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Faculty Academy Courses

Essentials: Canvas

An online self-paced course for all staff interested in learning to use Canvas. Participants will learn about basic course  setup and the major tools of Canvas including: files, pages, the gradebook, quizzes, discussions, and assignments.  (Completing this course and Essentials: Teaching Online earns faculty one promotional credit.)

Essentials: Teaching Online

An online self-paced course for all staff interested in teaching online. Participants will get an introduction to  successful online teaching strategies and online course design.  Other topics include retention of online students, and academic integrity.  (Completing this course and Essentials: Canvas earns faculty one promotional credit.) 

Universal Design Workshop

This online and self-paced course is devoted to an examination of the guiding principles of Universal Design, a brief look at the issues and laws impacting Universal Design in higher education, and conversion of course syllabi, course files, and multimedia. The course will conclude with individual conferences with each participant to examine work remaining in a course in order to comply with all guidelines, and to discuss areas of difficulty and needed support.  (Half Credit) Course offered on-demand.

OER 101 

In this course faculty will explore the value in using Open Educational Resources (OER) and issues related to implementing them in their courses. There are three options for earning different amounts of promotional credit in this course, enroll to learn more, or contact FaCIT. 

Excel and Data Series 

Excel - Basics
Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 2017 From 2:00 to 3:30
Presenter: Greg Noack
Room: 3K02
In this training users will learn basic features of Microsoft Excel such as: entering data, formatting cell types, moving data, alignment, sorting, and basic graphing.

Excel - Functions
Friday, Sept. 22nd from 12:00 to 2:00
Presenter: Val Sleger
Room: 3K02
In the Excel for Beginners class, you were introduced to basic calculations using Excel tools. This workshop will build on those skills by introducing common Excel functions to help you process, analyze and summarize data quickly, easily and correctly.
You will learn:
• The importance of correct referencing (absolute vs. relative references)
• How to use Excel functions
• How to apply common Excel functions


Excel - Tables and Lists
Thursday, Oct. 26th from 3:00 to 4:30
Presenter: Val Sleger
Room: 2F05
As faculty and staff, we have access to tremendous amounts of tabular data from Canvas, SOAR and Banner, but how can we quickly and easily arrange it for analysis and action? This workshop will coach you through the process of sorting, filtering, extracting and summarizing data.
You will learn how to:
 • Work with the special Table tools
• Separate cell contents into individual columns,
• Combine columns into single cells
• Extract subsets of data from larger tables
• Use Excel Subtotals
• Follow cells with conditional formatting
• Summarize and organize data with PivotTables and slicers

Google Apps

Google Drive: Getting Started and More
Tuesday, Oct. 31st from 2:00 to 3:30
Presenter: Kathy Dirks
Room: 3K02
In this training you will learn how to: create google docs, sheets, slides (presentations), and forms (surveys), upload and/or convert files, organize files, and share and collaborate on documents.


Gmail - Organizing your Inbox
Wednesday, Nov. 15th from 2:30 to 4:00
Presenter: Greg Noack
Room: 3K02
This one and half hour training will instruct you in how to organize your Gmail Inbox using labels, filters, and the priority inbox settings. Time will be allotted to work in class on these topics.

Online Learning & Canvas Course Design

Streamline Canvas Module Layout
Monday, Sept 18th from 2:30 to 4:00
Presenter: Curt Rendall
Room: 3K02
This training will present an alternative format to present existing course content to students in Canvas Modules. Rather than long lists of links, assignments, discussions, and quizzes presented without context, we will create two to three pages for each module that will contextualize the module's content. Participants will work through streamlining modules of actual courses for future offering.


Streamline Online Module Layout (repeat)
Tuesday, Oct. 10th from 9:30-11:00
Presenter: Curt Rendall
Room: 1C05
This training will present an alternative format to present existing course content to students in Canvas Modules. Rather than long lists of links, assignments, discussions, and quizzes presented without context, we will create two to three pages for each module that will contextualize the module's content. Participants will work through streamlining modules of actual courses for future offering.


Humanizing / Presence in an Online Course
Tuesday, Nov. 7th from 1:30 - 3:00
Presenter: Curt Rendall
Room: 3K02
Creating a strong sense of community is critical to develop student motivation, academic growth, and risk taking in online courses. Developing community in online courses may present a significant challenge. This training will discuss strategies to establish your online instructor presence and consider engaging strategies to facilitate student interaction above and beyond the use of discussion forums.

Sauk Tech Talk Series

Registration not required. 

Memorable Presentations with PowerPoint
September 11, 11:30 am, Val Sleger
Room 2K02
Learn to create interesting and memorable PowerPoint slideshows in record time using new PowerPoint features.
eBooks for the Avid Reader
October 10, 12:15 pm, Linda Dhaese
Room 2K02
Learn about the versatility of eBooks—downloading, printing, and adding to Canvas.
 
Hyper-mobile with Apple's iWatch and iCloud
November 6, 12:30 pm, Richard and Amanda Eichman
Room 2K02
Apple's iCloud tools keep you hyper-organized and hyper-connected. iWatch allows you to do this on the go.
 
Trends in Conferencing and Collaboration Technology
December 6, 11:30 am, Kathy Dirks
Room 2K02
Digitally sketch your ideas whiteboard-style. Drop images, add notes, and pull directly from the web while you collaborate with team members, students, or coworkers. Learn to do all this anywhere from multiple devices.
 
Sauk Tech Talk presentations are approximately 30 minutes in length.