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See below for schedule and description of workshops.

Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation with specific instructions for participating in face-to-face or online workshops. Please print this confirmation for your records. Click here to register. 

Available Workshops

Beginner Level New Student Orientation August 21, 2014 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. ONLINE
Beginner Level New Student Orientation September 11, 2014 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. ONLINE
Beginner Level New Student Orientation October 9, 2014 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. ONLINE
Beginner Level New Student Orientation December 18, 2014 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. ONLINE

Note: Click on a workshop to see its description.

Icon Legend for Skill and Interaction Levels

Beginner Level  = Beginner Level   Intermediate Level  = Intermediate Level   Advanced Level  = Advanced Level

Demonstration = Demonstration     Dscussion = Discussion               Hands-On with Demonstration  =  Hands-On with Demonstration

  • Blackboard Collaborate 12.5
    Blackboard Collaborate 12.5  is the newest version of Blackboard?s web conferencing technology that combines the best features of Elluminate with Wimba Classroom. Come learn about the new features and redesigned interface.
  • Blackboard Mobile
    This session explores the Blackboard Mobile Learn platform with Dropbox integration, mobile testing, push notifications, content, announcements and grades. You should be familiar with Blackboard fundamentals. We will also discuss Blackboard building blocks for mobile editions of Collaborate and Panopto. There will be opportunities to try the features in small groups. Bring your mobile device!
  • Using Word for Research Papers
    MLA and APA formatting of papers can be very specific. Come learn how to make a properly formatted document that obeys the restrictions of the MLA and APA style guides. Included will be headers & footers, page numbering, tables of content, footnotes, and endnotes.
  • Creating Your Own Graphics in PowerPoint
    This workshop covers simple ways to create your own graphics in PowerPoint by drawing, modifying existing images, and using shapes, gradient and other formatting tools.
  • Digital Story Telling: Mac & PC
    This workshop will discuss digital storytelling and storyboarding, will show various ways to tell your story on a Mac or PC, and then give you a chance to create a short piece using iMovie or iPhoto on the Mac, or Movie Maker or Photo Story 3 on the PC. This is a 2-hour workshop with one hour of demonstration and one hour of hands-on creation.
  • Graphic Design for Meaningful Learning
    This workshop is designed to introduce you to the basic graphic design principles and to provide you with resources and tools for applying these principles in your work. This workshop covers topics such as:
    • The Big Four Principles in graphic design
    • Ways to find free/affordable images and clip arts for your course
    • Simple steps to create your own graphics using PowerPoint
  • Introducing Blackboard Learn
    Blackboard will replace ANGEL as DeSales University’s LMS in fall of 2013. This workshop is designed to introduce faculty, staff, and students to the features and navigation of this new learning management systems.
  • iLife and Mac (Laptop) Basics
    These workshops are tailored to beginners. During these sessions, attendees will be introduced to the MacBook laptop and will utilize iPhoto and Garageband, and the iMovie software on the laptop to capture, upload, modify and export a movie to iDVD or the Web
    • Mac Basics and iPhoto 
    • Garageband
    • iMovie and iDVD
  • Introduction to E-Portfolio Beginner Level
    This workshop is open to faculty and students. Attendees will learn what an e-portfolio is and how it can be used in both a professional and academic manner. Attendees will be introduced to both Blackboard and Mahara e-portfolio systems. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the session.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Beginner Level
    One of the planned software upgrades over the Summer 2014 break is Microsoft Office 2013. This workshop is designed to introduce the new Office interface and highlight some of the major new features of Office 2013.
  • Microsoft Publisher
    With Microsoft Publisher 2010, you can create, design, and publish marketing and communication materials quickly and easily. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to find and apply built-in Publisher templates, create a blank publication template, work with text and graphical elements, and print your publication.
  • New Student Orientation
    This 30-minute session provides an orientation to instructional technology and library resources and services, including an introduction to DeSales’ Blackboard learning management system. Meet fellow students, DEIT, and library staff. Sessions are run shortly before the beginning of each academic term.
  • New Tools for Blogging
    Did you resolve to put more of your ideas and thoughts down in writing to share with others? If so, then this workshop is for you! We will cover a few different blogging tools and applications that will appeal to your specific needs. This workshop demonstrates blogging tools suitable for the verbose and the terse. We will explore tools built inside and outside of the LMS.
  • OpenOffice.org
    OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite with many of the same features as Microsoft Office with one key difference - it’s free! Come find out more about this exciting suite of programs including Writer, Impress, Math, Calc, and Draw.
  • Podcasting on a Mac
    Use GarageBand on your Mac to create an audio podcast.  Come get simple step by step, hands-on instruction so you can start creating!
  • Web Resources/iTunes/Web 2.0 Tools
    Faculty often seek quality open source and content-specific resources to enhance teaching and learning. Come ready to share your discoveries with colleagues and take away some web-based tools and artifacts specific to increase interaction in your course.
    • iTunes and podcasts: how to create and upload them
    • Google tools: calendar, documents, reader, Google Voice, Picasa, Sites, SketchUp 
    • Web 2.0 Tools: various interactive and social networking tools that can be used in ANGEL
    • Free Web tools to organize documents, appointments, photos, Website subscriptions
  • What's New in Blackboard SP13 Beginner Level
    Blackboard Learn was recently upgraded to service pack 13 and includes many new and enhanced features. During this hands-on session several of the new and enhanced features will be highlighted, including: discussion board updates, a new test access log, updates to the test and survey options available to instructors, and the Blackboard ePortofilo tool.
  • Windows 7
    Microsoft's newest operating system will be coming to campus computers starting in November of this year and continuing throughout 2011. Join us for a demonstration of some of the new features and functions in Windows 7. From the Aero Peek to Windows Shake, you'll learn how Windows 7 puts you in control of your computer more than ever before.

To attend a workshop, register here.

For more information about workshops, please email deit@desales.edu
or call DEIT Support 610.282.1100 x2290.

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