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January Jamboree 2014

December 11th, 2013 by Justin L'Italien

January Jamboree

Learning Technologies and Online Education’s (LTOE) January Jamboree is a series of workshops designed to promote awareness to various academic technologies used in academia. Each presentation will last approximately 60 minutes, with the first half dedicated to introducing the subject and the remaining time for participant questions. In addition, available LTOE Staff will be present at the conclusion of the presentation for an hour long drop-in session, where participants can ask questions on any topic.

All sessions will begin at 12:30 PM EST in Lamson Library Room 102 (computer cluster across from Reference Desk). Feel free to bring your own computer! Online attendees may click the log-in link in the appropriate workshop below.


Friday January 10, 2014 - CoursEval (reporting features)

Presenter: Marylena Sevigney

Description: Wondering how to make sense of your CoursEval responses? Learn about the reporting features available to filter results and view data. Come with questions!

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Monday January 13, 2014 -
Presenter: Scott Robison

Description: Qualtrics is an online survey tool that can be used for a wide range of purposes. It can be accessed by anyone with a PSU account. Faculty, students, and staff can find a link to Qualtrics in the “myLearning” channel or the “My Services” side bar of myPlymouth, or by going directly to:  Possible uses for Qualtrics are:

  • Mid-term course feedback surveys
  • Faculty research
  • Student research
  • Departmental surveys
  • Administrative surveys

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Tuesday January 14, 2014 – Moodle 2.5 Update

Presenter: Justin L’Italien

Description: On Sunday December 29, Moodle will be updated to version 2.5. This update contains some critical security updates along with some new features that instructors will enjoy. Please join this session as Justin presents the new features of 2.5 as well as all the important interface and setting changes.

For a full list of features in the Moodle update, please visit:

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Wednesday January 15, 2014 – Screen Capture Tools

Presenter: Stacey Curdie and Justin L’Italien

Description: The term “screen capture” refers to the recording of your movements on your computer screen as you speak via a microphone. The result of this recording is a playable video that can be added directly into your Moodle class. Incorporating screen recording also results in greater student retention as students can both see and hear your detailed instruction or feedback. Please join this session to learn more about the free screen capture tools available here at PSU and how to best incorporate them into your classes.

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Thursday January 16, 2014 – Moodle Advanced Grading

Presenter: Stacey Curdie and Justin L’Italien

Description: Did you know that Moodle offers Rubrics and Marking Guides as alternative grading methods for student Assignments? Instead of providing a simple score, you can use your own grading criteria and adjustable scales to provide students with quality, in-depth feedback. Join this session as Stacey and Justin cover the benefits of using advanced grading and when each method is more appropriate.

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Friday January 17, 2014 – Kaltura

Presenter: Scott Robison and Justin L’Italien

Description: Kaltura is a video storage area, built into Moodle, that allows users to upload video securely and easily. No more posting large video files to YouTube and encountering their privacy concerns. Both instructors and students are able to use Kaltura in a variety of ways (share webcam videos, post screen capture videos, submit video assignments, etc.). Join this session to learn more about how you can utilize Kaltura in your future courses.

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Tuesday January 21, 2014 – Moodle Quizzes

Presenter: Justin L’Italien

Description: Building a Moodle quiz is a complex process. Naturally we think of just building questions and releasing it to students, but there is a lot more to the process. There are several options and organizational issues that can harm your quiz before it reaches your students. Join this session as Justin covers the basics of Moodle quiz-building.

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Wednesday January 22, 2014 – Blackboard Collaborate

Presenter: Scott Robison

Description: Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that will be integrated in our Moodle platform. Available to use January 1st, 2014, this program allows instructors to hold virtual classrooms or office hours with their students. Collaborate comes equipped with polling features, web-cam sharing, interactive whiteboards, and much more.

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Thursday January 23, 2014 – Moodle Gradebook

Presenter: Justin L’Italien

Description: Storing grades in Moodle is an excellent addition to your course. It provides transparency to your students who are always looking for scores and feedback. It also provides an automatic course score to be tallied throughout the course, so you don’t have to constantly provide students with their course total. However, the process of building your Gradebook is a bit challenging to start. Join Justin at this session as he covers the basics of setting up your Gradebook, along with tips on how to weight your assignments.

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Friday January 24, 2014 – Mahara

Presenter: Marylena Sevigney

Description: Did you know that student ePortfolio use has been shown to boost GPA’s and increase retention rates? Mahara, PSU’s ePortfolio software, can be used in your courses for assignments and more. Check out some examples and learn how Mahara can help you and your students!

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January Jamboree – 2011

January 1st, 2011 by Michael

Back by popular demand, Learning Technologies and Online Education’s January Jamboree is returning this January. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the Jamboree is a month filled with workshops, presentations, and discussions that focus on instructional technologies and their application within the classroom. Use the registration form below to sign up for your desired workshops. Also be sure to check back here for any updates to the program. Click here to revisit last year’s January Jamboree.

Workshop Descriptions:

3D web – Interested in seeing the future of education? Virtual worlds and augmented reality are quickly becoming popular topics in the world of academia. Register for this workshop and learn all about Second Life and other virtual worlds as well as uncovering the vast potential of augmented reality.

Classroom Technology Services (CTS) – Did you know that PSU has numerous video cameras and other equipment that can be loaned out to students, faculty, and staff? Join Todd Kent, Plymouth State’s Technology Coordinator for Classrooms and Events, as he discusses these available technologies here at Plymouth. Todd will also discuss the equipment reservation process as well as an overview of the computer cart available in most classrooms.

Collaborative learning – Have you ever been frustrated by sending files to others via email? By using collaborative products, such as wikis and Google Docs, information can be shared in easier to manage formats. This also makes group work easier and less confusing. Join us at this workshop as we discuss the benefits of using wikis and Google Docs in the classroom environment.

