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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

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 ones current instruction.

Tuesday, Aug. 19,  9-10:30 AM
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1 - 2:30 PM
Friday, Aug.  22, 9- 10:30 AM
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1 - 2:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 9-10:30 AM

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

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2:40-4 PM
Friday, Aug.  22, 1-2:30 PM
Thursday, Sept. 4, 10:40-noon


90 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

Tuesday, Aug. 19,1-2:30 PM
Thursday, Sept. 4, 1-2:30 PM


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, Aug.  22, 2:40-4 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1-2:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 5, 1-2:30 PM


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

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 9-10:30 AM
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10:40 - noon
Friday, Sept. 5, 2:40-4 PM

Using Groups

90 minutes: Participants will learn how to set up and manage multiple groups within your course,
   Topics include:
* the different types of groups
* creating groups and groupings
* assigning students to groups
* using the Group self-selection activity
* setting up CC activities with groups

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 10:40 - noon
Thursday, Sept. 4, 9-10:30 AM

Collaborative Tools

90 minutes: Participants will get an overview of the Cougar Courses tools that can be used for student collaboration, team and group projects. Tools of specific interest to the participants will be covered in more depth.

Topics include:
* Chat tool
* Wiki tool
* Glossary activity
* Workshop activity
* Scheduler

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2:40-4 PM
Friday, Sept. 5, 9-10:30 AM

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 10:40 am - noon
Thursday, Sept. 2, 9-10:30 AM

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