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Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research


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
Fax: (732) 932-1845


Teaching with Technology

Certificate Programs

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:



Spring 2019 TAP workshop offerings:

Register on-line or view full calendar of all workshops

Managing a Course Web Site (Sakai) (TBD,  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.

Intro to Canvas ( 2/1/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Public Safety Building, Room 205A, 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.

Basic RefWorks 3.0 ( 1/30/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC AND 3/29/2019, 2019, 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.

Basic Web Design (TBD, 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 (TBD, 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 ( 2/5/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m.  CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave., 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  ( TBD, 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.

Creating PowerPoint Presentations for Teaching ( 2/12/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave, 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).

Intro to Big Blue Button ( 2/15/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Center , 1 Spring Street, Room SPR-421, CAC) Big Blue Button is a web conferencing software application that you can use to conduct online classes, seminars, and meetings. Attendees will learn how to obtain an account, 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 be able to see the Big Blue Button experience from the perspective of both a presenter and a participant.

new Intro to VoiceThread ( 1/29/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave. , CAC) VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia web-based application that allows you to place collections of media-like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of a conversation. It can be an easy way to differentiate instruction while providing engaging choices to "show" learning, engage in conversation, and think openly and critically about content. In this workshop, you will learn how to use VoiceThread for your online courses and how to integrate it with your Sakai page.

Intro to Prezi NEXT ( 2/22/2019, 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Center , 1 Spring Street, Room SPR-421, 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 NEXT, you learn how to set up a free account, navigate the canvas, create topics and subtopics, utilize templates, apply text, images and video, and use the Tool/Prezi Editor.

Intermediate Prezi NEXT ( 3/29/2019 , 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. The Language Center , 1 Spring Street, Room SPR-421, CAC) The Intermediate Prezi workshop will cover advanced aspects and functionalities of Prezi, such as animation, in-depth customization, and inserting audio & video content.

Using Media with PowerPoint Presentations ( 3/28/2019 , 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.

Making Conference Posters in PowerPoint ( 2/21/2019 , 9:50 a.m - 11:10 a.m. CTAAR Lab, 116 College Ave, 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.

Space is limited. Please register online, call the TA Project at 848 932-7747, or e-mail please replace "brokenmail" with

Last updated: 2/2/2019



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