Converting a face-to-face class to an online format - Converting a face-to-face class into an online format is not a simple process. Since both environments are completely different, it requires a different approach to building a quality online course. Join us to learn more about common problems found in making such a conversion. Issues such as VPN requirements, Internet access, and general course design will all be addressed.

Mahara – You may have heard of electronic portfolios (e-Portfolios) as they are quickly becoming popular in academia as of late. Join us as we explore Mahara, Plymouth State’s new e-Portfolio system. Mahara will be your approach to digitizing your resume, sharing important artifacts with others, or even building your own website. There are countless uses for Mahara within your class, come join us as we discuss it’s advantages for you and your students.

Mahara Day - This day is dedicated to using Mahara, Plymouth State’s new e-Portfolio system. Learn how to set up and use templates, create blogs, organize student projects, and build your own professional portfolio. Also included will be demonstrations by PSU faculty and students on their own Mahara projects. * Refreshments will be served.

Mobile technology – The world is abuzz with mobile devices flooding the market. Items such as the iPad, iTouch, and various types of Smart Phones (phones with Internet access) are being used frequently by students. Join us as we discuss the pros (and cons) of using these mobile technologies in your classroom. There will also be a hands on portion of this workshop where you can explore some of these products on your own.

Moodle Day – Advanced – Looking for more advanced Moodle features? From student reporting to incorporating multimedia, Moodle can be used in numerous ways. Topics covered within this time period will include creating and managing your Gradebook, embedding and storing multimedia (audio, video, etc.), wikis, course blogs, and student tracking.

Moodle Day – Beginner – Looking to get started with using Moodle? Come to this workshop to learn about the Moodle basics. Topics covered within this time period will include a general overview of the Moodle environment, adding your syllabus, and creating assignments and forums.

Moodle Day – Intermediate – Interested in expanding your Moodle use? Come to this workshop to learn more about Moodle’s interactive activities. Topics covered within this time period will include quizzes, polls, groups, groupings, and the chat features.

Moodle Tips and Faculty Showcase – Over the past few semesters, we have seen numerous Moodle features that are well received by faculty and students alike. However, we’ve also seen some features that don’t work so well. Join us during this session as we point out some of the best Moodle tips that we’ve encountered so far. We will also spend some hands on time in the computer lab, exploring the best ways to design and organize your course. We’re also interested in showcasing a few faculty volunteers who are willing to share their Moodle experiences so far.

PowerPoint games – Looking for a new way to get your students active in the classroom? Why not try a PowerPoint game such as “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” or “Jeopardy”? Utilizing student response systems, or “clickers”, your students will have the opportunity to interact with your lecture. These clickers are handheld devices that allow a user to “ring in” an answer to a question posed via PowerPoint. Using a game format has proven to be quite effective for student learning as well as for the instructor. Join us as we discuss the steps in using PowerPoint games in your classroom.

Presentation software – Tired of using the same old PowerPoint presentation? Join us at this workshop as we explore several different PowerPoint alternatives. Web based products such as Prezi and SlideRocket will be covered. We will also cover some PowerPoint tricks for those who are interested in expanding their PowerPoint knowledge.

Screen capturing – Looking for a new way to deliver content to your students outside of class? The term “screen capture” refers to recording your computer screen as you deliver lectures, tutorials, or feedback to your students. The use of screen capturing, in pairing with a microphone, allows you to provide guidance to your students without meeting face to face. Join us as we demonstrate and explore the art of screen capturing.

SMART Boards – Commonly referred to as an “interactive whiteboard”, a SMART Board lets you use your finger as a mouse, allowing you to interact with the screen. Draw, write, and insert objects and text right on to the board. When you are done, save your work as a picture or PDF to be sent to the entire class. Join us as we discuss and explore the endless possibilities of a SMART Board.

Storing multimedia (audio, video, and images) – Looking for the best way to store multimedia for your students to access? Register for this workshop to explore Plymouth State’s new multimedia repository system. We will also discuss the many ways of utilizing multimedia into your course, whether it’s face to face, blended, or online. Note: if you have sample video files, bring them along on a USB key or on your laptop.

The Computer Ate My Homework – As we increasingly rely on technology for our online course work, we inherit many of technology’s mishaps. However, many of these situations can be avoided by learning some “tricks of the trade”. Did you know that Moodle has in depth tracking features, so you can tell if your students really submitted on time? Are you also familiar with saving a word document in generic formats (such as PDF or RTF), which will result in easier access? Come join us at this workshop as we discuss common excuses and mishaps when dealing with technology.

Virtual classrooms – Have you ever wanted to have a meeting with your students in a secure, online location? Our new virtual classroom system, known as Big Blue Button, allows you to meet virtually with your class in a private meeting room! Completely integrated with Moodle, Big Blue Button allows for live online lectures, screen sharing, webcam and microphone support, and more. Come join us at this workshop to learn how to use this exciting new tool and ideas to integrate it into your course.

Web 2.0 tools - We hear the term “Web 2.0″ quite often but what exactly does it mean? Web 2.0 represents the new “information era”, where information is available in interesting and interactive formats. Web 2.0 tools allows any user to create and share content, quickly and easily. Join us as we discuss some of the best Web 2.0 tools available online and how they can be used effectively in your course. Topics such as Twitter, VoiceThread, Delicious, and more will be covered.

January Jamboree- 2010

January 1st, 2010 by Michael

Learning Technology and Online Education’s January Jamboree was a month filled with workshops on instructional technologies and their application within the classroom. Over 30 workshops were offered with over 100 people attending. It was a huge success, and we hope to offer it again next January.

For a list of the workshops offered, click here


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