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Workshops on using Cougar Courses, the Course Management System, are usually offered just before, or at the start of each semester.

If you would like us to offer a workshop not listed below, please contact us with your suggestions. We also offer custom-made workshops for your Department or group on topics such as using student response systems (icClickers), teaching online, flipping your course and effective assessment practices. Of course, we are always happy to meet with you one-on-one for assistance with any instructional technology or design needs. Or you can drop by the open labs in the Technology Resource Center for immediate help with your Cougar Courses.

Click one of the links below to go to that section.  To learn about our more intensive, in-depth professional development workshop series, see the Professional Development page.

Cougar Courses Workshops
Accessibility Workshops
Other IDS Workshops
Offered by External Providers

Cougar Courses logo  Using Cougar Courses 

Instructors New to Using Cougar Courses

120 minutes: This hands-on workshop is an introduction to teaching online with Cougar Courses. It will cover the interface, general settings, and editing icons.
You will also learn to add and manage content and tools, use the News forum, add users, and make your class available to students. Discussion will address why and how online activities can engage students and compliment ones current instruction.
There are currently no offerings of this workshop scheduled.

Cougar Courses: Assignments and Turnitin (with Grademark)

90 minutes: Workshop will cover both the assignment activity and Turnitin with Grademark (TurnItIn is a plagiarism detection tool and Grademark is used for online marking of submitted papers). Working hands-on within Cougar Courses, participants will learn how to add and adjust assignments.
    Topics include:
* Overview of assignment types and Turnitin features
* Grading and feedback of assignments
* Grademark with rubrics
  There are no offerings currently scheduled.

Cougar Courses: Forums

75 minutes: Participants will learn how to add and adjust a forum (discussion).
  Topics include:
* overview of forum types and recommended uses
* setting up a forum
* grading forum activity
There are no offerings currently scheduled. 

Cougar Courses: Quizzes

75 minutes: Working hands-on within Cougar Courses, participants will learn how to add and adjust quizzes (assessments).
   Topics include:
* Quiz database of reusable questions
* setting up a quiz with questions
* quiz settings
* best practices for preventing cheating
* grading of quizzes
  There are no offerings currently scheduled.

Cougar Courses: GradeBook

75 minutes: Working hands-on within Cougar Courses, participants will learn how to work with the grade book.
   Topics include:
* Overview of the settings
* layout options
* setting up custom columns
* working with grade formulas
* importing and exporting in and out of excel
* settings for grade availability
There are no offerings currently scheduled.

JAWs screen reader logo  Creating Accessible & Inclusive Microsoft Office and PDF Documents

90 minutes: The focus of this workshop will be on learning quick techniques to make your Word documents accessible. Then learn to use the newest version of Adobe Acrobat to check your document for compliance of accessibility standards needed for assistive computer technologies

Wed. April 16, 1-2:30                    Tues, April 29, 9-10:30
Mon. April 21, 1-2:30                    Thurs, May 1, 9-10:30
Thurs. April 24, 1-2:30


Other IDS Workshops

There are no current offerings.

Other Workshops, Webinars and Training Events (Not conducted by IDS)

iClicker Pedagogy Series
WEBINAR: Six approaches to Clicker Questions: What are Your Learning Goals? Host: Dr. Angel Hoekstra, U. of Colorado
National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) Spring Webinar Series

Each hour-long webinar will feature an NCAT Redesign Scholar, the project leader of a highly successful course redesign, describing the redesign project with a particular focus on its distinguishing characteristics. After a presentation, the lead faculty member will be available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign. The following topics and speakers are planned:

  • Redesigning General Psychology - April 8th, 10:00 - 11:00am
  • Redesigning College Algebra -May 13th, 10:00 - 11:00 am
WEBINAR Series - No cost registration required