2014 Summer Technology Training Opportunities Abound in IRD

As we have finished a successful spring semester, we now turn our attention to summer.

Dan Duffy

Dan Duffy

While I hope that the community takes the opportunity to recharge our collective batteries, I also want to highlight summer learning opportunities provided by the Information Resources Division.

From enhancing your understanding of our Learning Management System, Blackboard, to upping your skill set with Microsoft Office, to Flipping the Classroom, our Instructional Technology staff is hosting a series of workshops aimed at helping you enhance your knowledge.

Blackboard Guru Summer Institute, May 12-21

The Blackboard Guru workshop provides a training experience beyond learning the basics of Blackboard, teaching you how to use the power of Blackboard to enhance teaching and learning. We are working with faculty who feel comfortable using Blackboard and want to “kick it up a notch.” For more information, check out: http://www.uiw.edu/technology/training-opportunities/

Flipping the Classroom, June 9-16

Interested in using tools like wikis, blogs, or integrating video into your Blackboard courses? Those attending the Flipping the Classroom sessions will master these skills, with sessions set for Monday, June 9 to Monday, June 16 in the Joyce Building’s Room 236. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

Microsoft Office 2013 Tips and Tricks, June 17-19

Last Year’s Microsoft Office upgrade offers several new features for users, including additional formulas in Excel, easy table of content creation in Word, and the ability to manage Outlook accounts over multiple devices. Learn more about these features, and others, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily on June 17-19 in the Joyce Building’s Room 236.

iPad App Palooza, August 5-7

Whether you’re an iPad expert, or hope to become one, the iPad App Palooza can help you hone your skills. With introductions to apps already in use by UIW faculty, these three days of sessions include apps that can help with productivity, video production, and classroom material sharing.

The classes begin with an introduction to the iPad, itself, on August 5; all sessions are set for the Nursing Building’s Room 142.

Registration for any of the classes is on a first-come, first served basis, and can be made by contacting Terry Peak at ext. 3920, or tpeak@uiwtx.edu.

Don’t See Your Class

If you are interested in other learning opportunities, we want to hear from you. Feel free to contact Ana Gonzalez, Director of Instructional Technology, at ext. 3937 or anagonza@uiwtx.edu

Guests Speakers For the Fall

IRD is often working with multi-national, national and local businesses who have knowledgeable resources available to be guest speakers in your classroom. Regardless of which College or School you are teaching in, IRD is happy to try and support your teaching through partner resources. Feel free to contact Dan Duffy, Vice President for Information Resources, at ext. 3866 or danduffy@uiwtx.edu

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