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Brownbag Lunch and Learn Series AY 19/20

Whether you're getting started in your academic career, are looking to revise an existing class, utilize technologies to support your students or  work more efficiently, there is something here for you. Attend six or more workshops to earn a certificate. If you can't attend the on-campus workshop, contact us to setup an appointment.

The workshops are from noon to 1pm, mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kellogg 2414 (TRC).

This fall  we are offering workshops around three themes:

NOTE: Do you have an idea for a topic or want to present a topic, email cchelp@csusm.edu with your idea.

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Instructional Technologies and Techniques

  • Thurs 9/12 - Cougar Courses Reports, Analytics, and Statistics

     What insights can Cougar Courses reveal about your students and your course? Access handy visualizations, hidden gems of data, and useful reports. Plus, you will learn how to use built-in tools to act on the information you discover and follow-up with students. 
  • Tues 9/17 - Bring Presentations to Life with Story Maps

    Come see what’s new in ArcGIS Story Maps!  Esri has created a new story map design that incorporates the best features from the existing templates into one integrated design tool.  In this workshop you will learn how to combine online maps, images, videos, text and social media widgets into one seamless web presentation. 
  • Thurs 9/19 - Virtual Reality Experience

    Extended Reality (XR) is a blend of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality that has become very popular over the past decade. We've seen depictions of XR in movies and television shows for many years, but recently the consumerization of these technologies has moved them from the exclusivity of expensive government labs to the living room. Around the world millions of people don headsets and experience virtual worlds every day.

    Come to the newly renovated Inspiration Studios and experience XR for yourself. You might find yourself walking through a rainforest or swimming with dolphins, and you can start imagining how this new tech could help your programs teach new generations of students by allowing them to:

    • Go to places they would not ordinarily be able to go.
    • Work in environments where it would not be safe to go.
    • Work with systems that are expensive or mission-critical.

     As part of the tour you'll also see how we:

    • Make immersive 360-degree videos.
    • Digitize 3D objects.
    • Print 3D objects using 3D printers.
  • Thurs 9/26 - Interactive Strategies for Large Classes

    Lecturing is an efficient way to present a large amount of information with large numbers of students, but can result in students passively listening or becoming distracted. Yet large classes present unique challenges for Instructors who want to the students to be more actively engaged.

    In this workshop you'll learn:

    • A range of low tech and high tech interactive techniques that  can be incorporated into lectures at all levels.

    • Ways to ensure all students are participating.

    • Methods for assessing learning during activities.

  • Tues 10/1 - Mediasite Desktop Recorder and MyMediasite Basics

    Mediasite is the campus standard for recording video and audio anytime/anywhere. It works on most popular devices and is standard across thousands of campuses around the world. We'll show you:

    • The basics of how to install and record using Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR).
    • How access your recordings online using the MyMediasite portal.
    • How to get links to your videos into Cougar Courses.
  • Thurs 10/3 - Incorporating Quiz Questions in Mediasite Recordings.

    Interactive features like quizzing create a whole new level of video engagement. A new feature of MyMediasite allows you to embed quiz questions into a Mediasite presentation. When you add a question, Mediasite automatically pauses the video until the student answers.  Find out how you can use 3 different quiz types to measure learners' progress and collect real-time information about their understanding.


    We’ll show you how to:

    • Create questions and apply them to specific points in a video 
    • Choose the correct quiz types for your videos
    • Gather, analyze and download results
  • Thurs 10/10 - Realizing the Potential of Classroom Discussions

     Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy. When done right, class discussions offer many benefits, including building understanding, empathy and higher-order thinking. Yet many instructors have experienced the frustrating and anxiety-producing moment  when a discussion you thought should go well elicits mostly blank stares and silence.  If you’re looking for strategies that will help you prepare for and lead an effective discussion, and ways to avoid common challenges, you’ll find it in this workshop.

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  • Tues 10/15 - Finding Open Education Resources for Your Courses

    There are a wealth of Open Education Resources (OER) you can use to lower your course(s) textbook costs for your students. OERs are materials created under Creative Commons, a public copyright license that gives others permission to use, share or modify the work.  We will introduce you to the OER repositories, library, search engines, and other sources of free educational materials, as well as search strategies for optimizing your results.

    Learn how OER resources can be easily integrated into your courses. Your students will thank you! 

  • Thurs 10/17 - Using Mobile Devices to Create Online Media

    Whether it's uploading pictures to Snapchat or a video to Instagram, it seems like everyone has a smart phone capable of producing media and uploading to the cloud. How can we take advantage of this ubiquitous tech in our classes?

     We'll take a look at:

    • How students can produce media almost anywhere/anytime.
    • Some useful scenarios.
    • How to create assignments that work for everyone.
  • Thur 10/31 - Collect Location-aware Data with Survey123

    Do you have data to collect where location is an important component?  Whether you are documenting plant and animal species, cataloging signs, trees or public art, or interviewing customers or residents using a public facility, Survey123 is a tool to check out.  Learn how to use Survey123's easy-to-learn web interface to:

    • create a survey form in minutes so you can start saving your data in the cloud. 
    • use Survey123's Integrated mapping and reporting tools to present your data
  • Tues 11/5 - Demographic and Market Research Analysis with Community & Business Analyst

    Community and Business Analyst are two identical online GIS websites for accessing and reporting demographic and market research data.  The tools include data from U.S. Census, Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, and market research data from Gfk MRI. You can import for other sources as well (e.g.  Simply Analytics).  See how you and your students can:

    • create color-coded data maps
    • generate standardized reports or infographics
    •  conduct site suitability analyses in just a few steps

Office 365 - OneDrive, SharePoint and  Teams

  • Tues 9/24 - OneDrive vs. SharePoint

     Insights into the differences between OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

    This session is geared to all O365 users and what can be achieved once you understand these tools and their functions available to you.

    • What is the “me” and the “we” using OneDrive and SharePoint.
    • Choosing the right application for the job.
    • How to share, collaborate and set specific permissions.
  • Tues 10/8 - Bring People Together with Microsoft Teams

     This session covers how Teams integrates with SharePoint and has become the “hub” of O365.
    • What is the new kid on the block?  The “me”, the “we” and now the “us”.
    • Creating Teams using Chats, Channels, Files and More.
  • Wed 10/9 - Bring People Together with Microsoft Teams

     This session covers how Teams integrates with SharePoint and has become the “hub” of O365.

    • What is the new kid on the block?  The “me”, the “we” and now the “us”.
    • Creating Teams using Chats, Channels, Files and More.
  • Tues 10/22 - OneDrive vs. SharePoint

     Insights into the differences between OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

    This session is geared to all O365 users and what can be achieved once you understand these tools and their functions available to you.

    • What is the “me” and the “we” using OneDrive and SharePoint.
    • Choosing the right application for the job. 
    • How to share, collaborate and set specific permissions.
  • Thurs 10/24 - Open Q & A SharePoint, OneDrive & Teams

     Do you have unanswered questions or a need or situation you don’t know how to handle in O365? Come to this open forum to hear:

    • how others are using OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams
    • the most common errors and their fixes.
    • whats coming- knowledge base and bots!

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