences (HST)/HCC (Health Care Component) and wants to use Zoom; this includes students, faculty, and staff members who are part of the BAA and / or BAA+, as well as anyone else who comes into contact with Protected Health Information (PHI).
Registration or More Information

See Zoom: Understand HCC Requirements.

Zoom: Meetings for Education (Students & Educators)

[45 minutes, webinar] In this course, participants will learn the skills and best practices for using Zoom, an online video conferencing system, as both a student and an instructor. Participants can sign up view a pre-recorded webinar delivered by Zoom.

An instructor from Zoom will review participating, scheduling and hosting Zoom events with an emphasis on best practices using Zoom as an online classroom setting. 

Note: Once you enroll, you will need to register on the Zoom site with your University email. You will not receive future promotional emails from Zoom.

Topics
  • downloading the Zoom app
  • joining a class
  • participating in a class
  • scheduling a Zoom meeting
  • hosting a Zoom meeting
  • reviewing in-meeting tools 
Who Should Attend This course is for faculty, staff, and students who want to use Zoom as an online classroom setting.
Registration or More Information

See Zoom: Meetings for Education (Students & Educators).