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Workshops, Trainings and Conversations

Last updated on Jul 30, 2021

Events

California College of the Arts regularly schedules workshops, trainings and conversations to increase faculty knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning.

Check for currently scheduled events on the Teaching Lab Calendar:

Teaching Lab Google Calendar

Don't see a workshop you want? We will schedule workshops on demand in any of the topics listed below for your faculty or divisional meeting, or for a group of 2 or more instructors.

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Pedagogy Workshops

Conducting Online Peer Critiques

Topics covered: In this workshop we’ll explore ways to set up critiques of student work both synchronously and asynchronously, using Zoom, Moodle, and VoiceThread, with an emphasis on VoiceThread. Hands-on. Be prepared to upload some media for critique and engage in some practice critiquing.

Designing Research Assignments

Topics covered: Research papers are a traditional way to encourage critical thinking, engage students in research, and teach them how to synthesize sources in order to develop an argument. However, many students struggle with research papers for a variety of reasons. In this presentation, we will discuss ways in which we can design engaging research assignments that foster student success.

Digital Scholarship Tools for Online Teaching and Learning

Topics covered: An overview of digital scholarship tools for discovering images & archival resources, collecting & organizing research, & for the creation of student projects.

Planning Your Course in Moodle: Layout, Organization, Activities, Logistics, Communication

Topics covered: This pedagogically minded workshop is ideal to attend prior to getting too far along in Moodle. We will go over layout options, naming conventions, organizing your content for student success, using communication tools consistently, choosing the right activities and resources tools to support your teaching goals and content posting, and other better practices when it comes to logistics.


Moodle Workshops

Moodle: Getting Started

Topics covered: Overview of the Moodle dashboard, starter course, and navigation in Moodle. How to add files to a Moodle course like a syllabus, readings, or images. How to create an assignment, start a discussion forum, and use the Label and Page resources. Other Moodle Activities as time allows.

Planning Your Course in Moodle: Layout, Organization, Activities, Logistics, Communication

Topics covered: This new pedagogically minded workshop is ideal to attend prior to getting too far along in Moodle. We will go over layout options, naming conventions, organizing your content for student success, using communication tools consistently, choosing the right activities and resources tools to support your teaching goals and content posting, and other better practices when it comes to logistics.

Intermediate / Advanced Moodle: Gradebook, Rubrics, Groups, and more

Topics covered: This workshop is for folks who have a basic understanding of Moodle basics and are looking to the next level: Gradebook overview, building rubrics, using groups, and more as time allows.

Gradebook: Setting up your Gradebook in Moodle

Topics covered: Setting up your gradebook properly can be tricky. Is your weighting set up to reflect your gradebook? Are you using points or scales? How does this affect the gradebook total? Can you set up a Pass/No-credit gradebook? Can you hide individual assignment grades from students until you are ready to share them? Can you show letter grades instead of percentages? How can you unhide your gradebook so that your students can see their grades? These questions and more will be walked through during this workshop. This will be a hands-on workshop, so bring your Moodle course, your syllabus, and an overall grading plan and make it a hands-on experience.

Advanced Moodle: Using the Workshop Activity for Peer Critique

Topics covered: We will demonstrate how to use the Workshop Activity in Moodle for peer critique. This session will assume that the participants have a working knowledge of Moodle basics.


VoiceThread Workshops

VoiceThread: Getting Started

Topics covered: VoiceThread is a web-based application that enables instructors and students to upload images, video, or documents and then record and add audio, video, or text comments. This workshop will go over how VoiceThread can be used for virtual discussions, critiques, and student presentations.

Intermediate / Advanced VoiceThread: Assignments, Collaboration, Groups, and Commenting

Topics covered: This workshop is for folks that have a basic understanding of VoiceThread basics and are looking to the next level: Using the VoiceThread plugin in Moodle to create Assignments, using groups and subgroups for critique, collaborating on VoiceThreads, and getting more out of commenting. This will be a hands-on workshop so bring images/media for practice.


Teaching Technology Workshops

Introduction to MURAL Digital Workspace

Topics covered: We will look at MURAL, a digital workspace/whiteboard application that can be used for collaborative work with students. This platform is primarily intended for low-residency programs, studio-based courses, and ideation-based seminars.

Introduction to Panopto Video Management Platform

Topics covered: Come learn about Panopto, CCA's video platform for recording and distributing video. Panopto integrates closely with Moodle and automatically generates captions. It does not have some of the limitations our other video options suffer from (limited file sizes, accessibility in China).

Panopto: Advanced Usage

If you know the basics of creating and sharing videos with Panopto, this workshop will delve into greater detail. Topics may include sharing videos in multiple classes, advanced editing techniques, and a deep look at all the many settings that videos and folders have. We will try to leave ample time for questions.

Creating Lecture Recordings in Panopto

Topics covered: Learn how to record lectures directly in Panopto, utilize the basic editing tools, edit auto-created captions, and build a session from multiple sources.

Portal Course Section Pages for Faculty

Topics covered: A workshop on using the Portal's Course Section Pages feature to showcase information about your course and useful resources.

Collecting Student Work in VAULT

Topics covered: Learn how to collect student works via VAULT, CCA's digital archive. Learn about VAULT's permissions system, privacy, upload forms, and see previews of both the faculty and student views.

Zoom Basics

Topics covered: Get a general overview of how you can use Zoom to record lectures, meet with students, and share content.


Previously Recorded Workshops

Instructors can access previously recorded workshops in a secure folder through Panopto. Be sure to check the dates. You may want to review the most recent workshop held for a given platform since tools change, our understanding evolves, and we adjust workshops to the ways platforms are used.