Fall 2015 Workshops

Fall Flex Workshops

For online/CCC Confer workshops:

Blackboard Discussion Board – K. Korstad – Online: Access here a few minutes before 5:30 pm on 10/8 – see links at top of this page for help.
Thursday, October 8, 5:30 pm-6:50 pm via CCC Confer

The discussion board in Blackboard Learn is an asynchronous communication tool that can help build a sense of community among students and enable regular effective contact with instructors. Instructors use this tool to create an online meeting place to collaborate and exchange ideas informally; to pose questions about assignments and course content; and to check all students’ understanding or application of course concepts. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences and effective practices with discussion boards.

Blackboard Basics – K. Korstad – Oceanside Campus
Friday, August 14, 10:30-11:20 am in OC 4607

Get the key information needed to get up and running in Blackboard. With Blackboard, instructors create and manage course content, use publisher content, evaluate performance, and communicate with students. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamental course building and communications tools in Blackboard.

Top Tips: Better Browsing and Internet Interaction – J. Julius – Online: Access here a few minutes before 3 pm on 8/17 – see links at top of this page for help.
Monday, August 17, 3:00-3:50 pm via CCC Confer

This one-hour online workshop will be packed with practical tips, tricks, and tools to help you be a more effective citizen of the digital realm. We’ll explore keyboard shortcuts and menu items that everyone should be aware of when working in web-based tools. We’ll discuss how to use the Chrome web browser to efficiently and securely search for, access, and organize web-based resources. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own favorite tips and resources, too.

Blackboard Course Design – J. Julius & K. Korstad -Online: Access here a few minutes before 10 am on 8/18 – see links at top of this page for help.
Tuesday, August 18, 10:00-11:20 am via CCC Confer

There are many ways to organize and structure your Blackboard course. Whether you teach fully online, or just use Blackboard to supplement on-ground classes, every instructor has an opportunity to develop a course design that works for their teaching preferences and their students’ needs. This workshop will consider examples and possibilities for overall course organization, with particular attention to the course menu, landing page (entry point), and choices for how you might structure your content and activities. You’ll learn how to manage all of these important course design elements in Blackboard, while also discussing the pros and cons of various organizational schemes.

Get it on(line): Designing/building a module in Blackboard – J. Julius & S. Eso
Thursday, August 20, 9:30-11:50 am in OC 4610

Whether you teach online, in the classroom, or both, Blackboard provides opportunities and challenges for teaching and learning. This hands-on, collaborative workshop will have faculty working together to build a Blackboard-based instructional module on the topic of Sex, Love, and Intimate Relationships. Along the way you’ll consider research-based pedagogical principles that can enhance your teaching, as well as essential requirements for MiraCosta faculty teaching distance education classes. Participants will exchange tools and tips for web-based teaching and learning, and everyone will walk away with great ideas and concrete examples they can continue to use. And fun will be had by all!

What could an instructional designer do for me? – J. Julius, C. Metzler, & A. Petri
Thursday, August 20, 1:00-1:50 pm in OC 3606

Many colleges and universities employ an instructional designer to support faculty as they try instructional and technological innovations, and work to enhance student learning. In 2014-15, two SDSU graduate students interned at MiraCosta College to pilot instructional design support for two MiraCosta faculty members. Come hear from the faculty members about their experiences working with the instructional designers, see how research-based effective practices were implemented, and what effect they had. The interns also investigated the roles of instructional designers at other California Community Colleges, and you’ll hear their findings. You will have an opportunity to provide your thoughts on how instructional design support might work at MiraCosta.