Center for Teaching
Advancement and Assessment Research
116 College Avenue
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-7466
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Teaching with Technology
The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research and The TA Project are pleased to offer a series of workshops designed to develop technological skills and enhance teaching. Certificates are awarded to Rutgers graduate students by the TA Project; please visit their web site for additional certificate programs.
Graduate students who wish to earn a certificate must attend at least four workshops:
Fall 2016 TAP workshop offerings:
Managing a Course Web Site (Sakai) (September 13, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) Sakai is a web site for organizing class materials, discussions, assignments, grade reporting, and group work. This introduction covers the basic use of Sakai for the most common course tasks.
Basic Web Design (September 20, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) The fundamentals of creating web pages, either for RCI web sites or for use in Sakai or other course web sites. Using the free "BlueGriffon" software, this workshop addresses how to create a simple site with multiple pages, links and images, and covers some basics of best web design practices.Online Grade Reporting and Communication (September 27, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) Discussion of acceptable practices for distributing student grades both online and in class, with a focus on how to use the FAS Gradebook for posting grades online. Also provides a look at the Sakai gradebook and the online roster web site, and some other resources for managing mailing lists and student communication.
Creating Excel Spreadsheets for Grading (September 30, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Institute, Room 119, CAC) This workshop explores different methods of using Excel to calculate student grades. In addition to calculating weighted averages, we discuss methods of dropping the lowest grade, and assigning letter grades based on numeric average grades via a lookup table. Finally, we cover various dynamic means of assessing the performance of entire class by using charts and summation functions.
Creating eBooks for the Classroom (October 4, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) This workshop will look at several resources for creating ebooks from original materials or collections of course materials, and distributing the ebook "course packs" to students. We will discuss the formats needed to support Kindles, iPads, and other devices. Software covered will include Sigil, Calibre, and iBooks Author, with the primary focus on iBooks Author.
New Accessibility and Course Design (October 6, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) This workshop covers some basic best practices in creating documents and course web sites that will help ensure a better experience for all students, including those who use assistive technologies. The workshop touches briefly on Word and Powerpoint documents, PDF files, and web materials, with some pointers about more complete resources for accessibility.
Creating PowerPoint Presentations for Teaching (October 7, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Institute, Room 119, CAC) This workshop provides a quick hands-on overview of PowerPoint; its structure, utilities, slide management features, animation, and design templates (with a number of tips and tricks).
Lecture Recording & Podcasting (October 11, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) How to create and do some simple editing of audio content using the free "Audacity" software, and how to distribute the files to students as a "podcast" using RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") or iTunes.
Intro to Prezi (October 21, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Institute, Room 119, CAC) Prezi is a cloud-based presentation application (for both Mac and PC) that lets you organize and share ideas and information in a very dynamic way. You can lead your students (and audience) on a visual journey, collaborate in real time across time zones, and run your presentation from the cloud, desktop, iPad, or iPhone. In Intro to Prezi, you learn how to set up a free account, navigate the canvas, create frames, utilize templates, apply text, images and video, and use the Tool/Prezi Editor.
Basic RefWorks 3.0 (October 26, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC AND November 3, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) RefWorks (free to members of the Rutgers community) is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create and administer their own personal bibliographic database. This hands-on workshop introduces RefWorks, and demonstrates how personal bibliographies can be created and managed. Two additional RefWorks tools, Write-N-Cite and RefGrab-It will also be demonstrated. Additional help will be available for persons logging into RefWorks for the first time.
Intro to Adobe Connect (November 4, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Institute, Room 119, CAC) Adobe Connect is a web conferencing software available through Sakai that you can use to conduct online classes, seminars, and meetings. Attendees will learn how to obtain an account through Sakai, how to set up a meeting, and how to use the various features such as file sharing, link sharing, PowerPoint presenting, audio/video conferencing, polling questions, and live chat. Attendees will not be logging in to their own Adobe Connect accounts during the workshop, but will be able to see the Adobe Connect experience from the perspective of both a presenter and a participant.
Making Conference Posters in PowerPoint (November 9, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Institute, Room 119, CAC) This workshop explores how to easily create conference posters by using PowerPoint tools.We will explore adjusting slides to poster dimensions, adding and managing text and bullets, images, charts, tables and other poster content. We will also generate QR codes which will link to informational websites from the posters. Finally, we will explore saving the poster as pdf files and printing options.
New Intermediate Prezi (November 11, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Institute, Room 119, CAC) The Intermediate Prezi workshop will cover advanced aspects and functionalities of Prezi, such as animation, in-depth customization, inserting audio & video and how to create a Prezi using an existing PowerPoint presentation.
Using Media with PowerPoint Presentations (November 16, 2016, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) This workshop will explore the incorporation of audio and video into PowerPoint presentations for the PC. We will cover the different audio and video formats that are compatable with PowerPoint and available web resources for downloading free content.
New for Spring, 2017:
New Intro to Canvas (January 19, 2017, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Public Safety Building, Room 205 A & B, 55 Commercial Ave., CAC) This workshop will cover the basics of how to navigate the Canvas learning management system and edit content in it. By the end of this session you will be able to navigate the global menu and a course menu, edit content and settings, and use Speedgrader. We will also look at the best ways to move Sakai content into Canvas and edit it there.
Space is limited. Please register online, call the TA Project at 848 932-7747, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org please replace "brokenmail" with rci.rutgers.edu.