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Please be sure to sign up for the events you plan to attend. 

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. 

Productivity with Microsoft Office or Google Apps

File Management
Presenter: Greg Noack
Date and Time: Jan. 23rd, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Room 3K02
This training will demonstrate how to effectively organize the files on your computer. We will discuss tips and tricks for staying organized, utilizing your desktop for quick access to files, and other features of Microsoft Windows.
 
Google Drive: Getting More out of your Drive
Presenter: Kathy Dirks
Date and Time: Feb 13, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Room 3K02
This one and a half hour training will explore using Google Drive tools and features not explored in the Getting Started session.  Tools such as Slides (presentations), Forms (surveys), commenting, and more.
 
Internet Browser Add-ons & Extensions
Presenters: Kathy Dirks and Curt Rendall
Date and Time: March 29th, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Room 2F05
Add functionality and time saving apps and extensions to Chrome. Learn to forward webpages with a click of a button,
 
Google Calendar: Getting Started
Presenter: Greg Noack
Date and Time: March 12th, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Room 3K02
This one hour training will get you started using Google Calendar. During this session you will learn how to create events, add multiple events, invite attendees, and manage multiple calendars, change calendar view, and setup alerts.

Online Learning, Teaching, or Canvas Course Design

Canvas for Enhanced Courses
Presenter: Greg Noack
Date and Time: Jan. 10th, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Room 2F05
This workshop will prepare faculty to use Canvas for communicating course information, grades, and attendance. We will learn basic tools in Canvas such as gradebook, pages, and files. Faculty considering using Canvas with face-to-face courses would find this workshop especially beneficial.
 
Vericite
Presenter: Robin Fisch
Multiple Dates and Times:
Jan 12, 9:00 am to 10:30 am, Room: FaCIT training room (within FaCIT Department)
Jan 16, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Room: FaCIT training room (within FaCIT Department)
Jan 17, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Room: FaCIT training room (within FaCIT Department)
Learn to add Vericite to assignments in Canvas.
 
Lightboard Studio
Presenter: Robin Fisch
Date and Time: Feb 23, 9:00 am to 11:30 am, Room 1M22
Learn to use the Lightboard Studio to record high quality instructional video for use in online courses.
 
Humanizing: Collaborative Series
Presenter: Curt Rendall
Multiple Dates and Times:
Jan. 31st , 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Room 2C3A
Feb. 28th, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Room 2C3A
March 28th, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Room 2C3A
This series is designed for instructors to give and solicit and provide feedback to make current or future online activities, assignments, and resources more relatable, engaging, authentic, and/or valuable for students. We will discuss lessons from past efforts, current strategies, and ideas to try in the future. Collectively we will identify alternative strategies to establish an online teaching presence, build student community, and foster content engagement.

Spanish for College Employees
Presenter: 
Curt Rendall
Date and Times:
Feb 9th, 16th, 23rd, Mar. 2nd from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, Room 3G08
Basic conversational Spanish for college employees is structured as a weekly one-hour workshop teaching basic Spanish language and culture that will take place over the course of four weeks. This training series is designed to help employees improve simple day-to-day communication and develop a rapport with students and community members.  The course will take into account participant background and focus primarily on developing speaking and listening skills. 

Canvas Boot Camp
Presenter: FaCIT Staff
Date and Time: May 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Room 2C3A
Canvas Bootcamp is the face-to-face version of our Essentials: Canvas course and is designed for faculty new to using Canvas.  In this course participants will learn to use Canvas and cover topics such as navigation, content creation, assignments, file management, personal settings, grading and more.  Attending Canvas Bootcamp meets the prerequisite for Essentials: Teaching Online.
 
Canvas Refresher
Presenter: FaCIT Staff
Date and Time: May 22nd, 9:00 am to Noon, Room 2C3B
A shortened version of our Canvas Bootcamp, this one day workshop will review basic tools in Canvas such as gradebook, pages, discussions, notifications, and assignments. Faculty considering using Canvas with face-to-face courses would find this workshop especially beneficial.

Tech Talks

Sign up not necessary for Tech Talks


Can Robots Plant and Care for your Garden?
The Farmbot Genesis is changing how we view vegetable production. The technology could shift labor needs in the horticulture production workforce.
Tuesday Feb. 6th, 12:00 noon
Presented by Ryan Anderson
Room: 2K02

Trends in Conferencing and Collaboration Technology
Wirelessly connect and present from multiple devices simultaneously. New tools in classroom and conferencing technology are changing how we present and collaborate.
Date: Wednesday March 21st, 12:30 pm
Presenter: Kathy Dirks
Room: Riverside Rooms

3-D Printing at Home
The whole process, from design to printing, will be demystified. A 3D home printer is bringing one family together to share their creative and technology skills.
Date: Monday April 16th, 12:00 noon
Presenter: Val Boss
Room: 1K01 (the old bookstore)