MSU Seminars in Research and Instructional Technology to be held December 17-18

IT Services will offer two days of no-cost workshops on research and instructional technology on December 17 and 18. These seminars are also open to graduate assistants (teaching and research).

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The workshops are designed to support faculty, academic staff, and graduate assistants in their teaching and research roles by providing seminars led by experts in online learning, and instruction in the use of a variety of software tools.


Back this year is “Fundamentals of Blended Learning” for instructors teaching blended or online courses. New is “iClickers as Teaching Tools” that will cover the recent iClicker integration with D2L for easy gradebook management. Additional sessions include topics like Python, MATLAB, LON-CAPA, SciVal, Turnitin, Zotero, Camtasia, Adobe Presenter, and others.

All Desire2Learn (D2L) courses will be taught using the new 10.2 version of the software. (D2L will be upgraded to version 10.2 campus-wide in late December. Try it out in advance in the sandbox version.)

The schedule

Participants may choose from a variety of sessions over two days. There are also free lunches at the Union Ballroom on both days for all attendees featuring MSU faculty and staff reporting on uses of research and instructional technology.

When: December 17 and 18, 2013

What: Seminars provide online learning with hands-on instruction using computer hardware, software, and MSU’s technology classrooms. Morning sessions run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Afternoon sessions run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day. Choose from one to four sessions over the two-day period.

There will be a full group luncheon both days with speakers. All sessions will start promptly at their scheduled times.

Where: Computer labs and classrooms on the MSU’s East Lansing campus.

How to enroll

Faculty may now enroll via EBS. (Instructions are available.)

Graduate assistants enroll on a separate site.

The deadline for enrollment is December 13, 2013.