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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.

  • IDS is collaborating with the Faculty Center to offer a series of workshops featuring tools to innovate your course.  The Workshop descriptions and registration are available on the Faculty Center Upcoming Events Calendar.
  • 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 (iClickers and PollEverywhere),quality online  teaching and learning, 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. 
  • 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
Other Workshops

Cougar Courses logo     Using Cougar Courses 

Click on the blue titles below to register for workshops.

Instructors New to Using Cougar Courses (click to RSVP)

90 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, methods of communication, how to add users, and make your class available to students. Discussion will address why and how online activities can engage students and compliment one's current instruction.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 10:30 - noon,  Kellogg Library, 2414

Friday, Jan 22,  1:30 - 3:00 pm,  Kellogg Library, 2414

Tuesday, Jan. 26,  1:00 - 2:30 pm, Kellogg Library, 2414

Friday, January 29, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Kellogg Library, 2414

Monday, February 1, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Kellogg Library, 2414

GradeBook (click to RSVP)

90 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

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Kellogg Library, 2414

Friday, Jan. 29, 10:30 - noon, Kellogg Library, 2414

Tuesday, Feb. 2, noon - 1:00 pm, Kellogg Library, 2414

Assignments and Turnitin with Grademark (click to RSVP)

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

       Wednesday, Jan. 20,  1:00 - 2:30 pm, Kellogg Library, 2414

       Tuesday, Jan. 26,  9:00 - 10:30pm - Kellogg Library, 2414

       Thursday, Feb. 4, 1:00 - 2:30 pm - Kellogg Library, 2414

Quizzes (click to RSVP)

90 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

Friday, Jan. 21, 1:00 - 2:30 pm - Kellogg Library, 2414

Monday, Jan 25, 1:00 - 2:30 pm- Kellogg Library, 2414 

Wednesday, Jan 27,  9 - 10:30 am - Kellogg Library, 2414

Forums (click to RSVP)

90 minutes: Working hands-on within Cougar Courses, participants will learn how to use student discussion forums to build community and connections.
  Topics include:
* choosing a forum type
* facilitating meaningful interaction
* grading forums

Wednesday, Jan 27, 10:30 - noon,  Kellogg Library, 2414

Thursday, Jan 28, 9:00 - 10:30 am, Kellogg Library, 2414

Collaborative tools (by request)

90 minutes: Student interaction is a key strength of Moodle.  While instructors can easily use Moodle to deliver content and assess learning, Moodle also supports student-led activities and collaboration, especially in combination with using groups.  In this workshop, IDS staff will introduce some Cougar Courses tools that provide collaborative spaces for students to learn from each other and work together. We'll discuss ways you can incorporate these tools in service to your course learning outcomes.
Topics include:

*Workshop, for peer evaluation

JAWs screen reader logo  Creating Usable Cougar Course Content

90 minutes: The focus of this workshop will be learning quick techniques to making your Cougar Course usable to all student learning styles and devices. You will also learn how to create compliant files for your course such as Word and PDFs.

Please contact to request an appointment for this training.

Other IDS Workshops

Web Conferencing for Teaching(click to RSVP)

 Did you know you and your students have access to Zoom, one of the best web conferencing tools available today? If you’d like to know more about:

*Adding a real time component to fully online courses
*Real time meetings online for student teamwork
*Online office hours
*Online utorial sessions
*Bringing in remote guest lecturers

 Then come to our session and see what Zoom can do for you.

Friday, Feb 12, 1:30 2:30, Kellog 2416

External Providers Workshops

Creating Videos for Instruction - Techsmith (Camtasia Studio)  Tutorial Webinars

Session 1: Getting Started with Camtasia  - February 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM
This light overview will give attendees a sense of what Camtasia is, how to navigate the software, and some introductory uses and applications. This session will be great for people who are new to the product or just need a quick refresher!
Registration URL:

Session 2: Deeper Dive with Camtasia - February 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM
This session is for people who have experience with the product and are looking to unlock it's true potential with their own goals in mind. We will explore more tools, tips, tricks and best practices for getting the best and most professional result possible!
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Session 3: Using Video in Your Classroom - March 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM
This session is geared towards people who want to or need to include video in their delivery but aren't sure where to start. We will explore several different popular ways of including video in your instruction as well as have an open discussion for new ideas. As time will allow we will explore these ideas and create some as a group together!
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