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Our workshops are meant for faculty who want to learn technology tools in the context of how they can be used in college classrooms and with examples of how they have been used by Hunter colleagues. We update them semester after semester as technology tools and instructors' needs change.

 

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Mini lectures online workshop

Creating mini-lectures for your hybrid, online and flipped classes
Many professors create short videos or screen-recordings as part of hybrid, online and flipped courses. These “mini-lectures” can be used to introduce students to a class or online module; to explain how to solve a problem; or to demonstrate how to navigate a website or use a software program. This workshop is intended for faculty who want to create short lectures or explanations by adding narration to slides, documents or websites. Participants will be introduced to two web-based tools: VoiceThread and Screencast-O-Matic.

Using online meeting tools in your classes
Online meeting tools can be incorporated in classes for many reasons – virtual office hours, online student presentations, guest speakers, and fully online class sessions, to name a few. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the notable features of some free tools that you may want to consider, including Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom, and we will discuss which tools are the best fit for different uses.

Conversations and reflections around images and videos
This workshop is intended for faculty who want to design assignments that go beyond text-based discussions. It will introduce participants to two web-based tools that facilitate conversations and reflections around videos and images. Using VoiceThread, professors and students can add comments to slides, images, documents or videos. The comments can be made in the form of text, audio or video. Using Vialogues, professors and students can post questions, reflections and comments associated with specific points in the video. 

Making your digital content accessible
The Principles of Universal Design can be used to make digital content more accessible to all users. In this workshop, you will learn about best practices for creating and designing accessible MS Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and PDF files. We will also discuss options for adding closed captions and subtitles in Youtube and Amara, a web-based subtitle editor that makes it easy to caption and translate video. 

Creative Uses of Whiteboard Apps
Whiteboard apps allow for annotation of images, text and videos. Faculty can use these tools to clarify concepts, explain processes and give feedback to students. Annotated images, texts and videos help students stay engaged with course content outside class because students can view and review the materials on their own time. Students can also use whiteboard apps as part of assignments requiring them to explain their thinking or create video presentations. Join us for an online workshop where we will show you how Hunter professors use mobile and web-based annotation tools to present lessons, to provide media feedback and to demonstrate how to solve problems in math and chemistry.

Peer Review Assignments using Turnitin PeerMark in Blackboard
There are many benefits to implementing peer-review strategies in your classroom. For one, having students reviewing their peer’s work can also help them critically engage more with your own writing. The PeerMark tool in Turnitin allows instructors to set up peer-reviewed writing assignments so that students can evaluate their classmates’ papers as well as their own. Instructors can decide how the peer-sharing is arranged and provide a set of guidelines for the review process.  Join us online for a demonstration of how to create and manage PeerMark assignments. We will show you how it looks and works from both the instructor and the student perspectives.