Our Short Courses are just that-- one to three hour workshops to that focus on specific technologies, mainly software and web-based applications. These are hands-on training sessions, so registration is required and seating may be limited.
Spring 2017 Short Courses By Subject
|ReggieNet||Clickers||About.IllinoisState Websites for Faculty and Staff||Camtasia||Creating Articles for News.IllinoisState|
Short Courses are open to full- and part-time faculty, A/P, and civil service staff members. Graduate students may be automatically put on a wait list. To see what courses you've already signed up for, log in to the My.IllinoisState.edu Event Registration System.
Get a walkthrough of the ReggieNet interface and the basics of organizing your particular courses. Learn how to organize and display student grades in Gradebook 2. Communicate with students through Announcements, Messages, and Email. Add content to your course site using Syllabus and the Resources tool. Note: We strongly encourage you to also attend Introduction to ReggieNet - Part 2, which covers other important tools.
Learn to create a variety of learning activities using built-in tools such as Forums, Tests & Quizzes, and Assignments. Forums can promote student interaction with each other and the course material. The Assignment tool permits online submission and grading of student work. Finally, you will learn to use Tests & Quizzes for various types of assessments. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet - Part 1
Maximize your ability to communicate with students through Forums. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see the different ways to grade discussions, including by topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet
Get a brief review of the ReggieNet Gradebook 2 in this one hour workshop. Hands-on lab time will follow the review, so you can set up your grade book for the semester.
Discover how to easily create online instructional modules using the Lessons tool. This powerful tool allows you to integrate resources from across your ReggieNet site (Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums) into online lessons. Design lessons that require students to complete goals before they can proceed to the next stage. You will also learn how to integrate multimedia content. This course will also briefly discuss organizing content in other ReggieNet features, such as the Resources and Web Content tools. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet
This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Assessment tools available in ReggieNet, including Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Drop Box. Learn the options available for different types of assessment, the limitations of the assessment tools, and instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet
Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll a face-to-face class in real time, displaying the results, and engaging students in their learning. Responses can be recorded and incorporated into grades in ReggieNet. You will explore the latest, cloud-based polling system from TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus. Discover how to integrate polls into your PowerPoint presentations to create interactive lectures and keep your students engaged in the course material. Registration is required.
Showcase your teaching, research, and service using your own, customized University web pages. About.IllinoisState is a browser-based way to create web pages. No additional software is required. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.
Do you want to add your voice to a PowerPoint presentation and make it available to your students online? Learn to use Camtasia, a screen-recording program that lets you narrate PowerPoint presentations, still images, or videos. You will also learn how to upload the final product so students can access it.
Learn about advanced features in Camtasia, including cursor effects and testing. Also learn to save with SCORM, which makes compatibility with other e-learning software easy! We strongly recommend that you complete Camtasia: Level 1 before taking this course.
Learn how to use the News.IllinoisState.edu content management system, powered by WordPress, to add news articles, tag them to feed to multiple locations (including your website), insert images, photo galleries, and more. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.
An introduction to Microsoft Excel: Topics include basic features such as spreadsheet arrangement (rows, columns, and cells), entering, editing, and formatting data. Also learn about formulas and graph creation.
This course continues the basics of creating and modifying charts that began in Excel: Level 1. Also explore useful tools like filtering, which make viewing data accessible at a glance, and pivot tables to summarize values.
Get an introduction this vector graphics editor by Adobe Systems, including basic tools and concepts. You will learn to manipulate vector graphics (which allow you to change images without losing their original quality), make basic shapes, and save files.
Work with text and learn all about Illustrator's powerful type tools. Illustrator 1 is not prerequisite for this workshop, so join us even if you miss the Part 1 class.
Get an overview of Illustrator's Pen Tool, the principal tool for drawing complex shapes in this popular program.
Get an introduction to this page layout editor, including a tour of basic tools. Learn to place and move graphics and text to create an aesthetically pleasing format for printing.
Take your projects on the go using Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices through OneDrive , Microsoft’s cloud-based storage, free for members of the campus community. Learn how to share documents through OneDrive and discuss how to use this service within the boundaries of Illinois State data security policies and FERPA. Bring your smartphone or tablet with you to get the most out of this workshop.
Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basics features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices.
Outlook combines mail, calendar, and task list functions in program. Get a tour of Outlook's most important features, including mail organization, creating contact lists, scheduling meetings, and sending and receiving files. You will also compare the desktop version of Outlook with the Mail and Calendar functions found through your online Office 365 account.
Get an overview of the digital image editing program, including a walkthrough of basic tools and concepts. Learn to work navigate around raster graphics, using the tools and commands available in Photoshop, as well as the various ways you can save your work for a website or for printing. This class finishes with a lesson on how to professionally color correct an image.
When it comes down to it, there are only 3 ways to change a photo in Photoshop: general changes that affect the whole photo, changes via selection, and changes made using a brush-metaphor tool. We’ll be exploring all three. As far as brushes go, we’ll be spending a good amount of time learning how to use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools.
This workshop covers how to manipulate, re-order and merge layers. The session will also give you an overview of how to combine elements from different pictures to create a new composition.
Look at how to make harder selections using Photoshop's more advanced selection tools.
This session will give you an overview of the use of powerful Adjustment Layers in Photoshop, a relatively easy-to-learn tool used to create powerful effects. Half of this session will be spent colorizing a black-and-white photo, and the rest looking at techniques used by professional photo editors.
Get an overview of the workflow of creating a single complex (but not too complex!) image. See how a number of tools interact to create a single finished work.
Get an overview on this presentation software's basic tools and functions. You will learn to work with text, images, slide layouts, backgrounds, slide transitions and more. This class is suitable for those who are entirely new to PowerPoint or for those who would like a refresher.
Explore the fundamentals of this web-based alternative to PowerPoint. Prezi allows users to create stunning, animated presentations. Learn how to use Prezi's powerful tools to lead your audience visually, step-by-step, through a narrative. This workshop is designed for both instructors who wish to use Prezi in the classroom and staff members who want to use Prezi for meetings and business presentations.
Screencast-O-Matic is inexpensive, web-based software that allows you to record and narrate videos from your desktop. This workshop explores how to use this service to create material for a flipped, blended, or online course.
Get a basic understanding of Select Survey, an online survey and form development tool. You will learn how to quickly and easily create web-based surveys from your web browser. This survey software allows you to easily deploy surveys and view real-time results as responses are received. This workshop is open to faculty, administrators, and staff only.
Looking for a creative, new way to engage students? SoftChalk can help! This program lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons. You will learn to create interactive learning games such as customizable flashcards, image labeling, matching games, crosswords and more. SoftChalk lessons are easily imported into ReggieNet.
Learn how to create simple digital forms in Microsoft Word. We’ll explore this functionality and briefly talk about its advantages and disadvantages, and explore other options (such as creating forms in Adobe Acrobat).
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