UNMG Canvas Open Lab

UNMG Canvas Open Lab: M/W 2:00; T 3:00 in the SSTC computer lab. However, this is just a general drop-in option. Contact Dr. Tracy Lassiter, Coordinator of Digital Learning, if you need an appointment time, location, or modality (e.g., Zoom meeting) that better fits your schedule.

Workshop Series:

Faculty are invited to attend various workshops and demos offered by Dr. Lassiter, fellow branch online coordinators, and others. At least one training workshop will be offered each month, and our UNMG workshops will be offered on campus twice, on different days, times, and spaces, in an effort to accommodate our various teaching schedules. The sessions will be broadcast over Zoom and recorded, with assistance from campus IT, and later uploaded to this page for faculty who are interested in viewing a session.

In-person attendance is preferred since some of the workshops require participation or provide hands-on experience with a software program or educational site. As an incentive to attend this series, faculty who attend all eight sessions will achieve Gold Status; faculty who attend five sessions will achieve Silver Status; and faculty who attend three sessions will achieve Bronze Status. Awards for Status achievement and a year-end Professional Development Celebration will be held in the spring.

Digital Teaching Workshop Series 2022-2023


Invigorate Your Discussion Boards

Just as you want to create a collegial atmosphere in your face-to-face classes, it’s important your online courses encourage students to interact with each other as well. Learn strategies for creating discussion boards that encourage students to interact with each other intentionally, not just dutifully for a requirement.
Co-Presenter: Karla Baldonado (both sessions)

Friday, Aug. 26, 9:30-10:45 in SSTC 182 Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263


Co-Facilitated Discussions to Truly Engage Your Online Students with Course Content

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

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Of Gallery Walks and Padlet: Enhancing Student Collaboration

Active learning is a primary way for students to retain course content. Turning the active learning strategies you use in person into digital versions is not an impossible task; it just takes creative thinking and using the right digital tools. This workshop introduces gallery walks as an active learning strategy and shows how an online tool can replicate them for online instruction.

Friday, Sept. 23, 9:30-10:45 in SSTC 182 Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263


What is Padlet and How Does It Work? Tips & Tricks

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Fostering Student Engagement in Digital Spaces

Various tools, including some features in Canvas, can encourage your students to engage more profoundly with course materials. Discover these tools, including interactive games, you can use for both your in-person and your online classes so your students learn while having fun.
Co-Presenter: Matt Mingus (both sessions) and Dr. Antoinette Abeyta (Friday, Oct. 28 session)

*Related to this workshop, our campus will be hosting a demonstration of another online tool, Harmonize, which also connects to our previous workshop on interactive discussion boards and student collaboration. The date and time of this demo will be announced in mid-September.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263 Friday, Oct. 28, 9:30-10:45 in SSTC 182

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Cell Phones as Learning Tools

You might hate them, but your student love ’em. While we discuss the pros and cons of students’ cell phones in our classrooms, ultimately, we focus on the many ways we can harness the devices, realizing they can serve as essential face-to-face and online learning tools.

Friday, Nov. 18, 9:30-10:45 in SSTC 182 Tuesday, Nov. 22, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263


Making the Most of Video

While making a personal video using university software like Kaltura is a bit time-consuming, students benefit from seeing you and getting a sense of who you are. But today an array of video options, from ˾þ production to educational software, allows you to take your video content to a whole new level. We’ll learn about options plus comporting with UDL and other best practice considerations.

*Related to this workshop, we’ll host a demo by one video program, GoReact. Date/time of that separate demo to be announced later.

Co-Presenter: Bobbie Shack

Friday, Jan. 27, 9:30-10:45 in SSTC 182 Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263


OERs and Faculty Experience Using Them

Open educational resources have grown in proliferation in recent years. These learning materials can make college instruction more affordable for students and more expansive for you. Learn about OER options plus hear from UNMG faculty members about their experiences using OERs in their courses.
Co-Presenters: Dr. Carolyn Kuchera and Dr. Andrew McFeaters (both sessions).

Friday, Feb. 24, 9:3010:45 in SSTC 182 Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263

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Virtual Access Passes: Online Tours, Archives, Museums, and Libraries

To follow up our introductory workshop on OERs, we’ll visit various institutions that offer virtual field trips, tours, and more to the public. No matter the subject you teach, you’ll likely find an online institution that can expand your course content in new ways.
Co-Presenter: John White

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263 Friday, Mar. 31, 930-10:45 in SSTC 182


“Tasks Before Apps”: Choosing the Best Tools for Your Future Classes

As a wrap-up, we revisit the various tools and teaching ideas we learned about during the series. Since we’ve discussed many new tools with more emerging all the time, it would be easy to get overwhelmed by all the online options at your disposal. We’ll talk about how to choose the strategy(-ies) that work best for you and how you plan to integrate them. If you have any last-minute online programs or ideas to share, please bring information about them so faculty have time to investigate them as they plan their summer and fall courses.

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 3:30-4:45 in CH 263 Friday, Apr. 28, 9:30-10:45 in SSTC 182

TBA (late April/early May): Awards celebration/lunch

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