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Summer Professional Development Opportunities - Educational Technologies

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer is a great time to benefit from professional development opportunities and expand your knowledge and expertise in educational technology tools. Here are some upcoming professional development opportunities that we would recommend for learning more about these teaching tools:

  • 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 3 and Friday, August 4, with an LMS Pre-conference on Wednesday, August 2. Registration is $65 for both events and more information can be found at SIDLIT 2017 Registration. This conference is a great opportunity to see what other instructors are doing in their own classrooms and learn more about available instructional tools.
  • Become a VoiceThread Certified Educator - VoiceThread offers a 2 week online course to obtain your VoiceThread Certified Educator credential. This course exposes you to every feature that VoiceThread has to offer and teaches you how to create lessons using VoiceThread. You can find more information about the program and register at VoiceThread Certified Educator Course Info, the registration fee is $199.
  • iClicker webinars - 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 offers free short courses and webinars that dig deep into SoftChalk features and functionality. You can view of calendar of upcoming offerings on SoftChalk's Webinar Calendar*Please note that KU does not currently have a license to SoftChalk's cloud feature.
  • VoiceThread workshops - 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

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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