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VoiceThread Workshop: Oct. 2018 – Nov. 2018 »

VoiceThread and Storytelling
October 2 at 7:00pm ET – Register here

Most cognitive scientists agree that storytelling is a great way to help your message stick in the minds of an audience. Our minds are fine-tuned to remember information shared in a narrative structure, not a broadcast lecture. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use VoiceThread to create engaging stories with their students.
VoiceThread Basics – Upload, Comment, and Share
October 16 at 7:00pm ET – Register here

Participants will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is open to both VoiceThread license holders and free members.

Humanizing Online Learning with VoiceThread
October 23 at 7:00pm ET – Register here

Creating engaging online courses is not easy. In many courses based on discussion boards, students feel isolated and disconnected from their instructors and classmates. VoiceThread bridges the gap in social presence often experienced in online learning environments. In this workshop, educators will learn how to establish that social presence and connect with their students using VoiceThread to improve student satisfaction and learning.

VoiceThread and STEM Classes
October 30 at 7:00pm ET – Register here

Jobs in STEM-related fields are increasing in importance, and today’s students need a deeper understanding of STEM subjects to perform in a global economy. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to exchange ideas about STEM lesson design with VoiceThread and connect and share with other educators. The focus will be on student-centered lesson design and demonstration of understanding.

Using VoiceThread for Student Portfolios
November 6 at 7:00pm ET – Register here

If you are interested in learning how to use VoiceThread as a portfolio tool to showcase student work or to provide feedback for their work in progress, we can help. In this workshop, we will showcase a variety of student portfolio examples and collaborate on a shared brainstorm discussion.

About the Workshops

These workshops are completely free. The sessions are led by our instructional designer and online educator George Haines.  George will share his expertise to help you get the most from VoiceThread.

LON-CAPA Is Unavailable – RESOLVED »

UPDATE - 11:30am LON-CAPA is now fully functional again.  Learning Systems will continue to closely monitor the system.  Please notify your students that they may continue work.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation. ---------------------------------------------------- Original Post - 9:30am LON-CAPA is currently down.  The Learni . . .

Echo360 Service Disruption – RESOLVED »

Echo360 Status Current Status: Operational Started: 9/14/2018 12:04pm (+0000) Resolved: Echo360 support has identified and addressed a root cause for the Echo360 service disruption. Service has been restored and we are monitoring the system at this time. Kind Regards, Learning Systems Echo360 Status Current Status: Service . . .

VoiceThread Workshop – Sept. 2018 -Oct. 2018 »

VoiceThread and Universal Design for Learning September 11 at 7:00pm ET - Register here Participants will learn how VoiceThread can help educators provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and expression for their courses. Participants will learn how to use VoiceThread’s multi-modal communication platform, closed capti . . .

Training Opportunity – Advanced Features of Zoom for Virtual Collaboration »

As a follow-up to the “Basics” training this past April, which included over 100 attendees, a representative from Zoom will host an advanced session exclusively for VCU faculty and staff on Friday, Sept. 21, 12:30-1:30pm. A range of advanced features will be demonstrated and explained, followed by a Q&A period for live interaction. If you would . . .

Blackboard Faculty Tools Outage – RESOLVED »

Blackboard Faculty Tools is now available.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Blackboard Faculty Tools is currently unavailable.  Learning Systems and WebServices are currently working on a resolution. . . .

Blackboard Faculty Updates – Fall 2018 »

Welcome back, Blackboard Faculty! Here are just a couple of announcements and reminders from Learning Systems for Fall 2018. We wish you much success and we're always here to help: elearning@vcu.edu Blackboard upgrade completed in Spring 2018 Blackboard was upgraded to 9.1 Q4 2017 back in May and here's the rundown of all the new features and enha . . .

Blackboard Faculty Tools Maintenance – Thursday, August 30th, 2018 »

VCU WebServices will be performing scheduled maintenance on Blackboard Faculty Tools Thursday, August 30th, 2018 Begin Time: Thursday, August 30th, 2018 6:30am US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) End Time: Thursday, August 30th, 2018 7:30am US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) During this maintenance, clients WILL experience an interruption to their ability to creat . . .

Respondus 4.0 Interface Updates »

We wanted to let you know about some user design changes for Respondus 4.0. In short, we gave it a “facelift.” But don’t worry, these changes don’t require retraining – or even new thinking – on the part of current users. Everything pretty much works the same. It’s just… well, prettier than before. Here’s an example of the old and new . . .

Top Hat Training »

With the fall semester rapidly approaching, VCU Academic Technologies wants to make you aware of an opportunity for faculty to learn about using Top Hat in their classrooms. A Top Hat representative will be onsite August 20-22 to provide training for faculty. There are basic, advanced and Q&A sessions scheduled for all three days, to be held on both . . .

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