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iPad/iPhone Training Opportunity

Posted Monday, August 26th, 2013 Tagged:


Date: September 23, 2013
Location: Greenville College
315 E. College Avenue
Armington Center-Upper Krober Room
Greenville, Illinois
(For additional information: 708-444-8460 x 249)


Who Should Attend: This session is designed for future Educators, SLPs, OTs, PTs, AT Specialists, Social Workers, Assistants, and Administrators with little or no experience using mobile technology, either personally or in education.

What Is It? This three hour session will introduce participants to the operating procedures for Apple hand-held devices. Time will be given to explore the built-in features of devices. Participants will review a rubric to evaluate effectiveness of some apps.


This training is provided by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.


Participants will be able to:

  • Learn essential operating tips and procedures for Apple mobile devices
  • Explore the built-in support features of Apple mobile devices
  • Use a rubric to evaluate apps for quality and appropriateness for case students

How do I sign up?

Please fax the attached completed ipad workshop registration to:
Pam Schibli, UCP/Infinitec Southwest
Training Dept.
FAX: 708/429-3981
Phone: 708/444-8460 ext. 249



Fall Faculty Training Opportunities

Posted Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 Tagged:

Fall Desire2Learn (D2L) Workshops

All workshops to be held in Dietzman 102.

D2L “101″ Wed. 8/21, 1:00-2:30

D2L 101 is designed for those who need a refresher on the basics. Attend this workshop to learn (or re-learn) how to:

Copy a course
Replace & remove old items
Upload a syllabus
Use classlist features (email, student progress)
Post news items
Take attendance

D2L “201” Thur. 8/22, 1:00-2:30

D2L 201 is for those who are confident with the basics and ready to use D2L to administer assessments to increase participation and engagement. Attend this workshop to learn how to:

Create and administer quizzes
Use dropboxes and plagiarism detection
Setup and lead online discussions
Use gradebook
Associate course objectives

D2L “301” Thur. 8/22, 2:30-4:00

D2L 301 is for those who want to do more with technology to supplement current practices. Attend this workshop to learn more about best practices in online content delivery. In this session, we will focus on tools that enhance the learning experience for students, such as:

Delivering content using HTML pages & templates
Using the course calendar
Leveraging release conditions
Creating checklists
Administering surveys
Seeing content usage reports


For all workshops, please bring your own computer. We will not be covering iPad usage at these workshops. Check that your software and web browsers are updated.

Also, you will be responsible for connecting to the wireless network. Check with IT in advance should you need help with this.

You may want to bring some of your course materials to use during the workshop.

Other Support Options

Our very own Information Technology Support Center includes Solutions related to understanding and using D2L. The most frequently asked questions about teaching with D2L are addressed in this site. I am always trying to improve the content of the D2L Solutions, so if you have any expertise in a certain tool that you would like to document and share with others please send it my way. I’d be happy to post additional support topics!

Additional “Help Links” are built directly into the system. When you are logged in to D2L, click “Help Links” in the orange navigation bar to explore what resources are at your disposal.

The Desire2Learn Community is a way to 1) connect with other institutions, 2) learn how D2L can be used in new & different ways, and 3) submit and vote on feature requests or enhancements. I have posted questions in the discussion forums about various D2L tools and received useful advice from other schools and even John Baker, D2L’s President & CEO. The networking opportunity is tremendous! The Product Idea Center is our way, as D2L users, to express our desires for new or enhanced capabilities in the system. Search for existing ideas and “vote” to promote or demote them. Ideas with the most votes will likely get the attention of D2L developers for possible implementation.

Coming September 23rd, 3:30-6:30 p.m. – Krober Room


Are you new to mobile technologies? Come with your device to this three hour hands-on training and identify the basic features of the iPad/iPod that can be used to serve the needs of your diverse learners.  Manipulate your iPad settings to meet student needs. An analysis of restrictions and accessibility features will be presented.  Models of app evaluation critiques will be discussed and evaluation tools will be provided.  See the attached ipad workshop registration form for complete details.


D2L Faculty Spring Training

Posted Monday, January 28th, 2013 Tagged:

Desire2Learn Spring ‘13 Faculty Training Sessions

Please note that you must sign up using the Google form available here.

Workshop Details

All sessions are offered twice each date listed, from 12:30-1:30 or 3:30-4:30.
Workshops will be held in the Digital Media Center on First Street.

Feb. 5: Communication Tools

What’s more frustrating than hearing from a student that “they didn’t know the test was this Friday”? Not much! This session will cover a variety of tools, including email, news, checklists, and calendars to help you get important messages out to students in effective ways.

Feb. 19: Dropboxes & Turnitin

Still getting papers submitted via email? Clean out your inbox! There’s an easier way to collect those assignments. This session will show you how to collect student work in dropbox folders – and even check it for grammar and plagiarism before you see it! You don’t want to miss this one.

Feb. 26: Quizzes

The myriad of quiz options available in D2L deserves every instructor’s attention. There’s truly something for everyone! Come learn all the details about how to setup, manage, and give quizzes within your course.

Mar. 5: Grade Book Settings

Students and instructors need to monitor academic progress. Make sure you are using D2L Grades in a way that is both helpful and effective for your course. Learn about different types of grading options, types of grade items, and visibility choices for you and students.

Please note that you must sign up using the Google form available here.

• Walk-ins are allowed, but sessions will be cancelled if no one signs up in advance.
• You must bring your own computer to the workshops, not an iPad.
• Be sure your software and web browsers are updated and that you can access the wireless Internet on campus.
• You may wish to bring some of your own course materials to work with during the workshop.

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