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Summer Ed Tech Learning Opportunities

Friday, June 29, 2018

If you are interested in learning more about educational technology tools, there are many resources and opportunities available to expand your knowledge and expertise. Here are some upcoming opportunities that we would recommend for learning more about technology tools for teaching and learning:

  • Blackboard workshops - In August, the KU Educational Technologists will conduct Blackboard: Getting Started and Blackboard: Grade Center workshops. You can find more information on these workshops at Technology Training Workshops: Blackboard.
  • iClicker webinars - iClicker is the campus-supported student response system, which can utilize physical clicker devices as well as a mobile phone app. iClicker offers several live training webinars throughout the month that you might find to be helpful if you are considering using iClicker in your course. You can find a list of upcoming webinars at iClicker Training Webinars for Higher Ed.
  • SoftChalk short courses and webinars - SoftChalk is a lesson creation tool licensed by KU that allows instructors to create interactive content that can be imported into Blackboard. SoftChalk offers free short courses and webinars that dig deep into SoftChalk features and functionality. You can view upcoming offerings on SoftChalk's Webinar Calendar*Please note that KU does not currently have a license to SoftChalk's cloud feature.
  • VoiceThread workshops - VoiceThread is a cloud-based interactive multimedia presentation tool licensed by KU that can be used to promote collaboration and discussion. Throughout the year, VoiceThread offers free virtual workshops that cover a variety of engaging topics. Topics include VoiceThread Advanced Skills and VoiceThread and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). You can find more information on upcoming VoiceThread workshops at VoiceThread Workshops
  • Zoom at KU wokshops - Zoom is the supported solution for web conferencing at KU. KU IT offers in-person workshops on the basics of using Zoom at KU. You can find more information on these workshops at Technology Training Workshops: Zoom. You can also find helpful resources at KU: Zoom Video Conferencing.
  • Attend the Annual Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT) - Colleague to Colleague (C2C) and Johnson County Community College sponsor this annual conference on distance learning and instructional technology. This year it will take place on Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3, with an LMS Pre-conference on Wednesday, August 1. Registration is $70 for both events and more information can be found at C2C: SIDLIT. This conference is a great opportunity to see what other instructors are doing in their own classrooms and learn more about available instructional tools.
  • Schedule a deskside training with an Educational Technologist - You can schedule a time to meet with a KU Educational Technologist to receive customized one-on-one educational technology assistance based on your needs. You can request a deskside session at Request a deskside coaching session.

To learn more about using technologies to support your instructional goals, please contact KU IT Educational Technology at itedtech@ku.edu on the Lawrence campus, or kuec_edtech@ku.edu on the Edwards campus.

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